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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

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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.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

House Democrats blasted the Bush Administration today for not fully funding checked baggage screening for passenger airplanes. A non-partisan report developed by the government and private experts concluded that at least $435 million is necessary to purchase and maintain Explosive Detection Systems, but Republicans are proposing only about $150 million in funding. "That won't even get us to the 5 yard line," said House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

I was lucky enough to have been inside a network program, managed by the top news division in television, NBC news, and I could see the corruption, the timidity, the news suppression day by day from the inside. It was something breathtaking to behold.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

The House Judiciary Committee today rejected Bush's excessive, unconstitutional military tribunal proposal, 17-20. The bipartisan vote mirrored the recent rebellion of moderate Senate Republicans over the same bill.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 07:36

Amy Branham: Mrs. Branham Goes to Washington!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Amy Branham

Twelve days ago my husband and I embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C. It was our plan to see the city and to participate in Camp Democracy. Our trip turned into something far different than what we had originally planned. This is about our trip, what I found, personally, that was important to me, and what I have taken away from this trip.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

The Democratic "Truth Squad" of progressive House Democrats has released a report showing that pharmaceutical industry profits have skyrocketed since the Republican Medicare drug plan went into effect at the beginning of this year.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 05:56

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 20, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Bush's Abilities

My grandmother had an expression that pretty much describes George W Bush’s ability to run the country:

“He couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if it had a hole in the toe and the instructions written on the heel.”

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