Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Well, it's the middle of October and the Republican October Surprise that Karl Rove promised us just a few weeks ago has not been delivered. At least it hasn't appeared to have been delivered. I think that that Republican October Surprise for this year is that there will be none. That doesn't mean that the Republicans themselves have not been surprised. They tried to keep the Foley Scandal under wraps as long as they could, but they couldn't manage to do that for long enough.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Since when has unscrupulous, dishonorable, mean, nasty, corrupt, behavior become "brilliant"? As I listen to the various commentators and read the various articles about Karl Rove's brilliance, how he will do anything to win, I am struck with the contradictory, conflictions in that statement! I do not believe that scam artists are brilliant. I do not believe that lying, cheating, and, yes, stealing are exemplary qualities to brag about! I do not believe that dishonest, dirty dealing, politicians should be given a free pass simply because they have achieved their goals in screwing the public. Raping the United States of America and its people is immoral and unjust; these guys should be treated as any other charlatans; they should be tried in a court of law for their crimes!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon
No one knows exactly how many Iraqi civilians have died from the war's violence since the invasion of their country. The new study from public health researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimates that the number of those deaths is around 601,000, while saying the actual total could be somewhere between 426,369 and 793,663. Such wartime figures can't be precise, but the meaning is clear: The invasion of Iraq has led to ongoing carnage on a massive scale.
DNC: Republican Homeland Insecurity Continues...
Washington, DC - After ignoring port security for the last five years, today President Bush will sign the SAFE Port Act. Five years after 9/11, the Bush Administration and Republican leaders in Congress still have much more work to do when it comes to keeping our country safe. The GOP has not only neglected port security, but they've also ignored the security of our airlines, our nuclear and chemical plants, our railroads, critical infrastructure and under-funded important first responder training.
Senator's Advisers Suggest He Say As Little As Possible Until Election
by Tony Peyser
That man of the people, Confederate friend
Jew-bashing, Black-hating, cut-up
Finally has a new message he can stay on:
"I'm George Allen ... and I'm gonna shut up."
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea--SEOUL ‘TO CONTINUE' INTER-KOREAN PROJECTS (The government has apparently decided to continue with two big inter-Korean business projects even if the UN Security Council adopts a resolution sanctioning North Korea over its purported nuclear test earlier this week, it emerged Wednesday. After reviewing the draft resolution, government officials concluded that it was not necessary to stop the Kaesong joint industrial complex and package tours to the North's Mt. Kumgang. The two inter-Korean projects are a major cash cow for Pyongyang, and there are fears that continuing them would take much of the sting out of any UN sanctions. But a government official here said the Security Council was likely to ban the transfer of money, goods and technology related to the development of weapons of mass destruction, but the two inter-Korean projects had nothing to do with WMDs. Seoul also did not halt the cross-border projects after North Korea's missile tests on July 5 and the subsequent Security Council resolution.)
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
Right up front: the core group of 3-5 million Americans who are the most progressive, independent and committed have the unilateral and pre-emptive power to make this happen.
DNC: ROVE AND REYNOLDS BOTH PRESSURED FOLEY TO RUN
As Reynolds Tried to Save GOP Seat, President Bush's Chief Political Advisor Threatened Disgraced Congressman's Lobbying Career
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
A better question would be ... What is the difference between showing one's ass or just acting like an ass? None.
Today on Democracy Now, I watched Jim Gilchrist, is a GOP goon with a goon squad who call themselves the "Minute Men." A group that wants to play war, except they don't like fighting people who are armed and fight back. That could be dangerous and bad for one's health, so they just go after unarmed immigrants who are trying to get into this country with their families to look for jobs. It does get dull at times watching these Republicans constantly show their ass, and Gilchrist was no different. He shows up with an unseen or undercover lawyer when asked to talk with a college student, and when said student, Karina Garcia, was giving her story about this military-wannabe group, the Minute Men, (when speaking of today's Minute Men group, I thought it must have something to do with their sexual prowess. [old joke?] What else could it mean when a group of jackbooted, heavily armed men stalk US borders looking to kill unarmed poor people who are trying to sneak into this country to get a job? That isn't what the real Minutemen did in the American Revolution -- cute idea, but in this case, not salable), Gilchrist becomes unstrung fairly early in the discussion of what happened on campus.
DNC: Bush Renews Failed Renewable Energy Policy
Washington, D.C. - Today, President Bush will address the national renewable energy conference in St. Louis. Despite the White House's lofty rhetoric when it comes to renewable energy the fact is that America's dependence on foreign energy has increased under Bush's watch. The Bush Administration allowed their friends in the energy industry to write our nation's energy policy. Since then, America's working families have struggled to keep up with escalating gas prices.