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.
How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All?
Cornelius Cornelii a Lapide, Jesuit priest and Sacred Scripture nit-picker wrote, "Just as one discerns and knows a person by his appearance and way of being, one also knows the secret of a person’s soul by his face. The face of the hypocrite pretends to have humility, equity, and justice; however, if the prudent and wise man examines him long and attentively, he will detect the hypocrisy. The face, therefore, is the image of the heart, and the eyes are the mirror of the soul ...”
The average American watches 5 to 8 hours of television every day. What would Father a Lapide say was mirrored upon that 52 inch diagonal high definition screen? I can’t put words into the mouth of a Flemish priest, long dead these 374 years, but I can make a guess. What’s the Dutch word for Madness?
Though I’ve got 898 channels to choose from, regardless of what buttons I press on the remote, there are really only two types of programming available. When I turn on my TV I can either watch 1984 or Brave New World. Do I want to see the brutal reality of the corporate-controlled state in which we all live … or do I want to be distracted from it? The vast majority of those 898 channels are … distractions. If I had a television with “Picture in Picture” technology I could experience both dimensions simultaneously. But that way lies madness, or as Father a Lapide might have said, “Krankzinnig!”
As culture critic Neil Postman wrote in the forward of his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death,
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.
Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions."
In 1984 … people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.”
Sane people saw 1984 and Brave New World as warnings. Psychopaths read them as “How-To” books. They’ve combined and manipulated our fears and desires to rule the world far more ruthlessly than any James Bond villain. They merged both books into our reality.
We are all Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons to the insane Alphas and Betas that populate our Ruling Elite. They don’t care if we know how to read and write. They’d prefer that we didn’t. They’re not concerned if we don’t have enough to eat or have health care. They don’t care if they grind up our children to fight in their wars. As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, “You know, I think the main purpose of the Army, Navy, and the Marine Corps is to get poor Americans into clean, pressed, unpatched clothes, so rich Americans can stand to look at them.”
These people are psychopaths remember? They don’t have the ability to care about their fellow human beings … That’s why they’re crazy. It’s just our tough luck that they happen to be in control of our planet.
In the depths of The Great Depression it was necessary for everybody’s peace of mind to balance the grimness of life with a couple of Mickey Mouse cartoons down at the neighborhood Bijou. A certain level of distraction is necessary to be able to sanely cope with reality. There’s a lot to be said for diversions in the face of hopelessness.
I know someone who recently came back from visiting The Philippines. She was going on and on about all the poor people who live in the slums in that poor third-world country. She said they didn’t have their priorities straight. She was disparaging them for owning televisions. If they only had the discipline to prioritize their lives they’d somehow rise from their poverty.
Well … I don’t know about that. I figure if I was stuck in a slum in a third-world country, without an education or even enough food to eat … I don’t think making up a prioritized “To-Do” list would be my ticket out of a life of generational soul grinding poverty. I’d probably mortgage my soul in small monthly installments forever and buy a TV.
Of course things are different in this country. The United States of America is not a third-world country. We just happen to be the world’s largest debtor nation, our educational and health care systems are failing, our physical infrastructure is crumbling, and our financial, legal, and political institutions are as well-respected as their counterparts in any banana republic you can name.
Over the last 30 years the American People have been short-changed, bamboozled, and flimflammed out of their birthright by a bunch of cut-throat con men who lied, cheated, and killed their way to the top. And every election we let them get away with it again.
Maybe we are just a bunch of dumb Epsilons who can’t seem to figure out that every president we’ve elected in my lifetime lied their way into office regardless of their party affiliation. Maybe we’re the rubes who think by working within the system we won’t notice it’s the system itself that propagates the very misery we’re fighting against. Maybe it’s our fault for playing 3 Card Monte with the guy who steals our paycheck every time we step up to his card table.
Maybe every night after dinner, but before we plop down into the La-Z-Boy recliner, we should entertain the question … Do we resist … or see what’s on TV?
What do you call someone who is incapable of feeling empathy? … A Psychopath.. What do you call people who seemingly don’t have the ability to recognize and remember what psychopaths have done to them?
How about … voters?
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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.