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Wednesday, 26 July 2006 09:11

Dave Zirin: You're a Good Man Larry Brown


by Dave Zirin

You're a good man, Larry Brown. You were born in Brooklyn damn near 66 years ago and in that time you've traveled more than LeBron in the playoffs. You played for the Akron Wingfoots of the old NABL. You toiled for ABA teams like the Oakland Oaks and New Orleans Bucs, in front of crowds that would fit comfortably in a Winnebago. The NBA didn't think 5'9" point guards were the way to go so you became the all-time ABA leader in assists. That's always been your way. If there is a brick wall with a door, you smash through the brick wall. That's how underdogs from Brooklyn get out: because they know the door is usually locked.


The failure to stop the bloodletting in the Middle East, Exxon's record second-quarter profits and Iran's nuclear cat-and-mouse game have something in common -- it's the oil.

Wednesday, 26 July 2006 08:02

BuzzFlash Mailbag for July 26, 2006


Subject: Mailbag is great


Your Mailbag is one of the best things that helps me keep my sanity.  The new "pre-emptive" war that Israel has started is so painful that I stopped folowing any news for several days.  It only proves once again that there are so many fools who think violence can solve all problems.  It's refreshing to comeback to the Mailbag and see I am not alone in my views.


The Progressive States Network is a new organization formed to support progressive legislation and build a progressive majority in our statehouses.  This column will include highlights from the organization's twice-weekly Stateside Dispatch, which folks can sign up for here.

Truth & Unintended Consequences In Aiding Lieberman

by Tony Peyser

Joe's in deep water without a life jacket
Those helping him see themselves as brave
But people who try these kinds of rescues
Often drown with who they're trying to save.


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Looking at the utter chaos that is evolving in the Middle-East from Bush’s war in Iraq, it’s beginning to look as though, gasp, the “evil-doer”, Saddam Hussein, just might have been a thread of stability in the Middle-East!

Wednesday, 26 July 2006 02:09

World Media Watch for July 26, 2006


1//The Daily Star, Lebanon--TURKISH PREMIER CALLS FOR NATO TO JOIN FIGHT AGAINST KURDISH REBELS IN NORTHERN IRAQ (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for NATO to join the combat against mounting violence by Kurdish rebels holed up in northern Iraq, the Anatolia news agency reported. "NATO, just as it stepped in to join the struggle against terrorism in Afghanistan, should ... perform the same duty here," Erdogan told reporters. Erdogan's call came as Ankara becomes increasingly exasperated by US reluctance to crack down on rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK], based in the mountains of northern Iraq since 1999.)


In the real world, there are repercussions for incompetence.

But not in Bush world.

After years of failure, the man who would be king announced yet another "new" plan to stop the death and bloodshed in Iraq.


by Jim Ridout

The deaths in Iraq have surged once again as the number of Iraqi civilians killed in June rose to 3,000 and the death toll of American heroes just keeps climbing. All of this after President Bush and the Republican Party seized the day to celebrate the death of Zarqawi and the promise of progress and an example of success.

Tuesday, 25 July 2006 08:05

BuzzFlash Mailbag for July 25, 2006


Subject: Mailbag ... 7/24/06

First...some housekeeping...I saw two hearings on C-span this weekend...wondered if anyone else saw them...One about how horrid the Medicare drug presc. plan was...how that donut hole works, and how it hurts the most ill of this nation. It made me so mad...to think that we pay prescription drugs for the likes of Dick Cheney...Bush and Rumsfeld...it is just a horror.

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