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Atwater is the P.T. Barnum of American politics. He gave Rove and a whole generation of young Republicans the guiding principle they took with them into the White House: The truth doesn't matter. 

-- Director Stefan Forbes, Maker of "Boogie Man, The Lee Atwater Story"

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With the Willie Horton effort to incite incendiary racial fears in Pittsburgh last week (although it turned out to be a hoax by a paid McCain Campaign affiliate staffer), we were reminded once again of the infamous Lee Atwater.

In 1988, Atwater and George W. Bush rode shotgun to use gutter -- and particularly racist -- tactics to propel George Herbert Walker Bush into the White House.

Atwater is the sleaze operative role model and mentor of Karl Rove. Steve Schmidt, who heads the McCain campaign, is his direct descendant in the scurrilous politics of demagoguery.


Humanity's dirty little secret it that humans (especially males) love war - and they really love it if they can be assured of God's favor for it. That is why every great religion ... also includes an argument against violence and war. "No War is Holy" is the tag-line of this film, and the essence of its argument. But I make that argument not against religion, but from within it.

-- Author and peace activist James Carroll

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"However, the Republican cry of 'Vote Fraud!' has become the cover for purges and challenges to legal voters by the millions. I even tracked down and filmed some of these so-called fraudulent voters handed me from a GOP list. Every one was a legal voter."

-- Greg Palast, Intrepid Investigative Reporter and Author

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Then you have people like our President who apparently actually says that God spoke to him, called him George, and said: ‘George, go invade Afghanistan.’ And God was apparently so happy with that he called him again and said: ‘George, go liberate Iraq.’ If you look at the facts of the case, you have to say either God was a terrible tactician or the President is a loony tune.


The Boston Tea Party ... was radical guerrilla subversive theater. And all along, protest has been based on a First Amendment right to have the right to assemble as big as the sky, the right to yell and scream against anyone who is trying to oppress us.

-- Naomi Wolf, Author of Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries

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Naomi Wolf credits BuzzFlash with playing a large role in launching her last book, The End of America: A Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot (Paperback), and we are proud of that.  One of our key goals for BuzzFlash is to promote and build a market for progressive books, DVDs, CDs and other products.  The more progressives buy progressive, the more we shift commerce in our direction, which has a strong ripple effect on our society. 

Wolf is back with a strong follow-up to the compelling The End of America: A Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot.  In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, Wolf offers an overview of core principles for a Constitutional democracy.  Moreover, she provides a practical guide to grassroots empowerment of the right to protest and exercise our grievances against unjust infringements upon our rights as Americans.


"This is also one of the most aggressive movements in the push to tear down the wall between church and state. They actually go further than many in the Religious Right and believe that their Apostolic structure will become the new authority in the United States and the world. Furthermore, their obsession with driving out demons means that the end always justifies the means. If you are against them, you are working for the devil....This is about their efforts to take control of society and government and they blatantly state their intent to do so."

-- Bruce Wilson of the watchdog website talk2action.org that monitors right wing extremist religious groups

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Friday, 12 September 2008 10:00

Larry Beinhart and Salvation Boulevard

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BuzzFlash:? I?m talking with Larry Beinhart, author of Salvation Boulevard, which just came out.? We last interviewed Larry in July of 2007.? And Larry, before we get into your book, which has gotten some incredible reviews and ___ quite well.? Let me ask you something.? We interviewed you at the time you wrote Fog Facts[?], which was commentary.?

Larry Beinhart:? Right.?


Mukasey is obstructing justice, which is a crime. He can either resign if he feels that his oath of office is too cumbersome for him to adhere to, or he can be removed. Either we are a nation of laws or we are a nation without a democracy.

-- Larisa Alexandrovna, Managing Investigative News Editor, Raw Story

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This is what's happened with John McCain with the Paris Hilton ads. They're trying to say that Barack Obama's the most popular person in the world. Now, liberals are making fun of those ads, but the ads are very sophisticated and very dangerous. Obama has a very short period of time in which to understand what's happened, because they're doing two different things. It comes in two steps.

Obama is so popular. Obama receives all this adulation. All of us would like that somewhat. So they build up our envy. But, then, in the next step, they say it's unfair that he has it. He's not qualified. He doesn't care about us. We're suffering. He just goes about collecting his adoration and adulation. Now, that is a powerful, powerful message. It taps people's envy, and it is going to make them hate Obama.

-- Dr. Bryant Welch, author of State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind

I mean, what they’re talking about has nothing to do with issues or governing, but it’s just like another bit of noise that goes on. And this campaign has been 23 months long. It is literally a sign of social insanity to take 23 months to elect your leaders. I mean, the Brits can do it in six weeks, and we’re – so we’ve replaced everything with this bizarre sort of horse race.

-- Dick Meyer, Author of "Why We Hate Us"

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