It is part of the job description of 21st century politicians to make a lot of noise. In the case of the Bush administration, the roar consists of laughable terror scares and pejoratives aimed at Democrats. They can't shout about any benevolent legislation, as everything Bush has signed into law has been either overtly or covertly harmful to human beings. Even the ruckus about national security - supposedly Bush's strongest favorable rating - is just white noise designed to confuse. We are in much greater danger as Americans due to Bush's "Bomb first and ask questions later" policy.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
While Bush fiddles down on the ranch and Americans go shopping at the mall on credit -- “The US government is on a ‘burning platform’ of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country’s top government inspector has warned. David Walker, comptroller general of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country’s future in a report that lays out what he called “chilling long-term simulations.”
Exactly when you want dopes like this to completely butt out
Pictures are taken as if they're at an amusement park cut-out
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
1. a situation or period in which things are very uncertain, difficult, or painful, especially a time when action must be taken to avoid complete disaster or breakdown
2. a time when something very important for the future happens or is decided.
When I retired as the "face" of the American anti-war movement in May, I had decided that my group, Camp Casey Peace Institute, would focus on changing the world one person at a time by becoming a humanitarian group: People for Humanity. After Congress gave George another blank check to continue the murder and mayhem in Iraq, we came to the conclusion that it would be better to focus on the people who have been harmed by American corporate imperialism than fight it at home. We decided that our first project would be helping the refugees who have been displaced by the violence and instability in Iraq.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by George Lakoff
"Centrism" is the creation of an inaccurate self-serving metaphor, and it is time to bury it.
There is no left-to-right linear spectrum in the American political life. There are two systems of values and modes of thought -- call them progressive and conservative (or nurturant and strict, as I have). There are total progressives, who use a progressive mode of thought on all issues. And total conservatives. And there are lots of folks who are what I've called "biconceptuals": progressive on certain issue areas and conservative on others. But they don't form a linear scale. They are all over the place: progressive on domestic policy, conservative on foreign policy; conservative on economic policy, progressive on foreign policy and social issues; conservative on religion, but progressive on social issues and foreign policy. No linear scale. No single set of values defining a "center." Indeed many of such folks are not moderate in their views; they can be quite passionate about both their progressive and conservative views.