WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Lucinda Marshall
Governor Rick Perry's decision to sidestep the Texas legislature and issue an executive order mandating that girls entering the 6th grade receive the new HPV vaccine raises troubling questions about the influence pharmaceutical companies wield on the crafting of public health policy. Cervical cancer is only expected to cause 3,670 deaths in the U.S. in 2007, a miniscule percentage (less than 2%) of the 270,000 deaths from the disease worldwide and only 1% of the total annual number of deaths from all cancers in the United States.
When many White House journalists ask questions
see softballs gently lobbing
(They don't seem to like it whenever their jobs
get in the way of their hobnobbing.)
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
And, I suppose McCain thinks he is a representative of the US military today? This Bush criminal regime has done everything they can to shut up any voices in the military, and they don't even respect them enough to attend the funerals. We've seen one dead soldier brought home alone and with cargo as his companion and he gave all he had to give to this country and that is the respect our dead get from this treasonous regime.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Are you a soldier worried about being killed in Iraq? Fear no longer; the Army has instituted a new safety precaution just for you. No, it's not body armor or better training, and it sure ain't an exit strategy.
He learned about Plame from Dick Cheney
A month earlier, then time some flew
He forgot about it, then learned about it later
From Tim Russert as if it were new.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Last week, BuzzFlash highlighted the problem of an estimated 50,000 private military contractors running amok in Iraq at taxpayer expense. They are completely hidden from government oversight and their activity is not accountable to either military or civilian law. A congressional hearing before the House Reform Committee led by chairman Rep. Henry Waxman yesterday exposed even more waste and corruption than previously suspected, particularly surrounding the leading contractor and war-profiteer, Blackwater.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Catherine Fenton
[BuzzFlash Note: Sexual Content -- Not for Sensitive Readers]
Boy, was I glad to hear that Ted Haggard was pronounced "cured" of his penis penchant after only three weeks of intensive counseling. You have no idea how much hope that gave to this girl. Like many women, I too have struggled to rid myself of the lure of the penis. Now, I don't know if this is just a rumor (you know how the internets can be) but I have heard that Ted is writing a book. It's going to be entitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pussy." As soon as it's listed on Amazon, I'll be pre-ordering it.
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
Today we are inaugurating a new occasional "Dr. J." feature on BuzzFlash, "Notes for the Week." They will consist of really "short shot" versions of my "Short Shots." Hope you like them.