Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, June 8 2005
Doug Forrester's Deep Pockets
(The following is a partial reprint of a Madman article, March 30, 2005)
From 2002 to 2004 Doug and his wife Andrea spent $187,213 on various Republicans running for various office, including his very own PAC, Liberty & Prosperity, Inc. But while I was scouring Mr. Forrester's records, I noticed something a little strange.
Doug took $2,500 back from The Republican National Committee last April 28th (April 28, 2004).
Forrester makes so much money that going over the legal
campaign contribution limit is just a pen stroke away!
Now why would Doug Forrester take money back from the Greed Over People Party's RNC? Did he need a loan from the RNC? Did Doug lose count of how much money he is allowed to give to the RNC? Or is he just another rich guy looking out for his self interests?
Doug Forrester bellows that he wants to restore "integrity" to the New Jersey Statehouse. Maybe you should explain the "refund" Dougie.
By the way, if anyone wants to see something funny, check out Doug Forrester's "Message from the President" on his Benecard site: http://www.benecard.com/greeting.html
"The future of health care in the 21st Century is focused on effective Pharmacy Benefit Management."
Doug Forrester, from the President's Greeting on the Benecard Website (That's President Doug Forrester of Benecard Services)
And this is the guy who wants to be governor of New Jersey? Shouldn't we be focusing the "future of health care in the 21st century" on new cures for horrible diseases? Maybe we could talk about Stem Cell Research.
HOW ABOUT TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYBODY,
Mr. Forrester, we know what is important to you: Making money by being the middle man between the health insurance industry and the consumer. In that situation, we all know who foots the bill.
The following is a list of Doug Forrester's (and his wife's) "contributions". Note the big donation to the "Vietnam Vets for Truth", whose mission was the destruction of Senator John Kerry and the "refund" of $2,500 by the RNC. He must have had a "rebate" form or something:
|Oct 29, 2004||$1,000||Ajjan, George Charles||Apr 28, 2004||($2,500)||Republican National Cmte|
|Aug 20, 2002||$1,000||Allen, Diane||Apr 15, 2004||$25,000||Republican National Cmte|
|Aug 20, 2002||$1,000||Allen, Diane||Apr 9, 2004||$15,000||Republican National Cmte|
|Nov 4, 2004||$267||Arkansas Leadership Cmte 2003 FCRC||Apr 9, 2004||$10,000||Republican National Cmte|
|Oct 29, 2004||$450||Ashburn, Roy||Sep 29, 2003||$15,000||Republican National Cmte|
|Oct 29, 2004||$458||Burr, Richard||Oct 12, 2004||$1,205||Republican Party of Florida|
|Oct 20, 2004||$2,000||Bush, George W||Nov 22, 2004||$379||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Oct 20, 2004||$2,000||Bush, George W||Oct 25, 2004||$892||Republican Party of Ohio|
|Jun 30, 2003||$2,000||Bush, George W||Oct 19, 2004||$245||Republican Party of Washington|
|Jun 30, 2003||$2,000||Bush, George W||Oct 19, 2004||$759||Republican State Cmte of Michigan|
|Feb 26, 2002||$1,000||Cardinale, Gerald||Apr 12, 2002||$1,000||Saxton, Jim|
|Oct 23, 2004||$450||Davis, Geoff||Jun 30, 2003||$2,000||Shelby, Richard C|
|Nov 22, 2004||$450||Diedrich, Larry William||Nov 4, 2002||$1,000||Soaries, Deforest B Jr|
|Sep 20, 2004||$2,000||Ferguson, Mike||Nov 4, 2002||$1,000||Soaries, Deforest B Jr|
|Jun 30, 2004||$1,000||Ferguson, Mike||Mar 6, 2002||$1,000||Soaries, Deforest B Jr|
|Dec 17, 2003||$2,000||Ferguson, Mike||Nov 20, 2004||$1,000||Spadea, Bill|
|Dec 17, 2003||$2,000||Ferguson, Mike||Sep 21, 2004||$2,000||Specter, Arlen|
|Oct 15, 2004||$450||Fitzpatrick, Michael G||Sep 21, 2004||$1,000||Specter, Arlen|
|Oct 15, 2004||$450||Fortenberry, Jeffrey Lane||Aug 11, 2004||$1,000||Specter, Arlen|
|Oct 15, 2004||$137||Fortenberry, Jeffrey Lane||May 30, 2003||$2,000||Specter, Arlen|
|Mar 23, 2004||$2,000||Garrett, Scott||May 30, 2003||$2,000||Specter, Arlen|
|Mar 22, 2004||$771||Garrett, Scott||Nov 2, 2004||$450||Swallow, John|
|Oct 28, 2003||$450||Garrett, Scott||Oct 5, 2004||$450||Tauzin, Billy III|
|Nov 1, 2004||$450||Gerlach, Jim||Oct 5, 2004||$137||Tauzin, Billy III|
|Apr 28, 2000||$1,000||Kean, Thomas H Jr||Dec 5, 2002||$1,000||Terrell, Suzanne|
|Mar 22, 2004||$5,000||Liberty & Prosperity Inc||Dec 5, 2002||$1,000||Terrell, Suzanne|
|Mar 19, 2004||$5,000||Liberty & Prosperity Inc||Oct 13, 2004||$1,500||Thune, John|
|May 15, 2003||$5,000||Liberty & Prosperity Inc||Oct 13, 2004||$458||Thune, John|
|May 15, 2003||$5,000||Liberty & Prosperity Inc||Jun 30, 2004||$2,000||Trawinski, Edward J|
|Jul 22, 2003||$2,000||LoBiondo, Frank A||Jun 30, 2004||$2,000||Trawinski, Edward J|
|Nov 10, 2004||$1,000||Martinez, Mel||Oct 27, 2004||$1,000||Vietnam Vets for the Truth|
|Nov 10, 2004||$1,000||Martinez, Mel||Oct 5, 2004||$1,500||Vitter, David|
|Feb 22, 2002||$1,000||Medrow, Ric||Oct 5, 2004||$458||Vitter, David|
|Sep 22, 2004||$2,000||Mike PAC||Nov 22, 2004||$138||Walcher, Gregory Edward|
|Nov 4, 2004||$491||Missouri Republican State Cmte||Oct 5, 2004||$450||Walcher, Gregory Edward|
|Oct 25, 2004||$450||Naples, Nancy A||Aug 16, 2004||$2,500||Wish List|
|Sep 21, 2004||$5,000||National Republican Congressional Cmte||Oct 25, 2004||$450||Wohlgemuth, A Arlene|
|Mar 5, 2001||$500||National Republican Congressional Cmte||Nov 30, 1999||$1,000||Zimmer, Dick|
|Nov 2, 2004||$1,500||Nethercutt, George R Jr||Nov 30, 1999||$1,000||Zimmer, Dick|
|Nov 2, 2004||$458||Nethercutt, George R Jr|
|Jul 21, 2004||$1,000||Nethercutt, George R Jr|
|Aug 10, 2004||$10,000||New Jersey Republican State Cmte|
|Apr 11, 2003||$10,000||New Jersey Republican State Cmte||$184,713||Total Contributions with Refund|
|Mar 12, 2002||$1,000||New Jersey Republican State Cmte||$182,213||Total Contributions without Refund|
|Nov 2, 2004||$450||Porter, Jon|
|Oct 5, 2004||$450||Reichert, Dave|
|Nov 5, 2004||$223||Republican Central Cmte of Nevada|
|Nov 5, 2004||$937||Republican Federal Cmte of Pennsylvania|
Who They're Out For - They Just Look in the Mirror
problem with flogging Bush and his kind is
that it compels the intellectually honest to recognize the evils or errors of
Clinton, and so it goes back to
Reagan, Nixon, LBJ,
and JFK, all of whom made terrible decisions in one area or another
yet, in their day enjoyed enormous popularity. Some even still do despite having
lived as an Augustine and then attained sainthood. Augustine at least, lived a
major part of his life with piety and much positive productivity. I tired long
ago of selective floggings, although I still canít resist on occasion, and find
it easier to denounce and damn all politicians as a generic exercise. Taken as a
whole, itís hard to go wrong, and you donít put the backs up of people who might
agree with you on particular issues.
And so I say, TURN THE RASCALS OUT! Vote early and vote often, but always vote against the incumbent. Put the fear of God and vengeful voters in the hearts of all politicians and perhaps theyíll straighten up a bit. (Well, maybe.) Offer simple and workable solutions to otherwise complex and seemingly insoluble problems.
For example, your concern with the screwing weíre taking on gasoline and related energy sources. Donít wait for next tax year to act. Do it now, right now, this summer. Instead of taking a trip and driving all over the place come vacation time, stay at home. Paint the house. Work in the yard. Have BBQs with your neighbors. But donít buy gasoline. Or if you are pissed with China, donít buy anything made in China.
Such popular boycotts are tremendously effective in areas such as these as the world pipelines by which commodities flow into this country are gigantic living moving things. If the goods start to pile up in warehouses or the refinery tanks fill with oil, the world merchants go nuts. Even a boycott of a weekís duration will cause pandemonium as ships are forced to wait off shore because no one can take their produce. The same with airline transport. Stay at home. Stop spending money. Pay off your credit card bills. Donít eat so much; weíre all too fat anyhow. Walk instead of riding the buses or trains.
If we had an alert organization of even a million or so dedicated boycotters, their influence would spread like wildfire because the media would be letting everyone know what was going on.
The Fat Boys you and I and your friends see as screwing us really arenít. Theyíre just playing the old money game. Weíre screwing ourselves by wanting to spend every nickel we make on crap we really donít need, in going places we could see much better on videos and enjoy in the comfort of our homes. Weíve allowed ourselves to be seduced into being a nation of hogs.
Just as the Japanese will eat anything that moves, weíll buy all the crap the merchants can package in fancy cardboard boxes containing mostly space. I have a grandson who has a least a hundred of these small plastic castings of all kinds of colorful imaginary animals and warriors. His bed room overflows with them; they litter the floor, and spill out all over her apartment. When they come to visit me, he brings a large box full of them and promptly scatters them all over the place. Itís worth my life to step on one of damned things. His stupid mother keeps buying him this crap because he had fun bashing them into each other, although his screams as he plays at murdering them are unbearable. Yet they seem to be indestructible.
Iím afraid to ask her how much she pays for this junk.
The New and Improved "Axis of Evil"
Not too long ago, the youth of Iran was discontent, angry and possessed an appetite for freedom from the Mullahs that run their country. They were restless, to say the very least. Today they sit idly by as their country is taken down a more dangerous path than would have been thought just a few years ago.
For those of you who don't know, Iran has nuclear weapons. Iran has nuclear reactors. Iran sponsors terrorism around the world, but especially against Israel, the only true ally the United States has in the middle east. Iran refuses to abide by agreements they signed not too long ago.
Iran is the one country to be truly afraid of in the middle east. Their youth has been pacified by limited mild freedoms. Their leaders rule with iron fists. Now, here's the frightening part. Iran's people are Shiite Muslims. That's the same sect of Islam that the new majority in Iraq practice.
One could say that Iraq is better off today without Saddam Hussein, but are we?
By letting the non-secular Shiites take control in Iraq, and removing the more secular Sunnis, we have created a very dangerous situation. "G"lobal "W"arming Bush, Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney, Donald "We don't know what you know" Rumsfeld and the Greed Over people Party gave Iran an ally that is right next door.
ought to sent the GOP a gift or something.
If you make the argument that the "Axis of Evil"
is our enemy, then you need to explain what
Iraq will become when the
United States and the
"Coalition of the Willing" finally pick up their duffle bags
I, for one, am concerned that the one-time enemies who had to worry about each other before worrying about the US, are going to make a more formidable opponent in the middle east, thus forming a true "Axis of Evil." Let's face it, this wouldn't be the first time we did something like this. Anyone remember the Mujahidin?
But like the "shower of flowers" that Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney predicted; and like "the war that would pay for itself" that Paul "Weapons of Mass Destruction" Wolfowitz predicted, it's truly amazing that no one saw this coming. After all, didn't these members of the Greed Over People Party predict that it would be a short war and that we have more than enough troops to do the job?
How many more times are these guys going to be so wrong at the expense of our brave soldiers' lives and well-being?
Just wait until these guys start whispering "draft". Who do you think is going to keep fighting these Bush-Made wars?
Bad Move Starbucks? Maybe... Maybe Not
"Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there." Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support in their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.
So as not to offend Starbucks, we should not support them by buying any of their products. As a war vet writing to fellow patriots, I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting street-to-street and house-to-house for what they and I believe is right.
If you feel the same as I do! then pass this along, or you can discard it and no one will ever know. Thanks very much for your support of me, and I know you'll all be there again when I deploy once more.
Semper Fidelis. Sgt Howard C. Wright 1st Force Recon Co 1st Plt.... (May , 2004)
-Forwarded by Pat Thompson
Here is Sgt. Wright's follow-up email after Starbucks spoke with him:
Almost 5 months ago I sent an e-mail to you my faithful friends. I did a wrong thing that needs to be cleared up. I heard by word of mouth about how Starbucks said they didn't support the war and all. I was having enough of that kind of talk and didn't do my research properly like I should have. This is not true. Starbucks supports men and women in uniform. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many copies of their company's policy on this issue. So I apologize for this quick and wrong letter that I sent out to you.
Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to. Thank you very much for understanding about this.
Howard C. Wright Sgt USMC 1st Force Rcon Co 1st Plt PLT RTO (November, 2004)
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/starbucks-iraq.htm and other sites
I caught Meet The Press on Sunday. Russert interviewed RNC chairman Ken Mehlman. He showed several polls that are unfavorable to Bush on economic policy, Iraq and Social Security. Wow, did Mehlman ever dance! He didn't have even one good answer to the questions.
Concerning economic policy, Mehlman immediately used 9/11 and the war on terror as excuses. He claimed that tort reform, social security privatization and CAFTA are all ideas Americans want and will create jobs. Give me a break! This agenda won't create even one job. Mehlman says with pride that Bush created 3.5 million jobs over his four and half years. Yet, that is not enough to even keep pace with young people entering the work force. He didn't get into lower real wages and lack of health care benefits.
The conversation got around to the Downing Street Memo. At this point, I was chanting "go Tim, go". Mehlman was twisting in the wind. He partially denied the validity of the memo. Russert pointed out that even Blair does not deny the memo. He then recited the usual diatribe about the conjunction of Saddam and WMD. He claimed the world is a safer place. Russert pointed out a recent Pentagon report showing that terrorism has quadrupled over the past four years. Mehlman went from the "Cha-Cha" to the "Jitterbug".
On Social Security, Mehlman repeated the mantra that privatization is a better deal. Really... An average 40% cut in benefits is a better deal? Russert nailed him on Pozen's statement that private accounts should be taken off the table. Russert even played back a tape of Howard Dean saying that the Congressional Democrats are ready to work on Social Security when Bush takes privatization off the table. Mehlman would not bite.
All in all, I spent my time yelling at Mehlman and cheering Russert on. Now, this is the Tim Russert, we need to see. We need people in the media that challenge GOP rhetoric.
In response to the WTO possibly forgiving debt, Rhian writes:
The world bank has been in operation for 50 years. It has loaned out, in that time 300 billion dollars, most of which came out of the pockets of the US taxpaying public. Despite all loans to various countries in Africa, there continues to be violence, starvation, poverty, desperate conditions, displacement of populations and criminal leadership.
President Bush was 'elected' (presidency couped) in the year 2000. It is now 2005. He has sunk our nation into debt by pretty much the same amount in five years, that the world bank loaned out in fifty, which is coming out of the infrastructure of the United States of America partially in the way of trade deficit, (China owns 25% of this) a bankrupt Medicare program, and threats to Social Security, should enough of us live to collect.
((It is odd that in all the flap over the Social Security fix, not a single person has introduced the predicted death rate of baby boomers into the arguments))
Despite billions dumped into the various problems of Africa, over the course of 50 years, the aid, the tons of food, and despite the fact that the African continent possesses more gold and diamonds and other natural resources than the rest of the world put together, (including the staff of life, cacao, which turns into chocolate) Africa remains violent, criminal, desperate, homeless, and is riddled with HIV/aids. They also have Ebola and Marburg, infestations both of which could be avoided by doing away with the drug induced hoodoo/voodoo monkey ceremonies.
In fact, according to the CIA world factbook, and the Atlanta Center for Disease Control, 2/3 of the population of the African continent will be dead in about 7 years.
As one who pays taxes, and pays and pays and pays, and watches the Bush administration hand that money to everyone but those who are trying to develop alternate energy sources, I vote for a tough love policy for Africa. The blacks there booted out the whites, took over their own affairs and now, hold those affairs they killed for, in their own hands.
It is possible that the people of Africa need time, and I'm talking two or three generations, to sort out their own problems without the interference or assistance of white nations, who have tried for many of our own generations to elevate the plight of the African, out of desperation, starvation and disease. Whites have, after all, been kicked out of the important affairs of African nations.
Meantime, there are hundreds of people like myself throughout the US who are working independently or in small, low profile groups, (see note) to develop technologies and solutions for an oil free world, who could use at least the tax money we pay out of our incomes and at best some of the billions Bush is handing out to the Palestinians, the Africans, the military dangling on stop loss in as many hellholes as Rummy can find for them, and housing for Saddam Hussein (and probably Bin Laden. I have suspected for a long time that he is in protective custody on orders from the Bush league)
(We have to be low profile or we will be killed by oil industry agents from Texas or Saudi, as many have been before)
There are problems money won't fix, as well as problems that help won't fix. One can learn that at any Al-Anon meeting, where families of alcoholics learn to rid themselves of co-dependency. There are horrible problems in Africa. Babies are dying. The Janjaweed are raping pillaging, plundering. If you want to see what that is about watch a movie with Bruce Willis called Tears of the Sun. Locusts have decimated crops, millions are homeless. Sometimes, the bullet must be bit and people left to find their way, because that is the only way they will find it.
Meanwhile those of us who can, realize we cannot wait till the oil is gone, to find alternatives to oil for heat, for transportation, for transport, for lighting, for power. If that happens we are all Africa.
By the way, we needn't worry about climate change and it's impact on our planet due to global warming. When we do have global warming to the point where the climate shifts will begin to kill us, our atmosphere will evaporate, hissing into space. There is a critical warming point. I need to look it up, but almost anyone can calculate it based on air density, a factor of heat and elevation, which thins air molecules. Pilots have to know and calculate the air density before they fly. So much power in the engines, so much lift, elevation of the airport runway, ambient temperature, pounds on the plane, length of runway, height of obstacles adjacent to . . .etc.
Basically, heat plus elevation equals less dense air. Less dense air has less oxygen. Air at 1000 feet above sea level at 90 degress has more oxygen than air at 7000 feet above sea level at 90 degrees. Lots more. As atmospheres heat up, there will be less and less oxygen even at lower elevations. Molecules in upper atmospheres will begin to dissipate, and that will work it's way down, as the critical point of total dissipation is reached. There is abundant evidence to indicate that it happened on Mars long ago.
Our hope lies not in feeding Africa, till we all die, our hope lies in development of alternatives to oil and the demise of the oil industry. We are almost too late for anyone (including the hyper-rich, including the Africans) to live through the conditions we have created.
I've incorporated, and have designs for a power supply unit ineffaceable with existing service entrances, waiting for materials to build field test prototypes. Waiting while I work a full time job to support my family of three while my fiancť is (God and Rummy only know where) on stop loss. Maybe January if the car holds together. There are hundreds like me with viable, marketable, alternatives. What a world this has become, since I was a kid, or since Bush took office, whichever was first.
''The Justice Department's approach to tobacco litigation should be based on the facts of the case and not political favors to the tobacco industry. It is highly unusual for government prosecutors to abandon evidence-based testimony by their key witnesses at the last moment in a major trial.''
-Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Martin Meehan (D-MA) in a letter sent to Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine
It seems that the two congressmen want to know why the US government is letting "BIG TOBACCO" off the hook. Michael C. Fiore, a medical professor at the University of Wisconsin recommended that "BIG TOBACCO" pay $130 billion over 25 years to help reduce the damage caused by their products. You remember those products, don't you? "BIG TOBACCO" hid the fact that their product was addictive and dEnied the evidence that cigarettes cause numerous health risks. All this for the almighty dollar.
This money was designed to be both educational to help those who smoke to quit and stop those who might want to smoke from taking it up. This money was also punitive, designed to punish "BIG TOBACCO" for their lying and deceit and their finding new "customers" in the world's children.
Mr. Fine decided that a $10 billion program over 5 years is good enough.
Talk about a rope-a-dope.
''There may be some additional influences being brought to bear''
-U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, asking the obvious question, "Why?"
''Whether the price of the cessation program is $130 billion or $10 billion or 99 cents, it is still a fatally flawed program,''
-Philip Morris lawyer, Ted Wells
Stick around a bit, Ted. Any minute now Inspector General Fine will lower the fine and the people of the United States will pay you for your troubles.
Whether you are a smoker or not...whether you want to abolish cigarettes or you want to make them "healthier" somehow... whether you think that fertile farm land could be used for something like... well... feeding the world's poor almost doesn't matter. Smoking is legal (unless it's medicinal marijuana or Cuban Cigars). However, it is also dangerous to your health. just read the little warning on the side.
This program, over the 25 year period might have saved a million lives. I wonder if the Greed Over People Party and "G"lobal "W"arming Bush are going to let Big Tobacco "police themselves" and design the program to their own specifications.
We all know that the Greed Over People Party has been in the pocket of "BIG TOBACCO" for many years. This just confirms suspicions.
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