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.
Ronald Reagan Was Right
Or to be more precise … his corporate speechwriters were absolutely correct when they wrote this line for him to recite, “Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.”
Of course that statement wasn’t true when he read it from his script … but it is today. In the 28 years since Ronald Reagan became the top spokesman for Corporate America, the government of the United States has become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Corporatocracy. Our government does the bidding of the highest bidder. We The People just don’t have enough cash to make our elected representatives represent us.
Our decline into corporatism accelerated when we realized how powerless we were to effect change. The more we understood we couldn’t stop the Corporate Wars … we couldn’t demand decent affordable healthcare … we couldn’t even insist that our elected leaders be held accountable for crimes they committed against humanity … the more we stopped participating in the process of government. Which is one of the goals of The Corporatocracy. They achieve their aims faster if we are demoralized, disenfranchised, and disinterested.
If voter turnout is an accurate measure of determining the sentiment of The People … over one third of us didn’t bother to vote in the 2008 election. Worldwide we rank third from the bottom in voter turnout. And why should we vote anyway? The difference between the two corporate candidates is largely cosmetic. Both political parties represent corporate interests … not ours. We have yet to see the Change We Can Believe In. Studies using game theory, which takes into account the ability of voters to interact, have found that the expected turnout for any large election should be … zero.
So in this arena … The Corporatocracy has won. And we know that conditions will not stay the same … they don’t get better by themselves … It Will Only Get Worse.
It doesn’t help that We’re Americans. The French brought their country to a standstill with a national strike over the way their government attempted to reform the pension system. We’re not capable of doing that. I don’t know why. It’s not that we need Instant Gratification … it’s just very difficult for most of us to do anything if we can’t see any discernible change within a short period of time. We’ve been at war for over 8 years and regardless of the protests … the marches … the letters … we will be at war for years into the future. It’s impossible to measure if we’re making any difference at all.
There is still a reason why we shouldn’t all stand in line for a cup of Jim Jones Flavor-Aid. There is a reason to still have Hope. We don’t need a National Strike. We don’t have to bus in by the thousands and march on Washington. We don’t have to make one sign or banner.
And We Can Still Prevail.
All we have to do is … Stop Eating .. Poison.
And we will literally transform the world. Within 10 years ... tops.
I realize that right about now you might think it’s time for the Men In White Coats to come scoop me up in one of their industrial-sized butterfly nets … but … give me a couple of minutes more …
First: Go rent, beg, borrow, or steal a copy of the documentary, Food, Inc.
In 93 minutes you’ll find out that our Food Industrial Complex is out to kill us. You’ll see how a handful of corporations control our nation’s food supply. Though the companies try to maintain the myth that our food still comes from farms with red barns and white picket fences, our food is actually raised on massive “factory farms” and processed in mega industrial plants.
The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the last 10,000. And these changes are making us sick.
Because of the high proliferation of processed foods derived from corn, Americans are facing alarming increases in obesity, especially among children. 1 in 3 Americans born after 2000 will contract early onset diabetes. Among minorities, the rate will be 1 in 2.
70% of processed foods today have genetically modified ingredients.
Cattle given feed that their bodies are not biologically designed to digest, result in new strains of E. coli bacteria, which sickens roughly 73,000 Americans annually.
In 1998, the USDA implemented microbial testing for salmonella and E. coli so that if a plant repeatedly failed these tests, the USDA could shut down the plant. After being taken to court by the meat and poultry associations, the USDA no longer has that power.
“There is this deliberate veil, this curtain that’s drawn between us and where our food is coming from. The industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you’re eating because if you knew, you might not want to eat it.” -- Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation.”
Food, Inc. shows us how the Food Industrial Complex came into being and how it uses political power to stay in power. And after watching the film you’ll understand that this is one war we can win. Go to foodincmovie.com and learn 10 simple things we can do change the food system
It’s all about the money. And the ability to measure progress. Assume a family of 3 spends about 600 dollars a month on food. By not giving the money to the Food Industrial Complex … that’s $7,200 a year that isn’t going to Monsanto, or Tyson chicken, or any other company that peddles poison. That loss of market share makes corporations pay attention. Organic foods start showing up in Wal-Mart. It’s happening now. And because of that … tons of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers aren’t going into the system. For every fast food burger we don’t buy … or any organic foods we do buy … makes a real difference.
“The irony is that the average consumer does not feel very powerful. They think that they are the recipients of whatever industry has put there for them to consume. Trust me, it’s the exact opposite. Those businesses spend billions of dollars to tally our votes. When we run an item past the supermarket scanner, we’re voting.”
-- Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Farm.
In this one arena we have the power to finally make The Corporatocracy adapt to our demands. So often we’ve had to adapt to what they force upon us. Please watch Food, Inc. Go to foodincmovie.com and see how we literally can change the world … one bite at a time.
And unless the president and congress attempt a Food Reformation Act where we’re all mandated to buy crappy food … I think we have a shot at it.
“Imagine what it would be if, as a national policy, we said we would be only successful if we had fewer people going to the hospital next year than last year? The idea then would be to have such nutritionally dense, unadulterated food that people who ate it actually felt better, had more energy and weren’t sick as much … now, see, that’s a noble goal.”
-- Joel Salatin, owner/farmer of Polyface Farms
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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.