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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!



June 5 - 10, 2008 -- The Tipping Point

The concept behind Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point, illustrates what could happen between now and Inauguration Day.

The Tipping Point is the level at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. It’s that hold-your-breath weightless moment when the car reaches the crest of the roller coaster … just before the screaming plunge into history. I don’t know what will happen … but it doesn’t look good for our team.

The Tipping Point’s moment can only be determined in retrospect but I’ll go out on a limb and say that we approached The Tipping Point’s “Event horizon” on June 5th when the Senate Intelligence Committee released their report stating that Bush, Cheney, and other administration officials lied the United States into war. ABC and CBS didn’t cover the story. NBC spent less than 30 seconds on it.

We hit The Tipping Point dead on four days later. Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 Articles of Impeachment against The Bush Regime and the MainStreamMedia responded with an almost complete news blackout.

10 years ago the Republicans and the Press were howling at the moon, screeching for Clinton’s blood. Every Day. 24/7.

“HE VIOLATED THE RULE OF LAW!” they screamed. But today … The Media, The Republicans, and the Democratic Leadership stand mute. Each of the 35 articles is inarguably true. Horrific in scope. And censored.

It is inaccurate to accuse The MainStreamMedia of ignoring the news. They are censoring it. I used to think that The Democrats and The MainStreamMedia were complicit. But no longer. It is obvious that they are collaborating with the Bush Regime.

The 63 words Brian Williams read about the Senate Intelligence Committee report was written to lead the viewer into thinking that the account was tainted by a Democratic partisan bias. He concluded, “Most of the Republicans on the committee notably and sharply disagreed with some of the report's findings.

What Williams did not report was that the Intelligence Committee findings were old news.

As Scott Ritter said in July 2002:

…what we have taking place in Washington DC right now is that the national security of the United States of America has been hijacked by a handful of neoconservatives who are using their position of authority to pursue their own ideologically driven political ambitions, and the day we go to war for that reason is the day that we have failed collectively as a nation.”

Mother Jones magazine published The Lie Factory by Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest in January 2004.

"Only weeks after 9/11, the Bush administration set up a secret Pentagon unit to create the case for invading Iraq. … they pushed disinformation and bogus intelligence and led the nation to war."

The media and the Democratic Leadership certainly had access to Scott Ritter’s testimony, the Mother Jones exposé, and watched as millions around the world marched in protest before the war began. But they aligned themselves with the government. The MainStreamMedia and the Democratic Leadership wanted the Iraq war as much as the Bush Regime.

They are not complicit. They are collaborators. The MainStreamMedia redacts or outright censors the news and The Democratic Leadership has taken impeachment off the table. These are the actions of collaborators.

That’s The Tipping Point. When the media and The Bush Regime, actively work against the American people. It is largely because of the media that Americans have a fundamental problem of perception. We fail to recognize The Bush Regime for what they are. We continually perceive them as if they were politicians instead of gangsters that have put themselves above the law.

The House attempted last February to assert their authority … and we saw how that played out.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/house-finds-white-house-officials-in-contempt-of-congress-2008-02-14.html

House finds Bolten, Miers in contempt of Congress
By Alexander Bolton and Klaus Marre

"The House voted Thursday to hold White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before a panel investigating the firing of several United States attorneys."

Jonathon Turley, nationally recognized constitutional law scholar, wrote about what happened next:

http://jonathanturley.org/2008/03/01/mukasey-blocks-any-prosecution-of-bush-officials-for-contempt-of-congress/

Mukasey Blocks Any Prosecution of Bush Officials for Contempt of Congress

" … (Attorney General) Mukasey is essentially saying that, regardless of whether a president may be in flagrant violation of the law in ordering aides not to testify, the aides themselves can never be prosecuted even former aides like Miers. Mukasey stated that he will not allow the case to be presented to a grand jury. Thus, by controlling the prosecutors, he is controlling (and blocking) the legal process."

Turley said last Tuesday, “We are in the midst of a Constitutional Chernobyl where every safety valve in our system has failed.

But we still cling to our naiveté hoping we can get through the conventions … the elections, until finally … Inauguration Day.

Mark Crispin Miller has repeatedly tried to puncture our illusionary balloon with warnings of another election theft and martial law.

This is a regime whose leaders are capable of anything. They’re capable of stealing elections. They’re capable of lying us into a war. … What is it that they would not do? … And at this point, resistance is something that we should all be thinking about very seriously.

I have one question: Historically, when have gangsters voluntarily given up power? Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Mussolini were not voted out of office.

We would like to believe that Americans will not stand for martial law or the suspension of elections. Or a war with Iran. That belief is based on … what? The majority of Americans have accepted everything the Bush Regime has done so far. We’ve done nothing about it. There is only the hope that somehow we will behave differently. That magically our American DNA makes us immune to totalitarianism.

But historically we have not shown that we are any different from the pre-war Germans. They stood by as Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and anybody else the Nazis wanted … were rounded up. Would we act any differently under similar circumstances?

We didn’t.

A friend of mine remembers when a Japanese family on his block was forcibly relocated to an internment camp. He went to school with one of the kids. I asked him what he or anyone did after the family disappeared into the camp. He said what I imagine the Germans answered when asked the same question. “What could we do?

This Tipping Point … what makes it seem all the more ominous … is that we are not surprised by it. It is understood and expected that the crimes of the Bush Regime will go largely unnoticed by the media … and unprosecuted. We have 7 1/2 months from now to Inauguration Day. It doesn’t take a Jeane Dixon to predict that something is going to happen between now and then. But for most of us … we are not prepared … if whatever happens … is bad.

Welcome to The Tipping Point.

P.S.

If you want to bring on some dry heaves … compare the 2 articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton with the 35 introduced by Kucinich:

Bush:
http://c-span.org/pdf/bush_impeach.pdf

Clinton:
http://www.landmarkcases.org/nixon/clinton.html

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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