Today's Note From a Madman

Thursday, June 16, 2005



An Anti-Lynching Bill

An anti-lynching bill is a symbol. All Senators should have no problem sponsoring or endorsing it. Any senator that is afraid of losing a vote because they co-sponsor it should be ashamed of themselves.

All senators, especially from southern states should stand up and proudly state, "I sponsor this Anti-Lynching Bill. It stands as an apology and a commitment to make sure things like this never, ever happen again." They should also add, "I don't want the vote of anyone who would resent my signing onto this bill."

-Noah Greenberg

Big Tobacco, Part 2

Guess who's in the pocket of Big Tobacco? That's right, it's Associate Attorney General Robert D. McCallum, the guy who took the recommended $120 billion figure that Big Tobacco had to pay over 25 years and made it into $10 billion over 5 years. This was the money that was going to help people stop smoking.

"We do not want politics to be perceived as the underlying motivation, and that is certainly a risk if we make adjustments in our remedies presentation that are not based on evidence,"

-Sharon Y. Eubanks and Stephen D. Brody, in a memorandum on May 30 Mr. McCallum

It 's too bad because that's exactly what the perception is.

Mr. McCallum's decision might "create an incentive for defendants to engage in future misconduct by making the misconduct profitable."
-Eubanks and Brody

But let's face the facts: The Bush administration has spent its first four and a half years in office making decisions just like this one.

"This was a decision that was made on the merits of the case and that strictly followed the law,"
-Kevin Madden, a Justice Department Spokesman

The "merits", as judged by your very own lawyers say $120 billion, Mr. Madden.

"Why would you throw the case down the toilet at the very last hour, after five years?"
-an anonymous Justice Department Official, according to the New York Times

Why? There are 2.7 million reasons why.
Big Tobacco gave GOP candidates in excess of $2.7 million last year alone.

By the way, Associate Attorney General Robert D. McCallum was a partner at Alston & Bird, an Atlanta Law firm before joining the Justice Department. Guess who was one of their biggest clients? If you guessed RJ Reynolds of Big Tobacco fame, you were right.

And just how did Mr. McCallum get his job at Justice? Why he's a buddy of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush dating back to their Skull & Bones days at Yale.

Has this administration ever heard of a "conflict of interest"?

-Noah Greenberg

"Option ARM"

An "option ARM" or Adjustable Rate Mortgage is a relatively new, risky mortgage that seems a perfect fit for someone who is good with their hands and can fix up that "fixer-upper". This is a loan that let's you pay only the interest on the loan for a few years before having to start paying both interest and principle on the note. The reason it works for a "fixer-upper" is simple. It allows you to buy the home, fix it, then sell it for a huge profit after a short period of time.

There is, however, another application for the "option ARM". In "G"lobal "W"arming Bush's America, you can buy a house that you can't afford, pay a fraction of what you are supposed to pay for about 5 years, then sell the house for a huge profit before the bank comes a-knockin' at the door. This is a great idea assuming 2 things:
1- Rates won't rise when the "adjustable" part of the ARM occurs and
2- Housing prices keep rising

Does anyone, other than me, remember the early 1990's? That's when housing prices fell and people had to bring money to the table when they sold their homes. That was a time when young people bought houses that they could afford. What do you think will happen today of that same thing occurs?

Imagine this: A young couple buys a home. They take out an "option ARM". The plan is to move before the "adjustable" thing happens. Now imagine this family loses a job. Then they have a baby. Then the "adjustable" thing happens. With the bankruptcy bill just passed through the Greed Over People Party-led federal government, what is going to happen to this couple?

"The apparent froth in housing markets may have spilled over into mortgage markets. The dramatic increase in the prevalence of interest-only loans, as well as the introduction of other relatively exotic forms of adjustable-rate mortgages, are developments of particular concern."
-Alan (Big Al) Greenspan

Hey Big Al, could this country stand a rash of foreclosures and bankruptcies that offer no relief? I don't think so.

-Noah Greenberg

Polls? What Polls?


The President hasn't been polling too well of late. So, he is predictably playing the "blame the Democrats game". At $25,000 a head fundraiser, he said:

"This is not leadership, It is the philosophy of the stop sign, the agenda of the roadblock, and our country and our children deserve better."

Mr. Bush, get over it! Consider:

. The job market is weak, real wages are falling, poverty is increasing and the number of people without health care insurance is growing. There is no exit strategy for Iraq and the reasons for the war were manufactured.
. Democrats are the minority party. They can't help unless the GOP allows them. Harry Reid introduced a complete agenda that never gets debated.
. The GOP routinely ignores Democrats, excludes them from meetings and engages in abuse of power.
. Social Security is not bankrupt and will be solvent for a long time. Small adjustments may be needed such as raising the salary cap. Privatization will not help solvency. When Bush takes privatization off the table, the Democrats have already said they will discuss making minor changes to insure future solvency.

The GOP noise machine is in full stride right now. They are uncomfortable that Americans have more confidence in the Democrats - particularly on domestic issues. Their response is the usual GOP big lies and misdirection. Mr. Bush is right that our country deserves better - Democrats in 2006 and beyond!


-Robert Scardapane


The Greed Over People Party Hypocrites


"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners. It is not too late. I hope we will learn from history. I hope we will change course."
-Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)

"I think the senator's remarks are reprehensible."
-Scott McClellan, White House Press Secretary

And Rep. JD Hayworth (R-AZ) had a similar view on Imus in the Morning (June 16, 2005)

Where were Mr. McClellan and Rep. Hayworth when Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) was saying this on the floor of the senate, regarding the Democrats defending the right of the minority party to use the Filibuster option:

"It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942."

-Sen. Santorum

Where is your outrage, Rep. Hayworth? Where is your disgust, Mr. McClellan?

You Hypocrites make me sick.

-Noah Greenberg

What is the worst job for a terrorist to have?

Recently, at any TV station in the USA:
News reporter: The number 3 man in al-Qaeda has been captured...

Somewhere in the mountains near the Afghanistan - Pakistan border:
Osama bin-Laden: Abdullah! Good news! You are being promoted!
Abdullah: Thank you, oh maniacal one. What is it you wish me to do?
Osama bin-Laden: Nothing, Abdullah. Abu Farraj Al Libbi has been captured. You are now the new Number 3 man in al-Qaeda.
Abdullah: (To himself) Oh crap.

-Noah Greenberg

Let me make this little observation:

So you led the life of a citizen of Sodom and Gomorra for the first 20 or 30 years of your life, and have since mended your ways and have found been reborn, or found Jesus, or have come home to the church. Congratulations!. But this doesn't mean that you have the right to preach to me, and it doesn't mean that you have to right to be the judge and jury of my life. It doesn't offer you the right to invade my schools and push your views on my children.

Just because you have spent the last 5 years making up for the first 30 is no reason to become the expert on everyone else and everything.

"Some" have spent the first 30 years of their lives trying to "find" themselves. "Some"  have spent the first 30 years relying on drugs and alcohol. "Some"  have been in trouble with the law.

"Others" have never been lost. "Others" have had been the ones to be relied upon. "Others" have never turned to drugs or alcohol or been in trouble with the law. What gives "Some" the right to dictate to the "Others"?

If "Some"  have found your place, then I say good for you. Now move out of the way for US "Others" who already know our place and path. We've been there before and we don't need directions.

Five years of sobriety and personal insight does not an "expert on everything" make.

-Noah Greenberg


In response to Madman's advice to a friend to " stop watching Bill O'Reilly and to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh," Matthew Lanser writes:

It would probably be a good idea if you started watching Bill O'Reilly and started listening regularly to Rush Limbaugh, Madman.

To which I replied: The problem is that, I do.

I then made Mr. Lanser an offer:

I'll make a deal with you. YOU write an article for today or tomorrow's Madman. Write a pro-Limbaugh or pro-O'Reilly article, if you like, or anything else that's on your mind. I'll publish it - no editing (just for spelling and grammar). I won't change it to suit my needs as the Bush administration did about the National Institute of Science report regarding Global Warming.

If you prefer, I will publish it intact - no editing at all.

I'm sure we're all waiting for that article on pins and needles.


In response to "The first thing she said to me was, 'So how crazy is Howard Dean?'", Pat Thompson writes:

Newsweek, the less rabidly right wing newsweekly (better than Time or US News and World Report) owned by the Washington Post -- called Dean a NUT this week because he said something less than flattering, but oh-so-true, about the Republican Party. Compared with the Bush Crime Family, and their cohorts, Dean is so far beyond them in substance and character, they don't exist on the same planet.


And Rhian writes:


The first thing the Bush administration did, after coup-ing the elections the first time, was purchase over 60,000 body bags.

From the front lines, the only deaths of American troops that are being counted are the ones who die on the ground, in Iraq. The ones who die after being airlifted out have not been included in our news reports.

The actual death toll from combat in Iraq of American military troops is over 6,000. This figure does not include deaths that are occurring in other locations.



"Today, Iran is ruled by men who suppress liberty at home and spread terror across the world. Power is in the hands of an unelected few who have retained power through an electoral process that ignores the basic requirements of democracy,"
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush

Then why was the sale of enriched uranium by Russia and Vladimir Putin brushed aside by you, Mr. Bush? Is rhetoric more important to you than action, Mr. President? When do you finally get it that safety doesn't hinge on the almighty dollar. Not every sale is a good sale.

"And to the Iranian people, I say: As you stand for your own liberty, the people of America stand with you,"

Didn't Bush "41" say the same thing to the people of Iraq in 1991? Where is "G"lobal "W"arming Bush going to get these "American People" to stand with the Iranian people?


Is it getting cold in here or is there a "draft"? As the song says, "Mothers, hide your children."


-Noah Greenberg

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-Noah Greenberg