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.
I have never confused the incoherent paranoid ramblings of Glenn Beck with the thoughtful commentary of Bill Moyers.
Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity, and all the rest lie their collective asses off every time they’re in front of a microphone and you, Thom Hartman, and Rachel Maddow … don’t.
I know the difference between Newsweek and The Nation magazines. But Newsweek bugs the hell out of me because they’re just another example of The Grand Perversion we endure when so many of our institutions claim to be one thing but are in actuality … the opposite.
Newsweek’s cover photo last week was George W. Bush strutting off camera on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln with the “Mission Accomplished” banner in the background. The title in huge black uppercase letters:
VICTORY AT LAST … THE EMERGENCE OF A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ.
As if the horror the Bush Regime unleashed was in any way worth the emergence of a shaky puppet government pretending to be founded upon the principles of democracy.
This week’s cover is another astounding collective slap in the face of what should be our most valued profession
We all know the cliché … Bart Simpson’s punishment is to write something 100 times on the blackboard after school.
Newsweek’s cover photo is a blackboard with the same sentence written over and over again, “We must fire bad teachers.”
The title, “THE KEY TO SAVING AMERICAN EDUCATION” by Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert.
Inside the magazine the article begins, “Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers. In no other profession are workers so insulated from accountability.”
Once again Newsweek has joined the ranks of Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity, and Beck by sinking to the depths of their madness and lies to sell absolute junk.
This one sentence alone, “… In no other profession are workers so insulated from accountability ...” is enough to cause any thinking person’s head to explode after a severe bout of projectile vomiting.
We have endured a complete absence of accountability throughout the eight long years of the Bush Regime. The attacks on September 11th, two illegal wars, a multi-trillion dollar worldwide financial meltdown caused by the Bush administration and Wall Street institutions “Too Big Too Fail,” … and to date no one has been held accountable.
But according to Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert in regards to the teaching vocation, “ … In no other profession are workers so insulated from accountability.”
It is impossible to respond to that without violating the FCC’s obscenity laws. Which is insane. Newsweek can legally publish this obscene lie but it is against the law to accurately describe that sentence as absolute bull …
Nowhere in the article do the authors address how to actually save our educational system. After writing about four absolutely awful teachers they end on this note, “ … At the time the story ran last summer, all four teachers still held active teaching licenses. While these horror stories are sensational, what's also disturbing is the immunity enjoyed by the thousands of teachers who let down their students in more ordinary ways. Many more teachers are overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. Maybe they'd get more respect if the truly bad teachers were let go.”
“… Maybe they'd get more respect if the truly bad teachers were let go.”
Maybe teachers would get more respect if they were paid a decent salary and didn’t have to use textbooks whose content needs to be approved by Crazy Christian Conservatives in Texas.
There are only a few jobs that are indispensable in order to have a decent functioning society. I immediately thought of two. The second one doesn’t really demand any skill whatsoever. When I was a kid we called them Garbage men. Maybe they're called Sanitation Engineers or something else today but regardless ... Somebody has to take the garbage out.
The first indispensable job is teaching. It demands a whole toolbox of skills to do it right and it is critical for the survival of all of us that we have good teachers … everywhere.
Newsweek's message is to blame the people we should reward. The Grand Perversion strikes again.
As long as my parent’s Newsweek subscription comes to our home I will make good use of it. If only it came in a larger format. Then it’d be easier to cover the bottom of the parrot’s cage.
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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.