A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
I think they elected him because they thought he’d be someone they could manipulate. But Bush genuinely feels like he was elected to govern. -- Jules Carlysle, Author of DUMBASS
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION*
by Dave Zirin
[Profanity warning: Rap lyrics follow]
It's crazy there ain't no time to really chill
Jealous motherfuckers always want to act ill
What the fuck you gonna do in a situation
It's like you need to have steel just to feel
Tons o' guns everybody's getting strapped
Tons o' guns got to watch the way you act
Tons o' guns real easy to get
Tons o' guns bringing nothing but death"
Guru spit those lyrics ten years ago backed by a soul-scraping beat from DJ Premier. Today it seems like the GangStarr track could replace that damn Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get Retarded" song as the soundtrack of the National Basketball Association.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Last Saturday, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold announced that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president. The next day, he held his 1,000th town hall meeting among his constituents since he took office in 1992.
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
In the run-up to the election, Joe Lieberman was assuring Connecticut voters that if elected he would continue to vote with the Democratic caucus in the Senate. He was elected, as you all know. (Why don't I say "re-elected," some might ask? Because it wasn't Joe Lieberman, Democrat, who was elected, it was Joe Lieberman, former Democrat who was elected. He received about 70% of the Republican vote in Connecticut. If he had not gotten all of those Republican votes, the true Democratic candidate Ned Lamont would have won in a walk.) For his campaign, Lieberman received lots of Republican money and had senior Republican political consultants on his staff. On October 17, 2006 elsewhere I published a short note speculating that were he to get back to the Senate, Lieberman might vote to caucus with the Republicans.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
Dear Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Conyers,
I am writing this open letter to you both on the day after Veteran's Day. A day that has so much more meaning to me since my son Casey was KIA in Iraq for absolutely no reason but to line the pockets of the war machine. I cried in front of his symbolic tombstone at Arlington Northeast in Philadelphia and I dreamed of him before I awakened. Casey's "tombstone" was planted in the ground directly across from Liberty Hall which was the birth place of our Republic. How tragic it was to see 2842 tombstones of our brave young people who have been killed by people who are trampling all over our Constitution and making a mockery out of the separations of power and the original intent of that document. 2842 citizens who were willing to volunteer for service and were killed by people who lied to the world to send them to invade and occupy a country in a war of aggression that has killed almost a million Iraqi citizens. How tragic it is that you both, our newly elected Democratic leadership are already talking about abrogating their Constitutional responsibilities, again.
Hope you were hanging on to something solid last week because this country lurched so hard to the left, half of Washington woke up with a wicked case of whiplash. No, make that most of Washington. And all of K Street. And the Republicans should be grateful. Because if it weren't for Democratic persistence they wouldn't still be able to file for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Poppy Returns To Rescue Junior; Cover of Newsweek Declares "Father Knows Best"
by Tony Peyser
Go ahead, do the math
It's definitely fun:
43-2 houses of Congress
Adds up to 41.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"Pelosi backs Murtha for majority leader" -- Hooray, Representative Murtha is my choice for Majority Leader as well! Especially after reading this little tid-bit---"11-8-06: Rumsfeld replacement (Robert Gates) was director of voting company...Gates was on the board of directors of VoteHere, a strange little company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). VoteHere spent more money than ES&S, Diebold, and Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through. And HAVA, of course, was a bill sponsored by convicted Abramoff pal Bob Ney and K-street lobbyist buddy Steny Hoyer. HAVA put electronic voting on steroids."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Symbolman of Takebackthemedia.com
I'm getting a picture in my mind.
It's that scene so famous in the Poltergeist movie where the little girl is kneeling in front of the TV between channels and saying, "They're HERE.."
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Gordon Brown today makes his strongest intervention yet on national security by saying that he will take personal charge of the fight against terrorism if he becomes prime minister. The chancellor, in an interview with The Sunday Times, said that only a Labour government led by him could be trusted to protect the country, dismissing the Conservatives as not understanding "the scale of the threat we face". With security set to rise to the top of the agenda this week with the publication of the Queen's speech, Brown supported calls yesterday by Britain's top police officer for a toughening of the country's anti-terror laws. ... Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, confirmed the threat in a speech yesterday, citing evidence that up to 120,000 British Muslims tacitly support terrorist activity. He proposed increasing the length of time that suspects can be held without charge from 28 days, allowing the police to continue to question suspects after they have been charged, and lifting the bar on the use of telephone intercept evidence in court. Yesterday Brown offered his backing, pointing out that he had already authorised the use of so-called "closed" evidence to allow the assets of suspected terrorists to be frozen. He said he had also indicated that he would favour the extension of the 28-day limit to up to 90 days. "I completely agree with him," Brown said. "Given the scale of the threat we face, we must give the security service and the police not just the resources they need, but the powers they need, to gather securely the evidence and use that evidence to gain convictions." He said that having studied the US security system, he had become convinced of the need to change the way that Britain manages the fight against terrorism.