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by Linda Milazzo

There's a song from the legendary 1960 musical, "Bye, Bye Birdie," titled "Kids," which laments the peculiar behaviors of kids. It famously ponders, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?"


Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//The Moscow Times, Russia

Turkmenistan's president-for-life Saparmurat Niyazov died of an apparent heart attack early Thursday, leaving no heir apparent and potentially plunging his country into a bitter power struggle. He was 66. His death poses a policy challenge for the Kremlin, which relies heavily on the Central Asian country for a sizeable chunk of the gas it sends to Europe. Gazprom had been hoping to buy more Turkmen gas to cover for looming supply deficits at home and abroad.


First Lady Didn't Reveal Her Skin Cancer Because "She's A Private Citizen"

by Tony Peyser

Laura Bush is a private citizen?
No wonder she and George went down the aisle
In the West Wing, Camp David & Crawford
They must have hot and cold running denial.

Friday, 22 December 2006 00:11

Steven Jonas: Letter from the UK

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

I have spent the last week in the London (England; there are others around the globe) visiting friends and talking politics. Many lessons learned. Not least among them is that if you are a progressive Democrat and think that we have it tough politically, just try being a progressive Labourite in Great Britain. That’s really tough, as you will see below.

by Brent Budowsky

Let's have instant replay of the day before the Congressional elections when Republican and Democratic candidates were asking the country for their votes in their final summation:

Thursday, 21 December 2006 05:33

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 21, 2006


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Subject: Preaching to the Democratic Choir Is America's Salvation

Hey, who else are we going to preach to? Republican fascists or Fundamentalist fanatics?

Yes, we're preaching to "ourselves," but that's OK, since it keeps us on point and mega motivated. And most critically of all, it keeps us in touch with each other.

Thursday, 21 December 2006 03:22

Peter Michaelson: Singing the Right-Wing Blues

by Peter Michaelson

In this season of conviviality and in the spirit of harmony, I picked up a library copy of Andrew Sullivan's book, titled The Conservative Soul: How We Lost it, How to Get it Back (HarperCollins, 2006, 294 pages). Sullivan is an editor at The New Republic as well as a contributor to Time magazine and The Sunday Times of London. His book should provide clues, I thought, to unravel the conservative psyche.


The White House knew [the levees broke] because the Army Corps of Engineers sent them photographs. Again, I want to emphasize that the White House had the photographs of the levees breaking, and didn't tell state and local officials who had stopped the evacuation because the hurricane missed New Orleans. Everyone thought they dodged a bullet, but the White House didn't tell anybody the levees broke and were drowning the city. -- Greg Palast

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Greg Palast is just unstoppable, and after you watch his remarkable new DVD, "Big Easy to Big Empty: The Drowning of New Orleans," you'll understand why. You have read about the Katrina disaster for more than a year now, but you'll see it in a new light after watching Greg Palast's reporting.

In an expanded documentary that now includes a half-hour interview with Amy Goodman, Palast, in his usual bold style, reveals new factual details about the Bush Administration complicity in the deaths of Katrina victims. You'll be convinced by the end of watching "Big Easy to Big Empty" that what we are dealing with here is criminal negligence.


Lack Of Reality Alert: Bush Claims Midterm Elections Weren't About Him

by Tony Peyser

What an incredibly revealing
And idiotic thing to have spoken:
It's like Nicole Richie telling the cops
That their breathalyzer is broken.

by Brent Budowsky

Our media engages these endless debates about whether Iraq is facing a civil war, about whether the U.S. is winning the war, about whether the U.S. should now escalate the war by bringing in more troops to prolong it.

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