DNC: GOP Continues Trickery at the Voting Booth
Washington, DC - An article in today's Washington Post labels Maryland Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich and his Lt. Governor Michael Steele as key architects in a desperate scheme to trick African American voters in Maryland during last week's mid-term elections. These efforts by Maryland Republicans are just one example of despicable efforts on the part of the GOP to intimidate and deceive American voters. Michael Steele whose name is now being floated as a possible replacement for RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, knowingly hired out of state workers to canvass African American communities, handing out misleading literature which falsely claimed Steele received the support of prominent African American Democrats. [The Washington Post, 11/13/06]
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
LONDON -- The British take the honoring of military veterans and especially the commemoration of their war dead very seriously. As in the States, this past Saturday, November 11, was Armistice Day, or Veterans Day as we usually call it. At 11 am, two minutes of silence were observed, marking the armistice that ended the First World War at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson
Yes -- George was right, God wants him to be president. For many years God has not been happy with the American Empire and its false gods of capital, globalization, and weaponry. Nor has He been pleased with America's world leadership in global-warming denial. So He sent one of his woe-begotten sons, George, to mismanage it all.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Senator Chafee should have followed Senator Jeffords' example and changed his party affiliation when faced with Dick Cheney's privately proposed aggressive partisan policies! If indeed Senator Chafee believed in the principles he espouses, then certainly, in all good conscience, he should have left the Repuglican Party, because change from within will never happen with the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheney! Remember, if you don't speak out in a way that resonates, then it is assumed you agree!
Subject: Good Work
I have been meaning to order several books from you and will do so soon I hope. I just hate Pen Pal or any such thing, so that I need to do snail mail.
I have been very busy and so I am slow, and what I can send will not be that much (maybe a few hundred), but I am appreciative of the work you and other liberal groups have done....you are one of the true defenders of democracy. The politicians, regardless of party, have betrayed America overtly (republicans) or covertly (democrats, through ineffectual fulfillment of their responsibilities...with a few exceptions). The liberal sites and independent investigators and "soldiers" like the Black Box voting people are the real heroes of this crucial time. Thank you.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
I think they elected him because they thought he’d be someone they could manipulate. But Bush genuinely feels like he was elected to govern. -- Jules Carlysle, Author of DUMBASS
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION*
by Dave Zirin
[Profanity warning: Rap lyrics follow]
It's crazy there ain't no time to really chill
Jealous motherfuckers always want to act ill
What the fuck you gonna do in a situation
It's like you need to have steel just to feel
Tons o' guns everybody's getting strapped
Tons o' guns got to watch the way you act
Tons o' guns real easy to get
Tons o' guns bringing nothing but death"
Guru spit those lyrics ten years ago backed by a soul-scraping beat from DJ Premier. Today it seems like the GangStarr track could replace that damn Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get Retarded" song as the soundtrack of the National Basketball Association.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Last Saturday, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold announced that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president. The next day, he held his 1,000th town hall meeting among his constituents since he took office in 1992.
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
In the run-up to the election, Joe Lieberman was assuring Connecticut voters that if elected he would continue to vote with the Democratic caucus in the Senate. He was elected, as you all know. (Why don't I say "re-elected," some might ask? Because it wasn't Joe Lieberman, Democrat, who was elected, it was Joe Lieberman, former Democrat who was elected. He received about 70% of the Republican vote in Connecticut. If he had not gotten all of those Republican votes, the true Democratic candidate Ned Lamont would have won in a walk.) For his campaign, Lieberman received lots of Republican money and had senior Republican political consultants on his staff. On October 17, 2006 elsewhere I published a short note speculating that were he to get back to the Senate, Lieberman might vote to caucus with the Republicans.