Today's Note From a Madman
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Quotes in the Lead
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid delivered the following remarks at his weekly media availability in response to Republican efforts to ignore amendments vital to the security of our nation, soldiers and veterans.
"We live in a dangerous world. We're at war in Iraq. We have troops in Afghanistan. And as the bombings in London and Egypt remind us, we're fighting terrorists around the world.
"With all this going on, Republicans today decided they wanted to push our national security aside.
"Republicans decided they didn't want to support our Veterans and give them the health care they deserve.
"Republicans decided they didn't want to take the strain off of our national guard.
"Republicans decided they didn't want to concentrate on the number one security threat we face -- Weapons of Mass destruction falling into the wrong hands.
"Republicans tried to sweep all this aside. But we didn't let them. We stood up for our national security and a number of responsible Republicans joined us.
"But now, instead of staying on defense, Republicans want to move on to guns.
"It's the latest example of their out-of-touch, misplaced priorities.
"DoD Authorization should be brought to the floor as soon as the gun bill is finished, and Senators should not leave for the August recess until it is done.
"No matter how you feel about the gun legislation -- and I support it -- it is not more important than the defense of this country.
"It's an abuse of power to put special interests ahead of our defense.
"We need to finish the Defense Authorization bill before we leave."
It's clear to me that Republicans are more concerned about pleasing special interests for political reasons than national security.
"Americans deserve a Congress that holds Washington accountable for the truth about our national security. Can anyone argue with a straight face that Congress has time to look at steroid use in baseball but doesn't have the will to provide congressional oversight of the leak of a CIA agent's name?"
"The United States Congress has a constitutional responsibility to provide oversight of the executive branch, whether a law has been broken or not. It is time for Congress to fulfill that constitutional responsibility in this matter by initiating a thorough investigation."
-a letter authored by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), signed by over two dozen Democratic Senators
"There is no oversight of the White House in this Congress. None -- it's a free pass. And that is dangerous for the country."
-Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Darn right Mr. Lautenberg and it's time to do something about it!
More on Traitor-Gate (Plame-Gate, Rove-Gate... Take Your Pick)
WHAT'S BEEN UNCOVERED
Gonzales Notified Card of Pending Justice Department Investigation Hours Before President and White House Staff. Attorney General and former White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez appeared on Fox News this weekend and admitted to having advance notice of the Justice Department's investigation into the Valerie Plame leak. On September 29, 2003 Gonzales, in his capacity as White House Counsel, was notified of the investigation, Gonzales immediately contacted White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card but waited to notify Bush and the White House staff until the next morning. [Bloomberg, 7/25/05]
WHAT AMERICANS DESERVE TO KNOW
Who did Card speak to in the time between Gonzalez's notification and the official notification of the staff? Who did he call? Who did he email? The White House should release Card's phone records and his schedule from the time in question.
-forwarded by Robert Scardapane
The Republicans You Meet on the Street Reactions to Traitor-Gate
The reaction I get about Karl Rove being a traitor, from my "right-wing" friends (yes, I am an "inclusive" person) has been predominately this:
"It's a tempest in a teapot"." It's
no big deal." "No one cares."
Yes, some of them spout the "bullet-points", but most don't bother.
This is a classic example of "If I don't see it, then it doesn't exist."
Remember when Wyle E. Coyote was in that little house which was pushed onto the railroad tracks? He kept saying "Wyle E. Coyote, super genius, then a train whistle tooted softly in the background. He kept on saying it as the whistle got louder. Finally, as the train was almost on top of him, he looked out the window and saw the train about to hit him. Wyle E. Coyote's reaction was to shut the window-shade. BOOM!
People in the United States DO care about what's right and wrong. People in the United States don't want to feel as if they've been "suckered". People in the United States want to be able to trust their leaders. When they say things like "Who are you going to believe, US or your own eyes?", they betray that trust.
Smoke screens, beards and Halloween masks are no substitute for the truth.
In response to those who don't believe the DLC is helping, Jack Kashinsky continues:
Your comments about the DLC are both untrue and unfair.
The truth of the matter is that the DLC is following and/or has laid out the successful paths of JFK, Carter and Clinton.
All of our other candidates (none centrists, who you misguided lefties have supported) lost. They lost because their messages did not resonate with the Swing Voters (35-%37 of the voters according to PEW).
It is both undemocratic and stupid to ignore such a large block of voters and then wonder why we lost.
No, history and the facts are on our (liberal-Centrists) side.
The DLC has contributed considerable time, effort and money, and have been instrumental in the few successes we have had since JFK..
If you blind sided people wish to know who has caused our losses and the bitter infighting within the party, I suggest you simply take an honest look in the mirror.
In response to Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) "Kissing-up" to the Bush administration (who used to make him sick), Jack Kashinsky writes:
It is now abundantly clear that this phony is, and always was, a wolf in sheep's clothing.
His hypocritical actions place him in a league by himself.
If nothing else, we can readily identify where the lefties, centrists and right wingers stand, but this guy is all over the place, and makes a chameleon appear as a slow poke in camouflage changes.
The problem we have is that it now appears that we are going to have a liberal-centrist as a candidate in '08. All polls clearly indicate that McCain runs well against any of them, This is because he has successfully framed himself as a moderate.
Our job will be to expose him for what he really is, and re frame his image so that it is more in line with reality.
The message needs to go out to the swingers and the real moderate Repugs.
Failing to do this may just keep the White House beyond our grasp in 2008.
A GOP Shill, Rep. Mike Ferguson
Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ, 7th), as a congressman, is representative of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party. He is a rank-and-file Republican who votes as he is told to by the big boys in the party. So writing about Mike Ferguson is a lot like writing about Tom DeLay or Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA) or any number of other Republican members of the House. So here goes:
Okay. We know that Rep. Mike Ferguson was born the son of good fortune, much like the other sons of fortune who now run the country ("G"lobal "W"arming Bush, etc). But guess where Daddy Ferguson's money came from. Papa Ferguson's money came from being an advertiser working with pharmaceutical companies.
Now, see of you can guess who's back pocket Fergie is in. C'mon, this is an easy one. If you guessed the pharmaceutical lobby, you'd be right. The drug lobby has given Mike Ferguson over $500,000 over the past five years. That's a lot of Viagra!
"It's no wonder. Talk to Ferguson about the drug industry, and he sounds like a wind-up doll designed by industry lobbyists."
-Tom Moran, The Newark Star-Ledger, July 20, 2005
"These people manufacture drugs by day, and at night they're coaching Little League, volunteering in the fire departments and contributing to their communities,"
I wonder if Tony Soprano ever coached little league. I wonder if Rep. Ferguson could come up with the name of a drug company CEO who "volunteers as a fireman". Something tells me he can't.
"That's more socialized medicine. It would kill research and development."
Needless to say, Ferguson is against importing drugs from Canada. His stated reason is that his true constituency, the pharmaceutical companies, won't develop new drugs anymore if they can't take all of our money.
Sounds like a lot of crap to me. That logic, if you can call it logic, means that the Drug companies aren't making money in Canada or England or France or any other industrialized nation (is it alright to say "industrialized nation"?). This also means that the US is the drug lobby's "Cash Cow" and needs to stay that way, or they will no longer be able to supply medicine to the planet's sick and dying.
If the drug companies are able to sell to other nations at a discount, they ought to sell to US at a discount as well. However, as long as the drug lobby has their very own Representatives in the House, they can sell anything for any price they see fit.
"It's a lot of blather. It doesn't have any impact."
BLATHER NOUN: Nonsensical talk"
-The American Heritage Dictionary
The people of New Jersey's 7th Congressional District ought to be used the BLATHER by now, Mike.
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