DNC: Ney Guilty Plea Highlights Ever-Growing GOP Culture of Corruption
Washington, DC - Disgraced Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney today finally pled guilty to felony charges of conspiracy and making false statements after taking tens of thousands of dollars worth of trips, sports tickets, campaign contributions, meals and casino chips from convicted Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. This is just the latest example of the ever-growing Republican culture of corruption. Ney's conviction follows the conviction of former GOP Congressman Duke Cunningham, the resignation of former Republican House leader Tom DeLay and the eruption of numerous scandals surrounding a number of Republicans in Washington. At the same time, Republicans in Congress have consistently blocked ethics reform packages proposed by Democrats.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
As we all know, there are lies, damn lies, and reports from the Bush Administration. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), soon to be chairman of the House Reform Committee, has identified the latest one: a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fib about the cost of Medicare.
Subject: There's No Turning Back
The tidal wave of rage, disgust, and indignation of most Americans toward the fascist Bush regime will not be stopped by any stolen election. We will only grow stronger. The neocon chickenhawks cannot prevail against an insurgency in America any more than they can one in Iraq. When faced with a population determined to defend OUR freedom and OUR country, they will cut and run. They always do.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson
The Los Angeles Times of Thursday, Oct. 12, has a superficial story about George Bush as teaser, describing the president's frat-boy comments to the White House press corps concerning how they're dressed. "What Not to Wear in Front of Bush" reads the headline.
Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Well, it's the middle of October and the Republican October Surprise that Karl Rove promised us just a few weeks ago has not been delivered. At least it hasn't appeared to have been delivered. I think that that Republican October Surprise for this year is that there will be none. That doesn't mean that the Republicans themselves have not been surprised. They tried to keep the Foley Scandal under wraps as long as they could, but they couldn't manage to do that for long enough.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Since when has unscrupulous, dishonorable, mean, nasty, corrupt, behavior become "brilliant"? As I listen to the various commentators and read the various articles about Karl Rove's brilliance, how he will do anything to win, I am struck with the contradictory, conflictions in that statement! I do not believe that scam artists are brilliant. I do not believe that lying, cheating, and, yes, stealing are exemplary qualities to brag about! I do not believe that dishonest, dirty dealing, politicians should be given a free pass simply because they have achieved their goals in screwing the public. Raping the United States of America and its people is immoral and unjust; these guys should be treated as any other charlatans; they should be tried in a court of law for their crimes!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon
No one knows exactly how many Iraqi civilians have died from the war's violence since the invasion of their country. The new study from public health researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimates that the number of those deaths is around 601,000, while saying the actual total could be somewhere between 426,369 and 793,663. Such wartime figures can't be precise, but the meaning is clear: The invasion of Iraq has led to ongoing carnage on a massive scale.
DNC: Republican Homeland Insecurity Continues...
Washington, DC - After ignoring port security for the last five years, today President Bush will sign the SAFE Port Act. Five years after 9/11, the Bush Administration and Republican leaders in Congress still have much more work to do when it comes to keeping our country safe. The GOP has not only neglected port security, but they've also ignored the security of our airlines, our nuclear and chemical plants, our railroads, critical infrastructure and under-funded important first responder training.
Senator's Advisers Suggest He Say As Little As Possible Until Election
by Tony Peyser
That man of the people, Confederate friend
Jew-bashing, Black-hating, cut-up
Finally has a new message he can stay on:
"I'm George Allen ... and I'm gonna shut up."
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea--SEOUL ‘TO CONTINUE' INTER-KOREAN PROJECTS (The government has apparently decided to continue with two big inter-Korean business projects even if the UN Security Council adopts a resolution sanctioning North Korea over its purported nuclear test earlier this week, it emerged Wednesday. After reviewing the draft resolution, government officials concluded that it was not necessary to stop the Kaesong joint industrial complex and package tours to the North's Mt. Kumgang. The two inter-Korean projects are a major cash cow for Pyongyang, and there are fears that continuing them would take much of the sting out of any UN sanctions. But a government official here said the Security Council was likely to ban the transfer of money, goods and technology related to the development of weapons of mass destruction, but the two inter-Korean projects had nothing to do with WMDs. Seoul also did not halt the cross-border projects after North Korea's missile tests on July 5 and the subsequent Security Council resolution.)