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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Today's Note From a Madman

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


The Next President?

As a late invitee to meet Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain at the White House, Payton Manning's tailors had to work through the night in order to get his white tie and tails ready. The announcer on headline news noted that his Size 44 Long is the same size as President Bush wears.

Manning could become the next president. After all, he fits the suit and that seems to be the only requirement.

-Noah Greenberg

Mickey Rat

In a recurring nightmare come true, a childhood icon turns and tells all of the children watching to kill those he deems his enemies.

The ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, invented Farfour the rat, an obvious rip-off of Disney's Mickey Mouse, to tell children to kill for Islam; kill the Jews; kill for Jerusalem; and, well, just kill, I guess.

"You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists. Tomorrow's Pioneers. We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers."
-Farfour squeaked

But I think that that Hamas missed the boat with their little rodent. The western world would have been much more frightened had we been able to identify with the rat. Maybe, as my brother suggested, they should have called him "Mullah Mouse." Now that would have been more frightening.

I wonder why the leaders of Palestine, an area wishing to become part of the civilized world, would want to use a cartoon icon as their messenger of death? Maybe it's their way of trigging the kiddies as they visit Orlando, FL, Orange County, CA or Disney Japan.

One has to wonder if the shoe was on the other foot, and our American Mickey Mouse came out and encouraged children to hate Muslims, what their reaction would have been; what would the reaction of the rest of the Western world have been?

I want to know where our middle eastern allies - and more to the point, Saudi Arabia - is on this subject. After getting my US News and World Report delivered this week, I noticed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took out pages and pages of ads disguised as news in the very front of the magazine to promote themselves in the eyes of Americans. Where are they on this? Just try a search on any of the Saudi websites and look for their condemnation of "Farfour". Let me know how your search ends up. I got nothin'.

One has to worry for the six-foot rat in a turban, however. Sure, it's easy to call for Jihad against American, Europe, Israel and the entire non-Muslim world. but Mickey Mouse is owned by the Walt Disney Company. When those trademark infringement lawyer teams get through with Farfour, there won't be anything left but a couple of four-fingered gloves. Don't tick off the real Mickey Mouse.

Many of you might remember a few years back about all the stink made of Joe Camel. The Camel cigarette company, in an obvious effort to create new customers (realizing that attrition by heart and lung disease was eating into their profits) tried to convince children that smoking was cool.

This is so much worse.

-Noah Greenberg

Still Don't Get It

Those who don't (won't?) learn from the past are destined to repeat it. If this is truly the case, then the Bush administration has a bad case of the Deja Vu's.

"Every bank, every business, everybody's home is just gone. In any direction you look is just devastation."
-Governor Kathleen Sebelius (DEMOCRAT-KS)

At least 95 percent of the town is gone. There is no more town, really, to speak of. At least nine people have lost their lives and there will be more discovered dead to come. Almost every resident of Greensburg has lost their home and most, if not all of their possessions.

And it gets worse.

"We're missing about half of our trucks from the National Guard units. Clearly trucks to haul this debris away would be enormously helpful. We are missing flatbeds. We are missing humvees, which are used to get people to safety and security and to haul equipment around. We are missing a number of our well-trained National Guard personnel. The equipment that we continue to harp on that has been sent overseas when our troops are deployed and not restored at the same level could be enormously helpful."

The Bushies have learned nothing from Hurricane Katrina. As Governor Sebelius noted, it is each state's National Guard which takes care of its population in times of need. When they, and their equipment are stuck in Iraq, they simply can't be where they are needed when they are needed.

This administration speaks of protecting Americans. They say things like "If we don't fight them over there, we'll have to fight them right here." But this administration fails to see that the citizens who rely on them have other needs to be taken care of, not the least of which is responding to natural disasters.

This immense nation which we live in has had earthquakes, terrible hurricanes and hurricane seasons, and tornadoes which rip out whole towns. We've had man-made catastrophes as well. One of the reasons states have national guard units is to help locate and rescue survivors when one of these natural or man-made disasters occur. They are trained to get on the scene fast and to take charge when taking charge is necessary. They can't respond quickly if they and their equipment are stuck in Iraq.

FEMA has become inept. Their response is limited to thinking about it, waiting for the President to get back from a fund-raiser, and then sending a couple of guys to see if their help is needed. During the recent flooding in the northeast, it was weeks before the President even considered declaring the areas hit worst disaster areas. Some are still waiting.

"It's going to take a long time for the community to recover,"
-President Bush

Sure is, especially when the ineptitude of the bush administration is involved.

Politics play such a part in everything that this administration does, that even their statements are politically motivated. In the past, I have pointed out the disrespect that the President has for anyone who disagrees with them (Note President Bush calling Rep. Rahm Emanual (DEMOCRAT-IL) "Rham" while referring to the other elected officials as "Senator" and "Congressman"), so when GW makes a statement about the Greensburg devastation, it shouldn't surprise anyone when it comes out like this:

" spoke to the governor and Senator Pat Roberts..."

Note that "the governor" is a Democrat and "Senator Pat Roberts" is a Republican. One wonders if the response to Hurricane Katrina, and specifically their response in New Orleans, had anything to do with the racial and political makeup of the Crescent City. I know I do.

In the end, we need to protect our people here at home. We need to do it in a non-partisan way and we need to have the resources at the ready when devastation occurs. We should be our government's prime concern, but more and more it appears that their true "base" of "haves and have mores", the ones making the large profits from the Bush wars and policies, are at the head of the pack.

-Noah Greenberg

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