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MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Well, it is the month of October and many of us are wondering about the hubristic threat of a Rovian October surprise, and if it would be deadly, because this is the administration for debt, death, and destruction ... at any cost.

Wednesday, 11 October 2006 06:38

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 11, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Why is the GOP behind?

People have different opinions as to why Republicans are trailing in the polls this election season. Some say it's because of the Foley scandal. That's because Evangelicals took credit for electing Republicans they are now taking the blame for what the Republicans did. Putting a gay congressman in charge of the exploited children caucus who is trying to exploit children isn't what Evangelicals want on their list of political accomplishments.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Some stories just write themselves. Especially when Republicans are involved.

The newest is Sandy Sullivan, the 65-year-old Republican nominee for secretary of state in Wisconsin. With no political experience, her sole claim to fame rests on her 2004 memoir titled "Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs," in which she recalls an allegedly bountiful sexual history with members of the Packers football team during the '60s.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

It sounds to me as though North Korea has answered George Bush's call to "bring it on"! Perhaps not quite in the way Bush thought, but nevertheless Kim Jong-il has stepped up to the plate with a "nukular" weapon of his own! And some foolishly think George Bush and the Repuglicans can keep us all safer! As the clock ticks, better listen up, the world has become a more dangerous place since George Bush first stole the office of the presidency! We are facing more peril than ever before thanks to Bush's in your face, intimidating, demanding, lack of diplomacy, macho, bullying, bravado! For God's sake and for our safety and security please pray that impeachment proceedings start sooner rather than later, and since he's afraid of horses, let Bush ride that limo back to the ranch!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

1//The Guardian, UK--BIG POWERS HUFF AND PUFF OVER NORTH KOREA (... But the strong words did not disguise the weakness of the international community's position now that North Korea has finally crossed the line and indisputably become what it has long claimed to be - a nuclear weapons state. In short, the big powers can huff and puff, but there is not a lot new in practical terms that they can do. This development was expected. They simply couldn't stop it. ... Other countries with nascent nuclear ambitions will also be watching closely to see what happens next. The fate of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, which failed to develop a nuclear deterrent and was invaded and overthrown by bigger powers, unfortunately provides a cautionary tale for insecure leaderships. The residual idea that the US could one day impose regime change on North Korea by military force died a death when Pyongyang's bomb went off today. That underscores the importance of dialogue. But it is also a spur to further global nuclear weapons proliferation.)

NEWS RELEASE

Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000

Wednesday, 11 October 2006 03:04

Rory O'Connor: Time Is on His Side

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Rory O'Connor

Rick Stengel is a man of nuance in an increasingly unsubtle media world. What's more, Stengel believes much of the rest of America stands with him.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

If Clinton Had Hired GOP Spin Doctors To Handle The Lewinsky Scandal

by Tony Peyser

All of you reporters are
Going around the bend; he
Was only really guilty of
Being "overly friendly."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

Democrats should push back against every dishonest excuse and every evasion of responsibility by the partisan President and his acolytes who have done enough damage to our security for a lifetime.

Lets get this straight: Bill Clinton had a policy towards Korea that worked for eight years that included a strong military, and included diplomacy, and resulted in North Korea holding back from nuclear tests that have taken place on George W. Bush's watch.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

In our editorial that caromed around the Internet, "Torture, Murder, Bush, Kissinger and The Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina: America on the Brink of Horror
," we warned that the legacy of U.S. governments – particularly under the Rumsfeld/Cheney/Kissinger/Bush leadership through various GOP administrations – supporting torture and murder to suppress dissent in other countries may be coming to America.

This is no idle conspiracy theory. As we pointed out in our editorial, the U.S. Congress has now given Bush enough legal maneuvering room to declare U.S. citizens supporters of terrorists. Since Bush has openly accused any American who disagrees with his disastrous "war on terror" a "tool of the terrorists," he is legally now able to "disappear" us. This is not idle theory. We no longer have the protection of habeas corpus, if Bush invokes his powers to fight "terror."

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