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Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.  A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries. 

by Lucinda Marshall

Yes, I know Mom is priceless, but the annual mea culpa spending to atone for all the grief we caused her comes to a pretty hefty price tag. According to retailers, this year's deluge of Mother's Day cards, flowers, and candy are expected to rake in a whopping $16 billion. In other words, if you spend anything less than $139.14, your mother may be justified in feeling that you'll never amount to much. But the exorbitant sums that get spent on merchandizing our mamas belie the true disregard for motherhood that permeates our culture.

Tuesday, 08 May 2007 07:48

BuzzFlash Mailbag for May 8, 2007


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by Michael Winship

A number of years ago, I was attending a film festival in Bristol, England, the official patron of which was Prince Philip. On the closing night, the awards ceremony was delayed and delayed pending the arrival of the royal hubby.

by Dave Zirin

Last night, some of the sharpest minds in the sports world converged at historic Morehouse College in Atlanta for a forum on the State of the Black Athlete. There was Spike Lee, Rutgers basketball coach Vivian Stringer, New York Times scribe William Rhoden, NBA stars Etan Thomas and Alonzo Mourning, and the great Jim Brown.


“A committee of World Bank directors has formally notified Paul D. Wolfowitz that they found him to be guilty of a conflict of interest.” Everything George Bush and his gang of unethical corrupt Repuglican politicians touch turns into major disaster! From Iraq to the World Bank, right on to the current Department of Justice and even the price of gas, it is destruction and greed to the nth degree! Time for a change. Impeach the thieves, impeach them all, and take back our country!

Tuesday, 08 May 2007 03:03

Power Plays: The Other Oil-Rich Gulf


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. 

So when it comes to your basic shoves and pushes
George Tenet refused to upset any of the Bushes.

He hasn't been asked about ties to The Carlisle Group
But I'm sure 41 told him to claim he's "out of the loop."

Tuesday, 08 May 2007 02:20

Dave Lindorff: The Great Oil Robbery

by Dave Lindorff

In case you're wondering why crude oil prices are down from last year, hanging around at about $60 a barrel, while gasoline prices have soared past $3.10/gallon nationwide, just check out the latest profit reports from the oil companies. They are at record levels.


In this country, putting up political dissent is the same as waving a flag. Any country in the world will let you stick up a flag. But this is America, and what makes America different is we’re allowed to put up a sign that says impeach -- a sign that says impeach, over a freeway, is just as patriotic as a flag. After 9/11, that was a time to put flags up on freeways. This is the time to put up signs that say: "Impeach this president who lies."

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