Father's Day Madman

Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, 2005



King George XLIII


When the Congress voted to remove a reprehensible part of the Patriot act, did the Bush administration say "maybe we should look at this?" or "Our own party thinks this is a bad idea" or "let's sit down and discuss this" No. Of course not. Instead they dug in their heals and President Bush said he would veto any change to the Patriot Act.

This administration just doesn't get it. Government is a partnership of the executive branch and the 2 legislative houses of government, with constitutional checks by the Supreme Court, when necessary. President Bush alone doesn't make law. he is merely one third of a very important constitutional law-making process.

The congress isn't there to take bills the president wants and make them laws. Actually, it works the other way around. Bills are created in congress, not in the Oval Office. When congress says "we don't like this, Mr. President" the spirit of compromise needs to work in both directions.

This is a Republican House and a Republican Senate. Perhaps when your own "Yes-Men" think something is a bad idea, maybe you should listen.

Yeah, I know you want to know what people read and what websites they go to. Maybe you can make a list to sell to online advertisers or junk-mailers. I bet you could even get one of your buddies to get control over these FBI-CIA lists so they could make a buck, or 2 billion.

In a monarchy or a dictatorship, you wouldn't need the other branches of government, Mr. Bush. But here in the USA, you are PRESIDENT Bush, not KING George, 43.

-Noah Greenberg

Bush Speaks


"Some may disagree with my decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, but all of us can agree that the world's terrorists have now made Iraq a central front in the war on terror."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush

Two things about this statement by President Bush that is disturbing.
1- When GW says "my decision", he is right. It wasn't the anyone else's decision but your own, Mr. President. It wasn't "our decision". According to the Downing Street memos, it certainly was your decision and you "fixed" the intelligence to justify "your decision."
2- When you say "the world's terrorists have now made Iraq a central front in the war on terror," you're only half-right. It was your lack of foresight and your lack of planning that has helped the terrorists come into Iraq and help make it "Terrorist-Central."

Hey Mr. Bush, is it time to tell US how well the war in Iraq is going again?

-Noah Greenberg

The NRA Gets its Way

The NRA would have you believe that allowing the exportation of 50-caliber rifles from the US to other countries is a good idea. Behind the NRA, the House of Representatives voted 278-149 to allow gun manufacturers the right sell these guns to anybody.

Just in case you didn't know, a high-powered 50-caliber rifle can take down an elephant, a bear or...


How do the 278 members justify this? Oh yeah... the NRA lobby and its money.

"These are unparalleled weapons, and I'm not trying to restrict them in the United States. I just don't want them sold by arms dealers."
-Rep. James Moran (D-VA), whose amendment would have halted the sale of these "terrorist dreams" to arms dealers

In addition, this "gun" could rip right through armor personnel carriers from more than a mile away.

The NRA would have US believe that the existing laws will halt the export of these weapons. What the NRA fails to mention, however, is that terrorists don't obey our laws.

-Noah Greenberg


Consider these two quotes from political contributors:

First, the GOP contributor who gave $25,000 dollars:

"This is the hardest part of being a member, and we all get weary of it," he said. "So much money is spent and sometimes you think, 'Gosh, you know, we need to bring some sanity to this.' But when you've got both sides doing it, it ups the ante."

Now, the Democratic contributor who gave $25 dollars:

"I knew that the following day would be my last on a contract job. This was the first position I had been able to find in over a year. So, I looked at the donation as an investment in my future and the future on my sons. I feel Gov. Dean has his priorities for this country straight."

The person contributing $25,000 is weary about the process and wonders if it is sane. The person contributing $25 dollars is weary about the weak job market and wonders if their children have a bright future.

The time has come to get big money out of campaigns.

-Robert Scardapane


I watched with disgust last night as John Warner (R-VA) and Mitch McConnell (R-TN) ganged up on Dick Durbin (D-IL). Mr. Durbin correctly observed that the FBI's report on Guantanamo Bay describes interrogation techniques similar to ones the United States has denounced. He also pointed out that such techniques have been by tyrannical regimes - presumably, that's the reason for denouncing them. Instead of expressing a desire to investigate these matters, the Republican Senators attempted to assassinate the messenger.

With that said, our leaders should be careful about overusing analogies to past regimes. The past rarely resembles the present when you scrutinize the details. But, let's not be hypocrites either. The United States has condemned torture and must be true to our values. Claiming it's okay to torture terrorists pre-judges a person's guilt. Confessions obtained under torture are a violation of human rights and generally false.

In fact, only 40 of the 400 suspects taken to Guantanamo Bay have been convicted of terrorism. That is a compelling argument to continue our tradition of presumption of innocence. We must recognize that the world is a complex place - people are sometimes in the wrong place at the wrong time. Charges should be brought openly and result in a speedy trial with legal representation. Let's stop playing games with the redefining the applicability of the law and stick to our values.

-Robert Scardapane

Media Madman


This week's Fox News advertiser to stay away from is Target.

Fox News and the rest of our corporate media give the American masses fake scandals like the runaway bride, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Monica Lewinsky to distract their attention from the real scandal that has been perpetrated by the corporations since 1980: the systematic betrayal and destruction of the middle class by the corporations' outsourcing of 80 million American jobs to India, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Central America for cheap labor.

The propaganda from George W. Bush is that outsourcing is good for America. He dwells on the fact that corporate profits and productivity are at an all-time high. However, these profits are a windfall for the ever-increasing and obscene pay given to corporate executives.

The big lie is that profits and productivity will translate into meaningful employment for millions of displaced employees. Many of our college graduates cannot find meaningful employment. And high productivity primarily means more work for less pay for employees.

No answers are given concerning: Where and how do we retrain millions of unemployed? What do you train them for? Who pays for the retraining and the family living costs through retraining and finding a new job?

Two recent examples of this corporate betrayal of the American worker are United Airlines and the Gillette Company. In May, United Airlines reneged on paying long-term employees their promised pensions, and the Gillette Company said it would not offer buyout packages to employees who will lose their jobs as part of planned job cuts. Nonetheless, Gillette offered chief executive James Kilts options to purchase an additional 800,000 shares of company stock on top of the $165 million he stands to receive as a result of Procter & Gamble's acquisition of the shaving firm.

The fact of the matter is that Bush's economic policies have been an utter disaster for the average American. The measly tax cuts most Americans received have been significantly outweighed by lower wages, higher health-care costs, higher education costs and fewer social services.

In view of the above evidence that corporations are no longer loyal to American workers but only to profits, many people have abandoned all hope for the future of America. The power of corporations is now unstoppable and perfectly lethal to everything and everyone on earth, including the minuscule mob at the top currently profiting from their predations. In all of this, President Bush, an instrument of corporate America, has played his part magnificently.

Most Americans, by any measure, are clueless to the point of moral imbecility. This is, after all, an alleged democracy, and democracy means responsibility to make informed decisions as a citizen. As a rule, Americans simply don't care, don't pay attention, and a growing number don't even read newspapers anymore. They are too busy watching the trash and propaganda on commercial television to understand how the corporations have betrayed the middle class worker during the past 25 years.

-James V. Burke

Missing Media

I just watched "All the President's Men" last night to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Watergate break-in. In these troubled times, it's nice to watch a movie with a happy ending to raise one's morale.

Whatever happened to the Washington Post? Where have you gone, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward?

Mister, we could use a man like Ben Bradlee again...

-Eddie Konczal

Exchange between Terry Moran (ABC News) & Press Secretary Scott McClellan:

Q Scott, is the insurgency in Iraq in its 'last throes'?

McCLELLAN: Terry, you have a desperate group of terrorists in Iraq that are doing everything they can to try to derail the transition to democracy. The Iraqi people have made it clear that they want a free and democratic and peaceful future. And that's why we're doing everything we can, along with other countries, to support the Iraqi people as they move forward....

Q But the insurgency is in its last throes?

McCLELLAN: The Vice President talked about that the other day -- you have a desperate group of terrorists who recognize how high the stakes are in Iraq. A free Iraq will be a significant blow to their ambitions.

Q But they're killing more Americans, they're killing more Iraqis. That's the last throes?

McCLELLAN: Innocent -- I say innocent civilians. And it doesn't take a lot of people to cause mass damage when you're willing to strap a bomb onto yourself, get in a car and go and attack innocent civilians. That's the kind of people that we're dealing with. That's what I say when we're talking about a determined enemy.

Q Right. What is the evidence that the insurgency is in its last throes?

McCLELLAN: I think I just explained to you the desperation of terrorists and their tactics.

Q What's the evidence on the ground that it's being extinguished?

McCLELLAN: Terry, we're making great progress to defeat the terrorist and regime elements. You're seeing Iraqis now playing more of a role in addressing the security threats that they face. They're working side by side with our coalition forces. They're working on their own. There are a lot of special forces in Iraq that are taking the battle to the enemy in Iraq. And so this is a period when they are in a desperate mode.

Q Well, I'm just wondering what the metric is for measuring the defeat of the insurgency.

McCLELLAN: Well, you can go back and look at the Vice President's remarks. I think he talked about it.

Q Yes. Is there any idea how long a 'last throe' lasts for?

McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Steve....

Terry Moran is specializing in being a pain in the White House's neck - way to go!

-Robert Scardapane


In response to "'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, SchwartzAPN writes:

All we have to do is substitute U.S. for Iran -- and -- it's a miracle! GW is describing us.


"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999. It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invade; if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

-Mickey Herskowitz, a ghost writer for a Bush "autobiography"


Herskowitz said that Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his father's shadow. The moment, Herskowitz said, came in the wake of the September 11 attacks.


"Suddenly, he's at 91 percent in the polls, and he'd barely crawled out of the bunker."


-Robert Scardapane

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-Noah Greenberg