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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.


There is No Joy in Muddville

Hey Mike,

I know a guy who listens to Rush Limbaugh every day, and watches FOX News every night. And he’s been doing this for years.

I have to deal with this guy regularly. And almost all of the time what we have to talk about has nothing to do with politics. But every once in awhile we “go there.” And an amazing transformation takes place. He becomes a Rush Limbaugh - FOX News - talking points regurgitator. But it’s even weirder than that. He doesn’t just repeat zombie-like what he’s heard like some “Gooble-Gobble One of Us” freak … he’s internalized it. He takes the current Conservative Talking Points, digests it completely, and when the Conservative Button is pressed … out come the Talking Points … but in his own words. It’s not like he’s become a Limbaugh/Hannity/O’Reilly clone because he still retains his individuality. He’s personalized the mindset and sees everything that is political through that lens.

I know exactly what he’s going to say about Current Events. When George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin I knew before I picked up the phone I was going to hear the racist conservative spin come out of his mouth. When Rush and FOX come up with their latest attack on Obama … it goes straight into his Anti-Obama hope chest where he keeps all his Anti-Obama ammo.

We were on the phone Sunday night. The election came up. I told him I had already sent in my absentee ballot. He assumed I voted for Obama and was shocked when I told him I hadn’t. He knew I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Romney but he couldn’t understand why a good “liberal” like myself didn’t vote Obama.

I told him my top reasons:

  • Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act giving him the authority to arrest Americans and lock them up indefinitely.
  • Obama designated himself as the Judge and Jury for the "kill list" of human beings his Security Advisors think should be executed.
  • And Obama’s waged the most aggressive and vindictive assault on whistleblowers of any president in American history.
  • The list is much longer, but this Limbaugh-listening-FOXNews-watching guy interrupted me because he didn’t know what I was talking about.

    We wrapped up the call and I while I was pouring a cup of coffee … it hit me. Why didn’t he know this stuff? How could he not know this stuff? He’s so steeped in Limbaugh and FOX that when he caught a CNN broadcast in his doctor’s waiting room he told me he “… couldn’t believe the pro-Obama propaganda that was coming out of the TV.

    Let’s take a moment here …

    This guy only listens to … and watches Anti-Obama propaganda Every Single Day. He’s stewed in it for so long that anything that even gets close to objective reporting, something he never sees on FOX, comes across to him as propaganda. Kudos to Murdoch and Ailes for systematically destroying this guy’s mind.

    But I digress …

    How is it possible that this guy knows all about the Secret Muslim who’s simultaneously a Reverend Wright Crazy Christian … The Socialist pallin’ around with terrorists … The globe-trotting American apologist … and every single anti-Obama virus put out there by FOX … but he doesn’t know any of the real blood-curdling facts about Obama? I’d think the “kill list” and indefinite detentions for any American would trump the Reverend Wright stuff six ways from Sunday.

    But better yet …

    Why didn’t FOX or Limbaugh cobble together an Ultimate anti-Obama mashup?

    The Black Guy in The White House with the “Kill List” (true) is a Secret Muslim (false) who can “disappear” you or any other American he chooses … forever (true). Pretty scary stuff for an already nervous Teabagger.

    But the truth is FOX doesn’t even need to use the made-up Secret Muslim stuff to scare their audience. That would just be fake icing on the cake.

    But the question remains … Why didn’t they scare their audience with the truth instead of the phony junk?

    I’ll venture a guess.

    The Republican fascists, like all fascists, love the tools of the trade. They just want to make damn sure those tools are still in the box for when the time comes for their guy to use them.

    The Teabagging numbskulls were right. This was one of the most important election in American History. Our freedom is endangered. Our rights and our social safety nets are on the chopping block. And America is reviled by people around the globe. But they were wrong in thinking the plutocratic drone was going to help them. And the 59,725,608 Americans who voted for “Hawaiian Shirt Friday Fascism” were just as wrong.

    The time is right and ripe for out and out Weirdness. The voters of The United States of America have spoken. Half the country believes one thing, and the other half believes the exact opposite. The only thing they agree upon is the half they don’t belong to wants to destroy the country.

    The Elite designed this outcome. Billions of dollars were spent to make sure of it. This has all the makings for a "Perfect Storm" and when it’s all over … when the winds die down and the waters recede … Will whatever the hell is left be recognizable? Or will only the vultures be smiling because there will finally be enough carrion for them all?



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    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
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    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.


    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.

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