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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!



Re: the following "moment" …

It doesn't happen often … in fact I can't remember the last time it did happen … but at 3 o'clock in the morning I woke up from a nightmare. I went out to the computer, turned it on, and wrote out the dream that woke me up.

While I was two-finger-typing it out as fast as I could I realized what I was writing about was not an allegorical tale. It was as true as gravity … as real as the shock of being sucker-punched … and as terrifying as the moment you realize that the mugger isn't going to stop after you hand over your wallet. That's only the beginning of what he's planning to do.

I know it doesn't "read" like a nightmare. Everything still looks the same. The sun still shines. But sunlight doesn't dispel the invisible darkness of dread.

When I was finished I pressed "save." It was pointless to go back to bed. All I could do was go into the kitchen, make some coffee, and wait for the sun to come up. Before my son fell asleep the previous night … he asked me to make him some pancakes for breakfast.

And so I drank my coffee and waited for everybody to wake up. My wife had purchased tickets for Cirque du Soleil last October and today was The Day. As soon as she and my son woke up I could start making breakfast. We could start filling up the day doing things that could help me push the lingering dread of the dream further away.

But it's still here. Diminished by the day to day stuff everybody has to do. But still … it lingers.

What are they going to do after they get all our wallets? I don't even think they want our wallets. I sometimes think they're testing … testing … always testing …

They're waiting to see how long we'll cooperate. How long will we stand for having this taken away from us … and that taken away … and after the capital building is packed for weeks … stripping away our rights anyway. How long will we take it before they feel confident enough to wade in and rip us to pieces.

On that happy note … here's my "dream" moment:

The Dollar Menu

Hey Mike,

A 7 year old station wagon rolls into the parking lot of a national burger chain on a Friday night. A family of four gets out of the car and goes into the brightly lit store. In the Mom's arms is a little boy, about two years old, and a little girl, probably a first grader, is holding Dad's hand.

The Dad takes the toddler from the mother's arms and goes over near the condiment table where he takes one of the high chairs stacked up in the corner. He slides the child into the seat, buckles up the safety straps, and scoots the giggling boy in the chair over to a nearby table. He looks over at his wife and little girl standing in line waiting to order. Coming here on a Friday night, at least once every couple of weeks, has become their routine. They both work, and after picking up the boy from day care, and their daughter from her after school program, the idea of throwing together dinner at the last minute sometimes just seems like … too much … after a long long work week.

His daughter is looking at a display of toys. Each week a different toy comes with The Kid's Meal … one of the characters from the latest kid's movie. The Dad thinks ruefully to himself that this week she'll have the whole set … and they haven't even seen the movie yet. And they won't until the DVD comes out. The last time they went to a movie, the budget was completely blown. The babysitter was $20, tickets for two adults and a child came to over $30, and a medium popcorn with a couple of small cokes was almost $15. It's hard to justify laying out $65 just to see a movie when you're counting the pennies.

And they have to count every single penny. He and his wife have talked about it, and talked about it, until they can't talk about it any more. The constant dread eats at them. Even though they're both working … they're both doing everything they can … they know they're just treading water … and anything could sink them. So they try to push past The Dread. Take each day as it comes because they can't bear to look farther down the road.

The woman and little girl step up to the cashier to order. The menu is spread out over the entire back wall with multiple combinations of different sandwiches, beverage sizes, and fries or onion rings. But The Mom is only looking at the far right side of the wall. That's where "The Dollar Menu" is. For as long as they've been coming here … that's all they've ever ordered from … except for The Kid's Meal of course. They've never ordered a double or triple anything. No extra bacon or cheese … no fish fillets or grilled chicken … no salads or special buns … just whatever's on The Dollar Menu. And truth be told … they really can't afford that. She knows she's only going to spend 15 dollars or so tonight, but they come here a couple of times a month … sometimes three … and that 45 dollars would be better spent on buying staples for cooking at home.

The cashier rings up the order and hands over the numbered receipt. The little girl and her mom pick up napkins, ketchups, a couple of plastic knives, and take them over to their table.

Soon, the cashier calls out, "Number 47 … your order is ready." The Dad goes up to the counter, brings the tray to their table, and starts to distribute the burgers and fries … after handing the Kid's Meal Box over to his daughter. His wife begins cutting up a cheeseburger into quarters for her little boy as the toddler digs into the fries. She gives him the burger wedges and as she picks up her own sandwich, she and her husband look at each other and have one of those moments where nothing is said but everything is understood.

Of course the food is crap and the toy is crap and we shouldn't even be doing this … but the kids enjoy coming here and if we didn't come here … we wouldn't even go out at all.

The flash of "Marital ESP" passes at the same moment the little boy grabs for his Dad's coke.

As the family of four eats their dinner, one of the wealthiest men in the country steps out of his chauffeured limousine, and walks into the city's finest restaurant. The Maître d' instantly recognizes him and ushers him to their best table. The Rich Man says he wishes the chef to surprise him … and the Sommelier has free reign to pick out the choicest wines that will best compliment each course.

Two hours later The Rich Man has finished a magnificent meal and is savoring a 180 year old cognac. He removes a Cohiba from his cigar case, trims the end, but declines a light offered by the Maître d' who has almost magically appeared at the table. You have to light a Cohiba just so …

The Maître d' inquires if he desires anything else … and as The Rich Man shakes his head … no … the bill is discreetly placed upon the fine linen tablecloth.

The Rich Man glances at the bill. He has no way of knowing that his dinner cost fifty times that of the family of four's meal, and tells The Maître d' he'll be putting tonight's bill on the tab … as usual. The Maître d' happily agrees.

The Rich Man takes out his gold and ebony Mont Blanc fountain pen, and after adding a generous tip for the restaurant's staff … signs the name of the family of four. They'll be picking up his tab tonight.


Huge numbers of American corporations pay no state or federal income taxes at all. Much needed programs have been drastically cut back, or done away with, as many Americans have given up their pensions and health benefits just to keep their jobs and stagnated wages.

This is How It Works in today's America. Those not in the top 10% are on the hook for the wars, bailouts, and bonuses … and everything else. Instead of using the tired cliché of "Zero Sum Game" … let's just call it what it is … Class warfare. They won … We lost.

From FightBack News:

http://www.fightbacknews.org/2011/3/15/minnesota-republicans-say-poor-people-money-should-be-outlaws

" … Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more [than] $20 in cash in their pockets [during] any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all."

For the Elite … the fine lines separating insanity, greed, and evil … have been erased.

Regards,

Bob




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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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