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Posted on Dec 26, 2007

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By weather, December 31, 2007 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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The most effective weapon we have is right in our wallet.

Don’t spend money on anything but the local essentials.
That is a very powerful empowering gesture. Do the math, a mass consummer revolt is a WMD for the media monster and the corporations that own them or support them through ads.

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By John Hanks, December 31, 2007 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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I don’t blame the people even though they have not exercised their ultimate power to clean out all this two party filth (It would take a strike or a gun).  The media makes the first and last choice and it is enriched to boot.  A good set of crooks can bamboozle, fast talk and intimidate anyone.  If the people could vote directly on clearly presented legislation, I think you would be surprised at the good result.  Juries are almost always better than crooked judges and lawyers because they demand that things be transparent.

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By Debra Istvanik-Strotman, December 31, 2007 at 12:00 am Link to this comment

What can you say about a man who grew up with a cold woman as his mother; A woman who refuses to allow anyone to mention the casualties of a war her son started. She says: “Her mind should only think of beauty and not the death of soldiers.” Old Barbara said,“The people who survived Katrina should be greatful they cannot return home, as the lucky ones will be sent to Texas.” What a mother! Then you have daddy Bush whom George claims never had the time of day for him. Only had time for W. when he needed bailed out of trouble, which was often.

We all know a kid that is constantly in trouble,  have heard the experts say it’s a cry for help.

Unfortunately, when the troubled kid grows up to be a drunk, and rumored cocaine user, with to much money and political clout available to him, it is an entire country that suffers at the hands of the bully.

How did we ‘the american people’ end up with a sick indivisual, who will do whatever it takes, regardless of loss of life, destruction of the american way of life, etc, etc., to prove to his daddy that he is better and smarter than the old man.

What drives W. is his need to prove to his daddy he can bend the will of the people, run our country into debt, take away our civil liberties, throw out our constitution, and make us the laughingstock of the entire world.

And guess what folks, he’s done it!

You can blame congress, but when they voted for the war in Iraq they voted for the war because of the information George W. and his band of weasels gave them.

It’s easier to blame others than oneself. What about all of you who voted for Bush? Where are you now? Those of you who bought every lie Bush told you about Iraq being behind 9/11.

I used to argue with fools who voted for and loved Bush, watched Bush and the public go after people like the Dixie Chicks, are still going after those who speak against Bush.

I have been to protests against Bush, argued with republicans who slithered in among the protesters to start trouble. The funny thing is: as the tide slowly changes, and it is slow, those I argued with, now deny they ever liked Bush and swear they never voted for him.

Unfortunately, it is easier to blame Hillary Clinton, or any Tom, Dick, and Harry, rather than to look at the average american who is to naive, and to lazy to dig deeper than the local news channel for the truth.

So now we are in debt, at war,loosing our homes, loosing a right to medical care, and this is just the begining.

“Welcome to the ‘United States of Living Under Dictatorship’.”

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By John Hanks, December 30, 2007 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment
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The American people and their institutions are the only thing weaker than Bush’s brain.  We have tolerated Republican subversion and treason since the Civil War, while the Democrats have covered up for them after every crime.  Now we have a sword of Damocles hanging over our head and no one seems to be able to take it down.  That’s the way it is when a mafia is allowed to rule for many generations. Don’t kid yourself, the two party system was a good cop - bad cop scam from the start.

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By GW=MCHammered, December 30, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment
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Since Replies aren’t showing:

re: By Blackspeare #123023

“ talks nobody walks.”

Money can be made mute. Under Bush, the U$D whispers cacophonous on the world stage. And if the GOP truly supported free market society, K-Street wouldn’t exist. Bush has only managed to do what most misprescribed, severely addicted do ... make their trouble everyone else’s.

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By GW=MCHammered, December 29, 2007 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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“ talks nobody walks.”

Money can be made mute. Under Bush, the U$D whispers cacophonous on the world stage. And if the GOP truly supported free market society, K-Street wouldn’t exist. Bush has only managed to do what most misprescribed, severely addicted do ... make their trouble everyone else’s.

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By cyrena, December 28, 2007 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment


My earlier response to you on this, failed to post. But, thanks to the very spiffy new set-up that Truthdig has, I’m able to make the point more directly, and you’ll be able to follow it better, and not make these errors in the future. (hopefully)

You have posted this quote about the shrubs state of mind as attributable to me. It is NOT. Frank Cajone shared this bit of psychiatric expertise with us, and I merely copied portions of it in my own response.

Had you read further, you would have (maybe) recognized the fact that I generally said the same that that YOU did, though I really didn’t give much credit to the shrub for having the necessary brain activity to be the primary cause of the destruction. Therefore, his state of mind is really NOT the primary issue.

Yes, I do believe him to be psychotic and probably delusional as well. However, that only proves my point; he alone could never have wrecked this kind of havoc. Even if he wasn’t a drunk, (wet or dry) and even if he wasn’t a sociopath, he’s just too damn stupid. It’s that simple. He could never in a trillion years, have come up with all the tricks and the legal sophistry to do this.

So, at the end of the day, we go back to the source of the deadly poison, which is Richard B. Cheney. HE is the sociopath with the 30+ year mission to the Unitary Executive agenda. He began it at least that long ago. And for the few years that he WASN’T in a direct hands-on manipulation mode, he was fine-tuning it, and gathering his ‘team’. He’s always done his work behind the scenes, and out of view of the public eye.

So, there you have it. And no, you don’t even have to apologize for your incorrect attribution. The new set-up is dummy-proof. (or almost). But, it is a bad habit of yours, to attribute things to people and causes that don’t measure up at the bottom line. The shrub didn’t cause the wreckage alone, (an equally stupid populace allowed it) and I didn’t ‘diagnose’ him as delusional. It’s not my credentialed area of expertise.

And no, he’s not carrying out the will of anyone other than his puppet masters.

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By Blackspeare, December 28, 2007 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

These comments are interesting, but way off the mark.  Bush is neither psychotic nor neurotic(well maybe just a little, but what he is is the first real Republican president since Coolidge and we’re not use to it.  The Republic party whole heartedly supports a free market society and a synonym for this is social Darwinism——survival of the richest.  And the way to accrue untold riches is one, to secure needed resources (oil), and two, to embark on empire building to secure markets.  Bush and company have done remarkably well over these last 7 years and remember money talks nobody walks.

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By cyrena, December 28, 2007 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

Bravo Missy!! What a superb commentary. I have a feeling this will be lost on the lastdaywatchers, but it’s critically important for those who can still be saved.

I sincerely believe that most of us humans are synchronized in the struggle for that. Keep up the excellant education.

We need it, and desperately.

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By Missy, December 28, 2007 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

In response to lastdaywatchers comment, I felt compelled to point out the not-so-obvious to the relgious who blindly follow unelected leaders.

Since the beginning of primitive man the human condition of the homosapien psyche was to try and make sense of the world around him, but in a simplistic way.  Man’s child-like, egocentric primitive thinking brain and vivid imagination concluded long ago, without using critical thinking skills or the foreknowledge of science that we have today, that he MUST have immortality and that the world is made for him, thus, he “believes” he has a purpose and the world has design.  This is where the thinking error begins, in that the world has “design” for “him”  This is the tendency to project human emotion and feelings onto nature and the universe to fit our purpose and fulfil our human desire and wishes, called anthropomorphism. 

Humans are natural born liars and exploiters, and the more cunning humans have always exploited and pacified others and “led” the masses like a hungry herd of cattle. It’s quite easy to do, especially when one utilizes the ultimate reinforcer, immortality.  Therfore the idea of an ultimate caretaker, a god of humans who gives everlasting life is the equivalent of what Santa Clause is to a child.

But in reality, we all have to grow up intellectually and see the world as it truly is in that we are not special and that nature is indifferent to our wishes and desires.  What’s difficult, though, is to break this “traditional addiction” that’s so comfortable to us. 

It has come to a point in time where man and the earth is in peril and those who are being led by the few exploiters at the top of the pyramid must let go of this security blanket so that they may join the majority of humans; those who are truly concerned of human suffering and the plight of the earth.  Together the masses can take back the earth and its resources that should be devied for all humans and end all human suffering.

Science began when humans first questioned the stories they were told about themselves and the world.  The rest is history.  One can either stay primitive and ignorant and be led by the nose, or one can educate themselves and change the world through and with the masses, for only a handful of people should never be allowed to hold all the power while so many suffer because of elite’s corruption, addictions and greed.  The few that control the world are sick with addiction to power and money, and have lost the important attributes of a human being that it takes to propogate our species, which is empathy. 

The bottom line is, 24,000 people per day should not have to starve, nor should millions of peoples be displaced or subjugated through wars that prop of the handful of super rich who are sick and need help for their addiction.  It’s that simple.  And it is those who keep using the reinforcer of religion to keep the masses pacified and ignorant; volunarily incapasitated while they use up and destroy the world.

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By GW=MCHammered, December 27, 2007 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment
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Volunteer Army vs Volunteer Mercenary
Democracy vs Corpocracy
The People vs Gov/K-St

The risk vs reward is reversed all throughout America. Capitalizing has replaced Capitalism. No wonder ‘Silver Foot’ feels fine.

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By SouljaEXVOTO, December 27, 2007 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment
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George Bush is like a child who pissed his pants in class, and when all the children laughed at him, he came back the next day and blew up the whole school.

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By lastdaywatchers, December 27, 2007 at 11:49 am Link to this comment

Talk about delusional you guys (and gals!) love to rant and rave and otherwise pontificate on Bush putting the world in this great danger without looking at YOURSELVES!

You are totally missing the point on why YOU were put in this world in the first place and therefore YOU do not understand the times you are in.

Did not the May 15th Prophecy tell you these things?

“Look at the nations!, Watch them and be amazed and shocked”.

“I will do something in your lifetime, that you won’t believe even when you are told about it.”

Be faithful and repent or be sweep away by the evil that is brewing, as you yourselves know (I can tell by reading your comments)

Tell other of the May 15yh Prophecy by email links to the website

But for you who are fearful and you who are cowards STAY AWAY from that website!

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By Bill Blackolive, December 27, 2007 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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The explanation for w is he is on drugs.  Ask any old hippiewho bothers looking at TV.  W is not concerned with any Christianity, in reality, and he is probably drinking some, but there is something he uses, maybe ritilin, wherein after one of his lame talks he next pops up refreshed and so chipper.

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By Conservative Yankee, December 27, 2007 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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122759 by cyrena on 12/27 at 8:17 am

“Bush has what is termed in psychiatry a lack of insight into the severity of his own delusional system.”

It appalls me that we are still hiding behind the myth that folks with radically different perceptions of reality are “crazy” or at the least delusional.”

What most people can not get on top of, is the concept that while Bush’s actions look ill defined from where most of us sit, they are perfectly rational and “sane” when the Bush family goals are being pursued!

“The thing that I am most concerned with about Bush is that this has in the past led to an ‘end justifies the means’ determinant on such issues as lying about starting the Iraq conflict, the extent of it, the Iran war he feels deeply in his disturbed mind he must start, and his duty to save Americans from the dangers posed by their misguided personal freedoms.”

Instances abound through out US history of “the government” or some arm of same believing that the job of “protecting” US citizens includes removing rights, kicking down doors, and imprisoning innocents.

Good ole “Honest Abe” suspended habeas corpus, stole private property, and ran a prison that makes Gitmo look like a spa!

Others of you have commented on how this one horrifically and grotesquely flawed individual could have caused all of this destruction, and the world has not been able to stop him.

But he didn’t “Cause” all the destruction alone. He had help from US governments past that gave him “presidents” with which to work, he also had the silent consent of a fat lazy populous which stood idly by while he stole two elections, believed his lies, (even when others presented overwhelming evidence to the contrary) and elected to office those folks (Like Connecticut’s Lieberman) who supported his actions. Even now with all the relevant information on the table the people are still lackadaisical in their opposition. George Gallup (over the Christmas break) did a poll of Americans and found George Bush and Bill Clinton to be the most admired American males, and OH BTW for the last six years this hasn’t changed.

So is he delusional?  Or is he just carrying out the will of a population which can no longer tell right from wrong?

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By cyrena, December 27, 2007 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

These are all great comments and observations. I especially appreciate the very professional diagnosis from Frank Cajone.

•  Bush has what is termed in psychiatry a lack of insight into the severity of his own delusional system.

And, it continues with this

•  The thing that I am most concerned with about Bush is that this has in the past led to an ‘end justifies the means’ determinant on such issues as lying about starting the Iraq conflict, the extent of it, the Iran war he feels deeply in his disturbed mind he must start, and his duty to save Americans from the dangers posed by their misguided personal freedoms.

Others of you have commented on how this one horrifically and grotesquely flawed individual could have caused all of this destruction, and the world has not been able to stop him.

For ME at least, THAT is the greatest piece of the tragedy. Why in the hell didn’t ANY of the long established ‘back-up’ systems work? There’s impeachment, there’s UN intervention, there’s even the more radical stuff that wouldn’t have surprised anyone, had it come to that. But…NADA.

So, what REALLY happened here, and is his diagnosis, (which I certainly have no reason to question, or challenge..though I might add some ‘contributing factors’) a clue to where the real cancer is?

Naturally, I’m getting back to an old point…a very old one for me. But, back I go, each and every time. And, that is to Richard B. Cheney and the other neocons that have basically provided the programming for him. In other words, despite the fact that george is incredibly psychotic, (or maybe because of it), there is NO WAY that he alone, can be responsible for all of this evildoing, AND unstoppable, by the entire world. I mean, Hitler was psychotic as well, (and much more intelligent than george). BUT…he was stopped. Obviously not soon enough, and obviously not without an enormous cost paid by a large portion of the WORLD. Still, Hitler was contained, and had the decency (or the cowardice) to kill himself.

So, isn’t the greater tragedy, and the larger and now perpetual fear, is that he hasn’t been stopped? I think that’s what Fadel is pointing out for us, in what marks this as the end of so much, and the beginning of a dark age. That this could be accomplished, and that NOTHING or NO ONE could (or would) prevent it. That’s the root of the tragedy, and the fear, and the loss of hope.

BECAUSE..enough of us KNEW this, before they even had a chance to get revved up. That’s no disrespect for the diagnosis from Dr. Frank, but it’s also not a new one, because we DID know this about George Bush, and we knew it about Dick Cheney as well. We KNEW that they were a dangerous combo, before they even began this grand theft operation. And yet…nothing stopped them or the tide of permanent misery and destruction that they would create. And, it is in part, because we’ve diagnosed the wrong person. Nobody has focused on Cheney’s far more focused psychopathic derangement, and he is the motivation behind george.

The Iran thing is BY ALL MEANS a cheney mission, and always has been. The same is true of the Unitary Executive concept. George Bush could NEVER have managed it alone.

Anyway, I feel a déjà vu on this, which is why it’s no exaggeration to say that we have entered a dark age. The next 2 or 3 years could conceivably and literally, finish us off.

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By weather, December 27, 2007 at 5:09 am Link to this comment
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The George Bush profile maybe far simpler. He’s a dry drunk, probably on an SSRI or other protocols.

He’s a hand-held device of distraction. A guided media gimmick. While we’re looking at him as a synthetic, aloof voice box, there surely is a roomfull of others who have been calling the shots all along of what comes out of the black box marked buffoon.

Its said in the 12th step(12 steps, 12 traditions) of Alcoholics Anonymous that the alcoholic is emotionally over sensitive, grandiose and childish. Bush profiles perfectly save the emotional sensitivity, that’s quelled w/a pill.

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By Thomas Billis, December 27, 2007 at 1:21 am Link to this comment

This country has been in the fore front of so many wonderful things.We now can brag to the world that being a moron is not an impediment to becoming the leader of the free world.Yes we have elevated the word idiot to the world stage.Their are idiots and morons everywhere who were deep in despair and can now lift their heads from eating their soup and know that if that moron/idiot can do it, there is hope for me.I feel so proud that we have shown the world how far we will let a moron go in our society.Excuse me I have to close now I get so emotional.

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By hazmaq, December 26, 2007 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment
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And just when you think it can’t get worse - after all George has a few debts to pay before he takes his sorry ass back to his own hole -Turkey, with the help of Israel and the US, are now all attacking the Kurds - in the one part of Iraq where Al-Qaeda wasn’t, where WMD’s weren’t and Sadaam and Co never was. 
But the one thing that is there -is oil.

Come on Hillary , tell us again it again it was the right decision -you pandering lying phony.

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 26, 2007 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

No, it’s not the end of the world,
But it’s the end of hope in the world,
It’s the end of decency and common sense,
It’s the end of the people’s will,
The end of the much bragged about democracy,
Slaughtered at the altar of ignorance and arrogance,
It’s the end of freedom from fear,
The end of hope from despair,
It’s the end of peace from within and without,
It’s the beginning of new dark ages,
All brought to us by one little evil guy,
one administration,
one crooked ideology,
And the whole world could do nothing to stop the tide,
Tragic is the word that comes to mind!

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By Frank Cajon, December 26, 2007 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

Too bad no one ever caught Herr Bush commenting on Lester Bangs, a guy I met in high school who made his way into that tune.
Bush has what is termed in psychiatry a lack of insight into the severity of his own delusional system. While a paranoid schizophrenic will often be harmless because of a generally distrustful and secretive way of dealing with others and tend ot avoid social contacts, a paranoid personality like Bush has just as many imaginary enemies and fears but a misappropriated sense of moral right and wrong. The thing that I am most concerned with about Bush is that this has in the past led to an ‘end justifies the means’ determinant on such issues as lying about starting the Iraq conflict, the extent of it, the Iran war he feels deeply in his disturbed mind he must start, and his duty to save Americans from the dangers posed by their misguided personal freedoms. Herr Bush really believes that killing Iraqis and that attacking Iran for a non-existent nuclear program ‘will make Americans safe from terrorists’ because he has a delusional system that includes the voice of God telling him he has been chosen to act as an emmissary to carry this confused mission out. At one point I thought he had several of the Axis I diagnostic criteria of a paranoid schizophrenic, but his perseveration of pat jingoist phrases in the face of obvious self-contradiction, his disregard for realistic solutions to the problems, and his compulsive, almost obsessive fixation with killing a legacy for himself into the history books have changed that opinion based on the fact that no schizophrenic is that persistent or malevolent. 100 or even 50 years ago, an imperialist despot with as much blood on his hands would almost invariably be considered the victim of late stage tertiary syphilis. That, with the advent of penicillin antibiotics, seems unlikely here.

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By ocjim, December 26, 2007 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

A critical time in the world’s history and we get this dud. Almost a decade of time has been wasted with his malevolent charade as leader, trillions of dollars, hope among millions, progress against global warming stopped cold (not a pun), the needless loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, neglect of the vulnerable—the culpability of one man and a few minions is quite large. AND NO ONE IS ACCOUNTABLE.

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By felicity, December 26, 2007 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

Just finished a book about Bush called “Dead Certain.”  Even its seemingly sympathetic author could not hide the major Bush personality flaw.  He is not able to acknowledge any failure in himself; therefore, his failures continue unabated.

He cannot correct himself, change course or judge the results of his decisions.  If he did so one gets the feeling that he would completely fall apart - and he knows it.  Really a very frightening characteristic in a man who has almost unlimited power - thanks to Congress and us.

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By weather, December 26, 2007 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment
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Instead of moving forward into a new and very challenged century w/esteemable hope, we are being dragged down into a dark, draconian hole w/out a flashight - and this little boy George Bush wants to be one of the tour guides.

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