Note From a Madman
Wednesday-Thursday, October 5-6, 2005
I take pride in being able to put out a nightly newsletter (sometimes it's an early morning newsletter). Tomorrow, however, my daughter is having her third operation in four months. I don't know if I will be able to get anything out tomorrow, but, if all is well, I will try. Just in case, enjoy tonight's Madman. -NG
What REAL Compassion Looks Like
(Forget that "Compassionate Conservatism" Crap)
The United States has money for million dollar bombs to drop on other countries. We have billions to rebuild a city, only if no-bid contracts funnel that money to Republican cronies. Billions in unpaid corporate taxes go uncollected, and billions more in estate taxes are soon to be lost -- but we don't have money to provide decent health care for our citizens. Impossible but true.
Nine years ago, my son-in-law asked me if we could let his one employee (in a two-man lawn cutting company) move in, as he had jumped off his porch and broken both legs. He had no insurance, and couldn't pay his rent. We took the man in (endured the stares of our neighbors as he is black) for six months. We helped with medical bills, fed him and provided a free room. He healed and eventually got a job and moved out. We recently met up with him again, and he told us that he had reached the point of suicide, as it is pretty hard to be homeless with two broken legs, and our help kept him alive. He now is married and has a little son. So, with a country that does not support its people in their times of need, we do as individuals have to make up for it, any way we can. And on a larger scale, NJ will have to make up for what the federal government won't provide -- VOTE FOR JON CORZINE!!
A Joke up Second
How "G"lobal "W"arming Bush Chose Harriet Miers for the US Supreme Court
President Bush asked nine of his of his closest lawyer friends/ contributors to meet him for breakfast. As the coffee and danish were being served he immediately stood up and shouted "Who wants to be a supreme court justice?" At that very moment, six lawyers almost choked their danish; 2 lawyers sprayed coffee out of their noses and one stood up and said, "I do! I do!"
Welcome Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers.
Change is Bad?
"I know her well enough to be able to say that she's not going to change, that 20 years from now she'll be the same person with the same philosophy that she is today,''
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush on US Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Reid
Okay... Am I the only one scared by this statement? Just who doesn't change in 20 years? Twenty years ago I bought my house. I didn't know a thing about home ownership, and I'm still learning today. But I can tell you this, I certainly know more now then I did then.
Twenty years before he was Texas' Governor, our present "Commander in Chief" was a self-described "youth" who said at the age of thirty:
"What I did as a kid? I don't think it's relevant" "Did I behave irresponsible as a kid at time? Sure did. You bet."
-George Bush, from the Texarkana Gazette, 1994, referring to a drunk driving offense, and more
If any of US go back twenty years, can we honestly say that we are the same people we were then? Can any of US say that we hold the same values in their entirety now that we held in 1985?
Harriet Miers was born a Catholic but then converted to an Evangelical Christian. Isn't that a change?
We all learn from our mistakes out of necessity. Maturity and wisdom develop over time. Personally, I don't want someone on the US Supreme Court who can't learn and adapt. Change brought women the right to vote. Change brought the end of slavery in the United States. If not for change, all of our justices would be like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
I just got a chill down my spine.
Thumbing through comments from conservatives on the nomination of Miers, I am struck by their incredible hypocrisy.
These people keep saying that don't want judges with predetermined points of view (litmus tests) and yet they are applying all sorts of tests to Miers. Why did Bush have to give a speech where he winked and nodded to conservatives to trust him, he's knows all about Miers. Bush must have already ran his litmus tests. The conservatives say that don't want activist judges but are doubtful that Miers will do enough for their conservative causes. So, is it okay to be a conservative activist as opposed to a liberal activist? Give me a break with these double standards!
And More Hypocrisy
"This happens when we take God out of our schools and God out of our society."
-Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham,, regarding the problems with the New Orleans relief effort
Give it a rest Franklin. We all know that religious right Republicans are aching for school vouchers. Bush is using New Orleans as a social experiment in all sorts of right wing causes such as school vouchers. There is only one reason why Franklin Graham is saying this - he wants to fund religious education and destroy public education.
The Bush Health Plan
Plan to Stay Healthy
There has been quite a bit of anxiety over the Avian Flu. Have no fear, Bush to the rescue:
"If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country? And how do you, then, enforce a quarantine?''
-Bush asked at a news conference
"It's one thing to shut down airplanes. It's another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to the avian flu. And who best to be able to effect a quarantine?''
What's Bush quacking about? Using the military to enforce a quarantine. The only catch is that there is The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 that prohibits using the military for domestic law enforcement. Of course, Bush has no use for that law given his autocratic bent.
Now, I have another idea - how about getting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) working on a vaccine to prevent a pandemic. There's only one problem though. The Congress wants to drastically cut funding for the CDC - it's all part of their finding "offsets" craze to pay for Katrina, Rita and Iraq.
Are these Republicans just plain crazy? First they "offset-ed" FEMA to death and now they want to do the same to the CDC at a time when there is a looming pandemic. Why in the world would anyone trust Bush to use the military for law enforcement? That's the way that dictators come to power.
need to speak out against revisions to the Posse Comitatus Act.
"I am concerned about what an avian flu outbreak could mean for the United States and the world,"
-President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush
If last years flu vaccine shortage is any indicator, then the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople cronies won't have to be concerned at all. Remember last year, the first guys on the vaccine line were Vice President Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney and the entire staff of a healthy Doctor/ Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
There is no doubt in my mind that the end of the line will be people like
those who lost everything in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast.
Congratulations to Utah. You've finally bought into the big "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party lie that there are no environmental problems. It isn't enough that arguably the biggest "G"lobal "W"arming Bush state falls hook, line and sinker for all of Karl "The Traitor" Rove's lies, but now they have become the dumping station for the world's nuclear waste.
That's right, the state that many think is the most beautiful in the country has become a global nuclear waste depository.
"It's the precedent. This [Japanese nuclear waste] is a scenario for a nightmare to me."
-Claire Geddes, executive director of United We Stand
Utah already has the nation's largest privately owned and operated low-level radioactive waste. A high-level storage facility also is planned.
I think I get it now. In order for GW and his cronies to close the deficit, they are going to lease out the United States as the world's largest radioactive waste site. Not where they live, of course.
In order for this "waste" which is how the Japanese call it, to be shipped to Utah, in violation of the law, the people making money off this are calling it "ore" to make it sound more "natural."
Whatever you want to call it, when those glowing truckloads and trainloads of radioactive materials comes barreling through and into our nation, make sure they take the southern route through the RED STATES.
The Liberal Media Myth - CBS
"On the October 2 broadcast of CBS' Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer convened a panel of three Republican congressmen to discuss, in his words, "all of these problems that have suddenly beset the Republican party."
"Schieffer stated that he did not invite any Democrats to be on the panel because the discussion focused on "a Republican problem." But Schieffer's failure to provide balance or critical questioning allowed the Republican guests to make unchallenged claims about the motivations of the prosecutor in the conspiracy charges against DeLay, attack congressional Democrats, and tout President Bush's tax cuts."
I didn't see Face The Nation and just recently read this report. What disgraceful journalism. Meet The Press did a much better job. Even the McLaughlin Group had better balance. Americans are confused about what is going on because the press panders to the Republican machine.
More Media Madman
More on Tom DeLay
"I get to continue my partnership with the speaker,"
"The speaker and I have been leading the House for, what, eight years now. It's because we get along together, we think the same. We are simpatico,"
-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) on "Fox News Sunday", referencing his expectation to dispense quickly with the charges against him, and his will to keep serving as a close adviser to Dennis Hastert (R-IL), in promoting an agenda that includes lowering gas prices, cutting taxes and enforcing immigration laws.
If lowering gas prices, and enforcing immigrations laws has been the agenda between these two 'simpatico' politicians for eight years, why are gas prices higher than they have ever been, and the illegal problem worse than it has ever been?
Which is it, are you lying about this DeLay, or are you proclaiming yourself to be that incompetent?
In response to Bush's "Turkey" being confirmed by "Thanksgiving," Randi Haley writes:
On the turkey note, I just had to pull this old letter to the editor out. My husband and I worked all evening on this one and despite the fact that it didn't get published and our friends didn't understand it, it will always be a favorite of mine:
Severed Heads and War Turkeys/ 9-30-04
"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bushes vice president, I've severed all ties with the company" says Dick Cheney. Our Vice-president’s $25 million severance package sounds final to me.
We should be grateful for all the ties Mr. Cheney cut-off to serve as our Nation’s second-in-command. He wouldn’t have sold all his stock (well, some of his stock) if he didn’t want to sever something. The only stock he retained possession of (433,333 options) goes to charity after he dies (unless he needs it first). Mr. Cheney has more to worry about his than favorite charity, so it’s silly to think he would start a war to help Halliburton.
But what if he did start this war to help his oil industry? The oil industry has been good to us! They brought us global warming and we needed longer summer seasons, so America’s severed executives can have more tropical vacation opportunities. Kennebunkport, Maine may soon be like Cancun.
That liberal media conspiracy is out to destroy our honorable Vice-President and his friends. Accounting errors happen. A 36% overcharge for troops’ meals is really pretty good considering they’re in the desert. I've heard folks are seeing double over there, it's so hot.
Some problems have occurred in feeding our soldiers- sure! …most were just the normal result of another innocent mistake in Halliburton’s accounting office. The $82 million owed to the sub-contractor serving our troops’ meals in Iraq didn’t get paid-so what! (So our troops went without, that’s what!)
As for those other accusations- the claims that Halliburton food service facilities for the troops are filthy and dangerous just because a few inspectors finding bloody refrigerator floors, rotting meats and food-borne pathogens- all I can say is have you ever tried to feed a hundred thousand soldiers on $28 per day, per soldier? Well, then.
Halliburton continues serving our troops and keeping up appearances. Remember when G. W. Bush served our troops a handsome Thanksgiving turkey last year? So what if it was raw- they blow torched it so it looked cooked!
This war is a lot like that turkey. It has a beautiful skin but, in fact, it is poison to the bone.
Each year, the white house tradition is to give a reprieve to the Thanksgiving Turkey. This November, we the duped Americans should sever that White House turkeys head.
In response to, "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," Victoria Brownworth writes:
Hey, isn't this the same thing Mike Brown said about his job in New Orleans?
In response to Bill Bennett's "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," Rhian writes:
Since abortion is murder, and murder is a crime I fail to see how a crime rate would go down, from committing wholesale murder on black babies. (Just because the Supreme Court is not recognizing abortion as murder doesn't mean it isn't. The Supreme Court, after all, is only five? fallible people who have to wear deodorant, and put on their pants one leg at a time, like the rest of us. Come to think of it, so is Bennett. )
Don't you wish that Bill Bennett's mom would have done more than think about abortion? I know. I know. "That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but..." -NG
In response to, "They (the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party) ought to be ashamed of themselves," Pat Thompson writes:
They have no shame. How about letting a young, probably low intelligence young woman, now a mother, Ms. England, take the fall for the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse? She surely didn't think this up. Other reports of "our troops" going into the holding tents and hitting prisoners (who may or may not have been insurgents, or maybe were merely young men going out to buy food for their family) so hard with baseball bats that legs were broken. It is an outrage to me when America now stands for torture, and the troops we are supposed to support so wholeheartedly are allowed, or encouraged, or instructed, to mistreat other human beings in this manner.
In response to, "A Health Insurance Idea ( Number 1 - The Opt-In Plan), Rhian writes:
Okay. I'm in. It works about like Workman's Comp, which is very comfortable terminology.
Instead of calling it anything that smacks of nationalized medical, which only a communist would want, it should be called Offwork Medical Comp. and paired with regular Workman's Comp, as a deduction from payroll. This I think, the American People would buy. (see Madman, October 4, 2005 - http://www.nationalview.org/newsletter/newsletter_100405.htm)
By the way, along with this insurance idea of yours, which is excellent, let's get Nancy Pelosi to run for President.
Her platform to start is, national wifi, with streaming education programs for homeschoolers, and other students so no child actually is left behind, (which would cost about a bajillion less than the Bush mandated US occupation of Iraq); federal investment in alternate energy technologies to reduce and eliminate dependence on foreign resources; and using military that is properly supplied to enforce border security so we don't have to worry about internal terrorist attacks (which costs another bajillion less then the Patriot Act and Homeland Security)
She didn't really state that stuff as a Presidential Platform, nor did she announce her candidacy but might be persuaded. . . .
Nancy Pelosi for President would be a tough sell at this moment. I like the sound of "Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi," in 2006. -NG
Today's Bush Quote
Every time I come here, I'm amazed by the courage and decency..."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush, at Walter Reed Army Hospital, referring to our wounded troops
Of course you're "amazed" by their "courage and decency," Mr. Bush These are traits that you, Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney and the rest of your "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party cronies lack
Wal-Mart's Stupid Quote of the Day
"Gosh, I don't think of us as being anti-union"
-Lee Scott, CEO of Wal-Mart
When Wal-Mart employees try to form a union, they often face threats, intimidation, and even firings. The Wal-Mart employees make 25% less than workers with union representation in comparable positions and often have no health insurance at all. There was a recent report that Wal-Mart pays their employees just under the level needed to qualify for Medicaid! In short, Wal-Mart is gaming the system. Meanwhile, Lee Scott walks away with a cool $10 million per year and all of the benefits.
So, Lee Scott is not anti-union. Yeah okay, he is just anti-worker!
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