WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia
The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
"It is this kind of political theater that has caused the American people to lose confidence in how Washington operates," President Bush said on Monday about Democratic plans for a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Gonzales.
Well gee, isn't that the point of a vote of no-confidence? It is amazing how effortlessly Bush can blame Democrats for why folks are upset about the AttorneyGate scandal. Talk about shooting the messenger.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
By Amy Branham
Last night, while surfing for something to watch on the television, my husband ran across the show "Austin City Limits." The Dixie Chicks were playing, so he stopped his surfing and we watched them perform. It was good to see them up on stage performing again, especially in a Texas venue, though I do believe the show was a rerun from about a year ago.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
We have an old saying in my adopted state of Texas and you may have it in your own state too: "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it." America is not unique for perpetuating a history founded on genocide and where violence is constantly relied upon for problem solving, but this is our country and how can we finally learn the lessons of war and corrupt regimes?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
by Chad Rubel
Four members of Congress are completing the weeklong "Food Stamp Challenge" Monday by eating on the average federal assistance provided to food stamp recipients: $21 per week, which works out to $3 a day or $1 a meal.
Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jo Ann Emerson (D-MO), Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) - all members of the House Hunger Caucus - were trying to raise awareness after the introduction of the Feeding America's Families Act, which would add $4 billion to the annual food stamp budget. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, also a Democrat, took the challenge last month.
Talk about putting your money where your mouth is.
On their blogs, the participating members of Congress seemed genuinely humbled and moved by experiencing the plight faced by too many Americans, even if only for a week. About 26 million of us get food stamps, and the demographic breakdown from a 2005 government study may surprise you. Half of recipients are children and 8% are 60 or older. Many recipients have jobs: 40% of participating individuals worked or at least lived in a household with earnings.
Are we sure that CBS is not adding up the approval percentages of Bush and Cheney in order to get 24 percent? Those have been my calculations for some time now.
The latest CBS-New York Times poll said the president has dropped to 24 percent in his approval ratings on his handling of the war. President Nixon's Watergate scandal-plagued polls fell to 23 percent when he was forced to resign from office.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTEHmm, seems some Repuglican politicos have decided there are election disadvantages that outweigh the advantages of religious fundamentalist public association, though I dare say the politicos do still want the fundamentalist votes! James Dobson may want to rethink his threat "not to vote if Rudy is on the G.O.P. ticket, "because without the Repuglican Party his followers claim to fame just may dwindle into nothingness, right where it belongs! Contrary to the conversion of a fundamentalist government, Jerry Falwell (may we all rest in peace now that he's gone), James Dobson, Tony Perkins, and the rest of this self-proclaimed 'moral majority' have tried to pull off in this country, America has done very well by separating 'church and state'! We're all very weary of the chaos and confusion, the death and destruction, fundamentalism has caused since Bush stole the presidency!!!!
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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo
In a display of gratitude for taking the high road for their nation, Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson were honored by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. The impressive couple, appearing confident and relaxed, addressed a packed audience in the ballroom of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.