Issue 03 – April 2007

Current Affairs Essay
Will the Real Democrat Please Stand Up! by J. F. Miglio
Featured Book
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Book of the Year 2006 (Nonfiction)
Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present  By Richard A. Singer Jr.
Book of the Year 2006 (Fiction)
Hollywood and Sunset  By Luke Salisbury
Book of the Year 2005 (Nonfiction)
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Book of the Year 2005 (Fiction)
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Books of the Year 2004 (Nonfiction)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year 2004 (Fiction)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
There Is No Key to Happiness, The Door is Always Open  By Marc Gohres
A Bedroom Occupation: Love Elegies  By Mark Scott
Millennial Harvest: Life and Collected Poems  By Charles Greenleaf Bell
Wearing the Spider  By Susan Schaab
A View from the Cheap Seats  By Ryan Latimer
How to Start a Virtual Bankruptcy Assistant Service  By Victoria Ring
Coyote Jack   By Jack Lyndon Thomas
The People of the Sea  By Scott Marcano
Melinda and the Wild West  By Linda Weaver Clarke
A Dog Called Leka  By Willard Manus
Before I Go  By Riley Weston
Cyber Lies: When Finding The Truth Matters  By John Paul Lucich
A Nation Gone Blind: America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit  By Eric Larsen
Unacceptable: The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina  By Walter M. Brasch

Recommended Reads

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There Is No Key to Happiness,
The Door is Always Open

By Marc Gohres
www.authorhouse.com/BookStore
(Nonfiction)
A common-sense guide to happiness based on personal experience and wisdom
from the ages.

A Bedroom Occupation:
Love Elegies

By Mark Scott
www.lumenbooks.org
(Poetry)
Lyrical, heartfelt poems about love, passion, and relationships.

Millennial Harvest: Life and
Collected Poems

By Charles Greenleaf Bell
www.lumenbooks.org
(Autobiography)
A towering, intellectual book of essays, poems, and personal narrative in the tradition of Dante’s La Vita Nova.

Wearing the Spider
By Susan Schaab
www.galavantpress.com
(Fiction)
A fast-paced, high-tech thriller about a female attorney who gets caught in a web of sexual harassment, identity theft,
and political intrigue.

A View from the Cheap Seats
By Ryan Latimer


www.aventinepress.com
(Nonfiction)
Advice and opinions about life from a 23-year-old who views the world
from the cheap seats.

How to Start a Virtual
Bankruptcy Assistant Service

By Victoria Ring


www.graphicopublishing.com
(Nonfiction)
Comprehensive manual on how to start your own business working as a virtual bankruptcy assistant for attorneys nationwide.

Coyote Jack
By Jack Lyndon Thomas


www.lyndonjacks.com
(Memoir)
Compelling personal account of a soldier’s experiences and adventures in Vietnam that led him to a fuller and more meaningful understanding of life.

The People of the Sea
By Scott Marcano


www.peopleofthesea.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative tale about the desperate struggle of two young lovers separated by war, trying to find each other while fighting to find a fantastic world built upon the sea.
…Read Review

Melinda and the Wild West
By Linda Weaver Clarke


www.lindaweaverclarke.com
(Fiction)
Engaging story about a young woman from Boston who moves to the Wild West in 1896 and faces many dangers and obstacles, including a mysterious stranger
who offers her love.

A Dog Called Leka
By Willard Manus


www.vivecasmithpublishing.com
(Children/Young Adult Fiction)
Exciting yarn about an American boy, his remarkable dog, and their adventures as they sail among the Greek isles in a catamaran built by the boy himself.

Before I Go
By Riley Weston

www.campfirepress.com
(Fiction)
Touching story about a young Olympic hopeful, the compelling bond between a mother and daughter, and true love.

Cyber Lies: When Finding
The Truth Matters

By John Paul Lucich


www.cyberlies.com
(Nonfiction)
Informative how-to manual for spouses who want to discover the truth about their husbands or wives by using computer forensics in cases involving divorce,
fraud, and deception.

A Nation Gone Blind:
America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit

By Eric Larsen


www.ericlarsen.net
(Nonfiction)
&nbsp Three compelling essays about how America has become increasingly blind to its steady drift into political and intellectual tyranny.
…Read Review

Unacceptable: The Federal
Response to Hurricane Katrina

By Walter M. Brasch


www.walterbrasch.com
(Nonfiction)
A well-researched examination of Hurricane Katrina and why the government’s response to it was a systematic failure at all levels.

 

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Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
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• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Op/EdNews.com: “Progressive news and essays.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• Brad Blog: Up-to-date progressive news & opinions.
• Radio Power Network: Listener supported, independent radio streaming progressive music and culture from around the world.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

Will the Real Democrat
Please Stand Up!

Last month, the Democratic contenders for president appeared at a forum on health care. Only one contender favors a single payer universal health care plan and has already co-sponsored a bill on it.
Can you guess which one?

By J. F. Miglio

The Contenders

Hillary Clinton. Despite her tough talk about the inequities in our current health care system, her plan for universal health care is similar to the Republican versions being pushed by Mitt Romney and Arnold Schwarzenegger, i.e, allow insurance companies to remain in control of the system but tinker with it around the edges and impose a few government regulations.

You’d think after getting her ass kicked by Republicans and insurance lobbyists the first time around with her effort at health care reform, she’d wise up and support a single payer universal health care bill. Instead, she’s still trying to play both ends against the middle by appeasing insurance companies and supporting a Republican-lite approach while she pretends to be formulating a plan to help average Americans.

This is why progressives aren’t crazy about Hillary– she acts too much like a Republican. And ironically, this is the same reason why Republicans despise her– she’s just as corrupt and power-driven as they are. Perhaps once a “Goldwater Girl,” always a Goldwater Girl! If you think I’m being too harsh on her, ask yourself this question: During Bill and Hillary’s two terms in office, what major piece of liberal legislation did they pass through Congress? Can’t think of any? That’s because there weren’t any! Moreover, as they stood around “triangulating” away their liberal principles on the advice of Dick “Mr. Sleaze” Morris, Newt Gingrich took charge of the Congress and pushed the country further to the right.

If Hillary Clinton were a real Democrat, she would tell the insurance companies to shove it and support a single payer universal health care plan to cover all Americans. But that ain’t gonna happen– unless there’s an overwhelming grassroots mandate. And then she’ll say she always supported it.

Barack Obama. From what I can determine, Obama’s health care ideas are similar to Hillary’s, only not as well thought out. Just trust me because I’m cooler than Hillary, Obama seems to be saying. And the mainstream media have been quick to reinforce this image as they promote him like the latest flavor of Coca Cola. But why are they so enthralled by him? Because he’s multi-racial? Because he’s well spoken and “clean,” as Joe “Foot-in-Mouth” Biden said? Or is there another, more insidious reason?

Call me cynical, but I’m immediately distrustful of anyone the mainstream media promote– especially when it comes to politicians. It’s almost as if they’re hedging their bets on Obama because he’s a “safe” candidate– not racially, as some have said, but politically. In other words, he has already assured the powers that be that he will tow the corporate line (like Hillary) and not attempt to change the system like an Al Sharpton or a Jesse Jackson. Or even like a Howard Dean, who the Big Money interests and mainstream media sabotaged when he ran for president because he was developing a populist power base over the Internet and challenging their power. AAAARRR!

John Edwards. For all his populist talk about the rich and poor, you’d think he’d be in favor of a single payer universal health care plan, but he isn’t. In fact, Edwards’ ideas on health care are also similar to Hillary’s, only he wants to get the job done faster. Some voters like him because he admitted his mistake on voting to give Bush carte blanche in Iraq, but did he ever reveal why his partner, John Kerry, threw in the towel so fast after the 2004 election? And has he ever spoken out about how that election was stolen? The fact that he hasn’t is a key to his character.

Chris Dodd. Unfortunately, Dodd has been a politician for so long, he doesn’t even have an actual belief system other than compromise and accommodation. A winner of the “Golden Leash Award” in 1998 for taking special interest money, he was part of the Democratic team that was responsible for crafting HAVA in 2002 and allowing Diebold and the Republican party to steal the 2004 presidential election. His ideas on a comprehensive health care plan? Check his Web site and you’ll find nothing but platitudes and boilerplate. And, of course, no mentions of single payer universal health care.

Bill Richardson. Similar to Dodd in that he’s been around politics a long time and doesn’t support single payer universal health care, but he’s more likeable because he looks like Lou Costello. “Hey, Abbott!” Also, to his credit, he has posted some specific health care ideas on his Web site that could actually improve the current system.

Mike Gravel. Who? I’m happy to report that the 77-year-old former Democratic Senator sounds like an old-fashioned populist on most issues and is in favor of a “national, universal, non-profit health care system.” The trouble is, he’s been out of politics for decades, he has no base or funding, and no one takes him seriously. But who knows? Maybe he’ll become a household name if he can get into the Democratic primary debates or appear on SNL.

Dennis Kucinich. Well, if you haven’t already guessed, Kucinich is the only real Democrat in the race who favors a single payer universal health care plan for all Americans and has co-sponsored a bill (with John Conyers) to back up his views. It is called H.R. 676, and you can find out more about it at his Web site: click here.

Of course, Kucinich has always been a real democrat and a true populist. From his latest bill on single payer universal health care, to his plan to get out of Iraq, to his call for the U.S. to withdraw from NAFTA and GATT, Kucinich has a solid record of promoting the cause of the average citizen over the military/industrial complex and the corporate elite.

Too bad Hillary and Obama and Edwards, the top contenders, aren’t leading the charge for the only system that will actually contain costs and guarantee all Americans affordable health care.

So don’t be fooled when you hear the top contenders say they want “universal” coverage. It sounds good, but their plans are just Republican-lite. Go for the real thing! Go for what every other industrialized country in the world has! Go for HR 676!

Featured Book

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

Buy Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

 

Buy Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio
Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
(Fiction)
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

Listen to J.F. Miglio discuss Sunshine Assassins and other issues on
Radio Power Network.

(When you get to Web site, hit download, wait until it loads, then slide indicator half-way across program on Windows Media Player or Real Player to hear Mr. Miglio’s portion of the show.)

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2006)

OR Book of the year 2006

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amazon.com
Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.


A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2006)

OR Book of the Year 2006

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amazon.com
Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury


Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the Year 2005

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amazon.com
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.


A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the Year 2005

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amazon.com
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.

 

Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the Year 2004

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amazon.com
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the Year 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004

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amazon.com
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the Year 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004

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amazon.com
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.


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