Weekend Madman

Friday-Sunday, July 29-31, 2005



Bill Frist changes his mind on Stem Cell Research? That's nice. Too bad we can't get even one of these hypocrites to get moving on a national health care plan to make sure everybody has access to quality health care in the United States.
-Noah Greenberg

Is it just me , but would anybody else like to hear what "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney said to the 9/11 commission?
-Noah Greenberg


"Israelis in NYC who witnessed the events of 9/11 first hand, and who were reported to the police for all their whooping and cheering. I believe they were detained, probably Mossad, but, of course, being Israeli, they were discreetly allowed to go back to Israel,
as far as I remember.

On 9-11,
Netanyahu was asked what the attack would mean for US-Israeli relations. His quick reply was: "It's very good…….Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy (for Israel)"

I also saw a report on MSNBC that a crowd at a Latin American football game (I think it was Argentina) also did some whooping and cheering on hearing the news. Remarkably MSNBC never repeated the item;
and an Internet search turned up zilch too."
-From Someone I didn't want to identify

Part of My Response:


How can I put this

My name is Noah Orrin Greenberg. In Hebrew, my name is Nooch'm Aron ben Avraham.

I am the atypical New York Jew. I have worked in NYC pretty much my entire life. Whereas most of my friends aren't Jewish, many of them are.

I am a Network Professional. My first job in the IT field was as a junior engineer for a small IT firm in NYC whose largest customer was Windows on the World.

I was in NYC on 911, along with many others who worked in the NYC garment center (where my office was, on W 35 st). The garment center and financial center have many of my "tribe" (no doubt that is how
[the sender] would refer to "Us Jews" as) who work there.

Approximately 2.5 percent of the population of the US is Jewish. Many more than 2 percent of the people killed on 9/11 were Jewish.

There is not one Jew who cheered on 9/11. However, we all saw the pics and films of that cheering woman in from
Gaza (you know, the fat one who had glasses on) as the towers fell.

Israel is the only true ally of the US in the middle east. It is also the only true democracy

To say Jews cheered at the attacks on 9/11 is not only ill-informed, but insulting. You, sir, are what's wrong with this planet we live on.

-Noah Greenberg


Followed by This Response

Thank you for stating what I believe to be clear and obvious truth.

While I think Bush to be an incompetent and a liar who has mis-lead our nation into a terrible war, I am chagrined at those who share that view yet are seduced by "Israel is the problem" lies. The tragic human consequences of corrupt, undemocratic, ineffective Palestinian (and other Arab government) leadership and the laudable desire to reach out to the sometime hopeful signs of Arab "moderates" too often morphs into the inane supposition that Israel is at the root of Mid-East / global terror problems.

The roots of those problems were in place well before there was an Israel and I sometimes think that subtle, deep rooted, old fashioned anti-Semitism shapes more opinions than those possessing them will admit to themselves or others.

John O'Shaughnessy

Making the Republicans eat their words in 2006

"Trade creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty. And there's nothing like a stable society to fight terrorism and strengthen democracy, freedom and rule of law."

- House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said at a news conference with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and representatives from pro-CAFTA Hispanic groups

Hastert knows darn well that CAFTA will not lift Latin Americans out of poverty. There aren't even minimal international labor organization (ILO) protections in the bill. There have already been riots in the six Latin American countries over the pending CAFTA bill. The Catholic Bishops have come out against this bill as immoral. The people in Latin America can't be fooled. They seen what NAFTA did to Mexico. The people in Mexico are poorer now than before NAFTA!

This time the Democrats are united against CAFTA. But Bush, Cheney, Delay and Hastert have been twisting Republican arms for weeks. They promised all sorts of pork barrel deals to overcome opposition - one Republican Congressman was promised funding for a dam project! The Republicans are even going to deceitfully hold the vote in the middle of the night just before recess - this way they can twist more arms if necessary with the cover of darkness.

Sadly CAFTA has passed. The Democrats must make the Republicans pay for this in 2006. This trade deal will cost even more American jobs and won't improve life in Latin America. CAFTA is nothing more than yet another outsourcing to cheap labor deal. This time the Democrats can truly say we didn't want a trade agreement that lacked minimal labor and environmental protections but the (G)reed (O)ver (P)eople party just don't care about people.

-Robert Scardapane

Is Mike Ferguson Lying To His Constituents?

The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary defines a lie as "Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression" and "To convey a false image or impression".

In a July 15 letter regarding H.R. 1299, the Critical Habitat Enhancement Act, Congressman Michael Ferguson again intentionally misled a constituent regarding his voting record.

"I have voted three times to prohibit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, helping to ensure the safety and quality of life for the wildlife that lives there."
-Ferguson, In a July 15 letter to a constituent regarding H.R. 759, the Climate Stewardship Act, Congressman Mike Ferguson gave misleading information regarding his voting record.

"I have voted three times – in 2001, 2003 and 2005 – to prohibit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska."


Why is this misleading? He is not giving false information, but Ferguson is leaving out that he also voted to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska in 2001, 2003 and 2005.

The votes to prohibit drilling came in amendments to the Bush administration's energy bill, amendments which were doomed to fail in the heavily Republican House of Representatives.

The votes to support drilling came in final votes for the energy bills that included provisions for taking oil from ANWAR that was guaranteed to pass the Republican House.

But Congressman Ferguson knows this, and has acknowledged it to the Courier News on October 22, 2002 (not online):

Environment: Ferguson broke with his party on drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, although he voted for an overall energy bill which included drilling.

"At the end of the day, I did feel that we needed an energy bill,"


Rep. Ferguson has been eating out on this claim for years, misleading constituents on his environmental record in an effort to appear more of a moderate. We caught him making this same claim on April 25, 2005 just eight days after he voted to approve drilling in ANWAR.

We'll leave it up to our readers to decide if Mike Ferguson is deliberately lying to his constituents about his record. We know he is misleading them, but if you think that he is lying please write him and tell him to stop making this claim to constituents.

-Nathan Rudy

Media Madman
Its Not Just Fox News

Watching FX (Fox') new series "Over There", I was upset about one scene in particular: The image of the soldier's wife "doing" (sleeping with, etc) another guy. What was the reason for this? Was it to show us how little the wives and lovers of our soldiers cared about them? Or was it a cheap way to take a swipe at US at home as our all volunteer (for the moment) military fights over there?

In another scene, there was a female soldier who had to stay at the front lines due to circumstances. In this scene, the soldier had to "relieve herself" (number 2). She was warned that it was better to "do her business" in sight of the other soldiers, but her "vanity" wouldn't let her. She was almost killed by an insurgent. Was this really necessary as well?

Additionally, they showed a pot-smoking, African-American soldier. His name was Pvt. Maurice "Smoke" Williams.

It just goes to show you the lack of respect that FOX, any FOX has for our soldiers and our nation.

Rupert Murdoch, I say this with all the respect you deserve... Isn't there a shrimp on the barbie for you somewhere in the Outback with your name on it? Shouldn't you go home already?

-Noah Greenberg

In response to "tagging" Jack Kashinsky writes:

I concur completely,

In dangerous times, we need to sacrifice some of our freedoms in order to be more secure.

This is why I think it despicable that so many Dems are simply attacking the current security legislation for political gain. Many of those now attacking it originally actually voted for it.

Just because "The Lipper", his right wing cronies, and all of the gutless Dems threw the concept of wartime bi-partisanship out the window doesn't mean that we as Democrats, have to continue down that path.

While we can't give the Repugs a free ride when they seek to ram through dangerous and self-serving legislation, it is not to our, or the country's interest to simply fight all security measures simply for political gain, and do so under the guise that we are protecting liberty and civil rights.

Incidentally, it is not to the party's long term interest either. This kind of nonfeasance takes even more of the Party's credibility away among the many who believe that the Democrats are too soft to protect us in dangerous times.

IMHO this is one of the several key reasons that Kerry lost the last election.

I have long ago torn up my ACLU card when it became obvious that they were more concerned with the rights of the bad guys than the innocent victims.

And Casey Sweet noted:

I was in Dallas this week and sad to not have Air America to listen to. When I arrived at my hotel room the radio was on and the station playing was Air America. One of those mystical and unexplainable things. I didn’t even know the liberal signal traveled into Texas! Anyway, I had the radio on all night (yes, I can sleep with radio on) so in the morn I can wake up hearing Rachel Maddow’s front page and the Marc/k’s on Morning Sedition. What a surprise to wake up hearing from the radio “this is Noah the Madman”. It was great to be in conservative country and have a reminder that progressives exist in mass elsewhere! And just a funny coincidence.

I could not remember what you shared since I was half asleep and glad you included your ideas in your newsletter.

Bad Quotes

“He will speak for the president of the United States. He will speak for America,”
-Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN)

Excuse me Mr. Coleman but the Congress speaks for the people of the United States as well and the nomination process has been maliciously circumvented by the President. Mr. Bolton does NOT speak for me but one day he will need to answer questions about his involvement in Rove-gate. The Bolton appointment truly stinks but is typical of Bush's rotten agenda.

Bush is going to defy the Senate and use a recess appointment for Bolton. That means he will be in UN until the end of 2006.

-Robert Scardapane

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-Noah Greenberg