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
Regardless of what I just wrote ... I Am Not A Communist ... Really
Now that we've established that the primary cause of the destruction of our country, and the rest of the planet, is Unregulated Capitalism on Steroids … where psychopathic corporations pollute the air, water, and the dirt beneath our feet … where the food and water we depend upon for our existence has been poisoned by the mega-conglomerates who claim that their rights take precedence over human beings … where the political process has become so corrupted that the majority of our elected representatives are simply paid shills for corporate interests … where the final arbitrators of our rule of law, The Supreme Court, are not exempt from this Corruption by Corporations … where wars are fought, not to defend the country and its citizens, but to increase the profits of the Military-Industrial-Energy Corporate Complex … and where Corporate-Controlled Media fulfills its obligation to their owners by never reporting accurately on any of the above …
Um … I may have jumped the gun a little bit here because I don't think we've actually established that yet … so for brevity's sake … here's everything I know about Capitalism in 100 words or less.
Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned. As a profit driven system it values profits over the labor that produces the profits. Capitalism starts wars, destroys people and the environment, and stomps all over the world in search of cheaper labor and new markets to capture. The Capitalism model of infinite growth is ultimately unsustainable in that the resources needed to maintain the system are finite. It is conceptually silly and disastrous in practice.
We could tweak that definition all day and still not satisfy everybody but I'm happy with it so let's move on.
Depending on where you live, Capitalism is a dandy little system. Americans represent 5 percent of the world's population and consume about 30 percent of the world's material resources and 26 percent of the world's energy.
The main problem with Capitalism, besides the fact that it ultimately doesn't work, is that it is so damn seductive. Other countries want to live like we do too. It doesn't take too long to figure out that if the rest of the world lived like we do … we'd need more resources than the world possesses … and unless we're all set to colonize other planets … it looks like there's going to be some serious losers in this zero sum game we're all playing. And when we should try to figure out how best to share and share alike … to be flexible in the face of reality … there's always some selfish blowhard that screws everything up.
… Many feel the "American way of life" is an entitlement that operates outside the laws of nature. At the Earth Summit in 1992, George H.W. Bush forcefully declared, "The American way of life is not negotiable."
With that statement as a starting point … we cannot help but fail.
But are any of our political leaders saying anything different? Or is it understood that it would be political suicide to tell Americans that The American Way of Life doesn't work? Is there a politician out there somewhere who isn't hooked into the death cult of Capitalism? I reluctantly placed my trust in Barack Obama but over the last week or so he's been selling himself out as fast as he can before a fair price has even been agreed upon. What did I expect? He's a politician y'know.
I almost completely agree with George Carlin:
"Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks."
He ended by saying something you can't say on the radio. (Imagine that.) Paraphrasing, he said "Screw Hope."
That's what I don't agree with. His last two words. Because there is Hope.
We know that Americans fought and won concessions from Capitalism and the government it controls.
We organized and demanded fair wages and decent hours. Women organized and demanded the right to vote. African-Americans organized and demanded Civil Rights.
We organized, demanded, held strikes, boycotted … and won. That's what Americans did and that's how it worked for most of the last century.
And the only way it won't work now is if we deny that we are not like Those Americans. For some reason the DNA in our bodies has changed and we are not the same kind of people our parents and our grandparents were. For some reason we can't imagine turning off the TV and organizing a movement made up of our friends, families, and neighbors.
Maybe the only thing that has changed is that we may have forgotten how to begin?
If that's the case then everybody can go out and buy this book:
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing called Rules for Radicals. For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it. This book tells the "have-nots" (you know … us) how they can organize to achieve real political power for the practice of true democracy.
Isn't it about time that we acknowledge that the situation we are in now will not stay the same … it won't get better by itself … it will only get worse … Unless we do something.
Because if we don't … every single crappy science-fiction story ever written about "The Future" will come true and who the hell wants their kids to grow up in a Charlton Heston movie?
Soylent Green Rations Are Up!
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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.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ...
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"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.