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.
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The Indifferent Enemy
Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 western, The Wild Bunch opens with William Holden leading his gang of outlaws into town to rob the railroad office of a payload of silver. The group is ambushed by a posse hired by the railroad company, resulting in a bloody shootout that kills off several of the gang. The surviving Wild Bunch rides out of town back to their hideout where they meet up with another gang member, Sikes, played by Edmond O'Brien. Sikes asks what happened back at the town and is told, “They set it up.”
He replies with a sneer, “Who the hell is They?”
Good Movie … and a good question for all of us amateur historians/researchers.
Who The Hell Are They? Who are the people behind the scenes pulling the strings? Who are the people who decree who shall live and who shall die? Who stands to gain from death and destruction? Who put our country on the road to Empire and turned us into a Rogue Nation?
Who Owns America?
The textbook answer, “The United States of America is a Democratic Republic owned by the people, powered by the will of the people.” will only satisfy the terminally naïve.
Taking the lead from All The President’s Men … follow the money.
G. William Domhoff wrote in his article. Wealth, Income, and Power,
“In terms of types of financial wealth, the top one percent of households have 36.7% of all privately held stock, 63.8% of financial securities, and 61.9% of business equity. The top 10% have 85% to 90% of stock, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and over 75% of non-home real estate. Since financial wealth is what counts as far as the control of income-producing assets, we can say that just 10% of the people own the United States of America.”
The “old money” that created dynasties for the most part came from old crimes … and the proceeds from war. The patina of age refined this blood money and created the strange gentility of our ruling class.
What new dynasties have been created from the crime of denying our health insurance claims? In 2007, the CEO’s from seven health insurance companies received well over 1.2 billion dollars in compensation. The CEO of Aetna, Ronald Williams, made $467,309.85 per week.
Who the hell are they? We can call them The Ruling Class, the ruling elite, the fill-in-the-blank space before “Industrial Complex” as in the Military Industrial Complex, Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex, Security Industrial Complex, or simply … The Corporatocracy.
The power of The Corporatocracy transcends elections … and national boundaries
It is the greatest political power in the world.
A foreign corporation, the British Petroleum Company, tried to get President Truman to use the CIA to overthrow Prime Minister Mosaddeq of Iran, but Truman refused. In 1953 however, President Eisenhower acquiesced and the CIA embarked on its first covert operation against a foreign government … and Mosaddeq was ousted.
The next year United Fruit Company, aka Chiquita Banana, pressured Eisenhower to use the CIA to overthrow Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, the democratically-elected President of Guatemala. And Their Will Was Done. And The Corporatocracy trained Death Squads maintained control.
The President of The United States is the most powerful man in the world only to those who are historically illiterate.
The Corporatocracy has caused the deaths of millions. Through their deliberate actions whole nations have been plunged into soul-killing poverty. They have polluted our air, land, water, and food. It is not an original idea but … The Corporatocracy is a Psychopath. And like a psychopath it is completely indifferent to the destruction in its wake.
The Corporatocracy doesn’t care about whether or not we get eaten alive by untreated cancer or if the additives in our food cause cancer. They don’t care if we lose our homes or die in a war they engineered.
They don’t care.
Their indifference is maddening. It would be almost more palatable if they hated us. It would almost make sense then. But it’s not personal … it’s only business.
The Corporatocracy has never voluntarily stopped making money.
They have been thwarted only when finally the people couldn’t take it any more and demanded that they stop. But that was in the previous century when Americans joined together and demanded fair wages, reasonable working conditions and hours, and basic civil rights.
The only way to successfully fight The Corporatocracy is for us to realize … again … that without our consent … without our labor … The Corporatocracy’s agenda Will Not Proceed. When letters, phone calls, and email to our elected representatives, bought and paid for by The Corporatocracy, result in … nothing ... it’s time to start doing things differently. When will we understand that the beginning of the solution starts with a National Strike?
Until then we remain powerless because we have given our power away to people who have betrayed us. And we are too frightened to do anything about it. We’re too frightened to demand anything. We might lose our job.
But let us at least have the courage to ask questions. At least we can ask The Beast what it is like to be The Beast. From everywhere on the planet … wherever The American Empire brought hell on Earth because it was “Good Business” … we should question them. From the blood-soaked earth of Southeast Asia to the rubble in Iraq … From the killing fields in Central and South America to a balcony of a motel in Memphis or the bullet ridden kitchen pantry of a hotel in Los Angeles … we should ask them:
What is it like to stand in absolute darkness with no stars above you and no cold capable of bothering you … and not suffer the uncertainty that comes from feeling the presence of monsters … to know, instead, that you are the greatest of monsters … and that the shadows hide nothing more dangerous than yourself?
And finally ask them the same question put to the railroad baron in The Wild Bunch, “How does it feel to be so goddamn right?”
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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.