Today's Note From a Madman

Wednesday, July 20, 2005



Another day gone and another day 45 millions Americans have no health insurance. Yes, by all means let's make sure the flag is safe from fire BEFORE we make sure that all Americans have a right to see a doctor when they are sick.
-Noah Greenberg

Rove Polls

Don't tell me that the major news outlets, the newest arm of the Bush administration, aren't afraid of Karl Rove. You want proof? In this day and age of polling people to find out whether they wear boxers or briefs, there isn't one poll about Plame-Gate (a.k.a. Traitor-Gate).

Everyone is obviously afraid to make that first move. C'mon (John) Zogby, Gallup (Organization) and Quinnipiac (College)... aren't you guys the least bit curious?

Here's the questions you need to ask:
1- Do you think telling a reporter the identity of an CIA undercover agent is right?
2- Do you think the person or persons that told the identity of an undercover CIA agent should be punished?
3- What punishment would you give the person who released the identity of an undercover CIA agent?
    a) a medal for doing a good job
    b) nothing
    c) lose their job
    d) prison
4- Should a person who released the identity of an undercover CIA agent be allowed unfettered access to the President of the United States?
5- Do you think that President Bush should ask Karl Rove what his involvement was in the illegal releasing of an undercover CIA operative's identity to the press?
6- Should President Bush fire Karl Rove because of his admission that he released the identity of an undercover CIA operative?

I ought to start my own polling company, don't you think?

-Noah Greenberg

Traitorgate - Is Rove Going to Jail?

Karl Rove, a "Presidential Advisor" is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who run the country. Like the others: Dick Cheney, Tom Delay, and Antonin Scalia, he has more power than his titular superior. Rove is more powerful than Bush because he's smarter than Bush and because Bush follows Rove's orders. If Bush is the "boy-king" -- an immature pleasant frat-boy fellow who likes to play rancher, give people nicknames, and prance around in military guard (even though he avoided military service to get high on cocaine) --Rove is like Cardinal Richelieu or Rasputin: he is the power behind the throne. And, since the squatter on the throne (Bush ) is simple-minded, Rove (with Cheney) wields the power of the Presidency.

Rove is Bush's Brain. And my guest today will show how his lies and dirty tricks have caused Bush such great success that Bush calls him "Turd Blossom," a flower that literally blooms out of bulls---.

But Karl Rove is in trouble. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, having failed to convince the President not to lie to America in his State of the Union Speech by citing forged documents to claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking nuclear weapons from Niger, went public and let everyone know that the President was lying to the American people. And, even worse, the President KNEW he was lying to the American people.

Karl Rove got revenge. In an attempt to discredit Wilson, Rove sacrificed American security by disclosing the identity of a pre-eminent CIA agent who was an expert in Weapons of Mass Destruction: Joseph Wilson's wife Valerie.

But now, the tide is turning. The Special Prosecutor is fresh on Rove's heels. Rove had said Wilson's wife was "fair game," that, in effect, it was OK to commit treason against the USA as long as the President could cripple Government servants who dared tell Americans the truth about the President's lies.

Is there any doubt that Rove's crime - treason - is worse than the breaking and entry of Watergate? Or that his opponents - dedicated public servants who are trying to prevent the President from lying to his country - are an even more honorable target than the Democratic National Committee?

In sum, isn't it clear that Rove-gate is worse than Watergate? And, since it's becoming increasingly obvious that Bush and Cheney knew about this, aren't Articles of Impeachment for both of them in order if it can be proven in a court of law that the President and Vice President assented to treason in order to cripple an honorable man who dared to expose their lies?

-forwarded by Jenny Hanniver (

"G"LOBAL "W"ARMING is Still a REAL Issue

President GW Bush’s own scientists have found that global warming is likely to make hurricanes more intense unless something is done to reduce the growth of greenhouse gases, contrary to what Fox News Weathermen say. Those are the gases produced by human caused emissions, like the exhaust from our SUV’s. Recent studies completed at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) state that the warming of the ocean is likely to significantly increase the wind speed and strength of hurricanes. Other studies show that global warming is likely to melt the icecaps, increasing average sea levels. The combination of stronger hurricanes and rising sea levels could render much of our coastline uninhabitable.

While President GW Bush stands on piles of rubble that used to be someone’s home for a photo op: While President GW Bush passes out bottles of water to show his “humanity” and “concern” for the people of Florida and Alabama who have lost and suffered so much from these hurricanes; While President GW Bush kisses the head of Karen Heinold in Pensacola, Florida so an AP photographer could take a picture we ask ourselves one question: Is there anything that the United States government can do to help prevent the frequency and increasing power of hurricanes?

Sure, nuking the storms as they develop sounds like a real GW Bush idea. Lots of noise and power. Sounds like what Tim Allen might have done on the old TV series “Home Improvement” if he had be selected president. But there is a better idea. President GW Bush should seek to reduce human caused emissions, just as he promised. President GW Bush should force manufacturers to make more energy efficient air conditioners and refrigerators, just as he promised. President GW Bush should be supporting the research and development of new energy technologies, such as hydro-electric technologies, just as he promised.

"My administration is committed to a leadership role on the issue of climate change... We do not know how much our climate could, or will change in the future. We do not know how fast change will occur, or even how some of our actions could impact it."
-President Bush, on June 11, 2001

Some Commitment, huh.

"the incomplete state of scientific knowledge of the causes, and solutions to, global climate change."
-President Bush citing why he is opposed to
Kyoto Protocol, which calls for a cut in Carbon Dioxide emissions to 1990 standards by 2012

-Bush on the
Kyoto Protocol

"not based on science"
-Bush, again on the Kyoto Protocol, again

the climb in global temperatures was due to "human caused emissions."

-The IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change), an international panel set up by the U.N. comprised of thousands of scientists, and the World Meteorological Organization

President GW Bush called for "more studies" including a study from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).


"Greenhouse gases are accumulating in the Earth's atmosphere, as a result of human activity, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise. Temperatures are, in fact, rising. The changes observed over the last several decades are likely mostly due to human activities but we cannot rule out some significant part of these changes are also a reflection of natural variability."

-The NAS Study Ordered by GW Bush

This last fragment of a sentence is what Bush and his corporate polluters are hanging their hats on.

The Bush administration ignored the IPCC and NAS findings by saying the NAS report "concludes that the Earth is warming. But it in inconclusive on why - whether its man-made causes or whether its natural causes."


Either the president misread the report or just plain lied! (I'm betting on the latter.)

"The committee generally agrees with the assessment of human caused climate change presented in the IPCC report."

-This NAS report ordered by GW Bush

This means "G"lobal "W"arming is BAD.

"Our immediate goal is to reduce America's gas emissions relative to the size of our economy."
-GW Bush

Does the environment really care how much money coal mines, chemical manufacturers and other polluters are making? If those companies make oodles and oodles of money are we then able to put more pollutants into the air we breathe and the water we drink?


How much money will clean air cost, President Bush? Who will own the clean air? How will it be purchased? You can bet your bottom dollar that if there were a will the way would be found by these guys.

President GW Bush's proposals to industry are "voluntary" not "mandatory”. There are no requirements put on the polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"I read the report put out by the bureaucracy."
-GW Bush referring to a U.S. climate report was sent to the United Nations, as required by an agreement signed by President George H.W. Bush, in June 2002.

Question: Ari, I just would like to set the record straight on something the president said last week, when he was up at the NSA, when he was asked about the report on global warming by the EPA. He said he read the report. I believe the report is 260-some pages—he meant he read the full report?
Fleischer: I think the president—whenever presidents say they read it, you can read that to be he was briefed.
-June 10, 2002

You could bet your bottom dollar that President Bill Clinton read that report from page one to page 260. President Bush lied about reading the report for the simple reason that he didn't want to appear to be dumb. It was a little white lie that didn't have to be told. It would have been just fine had GW Bush said he had been briefed on the report, but it's hard to stop lying "cold-turkey." Come to think of it, its hard to do anything "cold-turkey", right Mr. Bush?

It reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live skits (in the late seventies, when they were funny) with Martin Short playing corporate CEO, Nathan Thurm caught in a lie by 60 minutes Mike Wallace, played by Harry Shearer:
Mike Wallace: Pardon me for saying this, but you seem defensive.
Nathan Thurm: I'm not being defensive! You're the one who's being defensive! Why is always the other person who's being defensive? Have you ever asked yourself that? Why don't you ask yourself that?
Mike Wallace: [ holds out paper ] This is an affidavit..
Nathan Thurm: I know that!
Mike Wallace: Well, let me finish. This is an affidavit from a woman who has severe nerve damage, on her upper thigh, from sitting on one of your defective whoopee cushions. Here, read it.
Nathan Thurm: You read it!
Mike Wallace: Well, I have read it.
Nathan Thurm: So, why do I have to read it?
Mike Wallace: Well, it does pertain to your company.
Nathan Thurm: I know that! Why wouldn't I know that? It's my company, I'm quite aware of that! [ looks at the camera ] Is it me? It's him, right?

"There will be no genuine security if the planet is ravaged."
-British Prime Minister Tony Blair to President GW Bush

President GW Bush, it is time to take that “leadership role on the issue of climate change” as you have promised. The United States can’t afford to be a pedestrian on this matter. The “GW” in your name shouldn’t stand for “Global Warming”.

-Noah Greenberg


"No one is entitled to a free pass to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court,"
-Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

And they never have before. Fortunately for President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush's choice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, John Roberts, the bar has been left really, really low by Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

I wonder when Dick Cheney's going to tell Senator Leahy to "Go <F---> Yourself" again.? Maybe Cheney can think of another nicety or two for Senator Leahy this time.


-Noah Greenberg

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-Noah Greenberg