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Today's Note From a Madman

Wednesday, February 8, 2006


"Cut and Paste Bush"

Today's (and Yesterdays') Bush Quotes

"the state of our Union has never been stronger,"
-GW Bush, The State of the Union Address, 2002

"In a whirlwind of change and hope and peril, our faith is sure, our resolve is firm, and our union is strong,"
-GW Bush, The State of the Union Address, 2003

"the American people are showing that the state of our union is confident and strong,"
-GW Bush, The State of the Union Address, 2004

"the state of our union is confident and strong,"
-GW Bush, The State of the Union Address, 2005

"Tonight the state of our Union is strong -- and together we will make it stronger,"
-GW Bush, The State of the Union Address, 2006

You have to admit, the guy is persistent. Just who taught him how to use the "Cut and Paste" function on his PC anyway?

More to come in Weekend Madman.

-Noah Greenberg



BULL!

I had this whole thing ready to write. I compared the Bush State of the Union Addresses from 2002 thru 2006 and was all ready to point out some inconsistencies and broken promises when...

WHAM!

The senate building is said to have had a nerve agent released into it.

Didn't the same thing happen (kind of) just a few short months ago when an emergency evacuated all of the "important people" and their "important people" from places like the capital Building, the Senate and congressional offices and the White House. It turned out to be a small plane that inadvertently "invaded" DC airspace.

The president was allowed, by the Secret Service, to finish his bicycle ride in Maryland instead of taking care of an "immediate threat".

Some of you might remember senators and congressmen leaving DC while other federal workers still worked and residents of DC still... well... resided.

This time it is a "nerve gas" threat. Here is my prediction.

IT'S GOING TO END UP BEING NOTHING.

Unlike the unresolved post office and senate offices Anthrax scares where "less important people" actually died, this episode of "Change the Dialogue" will amount to just another diversion; another Fox News Newsbreak to take America's collective eye off the ball. They'll be another two or three days of talking about it while the Bush administration steals a few more dollars from the middle class and a few more programs from the very poor. They'll be bills passed to cut taxes for the rich while the size of government expands. They'll be promises broken and constituents betrayed.

This is, of course, how the Rovian government of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush operates. Maybe they'll even pass the whole budget over the objections of "Good Republicans" who want to look out after all Americans, but... well... you know.

And what do you know?... After the initial test for nerve gas proved "positive", the next test said otherwise.

Whew! I was afraid we'd have to elect a whole new legislature. What a break... for the Lobbyists!

At the time of the "scare", I was in a computer store purchasing a PC for a customer (by trade, I am a Network Engineer). My wife called me up to let me know that the nation's capital is under attack. How horrifying!

My initial response (you'll have to ask my son for verification) was a simple one-word response:

"BULL!"

And whad'ya know... I was right!

Stay tuned for my State of the Union Madman Follow-Up in the Weekend Madman.

-Noah Greenberg



Hiding the Stealing of America

Hidden in President Bush's 2007 budget is a mean-spirited little nugget that denies a "death benefit" of just $255 that goes to eligible survivors, and another one that denies benefits to 16 and 17 years old kids who have lost a parent and are on Social Security if they drop out of high school. That last one is particularly odious because you are asking a kid who is emotionally screwed up from losing a parent to make good decisions like staying in school. What if they have to go to work in order to afford rent and food for their family? How does cutting them off from a few hundred bucks a month make sense?

Even worse, Bush is asking to have tax cuts on dividends and capital gains -- which only the well-off will benefit from -- permanent while asking a 17 year old who lost their father or mother to bear the burden.

Call Mike Ferguson's NJ office -- (908) 757-7835 -- and DC office -- (202) 225-5361 -- and ask his office if he supports these changes. Please do it today and write to me immediately with the response.

If you want to read more about Mike's record on Social Security, there is a good bit of information at http://www.dumpmike.com/social_security/ .


-Nathan Rudy
Chair, Blue 7th PAC



Senator John Kerry and Iran

In the 2004 presidential race, John Kerry offered a very clear approach as to how the United States should deal with Iran: have the international community offer Iran nuclear fuel to be used in a peaceful nuclear energy program. As Kerry put it at the time, "We should call their bluff and organize a group of states that will offer the nuclear fuel they need for peaceful purposes and take back the spent fuel so they can't divert it to build a weapon."

Nonsense, said the Bush gang, which argued such an approach would effectively be "appeasement." Condi Rice dismissed Kerry's approach, telling Fox News, "This regime has to be isolated in its bad behavior, not quote-unquote 'engaged.'" Frank Gaffney Jr., a former Pentagon official and Bush ally, knocked Kerry's plan in an op-ed entitled, "Kerry's Nuclear Nonsense." Gaffney boasted, "Mr. Bush understands the folly of going that route." National Review ran an item calling Kerry's proposal "ignorant" and "dangerously wrong."

But Kerry was unyielding, insisting that this was the best approach, even working his idea into an answer in one of the presidential debates. ""I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes. If they weren't willing to work a deal, then we could have put sanctions together," Kerry said. "The president did nothing."

That was 2004. Now, suddenly, after deriding Kerry in the campaign for his dangerous ideas, Bush is staring to think, "You know, maybe that Kerry guy was on to something."

President Bush's endorsement of a plan to end the nuclear standoff with Iran by giving the Islamic republic nuclear fuel for civilian use under close monitoring has left some of his supporters baffled.

One cause for the chagrin is that the proposal, which is backed by Russia, essentially adopts a strategy advocated by Mr. Bush's Democratic opponent in the 2004 election, Senator Kerry of Massachusetts.

"I have made it clear that I believe that the Iranians should have a civilian nuclear power program under these conditions: that the material used to power the plant would be manufactured in Russia, delivered under IAEA inspectors to Iran to be used in that plant, the waste of which will be picked up by the Russians and returned to Russia," Mr. Bush said at a news conference yesterday. "I think that is a good plan. The Russians came up with the idea and I support it," he added.

Maybe so, but he was against the idea before he was for it.

Just out of curiosity, any chance we'll see National Review blasting Bush's new approach to Iran as "ignorant" and "dangerously wrong"? Or maybe Condi Rice will explain why the idea rewarded Iran for bad behavior when Kerry recommended it, but it's brilliant leadership when Bush recommends it?


-from the carpetbagger report, commented on by Victoria Brownworth



Media Madman
More Hiding the Stealing of America


"Unlike Bush's generalized privatization talk of last year, we're now talking detailed numbers. On page 321 of the budget proposal, you see the privatization costs: $24.182 billion in fiscal 2010, $57.429 billion in fiscal 2011 and another $630.533 billion for the five years after that, for a seven-year total of $712.144 billion.

"In the first year of private accounts, people would be allowed to divert up to 4 percent of their wages covered by Social Security into what Bush called "voluntary private accounts." The maximum contribution to such accounts would start at $1,100 annually and rise by $100 a year through 2016."

-Allan Sloan, Newsweek, as forwarded by The Green Door Democrat Newsletter

First let me say that any Republican or Democrat that votes to steal even one dollar from our Social Security Insurance plan should be ousted out of office immediately. i don't care if all of their other work is exemplary... This is and should be a deal-breaker.

Second, when GW says he is "only" going to take four percent for "private" (I know he likes the word "personal") accounts, what he is actually saying is two-thirds of all of the monies in the Social Security Trust Fund. (Social security takes only 6 percent of your income in taxes up to approxiately $90,000. So when GW says he is going to take 4 percent, he means he's going to take 4 of the 6 percent. Your employer contributes another 6 percent, but I'm sure he means that as well.) In case you were wondering, that the "Lock-Box" he said he wouldn't touch.

George W. Bush isn't only a liar, but he's a thief as well. We have a scoundrel in the Oval Office with only the interests of his real constituents, the ultra-rich elitists and global corporate banks and merchants at heart.

 

Assuming he has a heart, that is.

-Noah Greenberg



As part of a newsgroup I belong to, I received the following:

Families Are...

Much writing and talking is going on today about tyranny and rightfully so. We must address this issue in all seriousness. However, we are failing to give attention to all areas.

I call attention to the tyranny in family courts against marriages and families.

Families are

...shredded to pieces for profit like stolen autos in a chop shop,

...where Protective Orders are issued based on alleged violence without proof from law enforcement records,

...where Dads are put out of the house and in the streets, separated from their children whom they love

...and jailed as criminals without due process over a civil divorce.

These actions have been ongoing for 30 years in all 50 states because of no-fault divorce laws, and other denials of constitutional rights.

-Billy Miller



In response to "If we were to withdraw from the world it would be a missed opportunity to lay the foundation of peace for generations to come by spreading liberty and freedom. See, part of my foreign policy is this: I believe that there is an
Almighty and I believe that the Almighty's gift to everybody on the face of the Earth, regardless of where they live, regardless of their religion, is freedom. And I believe deep in everybody's soul is the deep desire to live in freedom. And I believe that this country, if it were to retreat, would miss an opportunity to help others realize their dream. And I also know that history has proven that free societies yield the peace that we all want," Rhian writes:

Bush really said this publicly? I missed it.

How much is the man drinking?

I wonder how long it will be till Bush slips and uses the real word, sovereignty, for the faux-speech-propaganda word, isolationism.

That'll put Rove's panties in a twist.


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-Noah Greenberg