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Monday, 23 October 2006 06:00

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 23, 2006

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Last week, BuzzFlash wrote "Worse than Foley? Republicans Covering Up Evidence that GOP Knew of ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham Bribery & Cronyism." It turns out that House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra has been sitting on a report since May - that he authorized - concluding that his staffers ignored "red flags" about Cunningham, who is serving time for accepting bribes in return for millions in appropriations.

Monday, 23 October 2006 03:47

Cindy Sheehan: Is it Vietnam Yet?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

With the mid-term elections looming dangerously close, and with public opinion in opposition to George's failed foreign policies crossing the two-thirds mark, the White House announced that they are going to present their puppet government of Iraq with a "timetable" for US withdrawal. This reminds me of Richard Nixon's "secret plan" to remove US troops from Vietnam that he touted in his narrow electoral victory over Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

No need to question the Johns Hopkins survey any longer! Obviously it is true, otherwise the order "not to reveal to the UN the true extent of civilian casualties in the country's conflict" would not have been issued!

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

How Can The President Campaign For Adulterer Don Sherwood Who Tried To Strangle His Mistress?

by Tony Peyser

In shameless Lesson 101
For political spinners
Tony Snow said Bush can,
"Because we're all sinners."

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Welcome to "World Media Watch's" new format. Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; an expanded version of the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//The Sunday Telegraph, UK-AL-QA'EDA IS WINNING THE WAR OF IDEAS, SAYS REID

John Reid has issued a dire warning that the Government risks losing the "battle of ideas" with al-Qa'eda. The Home Secretary spoke out at an emergency meeting of ministers and security officials amid an ever-growing threat from home-grown Islamist terror groups. He called for an urgent but controversial escalation in the propaganda war and said al-Qa'eda's so-called "single extremist narrative" was proving ever more attractive to young British Muslims. The Government needed to do much more to win the "battle of ideas", Mr Reid said. The meeting came as ministers -- including Jack Straw, Ruth Kelly and Phil Woolas -- started to take a much more aggressive stance against radical Islam. Ministers have told The Sunday Telegraph that 30 terror plots are being investigated and that 1,500 young Muslims -- many more than previously estimated -- are suspects. A key government weapon in the struggle to win hearts and minds is the decision to fund covertly an Islamic website appealing for moderation. A classic of New Labour terminology, it is called the Radical Middle Way. Government documents disclose that the site is "run as a grassroots initiative by Muslim organisations". However, it has "most of its financial backing from the Foreign Office and Home Office". The site uses video and podcasts to spread an "alternative message" to young Muslims. Some content is available through the iTunes website with no indication that it is effectively an arm of Government. Around 100,000 CDs promoting moderation have also been funded and distributed free to Muslim students as an "antidote", apparently, to the jihadist CDs circulated at universities and colleges.

Monday, 23 October 2006 01:50

Will Durst: Bring Back Saddam

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WINSTON CHURCHILL: "Democracy may be the worst form of government known to man, with the possible exception of every other form."

I don't know if you got your head screwed on tight right now, but if not, you might want to pull out some eight penny nails and a claw hammer and place them in the ready position. Because chances are, after you hear this, you're going to want to nail your skull onto your spine before it spins off into the ether like a runaway flesh colored helium balloon. A bi-partisan commission, headed by James Baker, is investigating options to George Bush's strategy of "staying the course" in Iraq. And it seems pretty apparent that, as soon as possible, (i.e., hours after the midterm election) wholesale changes are in store. Although, it's yet to be determined whether any of the strategic plans call for the President to step down and accept the position of greeter/shoveler at the official stables of the Arabian Horse Association, as is my suggestion.

Today, Monday, October 23, the BuzzFlash Internet News Network is proud to officially launch BuzzFlash.net.

BuzzFlash.net is designed to be the ultimate in pro-democracy news and commentary sites, because readers control what news is submitted and what news is most important. All of this happens 24 hours a day.

The Third in a Series of Democratic Campaign Ads BuzzFlash Would Like to See

Ad Title: "I want it to be Morning in America Again."

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

(Man walking in grazing field with horse)

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

For years, people on both sides of the political spectrum have griped that Democrats don't have any issues or a real agenda. The fact that Republicans have controlled Washington for the better part of this century certainly shows that Democrats have not successfully maximized their advantages and opportunities.

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