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.
The Frog and the Scorpion
The origin of the story, The Frog and the Scorpion, might go back to the ancient Sanskrit traditions collected in the Panchatantra, but I first heard the tale while watching a bootleg copy of the 1955 Orson Welles film, Mr. Arkadin, forty years ago.
The Frog and the Scorpion
A frog and a scorpion meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” And the scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will drown too.”
The frog is satisfied, and they set out. Half way across, the frog felt a terrible pain - the scorpion had stung him.
“Why did you sting me?” gasps the frog. “Now we’ll both die”
“I know,” replied the scorpion, “but I cannot help myself - it is my nature.”
A scorpion’s job, other than to make baby scorpions, is to sting, kill, and eat its prey. If there had been another frog hanging around it might have asked the well intentioned, trusting frog, “What part of sting, kill, and eat didn’t you understand?” But it was just the two of them … the frog and the scorpion down by the stream. And the frog agreed with the scorpion’s irrefutable logic. Why would it cause its own demise? Believing the words of a scorpion, but ignoring the nature of a scorpion, they set off to their mutual doom.
Unlike the fables attributed to Aesop, there is no moral for the listener to “get.” It is a very simple story illustrating one of the many facets of the human condition that we, for the most part, have disregarded, repressed, or forgotten, for centuries.
Never negotiate with a scorpions. Regardless of what they may say … their agenda has nothing to do with your best interests.
Oh did I say scorpions? I meant to say Republicans. But then I reflect on all the damage the Democrats have done since The Bush/Cheney regime blasted its way into the Oval Office. For eight years they either caved in, or collaborated with, those murderous thugs. And then when a Democrat achieved the highest office in the land … the hope we could believe in turned into the Bush/Cheney regime 2.0.
So yeah … instead of scorpions … substitute almost anybody who holds an elected office and meets in our nation’s capitol to decide how best to screw the rest of us into the ground.
What’s the age old question? Nature or Nurture? The innate corrupt nature of most of our current crop of politicians is carefully nurtured by the lobbyists … excuse me … bag men of the Corporatocracy so the corruption can then bloom. Very similar to the way an algae bloom will choke off all the existing life in a pond or lake. An excellent deal for the algae but not so much for the fish.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg once said, "We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth." Which sounds sooooo much better than starting off, “We Americans are the ultimate innocent frogs …” And the truth is … we’re not so innocent.
The frog in the story was just performing a good deed. There wasn’t going to be any sort of payoff when he and the scorpion reached the other side of the stream. We, on the other hand, are lured into the water because we can see the glittering array of treasures on the other shore we can buy with our labor. We are cooperating with poisonous insects. The sweet seductive voices in our heads are coming straight from the scorpion elite of the Dominant Culture.
We’ve known since Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962 that the use of pesticides by agribusiness was killing not only animals and birds, but humans. Using the publication date of Silent Spring as an historical marker, we’ve known for over 50 years that the way we grew our food was … lethal. The influence of Silent Spring led to the banning of DDT in 1972. It took 10 years to finally stop using a verifiably toxic chemical that poisoned our environment.
So what’s happened over the last 40 years? Did agribusiness learn to grow our food without poisoning the air, water, or land? Or did they double-down on wrecking our biosphere?
Genetically engineered crops were supposed to require less pesticides and herbicides. Charles Benbrook, Ph.D, Chief Scientist for The Organic Center, in his study, Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years, found farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the last 13 years as a result of planting genetically engineered seeds. Genetically engineered crop acres required over 26% more pounds of pesticides per acre than acres planted to non GE crops. I’m not an expert in the field but off the top of my head … that doesn’t sound good.
The Dominant Culture’s primary approach to agriculture is to make money … not food. The Dominant Culture’s approach to anything is to make money … and whatever the hell happens next is irrelevant. We are cooperating with our worst enemy when we buy corporate food from our local mega-mart, and with every bite of a Big Mac.
Not only do we have to eat their garbage but the Dominant Culture entices us with toys to buy with our wage-slave money. Whether it’s a toxic television or a poisonous PC, we just gotta have the newest iPod, iTouch, iMac, iPad, or iPhone. But do we have the faintest goddamned iDea they’re made with toxic chemicals and metals? Third-world countries have become our digital dumping grounds. Hundreds of millions of tons of it each year pollute the land and water of impoverished people living amidst our electronic garbage.
Do we even notice the scorpion on our back as we frog kick across the water towards PlayLand? And when we eventually feel the fatal sting we’ll turn and see the Dominant Culture sinking with us. We could ask, “Why? Everything you have done is killing us all.” And the scorpion (who in my movie looks a lot like Dick Cheney) replies, “I couldn’t help it. It’s my nature. And what part of Capitalism didn’t you understand?”
Wanna know what dissonance is? Our 7 year old BigAssTV is starting to wheeze its way towards darkness. It can’t be repaired. It can only be replaced. So we’ve been looking at new TV’s. There’s a 60 inch LED model that’s within our price range that looks absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to get it home and watch the Blu-ray edition of Mr. Arkadin.
Y’see there’s this frog and a scorpion down by a riverbank …
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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.