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
Corporate Food … Corporate Candidates
I started watching the Food Channel when the Supreme Court handed George W. Bush the presidency.
The chance of accidentally seeing or hearing George W. Bush was impossible if I only watched the Food Channel. The fact that this twit was president because the Supreme Court stole the election for him was a reality that I could not completely grasp.
We've all experienced the huge ugly irrevocable moments that change our lives forever. An unexpected death of a loved one creates upheaval that is initially overwhelming, eventually subsides, but reverberates throughout the rest of our lives.
To compound the devastating realization that The United States of America was assassinated by the Supreme Court, the assassins and their supporters screamed at anyone in mourning to GET OVER IT!
There wasn't even a funeral. The MainStreamMedia just slapped a heavy coat of make-up on the corpse and told their audience how strong and vigorous the dead body was. See? The Economy is doing well.
So I started watching the Food Channel. Besides learning how to make the best baby back ribs I've ever had, the Food Channel also reminded me that although I was trying to retreat from politics … choosing to cook with quality food is a "political" choice.
If you want to eat food that doesn't contain herbicides and pesticides, if you don't want your meat or milk laced with unnecessary antibiotics or hormones, and you're trying to avoid eating genetically modified "Franken-Foods," you'll have to get used to paying 15 - 25 - or even 50% more for organic food. And after months of paying a premium for toxin-free food, any rational person would eventually ask a very simple question,
"How'd All That Crap Get Into Our Food Supply In The First Place?"
A naïve individual might think that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was created to protect us from all that crap. Here's their mission statement:
"The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation."
But … the question remains …
"How'd All That Crap Get Into Our Food Supply In The First Place?"
Simplistically though accurately put, the corporations that manufacture our food and drugs gave bags of money to politicians and government administrators to bend the law enough, or create new regulations to let the poison in.
If you haven't read a toothpaste label recently, you are in for shock. The label on a tube of Kids Crest toothpaste says:
"WARNINGS: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek PROFESSIONAL HELP or contact a POISON CONTROL center immediately."
Anybody know where their nearest POISON CONTROL CENTER is? I don't. And since I didn't want to frantically flip through the phone book looking for one in case my little boy accidentally swallows more than used for brushing … we buy fluoride-free toothpaste instead.
Anyone who has ever had to prep a wall for painting knows what TSP, Trisodium phosphate, is. You go down to the hardware store, buy a box of it, mix it with water and clean off years of grease, grime, and built up cigarette smoke. You have to be careful with it because it can corrode metal.
Oh look … It's in Cheerios.
Is it harmful? General Mills says … no. Is TSP in organic Nature O's? No.
The General Mills handout regarding TSP goes into great detail how the small amount of TSP in Cheerios is harmless. But why have a debate about TSP in the first place when you can avoid even the teeny amounts of this wallpaper stripper by purchasing Nature O's for your kids. We have to have this silly conversation about Cheerios because our political system has been warped by the Corporations who put crap in our food and medicines.
Alton Brown, the somewhat twitchy host of my favorite Food Channel program, Good Eats said:
"Here's what it comes down to, kids. Ronald McDonald doesn't give a damn about you. … We are fat and sick and dying because we have handed a basic, fundamental and intimate function of life over to corporations. We choose to value our nourishment so little that we entrust it to strangers. We hand our lives over to big companies and then drag them to court when the deal goes bad. This is insanity."
Okay. I get it. Corporations are not our buddies. They don't care if their actions kill us or ruin our environment. They only care about profit. And every election cycle they make sure that they've got bought and paid for candidates who will represent their interests … not ours.
As reported by the Boston Globe on August 7th 2008:
"… Exelon, a leading nuclear-plant operator based in Illinois, is a big donor to Obama, and its executive and employees have given him more than $70,000 since 2004."
Guess what? According to Barack Obama domestic offshore drilling and Nuclear power are back on the table. Even though the Energy Information Administration admits offshore oil production would not be expected to start before 2017 or hit peak production until 2030. And then it would only represent 1% of U.S. consumption. Safely harnessing nuclear power is a pipedream because the timeframe in question when dealing with radioactive waste ranges from 10,000 to 1,000,000 years. Practical studies only consider up to 100 years as far as effective planning and cost evaluations are concerned.
That crap is back on the table because the Democratic candidate for president is a Corporate Candidate as much as his Republican counterpart.
Over 80,000 people cheered Barack Obama during his acceptance speech. They cheered a candidate who lied to them about "Russian Aggression," talked tough about Iran, and promised to wind down the war in Iraq but expand the war in Afghanistan.
But he's the first Black candidate who will probably become President. Is this a great country or what? As a nation we have finally begun to transcend our destructive racism.
But we continue to hand over control of our lives to people and institutions that do us all great harm.
My Dissonance Meter blew out as tens of thousands cheered into the Denver night. I'm switching over to the Cartoon Network.
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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.