Today's Note From a Madman

Tuesday, June 7, 2005



Note: The Doctor asked me recently: "How much are actually earning for all this effort?  What is the business plan for this product?


My answer was simple:

"Thatís the problem with the Right. Not everything is measured in dollars and cents. Although I have written many business plans and many more marketing plans, I have none for this. That isnít the point of this newsletter." -NG


The BLUE and the RED of Health Care


If you are under 65 years of age in these United States, there is a 30 percent chance that you don't have health insurance. To put that in perspective, take a look at your softball team. The first baseman, the catcher and the center fielder can't afford to slide home or dive for a ball because a broken leg might put them in the poor house. If the Greed Over People Party have their way, and they usually do, that same broken leg, and the resulting bankruptcy, could possibly cause "Pudge" to lose his primary residence. ("Pudge": What catchers are affectionately called) Three or four members of your daughter's soccer team might be able to see a doctor when they are sick. Ten of your son's Pop Warner football team won't be able to visit a pediatrician with that badly twisted ankle he obtained during that great run to the end zone.

But there's more, shall we say, interesting news here. If you live in a RED STATE, your chances of not having health coverage can be much higher than residents of BLUE STATES. For example, if you live in Texas and are under the age of 65, your odds of not being able to see a doctor when you're sick shoot up to 40 PERCENT. That's almost double Rhode Island's and Minnesota's 21 percent. In fact, only one BLUE STATE rises above the 30 percent national average, and that's California, with the highest population of illegal immigrants in the country. In contrast, thirteen RED STATES top the 30 percent uninsured mark.

Here's how the numbers break down:

The number of residents, by state, without health insurance and the percent of all residents in each state under age 65 who are uninsured. Anyone 65 and older automatically qualifies for health coverage under Medicare.
Red State Uninsured Percent Under 65 Years of Age   Blue State Uninsured Percent Under 65 Years of Age
Texas 7,583,000 40%   Calif. 11,090,000 36%
La. 1,391,000 36%   N.Y. 4,977,000 30%
Miss. 870,000 35%   D.C. 144,000 30%
Ariz. 1,635,000 35%   Ill. 3,188,000 29%
Ark. 770,000 34%   Ore. 890,000 29%
Fla. 4,626,000 34%   Wash. 1,480,000 28%
Okla. 997,000 34%   N.J. 1,954,000 27%
N.C. 2,317,000 33%   Mich. 2,290,000 26%
Nev. 607,000 32%   Hawaii 269,000 26%
Ga. 2,365,000 31%   Md. 1,123,000 24%
Idaho 365,000 31%   Maine 254,000 24%
Colo. 1,243,000 31%   Wis. 1,094,000 24%
Utah 651,000 31%   Penn. 2,449,000 23%
Ala. 1,159,000 30%   N.H. 252,000 23%
Wyo. 125,000 29%   Conn. 674,000 23%
Mont. 217,000 29%   Mass. 1,249,000 23%
N.M. 602,000 29%   Vt. 120,000 22%
W.Va. 420,000 29%   Del. 153,000 22%
Alaska 169,000 28%   Iowa 548,000 22%
S.C. 981,000 28%   Minn. 941,000 21%
Ky. 963,000 28%   R.I. 184,000 21%
Tenn. 1,382,000 27%        
Kan. 604,000 27%        
Ind. 1,401,000 27%        
Ohio 2,556,000 26%   Nation 74,706,000 30%
Va. 1,585,000 25%  
N.D. 133,000 25%        
Mo. 1,181,000 24%        
Neb. 345,000 23%        
S.D. 138,000 22%        
Red Average 30%   Blue Average 25.4%
Source: US Census Data

One has to ask themselves why is there this difference?


Only "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and his Greed Over People Party know for sure.

-Noah Greenberg


The Mixed Priorities of Bush & Blair & the "G8"


British Prime Minister Tony Blair is meeting with "G"lobal "W"arming Bush this week to discuss 2 major issues and some other minor world-dominating globalization stuff this week. At the forefront are Global Warming and the horror show in Darfur. This assumes, of course, that PM Blair isn't just doing a dog-and-pony show due to his slim victory in last month's elections. PM Blair has placed the issues of poverty, disease and, I guess, genocide on top of his "to-do" list, something "G"lobal "W"arming Bush has yet to do, and probably never will.

Although officials from both countries say they are going to eliminate the debt the poorest nations owe to the World Bank, like most other things that don't benefit the "hyper-rich", no such deal has been reached. Let's face it, if the United States and Great Britain wanted that debt eliminated, it would have been eliminated by now. More "lip service" from President Bush with no action.


One of the conditions of that debt elimination would be this: For every dollar of debt "fogiven", one dollar of aid to that country would be taken away. That makes it debt-payment, not debt-forgiveness, doesn't it?

Hey, isn't Bush's guy, Paul "Weapons of Mass Distraction" Wolfowitz head of the World Bank now?

Now, on to Global Warming, GW's namesake. Surprise, Surprise... GW and Blair are far apart in regard to the subject. G"Global "W"arming Bush wants polluters to play the major part in "policing" itself while Blair wants "mandatory limits" put on polluters, much like the rest of the civilized world.

"The common ground is in research and in developing technologies that will deal with climate change and increase energy efficiency. The real difference of opinion between Bush and Blair is over measures that go beyond voluntary measures by industry."
-William K. Reilly, EPA administrator under the Bush (41)

"Voluntary measures"... Where do they come up with that stuff? Maybe we should apply that to ALL industries. I bet the Mafia would like to see crime decrease due to "voluntary measures." Maybe the alcohol lobby might like to see "voluntary measures" applied in drunk driving cases. The US Congress is tripping all over itself trying to legislate Major League Baseball's steroid use policy, which would affect a few thousand people nationwide but the Greed Over People Party controlled House, Senate and President Bush himself don't want to touch GLOBAL WARMING?

Hypocrites to the left of me.... Hypocrites to the right of me... More hypocrites to the right of me Even more hypocrites to the right of me!

Remember the last time polluters were able to police themselves? And they were just learning to pollute back then. When the air in Montana smells like midday in Los Angeles and the water in Wyoming tastes like the New York's Love Canal, will the "Wrong Wing" of the "Greed Over People" party then take "mandatory limits" on pollution seriously? Not if there is still a buck to be made while the "hyper-rich" can get a glass of clean water.

I wonder what the license plate on cars in Minnesota will read then: "Land of 10,000 GLOWING lakes", maybe?

There was a "strong consensus for a broad portfolio of actions,"
-James L. Connaughton, chairman of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality, or as I like to call it, "Fantasyland!"

Mr. Connaughton cited the work done by the US and India to reduce the amounts of methane gas emissions.

Hey, don't bulls make methane when they... Oh... never mind.

-Noah Greenberg

Hit & Run

Any of you with brothers will remember this. You're sitting on the couch with your brother. He hits you, and as you clench your fist in retaliation, he yells for "mommy" and says, "MA! He's gonna it me!" You all know who you are.

This is just what the Palestinians and Hamas were, and are doing to innocent Israelis. They bomb and then scream for the international community to protect them from their "oppressors". Two people were killed by a Hamas mortar attack in Israel. Then, when Israel retaliates, you get statements like this:

''The situation is deteriorating. The whole cease-fire may collapse,"
-Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator

Take charge of your territory. Give real punishments to offenders and those who harbor them. Stop the initial attack and there will be no reason for the Israelis to retaliate.


Obviously, those who hate Israel and tried to "drive her people into the sea" have failed in their initial plan. This must be Plan "B".

''Hamas is trying very hard to undermine our efforts to move toward peace with the Palestinian Authority. The Hamas is trying to undermine Abu Mazen's (Abbas') regime as well,''
-Silvan Shalom, Israeli Foreign Minister

"No country in the world would allow rocket fire on civilian cities,''
-Israeli Maj. Sharon Feingold

And no country should.

-Noah Greenberg

A "Hey! Wait a Minute" Quote

"We have to let China know, probably from a legislative position, that the recent administration exhortations are supported by Congress,''
-Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA), in remarks at a
breakfast sponsored by the Ultra-Conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Wow! China is finally ticking off the "hyper-rich" "Wrong-Wing" of the "Greed Over People" party. The only explanation for this is that somewhere there is a lobbyist whose client lost a nickel to a Chinese merchant somewhere. Finally, someone other than US poor "shlubs" are being hit in the pocketbook and the "political donors" to the US Congress, Senate and "G"lobal "W"arming Bush himself are getting nervous.

Companies are complaining that the can't afford to pay even the miniscule amounts they presently pay for their employees' benefits. They can't seem to squeeze any more "blood" from US "stones", I guess.

If you guys are serious about making China a "true, fair trading partner," then we need to
put tariffs on their goods and give our US workers health care benefits! It's just that simple.

"It's the benefits, stoooooo-pid."

-Noah Greenberg

Junior Senator from New York Quotes

"There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda."
"I know it's frustrating for many of you, it's frustrating for me. Why can't the Democrats do more to stop them? I can tell you this: It's very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they're doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don't care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth."
-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Maybe the Greed Over People Party WAS acquainted with the truth at some point, Senator Clinton, but it just didn't fit into their agenda. Why tell the truth when a good lie will suffice? -NG

"Some honestly believe they are motivated by the truth, they are motivated by a higher calling, they are motivated by, I guess, a direct line to the heavens."
-Sen. Clinton, speaking about the House Republican leadership

People like Tom DeLay, Dennis Hastert and Mike Ferguson are very busy. They're only able to "skim" though the Bible and cherry-pick what they need to fool the American people. -NG

"It's shocking when you see how easily they fold in the media today. They don't stand their ground. If they're criticized by the White House, they just fall apart. I mean, c'mon, toughen up, guys, it's only our Constitution and country at stake."
-Sen. Clinton regarding the Washington press corps

C'mon, Sen. Clinton. You know if the press corps didn't fold every time the White House said to do their dirty laundry they would get their press passes taken away. Just ask Maureen Dowd. Jeff Gannon's the man they need in the press room, and they got him. Besides, these guys work for newspapers that rely in the Sunday ads and mega-corporations to support their "hunger for news." Better not bite the hand that feeds you. -NG

I wonder what would happen if all the supposed "Real News-people" in the Washington Press Corps decided to stop "punking out"? Would White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan mind speaking to an empty room? Or would he just fill up the room with Jeff Gannon-ites?

-Noah Greenberg

Ending on A Great Quote

"Yesterday, we were reminded dramatically that three decades ago Watergate taught us the potential for malice in high office and cleansing power of revelation. When did Bush decide to invade Iraq and why? Who ordered and who approved the disgrace of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib? Why and how did the trail of Osama bin Laden grow cold? We are passing through a sorry moment of history. These and many other questions demand answers, and they will continue to do so, long after this administration leaves town."
-James Galbraith, Speaking on behave of his father, Kenneth Galbraith, , to the Campaign For America's Future (CAF)


-Robert Scardapane

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-Noah Greenberg