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Friday, 22 December 2006 00:11

Steven Jonas: Letter from the UK

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

I have spent the last week in the London (England; there are others around the globe) visiting friends and talking politics. Many lessons learned. Not least among them is that if you are a progressive Democrat and think that we have it tough politically, just try being a progressive Labourite in Great Britain. That’s really tough, as you will see below.

by Brent Budowsky

Let's have instant replay of the day before the Congressional elections when Republican and Democratic candidates were asking the country for their votes in their final summation:

Thursday, 21 December 2006 05:33

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 21, 2006


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Subject: Preaching to the Democratic Choir Is America's Salvation

Hey, who else are we going to preach to? Republican fascists or Fundamentalist fanatics?

Yes, we're preaching to "ourselves," but that's OK, since it keeps us on point and mega motivated. And most critically of all, it keeps us in touch with each other.

Thursday, 21 December 2006 03:22

Peter Michaelson: Singing the Right-Wing Blues

by Peter Michaelson

In this season of conviviality and in the spirit of harmony, I picked up a library copy of Andrew Sullivan's book, titled The Conservative Soul: How We Lost it, How to Get it Back (HarperCollins, 2006, 294 pages). Sullivan is an editor at The New Republic as well as a contributor to Time magazine and The Sunday Times of London. His book should provide clues, I thought, to unravel the conservative psyche.


The White House knew [the levees broke] because the Army Corps of Engineers sent them photographs. Again, I want to emphasize that the White House had the photographs of the levees breaking, and didn't tell state and local officials who had stopped the evacuation because the hurricane missed New Orleans. Everyone thought they dodged a bullet, but the White House didn't tell anybody the levees broke and were drowning the city. -- Greg Palast

* * *

Greg Palast is just unstoppable, and after you watch his remarkable new DVD, "Big Easy to Big Empty: The Drowning of New Orleans," you'll understand why. You have read about the Katrina disaster for more than a year now, but you'll see it in a new light after watching Greg Palast's reporting.

In an expanded documentary that now includes a half-hour interview with Amy Goodman, Palast, in his usual bold style, reveals new factual details about the Bush Administration complicity in the deaths of Katrina victims. You'll be convinced by the end of watching "Big Easy to Big Empty" that what we are dealing with here is criminal negligence.


Lack Of Reality Alert: Bush Claims Midterm Elections Weren't About Him

by Tony Peyser

What an incredibly revealing
And idiotic thing to have spoken:
It's like Nicole Richie telling the cops
That their breathalyzer is broken.

by Brent Budowsky

Our media engages these endless debates about whether Iraq is facing a civil war, about whether the U.S. is winning the war, about whether the U.S. should now escalate the war by bringing in more troops to prolong it.


"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."

Bill Clinton's goose was cooked after he uttered those fateful words in a courtroom. Now George W. Bush has provided us with his own variation on that political obfuscation theme -- or we should probably just say "lies."

Look what the Washington Post reported today:

Asked yesterday about his "absolutely, we're winning" comment at an Oct. 25 news conference, the president recast it as a prediction rather than an assessment. "Yes, that was an indication of my belief we're going to win," he said.

U.S. Not Winning War in Iraq, Bush Says for 1st Time (Peter Baker/Washington Post)


From the Democratic National Committee

Bush No Longer Listening To Commanders On Troop Levels In Iraq

Washington, DC - After insisting that troop levels in Iraq would be determined by the commanders in the field, President Bush said today during his news conference that the recommendations of his military leaders are just one of many factors that will determine whether he orders an upsurge of thousands more American troops in Iraq. President Bush is reportedly leaning toward a surge, despite reports that the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously oppose Bush's proposal to send more troops to Iraq without a clear mission, because the White House has been confounded by its limited options in Iraq. [Washington Post, 12/19/06]

by Stephen Crockett, co-host of Democratic Talk Radio

There seems to be a growing sentiment that Democrats do not need to win elections in the South to control the political future of the United States. There is some truth in this position, but little political wisdom.

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