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.
Hitchhiking Across the Plain of Megiddo
I’ve always liked the following snippet of purple prose.
Before the beginning, after the great war between heaven and hell, God created the Earth and gave dominion over it to the crafty ape he called man… and to each generation was born a Creature of Light and a Creature of Darkness… and great armies clashed by night in the ancient war between good and evil. There was magic then. Nobility. And unimaginable cruelty. And so it was until the day that a false sun exploded over Trinity, and man forever traded away wonder for reason. -- Season One opening narration from the HBO series Carnivàle
I don’t buy into the “god” part, heaven and hell, or the idea that after the bomb humanity embraced reason. But the seemingly forever war of Good vs. Evil … resonates.
For the last week I’ve tried to jettison some words from my day-to-day vocabulary. Old habits die hard but the mind experiment is interesting. Try it yourself. For one week don’t use these words:
Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Right Wing, Left Wing, or any other label like Left of Center, Center, or Right of Center. Get rid of all quasi-political descriptors. Because they don’t really work anymore. They’re not very accurate or applicable. If I needed you to take care of my dog you’d need to know if I was talking about a Great Dane or a Chihuahua. “Just saying “dog” isn’t good enough. These days our political labels don’t really tell us anything. And while we’re at it let’s get rid of all the “-ists” and “-isms.” Socialism/Socialist, Communism/Communist, Capitalism/Capitalist, and Fascism/Fascist, are so emotionally charged some of us can’t think straight when they’re plopped into a conversation.
Now that we’ve got those words out of the way … let’s perform another mind experiment. Let’s design A New Society. Not an over-reaching Utopia … just a place where you’d like to live. What would make up the basic foundation of such a place? Where to start?
We begin with the environment. We know it’s stupid to damage the resources we depend on to survive. We would all agree not to poison the air, water, or land. We won’t poison our food. If or when we find out that some of the things we do harms the environment … we don’t “regulate” those activities … we stop doing them.
If we have to trade our time, labor, and autonomy away for a job, then that job must pay a living wage and be a safe place to work.
We believe everyone needs the basic necessities in order to have a good life. Now we have to define what that means. Health Care. Not access to Health Care … Health Care. We need good schools for our kids from pre-school to college. Public Housing isn’t interchangeable with “slum” and Public Transportation means we could leave the car at home without being penalized by waiting interminably at a bus stop.
We’ll also need libraries, firefighters, cops, garbage haulers, and museums. And all these things are essentially free.
We don’t have to start from scratch. Just Google “Free Public Housing” or “Free public transport” and you’ll find cities all over Europe that have implemented these things. Bill O’Reilly and other media gasbags might rail against the evils of “Nanny States” but Germany and Scandinavian countries provide more social services to their people than anyone else, and they're are also doing better economically than anyone else. It pays to take care of people. These aren’t … or shouldn’t be … partisan issues. Universal Health Care is definitely not a Republican talking point. But it’s not a plank of the Democratic platform either. It’s an idea that just makes sense. No political label needs to be applied.
So now let’s imagine a government. Not a huge federal bureaucracy … but something more like a town meeting where we’ll discuss what we’re going to do. Nothing complicated. Just a voice vote of Yes or No. For this example if anyone votes “no” the motion is defeated.
We begin by voting on keeping our water supply unpolluted. A voice in the back shouts out “NO!”
Next we vote on not poisoning the land. The same guy shouts out “NO!”
How about cleaning up the air? NO!
Eliminating toxins and genetically modified organisms from our food supply. NO!
Universal Health Care? NO!
Public schools, housing, and transportation? NO, NO and NO!
Decent wages and safe work conditions. NO!
Gun Regulation? NO!
A woman’s right to privacy? NO!
Marriage equality? NO!
And so it goes … motion after motion … regulating or reforming the media and financial institutions … NO!
What about accountability for those who commit huge scale financial fraud and war crimes? NO!
Even the most basic element of the electoral process, a voter-verified paper audit trail, goes down to defeat with a resounding HELL NO!
Who is this guy?
He is absolutely and completely against everything we would need to build a decent way of life. Not only is he against all social reforms, he wants to destroy our planet. He wants to pump even more carbon into the atmosphere and accelerate global climate change. He wants to pump millions of gallons of toxins into the Earth to get at natural gas. He wants to punch more holes into the ocean floor and suck out the oil. Regardless of the inestimable damage done … he wants to do more.
Who is this guy?
He’s insane. He’s dangerously insane. We know this because he lusts after all this destruction for the craziest of reasons. He’s doing it for money. Which only would make sense if you could eat, drink, or breathe … money.
He wants to bring the Earth to a state where it can no longer support life. And along the way he wants us to be poor, sick, stupid, and soon enough dead.
He’s our relative, a co-worker, our boss, our neighbor, our mayor, our congressman, senator, or president. He’s a CEO, a lawyer, a banker, a newspaper publisher, or head of a network.
His “NO!” vote nullifies all of our plans while his continue unhindered.
It is an oft used tactic to demonize the enemy. It makes it so much easier to shoot at them. But I think it would be best if we “humanized” our enemy. Our enemy is insane. His gargantuan stupidity has elevated him to what I can only call …evil. He possesses a malevolence that is at its core anti-human … anti-life.
Are we headed towards a reckoning on the plain of Megiddo where great armies will clash by night in the ancient war between good and evil? Do we need to wait until we’re at the brink? Or could we take an different path? What if we turned to our relative, co-worker, boss, neighbor, or president and said …
We are not going to cooperate in our own destruction. And from that moment on … we DO NOT cooperate in our own destruction.
What Would Happen Next? For our sake (or if there is to be a future), we have to find out.
In the early 70’s the Firesign Theatre came up with George G. Papoon, a presidential candidate from the Natural Surrealist Party. His slogan was, “Not Insane.”
How I wish I voted for him.
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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.