Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
A Wake Up Call
There comes a time to cut bait. Attempting to "show" "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and his "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party cohorts different points of view is pointless and time consuming. Attempting to come up with "compromises" are met with contempt and name-calling.
Vs. THEM" mentality was created by "THEM", not "US".
We ARE the OTHER SIDE. There IS an "US Vs. THEM" thing going on here and we are the "US". The better ideas and solutions come from "US" today, not "THEM". Compassion is in the answers that come from "US", not "THEM". Fiscal responsibility comes from "US", not from "THEM".
It's time to bring the "US" message to the people of the United States. Having the rest of the civilized world on the "US" side is nice, but it won't get rid of "THEM".
Do whatever you can. Talk to friends; write a letter to the editor; send Madman a note; anything, but DO SOMETHING!
I have these really good friends who are Evangelical Christians. We've been to their son's wedding and they have been to my son's Bar Mitzvah. There are a few differences that separate US, but much. much more that we have in common. Recently, I went to lunch with the son, whose opinion I value greatly. He educated me on his stance regarding the sanctity of human life and I educated him on my stance on Social Security and my thoughts on "choice"..
Oddly enough, there IS common ground. This friend of mine, whereas his "priority issue" is the "right to life issue" does realize that there needs to be some concessions made, such as the "life" of the mother, the key word being "LIFE".
I believe that many, if not most of the Evangelical Community, once you remove the "Choice" issue, are Social Liberals. Many of their opinions have been poisoned by their "leaders" due to the "Choice" issue. They won't listen to anyone on any issue unless they are "anti-choice"... period. The only opinions they hear are from people like Bill Frist, Tom DeLay and Rick Santorum. They think people are THESE ARE THE BEST WE CAN DO as our nation's leaders... BUT THEY ARE WRONG.
It falls upon "US" to speak to the issues we have in common, not ridicule and distance ourselves. These are good people who deserve to know "the rest of the story". We need to be the "story-tellers".
From John Conyers (D-MI) blog:
Coingate: Special Counsel Request
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and I requested a special prosecutor in the Thomas Noe/Bush-Cheney campaign finance abuses investigation. This scandal unfolding in Ohio is absolutely remarkable in its breadth and audacity. In case you have not been following closely, Thomas Noe, a top Ohio Republican fundraiser, was found to have misappropriated as much as $13 million in funds from the Bureau of Workmen’s Compensation Fund. A Lucas County Grand Jury uncovered federal campaign finance abuses in September of last year. Just last week, a federal grand jury has successfully prosecuted two former officials from Governor Taft’s administration with more indictments expected.
This scandal is one of the worst ever in Ohio history and reflects pervasive corruption in the Republican party that reaches all the way to the White House. These missing funds represent the income protection for those injured on the job. I imagine most people recovering from serious workplace injury are less than amused to learn that Ohio Republicans viewed their workers’ compensation fund as monopoly money to play with. I’m certain that most are astounded to learn that this missing money may have been laundered into political campaigns of Ohio Republicans and the Bush-Cheney campaign.
Unfortunately, no federal investigation of these violations began until well after the 2004 election. This is particularly worrisome if the delay was undertaken to avoid the impact this case could have had on the presidential election. The U.S. Attorney in the case, Gregory White, is a Bush Appointee. White sought support for his current appointment from Governor Taft. Governor Taft has been found to have violated ethics rules by not reporting gifts from Noe, while the Bush-Cheney campaign received over $100,000 in donations from Mr. Noe. Given these circumstances, it is only fitting for a counsel truly independent of these machinations to take over this investigation. For this reason, Marcy Kaptur and I called for the appointment of a special prosecutor in this case.
-forwarded by Robert Scardapane
"Axis of Evil", Act 2?
The neocon hawks have been banging the drum for a preemptive attack on Iran. A recently leaked National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) concludes that Iran is ten years away from a nuclear weapon.
The IAEA has found no evidence that Iran has an active nuclear weapon program. Sound familiar? Indeed, it's the 2002 drum beat to the Iraq war all over again. Cheney and assorted neocon hawks are running around the nation screeching about Iran's WMD program. One of worst, namely John Bolton, has now been set loose in the United Nations using the recess appointment loophole.
Bushco is looking to pick a fight with Iran and enlarge the war in the Middle East. Democrats need to do their best to keep them honest. The United States simply can not afford to start another unjust war.
Reading more into this: What better reason to institute a military draft than a "Let's hit them before they hit US war" against another "Axis of Evil" member? -NG
THE FAMILY VALUES SONG
AN ULTRA-RIGHTIST'S PRAYER
(Sung to the tune of The Streets of Laredo)
Suffer the children to come unto Bush
And he’ll bless every one with a kick in the tush.
So what if the kids starve at home all alone,
As long as Mom slaves at the sweat-shop grindstone?
Suffer the mothers! Let ‘em work for a crumb,
While latch-key kids come home from school to a slum.
Close down all public schools, temples of sin,
And send all the kids where they’ll get Discipline.
Though they live in a hovel with nothing to eat,
Or even a cardboard box out on the street,
They’d better sit quiet with nary a peep
Or we’ll whip the butt off every lazy young creep.
Just make sure all fetuses come to full term,
For otherwise how can kids suffer and squirm?
It’s the way that God meant it, we firmly believe,
Because of that uppity feminist, Eve!
We put ladies on pedestals, gowned and coiffured,
And well-bred young boys and girls, seen but not heard.
Should one ask for answers, should one question “why”,
We demand that God curse ‘em from his throne in the sky.
He’ll curse unwed mothers for everything bad,
While we go on merrily bombing Baghdad;
Curse welfare children, every dike divorcée!
We won’t let them keep us from wrecking D.C.
Curse every pink liberal, atheist, gay
Who’d stop us dismant’ling the U.S. of A.
Curse upstarts who’d knock us right out of our place,
And prevent us destroying the whole human race.
For the one thing we capitalists cannot abide
Is fair competition! With St. George on our side
We can keep well ahead of all those much too clever
With Conservative Family Values, forever!
-Sandy Fulton (September 1995, reissued 2002)
Responses (Robert's Been Busy)
In response to Senator Rick Santorum's inability to name more than one "radical feminist", Robert Scardapane writes:
Well, how does Tricky Ricky explain Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) - a staunch Bush supporter if there ever was one.
Santorum's dribble is borrowed from Ann Coulter. He is caught in the same contradictions as Coulter - on one hand, applauding equality for women as necessary in a healthy democracy while decrying the loss of "traditional roles". These people try to have it both ways.
Santorum's book proves he is "loopy" and out of touch with post War World II America. But, isn't that true about many Republicans? The battle is getting the American people to realize that the current "bumper crop" of Republicans are extreme reactionaries.
In response to "Imagine an army of GW Bushes (clones)," Robert Scardapane adds:
Okay, but to get that army of GWB clowns (I mean clones) elected, there needs to be an army of Swift Boat Liars and Rove Big Liars. What a horrible thought!
In response to "Let's hear it for our nation's forefathers. If it weren't for the two-year term limits, its quite possible that our "representatives" would have sold US out in the end and assumed that we'd forget when it came time, once again, for them to pony-up to the re-election bar," Robert Scardapane writes:
I agree completely, but be vigilant. I already read a rumor that CNOOC (the Chinese Energy Company) may go after an even larger U.S. oil company.
I groaned when I read articles by Wall Street types pushing for such a deal. These people worship at the altar of "free trade". They don't have the slightest concern about national security or prosperity of their fellow citizens.
A Joke to Share
Washington, July 21, 2005
In an effort to overcome the continuing criticism that he is unsupportive and in fact dismissive of Israel, one of America's closest allies., today President Bush announced that he is converting to Judaism in the hope that this will demonstrate his affinity and empathy with the Israeli people.
Authorities have been unable to handle the millions of applicants who volunteered to be the moyel. (It
s Yiddish... Look it up)
-forwarded by Sheryl Wurmbrand
"President Bush waded into the debate over evolution and ''intelligent design' yesterday, saying schools should teach both theories on the creation and complexity of life."
-Ron Hutcheson, Knight Ridder, August 2, 2005
Bush is an incredible reactionary! Creationism is not a scientific theory as it is not testable by the methods of science. Teach it in religious schools not in public schools.
It's just another diversion, Robert. It gets you from talking about Karl Rove, the traitor; the more than 1800 dead soldiers, victims of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party's war; a projected trillion dollar plus national debt; out of work Americans... Need I go on? -NG
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