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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!



Business As Usual

The War ground on and on while the president told us that progress was being made. And then The Enemy made a massive surprise attack. The American public, which had been led to believe that The Enemy was incapable of launching such a attack, began to have doubts about the War in Vietnam, and their president.

Bobby Kennedy said that the Tet Offensive "shattered the mask of official illusion with which we have concealed our true circumstances, even from ourselves." and that "total military victory is not within sight or around the corner."

On March 16, 1968, Kennedy declared his candidacy stating, "I do not run for the Presidency merely to oppose any man, but to propose new policies. I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and because I have such strong feelings about what must be done, and I feel that I'm obliged to do all I can."

On that day a groundswell of Hope began to build. Eugene McCarthy had previously declared his antiwar candidacy and had been narrowly defeated in the New Hampshire primary by president Johnson. But McCarthy had initially entered the campaign with few illusions of winning. His candidacy was primarily an antiwar statement. Bobby Kennedy was the pragmatic idealist who could go beyond making a statement. He would end the war if he was elected president.

The Hope that America's future could be changed for the better spread across the country and continued to build. Kennedy won the California primary on June 4, 1968. In August, at the Chicago Democratic convention, he would challenge vice president Hubert Humphrey for the nomination. Humphrey represented the "Business As Usual" Democratic faction. He was incapable of distancing himself from Johnson's failed "Stay The Course" Vietnam policies.

But within minutes of winning the California primary, Bobby Kennedy was assassinated and The Hope for a better future was destroyed. When he was shot and killed … it was crushingly obvious that there wasn't going to be anybody like Bobby Kennedy, or what he represented, for a long long time.

Real change in America, embodied by Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, is gunned down.

That was the lesson learned by anyone who cared to pay attention.

In America … Politics without hope is ... Business As Usual.

As race and antiwar riots plagued the nation, Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey preached an almost delusional "Politics of Joy" and lost the election to Richard Nixon. It was going to be "Business As Usual" for the next four years … And the next four years … And the next four years … for the next 40 years.

And now it looks like The Hope is back. Barack Obama is no Bobby Kennedy, but The Hope he has inspired in millions of people makes him this generation's RFK. Regardless of his voting record, regardless of his advisors, regardless of his experience or lack of it, Barack Obama has done something no other presidential candidate has done for decades. He has inspired The Hope that America can change for the better. It's not going to be Business As Usual.

If Hillary Clinton debates John McCain, both will desperately try, and fail, to conceal their Business As Usual roots. Their platforms are essentially the same. That The American Machine can be tweaked with a few turns of a screwdriver here and there to get it back to running efficiently. They will argue that their tweaks are better than their opponent's. And we have seen that performance over and over again … for generations ... No one really believes it anymore.

If John McCain debates Barack Obama, we will see a Republican who has enthusiastically thrown away whatever principles he may have had, and embraced everything the Bush/Cheney Regime has ever done. John McCain symbolizes that Business As Usual has led us to this bleak present and to an even darker hopeless future.

By simply standing onstage opposite John McCain, Barack Obama has already proved that it doesn't have to be Business As Usual anymore. The Hope that change is possible propelled him to this place in American history. Hillary Clinton has given speech after speech after speech but she has not been able to touch the place in us where hope lives. The men and women who voted for Obama in the primaries and caucuses placed their reawakened hope for a better future upon his shoulders. And he has articulated that Hope back to them better than any other candidate since Bobby Kennedy.

Obama's politics … his positions … are not liberal or progressive by any definition. He is not leading any radical movement. He has been swept up in front of this wave of hope, and his supporters believe that he might be transformed by their hope into someone who can lead this nation out of its decline.

But Obama's not only a symbol … He is different from Hillary Clinton and John McCain in that they have been clearly deranged by their political ambitions. They will stoop to anything … and he has not. In these strange times … decency is a rare commodity.

We have lost so much since the Bush/Cheney Regime took over. We can't continue with Business As Usual and have our country survive in any recognizable form. It can't be Business As Usual because everything is riding on this election. If we don't change the direction we are heading… we'll end up where we are going. And what is left to give up before this isn't America anymore … but some weird American Nazi/Stalinist Oligarchy.

Barack Obama isn't going to be able to "fix" America any more than Bobby Kennedy could.

But maybe this time … where there's Hope … there's fire.

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

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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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