Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.
Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.
From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Even Hate My Rock and Roll
In August of 1972 Peter Bogdanovich, the director of The Last Picture Show, went to a party held at Richard Nixon’s “Western White House” in San Clemente California. Since 1967 the old Hollywood Hierarchy had been overtaken by filmmakers who made “anti-establishment movies.” Doris Day and Rock Hudson were replaced by Bonnie & Clyde. Bogdanovich was in the group of the “New Breed” of filmmakers I was desperately trying to join. So it was a great disappointment to me when I read he went to Nixon’s party.
In the late-summer of 1972 the Watergate break-in might have been passed off as a third rate burglary, but the killing machine of the Vietnam war was still going full throttle. In ’72 Time magazine named both Nixon and Henry Kissinger “Man of the Year” … but they were war criminals. Why would anybody want to go to a party with Richard Nixon? My estimation of Peter Bogdanovich dropped not only a few rungs, but the whole damn ladder. Years passed and the “New” Hollywood of the 70’s turned into the Hollywood establishment.
Some people I used to think were cool announced they were Republicans. After going through a list of actors who described themselves as Republicans, it reminded me … again … you don’t have to be smart to be an actor. You just have to be able to memorize your lines. As much as I liked Dennis Hopper movies it became impossible for me to watch them when he came out and supported George W. Bush. It’s one thing to be stupid … but it was an altogether different universe when the director of Easy Rider supported a bona fide war criminal like Bush.
So yeah … you could say I filter my entertainment through a partisan lens. I don’t have the stomach lining to endure anything that reminds me of the god-awful nightmare kicked off by the Bush/Cheney regime while I’m trying to watch a movie.
I rarely watch broadcast television. Not because I’m some sort of elitist swine who can’t abide entertainment for the masses … I just can’t take the commercials anymore. But I was willing to put up with 8 minutes of commercials to watch 22 minutes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Until November 1st 2011.
His guest that night was Condoleeza Rice. She was flogging her new book, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington.
Jon Stewart let her retell every single lie the Bush Administration used to invade Iraq. Stewart didn’t call her on any of them. Before November 1st 2011 The Daily Show was one of the only television programs that repeatedly punctured the lies of the Bush administration. But on that Tuesday night Jon Stewart proved he’s like most guys worth 80 million bucks. For 15 million a year Jon Stewart will give Condi Rice a free pass. He makes fun of politicians but doesn’t really mean any of it. If Stewart can stomach sitting across from Condi Rice listening to her rationalize a war of aggression, then he’d be capable of lobbing softball questions at Heinrich Himmler about the Holocaust.
I don’t know what it’s like to banter with a war criminal for a paycheck. I can’t imagine sitting across from Condi Rice, or for that matter, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, or Dick Cheney, unless we’re in all in a court room.
Maybe this is just another example of how I got to be this old and still retain a level of naiveté I should have jettisoned years ago. But it is still surprising to look down and see the clay feet of someone I used to admire.
But what did I expect? The Daily Show is a business.
Comedy Central is owned by Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of MTV Networks, that is owned by Viacom, the world's fourth-largest media conglomerate. Comprised of BET Networks, MTV Networks, and Paramount Pictures, Viacom operates approximately 170 media networks reaching more than 600 million global subscribers in more than 160 countries. Jon Stewart is just a highly paid joke-monkey. And I’m not going to watch him anymore.
I’m going to print out this Michael Ellner quote and stick it on my monitor:
"Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality."
Reading that with my morning coffee is just the sort of grounding I need to start my happy day.
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.