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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
Stupid People Send Stupid Email to Me
I received a stupid email last week. It wasn't spam. It was from someone I know. It was one of those "Forwarded" emails. It was perceived by someone to be one of those extraordinarily illustrative emails, therefore everybody in their address book just had to get a copy of it. And everyone who received it forwarded it on to everyone they knew until … a person I knew sent it to me with this preface:
"This is quite an interesting read. I'm interested in your thoughts about this."
The subject line read, "How well do you know the tax system? Check on snopes.com."
The email began:
"Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent … these are the facts.
What The Dems will bring back to taxpayers ..... "
There was a table comparing the amount of taxes a married couple or single person, in different income brackets, paid under Clinton in 1999 and Bush in 2008. In every instance more taxes were paid under Clinton than Bush.
Then the author states:
"If you want to know just how effective the mainstream media is, it is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever. If any democrat is elected, ALL of them say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can't wait for it to happen. This is like the movie The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don't even know what happened."
Since the original author said to Check on snopes.com … I did. And found this:
"The item reproduced above is … an example of someone who managed to stumble across the right answer despite employing a severely flawed approach to finding it."
"The gist of the comparison presented here is correct … However, the numbers supplied to illustrate this point are both inaccurate and simplified in a way that misleadingly exaggerates the differences."
"Whoever produced this chart simply applied tax tables from 1999 and 2008 to various income amounts, apparently without understanding the difference between tax rates and average tax rates and without allowing for even the standard deduction."
"Note that the largest difference between 1999 and 2008 taxes in this revised table is only $3,964.00 (for married couples making at least $125,000), while the original table (incorrectly) posits comparable or larger differences in five out of the six sample brackets."
The person who forwarded this email to me is a Republican. For some reason he thought that all those "Irrefutable" Republican Tax Facts would show me How Wrong I Am About Everything.
He began the email with, "This is quite an interesting read. I'm interested in your thoughts about this."
Knowing that entering into a dialogue with a Republican is an exercise in futility … I wrote back anyway.
Dear Blind Partisan Chump,
After reading this email I went over to Snopes and discovered what you should have found out before you forwarded it on to me. The tax examples are misleading and inaccurate but regardless, I will accept them at face value and address the general claim of the email. For argument's sake I will accept that taxes under Bill Clinton were higher than under the Bush Regime.
The people at Snopes corrected the tax table used in the email, so I'll use their figures instead, and it looks like we're paying $1,664.00 less under Bush than Clinton this year. Let's multiply that by eight so we get a really big number. Why The Bush Regime may have saved our family $13,312.00 over the last eight years!
And my response … Big Deal. I'd rather have The Constitution restored. How much would that cost?
The only reason people send and resend this stupid email is to try to reaffirm to themselves, and to other Republicans, why they should continue being a Republican. In the face of every single Republican domestic and foreign policy crashing and burning in resounding failure … I can understand why any Republican would be desperately thrashing around trying to find at least one reason to justify their Blind Partisanship.
So … Lower Taxes … Yeah … That's The Ticket.
If somehow Republicans try to salvage something out of the wreckage of the last 8 years and attempt to tell me that from the ruins the Bush Regime created … I'm ahead 13,312 bucks … I'd say that comes out to be about $2.85 per dead American soldier, 13 cents per wounded American, and a little over a penny a piece for dead Iraqis. How about $10.24 for everyone who lost their life in Katrina and its aftermath?
And how long is my 13 thousand dollar Bush Dividend going to last when the 4 trillion dollar tab comes due on the wars the Bush Regime put on a credit card? I'll be in an urn on the mantle and my grandchildren will be of retirement age … but that bill still won't be paid off.
Since the cost of the maimed or dead doesn't appear to move the Republican heart, let's consider the two million American families who will lose their homes, roughly 20,000 every week for the next several years. All because of the unholy collusion between Wall Street, Banks, and the Mortgage Brokers, blessed by money-mad Republican pirates. They gut homeowners, create a new generation of homeless, and we bail out the greedy bastards with our tax dollars. Is that where my 13 grand is going to go? But privatizing profits and socializing costs is the Republican Credo isn't it. So, is the ensuing misery the acceptable cost of doing business?
How about this … On the most basic level, Republicans understand The American Way of Life … consumerism … how many times can I fill up the gas tank or run to the store to buy increasingly expensive food before our Bush Regime Tax Dividend is eaten up? And by the way … I just found recently that it costs $13,000.00 to have an appendix removed. Looks like I'm down to a tidy little sum of $312.00. I'm sure glad we don't live in Canada. Socialized medicine is just a hop skip n' jump away from out and out communism. I'm sure you'd rather I was in the red … than Red.
Your sad stupid email is just a feeble excuse to remain an ill-informed partisan chump. The only way you can remain a Republican Party Junior Booster is to ignore everything. But when has reality ever intruded into the befuddled minds of the Republican base?
I'm $13,312 ahead of the game but my country has gone to hell. Thanks for informing me about my new improved bottom line. Only a Republican would care about profit over people. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, "The Republican knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
I'm interested in your thoughts about this.
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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.
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 Powell's Books online store.
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 novaM. I have it on all the time.
If you've got $100 ... join The Founders Club.
"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.