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The Democrats' ambitious 100 Hours agenda is a stark contrast to the current bleak abyss of Republican policy. After a grand thumping last November, Republicans have become the opposition party for the first time in more than a decade. Even though they still control the White House, most Republicans have tried to stay as far away from George W. Bush has possible. Other than his moronic Iraq escalation proposal, even Bush does not have any of his own ideas these days.


The Bush Administration is pushing aggressively forward on rewriting Iraq’s oil infrastructure to allow greater control and access to U.S. corporations for its oil under the ground, for exploration and production.  I believe that's what’s keeping the Bush Administration in Iraq and pointed towards having the United States military remain in Iraq.  -- Antonia Juhasz 

edited by Gloria Lalumia

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world’s remaining energy resources.

Iraq to Tempt Russians
Iraq may be ready to welcome back the Russians, who held many contracts prior to the war. “Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari has held talks with the Russian Ambassador Vladmir Gamov about the possible return of Russian oil companies, including Lukoil, to the troubled nation, reported the KUNA. The talks also touched upon the issue of bilateral trade and the future operation of Russian firms in Iraq. It is hoped Lukoil will send a delegation to Iraq to discuss possibilities.”

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

I am sure that you are all aware of the substance of this item that appeared on the Afternoon Buzz (Flash) on January 4, 2007: "W pushes envelope on U.S. spying. New postal law lets Bush peek through your mail."

Friday, 05 January 2007 03:47

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 5, 2007


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Subject: Happy New Year, Nancy Pelosi

A new song on the Historic Occasion of the Election of Madame Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi:


Yikes McGee
Baltimore, MD

Friday, 05 January 2007 03:37

Gregg Gordon: The $100 Per Week Solution

by Gregg Gordon

It now seems clear that President Bush is determined to keep US troops in Iraq until the end of his term – two more years. Despite the wishes of the American people. Despite the wishes of the Iraqi people. Despite the counsel of virtually everyone who got it right in the first place – and more than a few who got it wrong. All of them be damned.


The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) - the think-tank at the heart of the Neocon movement - held a presentation Friday on what should be the foundation of the new Iraq strategy President Bush is expected to unveil next week. Sens. Joe Lieberman and John McCain will also speak at the event on the topic.


Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//China Daily, China

Government officials are being urged to fully cooperate with foreign journalists, who are flooding in to quench the thirst for information on China with the Beijing Olympics round the corner. Compared to the longstanding practice of "managing the media", governments at various levels are preparing to serve, instead of shying away from, journalists, following a new regulation which took effect on Monday. The message was delivered by Wang Guoqing, vice-minister of the State Council Information Office, the chief information office of the Chinese Cabinet. "In the relationship between government and the media, we are promoting a shift from managing the press to serving it, treating reporters as 'clients'," Wang told China Daily. ... Wang, who was a reporter himself for 25 years, said he has instructed spokespersons mostly government officials never to treat reporters as subordinates or adversaries, but as partners who will often challenge with pointed questions. There are perhaps "100 advantages and not a single disadvantage" in dealing with the press in a friendly and frank manner, meeting their demands by providing authoritative information, he said. "Besides informing the public, the media act as a watchdog of government activities," he said.

Just who in hell believes that Bush and the neo-cons, the same guys who didn't listen to the Generals in the very beginning and got us into this mess in Iraq, are again not going to listen to the Generals and get us out of this mess??? Bush and the same bunch of chicken-hawks, sitting behind their desks pushing easy buttons, have never carried a rifle; much less faced the serious end of that rifle! Remember, these are the same guys who promised "flowers and song", a "cakewalk" prior to invading Iraq! These same guys think they know how to wage war, and are now pushing for more troops! For God's sake, wake up, they screwed up in the beginning and they are screwing up now! This is not a game of winners and losers -- this is DEATH and DESTRUCTION! And it's way past time for it to come to an end!

Friday, 05 January 2007 01:28

Ellie Remore: The Butcher's Apron

by Ellie Remore

Like millions of my fellow Baby Boomers, I am the grandchild of super-patriotic Americans who became Americans via the daunting gauntlet of Ellis Island. My own old folks emigrated from Ireland, in that era, a world leader in potatoes and poverty. They spent their lives exhorting their progeny to thank Jesus and Mary for the Blessed Land that gave them succor, citizenship, and the undreamt-of luxury of a row house in Queens.

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