Today's Note From a Madman
Monday, June 27, 2005
Are We Really Safer?
"We said on the 9/11 commission that there needed to be maximum effort and a sense of urgency. The sense of urgency is more a mood of complacency today. Rather than a brisk pace of activity, we are more seeing a business-as-usual approach."
-former 9/11 commissioner and Indiana Congressman, Timothy Roemer
"From my perspective, the terrorists are racing and we are somewhere between a walk and a crawl. Unless we greatly elevate our effort and the speed of our response, we could face disaster."
-Former Senator Sam Nunn, present leader of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Nuclear nonproliferation group
A walk? A crawl? Disaster?
According to CIA Director, and former Republican congressman Porter Goss, there is enough nuclear material missing from Russia to make a nuclear bomb!
"A terrorist nuclear attack on one of our cities could kill hundreds of thousands of people. It could shatter our economy, erode our civil liberties, give blackmail power to the terrorist group that carried out the attack,"
Let's not forget the reason President Bush won re-election (Some people say he won a "re-appointment") was to "keep US safe". How can this be? Are all the terrorists behind bars? Is there no more threat? Or do President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople Party have other "priorities" that take precedence over the health and well-being of the American people?
Do we "feel" safer yet?
A Mike Ferguson Moment
Recently I was looking up information on www.vote-smart.org when i came across this little tid-bit:
REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL 'MIKE' FERGUSON REFUSED TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION WHEN ASKED TO DO SO BY:
Major News Organizations and key national leaders of both parties including,
-John McCain, Republican Senator
-Geraldine Ferraro, Former Democratic Congresswoman
-Michael Dukakis, Former Democratic Governor
-Bill Frenzel, Former Republican Congressman
-Richard Kimball, Project Vote Smart President
I guess when one has nothing to contribute, one keeps his mouth shut.
By the way, does anyone have a clue as to what legislation
Mike Ferguson has written? How about any bills
sponsored? Is Rep. Ferguson a
United States Congressman or just an empty suit
collecting a hefty, taxpayer financed paycheck?
In Robert Scardapane's article entitled "China and Big Al", I mistakenly edited Secretary Snow as Tony Snow instead of John Snow. Tony Snow is, of course, one of the Fox News Op-Ed talking-heads who disguise themselves as real reporters.
Its getting so you can't tell one "SNOW JOB" from another.
Did you know this?
Doctors in Texas won't give lethal injections to death-row inmates. They are administered by volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians. Seems that doctors feel that giving a healthy man (or woman) a lethal injection is a violation of their Hippocratic Oath.
I wonder if, given a chance, Dr. Bill Frist would "push the plunger?"
Diagnosis by Satellite
Terry Schiavo would never have recovered. So says the "doctor" who preformed her autopsy. Mrs. Schiavo's brain was half the weight it should have been.
Mrs. Schiavo's brain damage "was irreversible . . . no amount of treatment or rehabilitation would have reversed" it,
-Dr. Jon R. Thogmartin, the pathologist who performed the autopsy
To Dr./ Sen. Bill Frist, you were wrong. I guess it isn't possible to diagnose someone "via satellite."
"G"lobal "W"arming Bush Walks in the Steps of His Father... and Trips
"One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. 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."
-Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, 1999
This says volumes about George W. Bush's presidency even before he became president. Here was a man so determined to become a great president... to beat his father... that he would have done (and did do) anything to become a great president. One would have to assume that includes creating a war when no war was necessary.
As a "youth" (which "G"lobal "W"arming Bush claimed to be at the "young" age of 38-years-old, while refusing to talk about a drunk driving conviction), GW showed nothing but resentment for authority, a lack of responsibility and a lack of respect for others. A spoiled child becomes an angry teenager who resents his father, then becomes an "experimental" drug user and alcohol abuser, and then, finally, a "dry-drunk".
He wants what he wants and can't possibly be wrong.
For you Simpson's' fans, Here is "Max Power." (a.k.a. "G"lobal "W"arming Bush)
Homer (GW): There are three ways of doing things: the right way, the wrong way, and the Max Power way!
Lisa: Isn't that the wrong way?
Homer (GW): Yes, but faster.
More Meet the Press
Secretary Rumsfeld actually had to the nerve to tell the nation on MTP (Meet the Press) that the Iraqi insurgency may last 12 years! This is the same person who characterized the insurgency as a small group of "dead-enders". Now, he is admitting that it is a populist Sunni rebellion against the elected government. No kidding! The Sunni barely participated in the Iraqi election and don't perceive themselves as part of this government.
Again, I am outraged that Mr. Russert did not have a counter-point to the Defense Secretary. There are any number of Senate and House leaders who have spoken out against continuing this war without a clearly defined exit strategy. Why aren't they allowed to speak? Following the interview of the Defense Secretary with one of Bono, not that I have anything against Bono, is an outrage.
The (Conservative and biased and fearful -NG) Main-Stream Media must acknowledge that their shoddy coverage gave the administration cover to manufacture reasons for this war. Now, they are continuing their poor work by not challenging the war's strategy. At the very least, Mr. Russert should give time to either Speaker Pelosi or Senator Feingold who introduced bills that force the administration to clearly articulate their exit/victory strategy.
This week's Fox News advertiser is MILLER LITE BEER. Drink something else.
I can't believe what I am reading in your columns. Jack (Kashinsky) and Robert (Scardapane), ostensibly good Democrats, tried and true, and bitter opponents of George Bush, are in favor of the income tax and against substituting a tax that will most heavily impact the financial elites, the very people who put Bush and his kind in office, and demonstrably effect major reductions in the taxes paid by wage earners?
Is the whole world standing on its head? The income tax is the plus ultra of regressive taxes. Meaning it falls most heavily on the people who can lest afford to pay. Meaning it takes a greater proportion of the earned income of working people than it does those who live off of their "investments" and tax-free government bonds. More than any other social device since slavery was abolished, the income tax, particularly since the advent of withholding, has kept working men and women in thrall.
Are Jack and Robert taking their regressive stands just because I, a Republican, have proposed the idea of taxing the idle rich and the financial middle men instead of the working middle class? If so, I find it very disappointing. Or are they resisting any movement toward the middle of the road in order to protect their chosen positions in the extreme left?
You are "wonderful friends" and "a great couple," you should become an evangelist and allow your "wife to run the country."
-The Rev. Billy Graham to President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
"I was just a little boy, and I'll never forget it. I've loved him ever since. God bless you, friend."
President Bill Clinton to the Rev. Billy Graham
-Eddie Konczal and Noah Greenberg
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