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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

The very process of getting those subpoenas out there, getting witnesses out there, getting this evidence that we already have in the public record, into a hearing format, is essential. The more we can illuminate the truth, the more people are going to understand ... we have to have these hearings in Congress. That is what I’m advocating.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates looked pretty slick in his Senate confirmation hearing today. He readily agreed we are not winning in Iraq, "what we are now doing is not satisfactory," and that we need a new plan that should eventually involve "a dramatically smaller number of U.S. forces than are there today." At times, Gates almost sounds like a Democrat from two years ago.

Tuesday, 05 December 2006 04:19

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 5, 2006

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Subject: Iraq Study: Will Bush Listen to Advice? - Newsweek National News - MSNBC.com

"It's like the father with a baby and a bicycle," one Maliki aide told Bush. "You have to let him fall and if he scrapes himself you can run and pick him up. But if you hold on too long, trying to mentor everything, he will never be able to ride on his own."

This analogy probably made a great deal of sense to W... since his daddy’s hands are firmly re-grasped over his on the handles of the Free World bicycle he now finds himself wobbling on top of.

John L. Johnson
Laingsburg, Michigan

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Former President George H.W. Bush broke down in tears yesterday as he praised his son Jeb, the outgoing governor of Florida. Talking about his leadership, honor, and ability to handle defeat, the ex-prez needed several moments to compose himself during multiple points in the speech.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

An Economic Crunch is Coming While Media Coverage Lags

New York, New York: If the economy is going so great, why do I sense it's so lousy? At the risk of being dismissed as a Chicken Little or the Grinch of Christmas Coming, or even worse, as some Al Gore wanabee ridiculed for warning of too many glaciers melting away in the global warming sun, I am amazed at why our media is looking away from economic bubbles bursting at home, and more focused on the war than our own economic crisis.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

A peek at the "culture of corruption" plans for our future: "Republicans over the next two years will focus on holding Democrats accountable, and recommitting to reforms that deliver for hardworking families." Err, exactly where was accountability for the past six years? Busy little money grubbers that they are, with their hands in the pockets of big business and cozying up to whosoever was willing to shell out the "perks" and the money! Where was the concern for "hardworking families" then? Was "concern" hidden away like most everything else in the text of the bill that limits bankruptcy, or maybe in the law that prohibits negotiating drug prices, or maybe it was in that bill giving companies tax breaks when shipping jobs overseas. And now that the Democrats are again in charge, the Repuglicans are stepping up to the political "accountability" plate; they are planning to fight the fight, though I seriously doubt it's for all those "hardworking families," because the Repuglicans have had a taste of what "corruption" born of power can do for them and they damn sure don't want to give it up!!! 

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

This weekend, former presidential and vice presidential candidate John Edwards was out in California's Silicon Valley talking sense.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Hothead Resigns As U.N. Ambassador

by Tony Peyser

Addressing a big group of reporters
John Bolton spoke from the heart:
"There are so many people to yell at
I just don't know where to start."

THOM HARTMANN'S "INDEPENDENT THINKER" BOOK OF THE MONTH REVIEW

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America with a Preface by Cass R. Sunstein

Most Americans have never read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution in their entirety, even though the process would take the average reader less than an hour. There are several small pocket editions of the two documents, but this one is unique in that it contains an excellent introduction by Cass R. Sunstein, and that it contains Thomas Jefferson's brilliant 1777 "Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

November 29th: the day that two Camp Casey supporters were found guilty in Waco, Tx courts for a misdemeanor that they did not commit, Larry Northern, a Vietnam Veteran pleaded no-contest to mowing down our Arlington South crosses, which lined Prairie Chapel Road in August, '05, memorializing OUR children who have been murdered in the unstable neighbor down the road's war of terror on the world.

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