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.
Too Stupid To Live
Here's the way it shakes out. Paraphrasing Slavoj Žižek, Slovene philosopher and cultural critic:
Of these three features
and sincere support of Republican policies,
it is only possible to combine two, never all three of these attributes.
If one is honest and supportive … one is not very bright.
If one is bright and supportive … one is not honest.
And if one is honest and bright … one can not be supportive.
There's no such thing as a smart, honest, Republican. I challenge anyone to find this elusive creature. The odds are you'll stumble across the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman playing cribbage in The Vatican before you'll be able to snap a couple shots of a smart, honest, Republican.
The fact of the matter is smart, honest people recoil when they come face to face with Republican ideas. Smart, honest people are aghast at the concept of cutting food stamps for hungry people, denying health care for the sick, and taxing the poor and middle-class while giving a free ride to the richest people in the country. But the problem is smart, honest people have ceded too much ground to the dumbasses and their venal overlords. The proof is in the polls, ladies and gents.
In 2003 nearly seven in ten Americans believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.
In 2006, 85% of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq thought they were sent to war "to retaliate for Saddam's role in the Sept. 11 attacks."
In 2011, 38% of Americans believed that the US found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam Hussein was working closely with Al Qaeda, 26% believed that Iraq had WMDs just before the Iraq War, and 16% believed that WMDs were found in Iraq.
And on the domestic front:
61% of Americans don't believe in evolution. 47% believe the universe is less that 10,000 years old. One child in four grows up not knowing how to read. 21 million Americans can't read at all. 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can't read their own diplomas. 50 percent of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level.
From ABC News:
In math, reading and problem-solving using technology -- all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength -- American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
Jesus H. Christ how did we get so dumb! Who benefits from a 'Confederacy of Dunces'?
George Carlin knew, "They want obedient workers, obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly crappier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it."
There is a reason it used to be a crime in the Confederate states to teach a slave to read: Literacy is power. It's a well known fact that information is hidden from dumbasses … in books. And the crafty, dishonest elite have been nurturing crops of dumbasses for as long as I can remember.
But there's no reason to dredge up ancient history. In September 2010 Congressman Lynn Westmoreland told his religious conservative constituents he would need their support when the Republicans shut down the government. He told them what Republicans were planning before they got elected in 2010.
And the crowd went wild.
Shut 'er Down! Now all the dumbasses want in on it. These are the spiritual descendants of the dumbasses who believed St. Ronnie 30 years ago when he told them Government was the problem. They don't seem to understand that the government's social programs they depend on, the programs that actually benefit people, are overwhelmingly loathed by the people who used Ronnie as a meat puppet to sell poison to the people.
So here we are, collectively as a nation, managing to lose a game of One Card Monte.
Sara Robinson wrote four years ago, "We've arrived. We are now parked on the exact spot where our best experts tell us full-blown fascism is born. Every day that the conservatives in Congress, the right-wing talking heads, and their noisy minions are allowed to hold up our ability to govern the country is another day we're slowly creeping across the final line beyond which, history tells us, no country has ever been able to return."
Here's Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in 25 words or less:
The Corporatocracy creates, or takes advantage of, social and natural disasters to force their political agenda while picking up the pieces for pennies on the dollar.
Couldn't do it. I used 26 words.
Regardless, I think the aim of the Elite is to use the dumbasses to bring the country to the brink and then use the ensuing panic to strip away the social safety nets in a Grand Bargain where heads they win … tails we lose. And the dumbasses are going to lose, as Dick Cheney would say, Big Time. For next year's Darwin Award I nominate The United States of America.
Am I blaming the victim? Yeah … in a sense I am because in the information age, ignorance is a choice. But we all share some responsibility for the ascendancy of the dumbasses. We didn't stop them. We allowed control of The Commons to be wrenched away from us. We allowed George W. Bush to take office. We allowed the invasion of Iraq. We stayed in our homes, watched TV, and went to our jobs instead of going to the streets. We own a good chunk of the chaos. Where the hell did we think all this was going to end up? Disneyland?
But what about the Elite Swine who engineer and organize the dumbasses? Well … psychopaths are really good at some things. They're great at accumulating money and power. But psychopaths don't have a very good grasp of The Big Picture. They miss a couple of key components because of their blind spots because, y'know, they're insane.
The wealthy win because they think when push comes to shove they can always hire half the poor people to shoot the other half in a rousing game of "Let's You and Him Fight." They can't imagine their tea-bagger minions going Blood Simple and chewing off their leashes. They can't imagine the overriding thirst these religious fanatics have that can only be slaked with apocalyptic destruction. The Elite just want a fatter bottom line, but the minions want to get to Armageddon before their next birthday. The beasts and their masters have forgotten this passage from their bible because they only cherry pick the parts that further their agenda. They have forgotten the wisdom of Solomon from the book of Proverbs, "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."
Is it just me, or is it gettin' kinda breezy around here?
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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.
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.