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Today's Note From a Madman
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Thoughts before the State of the Union Address.
Bush Pushes Bush
"I had the privilege of signing legislation that extends legal protection to children who are born, despite abortion attempts..."
-President George W. Bush to "Nellie", in a call to March for Life participants
Maybe it's just me, but I didn't know that if a woman tries to have an abortion; and that, somehow, didn't result in the end of the pregnancy; and that child was born, that this child, now living outside of the womb (you know, like the rest of us) was fair game. Is there some sort of open season on babies born after a failed abortion? And just how does one have a failed abortion to begin with. Up until I read the President's remarks, I didn't realize that non-aborted fetuses which go to term - what the rest of us call "babies" - needed their very own law to protect them.
"Last summer I vetoed a bill that would support the taking of innocent life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others, and I have made it clear to the Congress we must pursue medical advances in the name of life, not at the expense of it."
-Bush to Nellie (whoever that is)
In case you didn't realize what Bush meant, let me fill you in. The President is speaking about his veto (his first veto, by the way) of federal funding for fetal stem cell research. Just which one of these lives are being sacrificed in the name of medical science anyway? (Uh-oh! I used that evil word "science". I sure hope the Creationist Police don't take me away.) The idea of using cells whose destiny isn't to become a living human being, but to become a part of a clinic's medical waste, for stem cell research is an idea whose time has not only come, but is past due. We have the technology to actually save lives from these groups of cells that have more chance of becoming garbage than they do a human life.
Again, President Bush, on the day before his State of the Union address, decides to pander to his religious Right base. The "Decider" decided to abuse their trust, much the same way he has done since his election (selection?) in 2000.
I guess someone has to be in that mystical twenty percent that, somehow, still support him.
Al "Abu" Gonzales Interprets the US Constitution
"There is no expressed grant of habeas in the Constitution; there's a prohibition against taking it away,"
-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing
Huh? Now wait a second here. I may just be a city boy, but I know that in order to be prohibited from taking something away you have to have that something to take away in the first place... dont'cha?
"Wait a minute. The Constitution says you can't take it away except in case of rebellion or invasion. Doesn't that mean you have the right of habeas corpus unless there's a rebellion or invasion?"
-Senator Arlen Specter (REPUBLICAN-PA), the former chairman of this same committee just a few short weeks ago
I guess the AG just couldn't sell that one even to Sen. Specter, who usually caves in like an over-used deck of cards when confronted by anyone in the Bush administration.
Gonzales is now the top lawyer in the nation. He has systematically attempted to subvert and remove passages in the US Constitution even before his selection to follow former Attorney General John Ashcroft (the guy who lost a Senate seat battle in Missouri to a dead guy). he is an embarrassment to his post.
Just think: Alberto Gonzales occupies the same seat that Bobby Kennedy once occupied. Now that's a scary thought.
Place Your Bets
Senator Jim Webb (DEMOCRAT-VA), the guy who beat favored incumbent George "Macaca" Allen, Jr. in this past year's race is going to be addressing the nation after President Bush's State of the Union speech. Webb, a veteran, member of Ronald Reagan's cabinet and a former Republican himself, isn't sure as to whether he will support more funding for the war in Iraq. His reason is simple: Webb just wants an honest accounting of where the money that has already been allocated to and for Iraq has gone. In other words, what have you done with the money I just gave you?
It reminds me of someone who has a relative with a gambling habit. No matter how much that person loses, they always feel as if they're just one roll of the dice or turn of the cards away from breaking into the big money. Much in the same way that President Bush has been telling us how well Iraq has been going, in spite of what our own eyes and ears tell us, a gambler will point out to his loved ones (or, at least those who keep giving him money) that he's making progress and to trust him.
Then, after the relative (patsy) gets more and more worried, he starts asking questions. Seeing for himself the real way things are going, he wants to know exactly what his gambler relation has been doing with the hard-earned cash he has been given. When the relative (patsy) decides to watch over his gambler-relative while he squanders away even more cash, the gambler might say something like "I was doing great up until now." This correlates to the Bushies telling us that we are watching the same vase being looted on TV over and over and over again.
By the way, in case you have figured it out, we are the patsies here.
Much in the way a gambler will call on any and all to continue to fund his habit, Bush and his cronies keep calling on the Congress to fund their habit we all know as Iraq.
At the beginning, people in this administration, such as Paul Wolfowitz, now head of the World Bank, assured us that this war in Iraq would cost us no more than $1,7 billion. It costs us that much each and every week!
A habitual gambler will keep coming to their sources until those sources run dry. They will do things like as their patsy to borrow money no matter how far that borrowing puts them into debt. And when the well runs dry, the patsy is left holding the empty bag.
We are holding that bag now and people like Senator Webb want to stop Bush (the degenerate gambler) from borrowing against our (the American Middle Class') life savings any more.
Where the Hell is Zell?
Funny how "The Dueling Democrat", Zell Miller, hasn't been heard from much since his outburst against then-Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (DEMOCRAT-MA) and his duel challenge to Hardball's Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
"Get out of my face!"
"You know, I wish we... I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel,"
-Miller to Matthews
So I thought I'd give you the Zell Miller update, as reported by the New York Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
After the 2004 election, the unemployed Miller officially became the kind of self-hating Democrat the Republicans love: He signed a deal with The Fox News Channel. See? Fox truly is a bi-partisan network. And you all were worried.
In 2005, former Governor and Senator Miller had to return $156,668 worth of entertainment expenses which he had accrued as Georgia's governor. Unlike political contributions, which become a part of a retired politician's political fortune, expenses allocated by the state, and not used, are to be returned to the state. So all of that scrimping and saving which Miller did during his tenure in the Peach State's State House was for naught - he wasn't allowed to keep the money, no matter how much he thought it should be his.
I obeyed the law ''by the strictest standards,''
The annual entertainment budget for a Georgia governor is $40,000 per year. Miller, in returning almost $157,000 worth of that money confirms what I had always expected about the Cantankerous One: he's just not very entertaining - no, not very entertaining at all.
Senate Soiling Clean House Minimum Wage Bill
"There’s no good reason to lard the Senate minimum wage bill with yet another round of unwarranted tax breaks for business. In the last 10 years, the Republican-led Congress provided corporations with $276 billion in tax cuts and provided small businesses with another $36 billion in dedicated tax breaks,"
-AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
Let me understand this. After ten years, the only way Republicans will allow a minimum wage increase is more tax cuts for business. In addition, Bush has the gall to propose raising taxes on workers health care benefits. This is an incredible rip off of working people. Do we have a government for the people, by the people or is government only there to benefit business? Inquiring minds want to know.
I think we should make every Republican who votes against a clean minimum wage bill pay the price in 2008 and some Democrats who are going along with this need to face primary challenges.
In response to Bush's new Middle Class Health Care tax, Billie M. Spaight writes:
I shudder to think what Bush will unveil on Tuesday. Our plan is free just for the price of my husband's union dues. And I am POSITIVE that it probably costs more than the national average. It offers quite generous coverage for doctor visits, testing, and hospitalization, even though we have no dental and very poor prescription drug coverage. So in addition to the $7,000 or so that we are already paying for prescription drugs, Bush wants to slap us with more. Yow!
This is downright scary. I don't know where to go if this passes. We have to write to our Congress-people to stop this right away. This whole thing of making people pay for health coverage is metastasizing like crazy all over the United States. As if we already didn't pay enough!
I'll be glued to my TV set although I would rather be working than watching Bush. I'm taping the miserable thing because I want to be sure about all the rotten nasty details, which I am almost sure will slap my family right in the wallet.
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