In A News-Free News Conference, Bush (Yawn) Again Defends The War In Iraq
by Tony Peyser
Does sound nifty
Or is this just a
Tactic that's shifty?
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
It was "a slam dunk" after all, but the points scored were personal and profitable for George Tenet! "Former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet ... has been appointed an independent non-executive director of QinetiQ ... QinetiQ is partly owned by U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group, whose advisers have included former U.S. President George Bush and former British Prime Minister John Major."
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
There were some signs that they were not invincible, like the forced resignation of the seemingly indomitable Tom DeLay.
But it still appeared that like other radical governments – such as the Soviet Union – the Busheviks would succeed in clinging to corrupt one-party power for decades.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Instead of telling Americans how he plans to get our troops out of Iraq, George Bush called a rare press conference today to tell us how he intends to keep them there. "Our goals are unchanging. We are flexible in our methods to achieving those goals," he said.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Government loans for a college education aren't any better than private loans.
You can't claim bankruptcy on government loans for education -- at least, that is my understanding. I remember, years ago, how great I thought California was to have free college education available. Then they allowed it to be ruined, but that one thing, even for a farm gal, placed California way above the norm of this country, I thought, and look what they have allowed to happen to their state today. When I was in sales, new products were introduced to California first. Today, I'm not sure that should still apply. I have to wonder, has California gone from the exception to plain vanilla like the rest of this country under GOP rule?
New Research Casts a Critical Eye on Media Consolidation
WASHINGTON -- Today, the Benton Foundation and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) released four independent academic studies on the impact of media consolidation in the United States. The new research focuses on how the concentration of media ownership affects media content, from local news reporting to radio music programming, and how minority groups have fared -- as both media outlet owners and as historically underserved audiences -- in an increasingly deregulated media environment.
DNC: More Contracting Abuses in Iraq; Staying the Course Costing Americans Billions
Washington, DC - According to a new government report, "overhead costs have consumed more than half the budget of some reconstruction projects in Iraq," meaning "that, in some cases, more money was being spent on housing and feeding employees, completing paperwork and providing security than on actual construction" in Iraq. The company with the highest proportion of its costs as overhead was "KBR Inc., the Halliburton subsidiary formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root," which has a number of oil-facility contracts in Iraq. Most disturbing, the costs for many of the Iraqi reconstruction projects "could be even higher than the estimates, the report said" because the Republican-controlled Congress has not properly tracked the billions allocated for Iraq. [New York Times, 10/25/06]
Subject: Rove knows
There you go again.
Beset by discouraging polls and division within ideological ranks, the White House is accelerating efforts to woo back disaffected conservatives and energize the Republican base in a reprise of a strategy that succeeded in the last two campaign cycles.
The GOP Leans on A Proven Strategy: White House Courts Conservative Base (Peter Baker, The Washington Post; bolding mine)
The "strategy" is known as "who needs the voters when you've got the votes?" But "if you're going to rig an election, make sure it's as polarized as possible so it damn well means something."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in an interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS News, said impeachment would be "off the table" if Democrats take over the House of Representatives in November, calling it a "waste of time." She couldn't be more wrong, and most Americans know it.