Note From a Madman

Thursday, September 29, 2005

A "Compassionate Conservative" Quote in the Lead

"But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky."
-Bill Bennett, a leading Republican "thinker"

This is the most despicable racism I ever heard - sounds like Republican eugenics of the 1920's. Bill Bennett should be condemned for saying this.


The Republicans have gone completely insane!

-Robert Scardapane

Delay "Explains" Himself on Hardball

Tom DeLay's "Idiot" Defense:
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HARDBALL HOST: A difficult day. The charge from the prosecutor down there, which the grand jury acted on, was that a bunch of people got together, including you, and sent a bunch of corporate checks up to the RNC in Washington. That's corporate contributions, illegal to use in Texas legislative races. In exchange, you said, now send that same money down. You earmarked it for these legislative races, thereby circumventing the spirit of the law, which is no corporate contributions. Is that a fair estimate of the charge?
REP. TOM DELAY (R-TX), MAJORITY LEADER: I don't know. It is not in the indictment. I don't know what he's charging me with.

The "I didn't know about it, but even if I did know about it, I wasn't responsible for it, and if I was responsible for it..." defense (Even Chris Matthews doesn't believe him):
MATTHEWS: "Texans for a Republican Majority did tender cause to be delivered and delivered to the Republican National Committee a check in the amount of $190,000, the check being for the same bank..."
DELAY: Wait. Wait. Chris, Chris, that's TRMPAC. That's not me.
MATTHEWS: OK. So, that's it.
DELAY: TRMPAC is a separate entity. I had no fiduciary responsibilities. I had no managerial responsibilities. I had nothing to do with the day-to-day operation. I was simply, along with four other elected officials, on an advisory board. They used my name as headliners for fund-raisers.
DELAY: And I had no idea what they were doing.
MATTHEWS: So, if corporate money was laundered through the Republican National Committee, you had nothing to do with it?
DELAY: That's exactly right. But that's not what they did. And they did it all within the law. They did what they did and I know what they did now.
DELAY: They did it completely within the law. The Democrat parties and the Republican parties do the same thing over and over again. You take soft money. Those were the days of soft and hard money.

Tom Delay's "Let me explain it" defense (A.K.A. the Brother-in-law defense):
DELAY: You take soft money and use it for legal stuff. If you have more than you need, you send it to one of your friends. It's like your brother-in-law sending you money to pay your rent. And then you send back hard money that can be used in the races. It is not a quid pro quo. In fact, the amount of money you're talking about is different.

Tom Delay's "It was all legal, but if it wasn't legal..." defense (A.K.A. "The just ask the lawyers" defense):
MATTHEWS: You're a Texan. Texas law says corporations can't give to legislative candidates.
DELAY: That's true.
MATTHEWS: If anybody, not you or anybody just, if anybody sends money, says, give the corporate maybe to the RNC or the DNC and, by the way, send some of that money back and pay for these races down there, that would maybe be legal. Would that break the spirit of the law, which is no corporate contributions?
DELAY: No, it wouldn't, because, in Texas, you can raise corporate and union money for administrative purposes, to pay your rent, to pay your salaries and that kind of stuff. You just can't take that money and put it in somebody else's campaign. Everything TRMPAC did, they did it with lawyers' blessings and accountants' blessing. This is not anything to do with money laundering.

The "Everybody does it (money laundering)" defense:
DELAY: And I know very few of those people the newly elected Republican State Reps, financed by Delay's tactics) .
MATTHEWS: But they're legislative candidates.
DELAY: They're actually state reps now.
MATTHEWS: Right. They were elected.
DELAY: We won.
MATTHEWS: Well, you won. These candidates benefited from money that came from the RNC. The RNC benefited from corporate money coming from Texas.
DELAY: That's right.
MATTHEWS: Isn't that just a laundering process?
DELAY: No. Democrats do it. Republicans do it, have done it for years. Lawyers it has been tested in the courts.
MATTHEWS: Oh, I see.

Sounds to me like DeLay just admitted to laundering money. What does it sound like to you? I wonder if DeLay's lawyers just slapped their heads in disbelief.

The "Let's not play the "blame game" defense:
MATTHEWS: Is (House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi involved?
MATTHEWS: What's her role in this?
DELAY: I don't know.

Well then, why not blame her anyway, right Tom?

-Noah Greenberg

School Vouchers and Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast

We guessed, and know we know, that the Bush administration will use Katrina and EVERY emergency to shove through its ultra right wing programs.

I personally do not wish to pay ONE PENNY to support someone else's religion. If they want to send their kids to something besides public school, they should pay every cost, even the smallest. Nothing to support a particular religion should ever come out of anyone else's taxes--and we'd better damn well start feeling passionate about that.

I've said it before, and here it is again: I would fight to the death to maintain COMPLETE HANDS-OFF separation of church and state. As a student of Medieval history I know how stinking rotten society becomes when religion and national government support each other! Throughout all the long millennia of history, there's never been an exception that I know of.

-Jenny Hanniver

Special Forces Fomenting Disorder?

A week ago, Iraqi police apprehended two British special force soldiers.

Today, I read a report that their car was filled with weapons, explosives, and a remote control detonator. The British attempted to break the soldiers out of the Iraqi prison and a battle resulted. Were these soldiers actually targeting Iraqi civilians or planning the assassination of Iraqi leaders?

If our own forces, American and British intelligence, are actually fomenting the counter-insurgency, are we trying to spread disorder to justify staying in Iraq? Are we taking sides in a civil war?

I think this issue should be taken up immediately by Congress. The American people deserve to know what is really going on in Iraq. This insanity must end.

-Robert Scardapane

GW says "Pitch In"


Everyone can ''pitch in'' by ''being better conservers of energy,''
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush, in a shift of "thought"

First of all, I have to ask, does Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney know about this?

Next, you have to ask yourself how a president, who now stresses "conservation," could make the US taxpayer, mainly its disappearing middle class, spend their hard -earned money flying around the nation trying to sell bad economic policies that only his rich friends want.

Remember this: Every time that Air Force One takes off, it costs US around $30,000. That 60-day attempted rip-off of the Social Security Trust Fund cost US That's $1.8 million.

$1.8 million could:
-hire 70 brand new teachers in many school districts
-hire 50 brand New York City policemen, part of our "first responders"
-pay the health insurance of 225 families with children
Just to name a few.

But those are good middle class values, and do not include in the agenda of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party's.

Here are  some more things $1.8 million could buy:
-A shower curtain in Kenny-Boy Lay's guest bathroom
-Bernie Ebbers pool-boy for a year
-A seat at a Republican Fund-Raiser (in the back, of course)
-18 holes at St. Andrews Golf Course on Scotland for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX)

These are the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party values.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to, "And, all four of Rove's grandparents were staunch supporters of Hitler and the Third Reich," Pat Thompson writes:

Very, very interesting. Quite obviously, fascism and the Third Reich are alive and well in Amerika. (That's how we used to spell it in the 60's.) How sad to realize, that this "last best opportunity", this vast continent that provided refuge for people from every country on earth, (and stole from the Native people) , instituted a government promising freedom and liberty and now have allowed it to be taken over by these evil neocon fascists. I don't want to see conspiracy everywhere, BUT it does appear that way. I am not Jewish, as far as I know (my great grandparents left Germany in the 1880's and their name was Loeb) but I have been a supporter of Israel since I was a teenager, reading the Holocaust literature. Those Bushes all seem very cozy with those Saudis. And never forget that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. Did anyone hear the news, dropped during the Hurricane Katrina period, that "we are no longer looking for Bin Laden?" which came from Bush's lying mouth. For once he told the truth -- he was never looking for Bin Laden. He is indebted to Bin Laden for his services on 9/11.

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-Noah Greenberg