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My first BuzzFlash installment in what I have now decided will be an ongoing series under this title was published in this space on May 7, 2007, following the first Republican Presidential Debate. As I noted at the time, hearing these men talk brought many a chuckle to my throat. And so here are some more chuckles, garnered from the news, and a couple of possibly not-so-funny items.


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.

It's not a bombshell he left the party
Many guessed he'd sometime try it
But the guy is so absurdly wealthy
I'm surprised he didn't just buy it.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007 09:19

BuzzFlash Mailbag for June 19, 2007


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Subject: Editorial on Dems, Courage, & Leaving the Nation on Battlefield

Tuesday, 19 June 2007 07:21

Cindy Sheehan: Turn, Turn, Turn

by Cindy Sheehan

To everything, there is a season. A time for war, a time for peace. Ecclesiastes, Hebrew Scriptures

I wish I could say I thought of something profound as I saw the president and his wife's picture on that billboard on Hwy 317 in my rearview mirror on my way out of Crawford today. I will be back for the final weekend farewell to Camp Casey on July 6, but I won't be back as the owner of property there, or as a leader of the American peace movement.

by Dave Zirin

BARRY BONDS: Home Run King.

As the San Francisco Giants slugger approaches Henry Aaron's record for career homers, this probability seems to be turning otherwise rational people upside down, as Bonds has encountered an almost surreal level of hostility. The rage was on full display this past weekend in Boston, where Bonds had already made friends in 2004 by saying, "Boston is too racist for me."

by Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D.

There is something morally repugnant about claiming to support a war that involves the destruction of thousands of human lives unless you are truly committed to the cause this war advances. One test to see how committed you really are, is whether you would sacrifice your own life for it or the lives of others whom you love. If not, then you have no business underwriting others sacrificing their lives for the same cause. Those who fail this test are clearly hypocrites. Unfortunately, in America, there are a substantial number of such pseudo-patriots. Sitting behind the wheel, these bumper-sticker patriots take it slow, but play fast and furious with the lives of others. Safety first, at least for themselves -- unfortunately not for the service men and women who dodge land mines and the fire of automatic weapons in the hellish war that these "safe" drivers support.


Several years late and billions of dollars short: “A president with dismal approval ratings … obvious problems for Republican politicians … a green light for lawmakers on Capitol Hill and presidential candidates to put distance between themselves and an unpopular president.” Repuglican politicians gave George Bush a silver platter and the means to carry out every diabolical scheme he’s contrived during the last 6 years. “Snubbing” him now does not redemption spell!!! They are as guilty as he is for every rotten thing he’s done!!!

by Karen Webb

I have just completed reading a portion of the letters written by the wonderful chorus of Scooter sycophants to Judge Reggie Walton. I think they have convinced me that Scooter doesn't need a prison sentence; he needs to be committed to a mental facility for schizophrenic tendencies. No one understands the disconnect between the actions and character of Scooter. It is a clear-cut case of temporary insanity or demon possession.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007 03:13

Countering Terrorism - How Not To Do It


Editor's Note: This originally appeared on ConsortiumNews.com. This is their note that preceded the memo:

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