Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.
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
I'm Feeling Much Better Now
Okay ... I Get It Now. I'm all better. All I had to do was completely understand some concepts on a deeper cellular level.
George Bush, all on his own, doesn't have the necessary skills to be the night manager at a convenience store, would be on his fourth court ordered participation in a 12 step program, and about to flunk his next urinalysis. But this is the Real World. And in The Real World, a mildly retarded man with heavy family and business connections, with an unlimited amount of cash behind him, can be the front man for people who are dismantling this country and selling it for scrap to the highest bidder.
The people in the Bush administration lie constantly. And those lies have paralyzed rational thought in this country on every conceivable level.
It's insane to "Speak Truth To Power." Guess what? "Power" knows the truth already and doesn't give a rat's ass whether or not you know it too. So you might as well pack up all that research filled with those pesky facts and get the hell on outta here. "Power" sez, "Screw you, The Truth, and the horse you rode in on.
That's essentially what Ron Suskind reported in the New York Times.
… I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. … the aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community … That's not the way the world really works anymore,… We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality … we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out.''
Which means … They Make Stuff Up. And if anybody calls them on it … They Make Up More Stuff. ("Stuff" is the web-friendly version of a word that is exactly the right word to use.)
And everybody in The Press is seemingly caught so flat-footedly by surprise at the sheer audacity, The Incomprehensible Hugeness of The Lie, that before anyone can get their breath back … Bush Lies Again! We saw this happen during Bush's press conference about the recent NIE Iran report. He lied … and within seconds … told another lie that contradicted his first lie. And later his Press Secretary came out and lied about that.
But John Conyers says we can't impeach:
"There aren't the votes there, period, … You need 218 in the House to impeach and 67 in the Senate to convict, and 218 and 67 just aren't there."
"… Nobody [in Congress] would be able to do anything else while they were doing impeachment, Nobody would be able to work on stopping the war, or any of the dozens of other matters that need immediate attention."
Conyers, for some bizarre reason, is concerned about the dozens of other matters that need immediate attention, as if an out of control president and his gang of werewolves plundering and destroying this country does not warrant immediate attention! Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers may have "A Secret Plan" but it is pretty goddamn obvious that their plan doesn't include the salvation of this country as a functioning democratic republic.
Well if our elected representatives won't respond to sanity … let's turn to The People.
In 1976 Paul Eidelberg wrote On the Silence of the Declaration of Independence:
Studies reveal that a shockingly large number of Americans do not even recognize the Declaration of Independence. Asked to comment on passages abstracted from the document, many express hostility to its fundamental principles, regarding them as subversive or suggestive of the teachings of Communism.
Herbert Spencer once said, "The greatest of all infidelities is the fear that the truth will be bad." That fear of embracing The Bad Truth leads us directly into denial. This denial has infected and possibly outright killed rational political thought.
As Bill Blum (from Rogue State) wrote, "The American mind … is, politically, so deeply formed that to liberate it would involve uncommon, and as yet undiscovered philosophical and surgical skill."
But perhaps Sydney Schanberg said it best, ""We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth."
But I prefer Stephen King (from Thinner), "Some guys--a lot of guys--don't believe what they are seeing, especially if it gets in the way of what they want to eat or drink or think or believe. Me, I don't believe in God. But if I saw him, I would. I wouldn't just go around saying 'Jesus, that was a great special effect.' The definition of a jackass is a guy who doesn't believe what he is seeing."
The majority of the people in this country refuse to believe what they are seeing and hearing. It has been an almost completely impossible task to explain to people that wars entirely based upon lies costing thousands of American lives and billions and billions of dollars to kill hundreds of thousands of people who were not any threat to this country … Is A Really Bad Thing.
It's like trying to play chess with people who are too stupid to understand checkers. It's surreal. It's like living in a world where 2 plus 2 equals fish.
So if The Mainstream Press won't do their job … and our elected representatives won't do their jobs … and The People can't be bothered to secure their rights as citizens … then our best (!!??) hope is that somewhere … soon … because Bush and Cheney only have less than a year to get their World War Three off the ground … Elements within the Military and Intelligence Communities step in and "Save The Country."
And then we are reduced to hoping that when the dust settles there's something akin to a democratic form of government.
Not the military's strong suit.
Yep … I'm feeling much better now.
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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.
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 Powell's Books online store.
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.
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"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.