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I think the Republican campaign this year comes down to one word -- Halloween -- one long Halloween. It’s fright night every night. The symbol of their party ought to be Freddy and Chucky. The Democrats need to focus on Bush. The importance of my book is that it focuses on Bush, who remains the key crucial question and issue, even in the midterm campaign. Will we have unaccountable, one-party rule with Bush for the next two years? And has this Congress performed its Constitutional duty? The answer is no.  -- Sidney Blumenthal

Wednesday, 13 September 2006 22:19

Brent Budowsky: A Republic, If You Can Keep It

by Brent Budowsky

In the entire history of our Republic, there is one day that rises above others as the profound and mysterious moment of the great American Idea: July 4, 1826.


The Senate Judiciary Committee passed three bills relating to the Bush Administration's warrantless surveillance program today. The only one to attract bipartisan support was an act sponsored by a Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The main bill - written in consultation with the White House and introduced by Republican Senator Arlen Specter - passed on a party line vote, 10-8.

Wednesday, 13 September 2006 07:55

Pulling Levers or Our Chains? ... Or Both?



The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived, and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. -- John F. Kennedy, Address, Yale University, 1962

Interesting quote from Bush about how al Qaeda, who had never been allowed into Iraq until Bush invaded that country, were somehow terrified at "the sight of an old man pulling the election lever." I don't know what kind of voting machines they had in Iraq ... having voted for many years, I don't ever remember "pulling a lever." However, I do remember seeing those Iraqi ballots with hundreds or even thousands of names on them. I don't remember the exact number told by the person being interviewed about those ballots, but the number of names on the ballots was enormous, as I recall and it didn't take a real sense of democracy or brain power to know that this was a Bush GOP cruel joke and a sham put upon the Iraqi people, and to insist that they had a democracy as long as the Bush GOP made all of the major decisions. While dodging death during a civil war today, that is a direct result of Bush's invasion, no doubt, most Iraqis understand Bush's type of democracy and couldn't care less about it.



The human race has today the means for annihilating itself--either in a fit of complete lunacy, in a big war, by a brief fit of destruction, or by careless handling of atomic technology, through a slow process of poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure. -- Max Born, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 1957

Wednesday, 13 September 2006 06:00

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 13, 2006


Subject: Third Awakening?

When Bush says, "A lot of people in America see this as a confrontation between good and evil, including me," does he mean that he is the evil, the good, or is his sentence structure just that primitive?


The Waste, Fraud, and Abuse "Truth Squad" introduced the "Clean Contracting Act of 2006" today. According to the group - a collection of progressive House Democrats fighting Republican corruption - the bill would end the abusive contracting practices that have been rampant under the Bush Administration and promote greater transparency and accountability.


What has happened to the fabric of America, what has happened to our moral values, what has happened to our sense of truth and justice, to defensive military action and a true reverence for life? Since when have lying, cheating, cover-ups, offensive shock and awe, torture and abuse, imprisonment without the benefit of counsel, unwarranted wiretaps, protest zones, and negligence become the American way? Since when has the public found it acceptable for the press to be a cheerleader for an administration bent on fascism? It is painful to see what George Bush and the Repuglican Party have done to freedom and democracy, to the Constitution of the United States and to the American people, it is deplorable to witness the lack of regard for "collateral damage" that has resulted from preemptive wars. It is unconscionable that the sons and daughters of America are dying for the insane plans of madmen!  


Hey George,

I came across the below exchange that you had with Matt Lauer on the Today Show. I would like to respond to you as an American.


1//The Daily Times, Pakistan--WEST RESPONSIBLE FOR EXTREMISM: MUSHARRAF (President General Pervez Musharraf has blamed the West for breeding terrorism in his country by bringing in thousands of mujahideen to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and then leaving Pakistan alone a decade later to face the armed warriors. Musharraf told the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday that Pakistan was not the intolerant, extremist country often portrayed by the West, and terrorism and extremism were not inherent in Pakistani society. "Whatever extremism or terrorism is in Pakistan is a direct fallout of the 26 years of warfare and militancy around us. It gets back to 1979 when the West, the United States and Pakistan waged a war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan," Musharraf told EU lawmakers.)

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