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by Rory O'Connor

I wasn't aware that this is Advertising Week (I thought every week was Advertising Week!) until I received an invitation from Mark McKinnon to attend a panel discussion on "The Evolution of Presidential Campaign Advertising." As chief media advisor to George W. Bush, McKinnon directed the President's advertising effort for both the 2000 and 2004 campaigns, and he has committed to playing a similar role in 2008 for Senator John McCain. Nevertheless, McKinnon remains a key member of Bush's small circle of top strategists, one of what a leading trade journal described as "a handful of players behind every big decision, consensus or roadblock in Washington...putting a unique, sometimes hidden stamp on the outcome of today's debates."


Sen. Allen Denies New Claims That He Used Racial Slurs

by Tony Peyser

The bubba bubbe seems like
A complete and total liar
Who may have used the "n-word"
More times than Richard Pryor.

Thursday, 28 September 2006 02:38

Cindy Sheehan: Lift Your Head

by Cindy Sheehan

I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life......Gandhi

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, having its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness....Declaration of Independence.

"71 peaceful protestors arrested at Capitol."
"Four peace activists arrested at Sen. Charles Grassley's office in Iowa."
"Students, parents united to stop calls from military recruiters."
"AWOL soldier to surrender at Army base."
"25 arrested in front of U.N."
"One dozen arrested at Sen. Santorum's office."

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

Ad Title: "My Husband Fought to Give Our Grandchildren a Better Future."


As we noted in our editorial, "Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Republicans Betray Our Military: It is a National Disgrace and a Peril to America," the Democrats in the Senate held an unofficial hearing on Monday, September 25. It was held in defiance of Republicans like Trent Lott, who vowed "retribution" for taking testimony from military experts who dared to tell the truth about the Iraq War.

by George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute

When pundits talk about "moderates," or "the center," or "centrists," what exactly are they talking about? And why does the answer matter?


... a lot of individuals [in the Gulf states] who were very supportive initially of President Bush, started to say things to me like: it’s amazing you can pay so much money for a war. They didn't talk so much about how we could balance the budget, but that we were paying for a war, and we’re paying for things outside of the country, and not for things inside the country.


DNC: Greenwald Exposes War Profiteering, Lack of Oversight in Iraq


Washington, DC - This week, the DNC's Podcast hosted award winning film director Robert Greenwald. In his interview, Greenwald discusses his newest work, "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers," a scathing documentary that exposes the record profits made off the war in Iraq by private corporations with Republican friends in Congress and the Republican decision makers that made it happen.


Last week, we wrote that the situation in Afghanistan - stemming from our one war actually tied to bin Laden and al-Qaeda - has become suddenly much worse after years of inattention from the Bush Administration (Afghanistan is the New Iraq: Al-Qaeda and Taliban back in Action, 9/18). But more evidence from leading experts indicates that even our last assessment was overly optimistic.

Wednesday, 27 September 2006 06:59

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 27, 2006


Subject: President Bush Supports the Troops by Supporting Torture

Well the President and his Republican controlled rubber stamp Senate have done it again. The Senate has come to agreement to continue letting the President use torture as a means of interrogating suspects. If and when the new interpretation of the Geneva Conventions is put into law, this will put our troops and civilian intelligence personnel in even more danger. Does the President actually think that when our men and women in uniform are captured that they will not be treated in the same manner that we have treated the prisoners in Abu Ghraib and or Guantanamo? And by changing the way America interprets the Geneva Conventions just gives our enemies in the war on terror the green light to torture our soldiers and civilian intel personnel.

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