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Wednesday, 16 May 2007 06:13

BuzzFlash Mailbag for May 16, 2007


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[BuzzFlash Note: We had no 5/15 Mailbag as the editor was out for a day. ... Also, we continue to experience some trouble with our email. Some letters are getting diverted to the bulk/spam folder. Our apologies. We're working on this.]

Wednesday, 16 May 2007 04:33

Jeff Cohen: Falwell and Me

by Jeff Cohen

It was fitting to see so much gushing on TV news about Rev. Jerry Falwell in the hours after his death. He and TV news held the same things sacred: fame, soundbites, and uninformed fear-mongering.

In the May 6 edition of the Sunday New York Times Book Review, there was a review of Prof. Allen Brandt's new book, The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America appeared. The review was written by Jonathan Miles who is, oddly enough, a persistent cigarette smoker. In contrast with 70% of smokers, he claims that he smokes because he likes it, and implies that that is the reason most smokers smoke. Mr. Miles apparently knows little about the addictive properties of nicotine: approximately 90% of persons who try cigarettes become addicted to them, especially if they begin smoking at a young age, which is when most smokers begin. (About 20% of persons who try cocaine become addicted to it, but that's another story.)

by Greg Palast

"The wheels have come off, the engine is on fire and no one is driving," Captain David Iglesias told me yesterday. I'd asked the Naval Reserve officer, heading off to duty in Norfolk, why he didn't want his old job back, United States Attorney for New Mexico.


“The purge of prosecutors looks increasingly like an effort to turn U.S. attorneys into arms of the Republican National Committee. Some of the eight prosecutors known to have been fired last year had antagonized White House political adviser Karl Rove and GOP politicians by failing to pursue cases that could have affected last year's election outcome.”  What Karl Rove and GOP politicians have done to American justice is appalling, it is disgusting.  Rove and these GOP politicians should be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law!  To all the mothers and fathers in America -- Do you really want your kids to think lying, cheating, stealing, and all out sleaze is commendable, do you really want your kids to emulate the characteristics of crooks, do you really want them to believe politics is above the law?  The irony in this sordid saga is that the so called “moral-majority” supports this entire Bush debacle!

Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:21

Karen Webb: Wolfie and His Alpha Female

by Karen Webb

I have been reading through all the stuff referring to Wolfie and the World Bank and am beginning to see the conflict. It has to do with them forcing him to face up to his really PO'ed girlfriend and she is one really ALPHA "she" Wolfie.

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by Linda Milazzo

Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! What a wonderful day to rejoice.

Finally, after a lifetime of preaching for his Maker, speaking for his Maker, dictating for his Maker, berating for his Maker, organizing for his Maker, legislating for his Maker, and broadcasting for his Maker, Reverend Jerry Falwell will finally meet his Maker!!

by Dave Lindorff and Linn Washington

The case of death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, now a quarter of a century long, is heading to a climax this Thursday in a hearing before a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. It is a hearing that could result in a new trial for the Philadelphia journalist and former Black Panther, or possibly in a new date with the executioner.

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