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Cost of the War in Iraq
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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.

RESIST!



Time to Get Out the Map

Hey Mike,

It drives me slightly crazy every time I listen to Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, or any other "reasonable" voice from the left. It also happens when I read Paul Krugman, Matt Taibbi, or even Noam Chomsky. It's not what they say … it's what they leave out. It seems almost everybody on "The Left" is playing a nation-wide game of Let's Pretend. It's starting to get on my nerves. It makes me want to say, Let's play a game. Instead of calling it Let's Pretend … we'll call it Let's Not Pretend. Let's stop pretending we don't know what we know. And then … do something.

This might sound a tad simplistic but here we go:

In order to get to where we want to go … we have to know where we are … we have to know where we started to see how much progress, or lack of it, we've made. If you want to drive from San Francisco to New York, and after a couple of days find yourself in Tijuana, Mexico drinking a Corona … you'd realize that if you followed the current Southern route you'd end up far from The Big Apple doing the penguin dance in Patagonia. You could pretend that you were still going in the right direction but hopefully your denial would be completely gone by the time you came to the Panama canal.

It's denial that's fuelling our collective game of Let's Pretend. I don't know what's going to happen if we keep playing it. But one thing is certain … our situation is not going to stay the same … it's not going to get better all by itself … it's only going to get worse. And we don't know is how much worse is it going to get.

Here's where we started … here's what we know:

Ten years ago The Supreme Court of the United States invalidated the presidential election process and installed George W. Bush as president. Two years later voter suppression and rigged voting machines gave the Republican Party majorities in the House and Senate. Two years after that voter suppression and rigged voting machines stole the presidential election again.

If we truly believe The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the land … instead of a goddamned piece of paper … we would act … differently. We're not supposed to pretend that we have had a legitimate form of government for the last ten years. We're not supposed to pretend that the criminal policies of the Bush Crime Family magically stopped the moment Barack Obama stepped into the Oval Office.

What did the Bush Crime Syndicate do after it seized control of the country? They started two wars of aggression, killed over a million people, legitimized torture and murder, and engineered the largest transfer of wealth in history from poor and middle class Americans to the richest people in the country.

Barack Obama and his administration have done absolutely nothing to hold anyone in the previous administration accountable for anything. We know that our military has tortured innocent people to death. It's been in all the papers and documentaries have been made alerting us to the facts.

Regardless of anything Obama has ever said about withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan the truth looks something like this:

There have been no reports of any dismantling, or plans to dismantle the five "enduring bases" in Iraq and there is an ongoing effort to expand the already record-breaking Embassy to accommodate the additional hundreds of administrators above the original 1,000 projected US officials there.

Last Summer the NY Times reported, "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits … are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe."

With that kind of money still on the table I don't think we'll be packing our bags any time soon.

Barack Obama, and the majority of Democrats, have continued every single hideous policy initiated by The Bush Regime. When it came to keeping both wars on track and finishing the biggest financial rip-off in history, Obama bowed to the Corporatocracy's will.

It makes no difference whatsoever if Obama went along with this because a gun was pointed to his head or if he willfully joined in. The end result is the same. The gang that took power ten years ago is still calling the shots.

It's not like fascism … it is fascism. There is no need to try to find the appropriate simile. We've made it … we've arrived.

We have to stop pretending we can negotiate with the criminal regime that rules this country. We have to stop pretending that protesting against the junta is a viable option. 42 years ago anti-war protesters saw a glimmer of the power of the state at the Democratic convention in Chicago. 18 months later in Ohio students were killed. The State plays for keeps. We have to stop pretending that they don't.

There is no solution.

We either leave or adapt.

The two big difference between Nazi Germany and present day America are these:

The Nazis ran death camps "in house." Our torture camps, our secret US prisons, are spread out around the globe. According to the Red Cross, the regime at Guantanamo causes psychological suffering that has driven inmates mad, with scores of suicide attempts, with three inmates killing themselves in 2006.

The Allied forces in World War II stopped the Nazi regime by reducing German cities to rubble. The rest of the world has not united to stop the U.S. .. yet.

Ever since it was obvious that there was going to be a black man in the White House, the MainStream Media has tolerated and never exposed the outrageous lies and scare tactics of FOX News. FOX News hosts regularly demonize and foment violence against anyone or anything progressive. They place the blame for the problems that beset this country on liberals. Glenn Beck has clearly told his followers who the enemy is.

Us.

In January 2010, Public Policy Polling reported that Fox News was the most trusted television news channel in the country.

Every television and radio news program broadcast since December 12, 2000, and in every newspaper published since that date, should have been begun with a recap of how The Supreme Court illegally placed George W. Bush in the presidency and demanded the impeachment of Justices Kennedy, O'Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas as well as the speedy removal from office of George Bush and his entire administration.

But … it didn't happen and we all know what has happened in the 10 short years since a criminal organization took over the country.

I've read that some Jews didn't leave Germany because they owned pianos. We should learn from that and get rid of everything we don't need on Ebay.

The next civil war will be everywhere.

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

If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.

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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