Today's Note From a Madman

Tuesday, February 15, 2005



"Iím right because I donít understand.

Youíre wrong because you do."


A Voice from the Right

It's Britain or Bust!

Our friends across the pond privatized social security twenty years ago and it was a dismal failure. Well golly gee, the British want to use our social security system as a blueprint for reform. Hey Bush, London calling - collect!

-Robert Scardapane

Lip Service


One unnoticed fact is that the countries whom we are borrowing from are not exactly giving us the prime rate of interest, and as our national credit card starts approaching it's limit, the rate of interest goes even higher.

With the exponential rate, George (Lip Service) Bush is putting us more and more into debt and is making many of these lender countries uneasy. High interests rates will do you no good.....if the debtor goes bankrupt.

Jack Kashinsky


I remember when that was a lot of money. Now the Bush Administration is raising the National Debt, cutting social programs and cutting taxes for those who need it the least.

Oh, by the way, that 440 billion dollars doesn't include the additional 82 billion dollars to continue the never-ending fight in Iraq.

So the NEW National Debt is 524 BILLION DOLLARS.

The National Debt was originally projected at over one trillion dollars for the upcoming year. So, using the Bush Administration's logic, the 524 billion dollar figure is a Deficit cut of 50 percent!

Congratulations President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush. You cut the deficit in half, while actually spending more money!

I must've been crazy to doubt you.

-Noah Greenberg

WAL-MART, that Great American Children's Advocate
WAL-MART got away with violating child labor laws in the United States. For their indiscretions, they had to pay a whopping fine of $135,540 to settle these federal charges that it violated the child labor laws in Connecticut, Arkansas and New Hampshire.

The Department of labor turned a blind eye toward these and other violations against our nation's youth. A slap on the wrist and a promise that they'll never do it again is not enough.

-Noah Greenberg

I said this would start happening in this country again because of the Republicans. Walmart has been caught and got away with a minor slap on the hand. This company is using child labor and uses sweatshop tactics such as forcing people to work off the clock. Considering that they are the largest employer in this country, it's just a matter of time before these sort of abuses become common.

-Robert Scardapane


Hannity on Gannon: "a terrific Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for Talon News"

Conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have cited Talon News, the online "news" organization that appears to be more of a Republican political advocacy group than a media outlet, and its former Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent, Jeff Gannon, as sources on their radio broadcasts.

In addition to citing both Talon News and Gannon on ABC Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show, Hannity has referred to Gannon as "a terrific Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for Talon News," and according to a program summary on the website for San Francisco radio station KSFO, which carries Hannity's show,

Gannon was a guest on the February 10, 2004, edition of the program. The program summary for that broadcast states: "Sean spends a moment with Jeff Gannon, Washington Bureau Chief for Talon Jeff talks about his daily meetings with White House Press Secretary Scott McCellan [sic]." Media Matters for America demonstrated that Gannon has served as a lifeline for White House press secretary Scott McClellan at press briefings and that Gannon copied GOP documents and releases verbatim and without attribution for use in his articles.

Here are three other instances in which Hannity cited Gannon or Talon News as a source on his radio show:

HANNITY: He's [radio host Mike Webb] apparently a liberal talk show host known for his disdain of the president and the Bush administration. And a report says that he called for the death penalty for the president and the Secretary of State [sic: Defense] Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes. He apparently denied a report last week by Talon News, but the Internet site -- and said yesterday that they have a tape that proves that this host, Mike Webb, made the statements on the air. [The Sean Hannity Show, 5/27/04]

HANNITY: And apparently they're also, according to Jeff Gannon, the -- Talon News -- this woman, Mary Mapes, this Dallas producer [involved in the controversy over memos about President Bush's National Guard service], is under pressure for the [CBS] network, and now there's doubts about their authenticity has taken place. Let me tell you what that means. That means everything's going downhill. And you watch. There's going to be somebody that has to take the fall here, and it's not going to be uh, it's not going to be [CBS anchor] Dan Rather. [The Sean Hannity Show, 9/7/04]

HANNITY: Now, Jeff Gannon, who is a terrific Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for Talon News, actually shot me an e-mail today, and he's about to break a story in an exclusive about these CBS documents. [The Sean Hannity Show, 9/10/04]

On the September 23, 2004, edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, host Limbaugh cited Talon News as "our source" for a story about an email sent by progressive group to its supporters linking the prevalence of hurricanes in Florida at the time to global warming and the Bush administration's environmental policies. The article, titled "MoveOn: Bush to Blame for 'Extreme' Hurricane Season," has been removed from the Talon News site (along with all other archived Talon "news reports" since the organization came under scrutiny) but is available here, in Google's cache. After citing Talon News, Limbaugh read excerpts of the article and concluded: "This is total BS. ... [I]f global warming were actually happening, there would be fewer hurricanes."

As Media Matters noted, Limbaugh bragged that a quote he fabricated had surfaced in a question Gannon asked of Bush at a January 26 White House press conference. Limbaugh said he was "flattered and honored and proud to have a point made by this program represented in the press conference and asked by a reporter." Limbaugh later falsely claimed that Gannon's question was "accurate."

-Compiled and written by Robert Scardapane

My Brother

Here's a typical conversation with a new conservative, my brother.

Now. understand that my brother used to be a staunch liberal, even voting for New York City Mayor David Dinkins and candidate Mark Green.

The war in Iraq turned him. He looked at GW as the guy who went in and "saved us", all proof to the contrary aside.

My brother (one of three) has never been married; has enough money to be considered "comfortable"; doesn't have a car (living in New York City's Manhattan, he doesn't need one); and doesn't have children.

Me: George Bush lied about the reasons for going to war in Iraq
My Brother: God Bless President Bush. We're lucky to have him!
Me: George Bush is lying about what FDR and Daniel Patrick Moynihan said about Social Security.
My Brother: George Bush will go down as the best president we ever had!
Me: George Bush lied about the new budget. he didn't include financing for the war and his plans to privatize Social security. And he is still increasing the budget deficit.
My Brother: We won. You lost. Get over it.

I love my brother, but for a guy with a genius IQ, he certainly is an idiot.

-Noah Greenberg

Stupid Quote of the Day

I am "America's commentator,"
-Rush Limbaugh

I thought he said "constipater".

-Noah Greenberg

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-Noah Greenberg