Today's Note From a Madman

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


I know this is a Political Newsletter, but...


Had he lived, today would have been my father, Abraham Greenberg's 85th birthday. He died in 1975. There isn't a day that goes by that me, my mother, and my brothers Michael, Perry and Dennis don't miss or think about him. My daughter, Bonnie, age 18 had spinal surgery this past Friday. We took her home today, a full day early. She is tired and cranky and home. I'm glad Bonnie came home with a good prognosis on my Dad's birthday.


-Noah Greenberg




Does anyone remember the Republican cry during Bill Clinton's Lewinsky troubles? I certainly do. Everything that President Clinton put forth came with the "Greed "O"ver "P"eople party footnote, "He's doing it to distract US." "President Clinton sent troops into Somalia to take our minds off of his personal issues."

The question is today:

"What is the Bush administration doing today?"

Are they answering the obvious questions regarding Karl Rove and his criminal activity?

Are they splitting hairs telling US that "he never actually said Valerie Plame's name, just the 'wife of Joe Wilson'"


I wonder if it would have been alright if Karl Rove showed a picture of Mrs. Wilson with the caption "Joe Wilson's Wife" under it instead?

What about the 43 million Americans without health care, President Bush?

What about a giant and growing National debt, Mr. President?

What about China trying to take over our American companies, GW?

What are you going to do about the level of troop recruitment, George?

What happens when the terrorists attack US again, Georgie-Boy?

What happens when some more of your "buddies" and the companies they run decide they no longer want to pay for their retirees' basic health care or pensions, just as they promised, Bush 43?

"I want to know the truth."
-President Bush


Maybe we just "can't handle the truth," President Bush.

It's up to you to get it out in the open, President Bush. Although the press corps don't give a crap if the American Public is lied to, they hate it when THEY are lied to. There is blood in the water and you might find it hard swim away from these sharks without teeth, GW. Don't let the business of the country get put on the back burner because you want to protect a "friend". Even Karl Rove's own lawyer admitted that Rove was the one who released Valerie Plame's identity.


Karl Rove perjured himself in front of a grand jury.

"Are you going to fire him?"
-A reporter's question asked twice to President Bush during a photo-op with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, regarding Karl Rove breaking the law by releasing the name of Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA agent

<cricket noises>
-GW responds

"I don't think he (Rove) should resign."
-Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Oh really now, Mr. Kyl. And just what infraction is important enough for one to submit his resignation due to? And where is your partner, Senator John McCain while all this is happening? With the White House in his sights, Mr. McCain won't rock this boat. Maybe he'll even recruit Rove for HIS run!

What would have happened if, after Ms. Plame's name was released, they found that she had been murdered as retribution for her past undercover deeds? What would have happened if her husband had been murdered? What would have happened if her children had been taken from her? Would that have been "enough" to ask for Karl Rove's resignation, Mr. Kyl? And just where are the rest of the Republicans? Where is the outrage?

Karl Rove put an undercover agent's life in danger.

He put the lives of anyone that agent was working with in danger.

He put any operation she was working on in danger.

And Karl Rove put the safety of the nation in danger.

Ah... I can hear it now. "How do you know what Ms. Plame was working on? How do you know that Karl Rove was putting others in danger?"

My question is, how do you know it wasn't?

The "truth" is there GW. If you choose to believe it is another story.

-Noah Greenberg

A Little Tap-Dancing Music, If You Please
The following is part of a White House press conference with Press Secretary Scott McClellan:

Q At the very least, though, Scott, could you say whether or not you stand by your statement --
MR. McCLELLAN: John, I'll come back to you if I can.
Q -- of September 29th, 2003, that it is simply not true that Karl Rove disclosed the identify of a CIA operative? Can you stand by that statement?
MR. McCLELLAN: John, I look forward to talking about this at some point, but it's not the appropriate time to talk about those questions while the investigation is continuing.
Q So should we take that as a yes or a no?
MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Dick.
Q Can you explain why --
Q Scott, this was a statement you made, on the record, 21-months ago. You very confidently asserted to us and to the American people that Rove told you he had nothing to do with it. Can you stand by that statement now?
MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, and I responded to these questions yesterday.
Go ahead, Dick.

"it's not the appropriate time to talk about those questions while the investigation is continuing" is the new way for the Bushies to say
"NO COMMENT". Hey, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I know where the shed is. The White House is using their famous "wait it out" strategy.A "NO COMMENT" today will become "THAT'S OLD NEWS" tomorrow.

Did you ever wonder why Ari Fleischer quit?

-Noah Greenberg

A Buried Story
Here is a victim of the Bush-Rove debacle that will slow government to a crawl in the coming months:

Iran Threatens to Resume Sensitive Nuclear Work
-A Reuters headline in the New York Times on July 12, 2005

"If the (EU) proposal considers Iran's legitimate and legal right to enrich uranium, we will continue the process (of talks), otherwise we won't accept the proposal,''
-Hossein Mousavian, senior Iranian negotiator

Doesn't that mean "Whether or not you tell us it's okay to create WMD's doesn't matter to us. We're going to do it anyway."

It's like telling your child, "You better not do this or else," when there is no "or else".

This is a big deal and it's going to be ignored. The big difference is that a member of the "AXIS-OF-EVIL" (not Iraq, the only member WITHOUT WMD's) is going to make a NUCLEAR WEAPON. In that weapon's range will be Israel, Iraq and many other places where American soldiers are fighting to preserve OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY.

Too bad that nothing gets done by "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and the members of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party until it causes them a little "embarrassment."

Hey GW, would a "MUSHROOM CLOUD" be embarrassing enough for you?

-Noah Greenberg

The question has been raised in this newsletter - "where are our Democratic leaders on Plame-gate?" John Kerry has taken a stand. Here is his letter in full:

Less than two weeks ago, you signed a petition joining members of the community in calling for Karl Rove to be fired for his deliberate attempt to, once again, use the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to divide America. Now Karl Rove is embroiled in another controversy concerning the leaked identity of a covert CIA agent, which Bush Administration senior officials said was done to punish her husband, a man who had the courage to tell the truth about manipulated intelligence in Iraq.
Karl Rove is the President's top advisor in the White House and what he has admitted doing has deep and troubling consequences for our national security.

Just today the President spoke at Quantico praising our soldiers and the employees of the FBI, CIA, and DEA for their work rooting out terrorism.

He told them, "Your work is difficult. It is dangerous. I want you to know how much your country appreciates you, and so do I."

But at the same time the President was saying these words, it was becoming clear that his top advisor was involved in exposing a CIA agent in the name of politics by telling reporters about her work - making her already dangerous job that much more dangerous.

In order to do what the President called on us to do today - "continue to take the fight to the enemy" - the White House and Karl Rove must stop taking it to their so-called political enemies here at home.

It's perfectly clear that Rove - the person at the center of the slash and burn, smear and divide tactics that have come to characterize the Bush Administration - has to go.

The problem is that, instead of protecting the American people from real threats to our security, this Administration spends its time protecting Karl Rove. That's not leadership.

They're doing their best to brush off this new Rove controversy as just another political story, but this time they are having a harder time getting away with it. That's why, if we raise our voices now, we can really make a difference. Please ask all your friends to sign our "Fire Rove" petition today:

Despite carefully worded denials, it is now apparent that Karl Rove discussed the identity of an undercover CIA agent with a reporter. His clear aim was to discredit that agent's husband who had dared to challenge the Administration in the buildup to the war.

There appears to be no limit to the lengths to which Rove - and this Administration - will go. But, there is a limit to the patience of the American people - and we have reached it. President Bush has a choice to make: Spend the months ahead focused on protecting Karl Rove's job security or spend them focused on protecting America's national security.

We are asking the President and the White House to do what they promised. When the scandal first broke, here's what the President's spokesman, Scott McClellan, said:

"If anyone in this Administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this Administration." (9/29/03, White House press briefing). Now we will find out if the Administration is good to its word. Call on President Bush to keep his word and fire Rove now:

It's as simple as this: We need President Bush and his White House staff to focus on finally taking action necessary to avoid a quagmire in Iraq. The American people can't afford to wait while the White House spends its time and energy defending a top presidential aide's dangerous political shenanigans.

What the President does in the days ahead will speak volumes. He'll either make good on his promise to hold accountable those who shared the identity of a secret soldier in the war on terror - or he'll prove that promise hollow.

We now know that Karl Rove "was involved" in a breach of national security. Decency - and the interests of the American people - demand an end to Karl Rove's days in the White House. It's time for you to demand it as well.

I urge you to take action right now.


John Kerry

-forwarded by Robert Scardapane

In response to "I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman (Mad Magazine) is in charge in Washington," by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chris Tennant writes:

Love that quote from Hillary! Come to think of it, Bush even LOOKS like Alfred E. Neuman


"Remember when CHAOS was just a theory?"
-Comedian Rick Overton on Air America Radio's Morning Sedition with Mark Maron and Mark Reilly


-Forwarded by Noah Greenberg

"I've made it very clear he was not involved, that there's no truth to the suggestion that he was." Any culprit in the White House should be fired "at a minimum."
-Press Secretary McClellan, concerning Karl Rove, 2003

"The president has set high standards, the highest of standards, for people in his administration. He's made it very clear to people in his administration that he expects them to adhere to the highest standards of conduct. If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration."

-President Bush, in 2004, when asked if he would fire anyone involved in the CIA leak

"The White House promised if anyone was involved in the Valerie Plame affair, they would no longer be in this administration. I trust they will follow through on this pledge. If these allegations are true, this rises above politics and is about our national security."
-Senate minority leader Harry Reid

Indeed, this is most certainly NOT back page news but a significant scandal - 1) National security is at risk; CIA Agent Plame was involved with investigating weapons proliferation, 2) A White House that engages in the malicious destruction of a person's career for political reasons has crossed the line, 3) We can't trust a White House that favors politics over national security.

This situation must not be swept under the rug.

-Robert Scardapane

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-Noah Greenberg