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by Greg Palast

A special investigative report from inside Iraq

Monday, September 17, 2007 -- Did you see George all choked up? In his surreal TV talk on Thursday, he got all emotional over the killing by Al Qaeda of Sheik Abu Risha, the leader of the new Sunni alliance with the U.S. against the insurgents in Anbar Province, Iraq.

Monday, 17 September 2007 07:40

Mike Ferner: New Day in the Anti-war Movement?

by Mike Ferner

Other demonstrations against the war in Iraq have been larger, but the one in Washington, D.C. this past Saturday was significant in another way because of a very different feel about it.

Monday, 17 September 2007 06:09

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 17, 2007


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Subject: Request to revoke Bush's diploma

by Chad Rubel

Michael Moore has a new movie out in 2007. Yes, you say, "I've seen SiCKO." Well, good. But there's a new movie from Moore in 2007 that you probably haven't seen -- unless you were in Toronto earlier this month for the Toronto International Film Festival.

This film is called "Captain Mike Across America," and it's more of a highlights package from his concert tour of colleges leading up to the 2004 election. The theme throughout the film is the drive to get young people to register to vote, a theme that will also be necessary in 2008. Moore offers Ramen noodles and underwear to get young people to register to vote.

At the Saturday showing of the movie, Moore did say this movie is more about preaching to the choir, but sometimes the choir needs to be preached to. So don't expect it to be in the linear plane of "Bowling for Columbine," "Fahrenheit 9/11," and, of course, "SiCKO." You see a lot more of Moore in this film as opposed to "SiCKO." This is one for the fans.

There are musical performances from a number of artists, including Eddie Vedder, Steve Earle, Joan Baez, and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello.

C'mon, cut the guy some slack!
This happened way back in 2005

It's bad enough Vitter cheated with a D.C. call girl
(Who I imagine was a looker)


BuzzFlash Note: Gloria's column is on hold while she works on some computer issues for a few days. Thanks for your patience.

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Sunday, 16 September 2007 16:30

George Lakoff: Whose Betrayal?

by George Lakoff, The Rockridge Institute

Betrayal is everywhere in the news. We learned from the Washington Post that Alan Greenspan said, in his new book, "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." Not keeping our country safe, as the troops were told. Not democracy. Not Weapons of Mass Destruction. Not al Qaeda. Oil! All those lives and maimings about oil! Are you shocked, shocked? It is Betrayal of Trust of the highest order: "Politically inconvenient ... everyone knows..." Oil was not discussed at the Petraeus hearings. The silence in Washington has been polite.

by Danny Schechter

There is a term in finance called "moral hazard." It refers to policies and practices that reward wrongdoing by bankers and investors instead of allowing them to suffer their losses in the win-lose environment of the rigged casino that we refer to as markets.

Q. How did General Petraeus' testimony in front of Congress go?

A. Pretty good. He emphasized that progress was being made in Iraq. The same way he talked about the progress being made in Iraq when he testified in the same room back in 2004. He might be using the same script.

Q. What's the difference between then and now?
A. Back then, Baghdad still had electricity and water and the wheel.

Q. Did General Petraeus speak about what the future holds for our Iraqi involvement?
A. He acknowledged the road ahead would be difficult. He also allowed that fire engines are often red.

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