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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

It boils down to who you are and who you know in America!!! Yesterday’s mainstream corporate media newsworthy stories were about 2 men -- one who promoted torture and abuse of dogs, the other who promoted torture and abuse of human beings!  One who is likely to go to jail, the other who goes home, with a stellar endorsement from George Bush!  America was inundated with reports on the brutality of dog fighting, pictures of dog fights, speculation about the length of Michael Vick’s prison sentence, pictures of protesters, and opinions on the viciousness of the crime. On the other hand, the public was presented with the ins and outs of politics and Alberto Gonazles’ name being dragged through the mud, but no mention about the cruelty of torturing and abusing human beings, no pictures of the atrocities at Abu Ghraib, no mention of the prisoners at Guantanamo, no mention of the lies and the Constitutional abuses, no protesters shown here! Yes, it still boils down to just exactly who you are and who you know in America!  Each of these men has committed crimes, one who will surely go to prison, the other who has seemingly gotten off scot-free to “recall” having lived “the American dream”!!!

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Jim Ridout

George Bush was in town Monday to continue his lying ways during a speech in Albuquerque to rally other liars to support his dream of the unending war in Iraq. Now to be clear, George Bush spoke in Rancho de Albuquerque on Rio Grande Blvd. To the rest of the country, this will look like a place where us commoners or hicks (to borrow from the movie "All the Kings Men") reside. Ladies and gentlemen: this is not so, this is the land of the wealthy. A place where land alone may cost as much as $400,000 per acre, because it is green and it is near a river, and Albuquerque is high desert. And like in the 1949 movie "All the Kings Men," George wants his spurious supporters to shout, "George's law is our law."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

(Editor's Note: Here are partial remarks from Cynthia McKinney at the Kennebunkport, Maine peace rally on August 25, 2007)

"Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but above all, from our own misguided policies. This war must be ended; and in my judgment, it can be ended. And it does not involve giving up. But it does involve not continuing to follow the bankrupt policy that we're following at the present time."

WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia 

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources  

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Greg Palast

"What I've experienced in the last six months is the ugly side of the American dream."

Last month, David Iglesias and I were looking out at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where his dad had entered the U.S. from Panama decades ago. It was a hard moment for the military lawyer who, immediately after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired Iglesias as U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, returned to active military duty as a Naval Reserve JAG.

Captain Iglesias, cool and circumspect, added something I didn't expect:

If you go and look at the link I've attached
I imagine that many of you also will
Be sickened by smiling politicians who just
Cut $55 million for the mentally ill.

I bet Charles told Camilla her image
Would only go from bad to worse
If word got out that she'd insisted
To bring an air horn in her purse.

This incident involving a man
Took place in a public restroom
The guy was an undercover cop ---
Most of you would've guessed soon.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Hugh Conrad

Another wonderful example of Republican "family values" in Bush World.

Remember the 2004 State of the Union Address when first lady Laura Bush enticed a well-known athlete to sit with her in her box, a subtle ploy in an election year?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Harvey Wasserman

A cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant has collapsed.

A broken 54" pipe has spewed 350,000 gallons per minute of contaminated, overheated water into the Earth. "The river water piping and the series of screens and supports failed," said a company spokesman. They "fell to the ground."

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