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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!



F for Fake

Orson Welles once made a documentary whose title befits The Country We Live In ... F for Fake.

Because we're in a whole new country now. We've been going in this direction for sometime and … we're finally here!

Welcome to America 2.0!

This is a country where all we have to do is Go Through The Motions … and that's good enough.

For most of us we have two similar National Pastimes: Trying to make more money, or … trying to make enough money. For the select few at the top, their amusement is screwing us out of our money.

Here in America 2.0, our capacity for pain and abject horror is at an all-time high! We seem to be able to take anything … and dish it out too!

Why … we can be lied into a war. Just flat out fed a load of easily disproved crap, invade a couple of countries, get thousands of our guys killed, over a million of theirs, get stuck there for God Knows how long, and the Democrats, y'know, the opposition party, they're trying to figure out how they can continue to get us to pay for it all.

And while the rest of the civilized world watches in stupefied amazement we can rip up any old goddamned piece of paper and torture the bejeezus out of anybody we want to. Torture techniques were demonstrated to, and approved by, the top guys in the Bush Administration and the President admits he knew about 'em too! And yesterday he made a cameo appearance on a game show! He’s not going to be impeached or tried for war crimes … He gets to be on Deal or No Deal! Is this a great country or what?

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/04/22/george-bush-makes-cameo-appearance-on-deal-or-no-deal/

Back here in the "Homeland" over the next several years, two million American families will lose their homes … roughly 20,000 every week … and that's jest fine as paint for most of us. Especially for the financial institutions that get bailed out with our cash for being unimaginably greedy.

Heck … Why we even still get to have elections here in America 2.0.

Now even though Jonathan Alter writing in Newsweek back in March figured out that if Hillary Clinton won every single primary left to go she'd still be 58 delegates behind Barack Obama. In a Rational pre-America 2.0 world that would mean the superdelegates would vote the will of the people and Obama would be the Democratic contender against John McCain.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/118240

But hold on to your hats because this is America 2.0 Where Anything Can Happen!

Y'see you can't have a horserace unless you've got at least two horses … and we've got a Mainstream Media here that doesn't want anything unless it's a good show. The first part of the show is a long, dragged out, primary season with a couple of Democrats bashing each other over the heads with pig bladders and embarrassing and boring everybody. The second part of the show is a weakened Democrat going head to head with a Republican crazy man.

I'm betting the Republican crazy man will win because the Conservative Media, the only media we've got here in America 2.0, has forgiven every stupid gaffe the Republican crazy man has ever made. But one of the weakened Democrats has committed the unpardonable sin of not wearing a China-Made American Flag lapel pin. Now That's News!

Now waaaaaay back in the 60's, that would be America 1.5 I guess, prominent Americans would speak out against the direction the country was going, and masses of people would take to the streets in protest.

Robert F. Kennedy was running for the presidency and according to Martin Luther King's son Dexter Scott King, "RFK was considering him (Dr. King) as a vice presidential candidate.''

Both King and Kennedy were against the Vietnam war and King wanted to "force major economic reforms - starting with guaranteed annual incomes for all."

http://www.newsweek.com/id/92026

In 1968 by summer's end both King and Kennedy had been assassinated. That's how things were done in America 1.5.

The Vietnam war raged on, and economic reforms wouldn't be put in place until Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. But of course those reforms were only for the rich. Still are.

But I Digress … All I'm really trying to say is …

Americans used to fight for what they believed in. 8 hour work days, decent pay, a couple of weeks vacation, and the ability to raise a family and take care of ourselves if we got sick. Americans fought for what they deserved. The American dream was that our kids would have a better life than we did. Now the American Dream 2.0 is to have the inalienable right … to buy crap.

We have The Country We Deserve. The Fake One. We didn't fight for anything. So we've got an unreasonable facsimile instead.

America 2.0.

Anybody wanna Reboot?

Regards,

Bob



-- Looking For News? --

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 ...

You'll hate listening to novaM. I have it on all the time.

If you've got $100 ... join The Founders Club.

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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