Friday-Sunday, February 4-6, 2005




"The "Bush blacklist" is "frightening," Tom Athans, chief executive of Democracy Radio, said after learning that a producer for the liberal "Ed Schultz Show" was among those barred. "To blacklist a local citizen because he produces a radio program at odds with the political agenda of the White House is dangerous for democracy."


"Noah, you follow Ed Schultz's show. What is he saying about this?  I think it's about time that this issue is raised in the halls of the Senate. This is an abuse of taxpayer money to run staged political events.


"I am writing Lautenberg and Corzine."


-Robert Scardapane



The real story, as Big Ed (that's what he likes to call himself) put it, was that aside from his producer, a member of the local Democracy for America group, not allowed to see "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and his plan to "Personalize/Privatize/Piratize" Social Security, but a local Democrat, a Fargo city official wasn't allowed in either.


Yesterday (Friday), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) was interviewed by Big Ed and, when asked his opinion on the exclusion of 42 "subversives" (that's my word, not Ed's), Senator Hagel, to his credit was astonished and appalled (I believe it was genuine). The Senator then said he would guarantee that wouldn't happen in Nebraska today (GW's next stop) because in Nebraska they take Democracy seriously.


The Bushie's issued a statement later in the day saying that they never meant for anyone to be excluded and that the "list" (the Bushies didn't even call it what it was, a "blacklist") was the work of an "overzealous volunteer".


Harry Truman (in case anyone forgot, he was a great DEMOCRAT) had a sign on his desk that read, "The Buck Stops Here." The Bush Administration must have found that sign and are passing it around on an "as-needed" basis.




-Noah Greenberg



Retirement plans can be thought of as a three legged stool - defined benefit, personal savings and social security.

Americans today do not have a defined benefit as companies stopped offering them. So, the three legged stool has been cut to two for quite some time. Now, along comes "Chainsaw Bush" hacking away another leg - in effect, attempting to make Social Security nothing more than personal savings. Try sitting in a one legged stool.

Robert Scardapane


"G"lobal "W"arming Bush and his Corporate Raiders/ Corporate Communists have issued orders to their "Right-Wing Mouthpieces" (can you say FOX NEWS?) to stop using the words "private" or "privatize" and start using the words "personal" and "personalize". Additionally, what we are going to hear and see are these "mouthpieces" trying to sell their plans to the people of the United States by calculating it as, "your family's share."


Maybe we should subtract that share from our family's share of President Bush's National Debt.


-Noah Greenberg


Bush delayed the implementation of social security
piratization to 2009. He also promised to cut the budget deficit by 50% in 2009. His numbers are based on a theoretical deficit projection from one year old data. Social Security piratization, tax policy changes and future Iraq expenses are not even factored in! I think the gang of thieves are buying time to get out of town!

-Robert Scardapane



Bush boasts that freedom is "on the march" and that he believes in free speech. Okay, Mr. Bush, I am confused. so please explain these events:

1) The
RNC has called TV stations to pressure them not to air an anti-privatization advertisement from MOVEON.ORG. Meanwhile, the RNC backs pro-privatization advertisements.

2) Forty-two people were
blacklisted in Fargo, North Dakota from attending a Bush town meeting on privatization.

Sorry Mr.
Bush, this doesn't sound like freedom "on the march" to me.


-Robert Scardapane

Welcome to the Republican Twilight Zone. The latest episode concerns the strange case of the Republican Freedom Calendar. Yes kids, the Repubs spent taxpayer dollars to create a calendar that boasts of a half century of civil rights achievements by the party of Lincoln.. Yet, Democrats created the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. In fact, Bush 41 opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964! Okay enough, we are now leaving the Republican Twilight Zone - hopefully, to never return.


-Robert Scardapane


"It is important that Russia make clear to the world that it is intent on strengthening the rule of law, strengthening the role of the independent judiciary, permitting a free and independent press to flourish," - Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, February 6, 2005


Independent Judiciary? What about "rogue judges?" That's what GW is constantly complaining about here at home.

Independent press? Does that include FOX NEWS?

Flourishing according to the Bushies, it appears,  is something done under the guidance of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and his band of corporate cronies.


-Noah Greenberg

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-Noah Greenberg