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.
The Persistence of Memory
The Elite surround themselves with their peers, minions, and court jesters. Their minions are expendable, the jesters replaceable, and periodically they wage war against their peers. But … The Elite can always agree on this:
They never support anything that would thwart whatever it is they want to do. And they want what all gangsters have always wanted … more.
Yesterday I read the latest at the Brilliant at Breakfast Blog:
The rise and fall of prog-talk radio: http://brilliantatbreakfast.blogspot.ca/2013/02/the-rise-and-fall-of-prog-talk-radio.html
She extensively quotes from a column at Truthout.org written by Peter B. Collins.
An Insider's View of the Progressive Talk Radio Devolution: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14355-an-insiders-view-of-the-progressive-talk-radio-devolution
The blogger and Peter B. got some of it right but most of it wrong.
The optimists say the glass is half full. Pessimists say the glass is half empty. I tend to think the glass is half empty and we’re all gonna die.
But I digress …
Our benign (so-far) Fascistic Overlords … benign domestically anyway unless you’re not white … don’t want Progressive Talk Radio. And so there will be no more Progressive Talk Radio. Back in the day Hitler’s, Mussolini’s, and Stalin’s thugs would have physically destroyed the radio stations and done something pretty horrible to the people who ran the stations. This was an effective visual aid for anyone who might have thought about getting into the anti-regime radio business. These days The Elite don’t “disappear” the folks who produce progressive radio to concentration camps or gulags. They just make them disappear from the radio.
You can’t find Mike Malloy, Thom Hartmann, or Stephanie Miller on KPTK in Seattle anymore. Not because their ratings were low but because The Elite won’t allow Progressive Talk Radio to exist in Seattle. Now Seattle has Three, count ‘em Three, sports radio stations and of course there’s always room for Conservative talking points radio.
CBS said they dumped KPTK’s format of Progressive Talk and embraced Sports talk because of low ratings. I say that’s a lie.
“What!!!???” sputters radio executives across the land clutching their pearls and Arbitron ratings books. “Are you saying the hard-wrought data laboriously collected by Arbitron drones aren’t nuggets of the purest gold?"
Radio program ratings are estimates based upon a fiction.
Ancient oracles would slice open a bird and root around in the carcass for something to interpret the past, present, and future. If only the fine folks at Arbitron would adapt this more rigorous scientific methodology. Presently I don’t have the time or the will to dissect the mysterious inner workings of an Arbitron ratings book but trust me … it’s junk. The books are cooked. If we really lived in the reality as described by Arbitron, pocket watches would hang limply from the limbs of barren trees.
Progressive Talk is disappearing from the radio because that’s what happens when an open society is transforming itself to a closed society. Just ask Naomi Wolf. Her book, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, clearly demonstrates this progression by comparing what’s been happening in the U.S. since George W. came into office with other countries that embraced fascism and totalitarianism.
She put together a Fascistic “To-Do” list from the playbook of Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin.
Invoke an internal and external threat. Before 9-11 nobody had ever heard of al-Qaeda. Now they’re everywhere.
Establish Secret Prisons. Sherwood Ross reported in The Public Record, “Twenty-eight nations have cooperated with the U.S. to detain in their prisons, and sometimes to interrogate and torture, suspects arrested as part of the U.S. “War on Terror.”
Develop a paramilitary force. Blackwater changed their name to Xe Services and since nobody was really sure how to pronounce that they changed their name again to Academi. Academi is currently the largest of the U.S. State Department's three private security contractors.
Surveil ordinary citizens. We’ve been warantlessly wiretapped since before 9-11. That’s right. It turns out that seven months before 9-11 the Bush/Cheney regime instructed the NSA to force American telecommunications companies to spy illegally on Americans.
Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups. From the 2005 edition of Project Censored, “Law Enforcement Agencies Spy on Innocent Citizens.”
Arbitrarily detain and release citizens. This is just one of the many examples Wolf wrote about, “Jan Adams and Rebecca Gordon, American peace activists, tried to check in at the San Francisco airport for a trip to Boston in August 2002. Airport personnel who said that these middle-aged women were on the "master list" called the police and notified the FBI.”
Target key individuals. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange come readily to mind.
Subvert the Rule of Law. From the moment The Supreme Court handed the presidency to George W. Bush the hits just kept on happening. The current president claims he can kill anybody he wants to and the Attorney General of the United States says this extrajudicial process is legal. Some dimbulbs out there probably think extra-judicial is a good thing. Like Extra-Crispy.
Restrict the press. If a lap dog suddenly wants to act like a watchdog … it invariably becomes an unemployed dog. Just ask Dan Rather.
And this is the part of the playbook that pertains to the current state of Progressive Talk Radio. It’s not necessary to fire the guy on the soapbox. That’s too messy and public. If you own the soapbox … you just pull it from under him and give it to somebody else. Preferably to someone who has memorized sports statistics. And another avenue of information is gone.
The Brilliant at Breakfast blogger and Peter B. Collins are correct when they say the Democratic Leadership has never supported Progressive Radio. But why is that surprising? The Democratic Party has morphed over the last three decades into The Democratic Party Inc. The oratory has gotten better, Obama’s speeches are breathtaking, but the policies are designed for The Elite. The horrors initiated by the Bush/Cheney regime are all still in place. Obama has refined some of them and made up a few of his own.
If you get all your information from the Nightly News you wouldn’t know anything about the chilling aspects of the National Defense Authorization Act Obama signed into law on New Year’s Eve 2011. As Chris Hedges wrote, “… This is, in essence, extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens. It empowers the government to ship detainees to the jails of some of the most repressive regimes on earth.”
One by one the lights go out. Technology might make it possible for Progressive Talk to be accessible in other forms.
But for the rest of us driving down a dark road in the middle of the night with nothing but Sports Talk on the radio … we’ll hope we can find our way with only the Persistence of Memory. We will try to remember how things used to be, and hope that will be good enough to get us safely home.
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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.