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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.

RESIST!



My Dog Frank

Hey Mike,

I was about to get on the freeway on my way to Santa Barbara when I stopped to pick up a hitchhiker. As the guy was getting into the car he looked back over his shoulder and called out, “Goodbye Midnight.”

I asked him who he was talking to and he pointed over to some bushes where I saw a black Labrador Retriever. The guy said he was moving into a Christian Group Home that didn’t allow pets, so he was going to abandon his dog there at the freeway onramp.

Long story short … I kicked the guy out of the car and took the dog home. And had one of my first real insights into … Christians.

This was back in 1973. Just about every black lab I knew was named either Blackie, Pooh-Bear, or Midnight. I looked at the dog, he looked at me, and I named him Frank. Over the years I learned a lot from Frank. He wasn’t into rationalizing. He didn’t spend any time justifying his actions. If I put out a new brand of dog food and he liked it … he ate it. If he didn’t like it … he wouldn’t eat it. As a dog Frank wasn’t expected to give any reasons for his likes or dislikes. Many times over the last 37 years I’ve envied him that.

If I’m watching a movie I like, I’m not thinking. I’m not analyzing the plot, the actors, the editing or direction. I’m just digging the movie. Afterwards if someone asks what did I think of the movie … I can’t get away with “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it.”

If they liked it and I didn’t … the next question is, “Why?”

Why didn’t I like something they did? Now I have to start thinking about it. I’ve got to analyze the film and come up with intellectually sound reasons to justify why I didn’t like the movie. Then the person I’m talking to tries to find weak spots in my argument and the debate drags on and on. That’s about the time I wish I had the same rights and privileges of a black lab named Frank. No one ever bugged him about why he didn’t like Purina Dog Chow.

I am at my most Frank-like when it comes to politics. I initially don’t want to think about it.

I was going to college in California when Ronald Reagan was governor. Regarding the student disruptions at UC Berkeley, Reagan called out the National Guard and said, “If it's to be a bloodbath, let it be now.”

That made quite an impression on me. On a visceral level. This guy didn’t seem to mind killing students who were protesting our ongoing war crime du jour: The Vietnam War.

10 years later he was running for president. I didn’t know anything specific about his proposed foreign or domestic policies. I had no idea who his advisors were going to be. All I knew was here was a guy that could casually use the word “bloodbath” and should be kept as far away as possible from the big red nuclear button. What was unsettling was I knew lots of people my age that were going to vote for him. They’d ask if I was going to vote for him. I’d say no … they’d ask “Why” … and then I’d have nothing to back up my answer other than the 10 year old bloodbath story.

Later on I researched and found loads of reasons why he shouldn’t be president. He was a typical Republican. Which is shorthand for a lying corporatist whore.

When George Herbert Walker Bush was making his run for the White House I couldn’t vote for him either. I never paid attention to any of his campaign speeches. Aside from being Reagan’s Vice President all I knew about George H.W. Bush was that he was a former Director of the CIA. I just thought if someone used to be the head of the world’s largest terrorist organization, that should automatically disqualify him from being president. Made sense to me.

Why didn’t I consider voting for Bob Dole? That’s easy. In 1996 Dole said that smoking is not necessarily addictive. That meant that Dole had either been bought by Big Tobacco, and was ... y’know … a lying corporatist whore, or incredibly stupid. It didn’t make any difference either way. Not Presidential Material.

George W. Bush? Easier still.

He Couldn’t Talk.

Who cared if he could surround himself with people who actually knew things? There was clearly something wrong with his mental processes. He was obviously an idiot. A customer service rep for a cable company should be able to think and speak clearly. That goes for The President of the United States too.

This last go-round was another no-brainer. John McCain is a war criminal and war monger who picked a bona fide crazy woman as a running mate. What more did anyone need to know?

In Oliver Sack’s book, “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” he wrote of patients in the brain-damaged ward watching one of Ronald Reagan’s speeches.

Sacks wrote, “What was going on? A roar of laughter from the aphasia ward, just as the president’s speech was coming on, and they all had been so eager to hear the president speaking … there he was, the old charmer, the actor, with his practiced rhetoric, his emotional appeal … and all the patients were convulsed with laughter.”

They were aphasiacs. People who had lost the ability to understand the meaning of words strung together. But they still retained an ability to understand the “feeling-tone” of communication. “Thus it was the grimaces, the false gestures, and above all, the false tones and cadences of the voice, which rang false for these wordless but immensely sensitive patients. It was to these (for them) most glaring, even grotesque, incongruities and improprieties that my aphasic patients responded, undeceived and undeceivable by words. That is why they laughed at the president’s speech.”

If brain damaged patients understood Reagan was a liar, what does that say about the majority of Americans who elected that clown twice?

The Democrats should have won every major election in my lifetime … but they didn’t. I guess it would have been against the rules or something for Al Gore to look at Bush and say to the people, “They’re kidding … right? The Republicans think this is the best guy for the job? He barely squeaked out of school, he’s failed at every business he tried to run, and his friends loaned him the money so he could buy into a baseball team. As governor he ran his state into a ditch and the only thing he seems to be good at is executing people. And by the way … have you noticed he can’t speak more than two sentences in a row without smoke coming out of his ears? That’s just plain weird.”

Figuring out Politics in America should be easy. The Republican candidates put before us have been so woeful and lacking. From Tricky Dick’s Checkers speech to George W’s “deer in the headlights” delivery … everything radiating from these guys said, “I Should Not Be President.” They were so pitiful that hundreds of millions of dollars had to be spent to convince us otherwise.

And sadly … it works. It is demonstrably true that tens of millions of Americans were so stupid they didn’t know that George W. Bush was an idiot. When he ran for reelection they were so stupid they didn’t even know he had destroyed their country. Now that Obama has signed the hamstrung and hobbled healthcare insurance reform into law … we’ll see Republican politicians screeching and gibbering in front the insane Teabaggers … positioning themselves for yet another run for The Oval Office.

If Frank were still around he’d give them one sniff and lift his leg. If only the rest of us were as discerning.

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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