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Wednesday, 07 November 2007 04:02

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 7, 2007

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Subject: Statement & Vote on Motion to Table H. Res. 333

"As an original co-sponsor of H. Res. 333, I felt compelled to vote against tabling this motion, which would effectively kill it. The actions of the Vice President of the United States with respect to U.S. involvement in an Iraq war need to be debated openly and honestly in my judgment.

Wednesday, 07 November 2007 02:35

Early Morning Jokes for November 7 -- Tony Peyser

From 1994-1997, I drew daily cartoons for Laugh Lines, the L.A. Times' humor page. I also wrote topical jokes every day. Since the WGA is now on strike, there will be no new shows from the likes of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O' Brien, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. Since they've cornered the late-night market, I've decided to stake out a different time of day to call my own.

Welcome to ...

Early Morning Jokes
by Tony Peyser

Two years ago, Mister Fletcher went way out on a limb
And pardoned nine people who could testify against him.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. 

1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong
BUSH'S TURKEY SHOOT
           

Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:54

Michael Winship: Why We Want Our Words' Worth

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

Groucho Marx said, "Who needs writers? Give me a competent director and two intelligent actors, and at the end of eight weeks, I'll show you three of the most nervous people you ever saw."

Groucho got it. The Hollywood studios and networks apparently do not.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn W. Smith
The Rockridge Institute

As Thanksgiving approaches, we should pay homage to the 17th Century Blackwater-like private security firms who made the very first Thanksgiving possible. That's the message from Serviam, a magazine committed to the unstinting defense of private profiteering in every realm of human endeavor. By the magazine's stuffed-turkey logic, we should give thanks for all the profiteering and the accountability-killing privatizing that dominates what was once a public sphere. From health care to a mercenary army, profit is alpha and omega, while the moral fabric that holds us together is being ripped apart by pirates. Yes, even our health has been blackwatered. Thank-yous are hardly in order.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Stephen Crockett

You cannot honestly say you are supporting American soldiers if you support the use of torture techniques such as waterboarding. By any objective definition, waterboarding is torture. The technique is a type of simulated drowning of a prisoner who has their limbs bound.

Tuesday, 06 November 2007 08:28

John Cory: The Cost of War

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by John Cory

"The truth is dark under your eyelids. What are you going to do about it?" - Against the Winter by Charles Simic

"What is the cost of war," you ask? Might as well ask, "What is the cost of eternity?"

Tuesday, 06 November 2007 06:49

Peter Michaelson: Eight Epitaphs for Bush

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

Let us now propose some epitaphs for George W. Bush. In all probability, his official epitaph will exhibit his final lie, something perhaps to the effect of, "From a little Shrub, a mighty Bush," or a more enchanting "Heaven-Sent." But it's the unofficial epitaph -- our heart's remembrance -- that will take his true measure.

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