BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
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The Repuglican mind-set---keep the incompetents in place during the tumultuous times they’ve created, otherwise the American people may find out there are those who really can do the job a helluva lot better!
Unforeseen Obstacle in Mid-East Peace Process
by Tony Peyser
Hezbollah? Hizbollah? Hizbullah?
How can anyone ever quell it
When there isn't even a current
Consensus on how to spell it?
World Media Watch
1//The Moscow Times, Russia--PUTIN AND CHAVEZ SEAL WEAPONS DEAL (President Vladimir Putin courted Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in the Kremlin on Thursday, offering the strongly anti-American leader broad political support and giving his blessing to hefty arms orders and budding oil and gas projects. Under the arms deals, which Washington has sought to block, Russia will sell 24 fighter jets and 53 helicopters to the Venezuelan military. … After more than three hours of talks with Chavez, part of which included delegations of business and political leaders from both countries, Putin told reporters that Russia was ready to pump investment into Venezuela, primarily in the energy sector. … Steven O'Sullivan, head of emerging markets research at Deutsche Bank, said oil-consuming countries were over a barrel when it came to Chavez's energy and arms deals. "In an era of high energy prices, resource-exporting economies are becoming much more independent," O'Sullivan said. "There's not a lot you can do about it -- whether it's Chavez supporting Fidel Castro or Putin selling arms to Chavez. Russia is pursuing its own interests.")
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
There has been some intriguing speculation floating around among commentators on the net that the Neo-Cons never had any real intention of building electoral democracies -- as we know them -- in the Middle East. In fact, their goal may be the destruction of nation states in their current form in the Middle East and their replacement with a United States "protectorate" of sorts.
Subject: Muffling the Rage
I try very hard when sending letters to our local paper to muffle the rage I feel. I have had numerous letter rejected for being “inflammatory”. So I try to get my message across in a less strident tone. And it ain’t easy. I have spent nearly 6 years in a rage. What it has done to my blood pressure and arteries is not a good thing.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Many of the Bush Administration's claims presenting a positive view of the economy are inconsistent with its own data, according to a report released this week by Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee this week.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Judith M. Harmon
Yesterday, my sixteen-year-old son was approached in an Olympia shopping center parking lot (Shades of "Fahrenheit 9/11") by two Marine Corp Recruiters. My son discussed my deceased Marine Corp brother's feats during and medals from Vietnam as he waited for his sister who was having her nails done in a shop owned by a Vietnamese family.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
A new bipartisan report highlighting waste in Homeland Security contracts was released today by Reps. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Reform Committee. According to the study, noncompetitive contracts have grown over 700% in just three years, and the total value of the Department's wasteful contracts exceeds $34 billion.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
We just had this random thought that we are sure others have pondered.
But isn't it odd that no one has seriously played off of the irony of the double meaning in "Neo-Cons," as in that they really are con artists?