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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

The rate of violent crime in America increased last year for the first time since 1991, according to a new FBI report. The increase coincides with dramatic cuts to state and local law enforcement funding by Republicans each year since President Bush took office. The $2.3 billion recently approved by the House amounts to nearly half of the $4.5 billion appropriated in 2001.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Why Sen. Allen Denied Being Jewish

by Tony Peyser

Anti-Semitism among Southerners
Some might call inveterate
So, it doesn't matter if George's
Favorite flag is Confederate.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

This note will end with a call to action to Democratic and progressive billionaires and millionaires to step up to the plate at a critical hour of crisis for democracy in America. Readers can assume I am in the process of contacting some who fall into both categories, for support for the cause, and am open to suggestions from those who have, or know others who have, the means and commitment to make a difference.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

New York, New York: Think of it this way. You are a former cold warrior who spent your youth studying every aspect of the old Soviet Union. Even though you hated their policies publicly, you began privately, first grudgingly and then, with time, enthusiastically, admire the way they operated.

Thursday, 21 September 2006 04:51

Frameshop: Mothering 'Macaca'

Written by
JEFFREY FELDMAN'S FRAMESHOP

Using One's Own Mother For Political Cover

Following the Virginia Senate debate between the Democratic challenger for Senate, Jim Webb, and George Allen, we have all been led to believe that the subject of Allen's mother was something that was foisted upon him in a question about his Jewishness.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Sen. Allen Angrily Denies Jewish Heritage

by Tony Peyser

George insists that he's just a
Goy hick
Now we know he's a good ol'
Boychik.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Bush and the Repuglicans are doing all they can to try and reframe the definition of torture. From "clarity" to "this is a different time" they are doing their best. But torture is torture, abuse is abuse, no matter how you say it, and folks it is not moral to change the values this country was founded on. One just has to wonder what Bush and the Repuglicans would call it if someone attached electrodes to their oversized testicles and fired away? Perhaps then clarity might be significant!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

Independent audits have shown that up to 19% of active duty troops are paid so poorly, and face such financial hardship, that they are forced by necesssity to seek emergency loans from predatory lenders at horrendous interest rates.

Thursday, 21 September 2006 03:47

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 21, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: 2008 Election

How responsible for the sickness faced by NYPD and NYFD people is Rudolph Giuliani? Start writing about this, aside from his own distorted personal life.

Thursday, 21 September 2006 02:54

Dan Bern's "Breathe" - A Blue State Jukebox Review

Written by

BLUE STATE JUKEBOX
by Tony Peyser

If the words alone don't work in most writing, the end result won't either. But there are a few exceptions.

I learned this years ago when I read a play Sam Shepard wrote with Joseph Chaiken called "Savage/Love & Tongues." I could not get into it at all. But when I saw the filmed version of the play, I got it and loved it. The words only came to life when you heard how they were supposed to be read.

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