by Carla Binion
On October 17, George W. Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This new law gives Bush power similar to that of Stalin or Hitler, and grants agencies within the executive branch powers similar to those of the KGB or Gestapo.
Subject: "Votes for Sale?" on PBS's NOW tonight!
On Friday, October 20, 2006, the PBS weekly newsmagazine NOW will present a special hour-long episode into the fight to keep American elections free and fair across the country. Called "Votes for Sale?", the show will spotlight the Clean Elections movement that has taken hold in Maine and Arizona as well as talk about campaigns to win Clean Elections across the country. [local air times vary]
Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
U.S. Says Violence in Baghdad Rises, Foiling Campaign
Washington, DC - A report in today's Washington Post concludes that after three months, the Forward Together military operation that President Bush ordered has failed to reduce escalating violence in Iraq as intended. Democrats have been joined by leading Generals and top Congressional Republicans in rejecting President Bush's failed stay-the-course strategy in Iraq and want a new direction that is both tough and smart.
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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
You won't read it on the front of the New York Times (although they were eager to place under a microscope every salacious inquiry into the marriage of the Clintons).
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Black smoke billows out of the shattered truck, still engulfed in raging fires. Bodies lie strewn about in pieces, many of which are unrecognizable. Fresh, dark blood pools into the nearby gutter, and screams of pain and loss howl unbearably.
The Real Stakes: RNC Ad Shows Desperate GOP
Washington, DC - Democrats denounced the RNC's latest fear and smear attack ad, as a desperate ploy to once again try to scare voters and distract from their failures on everything from the economy to the war in Iraq, their inability to handle a natural disaster, to the war on terror. Instead of offering voters any kind of positive vision for America, the RNC, realizing they have only repeated failures to run on, released a shameful ad invoking the image of despicable terrorists to scare the American people.
GOP Candidate Mailed Letter To Hispanics Claiming Illegals Will Be Arrested For Voting
by Tony Peyser
This racial hate crime masquerading
As a political scam
Was done by an immigrant-bashing
Man born in Vietnam.
He knew exactly
What he was doin'
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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"The top US general defended the leadership of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying it is inspired by God. ‘He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country,' said Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff." Uh, oh, we really are in big trouble. When the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff can't even tell the difference between God and George Bush how can he be trusted to lead the military through a war!!! Just in case it might help, memo to General Peter Pace: George Bush, not God, appointed Rumsfeld. George Bush, not God, tells Rumsfeld what to do, and if you'd just take the time to have a look, what's happening in Iraq isn't the best for America or for Iraq!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong--MILITANTS, MUSHARRAF CIRCLING (The battle between Islamists and Taliban supporters and the pro-Western Pakistan government has intensified with the arrest of dozens of people in a massive crackdown in and around the federal capital, Islamabad. This follows hard on the heels of the uncovering of a coup plot against President General Pervez Musharraf last week which resulted in over 40 people being arrested. Among these were al-Qaeda-linked personnel from the Air Weapon Complex [AWC] of Pakistan, a leading organization in the field of air-delivered weapons and systems. ... It is the latest showdown in and around Islamabad, though, that is of significance as the guns have suddenly been turned against the premier Islamic party of the country, the Jamaat-i-Islami [JI], and its ideological cousin, the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest indigenous Kashmiri separatist militant outfit. ... Most important for the militants is that Musharraf not unleash any operation in the North Waziristan tribal area on the border with Afghanistan or in Pashin and Zhob (in southwestern Balochistan province). These areas are vital to the Taliban's winter strategy, in which it lays low, regroups and plans for the next spring offensive. Only a few days remain before the end of Ramadan and heavy snows rule out any significant military action in the mountainous region that straddles Pakistan and Afghanistan. That means, just a few days for either side to make a decisive move.)
Bush Will Send a Stern Message to North Korea About Exploding Nuclear Bombs by Attacking Iran, Which Doesn’t Have Any, And Other BuzzFlash Insights Into Bush Strategies Gleaned from "The Mad Hatter"