BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Having so often pointed out what I consider CNN's shortcomings, I am compelled to bring you their finest moment: "JACK CAFFERTY: Wolf, you know, it seems like we are having this discussion about this judge's ruling sort of in the abstract, as though there's no precedent for what the judge decided. The judge, in effect, upheld the ruling of the FISA court, which says if you want to wiretap phones, you need a warrant to do so. The court was created by Congress in 1978, I think it was. And the law of the land says get a warrant. The actions of the administration have ignored the law of the land in that regard. So it's not a discussion in the abstract. It's not hypothetical. There are laws on the books against what the administration is doing and it's about time somebody said it out loud. This federal district judge ruled today President Bush is breaking the law by spying on people in this country without a warrant. The judge said the president is violating the first amendment to the constitution, the fourth amendment to the constitution and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISA, passed by Congress in 1978, specifically to prevent this kind of abuse of power. It was being done before. That's why the FISA court was created in the first place. So what does this mean? It means President Bush violated his oath of office, among other things, when he swore to uphold the constitution of the United States. It means he's been lying to us about the program since it started, when he's been telling us there's nothing illegal about what he's been doing. A court has ruled it is illegal. And it means a 75-year-old black female judge in Michigan has finally stepped in and done the job that Congress is supposed to do, namely oversight of the executive branch of government. But the Congress is controlled by the Republicans and they are controlled by the president and they have done nothing in the way of oversight. I hope it means the arrogant inner circle at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue may finally have to start answering to the people who own that address, that would be us, about how they conduct our country's affairs."
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Daily Star, Lebanon--HIZBULLAH BEGINS MONUMENTAL TASK OF REBUILDING SOUTHERN SUBURBS (Under a red banner which read "made in the USA," heavy earth-moving machinery, bulldozers and trucks lifted massive rubble and debris from a bombed-out residential building in the heart of the southern suburbs, an area that was once the home of 500,000 mostly Shiite residents. Four days after the UN sponsored cease- fire between Israel and Hizbullah fighters, the southern suburbs turned into one giant 20-kilometer workshop made up of buildings and shops that are either totally destroyed or partially damaged. But the heavy machinery clearing the rubble to pave the way for reconstruction belong to Hizbullah, the party responsible for the capture of two Israeli soldiers that triggered the 34-day war. "The party is keeping its promise to help rebuild the southern suburbs and the villages in the South that were hit by the Israeli forces," Ghassan Darwish, a senior Hizbullah official, told The Daily Star. ... Some critics say that Nasrallah's promise to rebuild these areas was nothing but an attempt to silence growing criticism of the war as well as a way of retaining his wide support among the Shiites that represent more than 40 percent of Lebanon's population. But whatever the reasons behind Nasrallah's motives, most of residents of the southern suburbs believe that the party will keep its promise to rebuild the area.)
August 18, 2006
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Given that the White House is de facto supporting Lieberman in Connecticut, wouldn't it be a strong likelihood, were Lieberman to win in Connecticut, that he would declare himself an independent aligned with the Republicans?
This has been puttering around the internet for a while, but was resent to us this morning. We still think it's funny:
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
Here is a true story sent to me by a Texas friend who knows this doctor in a little town:
A BLUE STATE JUKEBOX REVIEW
by Tony Peyser
Will Kimbrough's Americanitis
Will Kimbrough is a piece of work.
The Mobile-born, longtime Nashville resident is an especially gifted guitarist who's played with cream of the crop folks like Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark and Joe Ely. He produces, too, including East Nashville Skyline by Todd Snider, who's as close as we may get to the new John Prine.
A NEWS RELEASE
News from the DNC:
Dean On Bush's Disappearing Credibility On Iraq
Washington, DC - Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow continued the false rhetoric of President Bush and Vice President Cheney and announced that "there is not a civil war going on" and that there has been "improvement" on the ground in Iraq. But, these latest pronouncements contradict a report prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency on August 3rd which indicated that the "number of roadside bombs exploded or found in Iraq rose in July to the highest monthly total since the war began." In addition, last month was the deadliest month of the Iraq War, as an average of more than 110 Iraqis were killed each day in July. The New York Times also quoted a senior defense official, who concluded that the "insurgency has gotten worse by almost all measures." [New York Times, 8/17/06]
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Looks like George W. Bush gives as much attention to his official website, WhiteHouse.gov, as he does to world affairs. Four weeks ago BuzzFlash wrote about dozens of transcripts we found on the site containing the Latin word sic (used to indicate errors in the original source to show that printed mistakes aren't typos) after many of the President's attacks on the English language.
"The United States Of America Is Engaged In A War Against An Extremist Bunch Of Folks"
by Tony Peyser
This was Bush talking about the latest threat
That was made by terrorists against our nation
But when I saw the headline, my first thought
Was the battle against his administration.
Subject: Why Are You Helping Them with Their Propaganda?
Thanks for continuing to further PNAC plans.
"There IS NO MORE IRAQ. There will be three territories." -- Kissinger, caught briefing his Saudi clients IN EARLY 2004.
Get your heads out of your keesters, Buzz. You're selling their thinly-veiled plan to keep four major airbases and a citadel larger than the Vatican in former Iraq.
•Partition is not A LEGAL POWER OF AN ILLEGALLY OCCUPYING ARMY up to its neck in massive war crimes.
Please make a note of it. I still send people to your site, and that is going to END if you don't realize you're aiding the enemy.