DNC: I Don't Recall": Mehlman's Abramoff Defense
Outstanding Questions For Ken Mehlman
Washington, DC - Yesterday on CNN, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman gave evasive explanations on whether, while he served as Political Director in the Bush White House, he helped the clients of convicted former GOP superlobbyist Jack Abramoff by having a State Department employee fired. Three times during his interview, Mehlman said "I don't recall." [CNN, 10/15/06] Despite Mehlman's statement yesterday on CNN that he "let the decision makers make the decisions" on issues important to Abramoff's clients while he was White House Political Director, hundreds of pages of recently released emails tell a different story. In fact, Mehlman worked so closely with Abramoff that other White House staff asked Abramoff to "contact Ken only" when he needed assistance.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Geoffrey R. Stone
Since the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, Republicans have controlled the White House 70 percent of the time and Republican presidents have made 86 percent of the U.S. Supreme Court appointments. In many quarters, the word "liberal" has become a pejorative. Part of the problem is that liberals have failed to define themselves and to state clearly what they believe. As a liberal, I find that appalling.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
Disclosure: I have never had any business relationship with Air America, do not have any such relationship today, know various financial players who might participate in its future, and readers should consider that I reserve the right to possibly have some future business interest.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
A nuclear war machine bearing the name of Bush is certainly apropos! It's truly understandable for the heavens to open up and rain down tears on "this month's christening of the nuclear aircraft carrier" bearing the name of George H.W. Bush! Given the actions of his son, George W. Bush, the "shock and awe" he ordered up, the thousands upon thousands of innocent people who have died as a result of W's preemptive unnecessary war, it's inconceivable that any God anywhere would approve! George H. W. Bush's legacy will go down horrifically as being the father of the worst president America has ever had to endure!
DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
2 GOP Senators Want New Iraq Strategy
Washington, DC - The Associated Press reports that two leading Republican Senators have come out against President Bush's failed stay-the-course strategy in Iraq. Senator Chuck Hagel and Senator John Warner joined the growing number of Americans opposed to the Administration's current strategy as sectarian violence continues to escalate, placing American troops in the middle. Democrats reject President Bush's stay-the-course strategy and want a new direction in Iraq that is both tough and smart.
Spin That Will Make You Dizzy
by Tony Peyser
Some Christian Conservatives
Have gone to the mats
To claim Gay Republicans
Are closeted Democrats.
"If you don't watch out, the Boogeyman is going to get you."
When we were young, every one of us suffered a grandparent or a creepy weird uncle or a fat pimply faced cousin who planted similar irrational fears in us. A psycho adult who got his jollies off by gleefully magnifying the shapeless dread of monsters lurking in the dark to susceptible children. Monsters who waited to gobble us up and skulked everywhere. Under the bed, in the back of the closet and pretty much the whole of the entire basement especially behind the furnace. And still, that creepy weird uncle continues to frighten us with tales of the Boogeyman. And that psycho adult's name is George Walker Bush.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Japan Times, Japan--IRAN OIL DEAL GONE, AS IS HEADACHE (A Foreign Ministry official seemed more relieved than disheartened when he heard last week that Inpex Holdings Inc.'s concession in Iran's Azadegan oil field was cut to 10 percent from the original 75 percent because the Japanese firm failed to get started on the project. "You can't help it, with what is going on in the United Nations Security Council," the official, who asked not to be named, said about the standoff with Tehran over its uranium enrichment program. Resource-poor Japan was caught in the dilemma of needing to go on with the project and the harsh eyes of the world, especially the United States, to back off amid global pressures to compel Iran to drop its nuclear quest. For the Foreign Ministry, which did not want to damage U.S. relations, last week's agreement put an end to the diplomatic tension while allowing Tokyo to still hold onto a portion of the project. ... Now speculation is ripe that China, France and Russia will try to fill the void left by Japan in the Azadegan field, where crude oil reserves are estimated at 26 million barrels. Iran had threatened to turn to China and Russia when Japan dragged its heels on getting started on the $ 2 billion project.)
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
To understand the crucible of the elitist, tyrannical and barbaric worldview of the Bush Administration, BuzzFlash has recently published two editorials that go back to explore the Kissinger doctrine of supporting the torture and murder of tens of thousands of people in South America, Central America, Vietnam, East Timor and elsewhere in the world.