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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!



The First Crime of This Century

The First Crime of This Century was when the neo-cons rode into town in November of 2000 and shot the Rule of Law right between the eyes. The 2000 election was stolen by the Republicans, approved by The Supreme Court, and supported by The MainStreamMedia.

The Republican Conspiracy to steal the 2000 election … Some people get a rash when you use that word … Okay … The Republican Plan to steal the 2000 Election has been extensively documented by Greg Palast. Voter suppression and disenfranchisement was carried out and in place well before the election. This is established fact.

The core finding of the eight news organizations that conducted a review of disputed Florida ballots concluded that by any measure … Al Gore won. This too is established fact.

The MainStreamMedia was complicit in the theft by not reporting it. There was nothing we could do. There was no place left to turn. There is no such thing as The Super-Duper Supreme Court.

Republicans nationwide took up as their mantra, “Get Over It. We Won. Move On.” This was the mindset of all the Republicans. To them, it didn’t make any difference how their candidate achieved the presidency. By any means possible, regardless of The Rule of Law, they didn’t care. We were supposed to accept that the election was stolen from us … and handed to George W. Bush.

Our last hope was The Democratic Party. The people … us … thwarted by a corrupted election process, would only be protected if The Democratic Party held in check this rogue administration.

At first the policies of the Bush Administration, if not benign, were at least familiar. Gouge the poor and the middle class and distribute the proceeds to … in Bush’s words, “ … the Haves and the Have Mores … my base.

We’d seen it before. We endured the Reagan/Bush Administrations. We lived to tell the tale. A lot of people in Central America didn’t … but if you ignored that … maybe we could survive George W. Bush’s term in office. We would place our trust in The Opposition Party and wait it out until the next election. Then we would have the chance to rectify what happened in 2000.

And then 9/11.

Illegal Wars.

The election to put right the previous election … stolen.

The gutting of the constitution.

Authoritarian laws and torture.

The list of crimes goes on and on and on.

Ron Suskind reported in the New York Times.

… I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. … the aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community … That's not the way the world really works anymore,… We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality … we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out.''

And that’s essentially what has happened since Bush took office. To paraphrase:

When we commit a crime, we’re following our agenda. And while you're trying to figure out what crime has been committed and how to investigate it … we'll commit another crime furthering our agenda. And you’ll try to analyze and investigate that. And that's how things will sort out. We’ll always be 2 or 3 steps ahead of you because you’ll be trying to mount an investigation while we’re still in power and continuing to commit any crime that facilitates our plan.

And now it’s May of 2008. More than two thirds of us disapprove of what The Bush/Cheney Regime is doing. We are waiting to see what their next move is going to be. We’re hoping that whatever it is … we’ll be able to get through the conventions this summer … to the election in the fall … intact. All we’ve proved is that Freedom couldn’t protect itself, and we weren’t up to the task.

At this point, it is absolutely unnecessary to analyze why the German people allowed the Nazis to seize power and commit atrocities. We have condemned them for decades because they did not rise up and revolt against the Nazi machine.

Now we know how it happened.

The government and the courts stopped representing the people. The media became the mouthpiece for the ruling party. The opposition party was virtually nonexistent. And the people decided that the best course, the safest course, was to wait and see if it would get better.

Their plan was to wait … and hope for the best.

They were kept in line by a corrupted court system, a nationwide spying apparatus, and the constant threat of indefinite internment.

Any of this seem familiar? Waiting and hoping for the best didn’t really work out very well for the Germans.

I guess we’ll have plenty of time to work on our own explanations of why we allowed the Bush/Cheney Regime to do what they have done. In case someday … the rest of the world, the civilized world asks.

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.


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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