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.
Jeff Farias Is Back!
Everyone who listened to Jeff and misses his take on current events, great music, and provocative talk radio ... click on over to http://www.thejefffariasshow.com/ and click on "Listen Live" from 6 - 9 pm Eastern time.
How To Be … "Of The Left"
When I was a kid it was straightforward …
The Commies were on The Left.
The John Birch Society and other crazies who believed "The Commies Were Coming" were on The Right.
And everybody else was pretty much in The Middle.
The GI Bill, unions, and good jobs made up the foundation of a strong Middle Class. It was easy to be "Middle Of The Road" politically when you lived in the middle of The Middle Class.
The Right never had a real foothold. Regardless of what The Dan Smoot Report said … The Commies weren't coming anytime soon. Richard Nixon convinced Joe McCarthy that an anti-communist campaign got votes … So McCarthy found his cause and his goons ran roughshod over America in the early fifties. They ruined thousands of lives but they never did find The Commie Threat.
The Right continued to flog the Anti-Communist horse and the crazy conservatives all lined up to support Barry Goldwater for his presidential bid in 1964. Goldwater carried six states. Johnson won 486 electoral votes to Goldwater's 52.
In college I found ineffectual commies all over the place. Marxists, Leninists, the hybrid Marxists-Leninists, and Maoists, all argued ideology until I was bored silly. It was difficult to be a communist in those days. To much stuff to memorize. Working at a Taco Bell to save up enough money to buy the new Beatles album branded me a running dog lackey of the Capitalist Establishment. And no one seemed to appreciate my slogan, "Smash The State … Seize The Time … Won't you be my Valentine."
But all that happened 40 years ago. Things change.
The Republicans roared back into power 16 years after Goldwater's defeat. They allied themselves with The Right, made up of Crazy Conservatives and Crazy Christians, and got all the cash they needed from Corporate America.
These days … even when the Right is out of office … they're never Out Of Power. They've got everything they need. They've got The Money … The Media … and The Crazy Stupid People. A seemingly unbeatable combo. You don't need to win elections when you own enough people and media outlets.
The Right has been telling lies since before this nation was formed.
Google, "A Short History of Conservative Obstruction to Progress" and check out the Anti-American agenda of The Right that stretches back over 200 years.
And … somehow they got control of our language.
40 years ago you had to be a commie to be on the left.
Nowadays all you have to do is tell the truth. To be labeled part of the "Far-Left" by Bill O'Reilly and the other Corporate Mouthpieces … all you have to do is expose their lies.
Last Saturday night radio station KPTK hosted a Town Hall Forum. On the panel were radio talk show hosts Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Mike Malloy and Ron Reagan. Not a communist in the bunch.
But because they expose the lies and machinations of The Right on their programs … And Tell The Truth … they are all labeled liberals and "leftists."
At the risk of sounding like Jeff Foxworthy …
If you were against the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq and the pointless war in Afghanistan … you're a "lefty."
If you think that healthcare should be available for everybody … you're a "lefty."
If you believe that religion and government should never mix, people are more important than the bottom line, and truth trumps lies … well … you get the idea.
Basically it comes down to this … if you're not insane … you're "Of The Left."
I don't know how to do it but somehow we've got to get our dictionary back … and change a couple of definitions that were hijacked by The Right.
I started off as an Adlai Stevenson Democrat. Along the way it was only rational to be against war … to be for Civil Rights … to be against unrestrained corporate power … to be for protecting our environment … and to be against the poisoning of our land, water, and food.
These concepts define bargain-basement sanity. The Right holds completely opposite ideas. And they're the ones that have been calling the shots since Reagan.
Sure we "won" the last election … but the goons of The Right are trying to seize power by force. It's the Ultimate Anti-Democratic Move by the historically Anti-American Right. How soon will we see that defending our Democratic Principles from the American Brownshirt Goons brands us all … "Of The Left?"
The Tipping Point is the level at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.
There's the signpost up ahead … next stop … The Twilight Zone.
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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.
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.