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Wednesday, 20 September 2006 03:12

DNC: Bush Cronies: Unqualified But Well Connected

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DNC: BUSH CRONIES: UNQUALIFIED BUT WELL CONNECTED

Washington, DC - On Sunday, the Washington Post chronicled how the Bush Administration's pattern of rewarding unqualified political cronies with jobs has hindered the Iraqi reconstruction efforts. These GOP allies were given jobs based on their political service in campaigns not their experience or expertise in the respective areas of reconstruction including security, health care and finance. This is just the latest example of the Bush Administration's continued practice of putting their party above the needs of the American people. Over the past five years, the White House has installed Bush cronies in all corners of the government, regardless of their qualifications, with serious, sometimes harmful consequences as a result.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

There are some little boys who blow up frogs and torture animals that grow up to be mad men and torture human beings. "BUSH: What does that mean, 'outrages upon human dignity'?" It should come as no surprise that George Bush doesn't understand what "outrages upon human dignity" means, because "dignity" and Bush are so far removed. In reality, if the truth is known, he only wants clarity so he can escape culpability!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

1//The Toronto Star, Canada--AFGHAN MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: POLL (Public support for Canada's military role in Afghanistan has dropped "precipitously" as more and more Canadians think troops are fighting an impossible mission, a new poll shows. "We're sending our best people over there with our best equipment. It's a real effort and you know what, the more we do the less we seem to be seeing success," said Frank Graves, president of EKOS Research. ... Currently, 49 per cent of Canadians oppose the Afghanistan mission, 38 per cent support it and 12 per cent have no opinion, according to an EKOS poll done for the Toronto Star. "There has been a precipitous decline. For the first time we see more Canadians opposed to the mission than in support of it," Graves said in an interview. In December 2001, support for Canadian participation in military action in Afghanistan was at 62 per cent, with only 18 per cent opposed. By December 2002, 50 per cent supported the mission, with 30 per cent opposed. And support has dropped more than 10 percentage points since early this year, the same time that Canadian troops took on a more dangerous and high profile role in southern Afghanistan. Surprisingly though, opposition isn't driven by concerns about mounting casualties - 16 soldiers have been killed in the last three months alone. Rather, opponents say the mission is unlikely to bring stability and democracy to Afghanistan and fear that it is bringing Canada uncomfortably close to American foreign policy, the poll indicates. ... Despite the public unease about Afghanistan, Harper and his Conservatives don't appear to be paying a political price. "There's a real sort of paradox here," Graves said. "Despite this precipitous decline in support for the mission, it doesn't appear to have had any deleterious impact on Harper's approval ratings or the prospects for this party.")

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

In "Jesus Camp" Documentary, Kids Worship Photo Of Bush

by Tony Peyser

Maybe Osama's not important to capture
When you're the point man for The Rapture.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:52

James C. Moore: On Covering Karl

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by James C. Moore, author The Architect

When I was a boy, I wanted to grow up to be the leftfielder for the Detroit Tigers. I did not plan on becoming the unofficial biographer of a political consultant. But I ran into Karl Rove in 1979 in Austin after he had just played a role in electing the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. He was in Austin. I was in Austin. He was in politics. I was a political reporter. I couldn't have avoided him if I wanted and if I had tried I would not have been doing my job.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Republicans (the Bush administration) are going to keep America safe? Outsourcing. Isn't that where bin Laden the blow back came from? Working for US Intelligence or at least he was trained by the CIA and was working for the US.

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 08:11

W. vs. POW - Verse-Case Scenario

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

W. vs. POW

by Tony Peyser

It's hard to twist McCain's arms
With any diplomatic ease
When that already has been done
For years by the Vietnamese.

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 06:56

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 19, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: GOP Senator "Defending" the Geneva Conventions

Lindsey Graham is much in the news these days as a defender of the Geneva Conventions:

After the Supreme Court struck down the administration’s earlier plan for military tribunals in June, [Senators Graham, McCain, and Warner] joined with top military lawyers to form the chief bulwark against what they said were efforts to undermine military law and the 60-year-old protections of the Geneva Conventions.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

How long you wanna bet it'll take Karl Rove to cook up a story that this is either Bill Clinton's or Osama's fault? "NASA delayed the planned landing of space shuttle Atlantis ... Landing had been scheduled for Wednesday morning ... concerns that something crucial floated out of the craft prompted the delay, space shuttle communicator Terry Virts told the crew."

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 06:17

Michael Winship: Still a Few Bugs in the System

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

New York State has another year to go before we start using them new-fangled, electronic voting machines. But if a look at what's happening in other parts of the country is any indication, we are blessed by the delay. Under current circumstances, we should be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

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