Bar-Mitzvah Madman

Sunday, May 15, 2005



My son, Jason Daniel, is a Bar-Mitzvah today. He became a man according to Jewish tradition and law. When asked to say a few words, I simply said that "I didn't need a prepared statement to speak about my son. He has never disappointed me in the over 4,000 days he has been on this Earth. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with him as my son and my friend. i couldn't be more proud of him today, unless you count yesterday, and the day before, etc. Today, according to Jewish law and tradition, he is a man. He was more of a man at the age of ten than many men are at the age of 30- 40- or 50 years of age. i wish all of you a son like mine -- Jason Daniel"


-Noah Greenberg

We Like Ike
"Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are...a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54, A Republican Icon

-Thanks to Eddie Konczal

Wal-Mart Still Sucks


Wal-Mart stores mean big tax revenues for the towns they move into. At least thatís the appearance. Actually what happens is that when a Wal-Mart moves in, choices move out. When a Wal-Mart moves in, jobs move out. When a Wal-Mart move in, traffic clogs up our roads, causing ambulances to arrive late to emergencies and working parents to spend less time with their families.

You see, when Wal-Mart moves in, small businesses can no longer stay in business. The people that worked in these small businesses lose a better paying job for a Wal-Mart paying job. Those are jobs without health care or paid family leave or a sense of satisfaction.

Generally speaking, a town will receive a small portion of all stateís sales tax generated by a Wal-Mart.. But financially what they are missing is the sales tax revenue that was generated by the small business PLUS the spending power that has been decreased by the lower wages Wal-Mart pay to area residents.

Here is Wal-Mart "modus operandi": They pick a town with lots of other towns around them. They get a weak political leader to promise the world to, then throw aside. The store opens and smaller stores, many of them owned and operated by a resident of the town go out of business. In many cases, these family owned business supply health care and other benefits to their employees that Wal-Mart simply does not supply.

What happens if the town doesn't allow Wal-Mart in? Why "America's Store" simply goes to the next town and the same family owned businesses go out of business as well.

Allowing Wal-Mart into Edison, NJ will cost Edison Mayor George Spadora his job. The people have spoken.

-Noah Greenberg

News or Lack Thereof

There was an entire news conference the other day discussing where the fingertip came from that the woman used who put it in some chili. I was struck like a lightning bold that the news stations will spend huge amounts of time covering these sensational, tawdry stories and yet, not make a mention about all the amputees that this war is producing. One fingertip gains notoriety and thousands of amputees fight to create and survive in a new life with no mention whatsoever.

It is another illustration of the hypocrisy that exists and is building in our dear United States that demonstrates the insensitivity to the tragedies being created in families from this unjustifiable war. And, instead, this countryís focus is to inform us all of the particular man that lost the tip of his finger in a work accident in December and his friend who saved it for his wife to use in the chili conspiracy. And they call this news! I call it making mountains out molehills and molehills out of mountains.

-Casey Sweet




Whose job is it to determine what is newsworthy? Well, because of the infinite possibility of Cable TV stations, print newspapers and magazines and on-line resources, it falls on those outlets to judge for themselves what is newsworthy. However, since over the air TV and radio stations have a legal responsibility to perform public service, I suggest that they be taken to task by media watchdog groups for NOT reporting real news for fluff.

If they do it too often, then their license should be at stake.

Where am i going with this, you might ask. Ever since the limitation of an individual or corporation holding controlling interests of no more than 5 radio and 2 TV stations have been lifted, we lost our real news media outlets. It's time to put that regulation back. it's time to give the airwaves back to the people.

It's ours and we want it back.

-Noah Greenberg

Save the Blue States' Military Bases


Just as I predicted, Blue States get leaner. Bases in Blue States are losing their military bases. And who is remaining silent? New Jersey's Republican congressman Michael Ferguson (NJ-7). Here is a guy who shilled for President Bush's Social Security Privatization Plan just a couple of months ago in Westfield, NJ. Here is a guy that votes for everything that President Bush and Tom DeLay tell him to vote for, no questions asked. Here is a guy that has much to say, as long as it comes from the Karl Rove Talking Points, but has nothing to say when New Jersians lose their livelihoods.

They are going to save $200 million over 10 years when they close Fort Monmouth. It will cost up to $1 billion to recreate the necessary tasks the Fort does elsewhere. It will also take time, and that's time during a time of war.

The anticipated cost of closing all 33 bases nationally will save ONLY $48 billion over a 10 year period. I say ONLY $48 billion because every time the president asks for more money than that to fight his wars for oil all the time. Every time GW asks it cost twice that amount! All this is going to do is tax the good people of the area where the bases will close.


Check out this chart of "coincidence"

Loses Jobs   Gains Jobs
Connecticut (8,586)   Maryland 9,293
Maine (6,938)   Georgia 7,423
Washington, DC (6,496)   Texas 6,150
Alaska (4,619)   Colorado 4,917
South Dakota (3,797)   Oklahoma 3,919
New Jersey (3,760)   Arkansas 3,585
Missouri (3,879)   Kansas 3,582
Kentucky (3,658)   Florida 2,787
New Mexico (2,849)   Alabama 2,664
Illinois (2,698)   Indiana 2,197
Total "Redeployed" Gained/ Lost in Blue States (19,185)   Total "Redeployed" Gained/ Lost in Red States 18,422

It's just another case of George W. Bush taking advantage of the middle class and small business owners.

-Noah Greenberg


Social Security and the Bush Flip-Flop


President Bush held a press conference on April 28 to promote his Social Security plan. Unfortunately, the only new idea Bush offered was a thinly disguised benefit cut for anyone earning more than $20,000. Bush flip-flopped during the press conference by first calling T-bills "worthless IOU's," then calling them safe investments when promoting them as a personal account option. And Bush actually lied by saying that Social Security would be bankrupt by 2042 (it won't; it just might not pay 100 percent of promised benefits).

Worst of all, Bush continues to insist that Social Security must include private accounts, while failing to provide a rationale for them. Social Security was designed to protect Americans' savings from the risk of the stock market, not to introduce more risk into our retirement plans.

Social Security has worked successfully for 70 years, never missing a single payment since its inception in 1935. The system will remain solvent with minor adjustments, similar to those that the plan's trustees enacted in the early 1980s. We cannot allow Bush to radically overhaul a system than only needs some fine-tuning.

-Eddie Konczal

Stupid Quotes


"The president continues to have confidence in John (Bolton). He believes he's the right person for the job, and we're confident, we're pleased he's going to get a vote and we're confident that the Senate at the end of the day will agree with the president and John Bolton will be confirmed."
-Stephen Hadley, President Bush's National security adviser, on "Fox News Sunday."

If President Bush nominated a pit bull to be the United Stated Ambassador to the UN, and that dog was found to be rabid, and then that dog bit a toddler, Steven Hadley, Scott McClellan, Condoleeza Rice and all the other loyal neo-cons of the "Royal" Bush (or is that Saudi?) family would still say the pit bull is the "right choice" and that they expect the "senate to confirm him."

Oh, wait a minute here... they DO have a rabid pit bull, don't they?


-Noah Greenberg

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