MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
The human race has today the means for annihilating itself--either in a fit of complete lunacy, in a big war, by a brief fit of destruction, or by careless handling of atomic technology, through a slow process of poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure. -- Max Born, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 1957
Subject: Third Awakening?
When Bush says, "A lot of people in America see this as a confrontation between good and evil, including me," does he mean that he is the evil, the good, or is his sentence structure just that primitive?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
The Waste, Fraud, and Abuse "Truth Squad" introduced the "Clean Contracting Act of 2006" today. According to the group - a collection of progressive House Democrats fighting Republican corruption - the bill would end the abusive contracting practices that have been rampant under the Bush Administration and promote greater transparency and accountability.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
What has happened to the fabric of America, what has happened to our moral values, what has happened to our sense of truth and justice, to defensive military action and a true reverence for life? Since when have lying, cheating, cover-ups, offensive shock and awe, torture and abuse, imprisonment without the benefit of counsel, unwarranted wiretaps, protest zones, and negligence become the American way? Since when has the public found it acceptable for the press to be a cheerleader for an administration bent on fascism? It is painful to see what George Bush and the Repuglican Party have done to freedom and democracy, to the Constitution of the United States and to the American people, it is deplorable to witness the lack of regard for "collateral damage" that has resulted from preemptive wars. It is unconscionable that the sons and daughters of America are dying for the insane plans of madmen!
I came across the below exchange that you had with Matt Lauer on the Today Show. I would like to respond to you as an American.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Daily Times, Pakistan--WEST RESPONSIBLE FOR EXTREMISM: MUSHARRAF (President General Pervez Musharraf has blamed the West for breeding terrorism in his country by bringing in thousands of mujahideen to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and then leaving Pakistan alone a decade later to face the armed warriors. Musharraf told the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday that Pakistan was not the intolerant, extremist country often portrayed by the West, and terrorism and extremism were not inherent in Pakistani society. "Whatever extremism or terrorism is in Pakistan is a direct fallout of the 26 years of warfare and militancy around us. It gets back to 1979 when the West, the United States and Pakistan waged a war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan," Musharraf told EU lawmakers.)
Battle Cry For Billionaires, Broadcasters, and Bloggers: November Is The Gulf Of Tonkin For The Next War And The One Party State.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
News from the DNC:
MUST READ: President Bush's Reality
Washington, DC - Instead of using the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as an opportunity to unify the country, President Bush instead marked the solemn occasion by using divisive and misleading rhetoric once again falsely conflating the war in Iraq and the war on terror. An editorial in today's New York Times notes that "Iraq had nothing to do with the war on terror until the Bush administration decided to invade it." The President claims that America is safer today because of the Iraq War. Unfortunately, the opposite is true.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Greg Palast
It's true. It's weird. It's nuts. The Department of Homeland Security, after a five-year hunt for Osama, has finally brought charges against ... Greg Palast. I kid you not. Send your cakes with files to the Air America wing at Guantanamo.