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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

 

A Fergie Quote

"I'm Mike Ferguson and I approved this message because nothing is more important than our children."
-Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ). from his TV ad


Pcture this: A handicapped girl in a remote control wheelchair. She has an oxygen mask over her mouth and nose and steers her chair with the help of a joystick. She's speeding up to a man in a white shirt and tie, and as she passes him, she "slaps him five."

My name is Noah Greenberg and that man is Rep. Ferguson (D-NJ) and I almost lost my lunch.

"2005 Representative Ferguson supported the interests of the Children's Defense Fund 11 percent in 2005."
-Project Vote Smart


Maybe Fergie supports only the children of the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores".

"The mission of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
"CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown."
-The Children's Defense Fund Mission Statement


11 percent is an insult. To project yourself as a champion of our nation's children, who need a hand up in life just to get started, then ignore them almost totally is a disgrace to a modern and progressive state such as New Jersey. I guess in Ferguson's ultra-rich area of Hunterdon County, where he has a mansion, provided by a rich family and the result of privilege, has clouded what the rest of New Jersey's children really need.

I wonder if that little handicapped girl knows that Fergie is against using embryos for stem cell research? I wonder if this little girl knows that programs like stem cell research and gene therapy are her only hopes? I wonder if she was trying to attack Ferguson and all she was able to hit was his hand?

"2005 Representative Ferguson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 17 percent in 2005."
-Project Vote Smart

Don't our children require fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink? No matter. We all know that Fergie's kids will be able to afford the cost of bottled air, the air of the future, and clean water. They'll be able to afford gasoline and the food staples of life. After all, like their father, they are privileged.

"2002 On the votes that the American Family Voices considered to be the most important in 2002, Representative Ferguson voted their preferred position 0 percent of the time."
-Project Vote Smart

What did you expect?

-Noah Greenberg



Making Me Sick

I'm just sick of it. Hiding a crime such as attempting to lure young boys into sexual liaisons, committed by the guy whose job it was to watch out for children, is just the latest and most unforgivable of the high crimes and misdemeanors that this latest congress will be shown to be guilty of. It's nauseating to read or write about it. And yesterday we heard that the GOP leaders might have known about it for years. There no longer can be any doubt that they knew about it for at least the past year.

Just what are they doing in congress? This is just sick!

And just what are these "soldiers of democracy" doing to help their constituents? Well, obviously, they aren't watching out for pedophiles on the Hill. And they aren't paying attention to anything except their own checkbooks. They are all full-time employees of the United States. They get more "fringe benefits" than any employee anywhere and they are abusing their privileges.

Where are our nation's leaders when they should be working for us? They're writing books and holding fund-raisers with the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores" to line their pockets. And when they aren't doing the "legal" stuff they ought not be doing, they are doing illegal stuff, such as: Taking illegal campaign contributions; making that same Bush "base" richer at the expense of the average middle class American taxpayer; or they're attempting to bed fifteen year old boys in their charge! It's atrocious!

There can be no doubt that the abuses of power have gotten immeasurably worse since the Bush administration took office five-plus years ago. But why? Are they looking for something to do while they ignore their constitutional responsibility of oversight? Or is Graff now a full time job?

Before the latest atrocity by these GOP members of congress, I had all intentions of writing about the part time jobs that many of our "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople leaders have undertaken. They all seem to be supplementing their incomes as authors. Now, I write after work myself, and I'm attempting to write a book. To put it mildly, time is a factor. So how do the guys and gals who should be spending all of their time making this nation better have the time to write their thoughts and ideas in book form without presenting those same ideas on the floor of the senate or House? How do Senators Trent Lott (R-MS), whom I am watching plug his book on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and John McCain (R-AZ) have the time to make the "rounds" that publishers require to sell their books? How can Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who stated that he and his family live in the DC area because he wants his children around while he works as a US Senator, find the time to: A) Work as the number three Republican in the Senate; B) Run a campaign for re-election C) Write a book; D) Make the rounds to push his book; E) Have the time to play with is children; and F) Tell us all that he needs Pennsylvania's tax money to teach his children as they are home-schooled. He must have a clone!

Maybe these guys and gals ought to do a little more work for the American people and less for their own, selfish purposes.

And just where are the leaders of the religious right as this mess involving now-former Rep Mark Foley and young boys continues to spring surprise after surprise after surprise? Why are some silent and others backing the GOP failures? Imagine for a moment a Democratic member of congress caught in the same predicament. What would their stance be then?

The religious right hates Rep, Barney Frank (D-MA), who is openly gay. Some of them have been making noise as to his questionable affair(?) with another man which happened 17 years ago. They couldn't wait to trash the Catholic Church for their cover-up of their own sex scandals. Why so quiet now? Simple hypocrisy.

And why is Foley in a rehab center instead of jail?

Today Foley's lawyer told us all that he was abused by a priest as a child. Is that his way for asking for a pass for his misdeeds? Probably.


Along with all of the above, Matt Drudge (The Drudge Report), himself a gay man and supporter of all things Republican, came right out today and said this:
"You're not going to tell me these are innocent babies... The kids are egging the Congressman on! The kids are trying to get this out of him."
-Drudge

"This was two ways, ladies and gentlemen. These kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth. Oh yeah. Oh, I haven't ... they were talking about how many times they'd masturbated, how many times they'd done it with their girlfriends this weekend ... all these things and these 'innocent children.' And this 'poor' congressman sitting there typing, 'oh am I going to get any,' you know?"
-Drudge

What Drudge seems to forget is that these 17-year-olds were under aged. Oh yeah, and they weren't only 17-year olds. The latest boy was merely 15 years of age. Drudge even commented that eight year olds are different than 17-year-olds, when it comes to pedophilia. Good to know he has "standards".

There was only one way to react to Drudge. Mouths agape! It appears obvious to me that Drudge must have his own shadowy past relationships with minor males. Maybe Foley is the more moral of the two (as compared to Drudge).

Maybe his report should be called "The Sludge Report."


Along with reading Bob Woodward's new book about the failures and lies of the Bush administration, "State of Denial", someone ought to write and publish a book cataloging the GOP misdeeds since 2001and name it "State of Disgust".

We have had headlines that obscure the real problems that this nation faces. Lead stories about former-Reps. Tom DeLay (R-TX), Bob Ney (R-OH) and Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), now serving 8 1/ 3 years for his betrayal of the people. The GOP controls the media by obscuring the truth about our wars and our faltering economy (except for Bush's "base", of course). Maybe all of these dirty Representatives are merely "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party sacrifices to hide the rest of the GOP failures.

It's time for those on the right to get back to leading the nation, while they still have the chance.

It's time to start doing the business of the American people and stop doing business at the people of America's expense.

It's time for all of them to be elected out of office so some real legislators can begin doing our work.

Being a congressman, senator or presidential advisor should require sacrifice,. They should not look to  be treated as if they were a member of King George's court.

We don't need to see George and Jeb handing out bottles of water after a hurricane. We need them to make sure there are enough supplies and troops and a good plan to help the people AFTER a hurricane.

We need our leaders to be leaders, not authors, criminals and pedophiles.


-Noah Greenberg



Reynolds' Reaction

I just got off the phone with Congressman Reynold's office.
Reynolds's is the chair of the NRCC (National Republican Campaign Committee).
I called to demand Reynolds's resignation as a result of his support for and acceptance of funds from Mark Foley.
I was informed that I am not in possession of the facts.

If anyone has gone on line to research Foley's record, they will find that the scrubbing of the official sites is well underway. His official congressional web page has been deleted and his name has been removed from the mast head of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus.

The news of his resignation is on page 5 of an eight page document tucked in between a five page list of the members and contact information.

Joe Negron the new GOP candidate for Foley's seat was on NPR this morning and stated that Foley is not an issue and that the voters should move on. Several GOP leaning blogs are already out reminding the voters of Clinton, Frank and Studds.

The GOP tactics of cover-up denial and finger pointing have already appeared.

-Robert Chapman



Foley's Replacement

Joe Negron, the GOP candidate replacing Mark Foley, stated in an interview broadcast this morning that Foley is not an issue and the voters should move on. Negron is defending the indefensible.

Mark Foley, was the co-Chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Coalition, that is to say the GOP maven on pedophilia. It is indefensible that the GOP leadership knowingly allowed a sexual predator to serve as their public face and voice on pedophilia.

Hastert claims that he was deceived by Foley regarding his history as a sexual predator, but there can be no doubt that he and his staff checked Foley very closely. Their actions demonstrate they believe in "don't ask, don't tell."

-Robert Chapman



Hastert's Blinders

In explaining his ignorance of Florida Congressman Mark Foley's history as a sexual predator, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert claims that he may have been distracted from a report on Foley's sexual predation by other priorities.

The GOP is running ads nationally ballyhooing their proposal for a national registry of sexual predators, yet the leadership was unable to prioritize investigation of sexual predator.

Mark Foley is prominent solely as the GOP spokesman on pedophilism. This role derives from his chairmanship of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus.

The GOP has nationalized and prioritized pedophilism as a national issue. It is fair to discuss their appointment of a sexual predator as their spokesman on the issue.

Allowing a sexual predator to operate in Congress is bad enough, but the GOP went beyond this and elevated him to its leadership role on pedophilia.

There must be consequences for the GOP leadership's inability to properly vet and screen its own spokesmen.


-Robert Chapman



Speaking Out and Outraged

"In my 21 years as a Member of the House Page Board, every decision has been made on not just a bi-partisan basis but on a non-partisan basis, with our main concern always being the safety and wellbeing of the young teenagers who serve the U.S. House as pages.
"I was outraged to learn that the House Republican leadership kept to itself the knowledge of Mr. Foley's despicable behavior toward the House Pages.
"I am now equally outraged to learn that Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert announced today that there will be changes in the policies of the House Page program. Once again, I was not informed of the meeting today, nor was I consulted in any way about any proposed changes.
"And once again, the House Republican leadership is following the same pattern of unilateral decision-making that caused this problem in the first place in the Mark Foley issue. Speaker Hastert's announcement this afternoon is yet another example of the House Republican leadership being more concerned with finding political cover for themselves than with the safety and wellbeing of the House pages."
-Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), the (only) Democrat on the House Page Board, and he is furious

Hastert, Reynolds and Alexander should resign now.


-Forwarded and commented by Robert Scardapane



Slaughter's Outrage

 

I am mad as a wet hen about the disgusting stories coming out of Washington on yet another blockbuster Republican scandal.

As a mother and a grandmother, I am disgusted at reports that top Republicans in this House might have put political expedience ahead of the safety of the children in our care.

Instead of dealing with this problem immediately and directly, they chose instead to hide it for month after month.

And today, rather than accepting responsibility for the consequences of their inaction, Tony Snow is trying to pretend like nothing happened. There is simply no accountability among the Republican Leadership, no matter how severe the circumstances.

The safety of children on Capitol Hill should be more important than spin and political posturing.
Rep Louise Slaughter's diary :: ::

This is about trust.

We already knew that we couldn't trust Republicans to effectively protect us from outside threats by implementing the 9/11 Commission's recommendations.

We already knew that they couldn't be trusted to keep our troops safe on the battlefield by getting them the armor and equipment they need.

But now, we can't even trust them to keep kids safe in the halls of Congress.

This scandal says a great deal about the real values of the Republican Leadership in Washington today.

I've got to go. I am going to be talking to every reporter I can find in my district to talk about this tragic story, which has much more do than just some "naughty emails." So I will not be around to answer to all your questions in this thread.

But keep in mind again this is the third Republican Member who had to resign from this Congress in disgrace. Let's all work hard to make sure we can have a Congress on November 8, which Americans can be proud of.

 

-Rep. Louis Slaughter (D-NY)



Advising George

Bob Woodward revealed that Henry A. Kissinger has been advising President Bush about Iraq, telling him that “victory is the only meaningful exit strategy.”

Can anyone deny that Iraq is the new Vietnam? Both wars were based on false information; both cost the lives of thousands of American troops and tens of thousands of innocent foreign citizens; and both wars lost the support of the American public.

Now, we see Mr. Kissinger’s hand in both wars.

President Richard M. Nixon had a chance to exit Vietnam in 1970, but kept our troops there several more years based largely on Mr. Kissinger’s advice.

How much longer will American troops remain in Iraq?

Iraq will remain a quagmire whether our troops remain there or not — just like Vietnam. Let’s bring our troops home and bring this national nightmare to an end.


-Eddie Konczal



In response to the Pennsylvania Senate race, Billie M. Spaight writes:

How strange about Bob Casey being for same-sex rights but being against abortion. That is so odd because usually if people are religious enough to be against abortion, they tend to be homophobes and anti-women. I am very relieved to know that his other positions are not quite so backward. I detest Santorum. I think Santorum is a fossil and should be put up in a museum in a diorama next to the Neanderthals.

What a relief that Santorum is behind.



In response to Billie M. Spaight, Victoria Brownworth writes:

Billie M. Spaight misunderstood my comments entirely. My final line was directed at allen, not you. I was wishing him a happy new year. So i can go on being a mensch and you can stop saying I called you names (but please don't call me "brownsworth"--not MY name). and happy new year to YOU, in earnest!


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