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
Tales of Terror
When I was a kid I read the horror comics that were supposed to rot my brain. This could explain everything.
William Gaines, publisher of the infamous E.C. Comics and Mad magazine, presented to young, impressionable minds, Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear. Each Terror Tale was introduced by The Vault Keeper, The Old Witch, or my favorite, The Crypt Keeper.
As Stephen King recounts in his book Danse Macabre:
"One typical E.C. screamer goes like this: The hero's wife and her boyfriend determine to do away with the hero so they can run away together and get married. … These two heels, who might have stepped whole and breathing from a James M. Cain novel, take the poor slob of a husband for a ride and the boyfriend puts a bullet between his eyes. They wire a cement block to the corpse's leg and toss him over a bridge into the river.
Two or three weeks later, our hero, a living corpse, emerges from the river, rotted and eaten by the fish. He shambles after wifey and her friend ...and not to invite them back to his place for a few drinks, either, one feels. One piece of dialogue from this story which I've never forgotten is, "I am coming, Marie, but I have to come slowly ... because little pieces of me keep falling off ..."
Scary stuff for little kids growing up in the 50's. Almost as bad as Duck and Cover.
But for sheer terror … The stories The Crypt Keeper told were harmless Fairy Tales when compared to what the insane Dominican Nuns told the young, impressionable minds under their care.
This is what Sister Mary Sinister told a roomful of seven year old kids 50 years ago:
Imagine a steel ball the size of the earth.
Every thousand years a sparrow flies down and sharpens its beak upon the huge steel ball.
Whick … Whick
And then flies away.
The time it takes for the sparrow to wear away that immense steel ball to nothing … That would be … ONE DAY IN HELL!
Pretty Scary huh?
But the story the insane Dominican nun told that caused me the most dread … that gave me the most fear-filled sleepless nights and panic-induced stomach-aches, was this:
There are Two Trains. Train A, traveling 70 miles per hour, leaves Westford heading toward Eastford, 260 miles away. At the same time Train B, traveling 60 mph, leaves Eastford heading toward Westford. When do the two trains meet and how far from each city do they meet?
As far as I'm concerned, the most bloodcurdling stories ever told begin with the words … There Are Two Trains …
But I submit for your consideration, as Rod Serling might say, Americans of voting age have been presented with a variation of this terror tale every 4 years for the last 28 years. This election year's story goes something like this:
There Are Two Candidates for President.
John McCain, the candidate from the Right, will not withdraw troops from Iraq but proposes an impossible victory in the immoral war the United States began. He does not rule out a war with Iran. He is against universal health care, supports GATT and NAFTA, and his energy policy is dictated by oil and gas-connected contributions to his presidential campaign. He will not restore the Constitution and erroneously believes that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.
Barack Obama, the candidate perceived to be A Liberal, proposes keeping troops in Iraq until 2010. Under his "Peace Plan" using previous year's death rates, we can project that tens of thousands more Iraqis as well as another thousand or so Americans will die. Obama would consider missile strikes on Iran. He does not want to unilaterally reopen negotiations on NAFTA. He does not support a Universal Single Payer Not for Profit Healthcare system. And with his FISA "Compromise" vote … he destroyed the fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
So the problem to be answered, and as the good Dominican nuns admonished, "You must show your work" … Which candidate should Americans vote for who would:
Reverse U.S. policy in the Middle East
Adopt single payer national health insurance
Cut the huge, bloated, wasteful military budget
Say no to nuclear power and Adopt a carbon pollution tax
Crack down on corporate crime and corporate welfare
Defend and Restore the Civil Justice System
And Prosecute the Bush/Cheney Regime
Be sure to include in your calculations that historically Liberals have always derided the Republican Base for consistently voting against their best interests.
Time's up. Put your pencils down and pass your ballot to the front the class. Oh … I forgot … We don't have a paper trail so we can't verify your vote.
It won't make any difference anyway because … as The Crypt Keeper would say … It was a trick question Boils and Ghouls.
The correct answer is "None of the Above." We should have voted for Kucinich in the Primary … or Nader in November.
But we've been indoctrinated very well. We believe that if we vote for the candidate who represents our interests … that's "Throwing Your Vote Away."
And The Crypt Keeper says, "Heh … Heh."
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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.