Today's Note From a  Madman

Thursday, August 18, 2005



Wasting Time


They want to deter US. They want US to waste time. They'll lie, cheat and steal to stay in power. And they'll make even those of US who know the truth waste time answering their false accusations. So here goes:


They'll smear anyone. They'll lie about anything. And the way the Right does things just makes your head shake in horrified bewilderment. The latest lie is this: Spc. Casey Sheehan's mother, Cindy Sheehan blames the Iraq War on Israel. Now, most of you know that I'm Jewish. As early as the 1970's I was marching with the SSSJ (The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry) on Solidarity Sunday against the Soviet Union's persecution of Jews. The great majority of my mother's side of the family was wiped out by Hitler. My mother tells me stories of my grandmother escaping pogroms when she was a very young woman. So when I heard that Conservative columnist, and a fellow Jew, Christopher Hitchens wrote that Cindy Sheehan blamed the Iraq war on a "cabal of Jews", I was stunned.

Then I considered the source.

Here is a quote from Hitchen's web site attributed to Cindy Sheehan: "Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel."

Its got quotation marks around it so it must be true, right? WRONG.

So I figured a good Yahoo search followed by a more thorough Google search was in order. Here are the sites that came up with the quote:
The Drudge Report (Quotes are like the Jumble on the cartoon page of the comics - any order you rearrange the words are good enough)
Newsmax (Thou shalt always quote Sean Hannity)
The David Duke Website (or the KKK Klansman Kwote of the Week Klub)

I kept looking but no other sites had a word on it, not even Fox News!

"It (a letter) was sent to the editors of ABC's Nightline on March 15"

Well it was a letter, and it was sent to ABC's Nightline, but it wasn;t sent by Cindy Sheehan. We know that for a fact.


A search for the words "Sheehan" and "Israel" on the ABC News website produced nothing. I was baffled. Surely the "(un)reliable" websites of Newsmax, Matt Drudge and the KKK's and GOP's David Duke can't be trying to pull the wool over America's eyes again, could they?

" I didn't say that my son died for Israel. I've never said that. I saw somebody wrote that and it wasn't my words. Those aren't even words that I would say."
-Cindy Sheehan on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360

Well then, Mrs. Sheehan, if that is your real name, mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan, if that was your real son, how do you explain the letter received by ABC's Nightline?

Just like the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party's betrayal of Lt. John Kerry with the Swift Boat Liars who said they served "with" Senator Kerry in Vietnam, when none of them actually had; or the doctor who said he "treated" Kerry for superficial wounds, but whose name could not be found on any documents; or the only Alabama Air National Guardsman out of thousands stationed in Alabama when Lt. "G"lobal "W"arming Bush was "supposed" to be stationed on an Air Force base with no airplanes, who said he saw the future president there; or the Italian documents that said Saddam Hussein sought Yellowcake Uranium from Niger that were so obviously forged that our own intelligence community advised the president BEFORE his Yellowcake speech to NOT INCLUDE the information; this is a fake.

A letter to a TV program? Don't TV programs have cameras? Do you think they might have called Mrs. Sheehan to ask her about her alleged comments? They might have just done that because they didn't publish an unauthenticated letter that the alleged author said she didn't write, send or sign.


How irresponsible of ABC to not publish a forgery. Well it's downright UN-GOP-like.


How hard it must be for Cindy Sheehan to say "my son" and the word "died" in the same sentence over and over and over again in order to try and save the lives of the sons of other American mothers.

Isn't it amazing that the Ken Mehlman and the Republican Party, Karl Rove and the rest of the Right Wing have to align themselves with David Duke yet again, this time in order to trash the good names of our fallen heroes?

These guys still make me sick.

-Noah Greenberg

Media Madman

A Real New York Times Headline
Health Mystery in New York: Heart Disease

"Death rates from heart disease in New York City and its suburbs are among the highest recorded in the country, and no one quite knows why."

-The New York Times

Let me save you the trouble of looking up and reading the rest of the article:


If there is a more stressful place to live in the US than in and around New York City, I'd like to know where it is. Almost to a person, people believe that it isn't a question of "if", but a question of "when" the terrorists will attack the Big Apple at its Core again. And what is the Bush administration's response? Raise the color code for the subways. Yeah, that'll scare those nasty terrorists away.

Gas prices, home heating oil, and other energy concerns; our children's safety getting to and from school and what to do "when" "IT" happens again; the sky-rocketing cost of homes, especially to first time home buyers; the continuing loss of good jobs; and the higher standard of living one needs just to keep up in a major American city are all reasons "why" the death rates are higher.

"It's an absolute paradox, and absolutely fascinating,"
-Thomas Pearson, an epidemiologist at the University of Rochester School of Medicine

I'm glad you're so pleased, Tom. It always amazes me how the so very smart could say something so very dumb.

When financial hard times hit the US, they hit New York, New Jersey and Connecticut first, hardest and the longest. When the country feels the stress and strain of a bad economy or bad leadership in Washington, New York feels it most.


New York City is not Crawford, Texas or Washington, DC. Ain't nobody gonna take a five-week vacation here, GW.


I wonder how many of these fatalities could have been prevented had people not had to worry about ways to pay to see their doctor. Even people with health insurance can't afford to take the day off in order to get their ticker checked out. Here is the typical way a 50 year old man with health care would go to a cardiologist:

1- Beg your boss for a day off, or simply use one of your 5 combined personal/ sick days or a vacation day
2- Wait 1 to 3 months for an appointment with their Primary Care Physician, of "gatekeeper"
3- take the day off because, in order to pay for the throng of people in his office that are there to file, argue and follow-up with the health care companies, your doctor has to schedule 2 or 4 people at the same time
4- Repeat Step 1
5- Wait an additional 1 - 3 months for an appointment with the cardiologist
6- Repeat Step 2
7- Purchase the newest and greatest daily keep-you-alive medication, because drug companies no longer cure diseases, they just treat them - pay a premium because the drug is "new"
8- Decide whether to eat or medicate

Here is that same 50 year old man without health care's options:

1- Go to the Emergency Room at your local hospital, using it as your Primary Care Physician
1a- Wait for the ambulance and pray that you are part of the one percent that is going to survive a New York City heart attack (that would be a great lottery to win)


The Latter is just how a man named Abraham Greenberg died in 1975. He was my father and he had health insurance.

-Noah Greenberg

Stupid Quote

"We are talking about the price of a pack of cigarettes,"
Michael J. O'Grady, an assistant secretary of health and human services and member of the Medicaid Commission, appointed by the Bush administration to help rein in the growth of Medicaid

More like it's to help the federal government take more money out of the pockets of some 50 million poor people.

Mr. O'Grady's comments are in response to doctors opposing the hike in Medicaid co-payments from $3 for adults and zero dollars for children to $5 for adults and $3 for children. It's a safe bet that Mike O'Grady has never been poor.

"If we raise the co-payment, some people will not get the care they need. These are real people."
-Dr. John C. Nelson, a former president of the American Medical Association, and a real, live Doctor

"A person with chronic illnesses who forgoes medicine because of the higher co-payment could end up in a hospital emergency room, which costs much more,"
-Dr. Nelson

"co-payments of $3 to $5 could quickly add up to substantial costs for a low-income family with four children,"
-Dr. Carol D. Berkowitz, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, another real, live doctor

a $5 co-payment for each drug and doctor's visit "is a lot if you have multiple chronic conditions and multiple needs,"
-Julie Beckett, policy director of Family Voices, an advocacy group for children with special health care needs

By the way, I guess this means that the cigarette industry is safe for awhile, too.

Doctors are afraid that a poor, single mom might have to make a decision like taking her child to a doctor or feeding both of her children that evening instead. What would Mr. O'Grady choose? Maybe, just like all the other "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party elitists in the "G"lobal "W"arming Bush White House, O'Grady is just out of touch with the Average American.

These cavalier attitudes by these "uncompassionate neo-conservatives" ring of "Let them eat cake," to me.

-Noah Greenberg

"I have been to a lot of funerals,"
-Representative Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-MD), who was originally for the Iraq War, but now is against it

That's a lot more funerals than President Bush has been to. In fact, one funeral would have been a lot more than GW had been to.

"I'm not concerned (about a backlash against Republicans in the 2006 elections). Fifteen months away is a long time, and I don't see it. It's going to get back to the IMPORTANT ISSUES of what's going on in the district. When it gets down to candidates, it's what's going on in the street that matters."
-Representative Thomas M. Reynold (R-NY), chairman of the Republican Congressional campaign committee

What ISSUE is more IMPORTANT to you, Congressman Reynold? What ISSUE is more important than our troops in the middle east fighting and sometimes dieing for "Freedom and Liberty". Take a look at your district, Mr. Reynold. If you think the war in Iraq isn't affecting MAIN STREET in your district, you are very sadly mistaken, and your constituents will let you know. What a putz (it's Yiddish, look it up).

"If this continues to drag down Bush's approval ratings, Republican candidates will be running with Bush as baggage, not as an asset. Should his numbers go much lower, he is going to be a problem for Republican candidates in 2006."
- Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center

More than that, Mr. Kohut, they'll be running FROM Bush.

"Most people want to know what is the situation with training the Iraqi forces? Where are we? Where are we with getting armor to our troops?"
-Bob Casey Jr., the lead Democratic challenger to Senator Rick Santorum's (R-PA) seat

Most people don't want a steady diet of lies and deceits either.

"Doing what is best for this country is always good politics in terms of protecting us from evil dictators such as Saddam Hussein."
-A Santorum spokesperson

Stay the course, Ricky. It takes a village.... you idiot.

"It's tough. The press will try to make Iraq the cause of whatever historical problems we would normally have in an off-year election."
-Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant and an advisor to both Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) ad Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), both with presidential aspirations

When will the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party stop playing the "media card"? There has never been, in recent memory, a press that has given a bad president a pass for so long as this press has with President Bush. When has the left ever had their very own "news outlet" like the right has in Fox News (I use the word "news" in the loosest sense of the word).

Note to the GOP: This is your mess and it's time to begin cleanup. If you can't, or won't do it, the American voter will find someone who will and can.

-Noah Greenberg

"One month before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, three State Department bureau chiefs warned of 'serious planning gaps for post-conflict public security and humanitarian assistance' in a secret memorandum prepared for a superior.

"The State Department officials, who had been discussing the issues with top military officers at the Central Command, noted that the military was reluctant 'to take on 'policing' roles' in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The three officials warned that 'a failure to address short-term public security and humanitarian assistance concerns could result in serious human rights abuses which would undermine an otherwise successful military campaign, and our reputation internationally.'. . .

"The memo was one of several documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and made public yesterday by the National Security Archive, a nonprofit research group. Other documents detail the specifics of the Future of Iraq project, which brought together Iraqi exiles and U.S. experts in an attempt to plan for such things as a new banking system, a new military and a new constitution."
-Bradley Graham, The Washington Post


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-Noah Greenberg