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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Seems the "chatter" regarding al Qaida has also picked up in the United States of late! "... President Bush on Thursday called al Qaida 'the main enemy' in Iraq ... The reference, in a major speech at the Naval War College that referred to al Qaida at least 27 times ..." and then there's, "McCain's Iraq Speech Today Mentions Al Qaeda 15 Times" followed by, "KING: Michael Chertoff, our director of homeland security, has a gut feeling about terrorism coming this summer," and then there's the latest NIE, "The new National Intelligence Estimate will warn that al Qaeda will try to use its capabilities and contacts in Iraq to attack the United States, according to a senior government official." Is this truth or consequences?????

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dennis Loo

(BuzzFlash note: This is the first of a 2-part series. The second part can be found here.)

How do we get from where we are to where we need to be? We know there is a big gap between here and there. The people of this country need to act in the millions in visible and unmistakable ways if we are to have a chance at driving Bush and Cheney from power, repudiating what they stand for, and creating a wholly different political atmosphere.

Before Rep. Chris Cannon gets too holier than thou
There is something that I'd like to mention now.

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  

The GOP Busheviks Demanded an Up or Down Vote on Partisan GOP Federal Judge Appointments. But The Same Republican Hacks in the Senate are Filibustering a Vote on Whether or Not to Support Our Troops by Saving Them From Dying in a Failed War.

Monday, 16 July 2007 15:44

Mary Pitt: Three Little Words

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Mary Pitt

There are three words that strike fear into the hearts of modern-day politicians. They are not obscene or distasteful to any ethnic group but saying any one of them in the context of the day's news will cause an instant and infectious breathing spasm on the part of any or all the bought-and-paid-for pros of either party. Like the Lord's Prayer to a ghost, a cross to Dracula, or a silver bullet to a werewolf, any of them will empty a political caucus room in 10 seconds flat.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Charlie Jackson

President Bush and the U.S. Congress plan to be on vacation throughout the month of August. The Iraqi parliament will leave town as well, according to White House spokesman Tony Snow.

Monday, 16 July 2007 15:37

Will Durst: Skooter Skates

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Who can tell what motivates the President these days? Maybe the commutation of Scooter Libby is meant to demonstrate his latent in-chargity. That he's relevant, dammit! That not only can he be the decider, but he also has the skills to be the commuter as well. With an approval rating lower than a drunk IRS agent wearing pinstripes behind the Red Sox dugout at Fenway, he probably wouldn't mind commuting himself, to and from the comfort of Crawford, Texas, four or seven days a week. Could become the First Telecommuting Chief Executive. "I'm looking forward to Friday, that's ‘No Pants Day.'" Bet Laura and the twins would prefer that. Dick too, just to clear the decks for some of the trickier bits.

Proving his pertinence required George Bush to set a convicted partisan felon free as the proverbial bird. Though the identity of what kind of bird that phrase is intended to signify has been shrouded by the mists of time; it is safe to say, it sure ain't no jailbird, because due to Dubyah's opportune intervention, Cheney's former chief of staff served less time than a spitballing junior-high study-hall miscreant sent to honors detention in the cafeteria.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Oversight Committee Announces Hearing on The Tillman Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew

WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing entitled "The Tillman Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew." The hearing will examine what senior Defense Department officials knew about U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman's death by fratricide.

Monday, 16 July 2007 09:17

Cindy Sheehan: Torture is a War Crime

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Journey for Humanity and Accountability: Day 5
Today our Journey took us to Ft. Benning, Ga, where the cancer of the School of Americas (WINSEC) is housed. I have written on torture before and I believe that BushCo’s policy of imprisoning people without their basic due process and torturing them is one of the grossest breeches of international and American law and one of the overriding reasons that they should be impeached.

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