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Friday, 17 November 2006 06:56

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 17, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: McConnell-Lott: Seriously?

Okay, everyone. Time out. We know there's been a large number of changes already going on since the recent election, so many that it's hard to keep up. But have the Republicans snuck somebody in "under the radar," so to speak? While all the country's political nabobs seem to be focused on all things Nancy...and whether her choice of the hawkish John Murtha (or was he really her choice after all)?) versus the more progressive Steny Hoyer, might we have just overlooked a little something?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

If the Democratic Party were a real opposition party -- a party of principle filled with fighters -- I'd say maintaining control of the Senate, even with by a margin of a single, fragile vote, would be important and valuable.

Friday, 17 November 2006 05:35

Dr. J.'s Short Shot: Which Way, Democrats?

DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

"Which way, Democrats?" is a question that we progressives are going to be struggling with through the 2008 Presidential election, and beyond. But the contest over the position of House Majority Leader and the comments of certain Democrats about the leadership of Howard Dean provide some important indicators of which way it is going to go. First, on the House leadership election.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

An al-Qaeda captive deliberately misled the U.S. into attacking Iraq, an ex-spy is claiming. Under the assumed name Omar Nasiri, the former double agent detailed last night on a BBC program and in a new book his infiltration of terrorist organizations over a decade and what he learned about their strategies.

Friday, 17 November 2006 03:07

Cindy Sheehan: Impeachment Proceedings

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
-- Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT... A new study from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point suggests bin Laden and his top deputy are growing less and less important to radical Muslims ... The study says the new philosophers for the Jihadist movement are Islamic clerics in Jordan, Egypt, England and Saudi Arabia, who use the Internet to spread their message of violent struggle against non- believers." Anyone who thinks there isn't an all-out effort to control the "message" Americans are getting, should give it a second thought. The heretofore somewhat subtle negative insinuations regarding the internet are becoming more and more obvious. There are those in these United States who will do anything to shut down the Internet in order to silence the truth!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will sometimes follow the summaries.

1//The Independent, UK
BLAIR RENEWS BATTLE FOR 90-DAY DETENTION OF TERROR SUSPECTS

Tony Blair faces a triple rebellion by MPs and peers over the crime and terror legislation that formed the centrepiece of his final Queen's Speech. Mr Blair declared that fresh measures to tighten anti-terror legislation would be published by Christmas. They will open the door to a Bill in the new year that could extend the 28-day cap on the time police can hold suspects without charge. Mr Blair suffered the first Commons defeat of his premiership when attempts to set a 90-day limit were voted down in the Commons in November last year after 49 Labour MPs defied the Government. ... Labour MPs warned he faced renewed rebellion if the Government attempted to extend the 28-day limit, and Conservatives have said that the Government has failed to "make the case" for an extension.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Rumors Resurface That Bush Has Started Drinking Again

by Tony Peyser

Maybe it's time to do what's best for society
And start having Oval Office tests for sobriety.

Thursday, 16 November 2006 09:03

Peter Rost: Revolution. Or Maybe Not

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Rost

Most people seem to despise Washington, Capitol Hill and our elected representatives, but not necessarily in that order. And on a regular basis we vote the people we despise the most out of office; those are the ones who won the prior election and proved to all of us that they couldn't get anything done. Then we move the people into power who weren't allowed to do anything, but at least they haven't proven that they couldn't get anything done, so we are still happy.

DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

So, just like me, you thought that Cheney was finished, huh? You thought that the upcoming report of the "Baker Commission" would set the course for a reasonable withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, primarily because the two original Georgite objectives of the invasion, oil and bases, had been achieved. You thought, like me, that the unceremonious ouster of Rumsfeld and the insertion of the old Bush-I/Baker hand, Bob Gates, signified that the battles had been fought and the Baker wing of the Republican power elite had won. You thought, like me, thought that the Baker folks were probably inwardly happy with the election of a Democratic Congress because dealing with rational people would make it easier for them to achieve their desired aim. Finally, like me, you thought that the next major head to roll might very well be Cheney's. Well, we all have to think again.

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