Issue 11 – November 2006

Current Affairs Essay
Real Reason George W. Bush Will Not Withdraw U.S. Troops from Iraq 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
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
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

Recommended Reads

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The People of the Sea
By Scott Marcano
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
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
(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
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
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
&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
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
A provocative collection of short horror stories, weird tales, and bizarre poetry.

American Hiroshima
By David D. Dionisi
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.
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
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
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
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
Two of the top progressive bloggers in the country analyze how average citizens can fight right-wing political dominance and reclaim democracy.


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Real Reason George W.
Bush Will Not Withdraw
U.S. Troops from Iraq

No matter how many times our poor excuse for a president has changed his talking points about Iraq, he has no intention of withdrawing our troops from that war-torn country in the foreseeable future.

By J. F. Miglio

Have you noticed how Dubyah has been looking a little ragged around the edges lately? The furrows on his forehead are becoming deeper and more pronounced, his renowned deer-in-the-headlights expression is occurring with more frequency, and his boyish air of confidence is disappearing all together.

Perhaps he’s beginning to buckle under the pressure of his job. The years of deceptions and lies and bad faith are finally beginning to catch up with him. Imagine, if you will, what a conversation would sound like if he finally decided to unburden himself and confess the truth about Iraq to a close friend.

Close Friend: George, you’ve been saying that the main reason the United States can’t withdraw its armed forces from Iraq is that the country would descend into a bloody civil war and perhaps outright chaos.

George W. Bush: Yeah, that’s what I’ve been sayin’ all right.

CF: And why would that be bad for America?

GB: Well, thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians would lose their lives, and Iraq would become a base for terrorists that would try to kill Americans.

CF: But isn’t that what is happening in Iraq right now?

GB: Yeah, but it would become even worse if the U.S. withdrew its forces.

CF: C’mon, George, you said you wanted to unburden yourself and tell the truth. You don’t know that the situation in Iraq would become worse any more than you knew about WMD or the Al Qaeda connections to Saddam.

GB: Well, heh… heh…. you got me there.

CF: You know what the latest polls are saying? That over three-quarters of Iraqi citizens want the U.S. to leave their country because they think it is America’s presence that is causing all the violence and dissension. And an even more alarming statistic is that a majority of Iraqis condone the attacks and killings of Americans in Iraq!

GB: Well, you can’t always go by polls, but I take your point.

CF: In fact, if we got out of Iraq, the different warring factions might be so happy to see us go, they might be willing to work out a deal with each other.

GB: You think so? That’s not what Cheney and Rumsfeld are tellin’ me. You know, the Shiites and Sunnis, they hate each other. They’d probably keep fightin’.

CF: Until one group finally defeated the other.

GB: Yeah, that’s right. And probably the Shiites would win because they’re stronger and have a lot more fighters. Then they would set up a theocratic Islamic state that would be friendly to Iran. And that would be a disaster because Iran hates the United States and is developin’ newkuler weapons that it could use against America or Israel.

CF: But isn’t Iran going to do that regardless of what happens in Iraq? You know, George, a lot of your critics say that if you had never made your speech about the axis of evil and preemptively invaded Iraq, Iran and North Korea may not have gone forward with their nuclear programs, that you kind of forced them into it. So it seems to me that if we left Iraq, the Iranians would feel less threatened by the U.S. and would be more inclined to negotiate with us.

GB: No, their president, that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad guy, is a real nut, and he would take it as a sign of weakness and continue to pursue his newkuler program.

CF: Like he is doing right now.

GB: Well, yeah, heh… heh… But there are other reasons we’ve got to stay in Iraq.

CF: You mean like all the military bases we are building there and the oil contracts that are at stake and the billions of dollars that companies like Halliburton are raking in?

GB: It’s no secret we do a lot of business in Iraq and that we just can’t pull up stakes and leave. There’s too much money involved.

CF: George, are you saying that we need to stay in Iraq indefinitely in order to make it safe and secure so that American companies can do business there?

GB: Now you’re catching on.

CF: And this could take years.

GB: That’s right. No one knows how long it will actually take, but the reality is, we’re not leavin’ anytime soon.

CF: But what about the thousands of American service men and women and innocent Iraqi civilians who will die in the meantime?

GB: I know– I haven’t been feelin’ too good about that lately. Makes me want to start drinkin’ again.

CF: And what about the billions of taxpayer dollars that are being wasted each month and the billions of dollars that have been fraudulently siphoned off to big U.S. corporations and contractors?

GB: Cheney says that’s good for business. Halliburton’s stock has more than tripled since the war in Iraq started. Not too shabby… heh… heh.

CF: So, if I’m following your logic, the real reason we can’t leave Iraq anytime soon is not because of the bloodbath it would create for the Iraqi people, or the terrorist threat it would create for American citizens, but because it would be bad for American business, especially the big oil companies and the big contractors like Halliburton, Bechtel, and your daddy’s pals in the Carlyle Group.

GB: Yeah, that’s it all right, but don’t tell anyone, especially the soldiers in our armed forces. They might feel like suckers.

CF: Don’t worry– your secret is safe with me. But do you think this could be the reason you’ve been feeling out of sorts lately? Maybe you’re starting to feel guilty about this whole mess. Maybe you should tell all those big companies that are profiting from the war to go to hell. And maybe you should admit to the American people that you made a big mistake and that we should pull out of Iraq right away.

GB: Can’t do that. I’m in too deep. Gotta ride it out. Let the next president take care of it.

CF: Story of your life, huh, George?

GB: Yeah… heh…heh. But don’t tell anyone that either. You know, stay the course.

New Arrival

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

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By John F. Miglio
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.


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