Issue 10 – October 2006

Current Affairs Essay
Midterm Election: Last Chance For Democrats & Democracy by J. F. Miglio
New Arrival
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
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
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
Intertwined in Limbo: Tales of Horror and the Outre  By David Maurice Garrett
American Hiroshima  By David D. Dionisi
I Love You Madly! On Passion, Personality and Personal Growth  By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D.
The God-Man  By Robert Spearman
The First Lady of Music  By C. Yvonne Hooper
Wishing Makes It So  By Marilyn Meredith
Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics   By Jerome Armstrong & Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America  By John Sperling
Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder  By Yvonne Jerrold
Tea with Osiris  By Paul West

Recommended Reads

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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.

Intertwined in Limbo: Tales
of Horror and the Outre

By David Maurice Garrett
www.lulu.com/davidgarrett
(Fiction)
A provocative collection of short horror stories, weird tales, and bizarre poetry.

American Hiroshima
By David D. Dionisi


www.trafford.com/04-2229
(Nonfiction)
An in-depth study of why the United States should develop new strategies to deal with the root causes of terrorism or suffer the consequences of terrorist attacks many times worse than 9/11.

I Love You Madly!
On Passion, Personality
and Personal Growth

By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D.
www.mmpi-info.com
(Nonfiction)
A veteran psychoanalyst examines the true nature of love vis-�-vis his own relationship with a Russian artist and his psychotherapy sessions with a troubled patient.

The God-Man
By Robert Spearman
www.winepresspub.com
(Nonfiction)
An inspiring guide to understanding the Godhead , the two natures of Jesus Christ, and God and man working together to save mankind.

The First Lady of Music
By C. Yvonne Hooper


www.compellingbooks.com
(Fiction)
A revealing and heartfelt story about a tragic superstar vocalist and the tumultuous relationship she has with her high-profile musical family.

Wishing Makes It So
By Marilyn Meredith


www.hardshell.com
(Fiction)
A horrifying tale about a couple with three children who adopt a four-year-old girl, only to discover that the girl wants to be an only child.

Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and

the Rise of People-Powered Politics
By Jerome Armstrong &
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga


www.dailykos.com
(Nonfiction)
Two of the top progressive bloggers in the country analyze how average citizens can fight right-wing political dominance and reclaim democracy.

The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America
By John Sperling


www.polipointpress.org
(Nonfiction)
Well-documented and detailed examination of the social, economic, and political differences between liberal and conservative America, written by the founder of the University of Phoenix.

Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder
By Yvonne Jerrold


www.yvonnejerrold.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative, haunting tale about a young woman who befriended a mysterious boy from an ancient race of people that lived in tune with nature.

Tea with Osiris
By Paul West


www.lumenbooks.org
(Poetry)
Compilation of original poems that “masterfully stir together myth, trauma, and magic with fiery exuberance.”

— Diane Ackerman.

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• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

Midterm Election: Last Chance
For Democrats & Democracy

The stakes in the upcoming midterm election couldn’t be higher. If the Democrats lose again– fairly or otherwise– all hope is lost.

By J. F. Miglio

In boxing, they call it sparring partner syndrome. It’s when a fighter puts on a good show but doesn’t win. In fact, he’s not expected to win– he’s expected to do just enough to lose.

In 2000, 2002, and 2004 the Democrats acted like sparring partners for the Republicans, so much so that some of us began to wonder whether Democrats really wanted to win, or whether they had become inured to their loser status, like the Washington Generals, the faux basketball team that always gets its ass kicked by the Harlem Globetrotters.

But why would Democrats not want to win? On the surface, the idea seems absurd, but let’s examine the record. In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore refused to contest the split decision in his bout with George W. Bush– even though many of his supporters wanted him to– and gave up like a good loser, even though he knew in his heart that he had won and was a victim of an unscrupulous Republican attack machine and a bum call by the Supreme Court.

In 2002, things got progressively worse for the Democrats when they entrusted Chris Dodd and Steny Hoyer to look out for their party’s interests when crafting the Help Americans to Vote Act (HAVA).

Given the important nature of the legislation, Democrats assumed that Dodd and Hoyer would pay attention to details and be tough negotiators with the bill’s Republican co-authors, Mitch McConnell and Robert “Soon-To-Be-in-the-Slammer” Ney. Instead, Dodd and Hoyer acted more like crooked boxing managers who sold out their fighters for the short-end money. How? By allowing HAVA to be written without clear-cut safeguards against voter fraud and manipulation, including no provision to mandate a paper trail for voting machines.

Worse, they did nothing to prevent the right-wing Republican owners of Diebold and ES & S to get exactly what they wanted once HAVA became law: carte blanche to sell their easily hacked, touch-screen voting machines to state governments all over the country, raking in billions in the process. As a result, several popular Democratic candidates who were clearly ahead in the polls in their mid-term elections, like Max Cleland of Georgia, lost in “stunning upsets,” and the Democrats gave up control of the House of Representatives.

Once the House was lost, Bush and company took over complete control of the government and ran it like a crime syndicate, enriching their friends and punishing their enemies without any regard for the Constitution or human decency.

But did any of the Democratic losers in 2002 protest the results of their elections, or even question how Republican-owned companies loyal to Bush became the primary companies in charge of designing and selling vote-counting equipment to state governments across America? And did anyone ever bother to ask Dodd and Hoyer what the hell they were thinking? (Or maybe, who was paying them off?)

After their disastrous loss in 2002, one would have thought the Democrats would have wised up and figured out a way to counter election fraud and the Republican domination of the vote-counting process.

At the beginning of the 2004 presidential election, it appeared as if Democratic presidential contender John Kerry had taken this into account when he warned Republicans that he had “10,000 lawyers” ready to pounce if his bout between him and George W. Bush was not on the up and up. This played quite well to his devoted supporters who were quick to add that the election of 2004 would not be a replay of 2000 or 2002. Or so they thought!

But once again, when the final votes were tallied, the patrician Democratic war hero who had bested Bush in three debates and was ahead in both the preliminary polls before the election and the exit polls after the election, came in second.

“Fix!” his supporters shouted. “We demand a recount!” But there was no recount, no pouncing lawyers, no nothin’! In fact, before his troops even had a chance to regroup for a counterattack, Kerry quickly threw in the towel– just like Al Gore had– and graciously accepted his defeat like a good loser.

And as the sports clich� goes– show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser. But that’s what the Democrats have become, no doubt about it. Which begs the question — why are Democrats so willing to give up even when there is overwhelming evidence that their elections are fixed?

The answer may come as a shock to some, but it is no surprise to progressive critics of the political scene, especially old-timers like Gore Vidal or Ralph Nader, who have been saying all along that Democrats and Republicans are two branches of the same party. Call it the Demopublican Party or the Republicrat Party– call it whatever you want. The reality is that both Democrats and Republicans are financed by the same large corporations and have similar agendas.

The Democratic agenda is a bit more liberal than the Republican one, but when it comes to legislation regarding their mutual big contributors– the oil and gas oligopolies, the insurance companies, the Wall Street investment firms, the pharmaceutical giants, the military hardware manufacturers, etc.– the Democrats are only slightly less guilty than Republicans of prostituting themselves for money to finance their campaigns.

Teddy Roosevelt warned us about this problem at the beginning of the last century, calling the Big Money interests who buy and sell politicians the “malefactors of wealth.” His cousin, FDR, cut into their power during the Great Depression and they plotted to overthrow him. Eisenhower admonished us about them in his famous beware the military/industrial complex speech. And even Nixon butted heads with them on occasion.

But ever since Ronald Reagan became the standard-setting shill for Big Business, political candidates know their place and rarely cross their corporate sponsors. Ditto with members of the mainstream news media. And anyone who dares to create legislation or tax policy to cut into their profits or attempts to promote a populist agenda will be marginalized or destroyed. Howard Dean found that out the hard way when he ran in the Democratic primary against Kerry. AAARRR!!

And this is why Democrats have kept their mouths shut in the last three elections and have accepted their losses with humility. If they want to stay in the game and continue to accept the largesse of their malefactors, they must be “good team players,” a code phrase that transcends politics and applies to all craven employees who want to survive in today’s cutthroat work environment.

Despite this, Americans are an optimistic lot. They believe this election will be different. They say the zeitgeist is changing, that average citizens are becoming more discontented, that even long-time conservatives are beginning to speak out against the evil Bush Empire.

Moreover, they are hopeful that some how, some way a miracle will happen and the Democrats will win back the House and Senate, the news media will grow some balls and report the truth, and Bush and Cheney will be impeached and tried for high crimes and misdemeanors.

We’ll see… But one thing is certain: This is the Democratic Party’s last opportunity for a comeback until 2008, its last chance to cast off its loser image and strike a blow for democracy. If Democratic candidates are defeated in this midterm election– fairly or otherwise– their party will be nothing more than a punching bag for Republicans for the next two years, and George W. Bush will be as hard to hit as Muhammad Ali in his prime.

New Arrival

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

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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

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the 2005

bn.com

 

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 2005

bn.com

 

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 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


Pulitzer-prize nominated 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 2004

bn.com

 

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 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 2004

bn.com

 

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 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

bn.com

 

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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