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.
That Don’t Make No Sense
The phrase, “That Don’t Make No Sense” from the Coen brothers’ movie O Brother Where Art Thou? comes to mind every single time I read news from the U.S.
Amnesty International: Time For Stricter Controls on Taser Use
According to data collected by Amnesty International, at least 500 people in the USA have died since 2001 after being shocked with Tasers either during their arrest or while in jail.
“Among the cases reviewed, 90 percent of those who died were unarmed. Many of the victims were subjected to multiple shocks.”
When a cop shoots an unarmed person, and they die on the spot, or later in the hospital, that’s “bad.” But if a cop zaps somebody with a taser and the zapee dies on the spot, or later in his cell … it’s an Oopsie??!!
Where are the investigations? 500 people killed by cops is a headline. When cops kill 500 people, 90% of them unarmed, it means the Firesign Theatre was correct when they said on one of their albums, “Help … It’s The Police!”
In other news … From Police State to Crazy Catholic Capers …
Let me see if I’ve got this straight. The Catholic Church Elite went bananas recently because under Obamacare they’d have to pony up the dough if women in their employ want birth control pills. Obama neatly sidestepped the issue by saying insurance companies will foot the bill because pills are cheaper than paying for delivering babies. Catholic employers are out of the loop. They won’t be forced into an “occasion of sin” by providing contraceptives.
End of story?
Fox News brought on Father Jonathan Morris, premium member of The Legion Of Christ, who said the clergy should be “ready to die” to fight President Obama’s mandate that health insurers cover birth control.
The Legion of Christ is a Roman Catholic right wing sect founded in Mexico in 1941 by Marcial Maciel, who was its General Director until 2005. The Vatican denounced Maciel following revelations that he was an equal opportunity monster who sexually abused numerous underage seminarians and fathered at least three children with two women.
The "very serious and objectively immoral acts" of Maciel, were "confirmed by incontrovertible testimonies" and represented "true crimes and manifest a life without scruples or authentic religious sentiment," the Vatican said. The Vatican also stated, the Legion, " ... created a "mechanism of defense around Maciel, sheilding him from accusations and suppressing damaging witnesses from reporting abuse.”
Let’s pause here for a moment. The Vatican has protected pedophile priests for … oh I don’t know … hundreds of years … so just how unspeakably evil does someone have to be to get denounced by the church?
Father Jonathan Morris was an advisor on the Mel Gibson Jesus snuff film, The Passion of The Christ, and joined FOX as a general news contributor in 2005.He said to Liz Cheney, who was filling in for Sean Hannity, “We recognize it goes against my conscience to kill. The president is saying, 'You know what? Don’t worry about it. You don’t have to kill that person any more. We’re going to just make sure you pay somebody else to do the bidding for you, to kill that person for you.' That’s an analogy but that’s exactly what it is.”
If a night manager of a convenience store said something like that I’d pay for my cheese puffs and get the hell out of there as fast as I could. But when a Legion Of Christ member, a sect created by a sex criminal, lectures Americans on birth control with the daughter of Satan on national television … the mind reels … and then bursts into flame.
We’ve been living in Canada for about 7 months. There are serious environmental and social issues on the table up here. The Conservative government, led by Stephen Harper, is as scary as any group of conservatives anywhere.
There is no nationally televised crazy up here. Not even a little bit.
Starting 25 miles south of where I’m typing this … crazy is institutionalized. The familiar has become normal and the normal is crazy.
Have you ever watched a FOX News program from start to finish? I can’t. I tried a couple of times to watch Bill O’Reilly, or Glen Beck when he was on, but I could never make it to the first commercial break. It hurt my head too much. 10 minutes of FOX and I’m yelling at my television in pain and outrage.
I used to work at a cable television company in Los Angeles. The Public Access channel pumped out some of the weirdest programs imaginable but it was okay because the only people who watched them were the people who produced the weirdness in the first place. The crazy was contained. But FOX and their mouthpieces aren’t broadcasting their gibberish on public access channels or short-wave radio stations from some garage. They’re mainlining crazy directly into Americans’ brains. 16 years of FOX and 24 years of Rush Limbaugh have turned millions of Americans into people who literally don’t know right from wrong.
Forget E pluribus unum. I suggest we go with Non compos mentis. It’ll come in handy in case there’s ever a trial.
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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.