Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home - They've done their job.
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.
Moment? Memories? Outgassing?
As Cary Grant said in Arsenic and Old Lace, “Insanity runs in my family ... It practically gallops.” Family Traditions lovingly passed down from one generation to the next guarantee that insanity, if unchallenged, will continue to flourish. What I learned at my grandfather’s knee was … insanity for the most part … though excruciatingly mundane … is still mighty lethal.
Dinner at my grandparents began with a short drive over to their apartment. After arriving and pleasantries exchanged my father would lie down on the living room carpet and go to sleep. My mother would volunteer to help out in the kitchen where she and my grandparents would catch up on family news while they finished making the food. Somebody somewhere was always having something removed. Usually a gall bladder.
My two sisters and I were stuck in the living room where there was absolutely nothing to do. We couldn’t turn the television on because that would wake my father. So we sat in overstuffed chairs and waited for dinner. My grandparents subscribed to The Reader’s Digest and kept months and months of back issues neatly stacked under an end table. I’d haul them out and scan through them for jokes in Humor in Uniform and Life in These United States. The humor editor at The Reader’s Digest had only one rule for anyone submitting jokes or anecdotes: the material could not in any way shape or form … be actually funny. While flipping through the magazine for nonexistent humor sometimes an article would pique my interest so I’d read “I Am Joe’s Colon” or “I am Joe’s Cirrhotic Liver” while waiting for dinnertime.
Finally it was time to eat so we’d wake up my Dad and go sit down around The Big Table. My grandfather would say grace. My sisters and I were nominally Catholics and we were used to a quick and simple prayer that could be speedily rattled off in under 5 seconds.
“Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
My Grandfather’s grace was more … complicated. It went on for just about ever. By the time he was done God had been thanked for just about everything imaginable and both God The Father and His Son had been invited to take a load off, pull up a chair, and join us in devouring this delicious Easter Ham … which my grandmother would fret throughout the entire meal if it was too salty. If it was Thanksgiving she’d worry that the turkey was too dry.
She was always right. The ham was always too salty and the only reason gravy existed was so we could choke down the turkey without having to rotate around The Big Table giving the Heimlich Maneuver to everyone strangling on desiccated white meat.
After polishing off the pies; pumpkin, apple, or minced meat, we’d stumble back into the living room and my grandfather would turn on the Zenith TV. The biggest black and white television console he could buy had a built in turntable, an AM/FM radio, and huge speakers on each side.
It was as big as a coffin.
On Saturday nights we’d be forced to watch The Lawrence Welk Show. The indescribable tedium of watching The Lennon Sisters, Myron Floren, and the flashy footwork of Bobby Burgess was only broken up by commercials for Geritol or Carter’s Little Liver Pills.
Geritol was a surefire pick-me-up for people with "tired blood” whatever the hell that was and who could forget this catchy commercial … “When nature fails, your food may remain undigested, leaving you headachy and irritable. That’s when it’s time to reach for Carter’s Little Liver Pills.”
Years before my grandparents drove down to LA and went to The Lawrence Welk Show. At the end of the program Lawrence Welk would invite the audience members to dance and on that particular night he picked my grandmother as his dancing partner. My grandmother told that story every single time we watched the show. Every. Single. Time.
My grandparents were Republicans to the bone. My grandfather wore an American flag lapel pin before they were made in China. They were stout little people who went to church every Sunday, prayed intensely to their God, and hated black people with a passion. By the time the sixties started heating up they focused most of their hatred on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because as they said, “He started it all.”
They truly believed that the war in Vietnam was just, Richard Nixon was a great president, and protesters against the war and the government of The United States were traitors who should be shot.
I’m not exaggerating. They were grimly satisfied when the students at Kent State were shot by and killed by the National Guard. They deserved it.
In the 80’s they moved to San Diego and found new groups of people to hate: Anyone from any country South of the state of California who happened to be in San Diego.
My grandmother died during Ronald Reagan’s second term. My grandfather died at the beginning of Clinton’s first term. It’s too bad they both didn’t live to see FOX News. They would have loved it.
If cancer and old age hadn’t killed them off they would’ve been Bush supporters. They would have demanded blood from any Muslim country because of 9/11 and wholeheartedly embraced our illegal wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq. My grandfather would not have cared one whit if a war was fought to steal oil. He was a gas guzzling Buick man who liked to drive fast. He hated Jimmy Carter for telling us to conserve. Let the other chumps conserve … America didn’t get where it deserved to be by putting on the brakes. You stomp on the gas and go!
If they were alive today they would have attended local tea parties and made the trip to Washington DC for the Beck-a-palooza a few weeks ago. In short … my grandparents were of The Dominant Culture of the United States. They were my first and best examples of Crazy Stupid People. They were too stupid to understand they were part of a system dedicated to destroying the planet and crazy enough to believe it was their god-given right to stomp anyone out of existence that got in the way of the Death Cult’s march to extinction.
Their insanity was passed down to my mother the same way my father inherited his.
I am now older than my grandfather was when he and I were watching a basketball game on television years and years ago. I can remember with crystalline clarity the racial epithets he used describing the black ballplayers. Today I can read on The Internets the same words written by Crazy Stupid People to describe the president.
I don’t know what lesson is to be learned from all this except maybe … That’s Progress?
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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
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.