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From the Democratic National Committee

Bush No Longer Listening To Commanders On Troop Levels In Iraq

Washington, DC - After insisting that troop levels in Iraq would be determined by the commanders in the field, President Bush said today during his news conference that the recommendations of his military leaders are just one of many factors that will determine whether he orders an upsurge of thousands more American troops in Iraq. President Bush is reportedly leaning toward a surge, despite reports that the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously oppose Bush's proposal to send more troops to Iraq without a clear mission, because the White House has been confounded by its limited options in Iraq. [Washington Post, 12/19/06]

by Stephen Crockett, co-host of Democratic Talk Radio

There seems to be a growing sentiment that Democrats do not need to win elections in the South to control the political future of the United States. There is some truth in this position, but little political wisdom.

by Amy Branham

President Bush and Members of Congress,

As you enjoy your holiday vacations with your families, I strongly urge you to also remember the sons and daughters of America whom you have sent to fight in a bloody war that has taken them so far away from their families, their lives and their homes. I urge you to remember the sons and daughters of America who will not be coming home -- ever.

by Dave Lindorff

The Democratic Party and its feckless leaders in Congress are about to fall into a trap. The trap is being sprung by President Bush and his too clever brain trust, but the sad fact is that it was actually laid by the Democrats themselves.

Wednesday, 20 December 2006 04:47

Mona Abboud: Send More Troops?

by Mona Abboud

Send Barbara and Jenna
Right over to Iraq -
Grab the Gucci luggage
Have Laura help them pack.

Wednesday, 20 December 2006 03:57

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 20, 2006


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Subject: hmmmm [White House Family Values?]

pat buchanan said something very funny and interesting last week on msnbc. he said the top three leading presidential candidates for the party of family values have 8 wives between them! they are now married to women they were fooling around with while married! which also does not say much for the would-be first ladies! or should i say the would-be first mistresses?


Here's more about the frustrations of people who are without power. I have to wonder about our past. I know that there have been hard winters in the past. How do they compare to the US and their deregulation of our utilities?

Across the region, frustrated utility customers are asking: Why have others gotten their power back before us? And is special treatment being given to business districts and affluent neighborhoods?

It's kind of strange; people down the street from us have power, but we don't," said Sean Shaw, 20, whose home in Rainier Valley has been out since fierce winds swept through the region Thursday night.

"I would just like to know what the method is for getting power back to people."

The Seattle Times: Local News: Why isn't my power back on yet?



At least Laura Bush had health care, and no problem as to the cost of such care. Do any of these media people ever wonder what goes on in anyone's mind (the other 50 million Americans who don't have any health care) when they suspect they have a cancer or some other health problem and they have no insurance? They just have to live with it. These GOP elite and their gung-ho media make me sick. It's always all about them. Just like Bush, everything revolves around him or what "he" thinks. What he does. If we Americans didn't know better, we'd never think these people were supposed to be doing the people's business, serving this country, would we?


Bush Plans To Put More Troops In Iraq

by Tony Peyser

This idea is certainly something we should hoot at:
It will just give insurgents more targets to shoot at.


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.

1//Inter Press Service News Agency, Italy

Two in three children in Iraq have simply stopped going to school, according to a government report. Iraq's Ministry of Education says attendance rates for the new school year, which started Sep. 20, are at an all-time low. Statistics released by the ministry in October showed that a mere 30 percent of Iraq's 3.5 million students are currently attending classes. This compares to roughly 75 percent of students who were attending classes the previous year, according to the Britain-based NGO Save the Children. Just before the U.S.-led invasion in spring 2003, school attendance was nearly 100 percent.

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