Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home - They've done their job.
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.
The Voices in Our Heads.
At 10:10 am on January 8, 2011, outside a Safeway store in Casas Adobes Arizona, 23 year old Jared Lee Loughner walked up to United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords and shot her in the head. Then he fired into the crowd of about 30 people who had come hear her speak. Six people were killed, including a 9 year old girl, and 13 others were wounded in the attack.
We all seemed to know the answer to the question "How could this happen?" before it was even asked. The whole world knew. French newspaper Le Monde said that the attack seemed to confirm "… an alarming premonition that has been gaining momentum for a long time: that the verbal and symbolic violence that the most radical right-wing opponents have used in their clash with the Obama administration would at some point lead to tragic physical violence."
The mouthpieces on the Right denied any responsibility and the mushy headed liberals in the middle made up a false equivalency argument that blamed The Right and The Left for creating an inflammable atmosphere of hate and violence.
Jared Lee Loughner dropped out of high school, drank too much, took a wide assortment of psychedelic drugs, and believed in conspiracy theories regarding 9/11, The New World Order, and Mind Control. Perhaps someday some psychiatrist will ask Loughner why he did what he did and then The Media will have everything they need to neatly wrap up the story.
The "Liberal" media will say the overheated political rhetoric from the extreme Right and the extreme Left created an environment where a mentally unbalanced person could more easily slip his moorings and go on a rampage. Take one false equivalency argument, add a crazy person, and there you have it. The 2011 Tucson shooting explained. There is no solution. It was a crazy person. You can't predict what will set off a nutcase. End of Story.
The mouthpieces on The Right were lucky … this time. Loughner didn't have any books by Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, or Rush Limbaugh stashed in his room. In the past when there were direct connections between Right Wing media figures and the assassins inspired by them, the Mainstream Media had to go into overdrive ignoring those stories.
Bill O'Reilly called Dr. George Tiller a "Baby Killer" some 28 times before Scott Roeder finally got the message and walked into a church and shot Tiller in the head.
Glenn Beck demonized The Tides Foundation, in fact he was the only media figure who had ever talked about the organization. Byron Williams heeded the call, jumped into his car armed with a 9mm handgun, a .308-caliber rifle and a shotgun. After being pulled over on I-580 in California Williams told investigators that "… his intention was to start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU."
All you have to do is pick up your Ticonderoga number two pencil and connect two dots.
You've done something Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric refuse to do. And will never do. Brian Williams salary is over 10 million, Diane Sawyer gets about 12, and Katie Couric is paid 15 million dollars a year. Their job, along with CNN, and FOX is to broadcast The Voice of America. The voice spreads lies, rage, racism, and fear … and it is used to get Americans to commit murder.
The Mainstream Media ignored the lies of the Bush Regime during the run up to the war of Iraq. As soldiers were racing towards Baghdad, Katie Couric gushed, "You guys rock!"
All the network heads and their anchors had to know that the Bush Regime was lying us into war. How come we knew and they didn't? Their research departments are a lot bigger than ours. They had to know. Had they never heard of Scott Ritter? Not Likely. But instead of exposing the lies, they collaborated with the liars. And were handsomely paid for their efforts.
The political "rhetoric" that compels people to kill in this country is the same rhetoric that compels our armies to kill people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. The Voice of America used the shock, fear, and anger from September 11th to compel Americans to invade and slaughter.
For 7 years the United States government, led by the C.I.A., has attacked people along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan using unmanned aerial drones.
Begun under George W. Bush, these attacks were a part of the "War on Terror" seeking to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants who were thought to have found a safe haven in Pakistan.
These strikes are mostly carried out by drones operated remotely from Creech Air Force Base, located 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and have continued under Barack Obama. The drones are MQ-1 Predators and more recently MQ-9 Reapers armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
On January 13, 2006: Damadola air strike kills 18 civilians in the Bajaur area.
October 30, 2006: Chenagai air strike allegedly aimed at Ayman al-Zawahri destroys a madrassa in the Bajaur area and kills 70-80 civilians.
On August 23, 2010: Missiles fired from US drones in North Waziristan kill 13 militants and seven civilians. Four women and three children are among the dead.
The person who drove to work, parked his car, walked into a building on Creech Air Force Base, sat down at his computer, and directed a drone attack on human beings 8,000 miles away was listening to The Voice of America.
It is the voice of today's American Exceptionalism and yesterday's Manifest Destiny. It was the same voice heard by our soldiers who used white phosphorus on women and children in Fallujah, and beat innocent people to death in Abu Ghraib.
The Voice of America is the voice of a madman ... a psychopath. The voice is saying that it is okay to kill to get what you need for the empire to continue.
It is the voice of George H. W. Bush in 1992 saying, "The American way of life is not negotiable."
If you told your shrink that the voice in your head was telling you to kill the night manager at the 7-11 you'd be whisked away for "observation." If you were Henry Kissinger and the voices in your head told you to exterminate millions of Vietnamese and enrich your buddies in the Military Industrial Complex … you'd get the goddamned Nobel Peace Prize.
I don't see much difference between Jared Lee Loughner and the guy at the joystick controlling an aerial drone attack in Pakistan. They're just a couple of Americans following the crazy voices in their heads. The Voice of America calls for the destruction of whole populations. Beck and O'Reilly just single someone out every now and again. As far as I can tell the only differences are geography and body count.
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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
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.