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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.

RESIST!



Street Corner Tolerance

Hey Mike,

In downtown Seattle, on the Southeast corner of an old department store, a Jesus shouter shows up regularly armed with banners, gospel tracts, and a bullhorn. Before the shouting begins he sets up shop by leaning his crudely lettered placards with seemingly random quotes from the bible against the wall of the store. Then, clutching his tracts to hand out to the heathen multitudes, "Are Roman Catholics Christians?" or "Doom Town … a compassionate plea to repent of homosexuality." the Jesus shouter pulls the trigger on his bullhorn and lets 'er rip.

He doesn't need the bullhorn. I've seen his act without it and he could still easily bounce the Word of God off the building across the street like a tennis pro. He's got the lungs of an oboe player. He can rattle off big chunks of scripture, diving deep into Leviticus, without ever coming up for air.

But the Lord Gawd saw fit to give him the gift of artificial amplification so the thunder of the Good News is often punctuated with the squeals of feedback.

The Jesus Shouter does not preach of the god of love. A seriously pissed off Jesus is coming back any day now with his sleeves rolled up and ready to pitch each and every unsaved sinner belly flopping into The Lake of Fire and see how long they can tread brimstone. He doesn't talk about the righteous reward of living eternally with God in heaven. That's not the Jesus Shouter's message. He's more interested in the details of what it's going to be like when you jump off the heavenly bus by rejecting Jesus and get on the express to hell instead. The fate that awaits all us sinners is what the Jesus Shouter shouts about.

If you don't rush on by him … probably in too much of a hurry to get to wherever it is you need to go to commit more sins against Gawd … and take the time to catch his whole act … it's pretty obvious that the Jesus Shouter is absolutely convinced that his name is written in the Book of the Saved. When he smiles … it's not because he's filled with the happiness that comes in doing the Lord's business. Oh no. He's smiling because he knows he's got his ticket safe and sound in the inside pocket of his cheap suit … and you don't.

He thinks when he finally croaks … when he's up there getting his heavenly sun tan basking in God's Radiance, the Jesus Shouter's attention is going to be … elsewhere. He's planning on spending a good chunk of his eternity looking down at the squirming screaming population of Hell. He's going to finally get to see everybody who never listened to him suffer the Tortures of the Damned. Everyone who ignored him, everyone who made fun of him, everyone who passed him by on their way to having a life is going to burn … and the Jesus Shouter will have himself a ringside seat. Vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord … but all the Jesus Shouter really wants to do is … watch.

Of course he's crazy. He's abso-goddamned-lutely crazy. But it's the sort of crazy we tolerate because … because … well he's harmless isn't he?

That depends.

What if the Jesus Shouter's got kids? Is inculcating violent gibberish into the mind of a little kid harmless?

What if during the Jesus Shouter's routine, he replaced the words "God" and "Jesus" with … Elvis? Would that get the Seattle PD pulling up to the curb and hauling him off to where they keep the vocally delusional?

Okay … forget the Elvis thing. Now on some days the Jesus Shouter has a following. 3 or 4 people hand out the tracts while he's shouting. Sometimes one of the Shouter's associates is engaged in a discussion with somebody about some aspect of their flavor of Christianity.

What if you saw your family doctor handing out some Christ Comics? Would you go ever go back for a checkup knowing that your doctor has allocated a lot of head room for craziness?

How much crazy do we tolerate before we draw the line? And where did we get the idea that tolerance is a virtue in the first place?

Tolerance is a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose beliefs or personal characteristics differ from one's own. Sounds good doesn't it. We believe it's how a society can get from Monday to Tuesday without blowing apart at the seams. But an act of tolerance generally requires no effort. It only demands us to do nothing when confronted with something that goes against what we believe. Live and let live blah blah blah.

I think we've been engineered through our schools and churches to be tolerant. It's an easy grade to make when all we're asked to do is be … passive. We're groomed to be passive. And our society is amazingly tolerant.

We've allowed the government to illegally invade countries and murder innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. And what do we do?

All the bailouts we're on the hook for add up to more than the cost of the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Marshall Plan, the New Deal, and the landing on the moon … COMBINED! And what do we do?

We protest for a day or two when the anniversary of our war crime rolls around again. And for the rest of the year we are the spiritual descendants of the apartment dwellers who listened while Kitty Genovese was murdered in the courtyard below their balconies.

We've tolerated ourselves into Hell.

I found this from an anonymous blogger on the net, "Justice, the closest virtue to tolerance, begs restraint and the application of some concept of fairness. Justice also obligates one to judge."

Justice requires us to think. Tolerance is passive. Pursuing justice is not. It was when we fought against injustice that our country became great. The capitol in Wisconsin is packed every day by people striving for justice.

On March 19th, the 8th anniversary of the Iraq war will roll across the world with protests. If only there were enough people to pack the capitol building in Washington D.C. that day … and the next day … and the next … and the next … until the elected representatives who continually vote to fund the wars understand that we are not tolerant any longer.

We demand justice instead.

Regards,

Bob




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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. --Kim Hughes

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


Radio

If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.

Documentaries

"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.

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