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Tuesday, 14 August 2007 10:32

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 15, 2007

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Subject: Rove

A provocative column by Bob Cesca about Rove out walking the streets is the scary truth.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 07:56

Cindy Sheehan: Crisis

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by Cindy Sheehan

Cri-sis n.
1. a situation or period in which things are very uncertain, difficult, or painful, especially a time when action must be taken to avoid complete disaster or breakdown
2. a time when something very important for the future happens or is decided.


When I retired as the "face" of the American anti-war movement in May, I had decided that my group, Camp Casey Peace Institute, would focus on changing the world one person at a time by becoming a humanitarian group: People for Humanity. After Congress gave George another blank check to continue the murder and mayhem in Iraq, we came to the conclusion that it would be better to focus on the people who have been harmed by American corporate imperialism than fight it at home. We decided that our first project would be helping the refugees who have been displaced by the violence and instability in Iraq.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 07:54

Shirley Smith: Genius?

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Criminal: " A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation." -- Howard Scott.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 07:31

George Lakoff: No Center, No Centrists

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by George Lakoff

"Centrism" is the creation of an inaccurate self-serving metaphor, and it is time to bury it.

There is no left-to-right linear spectrum in the American political life. There are two systems of values and modes of thought -- call them progressive and conservative (or nurturant and strict, as I have). There are total progressives, who use a progressive mode of thought on all issues. And total conservatives. And there are lots of folks who are what I've called "biconceptuals": progressive on certain issue areas and conservative on others. But they don't form a linear scale. They are all over the place: progressive on domestic policy, conservative on foreign policy; conservative on economic policy, progressive on foreign policy and social issues; conservative on religion, but progressive on social issues and foreign policy. No linear scale. No single set of values defining a "center." Indeed many of such folks are not moderate in their views; they can be quite passionate about both their progressive and conservative views.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 05:52

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 14, 2007

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Subject: Blood on his hands

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by Michael Winship

Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Karl Rove?

Not bloody likely. If you think otherwise, you've got greater faith in the power of wolf's bane, garlic, and wooden stakes than I have.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"The GAO said weapons distribution was haphazard and rushed and failed to follow established procedures, particularly from 2004 to 2005. During this period, security training was led by Gen David Petraeus, who now commands all US forces in Iraq. The GAO reached the estimate - 111,000 missing AK-47s and 80,000 missing pistols - by comparing the property records of the Multi-National Security Transition Command for Iraq against records maintained by Gen Petraeus of the arms and equipment he ordered." And then there's this: "Near his body was a note addressed to his commanders, Petraeus and Fil. [Redacted name]- ‘You are only interested in your career and provide no support to your staff-no msn [mission] support and you don't care. I cannot support a msn that leads to corruption, human right abuses and liars. I am sullied-no more. I didn't volunteer to support corrupt, money grubbing contractors, nor work for commanders only interested in themselves. I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored.'"

With those hugs & tears they had to choke back
Jeez! The whole thing was just so "Brokeback."

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

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 02:15

Glenn W. Smith: The Trouble with the DLC

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by Glenn W. Smith

Why are Harold Ford and others from the more paternalistic and condescending quarters of the Democratic Party so keen on discrediting the rising progressive movement? What have been the consequences of their obsession with "the middle"? Most importantly, how have the Tory Democrats managed to bury the expression of deep progressive values, and what should the progressive movement do about it?

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