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.
Republicans Go To The Movies
Psychopaths, being insane, are wired differently than the rest of the human race. Their predominant twisted personality trait, a complete lack of empathy combined with strongly amoral conduct, is just the tip of their crazy iceberg. They also have the strange combo of little or no imagination along with an almost complete lack of a sense of humor. That follows. Without any imagination … how can you make up a joke?
In February 2007 FOX News Channel debuted their Right Wing version of Jon Stewart's Daily Show … "The 1/2 Hour News Hour." And had to cancel it after only 17 episodes. MetaCritic's television division, which produces composite scores based on prominent reviewers' opinions of television programs, gave The Half Hour News Hour a score of 12 out of 100, making it the lowest-rated television production ever reviewed on the site.
Here's one of Fox's thuddingly unfunny The Half Hour News Hour promos.
Think Progress neatly summed up why FOX failed, "… What the right-wing failed to grasp is Jon Stewart is funny not because he spins falsehoods, but because he tells the truth."
You can document the psychopath's stunning lack of imagination by simply reading any of the Right Wing's cover-up stories from the last 50 years. Monkeys with crayons could have come up with a better fairy tale than the Nixon administration's explanation of how Rosemary Woods accidentally erased 18 1/2 minutes from one of the infamous White House Tapes.
I used to wonder why Republicans just didn't hire out-of-work Hollywood screenwriters to help them craft more believable scenarios … until I realized that any decent writer couldn't stand to work for people like that. Lying, thieving, back-stabbing Hollywood producers they understand … but politicians? I think it was Hunter S. Thompson who said, "I wouldn't drink with them … even if they had money."
Today (March 23) I read a Mother Jones article by Andy Kroll, "Behind Michigan's "Financial Martial Law": Corporations and Right-Wing Billionaires
It begins, "Last week, Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a fiercely contested bill giving unelected "emergency financial managers" unprecedented power to shred union contracts, privatize city services, and consolidate or dissolve local governments, all in the name of saving struggling cities and school districts. Dubbed "financial martial law" by one approving state GOP lawmaker and "disaster capitalism" by critics, Snyder and his bill have become a target for Wisconsin-like protests."
I first heard about Michigan's Emergency Financial Manager Bill listening to Michael Moore on Amy Goodman's DemocracyNow earlier this month. Naomi Klein talked about it the next day describing the obvious "Shock Doctrine" agenda behind the bill. But something was nagging at me. I could almost recall a similar scenario that predated my reading of Klein's Shock Doctrine. Then I finally remembered … these Current Events had already played out in the movies. In particular … The Robocop film series.
Robocop - 1987
The city of Detroit is on the verge of collapse due to financial ruin and unchecked crime. The mega-corporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP) enters into a contract with the city to run the police force while the company makes plans to destroy "Old Detroit" to replace it with the corporate controlled utopia of "Delta City".
Robocop 2 - 1990
Omni Consumer Products forces Detroit to default on its debt. OCP can then foreclose on the entire city, take over the city government, demolish the old municipality, and put up the upscale community development, Delta City, in its place. As part of this plan, OCP forces a police strike by terminating their pension plan and cutting salaries.
Robocop 3 - 1993
Omni Consumer Products (OCP) armed mercenary forces, The Urban Rehabilitators, forcibly relocates urban families from "Old Detroit", killing some of them in the process, in order to build Delta City.
Now I'm not saying that money-mad psychopaths like the Koch Brothers sat in plush screening rooms watching Robocop 1, 2, and 3 munching on baby flavored popcorn and taking notes … but the parallels are interesting if you're a film-geek like I am.
Hurricane Katrina was the excuse to bulldoze low-income housing in New Orleans. $762 million in US taxpayer funds tore down 4,600 public housing apartments and replaced then with 744 units. Disaster Capitalism made way for a new improved "Delta City" in New Orleans … minus the poor people.
And now we have a real-life Robocop scenario unfolding in Michigan.
" … Vulnerable cities like Ecorse, Highland Park and Pontiac could get Emergency Financial Managers. This problem is so serious across this state, more than 60 communities that are on a Michigan Department of Treasury special watch list."
But unlike the movies … the greed-heads aren't satisfied with taking over a city … this time they're going after an entire state. And we don't have a Robocop on our side of the fight.
In the past, psychopaths only had to get one thing straight: Pillage … then burn. Lacking imagination and innovative ideas, they've seemingly turned to science-fiction and horror films for inspiration.
It's difficult to be hopeful and optimistic when you remember these are the people who thought Orwell's 1984 was a "How-To" book.
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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.