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Tuesday, 14 November 2006 07:28

Peter Rost: Whistleblowers -- Who Are They?

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by Peter Rost, M.D., author of "The Whistleblower, Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman."

Most people wonder how anyone can become a whistleblower -- ever. After all, most stories of whistleblowers don't end well. And that's the reason most people keep quiet.

NEWS RELEASES

DNC: The Bush Economy Continues With New Record Deficits

Washington, DC - President Bush's fiscal irresponsibility continues unabated as the latest Treasury Department report shows that the "federal government started out its new budget year with a slightly higher deficit than last year as revenues and spending for October both set records." The "deficit for October totaled $49.3 billion, up 4.3 percent from" last year. The department also reported that "the deficit for the current 2007 budget year is expected to resume rising." So far, President Bush has "presided over the three largest deficits in U.S. history in dollar terms." [AP, 11/14/06]

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by Ray McGovern

President George W. Bush conferred yesterday with members of the James Baker-led Iraq Study Group against a background of chaos in Baghdad, a quisling government demonstrably incapable of stemming the violence, and an Iraqi resistance emboldened by the vote of no confidence given to the president's Iraq policy. As expected, yesterday's meeting was primarily photo-op.

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 03:49

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 14, 2006

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Subject: Accountability and Justice

When will the Democrats stop letting the Republican Party set their agenda? I'm really frustrated that the Democrats always seem to cave in to Republican spin machine. The Republicans have started the spin that investigations of the Bush administration's past six years would be some kind of unfair partisan political ploy and if the Democrats hold investigations those investigations would only be out of revenge for the Clinton impeachment. Now the Republicans claim bipartisanship and working together for the good of the country is what they're all about. Where was all this Republican bipartisanship the last six years?

The Democrats better understand that investigations of the Bush administration are not only warranted they were DEMANDED by the people in the mid term elections. I know the spin machine says the elections turned on one issue, Iraq, but that's SPIN, exit polls clearly included corruption!

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 02:20

DNC: GOP Continues Trickery at the Voting Booth

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DNC: GOP Continues Trickery at the Voting Booth

Washington, DC - An article in today's Washington Post labels Maryland Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich and his Lt. Governor Michael Steele as key architects in a desperate scheme to trick African American voters in Maryland during last week's mid-term elections. These efforts by Maryland Republicans are just one example of despicable efforts on the part of the GOP to intimidate and deceive American voters. Michael Steele whose name is now being floated as a possible replacement for RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, knowingly hired out of state workers to canvass African American communities, handing out misleading literature which falsely claimed Steele received the support of prominent African American Democrats. [The Washington Post, 11/13/06]

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by Michael Winship

LONDON -- The British take the honoring of military veterans and especially the commemoration of their war dead very seriously. As in the States, this past Saturday, November 11, was Armistice Day, or Veterans Day as we usually call it. At 11 am, two minutes of silence were observed, marking the armistice that ended the First World War at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 01:54

Peter Michaelson: Why God Chose George

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by Peter Michaelson

Yes -- George was right, God wants him to be president. For many years God has not been happy with the American Empire and its false gods of capital, globalization, and weaponry. Nor has He been pleased with America's world leadership in global-warming denial. So He sent one of his woe-begotten sons, George, to mismanage it all.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Senator Chafee should have followed Senator Jeffords' example and changed his party affiliation when faced with Dick Cheney's privately proposed aggressive partisan policies! If indeed Senator Chafee believed in the principles he espouses, then certainly, in all good conscience, he should have left the Repuglican Party, because change from within will never happen with the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheney! Remember, if you don't speak out in a way that resonates, then it is assumed you agree!

A VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

To Repair Battered Image At Home, President Goes On Trip To Asia

by Tony Peyser

Bush is such an unworldly naif
It's awfully hard to ignore that
When he visits foreign leaders
He seems as inept as Borat.

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