A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie L. Swanson
It has become increasingly clear that for many people in this country there is only one really important thing in their lives. It’s not patriotism or respect for others. It’s not their religion, although they may try to tell you otherwise.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
"Speaking peace while making war is not a sustainable policy."
-- Mr. Rami G. Khouri; on Condi's "glamour" visit to Israel last week, (Jordan Times, August 4, 2006)
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
In my opinion, all those Repuglican “chicken-hawks” who rabidly support the military, war, death and destruction, do not do it for the benefit of our country or for patriotic “freedom and democracy,” rather it's to satiate their underlying need to vicariously but safely insert themselves into the action in an attempt to conceal their latent yellow-bellied cowardice!
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
A special nod to Paul Krugman this morning for reiterating an important point that BuzzFlash has noted before.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
If you are one of those who cringes when you hear assertions such as that "we are descending into fascism," then read the following and please tell us why this is not a factual assessment of the Bush Administration play for Stalin-style absolute powers" The White House is seeking legislation that would allow people not affiliated with terrorism to be prosecuted in military commissions -- with far fewer rights than afforded civilians."
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
The bill would for the first time in nine years raise the federal minimum wage for 7 million workers from the current $5.15 an hour to $7.25 over three years.
The disagreement comes over the bill's wording for the seven states, including California, that do not allow so-called tip credits that permit tipped workers to be paid much less than the minimum wage.
The Bush Administration misrepresented data to meet contract allocation requirements, according to a report released by Democrats of the House Small Business Committee. The government is required to give at least 23% of its contracts to small business, but has failed the past six years. The Small Business Administration (SBA) claimed to have exceeded this threshold in 2005, but actually fell short because $12 billion it said was given to small businesses was in fact given to large ones.