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Monday, 04 December 2006 08:24

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 4, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Newt and Free Speech

I would remind Newt Gingrich of the words of Harry Truman:

"When even one American -- who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril." Harry S. Truman

Carrie

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Not content with wrecking their own party during the 2006 midterms, the current "Do Nothing" Republican Congress' final act while in power will be to sabotage the incoming Democratic Congress by leaving 9 of the 11 annual appropriations bills unpassed during the final lame-duck session. Earlier today, BuzzFlash posted a press release from the DNC full of news excerpts blasting the GOP inaction, and incoming House Appropriations Chairman Rep. David Obey (D-WI) has released his own statement of criticism.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

With civilians and our soldiers dying daily, George Bush has finally agreed we need a new Iraq strategy. Even Donald Rumsfeld allegedly wrote to Bush of the need for "a major adjustment" because "clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough." But Bush is holding back on actually making any changes for the foreseeable future; National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said a decision will not be made for weeks.

Monday, 04 December 2006 04:07

Will Durst: And They're Off!

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I startled some guy in the next lane at a red light when I shouted at my radio today. A semi-famous network newscaster had come on opining how former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack could easily take the 2008 Iowa caucuses as a favorite son, resulting in a subsequent focus on South Carolina, which is John Edwards territory and this might all work out to upset the Hillary Clinton Applecart Express. AAIIIIEEEE! The guy next to me barely missed a covey of walkers as he peeled out.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Ray McGovern

The lame-duck Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee seems determined to force through confirmation of Robert Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense. The hurry is synthetic -- and totally unnecessary.

NEWS RELEASE
from the Democratic National Committee

The Republican Do-Nothing Congress Still Doing Nothing

Washington, DC - Even after voters rejected the failed Republican congressional agenda in the midterm elections and called for a new direction for America, the "do-nothing" Republican Congress still refuses pass needed spending bills and tackle the pressing problems that the American people face. The Republican-controlled 109th Congress will have "spent the least time in session of any in at least half a century," instead leaving important business to wait until the next Congress. [Washington Post, 12/3/06]

Monday, 04 December 2006 03:22

Bush Aide Defends War - Verse-Case Scenario

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Bush Aide Defends War

by Tony Peyser

"We have not failed in Iraq," boldy insists Stephen Hadley
Hate to break it to you, pal, but you have and rather badly.

Monday, 04 December 2006 02:24

Peter Rost: Clueless Pfizer Executives

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Rost, M.D., author of "The Whistleblower, Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman"

On Thursday, November 30, Pfizer's executives conducted a well rehearsed dog-and-pony show over at Pfizer's research facilities in Groton, CT. All interest was focused on torcetrapib; the most important new drug in Pfizer's pipeline, which boosts good cholesterol.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Frank Rich wants to know if Bush has "started talking to the walls"? With all due respect to a real journalist, George Bush has been talking to the walls since early childhood. Bush's entire life has been an illusion of one kind or another. Insanity is the very reason we find our country and the whole world in such grave danger! It's become painfully apparent not even Poppy or James Baker will be able to "save the day." It has gone beyond petitioning Poppy and Jim, it's time to appeal to that "higher Father," it's time to unite in the prayer for impeachment, if indeed America is to survive the worst president ever!!!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

As just about everyone knows, on August 6th, 2005, I set up camp in the bar ditches along Prairie Chapel Road near George's home in Crawford, Texas, after the president refused to meet with me to answer my question: What Noble Cause?

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