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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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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

RESIST!



Back From The Shadows Again

After reading as much news as I could stomach this morning … I immediately thought of Rod Serling, the guy who understood better than most the banal surrealism of MainStream America, Machiavelli's The Prince, The guidebook on getting and preserving power, and The Firesign Theatre's I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus.

So what does an old teevee show, the writings of a 481 year old dead guy, and a comedy album from 1971 have anything to do with August 2008?

Rod Serling set the stage:

You're traveling through another dimension beyond that which is known to man. You're moving into a land between light and shadow, between science and superstition. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone.

Machiavelli provided the techniques.

If Karl Rove only read one book throughout his miserable lifetime … it's a safe assumption that one book would be Machiavelli's The Prince. Rove's entire political career is filled with one example after another of getting and maintaining power. From "The end justifies the means" as a working foundation, to the most audacious … Accuse other people of crimes you have committed … all from the pages of Machiavelli's playbook.

In 1986, when helping William Clements, Jr. running for governor of Texas a second time, Rove bugged his own campaign office just before a crucial debate in the campaign … and blamed the Democrats. Police and FBI investigated and discovered that the bug's battery was so small it would need to be changed every few hours. The investigation was dropped but more importantly … Clements won.

Rove has been proclaimed to be a "genius." In reality, he's more like an idiot savant. His one and only "talent" is that he can lie. Most of us learned as children that it is wrong to tell a lie. Sociopaths like Rove somehow never learned that lesson and Rove has been handsomely rewarded for all his lies.

In 1973 the sociopathic Karl Rove met the psycopathic George W. Bush. In different times, different circumstances, their story would have been told in lurid "True Crimes" magazines. But with family connections and the deep pockets of the Republican Party … their history won't be found on magazine racks but in a Presidential Library.

So what's ol' Karl up to these days?

Last March as reported by Politico.com … he's still a busy boy:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/8911.html

Mehlman, Rove boost McCain campaign.

John McCain is getting much more than President Bush's endorsement and fundraising help for his campaign. He's getting Bush's staff.

… Ken Mehlman, who ran Bush's 2004 campaign, is now serving as an unpaid, outside adviser to the Arizona Republican. Karl Rove, the president's top political hand since his Texas days, recently gave money to McCain and soon after had a private conversation with the senator. A top McCain adviser said both Mehlman and Rove are now informally advising the campaign. Rove refused to detail his conversation with McCain.

This explains the tone of the current spate of McCain ads. John McCain pledged to run a "respectful campaign" and has proved that he doesn't know what those words mean in that order. The ads are not filled with spin, distortions, or hyperbole. They are simply … lies. One claimed that Obama is playing "The Race Card" … completely untrue … when the McCain campaign played that same card in an ad back in April.

Thank you Machiavelli. Accuse your opponent of doing what you have already done. It's amazing people still fall for that.

But McCain's latest attack ad is completely off the scale.

Politicians have always used "Code Words" that sound innocent enough but speak volumes to a target audience. You can't flat out use The N Word but you can certainly talk of "State's Rights" down in the South and those voters know what you're talking about.

In order to completely get a lock on The Crazy Evangelical Vote … McCain's newest spot portrays Barack Obama as … The Antichrist.

You really can't get much crazier than that. A quote from the book of Psalms, an insinuation from Revelations, and Charlton-Gawd-Damned-Heston himself as Moses will drive those Bible-Thumpin' Mouth Breathers straight to the voting booth scared witless that Satan's minion is comin' to town … and he's black!

If you don't think that McCain attack ads don't make much difference … Google "obama anti-Christ" and over a million pages show up. And The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday, August 4th shows the race for the White House is tied with Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote. However, when "leaners" are included, it's McCain 47% and Obama 46%.

Karl Rove's slimy fingerprints are all over the McCain ads. And if you can believe the polls … they're working.

I take back that "You really can't get much crazier than that" statement. We've got 3 loooooong months to go until election day. I don't know where McCain can go after the Obama as Antichrist ad runs its course but I'm sure Karl will think of a lie so cynically evil … The MainStreamMedia will talk about it endlessly for days.

Which is what Rove wants in the first place.

Hey … if the Rove tactic of accusing Democrats of a flaw that the Rove Republicans possess … and we all know that Barack Obama is not The Antichrist … then … does that mean that Karl Rove could be ??? … Oh never mind.

Oh … I almost forgot. How does the Firesign Theatre fit into all this?

I believe that if one follows "Current Events" and attempts to dig beneath the veneer of MainStreamMedia … there are um … certain repercussions.

As the Honorable Chester Cadaver from I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus explains:

"Sure, understanding today's complex world of the future is a little like having bees live in your head. But, there they are."

I know exactly what that feels like.

So … Go Ahead, Squeeze the Wheeze ... "We're all bozos on this bus".

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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