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by Brent Budowsky

If my first political memory was a child watching President Kennedy sending the Right Stuff astronauts into space, my first political action was working for Al Lowenstein and Robert Kennedy in New York, before being old enough to drink or vote.



I was kinda, sorta surprised to see so much made out of the votes for Hoyer rather than Murtha by our media. In my mind, the media sees this as a defeat for Pelosi because they are used to Bush constantly getting his way, even on very controversial subjects, such as an illegal and treasonous war in Iraq. Bush, with the assistance of his loyal comrades, twists arms, brow beats, lies, and bullies (or in some cases, kisses) until Bush gets his way. It's been years since the US public has been a witness to democracy put in motion in our government by the vote of a majority who voted their own mind.


Iraqis are getting less food from the government now than they were under Saddam Hussein, reports London Arabic newspaper Azzaman.com. "Most (food) warehouses were looted and burned when U.S. troops arrived" in Iraq, and the Ministry of Trade's "fleet of nearly 3,000 trucks (have) all but disappeared" due to mounting violence and attacks.



And, the Bush GOP has the audacity to refer to Democrats as being on the edge. Every time there is violence, it's Republican criminal violence, bigotry, and cynical legislative abuse. From Bush's invasion/occupation, and now "escalation," to the bombing in Oklahoma and the killings at the abortion clinics ... and always people such as Democrats or others like the Afghanistan people, Iraqis, and those who called New Orleans their home, are the victims of such violence by this political party, who thinks they've earned the right to incite violence in their followers and justify it through their own behavior. No one has that right to such violence, and not pay for it through our justice system. That has been the real problem in this society. Justice has not been for "all," all the time.

Friday, 17 November 2006 06:56

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 17, 2006


Subject: McConnell-Lott: Seriously?

Okay, everyone. Time out. We know there's been a large number of changes already going on since the recent election, so many that it's hard to keep up. But have the Republicans snuck somebody in "under the radar," so to speak? While all the country's political nabobs seem to be focused on all things Nancy...and whether her choice of the hawkish John Murtha (or was he really her choice after all)?) versus the more progressive Steny Hoyer, might we have just overlooked a little something?

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

If the Democratic Party were a real opposition party -- a party of principle filled with fighters -- I'd say maintaining control of the Senate, even with by a margin of a single, fragile vote, would be important and valuable.

Friday, 17 November 2006 05:35

Dr. J.'s Short Shot: Which Way, Democrats?

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

"Which way, Democrats?" is a question that we progressives are going to be struggling with through the 2008 Presidential election, and beyond. But the contest over the position of House Majority Leader and the comments of certain Democrats about the leadership of Howard Dean provide some important indicators of which way it is going to go. First, on the House leadership election.


An al-Qaeda captive deliberately misled the U.S. into attacking Iraq, an ex-spy is claiming. Under the assumed name Omar Nasiri, the former double agent detailed last night on a BBC program and in a new book his infiltration of terrorist organizations over a decade and what he learned about their strategies.

Friday, 17 November 2006 03:07

Cindy Sheehan: Impeachment Proceedings

by Cindy Sheehan

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
-- Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America


"TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT... A new study from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point suggests bin Laden and his top deputy are growing less and less important to radical Muslims ... The study says the new philosophers for the Jihadist movement are Islamic clerics in Jordan, Egypt, England and Saudi Arabia, who use the Internet to spread their message of violent struggle against non- believers." Anyone who thinks there isn't an all-out effort to control the "message" Americans are getting, should give it a second thought. The heretofore somewhat subtle negative insinuations regarding the internet are becoming more and more obvious. There are those in these United States who will do anything to shut down the Internet in order to silence the truth!

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