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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Taking a Measure of The Beast
Among other things, recently dead William Safire wrote speeches for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. For the most part his politics gave me the dry heaves but he certainly knew his way around the English Language. He created the famous phrase, “nattering nabobs of negativism” for one of Agnew’s speeches and ever since then I’ve been a sucker for alliteration. So you’ll have to excuse me if I call the following A Possibly Penultimate Moment.
It all started last week when I took an online poll linked from an ad on Crooks & Liars. Since taking the poll I’ve been getting a daily newsletter from the website’s author who describes himself as, “… an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter for 39 years.”
I knew right from the start that the poll was skewed all to hell … but what the hell … let’s see how 607,946 Americans responded.
The poll consisted of 5 questions and the first one was a doozy.
Who is most to blame for America’s current economic crisis?
There were 7 choices:
Real estate and mortgage professionals
Banks and sub-prime lenders
The Bush Administration
The Clinton Administration and the Democrats in Congress
I picked The Bush Administration because we got whacked a minimum of 10 trillion dollars on their watch.
The Bush Regime started two wars and put them on our credit card. Linda Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz summed it up in March of 2008 when they wrote in the Washington Post, “You can't spend $3 trillion -- yes, $3 trillion -- on a failed war abroad and not feel the pain at home.”
Now throw in the subprime mortgage meltdown; the unholy collusion of banks, sub-prime lenders, Wall Street, and the Federal regulators in the Bush administration that blocked attempts by state governments to prevent predatory lending practices. According to Wikipedia, by November 2008 the U.S. Federal government's efforts to support the global financial system resulted in financial commitments totaling $7 trillion.
Our phony baloney economy blew its wheels and nobody knows ultimately how much that train wreck will eventually cost. It certainly got my attention when it was described as, “the largest transfer of wealth in human history.”
So yeah … I figured The Bush Administration was mostly to blame for America’s current economic crisis where according to Michael Moore, a home goes into foreclosure every 7 seconds.
But … factor in the answers from the other 607,945 Americans who took the poll.
66% said that the Clinton Administration and the Democrats in Congress were to blame. Only 12% picked the Bush Administration.
The poll results reminded me of that crappy 2-part Docu-drama ABC aired 3 years ago. Remember The Path to 9/11? It was billed as “based on The 9/11 Commission Report” and blamed the Clinton Administration for 9/11.
Forget about the scores of warnings the Bush Administration received from intelligence agencies from around the globe. Forget about The August 6, 2001 memo, Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. And forget that after being briefed by a CIA officer on the memo, Bush said, "All right. You've covered your ass, now."
Bush continued vacationing in Texas after receiving the memo and cleared some brush around the ranch … and there isn’t any record of him doing squat about Bin Laden. But according to ABC … the terrorist attacks on September 11th were because of the failures of Bill Clinton. So I guess it stand to reason that our economic meltdown was his fault too.
If you’re stupid.
It’s weird enough when people don’t know their grandfather’s history, or their father’s history, but when they don’t even know their own history … events that happened within their own lifetime … then it gets really bad.
There’s too much stupid out there.
Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy for God, said “ … within our culture we have a subculture which is literally a fifth column of insanity that is bred from birth, through home school, Christian school, evangelical college, whatever … to reject facts as a matter of faith.”
I disagree with Schaeffer only because he used the word “subculture.” It’s The Culture … not a subculture.
61% of Americans do not believe in evolution.
47% of Americans believe that the universe is 6 - 10 thousand years old.
And two-thirds of the idiots who took the same poll I took believe that the Clinton Administration is to blame for our economic meltdown.
Pretty big numbers for a subculture isn’t it?
The comedian Ron White said, “You can’t fix Stupid.”
You can’t fix stupid when deranged right wing crazy talking points get regularly injected into Mainstream Media. Tea-Baggers, Deathers, and Birthers all found their way into the Nightly News. And their insanity is disseminated daily by the highly paid mouthpieces of the Mainstream Media.
Not the Right Wing Media … The Mainstream Media. The reason I say that is because The Right Wing Media Is the Mainstream Media. Still believe there’s a difference between the two? Take this simple test:
How many times over the summer did the loony Right Wing Crazy Crap make it into The News?
During that same time … how many of their absolutely crazy claims were debunked by so-called Mainstream Media news anchor-people?
Newscasters like Brian Williams reported on the shenanigans of Tea Bagger-Birther-Deathers but afterwards they never looked directly into the camera and told their audiences that the Tea Bagger-Birther-Deathers are lying. That wouldn’t have been editorializing … they would have been reporting the facts.
During that same time … how many spokespersons from “The Left” were on The Nightly News explaining the differences between Healthcare reform and Healthcare Insurance reform?
Again … Zip.
Rush Limbaugh can exhort his listeners to riot during the Democratic convention but a reporter from the Seattle Times referred to Mike Malloy as “incendiary.”
The Right Wing Media is The MainStream Media … The Insane Right Wing Subculture is Our Culture … and regardless of the results of last November’s election … The Right Wing is our government.
Reality check … the majority of our elected representatives have always supported funding of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The majority of our elected representatives have continually supported the ongoing war crime in Iraq.
Democrats and Republicans alike.
The Majority. Ugly word isn’t it? Especially when we’re not it.
Instead of continually keeping a running tally of Current Events … instead of tracking the zany antics of a country that began with genocide and slavery and bloomed into murderous empire … and hasn’t veered off that course for most of its history … I’ve decided to concentrate on a couple of other things:
For starters … How to convince people that the most effective thing they can do to effect real change is for everybody to stay home For One Day.
But first we’ve all got to wake up … and then we’ve all got to wake up more and more people … The Majority has to eventually wake up … or it won’t work.
As George Carlin said, “It’s called The American Dream because you’ve got to be asleep to believe it.”
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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.