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
The Professor, The Politician, and The President
Professor Barack Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years.
Senator Barack Obama, in February 2008, voted against retroactive telecom immunity. When asked whether he supported "giving (phone companies) retroactive immunity for any illicit cooperation with intelligence agencies or law enforcement, he answered "No … I strongly oppose retroactive immunity in the FISA bill. No one should get a free pass to violate the basic civil liberties of the American people - not the president of the United States, and not the telecommunications companies that fell in line with his warrantless surveillance program [… T]hat is why I am proud to stand with Sen. Dodd and a grassroots movement of Americans who are standing up for our civil liberties and the rule of law."
Senator Barack Obama, in July 2008, voted for retroactive immunity for the telecoms saying the legislation "… met my basic concerns."
President Barack Obama's Justice Department continues to stand behind a Bush era law meant to prevent lawsuits against telecommunications companies accused of illegally sharing private customer information with intelligence agencies.
"Electronic communication service providers play an important role in assisting intelligence officials in national security activities. Indeed, the intelligence community cannot obtain the intelligence it needs without assistance from these companies," the Administration's 18-page brief says.
"The committee was concerned that, without retroactive immunity, the private sector might be unwilling to cooperate with lawful government requests in the future without unnecessary court involvement and protracted litigation," it adds.
It continues: "The possible reduction in intelligence that might result from this delay is simply unacceptable for the safety of our nation," directly citing the 2008 findings of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report.
It's too bad we can't retroactively get Professor Barack Obama's views about illegal wiretapping.
Or ask Professor Obama about Nixon's statement, "… when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." and Cheney's response when Chris Wallace asked him, " …if the President, during war, decides to do something to protect the country, is it legal?" and Cheney replied, "I think as a general proposition, I'd say yes."
What would Professor Obama say?
What would Professor Obama say to President Obama?
A few days ago I, and millions of Americans, rejoiced in the fact that we now had a president who could talk, not only coherently, but inspirationally, to a joint session of congress for almost an hour. An event unheard of over the last 8 years. We have been inured to the gaffes, malaprops, and flat out gibberish force fed to us by The Bush Regime.
So … we feel an almost overwhelming sense of relief when we see that Our President … can talk.
But shouldn't we also be feeling the nagging tug of growing alarm that the bedrock crimes of the Bush Regime are still part of How The United States Does Its Business?
From an strange but interesting blog site: Welcome to Everything
"When the Nazis were in power, they passed laws that retroactively legalized the crimes they had committed on the path to power, and that covered everything they did while they were there. They were unusually concerned with inventing a whole new concept of justice and jurisprudence, and over-eager intellectuals were happy to oblige. Yet the essential fact of Nazi "law" was that Hitler, as the embodiment of the German people, could do no wrong; everything that the Fuhrer did was legal by definition."
The Nazi Analogy grows tiresome. Crematoria don't dot the countryside. Jack booted thugs aren't stomping down the street beating liberals like a gong wherever they find them. Citizens aren't snatched from their lives and sent off on secret planes to God-Knows-Where ...
Well … Yeah OK we still do that … but one out of three ain't bad. Or one out of five. Because there's this:
US Combat Missions in Iraq Will Continue After 'Pullout'
Obama Pledge to Withdraw Combat Troops Won't End Combat by Troops
Just one day after reports came out regarding the Obama Administration's 19 month withdrawal plan from Iraq, the Pentagon was detailing the enormous number of troops that would remain on the ground after Obama ostensibly fulfills his promise to remove all combat troops, and all the combat they'll be engaging in.
After the "pullout," as many as 50,000 troops will remain on the ground, and despite being touted as a withdrawal of combat troops, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell conceded that some would continue to "conduct combat operations," and Iraq would still be considered a war zone. The rest would be what he described as "enablers."
President Obama promised a 16-month pullout from Iraq during the campaign, but backed off the promise under pressure from the military. Since then he has spoken of a "responsible military drawdown," but even as he is set to officially unveil this new plan the question of when the troops will actually be out of Iraq entirely seems like it will remain unanswered.
… Obama rushed a decision to send another 17,000 U.S. troops -- on top of the 38,000 U.S. soldiers now on the ground -- ahead of a comprehensive policy review due in April. That is expected to call for even more troops.
The wars continue … the wiretapping and renditions continue … No one has scotch-taped The Constitution back together and the dead pile up like cordwood.
How much more time are we supposed to give Obama? It's only been a month. Three more months? Six? Are we supposed to wait a year? How much longer are we to patiently await The Moment when Our Leader unequivocally states that the killing is over and our Constitution is restored?
Why do we think that we have to wait? Why do we think that we have to wait One. More. Minute?
I have a sign. I've had it for years. It says, “End The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Bring Our Troops Home -- Now.”
Not 19 months from now. Not thousands of deaths from now. Not billions of dollars from 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.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ...
You'll hate listening to novaM. I have it on all the time.
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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.