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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!



Holy Crap!! I vote like a Republican!!

I had another epiphanette a couple of days ago …

I’m a liberal … but I’ve voted like a Republican for almost 30 years.

When it comes to Presidential Elections … I vote Out of Fear.

Just like the Republican Base.

I’m afraid the Republican candidate will get elected … and the Republican base is terrified the Democratic candidate will win.

We all vote out of fear because we’re convinced that “The Other Guy” will ruin the country.

The Corporate Powers That Be yank everybody’s chain, scare both sides silly, and laugh all the way to the bank. Y’know … the bank we just bailed out … again.

The Republican Sneer n’ Smear machine cranks out lies about the Democratic candidate. Millions were spent making sure the Republican base was aware of the non-existent “facts” about the world-wide drug smuggling ring headquartered in Mena, Arkansas and the ominous “Clinton Body Count.” The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth trashed John Kerry because they were given bags of money from Republican deep pockets to lie about … and destroy Kerry’s military service.

And this year the Right Wing Noise Machine will have spent millions more convincing the craziest Republicans that Obama will begin his Inaugural address by shouting allegiance to Allah, and conclude by quoting Cleavon Little from Blazing Saddles, “Where the White Women at?”

That’s all the Right Wing has: Money and Lies. Tons of money to spread the lies to reverberate throughout the media. Corporate Media love to move the Sneers n’ Smears down the food chain. It doesn’t make any difference whether on not it's true. It’s great copy … and better television.

But what about fear-mongering by the Democrats?

44 years ago Lyndon Johnson’s campaign produced an anti-Barry Goldwater spot showing a little girl picking and counting the petals of a daisy. When she reached "nine" an ominous male voice began counting down and when he reached zero … a flash …. then a mushroom cloud filled the screen.

Vote for Johnson or the little girl, and everybody else, dies in a nuclear war.

Pretty Spooky Stuff but Goldwater once said, "I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle."

The difference between Democratic fear mongering and Republican fear mongering is that the Democrats don’t have to lie. The Truth about Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, and George W. Bush is far scarier than any of the lies cooked up by the Right Wing Noise Machine. They just never get any media coverage.

Barack Obama can talk about Hope and Change from now until the election but he’s going to get millions of votes not because of his message … but because there are a lot of people out there scared witless that John McCain will be a third term for The Bush Regime.

I’ve put this question to friends and family:

Why are you going to vote for Barack Obama? And the answer cannot be fear based.

As in: If I don’t vote for Obama, McCain Will Do Something Bad. Like put more conservatives on the Supreme Court, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace … yadda yadda yadda …

They don’t have an answer because their primary reason, for voting for Obama, is out of fear of McCain.

Now I told you all that because I have another but similar question that took me completely out of fear-based Presidential Politics:

Can anyone tell me why a liberal should vote for Barack Obama?

I’m a liberal … and I really want to know.

And why should I, as a liberal, have voted for any Democratic nominee for president since 1980?

Don’t regale me with the history of the Democratic Party. Don’t bother telling me about how the Democrats saved the country from the Great Depression, won World War II, gave us the G.I Bill and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Save your breath because the Democratic Party was buried with George McGovern’s anti-war candidacy by a landslide in 1972.

The political hacks that crawled out from underneath the wreckage left the principles of the Democratic Party behind under the rubble and re-invented themselves as the New Corporate Democratic Party.

And the New Corporate Democratic Party makes the same audacious assumption every 4 years: liberals must vote Democratic because where else are they gonna go? The Democratic Leadership blatantly uses liberal voters and discards them like used Kleenex if it looks like any of their liberal ideas might taint the campaign.

Barack Obama was carried on the backs of liberals over the finish line during the primaries and then he pulled a 180 on them. Screw the Fourth Amendment. Let’s have more nuclear power plants. Call offshore drilling “Responsible” Domestic Production of Oil and Natural Gas. Using the word “Responsible” makes it all sound Greener’n hell doesn’t it? Exxon’s banking on it.

I’m tired of listening to people praise a party that doesn’t exist anymore and then try to explain away what the Party’s Leaders are presently doing.

I’m tired of hearing Let’s just have a Huge Democratic Win and then fix everything later. Everything on the liberal Agenda can be on hold until after the election. Like in 2006? When Democrats won and Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, and Harry Reid sat on their goddamned hands and refused to stop War Crimes?

The Democrats over the last 30 years, The Neo-Dems, Vichy-Dems, Craven Spineless Dems, whatever you want to call them, have helped turn a Conservative Supreme Court into an Ultra-Conservative Supreme Court and I’m supposed to believe they wouldn’t stand in the way of the Super-Duper Conservative Supreme Court?

All I know is that liberal square pegs don’t fit in round Democratic holes.

Liberals keep asking, pleading, begging, and wishing the Democratic Party would be something that it’s not.

I do the same thing just about every day.

I wish my cat were a dog.

To date … the cat has refused to cooperate.

Somehow the stranglehold of fear-based partisan politics has got to be broken. It divides the country and keeps us fighting the wrong enemy. Ourselves

Starting this election cycle, I’m going to kiss off spending any time, energy, or concern about participating in the insane presidential version of the Academy Awards. It’s a rigged game guys.

Heads the Right wins ...

Tails the liberals lose.

Every single time.

Who am I to hand out advice about Presidential Politics?

Just another liberal sucker who’s been played for a chump by Republicans and Democrats for most of my life. As Sam Goldwyn said, “Include me out.”

I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s Farm no more.

Regards,

Bob

P.S. Hey ... I didn't mean to give the impression that I'm going to stay home all day and watch cartoons instead of voting. I'll vote ... And I'll vote for liberals. Maybe write in a name if there isn't a liberal running for a particular office.



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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

If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ...

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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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