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After all the brouhaha in New York last week, this seems like a good time to have us a little chat about free speech. Not restricted free speech. Not partial free speech. Not pseudo- semi- counterfeit- limited- free speech. Not free speech on Wednesdays between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT. Not free speech zones and not free speech reserved for the people we like and kept from the ones we don't. No, my friends, I'm talking about your total, unfettered, full-throated, in your face, front row death metal rock concert, spitting in the wind, 24/7, every square inch of your big white furry butt, gushing like runoff from a rain gutter off a cantilevered roof during a Force 5 hurricane in the tropics free speech.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.

1//The Independent, UK
FRENCH FACE TOUGH CHOICES TO HELP SAVE THE PLANET

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

None other than Alan Greenspan, touting his recent book, said once again what we all know: the Iraq War – as the Iran War will be – is primarily about oil.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Medtronic has voluntarily recalled about 16,000 bones nationwide, and tests on 12,000 to 13,000 people show no infectious disease that is traceable to the recalled tissue, said company spokesman Bert Kelly.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
"The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals," -- George Bush

Watching the pro-democracy marches in Burma both inspires and sickens me. I am inspired by seeing thousands of red-robed monks leading the demonstrations and sickened by the violence they receive from the military.

Friday, 28 September 2007 05:32

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 28, 2007

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Co-Equal At Last

Why would the democratic majority in Congress, judged by a solid majority of citizens to be a failure, nevertheless persist in a campaign of thinly veiled (and sometimes naked and undeniable) enabling of Bush? Nancy Pelosi explained it to Wolf Blitzer. She hopes to shove the Iraq war across the aisle, point to republicans and say: "It's yours!"

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Jim Ridout

"Mandela is dead"

These words spoken by a silly, stupid, and ignorant man contrast in a remarkable and ironic way with words spoken by Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Who really knows what George W. Bush actually meant when he uttered his jaw-dropping announcement regarding President Mandela or his discovery of who killed him.... Saddam Hussein. It was one of those moments where you feel the world sort of feeling embarrassed that we have such a man leading this nation, and at the same time you laugh out loud.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"Since Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, testified this month, Republicans have said they are willing to give his strategy more time to work. GOP members have blocked Democratic bills ordering troops home." Congressional Repuglicans can be likened to cattle following the leader over the cliff into the abyss! It takes no thought, no deliberation, no consideration, no statesmanship, and certainly no judgment, just run, run, run behind mindless, senseless insanity! Sadly though, our soldiers and innocent Iraqis will suffer the deaths of this Repuglican lunacy!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.   

1//The News International, Pakistan
"IRAN BUILDING NEW NUCLEAR SITE"
 

Friday, 28 September 2007 02:49

As Long as We're Talking Contractors . .

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Editor's Note: This exchange was highlighted in Talking Points Memo, where you can also see a video of this dialogue.

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