Issue 7 – July 2006

Current Affairs Essay
Will Democrats Ever Learn How to Beat Republicans? 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
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
Straight Jacket  By Richard E. Sall
An Audience for Einstein  By By Mark Wakely
A Consequence of Greed  By Jack Eadon

 

Recommended Reads

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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.

Straight Jacket
By Richard E. Sall

www.booksurge.com
(Fiction)
Engaging tale about a young surgeon who must deal with the high pressure world of hospitals, dead patients, and medical malpractice while falling in love with a beautiful nurse who has a demented mother.

An Audience for Einstein
By Mark Wakely


www.anaudienceforeinstein.com
(Fiction)
Award-winning, inventive story about a neurosurgeon who achieves the secret of transplanting memories from one person to another to save the life of a brilliant scientist– with dire consequences.
…Read Review
…Read Review

A Consequence of Greed
By Jack Eadon


www.eadonbooks.com
(Fiction)
&nbsp Engaging tale about a corporate trouble-shooter from Chicago who is transferred to Texas where he is possessed by the spirit of a man murdered a decade before to avenge the crime.
…Read Review

 

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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
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
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• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Independent Publishers Bestsellers Hall of Fame: Title says it all
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• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• 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.”
• 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.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg Palast.com: One-man army of investigative journalism.
• 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

Surprise! Election Fraud Strikes Again
Will Democrats Ever Learn
How to Beat Republicans?

By J. F. Miglio

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, just shoot me.

Are you listening, Democrats? In 2000 the Republicans made a laughing stock of your candidate Al Gore and stole the election in Florida. Ostensibly, this made you madder than hell and you swore it would never happen again.

But it did happen again! As I reported in my December 2004 Online Review article, “How Democrats Enabled

Republicans to Steal the 2004 Presidential Election,” you got sidetracked by 9/11 and the war in Iraq, allowed two years to pass, and then let the Republicans seize the initiative. How? By allowing the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), a lobbying group representing technology firms like Diebold and ES & S, to push legislation through Congress favorable to their interests. As a result, a bill was written called the Help Americans Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002.

Ostensibly, the bill was a bipartisan piece of legislation that was supposed to ameliorate the punch card voting problems that had plagued the 2000 presidential election by using touch screen vote counting machines. In addition, it was supposed to make the entire voting process fairer and more transparent.

The bill was written by two Republicans, Mitch McConnell and Robert W. Ney (of Ohio– surprise, surprise!), and two Democrats, Steny Hoyer and Chris Dodd (a “Golden Leash” award-winner for taking special interest money), and it passed overwhelmingly in both houses of Congress, receiving praise from Democrats and Republicans alike. Steny Hoyer even went as far as to refer to HAVA as “the first Civil Rights Act of the 21st Century.”

Incredible as it seems, the legislation did nothing to restrict the pervasive control and partisan influence that Diebold and ES & S lorded over the election process, nor did it use language precise enough to mandate that any company that manufactured electronic vote counting machines had to produce a paper trail to verify the authenticity of voter selections.

In essence, HAVA was a complete sham, an extraordinary giveaway to the Republicans, since the owners of Diebold and ES & S (who received their initial financial backing from billionaire Howard Ahmanson, an ultra right-wing financier with close ties to the Bush administration), got exactly what they wanted: carte blanche to sell their paperless, easily hacked, touch screen voting machines all over the country. And as soon the Congress shelled out $3.8 billion to state governments for the acquisition of new touch screen voting machines that replaced the old punch card ballots, Diebold and ES & S were there to cash in– big time!

Since then, my dear Dems, your candidates have been taking a beating. In the 2002 mid-term elections, many of your team– including the popular Max Cleland of Georgia– lost Congressional elections across the country in which they were ahead by several points in the preliminary polls, only to lose in “amazing upsets” at the end of the race.

Then in 2004, when your boy Kerry was ahead in almost all the exit polls (the “gold standard” of polls), you got sucker-punched– again! — by the Republicans and lost the presidency. To add insult to injury, Kerry conceded almost immediately, despite widespread reportage about election fraud.

Since then, there have been thousands of articles and several books written about how the 2004 election was stolen. The most recent article, which Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, was quite thorough and compelling, and Kennedy ended his piece with this conclusion:

“The issue of what happened in 2004 is not an academic one. For the second election in a row, the president of the United States was selected not by the uncontested will of the people but under a cloud of dirty tricks. Given the scope of the GOP machinations, we simply cannot be certain that the right man now occupies the Oval Office — which means, in effect, that we have been deprived of our faith in democracy itself.”

Naturally, the Kennedy article got very little coverage in the mainstream news. In fact, with the exception of Keith Olbermann and Lou Dobbs, the stolen presidential election story of 2004 and the periodic reports about easily hacked touch screen voting machines have also been ignored by major newspapers and television news shows– except to tell critics “to get over it.” Of course, it’s difficult to get over it when new reports keep popping up about election fraud and easily hacked voting machines.

The most recent story is about the Busby/Bilbray special run-off election in San Diego to replace the disgraced Republican Randy “Duke” Cunningham for his U.S. House seat. And what do you know! Once again a Republican wins under suspicious circumstances, and once again Diebold machines are used to tally the votes. Even worse, it has been reported that some of the poll workers actually took home Diebold machines prior to the election for safe keeping!

But how did Diebold machines get into the California election system to begin with? It didn’t happen automatically. When the Democratic Secretary of State Kevin Shelley was in office (before he screwed up and resigned), he anticipated problems with the Diebold machines and decertified them. But when Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor (with a little help from Karl Rove’s attack machine), he appointed Republican Bruce McPherson as Shelley’s replacement, who re-certified the Diebold machines just in time for the 2006 midterm elections.

As of this writing, there are town hall meetings being held in Los Angeles and San Diego about election violations in the Busby/Bilbray race. Just what we need– more angry Democrats decrying the unfairness of a corrupt election system run by ruthless Republicans and their sleazy allies who own Diebold!

By this time, I think it’s safe to say that we already KNOW the election process is corrupt and rotten. We already KNOW the Bush administration could care less about being ethical or in compliance with the law. We already KNOW the mainstream news media have sold out and will not cover the story with the seriousness it deserves.

So here’s my suggestion to all you angry Dems who want to win the upcoming midterm elections in November: Stop bitching and complaining. Stop holding meetings and going on talk shows. Stop appearing shocked that our country is run by a bunch of crooks and fascists.

Until you change the election system to make it fair and honest, you must accept the reality that the only way to deal with crooks and fascists is to be tougher than they are. So it’s time for the Democratic Party and all its rich supporters– are you listening Bill Gates and Warren Buffet? — to cough up some green and hire a round-the-clock security force to watch every polling place, every Diebold machine, and every Republican official who has anything to do with the election process.

Oh, and by the way, the security force should not be made up of minimum wage workers who can’t speak English or rent-a-cops who dropped out of high school. It should consist of hard-ass attorneys and thumb-breaking enforcers named Guido and Tony. Then, maybe, we’ll get some fair elections.

New Arrival

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

Buy 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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