A Madman EXTRA

Friday, September 2, 2005

Today's Note From a Madman usually comes out Monday thru Thursday, while Weekend Madman is sent out Sunday night. This is Madman Extra, just to keep up. -NG


What's in a Name?

Katrina's real name may be Global Warming (GW), but, when you consider that it was George Herbert Walker Bush that took it upon himself to redefine the meaning of wet-lands, thus robbing the South of funds that were supposed to help protect them, and his son GW that set out immediately, once he stole the presidency, to rip up all of the Clinton administrations efforts to address this Global Warming, our MOST threatening enemy, I think we need to name this hurricane GW, in honor of our pitiful leadership for making this the most devastating disaster possible and then failing the people of New Orleans in the first days of their horrific nightmare.

When will America wake-up?!?!

Randi Haley

Chertoff Blames Refugees and the Dead for Their Fate
Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff today:

"The critical thing was to get people out of there before the disaster. Some people chose not to obey that order. That was a mistake on their part."

-Homeland secretary Michael Chertoff, on NBC's Today program

Remember, there was no help available for citizens to evacuate. Perhaps Chertoff lives in a world where everyone has easy access to their own transportation, but there are a whole lot of people in the real world who don't.

UPDATE: DNC Research points us to an AP article from before the hurricane that described the plight of people who were unable to evacuate.

Making matters worse, at least 100,000 people in the city lack the transportation to get out of town. Nagin said the Superdome might be used as a shelter of last resort for people who have no cars, with city bus pick-up points around New Orleans.

"I know they're saying 'Get out of town,' but I don't have any way to get out. If you don't have no money, you can't go."

-Hattie Johns, 74.

-Forwarded and Commented by Robert Scardapane

Eminent Domain - A Humane Look

For the public good is what Eminent Domain is supposed to be used for. Personally, I can think of no better purpose for Eminent Domain than to take over hotels that are out of harm's way and put up the people that have lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. It would be best to take over the hotels nearest the areas of devastation because these are the people that are going to eventually rebuild their lives and homes.

Why is it only in the "spirit of profitability" that Eminent Domain is enacted? This is the greatest emergency in our nation's recent history and we need to help people now. It's time to make corporate America help those less fortunate. Start using hotel rooms as temporary homes for those that are now homeless. Turn on the Air Conditioning. Bring in some food. Get the lines of communication working so Billy Bob can find out if granny is OK.

Isn't this a "State of Emergency"? Can't President Bush do something about this? When there is a catastrophe, we, the people of the United States look to our leader in Washington for ideas and help, not for excuses and passing the buck.

What in
God's name is wrong with these people?

-Noah Greenberg

Are They Finally Getting It?

Six days after Hurricane Katrina, finally Washington is beginning to get it. There are helicopters standing by to take some of the victims of Katrina out of New Orleans. It's about time. maybe we can fill up Air Force One while we're at it.

Here's another tid-bit: The federal government is going to make available "loans" to help people get by. Two thoughts come to mind:
1- Just how are unemployed people who have lost everything supposed to pay back a "loan"?
2- When these people file bankruptcy papers, how will they be treated by the "new rules" that won't allow then to get back on their feet?

-Noah Greenberg

"Hard Work"

"A lot of people working hard to help those who've been affected. And I want to thank the people for their efforts. The results are not acceptable."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush, regarding the response of "others" to Hurricane Katrina

What results? All of GW's actions and promises are coming five days after the fact. THAT'S FIVE WHOLE DAMN DAYS! This administration is a disgrace and here is where it comes from:

These guys do nothing until they consult their polls and assess the situation from a profit point of view. They are unable to make a decision purely on humanitarian needs. Consider this:

"This recovery is going to be a long process. It's going to take a lot of hard work and patience and resolve. It's also going to require a lot of money. And the federal government will do its part. But the private sector needs to do its part, as well. And that's why I've asked Presidents Bush and Clinton to lead a nationwide fundraising effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina."

Sounds like Bush is saying that the Federal Government is relying on private donations before they take out OUR wallets. I have an idea, how about repealing that gigantic tax give-back to the rich and stop spending so much money in Iraq, GW?

"I started making calls and trying to impress upon the White House and others that something needed to be done. The state resources were being overwhelmed, and we needed direct federal assistance, command and control, and security -- all three of which are lacking."
-Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., (R-La.), who spent the past 48 hours begging President
Bush to send help

How many times do you think GW and his cronies said "
God helps those who help themselves,"? You know it had to come up once or twice.... or every few minutes.

-Noah Greenberg

First Responders

In 2004, John Kerry campaigned on a platform of increasing funding for first responders. The Republicans ridiculed him for emphasizing our defense and not going on attack. Well, the attack came this weekend and it was from mother nature. A large hurricane struck the city of New Orleans busting levee walls deteriorated by the neglect of the Bush administration.

Many people were trapped in the flood waters; people who couldn't evacuate because they are elderly, disabled or too poor to buy transportation. No evacuation help was offered to these people. They waited for days to be rescued. Why?

Quite simply, the first responders and their equipment is in Iraq. The national guard units trained for this type of crisis are tied up there instead of defending our homeland. The national guard should be brought home now to do the job they are trained to do..

-Robert Scardapane

The Slow Trip to the Gulf Coast
or, "Why I had to cut one day off a five-week vacation," by "G"lobal "W"arming Bush

"Tomorrow's visit is another way for the president to show the nation's support and compassion for the victims and our appreciation for those who are helping with the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. It is an opportunity for the president to get a firsthand, up close look at the response and recovery efforts and to hear from those on the ground."
-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan

By flying over the scene of this catastrophe and declaring this a "terrible, terrible thing", GW is somehow contributing to the relief efforts? I don't think so. I can see "G"lobal "W"arming Bush now, standing in a dingy somewhere near the New Orleans Convention Center telling the world that "We will rebuild this city," when in actuality, his lack of prior action and foresight as requested by the army Corp of Engineers made this awful time that much worse. Even now, his delay in acting for the best welfare of the people in and near the Gulf of Mexico is having disastrous and permanent effects. The Dead won't become alive and some of the sick will die, or suffer for the rest of their, possibly, shortened lives.

"I understand the anxiety of people on the ground. ... So there is frustration. But I want people to know there's a lot of help coming."

And just where is it coming from? The Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff's first course of action after Katrina hit was to announce that September is National Preparedness month.



Are these guys kidding me? This is Freaking Embarrassing!

And the Republican leadership in the senate wants to start debating giving more money back to the wealthiest Americans by repealing the estate tax.

"Given the tragic and devastating events along the Gulf Coast, members of the Senate would have great difficulty explaining why we were debating the estate tax during our first days back when we know hundreds of thousands of families are suffering,"
-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, to
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

Harry Reid just had a stroke, and he still gets it.

"I hope people don't ... play politics during this period of time,"

I hope President Bush said that while looking in the mirror. How did he keep a straight face while saying that? Maybe he was speaking to Karl "The Traitor" Rove when he said it... Maybe not.

-Noah Greenberg

Let Them Eat Cake

John Aravosis points to a Gawker report that says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in New York City catching up on Broadway shows and shoe shopping. Apparently a customer in the same store, after seeing a Bush cabinet official shoe shopping while New Orleans lay in ruins, ran up and chastised Rice by saying: "How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!" Rice's response? She had the questioner physically removed from the store while she shopped.

Around the same time, Canadian search and rescue teams were ready to fly in to help with the efforts in the Gulf states, but couldn't get permission to enter the country.

Canadian agencies are saying that foreign aid is probably not being permitted into Louisiana and Mississippi because of "mass confusion" at the U.S. federal level in the wake of the storm.

Wow. If only there was a cabinet official who was charged with dealing with foreign countries that wanted to help.

Oh, I guess there is...but she's shoe shopping.

-Robert Scardapane

Taking Notice

Daryn Kagen (CNN): I gotta say that was rather an odd thing to be watching. The president finally making it to the gulf coast after five days, and then spending a big chunk of time, when he could be out seeing the devastation, getting a briefing that frankly he could have gotten back at the White House, if not then, then on board Air Force One. A lot of that seemed like a political opportunity for the cameras and for the Republican governors of Mississippi and Alabama.

Bill Schneider (CNN): I'm not sure that's what most
Americans and certainly most people in the area wanted to hear, as if the president were being filled in, told what was going on, there was a lot of thanking a lot of congratulations. Look these are frantic desperate people who have lost everything, who are in a very desperate situation, what they want is someone to come there and say the government is in control, we have control of this situation, there's a leader in charge here and we're gonna make it work....


Bill Schneider is certainly not one of my favorite political analysts. I thought he did quite a hatchet job on John Kerry last year by constantly playing Kerry's poll numbers down and Bush's up. But, goodness gracious, has the MSM found a conscience? If so, it's about time.

Bush is a disgrace. His actions have been criminally negligent.

-Robert Scardapane


Here's one you might not have heard. A young black man "borrowed" a bus, loaded it up with as many people as it could hold, and, having never driven a bus before, drove it all the way from New Orleans to the Houston Astrodome. Upon arriving, he was asked about the bus, and was quickly arrested for his selfless act.

This kid didn't take the bus out for a joy ride. He was trying to help. One wonders if he were a middle-aged white guy with a Texas drawl, would he have been fitted for silver bracelets?

-Noah Greenberg

Did This Really Happen?

The Army Corp of Engineers "blew up" a levee near the 9th Ward, a lower socio-economic neighborhood in order to "save" the wealthier areas of New Orleans.

What could you even say about something like that?

-Noah Greenberg


Washington looters still running loose
Abusers of New Orleans
Embezzlers of canal repair dollars
Big shot necks too big for a noose.
For the Mardi Gras
Neo-con domestic shock and awe
Bush budget blunders trapped in the crayfish claw.
Grandmothers and babies cry
Urban peasant victims die;
Oh when the Saints come marching in
Judgment will fall on merciless men.
Put street looting logs away
Only political atrocities on the dock today.
Washington looters still running loose
Big shot necks too big for a noose.

- Representative Major Owens (D-NY), forwarded by Robert Scardapane

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-Noah Greenberg