A BLUE STATE JUKEBOX REVIEW
by Tony Peyser
Butch Hancock's War and Peace
The Flatlanders hail from Texas and recorded their first album in 1972. It was an impassioned lesson in (to make up a word) underproduction and captured the heart of country music without the usual Nashville hokum. I gather they played maybe a dozen gigs for less than a year before the band folded up like that proverbial cheap card table. That debut album was heard by very few folks and was presumed lost. It didn't have a real release until 1990 when it fittingly came out with the title More A Legend Than A Band. The Flatlanders didn't get around to their sophomore effort, Now and Again, until 2002. A third release, Wheels Of Fortune, came out a mere two years later, which was followed that same year by a live CD of a 1972 performance in front of a small club audience. All of the sudden, the long MIA Flatlanders were inching towards being, dare I say, overexposed.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Injured Keys woman unable to get care for 3 days: A woman with a broken hip lay for three days in an ER bed in the Keys before a mainland hospital could be found to take her case. (Miami Herald - registration required)
This is what's happening daily to citizens of Iraq, except in Iraq, the US has destroyed hospitals and rationed food and medicine. Why didn't they attack the morgues in Iraq, I wonder? Maybe those people aren't dead enough.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
It's not a good time to be a Senate Republican. After losing their majority despite their 50-50 tie-breaking advantage resulting from Cheney, they have just voted in a pair of dolts for their top leaders.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
An email came to me, titled: "Action Alert: Charge Rumsfeld with War Crimes."
Subject: Ignoring Wounds Won't Make Them Go Away
I sure hope the Democrats are just blowing smoke when they say they have no impeachment plans for Bush. Investigations are useless as long as Bush and Cheney have the right to not testify under oath, which makes most investigations costly and pointless. I can hear the usual excuses for not nailing Bush: the nation needs to heal, bipartisan efforts, ad nauseum.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Editor, Mediachannel.org
As they say when the Olympics convene, "Let The Games Begin." A new Olympics gets underway today, the news Olympics, as the anglo-American hegemony of the big news cartels has for the first time a challenger in the form of well-packaged professional network. al Jazeera international goes on the air globally (but not yet in the USA) to offer another perspective.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
President Bush's upcoming visit to Vietnam bolsters comparisons between the Iraq and Vietnam wars, the Associated Press reported today. Since Bush was too busy partying during the original conflict, hopefully the trip will be a good first lesson on the effects and solutions to stupid, hopeless wars.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Cindy Sheehan
Q: What is the difference between Vietnam and Iraq?
A: George Bush had an exit plan for Vietnam.
This is an old joke that has made the circuits. It is amusing, but not really one hundred percent accurate. George didn't have a strategy for exiting Vietnam...he had a very clear and orchestrated plan between his father's friends and his illicit drug problems to not even go to Vietnam. In my journey since Casey was killed, I have met many fine men and women who didn't dodge their duty to be dragged off to Vietnam, although most of them disagreed with that tragic war. However, most of them were conscripted against their wills and they didn't have the "advantages" of being wealthy and having influential friends to keep them out of combat.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Well, now, what an interesting development this is, considering "charges are being sought in Germany against Rumsfeld, and other top officials in the U.S. government," and "the CIA has formally acknowledged the existence of two classified documents governing aggressive interrogation and detention policies for terrorism suspects ... CIA lawyers say the documents -- memos from President Bush and the Justice Department -- are still so sensitive that no portion can be released to the public." Exactly who is being "protected" by not releasing these oh "so sensitive" documents to the public? Could this renounce the "We don't torture" statements made by Bush? Could the courts in Germany also seek out George Bush? Should "impeachment" really be "off the table"? Patriotic minds want to know!
Alleged Anthrax Hoaxer Appears To Be Free Republic Poster
by Tony Peyser
Chad Castagana wants to get
Rid of every Liberal commie
Even though he currently lives
At home with his mommy.