A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The Oman Free Trade Agreement (OFTA) was passed today by the House, 221-205. The Senate passed it last month in a 60-34 vote. Americans should be troubled by two important aspects of OFTA: it endangers our autonomy over port security and it provides little protection against slave labor conditions.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
The Federal Election Commission identified numerous violations of the law by Tom DeLay's Americans for a Republican Majority political action committee (ARMPAC), prompting a $115,000 civil penalty, one of the largest in FEC history. ARMPAC failed to report and improperly used hundreds of thousands of dollars during the 2002 election.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
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It saddens my heart to see what the Bush family and the Repuglican Party are doing to my beloved State of Florida! They are shrouding the Sunshine with a political fog of Repuglican bigotry and bias.
A BLUE STATE JUKEBOX REVIEW
by Tony Peyser
About three years ago, I heard an album I really liked by a Virginia-based band called The Circuit Riders. It felt like they were summoning some old Americana ghosts with a mix of country, folk and blues. Much of their sound was carried by lead vocalist Steve Fisher, who also wrote a lot of the Circuit Riders songs. He sounded a lot Dylan as well as T-Bone Burnett, the producer of "O Brother" fame whose solo career finally generated a long-awaiting box set this year of his often hard to find albums. (This Dylan-Burnett comparison isn't a stretch since the latter was a de facto protege of the former.) I was especially smitten with "Circus Is In Town" which evoked that old thrill of three-ring theatrics coming to somebody's hometown. But there was also a somewhat jaundiced and modern eye cast on the proceedings: "The horses are getting tired, waiting in their stalls/The crowd is growing restless, hoping the acrobat will fall."
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Talk about an early Christmas for the Dems, along with getting turkey dinner delivered to your door.
Heck, they didn’t even have to work hard for this one. It just came on a platter.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
It isn’t that the United States shouldn’t exercise power in the world. It’s that it only knows how to exercise one kind of power -- the hard brutal power of military force.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSISAn attack ad by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) shows his campaign opponent, Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), above a darkened clip of the World Trade Center burning on September 11 in an attempt to show that Brown is "weakening America's security." The commercial isn't just in poor taste, it's also hypocritical in response to Republican criticism just last week about a Democratic ad showing flag-draped coffins from Iraq. Other images highlighting Bush's failures over the past few years were also shown, such as gas prices, New Orleans, pollution, and job losses. GOP outcries included comments like "outrageous," "distasteful," "inappropriate," "this crosses the line," and "it makes my stomach turn."
Apparently for Republicans, showing the negative effects of GOP rule is not acceptable, but showing thousands of innocent Americans dying is hunky-dory.