Today's Note From a Madman
Thursday, July 14, 2005
By the way,
still no word on the GW Bush plan for Health care,
other than, "Plan to Stay Healthy."
George H.W. Bush once said, “I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the names of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors.” Bush's father fired Rove in the past for similar antics. See this URL for a good discussion on RNC tactics to defuse Plame-gate:
I was disgusted by the lies and deception in the RNC talking points. We must try our best to debunk this trash talk. Rove is without a doubt guilty - at the very least, he has perjured himself before a grand jury.
(Four separate images that make up the "G"reedy "O"ld "P"arty's "D.C. Talkers Special Edition Wilson/ Rove Talking Points" are available from http://rawstory.com. Well at least Joe Wilson got top billing. -NG)
Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?
Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV/Radio?
Didn't think so .
Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.
Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court:
Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say. His response:
After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his "allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah," defiantly stated "I think I will not apologize for my actions," and told the court, "I am at war with your country."
Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:
January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid. Judge Young:
Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.
On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive with the other. That's 80 years. On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines. The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment.
The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further. This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice.
You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or if you think you are a soldier. You are not---- - you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.
So war talk is way out of line in this court. You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You're no warrior. I've know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders. In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were, and he said: "You're no big deal."
You are no big deal.
What your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?
I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing. And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.
It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom.
So that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.
We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bare any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure. Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done. The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.
See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. And it always will.
Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down."
So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets?
We need more judges like Judge Young, but that's another subject.
Pass this around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say.
Powerful words that strike home.
God bless America.
Please forward this---------so that every American has a chance to read it
-Forwarded and commented by Michael Coogan
Like A Santorum-in-Training, Mike Ferguson
Rep. Mike Ferguson Out of Step with Woodbridge on Social Security
Congressman Mike Ferguson, who supports President Bush’s plan to change Social Security, is out of step with his constituents in Woodbridge, NJ, who, when polled, said overwhelmingly they were against the plan. On the morning of Saturday, June 18, in front of the Woodbridge Post Office, 202 adults participated in a straw poll, and indicated “yes” or “no” to the question: “Do you support President Bush’s plan to change Social Security?” The vote was 88% opposed and 12% in favor. To ensure the accuracy of the survey, Frederick R. Young, of Edison, a Republican, was in charge of the recount.
The polltakers, members of the Middlesex Democrats Meetup, found the public very approachable. The majority was eager to participate and to speak to us about their views on the subject. Opinions from, “He’s my favorite President!” to “Eliminate the income limits—allow everyone to contribute and/or deduct,” were heard.
The results of the poll will be sent to Representative Ferguson of the 7th US Congressional District, whose district includes Woodbridge, South Plainfield, and the northern part of Edison. Rep. Ferguson has gone on record as supporting private Social Security accounts and invited President Bush to New Jersey March 4 this year to drum up support for Social Security reforms. The President spoke in Westfield at a tightly controlled, invitation only event. The general public was not given the opportunity to speak or to question the President. The Middlesex Democrat Meetup http://democrat..meetup.com/71/ decided to involve the public in the national debate about Social Security reform.
The Meetup is a group that formed online in the summer of 2004 to discuss current events and to take action to support Democratic causes. Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Parish Hall of St. Luke’s Church, Oak Avenue and Route 27, Metuchen, NJ 088040, at 8:00 P.M. All are welcome.
And Now, Santorum, Himself
"Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."
-Senator Rick Santorum, in an article for the Web site Catholic Online, July 12, 2002
I don't even know what to say, except... RICK SANTORUM'S GOT TO GO.
In response to his own poison pen letter, David Kennedy writes
Don't send me any more of your crap. If you do I will sue your fat lazy ass.
What did you expect? I almost want to keep sending it to hear what a judge might say. How much could Mr. Kennedy sue for? Would he come to NJ or would I have to travel back in time to his hometown, somewhere in 1939 Nazi Germany? It appears to me that Mr. Kennedy's idea of free speech is similar to that of Mussolini's or Pol Pot's or Adolph Hitler's.
By the way, when I wrote back "I take it you would like to be removed from the mailing list," to Mr. Kennedy, his answer was a fitting, "Duh."
You are always welcome back, Mr. Kennedy, but you will need to learn to play nice with others. -NG
More responses to the poison pens by Casey Sweet:
The poison pen letters are good to include once in awhile. Reading their un-American, cruel, ill-informed attitudes lacking the compassion that built this country is the best way for people to see which party represents them and values of importance – WHO REALLY CARES FOR ALL PEOPLE. These poison pen types have the flavor of Fox and “right” beliefs that there still are:
-WMD's (fantasy number one),
-Saddam was a friend of bin Laden (bin Laden hated Saddam just in case no one told them),
-religion trumps science (praying is great, but if I get strep throat I want penicillin),
-privacy and personal rights are disposable (EXCEPT for those guns they will need to protect themselves once the republicans take away our individual rights),
-it’s okay to roll over and do not fight for health care or higher wages (I hear so many complaining about losing health care and benefits and keep asking them to take note of who is in office),
-pillage the environment (only republicans can name something the clean air act and propose the air be dirtier), bankruptcy should benefit big business under ALL circumstances ($50 million investment by credit card companies to get the bankruptcy bill passed by ALL republicans),
-veterans don’t need health care or armor (until shamed into it),
-women are not entitled to make decisions over their own bodies, (though men surely don’t want anyone telling them where to put theirs and some of us have some good suggestions!)
-and many other basic human rights.
Democrats are not the party of lemmings, they are inclusive, thoughtful, and diverse and we like it that way because that is how life naturally exists if we look around us at the flowers, trees, and godliness around us. A blend of difference makes up all of life. We are not a talking points party with one thought for all. By the way, studies have been done that show that large percentages of people who watch Fox as their major news source are misinformed and believe things to be true that have been proven to be untrue.
Keep printing this poison – I can hear the footsteps towards the Democratic party!
P.S. Mr. Kennedy who believes that Bush is saving our rights needs to watch more real news such as c-span and see exactly what is happening in Congress every day. Our rights are slipping away in front of us with every vote that is against citizens. Big business wins every vote. Check out all the votes at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/rollcallvotes.html 109th 1st session (and backwards for all the bush years) and you may be surprised at what “your guys and gals” are doing to you!
And Robert Scardapane writes about "TROLLING"
Noah has more patience than myself in responding to these attack letters. As far as I am concerned, the people who hate this newsletter can simply unsubscribe from it. No one forces them to read it. I suspect their motivation for writing these attack letters is to "troll" this site. Definition of a "troll":
One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument
I won't dignify these letters that have no substance and merely resort to attacking the messenger.
"We're making big differences in the lives of African-Americans,"
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush at the Indiana Black Expo
First. let me comment on the President on avoiding, yet again, another NAACP conference in 2005. The "snub" was attributed to a "scheduling conflict". GW will be the first and the second president ever to be invited to, but not appear at the organization that most African Americans in the United States identify.
Second, Mr. Bush, I would like you to make that same statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in any major US city. Better yet, come to New York, New York where, if you're an African American male, aged 16 to 64 years of age, you have a 1-in-2 chance of being unemployed.
Remind me again of what sacrifices "G"lobal "W"arming Bush or Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney have made in their lives, other than the sacrifices they have made others make, I mean.
"Everything you can make from a barrel of oil you can make from a bushel of corn."
-Senator Tom Harken (D-IA), referring to successful trials for alternative fuels (like ethanol), on the Ed Schultz Show, July 14, 2005
That's not true Senator Harken. You can't make Halliburton Rich.
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