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Note From a Madman

Monday, September 19, 2005



I just want to thank everyone for their very many thoughts and prayers for my daughter, Bonnie. -NG



Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney's Quote from the Bunker

"Like other great duties in history, it will require decades of patient effort, and it will be resisted by those whose only hope for power is through the spread of violence."
-Darth Cheney, as he apparently emerged from his bunker to utter these words concerning the so-called "war on terror"

Wait a minute, I thought the Dark Lord said the insurgency was in it's last throes. Oh well, back to the bunker.

-Robert Scardapane



What One Says Before One Thinks He is GOD

"I have a moral and religious obligation. I must get you a Palestinian state. And I will."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian prime minister

Does Ariel Sharon know this? I would have loved to see his reaction to that statement had he been in the room. It's easy for Bush to tell anyone anything they want to hear, as he has done time and time again. There is a litany of promises along these same lines. Does anyone remember, "Reducing taxes while cutting the deficit in half?" I know I sure do.

But, wait. there's more:

"I am driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did."
-GW Bush

"And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East'. And, by God, I'm gonna do it."
-GW Bush, again

Many people feel that
Godspeaks to them. The question is whether "G"lobal "W"arming Bush thinks that he is God?

Georgie-Boy, are you really just speaking to yourself?

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"
-Samuel Johnson


Religion must be the second-to-last refuge of this Bush Scoundrel.

"Because of this steady progress, the enemy is wounded - but the enemy is still capable of global operations,"
-GW revealing that the US and others had disrupted at least 10 serious al-Qaeda plots since September 11, including three planned attacks in the US

He added that Islamic radicals had used a series of excuses to justify their attacks, from conflict with the Israelis to the Crusades 1,000 years ago.
 

"We're facing a radical ideology with unalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world,"
-GW

"Some observers also claim that America would be better off by cutting our losses and leaving Iraq now. This is a dangerous illusion, refuted with a simple question: Would the United States and other free nations be more safe, or less safe, with Zarqawi and Bin Laden in control of Iraq, its people, and its resources?"
-GW

A better question would be:

Would the United States and other free nations be more safe, or less safe, with George W. Bush and the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party in power or out of power in the US?

The fact that Bush actually believes what he says makes him more of danger than if he was just a liar. If
God really expected Bush to do all these things he wouldn't let so many innocent die, would he?

Goodness, gracious. Is Rove whispering in his ear OR Cheney OR is he just plain nuts? There is something disquieting about a President who claims
God is speaking directly to him. I do not think any American President ever made that claim.

-Sean "Mr. Blue Sky" and Noah Greenberg and Robert Scardapane



The REAL Intelligent Design

It is a known fact that most scientists also believe in a higher being...
God. I'm not a scientist, but I feel comfortable in my belief that God does actually exist and He is watching over US. Some choose to look for reasons that others believe in God. I just call it FAITH. My FAITH is strong enough for me not to have to rationalize what is improvable vs. what is proven. That is the activist religious right's assumption that God placed dinosaur bones and fossilized "evidence" all throughout the world to "test our FAITH." They believe (at least those of the activist religious right that I have spoken to) that the Earth is 12,000 years old (doing the "this one begat that one" mathematical method). Their idea of "Intelligent Design" (because "Creationism" sounded too phony a term to convince the impressionable) is that since life is so complex, there must have been a higher being to explain it all. I kind of agree, but I have a slightly different take.

I, too, believe that there is an "Intelligent Design" to the world we live in. I believe that
God himself created not only man and women and all of the Earth's living creatures, but I also believe that He created evolution, too. How else could one describe the ascension from ape to man? How else could one explain the constant change within species? Hasn't man changed over the centuries? Haven't we improved with evolution? Don't we all agree that as our species goes from generation to generation that we will adapt to our surroundings, as needed?

Take a trip to Baltimore, Maryland's inner harbor. There you will find wooden ships that are more than a century old like the U.S.S. Constellation. Upon taking the tour, the first thing you'll notice is the size of the sleep areas. The officers had what could be loosely called beds in small "stalls." I am five-foot eight-inches tall, which would put me at slightly under the average size for a man with an Eastern European - Jewish background. These beds were designed for men of about five-foot four-inches tall, the average height of a man of that time period. Was
God only five-foot four-inches tall in 1850? Is God five-foot nine-inches tall today?

I do believe, as those that describe themselves as "Creationists" believe, that we are all created in
GOD'S image. It's just that I prefer to cite "fact" on the path God chose for US to get here.

I believe in "Intelligent Design" and an Intelligent Designer." I also believe that "evolution" is part of His "Intelligent Deign."

-Noah Greenberg



Unemployment Rates Higher
Bush and His Cronies Blame Hurricane Katrina


More "Bad Luck" for the "Bad Luck Regime" of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush, his cronies and the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party. It seems that, due to Hurricane Katrina, unemployment statistics have risen around the Nation, or so the Bushies claim.

Remember, nothing is ever actually their fault. They're just "bad luck."

Keeping with the "bad luck Bushies" theme of this article, I think I'm going to take this a step further. I wonder if any, most or all of you know the Yiddish words Schlemiel and Schlimazel, both made famous by Laverne and Shirley. An example of a Schlemiel can be someone, let's call him "G"lobal "W"arming Bush, standing on their terrace eating a piping-hot bowl of soup. Through no fault of his own (that's how they would justify it to themselves), the soup bowl falls out of their hands. Just as the soup bowl is falling towards Earth, a well-dressed man, we'll call him the American People, wearing a brand-new suit look skyward. Just as he turns his face upward, the soup bowl and its contents land flush on his face.

 

In this scenario, "G"lobal "W"arming Bush would be the Schlemiel and the American Middle Class would be the Schlimazel.


That's what it feels like to be a member of the American Middle Class while "G"lobal "W"arming Bush is our president.

-Noah Greenberg



NYC Runs for Cover

"In this case, we notified New York City officials early on of the intelligence information that we had received. And while it is specific, you heard our homeland security officials say it is of doubtful credibility. It is something we continue to analyze."
-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan

And then they left New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg out to dry as they said this:

"specific yet noncredible," and of "doubtful credibility."
-a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, identified as an "anonymous source"

Isn't it just wonderful how the Bushies can say whatever they want without the fear of being identified (as in "anonymous source"). Don't you just wish undercover CIA agents had the same right?

"Our job is to gather intelligence and pass it on to local authorities,"
-GW, seemingly saying, "Then you're on your own, boys."

And guess where this information came from? IRAQ! The new al-Qaeda staging ground, thanks to GW Bush and his cronies. And to think... GW told US we were going in there to "make US safer here at home." That was, of course, after the WMD excuse proved to be a lie and the "Freedom for the Iraqi people" myth turned out to be just that... a myth.

"If I'm going to make a mistake, you can rest assured it's going to be on the side of being cautious. If it happened again, I would make exactly the same decision."
-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (R)

I bet the people of New Orleans wish that the Bush administration had made the same promise prior to Hurricane Katrina.

"You'll never get a consensus in the intelligence community on any one thing. In the end, you will find that not everyone's on the same page."
-New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Why am I not comforted by that? Does Commissioner Kelly mean to say that our federal intelligence agencies view data differently? Is that what caused 9/11 in the first place? Tell me, FBI, CIA, NYPD, etc... Are we going to have a parade or a terrorist attack? Just how out-of-touch are our intelligence communities and why aren't "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and his Director of Intelligence, John Negroponte doing something about it?

Another question I have is this: If we have three "suspects" arrested as al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq, why can't we get more and better information out of them? I have an idea: Let the NYPD do the interrogating. My money is on them.

"They don't tell us anything,. We're supposed to be the eyes and ears of the subway system - why are we the last to know?"
-M.T.A. conductor Ray Volsario, at the Times Square station, regarding to the "terrorist threat" and the M.T.A. workers not being notified

"Is it time to wag the dog? It's election time. It seems during election times there's always some type of threat."
-Jimmy George, 65, from Teaneck, N.J.

Woof!

-Noah Greenberg

Isn't it odd how Bush makes a speech on terrorism at a time when his approval rating are falling through the floor and a "terrorism alert" occurs in NYC? I don't doubt there are terrorists but there have been instances where these alerts are tied to political events. The same sort of coincidence happened last year just after the Democratic Convention.

Now, what really strikes as queer is that NYC is saying there is a specific threat but Homeland Security is saying they doubt it's validity. So, where did NYC get it's information from - don't they communicate with Homeland Security? Or is this an indication that the Bush administration really is playing games - float a threat and then deny it's validity as that still gets people worried.

If the Bush administration is playing games with fear, the whistle needs to be blown. In the meantime, NYC has to be vigilant on the chance this threat may be real. But, you know the story about "crying wolf" one time too many - eventually, people stop taking it seriously.

-Robert Scardapane



Media Madman
The "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople Party
The Party of the Red-Herring


I had the displeasure of flipping over to Hannity & Colmes to catch Newt Gingrich. Newt and Sean were cackling about some new slander about Bill Clinton! Isn't remarkable how Republicans attack Bill Clinton anytime they get into trouble.

I also caught a Republican Congressman from North Carolina railing about partisan attacks from Democrats about Tom Delay. Can't these people own up to Delay's corruption. The more they apologize for him and attack the messenger the guiltier they appear.

I think the Republican party is spiraling out of control. They can't own up to their problems and have no agenda to talk about except ripping the American people off. Time to dump them.

-Robert Scardapane



Regarding Rhian's suggestion that Pelosi run for President (and Madman's response about Speaker of the House), Chris Tennant writes:

I am in TOTAL agreement with Rhian on that!!! She is one of the VERY few leaders in government that I respect anymore, be they Dems or Repugs. But you're probably right about her not having much chance at that for the nonce, so the most we can hope for is Speaker of the House in 2006. Let's all get behind her and give her our support! We need more people like her.



In response to, "Who wants to be a supreme court justice?" Pat Thompson writes:

By choosing a person who is a loyal supporter, Bush ensures that he will continue to have some "control", some power, for the 20+ years that this woman might remain on the high court. That won't be the case, most likely, with Roberts, who may have a mind of his own.



In response to, "Why in the world would anyone trust Bush to use the military for law enforcement?", Pat Thompson writes:

That's the way that dictators come to power. Bush and Co. used 9/11 to pass the Patriot Act, which erodes civil liberties; to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, to instill fear in people so that his poll numbers would go up enough to get re-elected. He will use the fear of a flu pandemic to use troops against the American people, institute Martial Law, and God knows what else. He is using Katrina as a convenient urban renewal scheme, as well as for school vouchers.



In response to Utah's being used as an international radioactive dumping ground, Pat Thompson writes:

Utah is the reddest of the red states, with 75% voting for this administration. And it touches Wyoming, supposedly the home state of Cheney. Southern Utah, however, is all red rock canyons, national parks, and borders the Navaho reservation -- and we know how much these people care about the native people. This is among the worst things they have done, because it is so long lasting.



Energy Quotes

"Is this the House of a Banana Republic?"

-Rep. Henry Waxman (D-NY), shouted at one point, expressing his frustration about the GOP holdup of the final tally

"Using Hurricane Katrina as their excuses the Republicans are again pushing their special interest agenda," including "all the special favors to the industry that were too extreme" for Congress last summer when it passed energy legislation.

-Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"The bill weakens state and federal environmental standards ... and gives a break to wealthy oil companies while doing little or nothing to affect oil prices,"

-Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) complained, one of 13 Republicans who voted against the measure

With prices soaring, "oil companies now have all the profits and incentives they need to build new refineries" without government help, he maintained.

***

These three Republican Congressmen changed their votes on the "refinery bill" from nay to yea at the last minute:

Reps. Wayne Gilcrest (R-MD), C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA)

I think these people should be targeted in 2006. In fact, the Democrats should compile a list of all Republicans that have engaged in button-holing these past five years. There are at least three other instances I can recall:

1) Prescription Drug Bill
2) Right to Read Amendment to the Patriot Act
3) CAFTA


Yet another sad day for American Democracy. Can someone explain to me how it is possible that a Representative can change their vote. Isn't that inviting corruption where someone can flip a vote just to make a deal?

Our nation is the laughing stock of the world. We should not talk to anyone about bringing democracy to their nation. There is no more democracy in our nation with the Gang Of Psychopaths (GOP) in majority. The only hope for change now lies with the American people and even that is growing slim with these rigged voting machines. I never thought I would live to see our nation become a dictatorship but it's well on the way. I know that's a depressing conclusion but we must face reality - our freedom is being taken away from us.

-Robert Scardapane


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-Noah Greenberg