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  •  Front page this if it is accurate (4.00)
    Check it out and front page it, not too late to get it on the Sunday circuit.

    There is a certain providence in the fall of a sparrow

    by mrblifil on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 07:42:49 AM PDT

    •  Big "if" (4.00)
      I'd be cautious on this. The allegations are quite vague and uncorroberated. Let's make sure it's accurate and confrimable lest it blow up in our faces.
      •  Amen (4.00)
        I'm urging caution. That said, let's get on it and see if it'll stick, or it really will be too late. None of the behavior is criminal, so we need to publicize it now since it speaks to his ability to function in the UN job. As Richard II says "after, plaining comes too late."

        There is a certain providence in the fall of a sparrow

        by mrblifil on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 08:39:20 AM PDT

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      •  Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly (4.00)
        Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly is a Republican spin-machine PR b.s. extraordinaire.

        Paul Manafort, Dole's convention manager, was co-founder of the Washington lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly, which represents Philip Morris. Black, Manafort is a subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller, the public relations firm for Philip Morris and the headquarters for the National Smokers Alliance. Last year, Manafort launched DMS, a consulting firm in Virginia, with Rick Davis, also from Black, Manafort and a Dole convention official.

        or see'Lobby_TSIGFY.html
        Nigeria's military government spent $2.6 million from 1991-92, over $1 million of which went to Burson-Marsteller subsidiary Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly, one of the top five firms in the "torturers' lobby." In addition to Nigeria, the firm collected another $1.2 million in fees from the Republic of Kenya and Angola's UNITA rebels.

        •  BMSK (4.00)

          Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly is a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.

          An internal 1993 budget review document for the Philip Morris group of companies pencilled Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly in with a preliminary budget line item of $117,500.

          The document described the reason for the consultancy as being "Charlie Black, former Republican National Committee Chairman and Bush operative, is principally working to buttress our access to Republican Senators".[1] (

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          •  Charlie Black (4.00)

            and also

            Black Manafort, Stone & Kelly - a lobbying firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia[14]. The company keeps a low profile. It maintains no web site and is not even mentioned on Burson-Marsteller's site. It is known to have worked for Phillip Morris[15], and to have conducted lobbying on behalf of the brutal Angolan rebel leader, Savimbi[16]

            •  see also (4.00)
              Crocker, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Reagan administration, who negotiated the successful withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola and independence for Namibia, writes that "this lobbying campaign was directed by Americans working for the military intelligence directorate of the SADF [South African Defense Force]." The strands were pulled together by one of Washington's principal lobbying firms, Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, reportedly paid $600,000 per year by Savimbi and his supporters.

              The campaign included high-profile events, designed to stimulate press and TV coverage and to solidify U.S. commitments to Savimbi. In January 1986, Savimbi came to Washington on a visit orchestrated by the Black, Manafort firm. He met with President Reagan, the secretaries of state and defense and spoke at the National Press Club. He appeared on every TV network and the PBS MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. He was feted by conservative organizations. In a ceremony presenting him with an award from the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom, Reagan's ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick, called him "one of the few authentic heroes of our time."

              The UNITA leader and his lieutenants were carefully coached to speak the language that appeals to American audiences, to talk of freedom, democracy and elections. Lobbyists assisted with his speeches and even drafted congressional resolutions of support.

              The Savimbi campaign was the last major effort in the Cold War context to create an image of a "freedom fighter." Lobbying


              •  gnat (none)
                what are my chances if I wanted to email something to you?

                It's not hypocrisy - it's unadulterated evil.

                by wabegg on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 09:20:52 AM PDT

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                •  I'll email you my email address (none)
                  as long as you don't send me any attachments or spyware. I see your email is posted on your diary page, so I'll email you later today most likely.
                  •  Thanks (none)
                    You seem like the most qualified eyes to look at a bio related to this thread.  

                    It's not hypocrisy - it's unadulterated evil.

                    by wabegg on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 09:44:59 AM PDT

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