A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Ruth Lopez
Anyone who points out the Bush Administration's mean-spirited and self-serving treatment of our troops is quickly and loudly painted as anti-military. This is to stop the public from tuning into the sad reality that, for all their flag-waving, the Republicans' treatment of our troops is not much better than their treatment of Katrina victims.
Subject: drug rehab for haggard before tues? cnn reports he ONLY spoke with w h staffers
that'll work for bush. put haggard in rehab before tues with no admission of gay sex. and have the media report, like cnn just did just now, that haggard only spoke with white house staffers not bush. protect bush at this point at all costs. pricks.
DR. J'S SHORT SHOT
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
This morning, Ann Coulter, along with a steady stream of Republican heavyweights (and no Democrats) appeared on "Fox and Friends," the "fair and balanced" morning show of the Fox "News" Channel. She shared a couple of pieces of political wisdom with her audience that I thought might enlighten our readers about what she is really about (that is, if you need any further enlightening). First, she told us that the prime reason that the Republicans need to retain control of Congress was that only the Bush Administration could be trusted to secure our nation's security. This on the morning that the New York Times revealed that since March until Yesterday, the Department of Defense had up on the web a site about the dastardly Saddam Hussein that showed, among other things, how to make an atomic bomb. When asked how she would compare the Foley scandal with the Kerry scandal (sic), Ms. Coulter allowed that the former only concerned one single individual who needed help, while the latter concerned the whole of the Democratic Party, revealing how traitorous it is (well, you know those liberals). And there you have it, folks: the wisdom (sic, and sick) of Ann Coulter.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Imagine this. We're in the middle of a war on terror. And one of the most fundamental fights is in Iraq. And ... the Democrats have no plan for victory. They have no idea how to win." And now after three and a half years of continued fighting, and one failure after the other, it's painfully obvious, neither do you, George Bush! Seems to me you started this fight in Iraq, didn't finish the one in Afghanistan, and you certainly have not accomplished the mission!
Bus Driver Fired For Flipping Bush Off
by Tony Peyser
To that one finger, I'll add four more than she planned
Which is just a friendly way to give her a hand.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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.
China should invest in Saudi Arabia's petrochemical sector or risk becoming a victim of the Gulf nation's bid to use its energy reserves to become an industry leader. "Don't' miss the boat," Amr Al-Dabbagh, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), told Chinese investors at the closing session of the CEO Forum here yesterday. His speech on "Beyond the intent to performance" was a strong message to over 400 top global CEOs who took part in the event organized by Business Week. ... The Kingdom hopes to draw $50 billion of foreign cash into the petrochemical industry over the next 15 to 20 years as part of a campaign to make it one of the top three countries in the sector. China's vast market and export-oriented manufacturing industries makes it a perfect partner for Saudi companies with their cheap energy and feedstock. "It makes economic sense for Chinese firms to process petrochemicals in Saudi Arabia instead of shipping energy and raw materials home to do it there," Dabbagh said. The Kingdom aims to grab 15 percent of the global market in plastics by 2020 and boost ethylene output to 14 million tons by 2010 from under seven million tons at present. "China is a global player in finished plastic products and the Kingdom has an ongoing expansion program in this sector," Dabbagh said. "So instead of the Chinese watching their market share globally shrinking, they would be better off being part of the action," he added.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
To Military Families: This note will contain harsh words and for those who serve, and those who love them, two suggestions right at the top.
Subject: Bush has now killed more Americans than has Osama bin Laden
Let's make this our November Surprise. Please forward this information as widely as you can. Send it to every columnist and reporter of every newspaper in your area. Send it to every Democrat or Green running for office. Send it to blogs. Send it to http://www.moveon.org. Use it to write your own letter to the editor. Let's saturate the media in the next six days.
DNC: Rumsfeld and Cheney Stay The Course
Washington, DC - Yesterday during an interview with the Associated Press, President Bush said he "wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney to remain in his administration until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-criticized members of his team." [AP, 11/1/06] Despite their numerous faulty predictions and assertions, President Bush remains completely loyal to two architects of his failed Iraq policy.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
In this, an election year, we urge Americans to keep in mind how the Republican Bush Administration (and Republican Congress) have handled and been handled by oil interests for the past 6 years.
We think it's important to look at who George W. Bush's friends are and how he treats them.
For starters, it's worth recalling that, before the 9/11 attack on America, and before our country started a disastrous war against Iraq, the Bush Administration's first and firmest political stand was to create -- and then protect the secrecy of -- Vice President Dick Cheney's "Energy Task Force." The Administration's focus was on oil, not on protecting Americans.