Weekend Madman

Friday-Sunday, August 5-7, 2005



Bonnie and Health Care

Bonnie (my daughter) will have her 2nd surgery in 4 weeks tomorrow. This will clean out an infection, Her doctors are very confident. We hope to have her home very soon, Thank you all for all your kind words and thoughts (see some of them below).

Just to Note:
The problem with the health care industry is not doctors or nurses. There is nothing but caring, empathy and dedication among their numbers. The problem are the health care companies themselves. Whereas the Social Security Administration spends less than one percent (0.2 percent) on administration, health care companies spend up to 35 percent for administration! Some people say even more! Doctors spend too much their time attempting to collect from health care companies. This is time that would be better spent on the care of their patients.

It is true that some doctors have abandoned their patients, but none that I have met are "driving cabs".

One of Bonnie's doctors recently informed me that he will no longer be able to see her. His reason? he no longer wants to fight the health care companies and their "nickel and diming" him. he took a salaried position with a hospital in New jersey instead.

The need to fix the health care system in the United States is now at a critical level. When family plans cost in excess of $1,000 PER MONTH, it is time to re-think our priorities. Soon, there needs to be political candidates that will take up this "mantra" and "start the ball rolling". There is no cause more important that the safety and health of our people.


-Noah Greenberg

In response to the state of US health care, Ranjee Rajkumar writes:

How did the greatest superpower in the world stoop to this level?

What a great question, Ranjee... How could WE? -NG

The subject is Katherine Harris' bid to become the next senator of Florida:

BOB NOVAK: (To James Carville) Let me just finish, James, please. I know you hate to hear me, but you have to.
CARVILLE: He's (NOVAK) got to show these right wingers that he's got a backbone, you know. It's why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show 'em that you're tough."
BOB NOVAK: Well, I think that's bull- (doo-doo; turd; BM; etc) and I hate that. Just let it go."

And just as CNN moderator Dan Harris was about to ask a question, NOVAK WALKED OUT!

ED HENRY: (To the CNN audience) I had told him in advance that we were going to ask him about the CIA leak case (or what we like to call ROVE-GATE). He was not here for me to be able to ask him about that. Hopefully, we'll be able to ask him about that in the future.

Hey, Ed... he won't.

What a convenient time to become "incensed", wasn't it?

NOVAK doesn't want to answer any questions about Valerie Plame or Karl Rove, so why not play the "ANGRY CARD"?

This must be a new page in the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party playbook.

"inexcusable and unacceptable,"
-CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery

"We've asked Mr. Novak to take some time off,"

This guy won't even show the company that signs one of his paychecks the common courtesy of performing his duty.

We now know what the "W" stands for: WUSS.

-Noah Greenberg and Jenny Hanniver

You're Fired!


The polarization of intelligence gathering and analysis is perhaps the most troubling development of the past five years. In the middle of the daily updates on the ongoing investigation involving the White Houses leaking of a CIA agent's name, another story of armchair quarterbacking of intelligence by the Administration pokes through. Yesterday's Washington Post ran this article detailing a lawsuit filed by a counter proliferation operative who was fired for not distorting intelligence.

-A fired CIA agent, who the New York Times reported had told superiors in 2001 that Iraq had abandoned part of its nuclear program, asked the FBI to investigate allegations that the spy agency dismissed him for refusing to falsify intelligence.

-Identified as "Doe," the former agent, who worked as a Near Eastern specialist on counter proliferation issues, accuses the CIA of improper action on two separate pieces of intelligence. One was the weapons intelligence the former agent says he was asked to change in 2000. The other was intelligence uncovered in 2001 that the Times described yesterday as dealing with Iraq's nuclear program. The newspaper, citing people it said had knowledge of the case, said the second piece of intelligence came from a credible source and said that Baghdad had dropped a major segment of its nuclear program years before 2001. But CIA officials refused to distribute the finding to other intelligence agencies, the Times said.

-The case could shed new light on Bush administration thinking ahead of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which the White House largely justified by charging that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and was actively pursuing nuclear arms. No such weapons have been found in Iraq, and U.S. arms investigators have concluded that Baghdad abandoned its nuclear development program soon after the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Besides the obvious questions this article already raises about the unprecedented pressure being exerted on our intelligence agencies, another more immediate issue is raised.

With the news that Valerie Plame had to go on leave from the CIA after her identity was revealed by Bob Novak with confirmation from White House officials -- this marks the second known CIA agent who worked on WMD and counter proliferation who had their work disrupted due to administration policy. For an administration that has so often highlighted the threat of weapons of mass destruction this seems counterproductive

In July 2004, Bush spoke at the Oak Ridge national laboratory and touted the work of these very intelligence officers.

Breaking this proliferation network was possible because of the outstanding work done by the CIA. Dedicated intelligence officers were tireless in obtaining vital information; sometimes at great personal risk. Our intelligence services do an essential job for America. I thank them for their dedication and hard work.

It is time for Bush to stop using the intelligence services and their accomplishments as political props and instead get out of their way and allow them to do their job of keeping America safe.

-From the DNC Blog, forwarded by Robert Scardapane

On Bush pushing teaching creationism in schools, Madman writes: "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?"

And Robert Scardapane responds:

1) It really is reactionary. Bush spent quite a bit of time pushing for teaching creationism while he was the Texas governor.
2) It's yet another bone being thrown to the extreme religious right. It's a way to energize them for the elections in 2006, 2008 and beyond.
3) Indeed, it's a diversion as well. Rove is clever - his tactics achieve multiple goals.

But, have no worries, I won't stop talking about:
1) Rove-gate - so when is that traitor going to be indicted?
2) Pat Roberts (R-Ka) attempt to intimidate special prosecutor Fitzgerald who is investigating the
Valerie Plame leak. Watch out for Robert's Senate hearing geared toward shutting down the investigation after the August recess.
3) Over 1800
Americans and 110,000 Iraqi killed in an unjust war.
4) A debt that is projected to grow to a trillion as the richest 5% get huge tax cuts and multi-billion dollar subsidies are rewarded to oil &
gas companies in the Energy Bill of 2005.
5) An economy that fails to create enough jobs to keep up with population growth and increases the percentage of people in poverty.
6) 45 million
Americans that lack any health care insurance.
7) A
public school system that is failing at the K-12 level due to over-emphasis on testing and none on improving conditions.
8) Unaffordable college education during a tough global economy that demands a more educated workforce.

Indeed, I won't be diverted by Bush's attempt to push creationism in our already burdened and under-funded schools. But, I will still point out - Bush is an incredible reactionary who doesn't focus on the real problems.


Speaking as biologist with a Master's degree, evolution is clearly established fact. Nonetheless, the state of the art in cosmology and astrophysics has revealed that all the energy and matter in the universe appeared in roughly 13 millionths of a second approximately 12.5 billion years ago, from a point in space with no dimension and infinite mass. In other words, everything did come from nothing in an instant. The subsequent evolution of the universe follows predictable models. although I do not support "intelligent design", I would not be so quick to discount the mounting evidence that the universe itself is physically inexplicable. that is the reason why most astrophysicists believe in a "God".

-Michael Patmas

For Bonnie...

I too am saddened and angered by this countries health insurance situation.
I wish your daughter good health and spirits.
Love and peace to you and your family from Houston, Texas.
-Sean O`Neall

Solum potestis prohibere ignes silvarum.

Hi Noah,
Very nice email. I hope your daughter feels better.
-Josh Haimson

I am sorry to hear that your daughter is having such difficulties. My best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Health care is the most frustrating issue of them all. I know we can do better as a nation than the current morally bankrupt system.
I was somewhat disappointed to discover how small the NJ Health Care for All group was. I attended one of their meeting last month. I won't give up though. Until we can fill Yankee Stadium with people protesting the lack of affordable health care, nothing will be done.
This is a hot issue but we have no leader willing to take it head on. Sadly, our nation is "inundated" with leaders that are either right-wing lunatics or wishy-washy progressives. John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders are examples of the sort of leaders we need. The United States would have universal health care if one hundred more people such as them were elected to Congress.
Anyway, my best wishes to you and your family.
-Robert Scardapane

I hope & pray that Bonnie will make a complete recovery and that Hillary will be OK as well. They are lucky to have such a caring and concerned father & husband.
As you know, affordable health care is something that the NJ Media Corps has been fighting for. If any of Madman's readers are interested in helping with this important issue, they can visit our page at:
Residents of New Jersey know all too well about the astronomical cost of health care. Those who aren't lucky enough to get health care through their jobs often pay outrageously high premiums for personal health plans. Those who cannot afford individual health insurance must rely on emergency room visits to get urgently needed medical care, and subsequently find themselves buried under debt incurred from uncovered medical care.
Fortunately, U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) has a plan to address the rising cost of health care. Rep. Conyers has introduced H.R. 676, which would give every American citizen access to affordable health care, through a single-payer universal health care system based on Medicare.
Medicare has worked successfully and efficiently over the years. Medicare's overhead costs are less than 2 percent compared with 10 percent or more for private health plans. Single-payer universal health care will allow every American to benefit from the efficiency of the Medicare system. Single-payer universal health care will not socialize our health care system, but it will greatly reduce the amount that Americans now spend on health care costs.
I urge all New Jersians concerned about health care costs to ask their representatives in Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 676.
-Eddie Konczal

Sorry to hear about your daughter...
-Michael Patmas


I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter - the good news is that she seems on the mend.
The bad news is our health service. Yes - this has to have priority. The politicians should be ashamed they have not yet set up a simple
health care program that covers everyone, as a right. 

My thoughts are with you and your family!

- Jenny Hanniver

Thanks to Rhian for her kind offer and to all of you who offer your best wishes and prayers for Bonnie Rachael Greenberg.



A Quote

Followed by a Question that Needs to be Answered

"We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." and "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush

"We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq

IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are? We would like for him to explain this 'noble cause' to us, and plan to ask him why Jenna and Barbara are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble. If he is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately. We will demand a speedy withdrawal."
-Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan's mother, Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace - Casey Austin was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004

It just goes back to what we have been saying since "Today's Note from a Madman" started in November 24, 2004, "Just what sacrifices has George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Karl Rove ever made in their lives?"

-Noah Greenberg (thanks to Jenny Hanniver)

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-Noah Greenberg