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An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed violently since the US invasion.

American Deaths
4,124

American Wounded

Official

Estimated

28,171

23,000-100,000

Cost of the War in Iraq
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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.

RESIST!



Today's Dread-0-Meter

I saw a documentary about the UFO phenomenon called "The Disclosure Project" about seven years ago. It was a video of the press conference The Disclosure Project group held at the National Press Club where more that 20 military, government, corporate and intelligence community witnesses came forward to urge open congressional hearings on the subject of UFOs. One of the witnesses talked about photographs he had seen of alien bases on the dark side of the moon.

At the time we lived less than a block away from the neighborhood store and I walked over there every couple of days to pick up some disposable diapers for our one-year-old Little Guy. After seeing the documentary, even the most mundane day-to-day tasks became … somehow more dramatic. Instead of just walking over to the store for another pack of Huggies … I found myself thinking, "Here I am … going to the store for some more diapers and … there are alien bases on the dark side of the moon!"

Now I didn't believe that there were alien bases on the moon, I just remembered that sometimes … new information can completely change one's "World View." And regardless of The New Paradigm … and all of its earth-shaking consequences … I still needed to pick up some diapers.

And yesterday I read this:

http://empireburlesquenow.blogspot.com/2008/03/worried-yet-saudis-prepare-for-sudden.html

Last Friday, Dick Cheney was in Saudi Arabia for high-level meetings with the Saudi king and his ministers. On Saturday, it was revealed that the Saudi Shura Council -- the elite group that implements the decisions of the autocratic inner circle -- is preparing "national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors.

there will be no warning, no declaration of war, no hearings, no public debate. The already issued orders governing the operation put the decision solely in the hands of the president: he picks up the phone, he says, "Go" - and in twelve hours' time, up to a million Iranians could be dead.

And everything I've done since I've read that article is immediately followed by the thoughts:

"Jesus H. Christ … Dick Cheney is gambling that our country can kill up to a million Iranians in an instant … people who posed no threat to our nation … completely innocent people … and the rest of the world will do nothing in retaliation?! China and Russia will allow an unprovoked nuclear attack against their ally and stand idly by?! The civilized world will look away as we literally bring nuclear hell down to earth … again … after a 63 year hiatus … Really?

Or is Dick "I've Got A Bunker And You Don't" Cheney in Full Dr. Strangelove mode? Expecting retaliation and channeling George C. Scott as General "Buck" Turgidson: 

Is This Where We Are? No member of the House or Senate to call? No protest to stage? Nothing we can do to stop our country from becoming The Global Pariah Nation of all time?

Because … No warning, no declaration of war, no hearings, no public debate and 12 hours away from global insanity and unimaginable death for millions.

Didn't these bastards ever see any of the post-nuclear war apocalypse movies? On The Beach, Fail Safe, The Day After, Testament, or The War Game? Those were warnings not blueprints.

Or are Cheney, Bush, and the rest of the cabal, the spiritual descendants of Hitler's Bean Counters who neatly add up all the dead on an Excel spreadsheet and find the figures … acceptable.

And even if, by some miraculous circumstance, there are no repercussions … Highly doubtful … but even so … What is it going to be like to live in a country whose leadership has gone completely berserk and slaughtered innocent millions at will?

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/24358

On July 5th 2007, Congressman John Olver said he was deeply concerned whether we will actually have an election in Nov. '08, as he believes this administration will likely strike Iran from the air, declare a national emergency, and cancel the '08 elections.

Kind of makes me wish we could all live peaceably on alien bases on the dark side of the moon instead of living in the belly of a Rogue Nation Beast.

Things To Do Today:

Pick up The Little Guy from school, get him over to his Aikido practice by 6, maybe have dinner afterwards at that Vietnamese noodle soup place and … oh yeah … check to see if we have enough canned chili stored up in case there's a nuclear war and the whole goddamned world goes crazy.

PS - But in case the above just turns out to be A Dick Cheney Fascist Nuclear War-Mongering Ghost Story … we can only hope … here are a couple of items to jack up your Dread-0-Meter:

Arctic Shelf Collapses
The International Herald Tribune - A chunk of Antarctic ice seven times the size of Manhattan Island has suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk

And

Food Prices Rise Worldwide
CNN - Consumers worldwide face rising food prices in what analysts call a perfect storm of conditions. Freak weather is a factor. But so are dramatic changes in the global economy, including higher oil prices, lower food reserves and growing consumer demand in China and India. In the long term, prices are expected to stabilize. However, consumers still face at least 10 years of more expensive food.

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.


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. --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 ...

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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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