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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bush's "Duck and Cover" School Safety Strategy

Again ignoring to address protecting school children through prevention, Bush and administration members are planning to hold a School Safety conference that instead focuses on what to do when an attack happens and how to cope with one afterwards.

The conference is seen by many as a cosmetic act by a White House that has already stated that no new policy or funding will be announced at the event. This is just another opportunity for Bush to act like he really cares and is doing something. An example of how useless this event is, one of the main topics to be discussed is "Helping Communities Heal and Recover," a sure sign of the Bush administration throwing up its hands and acknowledging that it will happen again and there's nothing they can do about it.

To top it off, the Bushies ignored offers from any groups that support limited access to guns and/or the prevention of gun violence. Most notably, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence had written to Bush offering to help put together a "comprehensive" agenda for the conference, but received no reply from the White House. A spokesman for the group said "prevention clearly is not on the table for this conference."

The Peach isn't sure if the NRA was consulted for any pointers.

Baron's Brain: Rove's October Surprise

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After spending the last week of September eagerly anticipating Karl Rove's planned "October Surprise," which would no doubt bring Republicans to glorious victory this mid-term election, the Brain has finally seen Rove's master plan.

In pure genius fashion, Rove now plans on convincing the voting public that all Republicans are Democrats and that all Democrats are Republicans. That's right, rather than fighting against the backlash of Foley, Iraq, Afghanistan, N. Korea, Abramoff, etc., Rove plans on going with the anti-Republican sentiment and, along with Republican friendly Fox News, convince voters that they shouldn't vote for Republicans.

Hopes are that voters, in their desire to vote for anyone who is not Republican, will really be voting for a Republican. The first images of Rove's mission could be seen above. In the Rhode Island Senate race, Fox purposely declared the incumbent Chafee (a Republican) to be a Democrat while presenting his opponent Whitehouse (a Democrat) to be a Republican. Once voters see that the supposed "Democrat" is losing, they will get to their polling stations like their pants were on fire to get that Democrat into office, knocking out the supposed "Republican" opponent.

Ultimately, Rove is hoping to capitalize on the same strategy that he used to get Bush reelected: rather than cater to voters' intelligence, play on their stupidity.

Rummy and North Korea: Arming the Enemy

In what should remind readers of Bush members' cozy connection with Saddam Hussein prior to the Iraq fiasco, North Korea's recent detonation of a nuclear weapon came via the aid of a company which Donald Rumsfeld was a board member.

In 2000, ABB, a European engineering company based in Zurich, won a $200 million contract to provide the design and key components for nuclear reactors to the now "axis of evil" member, North Korea. Donald Rumsfeld was a board member of the company from 1990 to 2001, leaving after he agreed to join the Bush administration. The company also opened an office in Pyongyang, N. Korea's capital, shortly thereafter.

Rumsfeld stated he did not "recall" the sale being brought before the board, even though a spokesman for ABB stated that "board members were informed about the project."