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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

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.

RESIST!



The Biggest Tea Party Ever!

Hey Mike,

It was almost a year ago when about sixty to seventy thousand Crazy Stupid White People attended The Teabagger Taxpayer March on Washington DC.

Conservative Pundit Liars like Michelle Malkin grossly inflated the numbers of Crazy Stupid attendees anywhere from 300,000 to 2 million. A photograph supposedly of the massive turnout was instead a photo of the Promise Keepers Rally from 1997.

Imagine that … The Right Wing Lied. And then lied again to prove their first lie was really the truth. These guys are awesome. In the same way that food poisoning sometimes produces spectacular results.

A couple of months later Michele Bachmann’s anti-health care reform rally drew about 10,000 Crazy Stupid People. When Bachman was outgassing about the event with Sean Hannity on FOX, she said the attendance figures were somewhere between 20,000 to 40,000 people. In the FOX tradition of lying to their audience, FOX showed 2 month old footage from The Teabagger Taxpayer March and passed it off as video from Bachmann’s rally.

That’s the kind of journalistic ethic that makes The White House Correspondents Association vote unanimously to give FOX News a front row seat in the White House briefing room.

Through the efforts of tireless and dedicated reporters we all found out about Hannity’s switcheroo on … The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Last Saturday we were visiting relatives in Canada so we missed the media coverage of Glenn Beck’s Teabagger Extravaganza. When we got home last night I immediately turned on the computer and the television to see what we missed.

Well … what we really missed was the next to the last episode of the third season of True Blood on HBO … so we watched that first. As soon as we were up to speed on what was happening with Sookie Stackhouse, I started Googling around to see how many Crazy Stupid White People showed up to restore America’s honor by trivializing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s galvanizing I Have A Dream speech. Somewhere between 78,000 and 96,000 ignorant louts attended.

I guess if you promote the crap out of a Teabagger event day after day after day on FOX, and promise insane headliners like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, you can probably get sixty … maybe almost 100,000 Crazy Stupid People to show up. And the media will deem it a “Newsworthy Event.”

It helps to have the deep pockets of the Koch brothers plowing piles of cash into the Teabagger movement to keep it going and on message. How else are they going to keep their grass roots movement green? It also helps that The Mainstream Media just loves them some Teabaggers. Their cameras roll if only a couple of hundred Crazy People show up protesting the Black Man in the White House. Now that’s news.

In 2002, four months before Bush illegally attacked Iraq, over 100,000 people marched on Washington … but you wouldn’t have known it if you followed the news. Five years ago 150,000 people protested the Iraq war in Washington and again the Mainstream Media was nowhere to be found. According to the French academic Dominique Reynié, between January 3 and April 12, 2003, 36 million people across the globe took part in almost 3,000 protests against the Iraq war. But in this country … that’s not news.

Corporate Media want us to believe the Teabagger Movement is representative of The American Will. It’s not true … but that doesn’t matter. The stage is being set for the November mid-term elections. Between now and then we’re going to see something we’ve never seen before thanks to the Roberts Court. Virtually an unlimited amount of corporate money will be spent on candidates the Corporatocracy wants elected. And an unlimited amount of corporate money is going to be spent on candidates the Corporatocracy wants defeated.

As Robert Parry wrote in Consortium News last week, “According to almost all media accounts, American voters are on the verge of rewarding the Republican Party for its determined efforts to block Democratic job-creating efforts and President Obama's other modest reforms.

Amazingly, Wall Street leaders - after getting salvaged by government intervention themselves - are calling for more Republicans in Congress to prevent government initiatives to help other Americans get back on their feet.

There is a strange consensus emerging that, for want of a better phrase, "gridlock is good."

So, is the United States about to take yet another flyer with "Reagan-Bush-ism," the "government is bad" ideology that has dominated the nation's precipitous decline over the past three decades?

Has the Right's media power left Americans so confused that they have forgotten how the country emerged from the Great Depression and built the great American middle class, with a combination of government infrastructure-building and private enterprise? Have the painful lessons of the George W. Bush administration been forgotten already?

Philosopher George Santayana famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But he surely didn't think that the people of a modern nation would forget their own history in less than two years.”

I would like to think that we really do remember what happened to us just a few short years ago. But I also know that untold millions of dollars are going to be spent on wiping out that memory.

The media are giving these Crazy Stupid Racist Teabaggers airtime for a reason. The Koch Brothers, FOX News, Glenn Beck and the rest of the fatuous gasbags, have manufactured and inflamed discontent. The Teabaggers are the face of that discontent. Unparalleled amounts of money are going to be spent stuffing the heads of Stupid Voters with more lies and craziness.

What’s going to happen on election day?

Will the Astroturf Teabagger Movement hand control of the country back to the Republicans at the ballot box? Will millions of corporate dollars befuddle enough Americans into believing that Restoring America’s Honor means they should vote for Republican oligarchs? I would like to think that come election day the Teabagger Movement and their candidates will fail and deflate like a leaky whoopee cushion but …

What about all those no-paper-trail voting machines that have been stealing elections for Republicans over the last 10 years?

After the polls close … when all the corporate campaign money has been spent … after the latest Teabagger Media Circus has aired … and if the bogus voting machines were used … will a swarm of yahoos be swept into office? Will some highly paid haircut tell us, “The People Have Spoken” and then cut to a triumphant teary-eyed close-up of Glenn Beck?

That’s just about one of the scariest things I can think of.

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.

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. --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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