Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Here's an interesting addition to the debate on Fetal Stem
Cell research. In yesterday's "Allowing For a 'Society of Life'" Madman wrote:
"The 'Religious Right' is missing the boat on fetal stem-cell research. In fact, their opposition to it might be considered a sin.
"We have the ability and the knowledge to help God create lives (with in vitro fertilization), so why shouldn't we take this opportunity to help God Save Lives, as well?
"What better use of discarded embryo's could there be than saving lives? Who could possibly be against this?
"Scientists have devised two new techniques to derive embryonic stem cells in mice, one of which avoids the destruction of the embryo, a development that could have the potential to shift the grounds of the longstanding political debate about human stem cell research."
-The New York Times
Considering the "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and the Religious Right's argument that fetal stem cell research destroys a life would be rendered obsolete, are they now going to side with the rest of US and support Fetal Stem Cell research? Are they still afraid that we're going to "play God" and "create life?"
Is the Religious Right that afraid of
science and is "G"lobal "W"arming Bush that afraid of losing a "Wedge Issue?"
The Politics of Distraction
These debates, which have us, distracted away from what has happened to our system of government, Red vs. Blue, Democrat vs. Republican, Religious Right vs. Liberal Left, Neo-con vs. Lefty, is exactly where the people responsible for our government policies and actions want us to be, buried and muddied in these useless debates.
Our form and system of government is the best in the world, however the people we have put in place have corrupted and abused the system for years along with the powers we have entrusted to them. They cover their deceit with name-calling, the blame game, finger pointing, talking points, investigative committees, and political pundit nonsense. They believe for the most part in a re-active form of governing, clearly we select and pay our government officials to bring a lot more to the table then they have over the past two decades. The blame lye’s with us, Mr. and Mrs. John Q, Public, for the current condition of Federal, State, and Local Governments.
It is the result of our apathy. Just take a step back and look at the quality and values of the people we have placed in power. Simply ask yourself how many times in your lifetime you said or heard "it does not matter who is elected or which party runs the country", and now we have exactly that, it does not matter. All of there decisions are based at the core in re-election and not the best direction for our country. Greed and Power Brokering take priority over common sense, fiduciary responsibilities and in general, serving the best interests of all Americans. You have to ask yourself, how did it come to this? The answer simply is we allowed it to happen, we allow it to continue, and even now, we continue participate in this separatist’s attitude, which divides us.
Politicians use two basic principals; first, it's much easier to persuade the few then the many, just refer to the past two presidential elections, and the second rule, un-complicate the complicated, in this case how could any of us grab onto one issue and decide who gets our vote based on the side of the issue a candidate supports? A primary example of this is the Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice debate, and we should never let our selves be-fooled, it will always be a political debate, even if Roe vs. Wade is overturned, and that is exactly what the two political parties want. They deal in certainties and there ability to call the number and plan there election strategies. How absurd was the well-known fact, the past two Presidential Elections would come down to the results in Florida in 2000, and Ohio in 2004. They talked of this year's before the election. It was our apathy and the ability of the political parties who understood how pathetic we were and still are.
The abortion issue like many others should be off the table or if you will, off the platform. When will a candidate or an elected official or party come out and simply say there is no simple and permanent answer here and we must now decide as a people how to go forward, and then give it to the people to decide. Perhaps something like a general public vote should occur once for three consecutive years with a two out three carrying the decision which then carries a five-year moratorium and start the process over again. We as citizens get a chance to digest all the pertinent information on the issue and provide and informed decision. The issue then is off the table and placed solely in the hands of Americans, (by the people for the people). The same approach perhaps with social security, gun control, the death penalty, the environment, illegal immigrants. Etc. Then we vote. Electing our officials based on there education and intelligence, honesty and moral values, fortitude, common sense, integrity, and understanding. What a novelty that would be, an opportunity to select the best possible people to represent us and run our country that is united and guided by the people who choose to live free, and have the freedom and right to choose.
Do not expect that anytime time soon, not if we continue the course of division. None of the people or parties in control, or seeking control, is looking for that. Our government’s creed has been changed from, “for the people by the people” to “for the corporation by the corporation”. It is time for all of us to step back and asses how this has happened, and where it is leading too.
Here are some reading points we all should look at. Isolated and mistrusted by world communities, divided at home, and economically strained and vulnerable while facing serious problems with the war in Iraq, escalated threats from North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear proliferations and Terrorism . Domestically the entire nation must now face and deal with the devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf region. Understand just how the aftermath will affect the physique of all Americans, and of course, what the economic impact will bring down around us. There is no escaping this; we have not suffered what the citizens if the Gulf region have and will continue to suffer for years to come, but the rest of us need to understand what this means to all of us. The loss of the city of New Orleans is going to have an enormous impact on our economy. The port of New Orleans is a vital trade port supporting 60,000 workers, not only refined fuels through the Mid-Atlantic corridor, but also will affect farm trade with the rest of the world from importing and exporting. Our farming industry used this region to export grains all over the world. Coffee selling for 300 % more then it does today. We have already felt it at the gas pumps. Then there is the overall cost of getting the region back to becoming part of economy again. I earlier mention our government is re-active. This is a perfect example of how devastating re-active policies are. The state legislators of Louisiana attempted to lobby for federal funding over two years ago to modernize the levees that protected the city. They needed 14 to 18 billion to do it. They where not even heard, turned away without a discussion. They attempted to be pro-active; however, the federal government would have no part of it because of the price tag. Protect a city, which was a vital part of our culture and economy or roll the dice. Two years later, thousands may be dead, racism rears up its ugly head, and a city lays destroyed. The estimates now range in the hundreds of billions of our money, our tax dollars. How about the readiness of our Federal Emergency Management Agency, I thought we were at war, under constant threats of another terrorist attack. Should not our response be at the quick and ready, the proverbial drop of hat? There was and underlying message here, the federal government was on vacation and that is where they stayed. You must also ask other questions, like how prepared is Homeland Security.
To paraphrase JFK, “ask not what your corporation can do for you; ask what we can do about the corporations running our government”
The division must end, or our way of life most certainly will. No matter if, you are right or left, red or blue. Corporations only see one color, GREEN.
The "Swift-Boating" of Another American Hero
Curt Weldon (R-PA) is Blue for a Day
"I was at the point of near insubordination over the fact that this was something important, that this was something that should have been pursued,"
-Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, 42, regarding his efforts to get the evidence from "Able Danger", the military intelligence unit that discovered Mohamed Atta and two other hijackers, to the F.B.I. in 2000 and early 2001
Col. Shaffer decided to risk his career rather than keep this information under his hat. This is a brave man. And, in fact, Col. Shaffer has done just that. He has risked his career.
Col. Shaffer was accused of having an affair with a staff member of Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), who has come out in support of the Bronze star winner. It has come out that Col. Shaffer knew no one on Weldon's staff. The Defense Intelligence Agency, DIA, chose Weldon's staff to make up the affair because Shaffer went to Weldon for help.
"I'll leave my post. But I'm not going to do it until I get justice for this man... There's something desperately wrong when a military man... gets some low-life scum at the Pentagon... saying 'We're going to take away his benefits..."
Weldon repeatedly told "Mr. Speaker" that he "would leave his post". I never thought I'd want to see a Republican stay in office.
"Are we going to allow the DIA to ruin the life of a man that has spent 23 years of his life in service to his country?"
"They identified Mohamed Atta,"
"The American people deserve to know what we should have done and could have done to better protect ourselves,"
"This involved what is right now the covering up of a terrorist event that caused the loss of life of 3,000 Americans,"
"If they can ruin Shaffer, they can silence the story"
Navy Capt. Scott Phillpott, also from "Able Danger" has come forward as well.
"Bluntly, it just didn't happen and that's the conclusion of all 10 of us."
-former 9/11 commissioner ex-Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)
Maybe Gorton forgot about the data. Maybe the 9/11 commission didn't feel the information pertinent. Maybe they were asked to "leave that info out" of their report. Maybe it was a cover-up. Whatever the reason, we now know that Gorton is wrong or lying.
"It's absolutely unbelievable that a (9/11) commission would say this program just didn't exist,"
The DIA accused Col. Shaffer of stealing 23 pens. He did this while he was visiting his father's office (they were living overseas) as a fifteen year old boy. He gave the pens to his classmates (also "Army Brats") so they would have something to write with. He was the one to tell the DIA this information 23 years ago. The DIA also took Col. Shaffer's Security Clearance away. Three weeks later, they sent Col. Shaffer his "things" (which they told Rep. Weldon they didn't have). In the boxes were: five top secret memos; a GPS (Global Positioning System) device worth hundreds of dollars; and a BOX OF 23 PENS with the words PROPERTY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY across the package.
Right after Rep. Weldon's tirade, the other members of the House quickly called to recess.
There is not a doubt in my mind that if Tom DeLay was around, Weldon's remarks would not go unpunished. Remember when, as chairman of the VA Committee, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) called the Bush administration to task for reducing their budget? He became the FORMER chairman of the VA committee and a less powerful representative for his constituents.
This is just another CYA moment for the Rumsfeld Pentagon and the White House. They will say and do anything to anybody to keep themselves from having to answer for their mistakes.
Oh... That's right. These guys don't make mistakes. They only make dead soldiers.
It's Hammer Time
A Texas court issued a warrant Wednesday for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to appear for booking, where he is likely to face the fingerprinting and photo mug shot he had hoped to avoid.
Bail was initially set at $10,000 as a routine step before his first court appearance on conspiracy and money laundering charges. Travis County court officials said DeLay was ordered to appear at the Fort Bend County jail for booking.
The warrant was "a matter of routine and bond will be posted," DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin said.
The lawyer declined to say when DeLay would surrender to authorities but said the lawmaker would make his first court appearance Friday morning.
Time to haul "Hot Tub" Tom Delay into the slammer.
-Forwarded and commented by Robert Scardapane
A Real US News and World Report Headline
White House Watch: Cheney Resignation Rumors Fly, By Paul Bedard
Remember the past Madman prediction: Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney will resign the vice presidency (we said that "personal health problems would be the reason) paving the way for "G"lobal "W"arming Bush to name his brother, Jeb "Hey, I'm the Smart One so Why Aren't I President" Bush the NEW Vice President. This will allow the younger Bush to run as the "clear choice" for the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party.
The New Jersey Governor's Debate
Congressman Rush Holt and Frank
Pallone were live blogging the debate. Here are some of their
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ):
Jon looked and sounded strong and caring. He demonstrated his superior command of the facts and issues, and his clear thinking. There are so many things that this format did not allow him to get to -- his plans to make college available for all NJ students, his environmental commitment, his health care plans. But overall, it was just what we'd like to see. He clearly had the best night.
When asked to cite a mistake, Doug Forrester refers to his time as mayor for two years in the 1980s (the only office he's ever held) not to talk about the tax increases he levied, or the suburban sprawl that his successors have spent twenty years trying to get under control. Instead, he tried to make it an issue of family values.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ):
Corzine's closing remarks were much better than Forrester's because he was positive and forward looking. Corzine had stature in the debate tonight. Forrester sounded like he was whining. The debate format did not allow for a lot of substance. The public is more likely to remember the style, and clearly Corzine's style was more relaxed and showed concern for the average New Jersian.
Good for Corzine. He attacked Forrester on Benecard in Burlington County.
It makes Forrester look like a hypocrite. The point is that he is making money at the public expense.
Okay, the presence of the additional candidates, an Independent and Libertarian by the way, didn't allow for expansive answers nor much "back and forth" between the candidates. But, I would not say it was a waste of time. Forrester was whiny and even dumber than usual. Corzine gave clear answers and came across as a Governor. In as much as anyone can claim a win when debating, I thought the victory went to Corzine.
-Forwarded and commented by Robert Scardapane
In response to the New Jersey governor's debate, Sue Sica writes:
The main thing that bothered me about the debate is that all candidates say that we have to do "something" about the high taxes. But no one can seem to really give a definitive answer on what TO DO.
To which I replied:
There is only one thing to do about real estate taxes in NJ. You need to get real jobs and industry back to NJ. The way to do it is to offer land and building that have been abandoned to industry for a song with tax abatements, say for a period of 10-20 years. This would allow for more jobs, presumably stolen from other states (due to the proximity to NYC and Philadelphia) as well as more well-paying jobs. Additionally, we'll need to make health care in NJ more affordable. The more affordable it is to businesses to supply to their workers, the more businesses will come to NJ. Corzine's plan is similar: attract business and the taxes (on those businesses) along with higher earnings will follow. Fetal stem cell research would create a few thousand well-paying jobs in the pharmaceutical, health care and research industries. Places like New Brunswick (Urban) would certainly benefit.
And Sue wrote back:
Way to go Greenberg. You should run for Governor! These guys have to stop playing politics and get the job DONE!!!
And my response:
I think a Corzine administration will do just that.
And Robert Scardapane has this answer for Sue's doubts:
Jon Corzine is an excellent candidate. I recommend looking at the policies he has outlined on the Corzine connection web site: http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/plans/
Senator Corzine has covered all of the bases with progressive ideas - affordability (taxation), embryonic stem cell research, economic growth, ending pay-to-play, security, environment and health care.
I have met Senator Corzine three times now and am impressed at his honesty, clarity, faith in the people of New Jersey and our ability to succeed in the future. There is not even a doubt in my mind that Jon Corzine should be the next Governor of New Jersey.
In response to, "a Republican put pressure on a nonpartisan government agency to come up with faulty politicized numbers, and Forrester is now using those numbers to sell a plan that makes no sense. Where have I heard this story before?", Robert Scardapane writes:
Indeed Forrester is playing with numbers. This is very similar to what Bush did when he fudged the numbers on the cost of the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill. Steve Forbes and other independent financial analysis do not believe Forrester's tax relief plan is credible. Forrester still can not explain where $9 billion dollars is coming from. It's easy to promise to put "a chicken in every pot" but can it be done. Corzine's plan is reasonable and will provide meaningful relief for both home owners and renters.
Last night, Forrester was challenged by the Libertarian candidate to elaborate on the corruption he claims will finance his tax cuts. The Libertarian candidate made a valid point that we shouldn't have to wait for Forrester to win to learn all about this corruption, he should be able to tell us now! Forrester was dumbfounded. Sure, there is corruption that wastes money but $9 billion dollars of it. Why should I believe that Forrester would not bring his own brand of corruption - after all, he became a millionaire through no-bid contracts.
In addition, last night Forrester did not answer the question about property tax reform. Corzine is committed to finding ways to finance education that don't depend on property taxes. However, a new method of funding schools will require buy in from citizens and local town councils. That is why Corzine can't promise a specific approach right now. I respect him for being honest. By the way, Forrester did not even mention long term property tax reform.
In response to, "What do you think would happen if Forrester gets into office to those pollution laws", Robert Scardapane writes:
Forrester has already answered this question. He wants the taxpayers in New Jersey to pay for cleaning up pollution. Jon Corzine wants the polluters to clean up their mess as they do right now. He supports the environmental Super Fund. That is why, Corzine has been endorsed by leading environmental groups such as the Sierra Club.
In response to, "Forrester babbled about Corzine being in office for 5 years and siding with the "wrong people", Robert Scardapane writes:
I really got a laugh out of that one. Someone should clue in Forrester that Jon Corzine is a United States Senator and not a New Jersey State Senator (as in the upper house of the New Jersey congress). Dougie is confused.
Also, Forrester used a phrase about the "cast of characters" in Trenton. Umm Dougie, we know all about your Republican friends in Trenton that kicked back millions to you in no-bid contracts. Dougie should explain the company he has been keeping of late - Karl Rove, Dick Cheney ... the poster boys for indictment.
Move over Dougie, Jon Corzine is coming to town.
Today's Condi Quote
"I have said our strategy is to clear (out insurgents' sanctuaries), hold (onto and occupy these areas) and build (a political consensus while reconstructing Iraq),"
-Secretary of State, and "G"lobal "W"arming Bush admirer, Condoleezza Rice
I think you want to CLEAR (out the Iraqi oil fields), HOLD (and keep all of their profits from these vast natural resources) and BUILD (a longer, more costly occupation so your rich friends can keep stealing money from the American Middle Class and give no-bid contracts to your friends and political supporters).
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