BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"GUATEMALA CITY - Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate 'bad spirits' after President Bush visits next week ... That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense. ... Bush's trip has already sparked protests elsewhere in Latin America, including protests and clashes with police in Brazil hours before his arrival. In Bogota, Colombia, which Bush will visit on Sunday, 200 masked students battled 300 riot police with rocks and small homemade explosives." So much for winning hearts and minds in Central and South America! There are some people on this earth who still recognize an offender when they see one!
A provocative article, "Dump the Democrats and Unite!" by Joshua Frank, a writer for The Nation and various on-line loci, appeared on the Online Journal (for which he is a contributing writer) on March 7, 2007. Frank briefly but comprehensively attacked the position and posture of the congressional Democratic Party on the war on Iraq, a position shared by the three leading candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. The issues he raised about the posture of the Congressional Democrats vis-à-vis Iraq have been for the time-being at least somewhat set aside by their most recent Iraq initiative (Democrats shift debate to Iraq endgame). Nevertheless, Frank raised some serious concerns about the Democratic Party and its future, which are worth visiting. He concluded his article by saying:
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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A BUZZFLASH ALERT
On Sunday, March 11, Senator Chuck Schumer called for the Bush consiglieri, Alberto Gonzales, to step down as attorney general.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
No one is going to go after Bush, especially any criminal type or terrorist, he's done too much for them, and they will only cry out for more. But the excesses that Bush demands are not just for his physical protection, but more likely to fill the void in his mind, that bottomless pit of an ego that constantly needs to be refilled or recharged, and like all addictions or psychological dependencies, he surrenders and becomes puffed up with his own self-importance like the big pressed curd that he is. Could a reaction to this possibly cause head-swelling too?
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by David Swanson
I've spoken at impeachment forums, debates, rallies, strategy meetings, and workshops, but tonight's event in Washington, D.C., will be the first I've spoken at since the Vice President's Chief of Staff was convicted for lying to protect him. So I'm going in expecting fewer objections and reservations about impeachment. Still, it's useful to yet again lay out all the familiar ones and why they are more wrong than ever.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
NJ & ND are the most recent states to pass anti-escalation resolution; CO, NH, and OR set to vote on resolution next week.
As the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prepare yet again to vote on President Bush's Iraq escalation plan, the Progressive States Network announced today that over 29 state legislatures have introduced resolutions opposing the President's escalation of the war in Iraq. Most recently, resolutions have passed in the North Dakota legislature, the New Jersey general assembly, and are moving to the floor in Oregon; this in addition to the previous passage of resolutions in California, Vermont, and Iowa.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by A BuzzFlash Reader
Bush is going to Bogota on Sunday.
"Authorities have tightened security in Bogota and assigned 7,000 police to protect Bush and more than 14,000 troops and officers to patrol the capital while he is in the city."
Colombia warns of guerrilla attacks during Bush trip (Reuters/Yahoo)
Let's see, 14,000 officers (to protect the capital) plus 7,000 specifically there just to protect President Pinhead = 21,000 armed individuals to help curtail the anger that might develop against the Decider in Chief. (That's roughly the number being sent over in the new surge to battle insurgents in Baghdad, no?)