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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
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.
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This Just In … Conservatives Are Insane!
I once saw a street corner shouter in the University District in Seattle screaming to everyone within earshot about UFO’s, the CIA, and something called “symptomatic nerve gas.” I stuck around for awhile waiting for him to wind down a bit because I wanted to ask him more about the “symptomatic nerve gas” deal. It was a great phrase and I thought I could use it in a story. I’m always open for background material ... even from crazy people. But before I could talk to the street shouter … the cops came and took him away.
Another time I ran into a guy I hadn’t seen in a couple of years in a bar. Since he was buying I sat down while he filled me in on what he’d been doing. He started off normally enough but soon his voice dropped as if he didn’t want to be overheard. He was talking so softly I could barely understand what he was saying. But I could see his face getting a sweat-glaze while his unblinking eyes burned into mine. His speech was getting more and more emphatic, though still at almost a whisper, as he started ripping up his cocktail napkin into Very. Small. Pieces. Abruptly he stood up, said he had to go meet some people, threw some money on the table, and left. Hunter S. Thompson was right. There are some people you shouldn’t drink with … even if they have money.
Just last year I was introduced to some people who told me about a global conspiracy so vast, and the people behind it were so powerful, they couldn’t get their story out. If they tried sending email, their computers fried. So would I help them? They droned on for over an hour. I still don’t have any idea what they were talking about. To quote SpongeBob SquarePants, “I don’t understand those words in that order.”
I could go on … but to sum up … I’ve met my share of crazies. After years of encountering The Insane … it’s not that hard to pick them out.
Just this morning I came across a quote from a well-known American some hold in high regard. He’s been described as "arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States in the past half century."
And if I may add, one of the craziest bull-goose loonies ever to caper about The American Scene.
47 years ago this guy said that if defeating communism entailed nuclear annihilation … the achievement would be worth the price.
He wrote, "If it is right that a single man be prepared to die for a just cause, it is right that an entire civilization be prepared to die for a just cause.”
The scope of that kind of insanity is beyond my comprehension. This guy thinks that all of mankind should link arms and gleefully jump into the fire for some trumped up principle. The principle of destroying the village to save it … or the sort of thing that might have been uttered by Jim Jones while his zombies passed out paper cups full of cyanide-laced Flavor Aid. Or, if you believe the government’s story, by religious extremists as they plowed hijacked planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
This wasn’t written by a guy holed up in his dimly lit garage clacking away on a blog only he will read. This lunatic founded a biweekly magazine, was its editor in chief for 35 years, hosted his own television program for 33 years, and was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist.
The name of this Prominent American Screwball?
William F. Buckley Jr. Ex-CIA spook and Crazy as a Loon.
"If it is right that a single man be prepared to die for a just cause, it is right that an entire civilization be prepared to die for a just cause.”
Jeezus Christ … How crazy do you have to be to even think up stuff like that?
Five years before exhorting the incineration of civilization, Bug-Eyed-Bill wrote, “… the central question that emerges... is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas where it does not predominate numerically. The sobering answer is Yes - the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race."
You’d have to be crazy to publish gibberish like that. Or Bill Buckley.
He later backed off being a crazy racist in the late 60’s and returned to being just plain crazy. A lot of people think Buckley was a pretty smart guy because of his command of the language. He talked as if he memorized a dictionary and a thesaurus. Big Deal. Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man knew how many toothpicks spilled onto the floor. If Buckley were really intelligent … and sane … he wouldn’t have spent his entire life fine-tuning a narrow-minded ideology that in its essence is simply … inhumane.
Buckley was great pals with Barry Goldwater and supported him in his bid for the presidency in 1964. Regarding Vietnam Goldwater once said, “I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle.”
Let me get this straight … The United States set up a puppet government in South Vietnam … then invaded and waged an illegal war against the North Vietnamese … and slaughtered millions of people. But Goldwater … leader of the “Modern Conservative Movement,” by his own words, would have killed millions more. Y’know … I always thought of him as a really scary dude but not so much now over the last ten years … because he’s dead.
Today Buckley and Goldwater are viewed as “Moderate” Republicans … by other Republicans. I think Republicans who think Buckley and Goldwater were "Moderates" are … "Psychotic."
George H. Nash, a historian of the modern American conservative movement wrote, "For an entire generation [Buckley] was the preeminent voice of American conservatism and its first great ecumenical figure."
Members of the Republican political establishment paid tribute to Buckley after his death in February 2008. Newt Gingrich said, " … Buckley began what led to Senator Barry Goldwater and his Conscience of a Conservative that led to the seizing of power by the conservatives from the moderate establishment within the Republican Party.”
So Crazy Ol’ Bill Buckley was instrumental in taking over the Republican Party that recently gave us Sarah Palin, Joe The Plumber, Tea-Baggers, Deathers, Birthers, and other flavors of The Deranged. Not surprising at all. The only difference between William Buckley and his unhinged political progeny was … style. His insanity was refined. He came from money and married into more money. His ideological descendants are of a cruder sort … and stridently anti-intellectual.
According to Jeffrey Hart, writing in The American Conservative, Buckley had a "tragic" view of the Iraq war: he "saw it as a disaster and thought that the conservative movement he had created had in effect committed intellectual suicide by failing to maintain critical distance from the Bush administration ... At the end of his life, Buckley believed the movement he made had destroyed itself by supporting the war in Iraq."
Yeah well … Victor Frankenstein wasn’t too happy about how his monster turned out either.
The Corporatocracy happily uses these pinheads to stifle any semblance of rational political discourse or progress. But Not to Worry … they just control everything.
Thanks Bill. We wouldn’t be here without your invaluable contribution of insanity. We should all be relieved that you never had your fingers anywhere near The Button.
To paraphrase a song from a Betty Boop cartoon, “I'm so glad you’re dead, you rascal, you.”
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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.
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.