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Welcome back to "Ask Rockridge," a collaborative project brought to you by the BuzzFlash News Network and written by the Rockridge Institute.  This week's column is by George Lakoff.

The Rockridge Institute experts want to answer your questions about framing the political discourse. To ask a question or submit comments, see links below.

Friday, 09 November 2007 09:01

Senate Takes a Stand on Media Ownership


Senate Takes a Stand on Media Ownership: Bipartisan legislation would put the brakes on FCC plan to gut media ownership limits

WASHINGTON -- At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing today, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) announced plans to introduce legislation that would halt the Federal Communications Commission's rush to gut longstanding media ownership rules.


Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) today called for an Iran War Game to be conducted publicly involving Members of Congress that could be observed by the American people.

"We know the Pentagon has conducted war games to examine the casualties and consequences of a U.S. military strike against Iran," McDermott said, adding: "We should too."

McDermott offered his proposal in a speech on the House floor, and he questioned what might have been the outcome had such a war game been conducted before the invasion of Iraq.

The text of his remarks follows:

by Harvey Wasserman

Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash are again singing the praises of solar energy. But it's a hard song for reactor backers now desperately seeking more than $50 billion in federal loan guarantees.

Friday, 09 November 2007 06:33

Frank Wietrzychowski: Save Our Anomaly

by Frank Wietrzychowski

The Greeks thought of the polis as an active, formative thing, training the minds and characters of the citizens; we think of it as a piece of machinery for the production of safety and convenience. The training in virtue, which the medieval state left to the Church, and the polis made its own concern, the modern state leaves to God knows what. -- H. D F. Kitto

Friday, 09 November 2007 05:27

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 9, 2007


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Subject: Cheney Impeachment Resolution

My hat is off to Rep. Dennis Kucinich for bringing this resolution to the floor. I won't pretend to understand all of the silly political games behind the Democrats trying to table it and the Republicons voting against tabling it. How far will it go? This will be interesting to see.

by Peter Michaelson

One or more of the Democratic candidates for president have to challenge the American people, and perhaps even chastise us, about our fear. We have allowed the George Bush Bandwagon to pound on our fears like punk rockers at a brass and percussion concert. Shame on us! The music is horrible, but still they are allowed to play on!

by Martha Rosenberg

While most people are lamenting the violence in Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan, and Iraq, apparently it's not enough bloodshed for Vice President Dick Cheney.

Last month in a caravan of 15 sport utility vehicles and an ambulance -- no jokes, please -- Cheney made his way to Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club about 70 miles north of New York City, near Poughkeepsie, for a day of controlled bloodletting.


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.

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