"If America cuts and runs in Iraq, who's going to tell the families that their loss was in vain?"

Karl Rove, June 2, 2006

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2006

WHAT?SHIFT HAPPENS: "What if an Artist ran for President?"

Maybe I won't have to.

As Michael Moore so elegantly points out -- he does that... and he does it for us, not just himself -- we have NOW passed the point where "we've been in Iraq longer than we were in World War II". I say we, even though Michael and I weren't born during a global conflict. We were however, taught to duck & cover, and from that day on, we've spent most of our adult lives preventing the next one.

If Dick Cheney can state that his policies have kept Terrorists from attacking since 2001, Michael and I have just as much evidence to prove our claim.

Giving the responsibility for everything, including Life and Death of "anyone but us", to Jesus, or Allah, or your elected officials, is not just asking for trouble, it's an immediate and obvious measure of what you yourself are doing/not doing to stop the next Global War. We are at the brink of annihilation because we give our ability to live in Peace to those who profit from War.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

I have friends and loved ones that are preparing to move "anywhere but here", because they don't want to go down with the ship. When they ask why I'm staying, I can't help but say: "to keep the ship from sinking in the first place."

Who blames them?. I'm asking: "Who blames them?"

Our Fathers DID NOT fight so their children would have to make such a decision... about their own country.

There'll be no storming an already armed bridge; held by guilt-ridden Officers who refuse to acknowledge they made a mistake, even after hitting the iceberg they just couldn't see.

It's our turn. As Gandhi explained to the astonished British: "It is time for you to leave...", before everyone but those who think they've bought a seat in a lifeboat, is floating in the icy darkness; waiting yet again, for someone to rescue them

I HAVE ENGAGED THE BORG BEFORE.

The difference now is that many more are engaged in a battle going south. The lesson of Jean-Luc Picard; defying his previous orders, arriving in Earth orbit (the Borg were fought there, yet we ended up fighting them here), and announcing he's taking control of the Fleet, may now be appreciated by every American who has realized that the past has been superceded, and there may not be another two years.

It will certainly be greeted with relief and joy throughout the rest of the World.

If we follow through. If we use the window to tell the Truth long enough for everybody to think twice instead of preparing for invasion.

Like a child with unique talents growing up to find out that other kids don't have them, followed by "and you better hide yours!", I WILL WIN, because those kids have grown up and we've found out that people are more like us than we were led to believe.

I was sitting in High School geography class; memorizing State Capitols when the announcment of JFK's assassination came over the loud speaker. NO ONE can PROVE much of anything these days, and it would be even harder to prove that someone did THAT on purpose just to wipe out the hopes and dreams of an entire generation to which the torch had been passed, but it sure has come to make sense.

If there is a "THEY", they were wrong there, and I can PROVE that.

If someone has to face the rolling eyes that accompany "You can't win...", in order to demonstrate that THOSE Hopes and Dreams are alive and well THANK YOU, and more magnificent than anyone knew...

I'll do it.*

Put the Art in Party.

The Tide Has Turned. Understanding the Truth behind the Mother of all campaign slogans: "RUN KNOWING YOU CAN'T WIN.", means you understand the real answer to my question.

I'VE ALREADY WON.

VOTE NOW.

.ms

* My Name is Michael Sterling, and I approved this page.

I may have been a little harsh with Richard C. Hoagland and George Noory. I apologize to one more than the other, for it will soon be a Post-Apocalypto World...

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2006

IT'S ALIVE!SHIFT HAPPENS: IT'S ALIVE!

One of the most enduring horror film cliché's are the survivors; exhausted but jubilant, unaware of the unseen remnant of the Monster they believe dead and gone forever, yet still at risk as it grows to full menace again.

The Permanent Republican Majority is not dead.

It still threatens to slide out of it's red state womb to slaughter everyone in the newly blue delivery room and beyond.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2006

NO THANKSSHIFT HAPPENS: DUM

Why do we really need more troops in Iraq, and why do we need a draft (GO ALONG) to force them there?

Because the troops already there are irradiated past hope and need to be replaced -- rotated home so they can die from handling depleted uranium -- Off camera.

If George W. Bush drops in for another surprise Baghdad Thanksgiving Dinner with the troops, he should try holding one of these instead of another fake turkey.

Manifest Destiny. Was it worth it?

Don't ask an American Indian or an Iraqi.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006

EXPOSEDSHIFT HAPPENS: Workers in the dark

Democrats casting Secret Ballots, 2200 more troops for "one last push" in Iraq.

BUSH 41...

Sound like what you voted for?

The title sequence for George Romero's "DAWN OF THE DEAD" shows what it's like to go to sleep glossy & replete; having missed or ignored the subtle hints that things may be very different when you wake up.

By the time Johnny Cash (Peace be upon him) stops singing, we have seen and recognized how quickly Suburbia USA can become downtown Baghdad. For a few seconds we see what may be the most horrific image in the film; an impromptu press conference on the steps of the Capitol by nameless stand-ins for familiar faces either evacuated or already dead. With the screams of the zombie horde only heard and reacted to offscreen, the icons of the American Way; their faces frozen with the realization that the System has failed even them, fall back in mid-proclamation to the military helicopter behind them, replaced by soldiers firing into the crowd in front of the podium.

A "fake" Black & White newsclip from the Future that has BUSH 43, politicians Red and Blue, and New Bosses; the "same as the Old" Bosses, sweating bullets every night.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2006

STFUSHIFT HAPPENS: There Is ONLY ONE BECK

And his name is JEFF!

Shame on George Noory for allowing someone to intimate ON HIS SHOW, that the Coast To Coast "audience" would understand and condone the deaths of fellow Human Beings.

It's one thing for Richard C. Hoagland to suck up to an audience he helped build in order to promote an open mind when confronted with the Unknown. Quite another for a rabid Talk Jock; dreaming of making a career out of Iran like Ted Koeppel decades before him -- when the only way to "free the hostages" was for Reagan to cut a deal with them at the expense of a sitting President -- to suggest that the only way to deal with the unknown is to "KILL EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM"!

Noory is working, but not in the Light.

He has however, mastered Hype Me / Hype You... to his audience's detriment.

EVERYBODY WAKE UP!

 

SHIFT!

Impeach & Apologize

One year ago today, I put up the second READ THIS PAGE! update. Word of a Republican memo "floating" the idea that if the party in power continued to be challenged, another 9-11 would be the result had just surfaced. I have thought all year that simply exposing such a horrendous strategy might thwart it as well.

The Democrats have won, and the fleeting moments of hope two years ago when it looked like Kerry might win in spite of himself, have lasted for five days now.

Anyone looking at Cheney's face and body language however, as he was forced to sit in the same room with Nancy Pelosi -- the "Where's my shotgun" thought bubble above his head invisible on CNN -- must have thought of Clive Barker, or will when they see their first Cenobite.

I've maintained that there is no "most important" page, but there is now. As Katrina prompted post-disaster updates across the site, the mid-term election; fraught with even greater disappointment has compelled the introduction of blue type following the single word SHIFT!, for a major paradigm certainly has. There may never be another...

There may have been those who accused Paul Revere and those he hung out with as being dark or negative. They may still bristle at the thought that Empire is still with us.

Chains of Blue instead of Red are still chains.

Watch for McGovern on Capitol Hill next Thursday, any word of FALCON FORWARD OPERATING BASE, or the first Post-Election reporter asking George W. Bush to say on the record that we will NOT build permanent bases in Iraq, even though the President of the United States has lied before in order to move on to the next question... which he will undoubtedly do. Again.

WHY IS ANYONE STILL LISTENING TO HIM?

WHY IS AN ADMITTED LIAR STILL PRESIDENT?

STILL HERE

MS<RLF>

UNITED HATES OF AMERICA

One more thing...

Clean Sweep? Why do these people still have jobs? Did they represent the policies and ideaology of the America that "threw the bums out" on the 7th?

NO.

WHY ARE THEY NOT ALSO LISTED AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE WITH THE LOSING CANDIDATES THEY CONTINUE TO INTERVIEW?

Like the blackened chunk mistaken for a burnt roast in the final scene of "TIME BANDITS", they remain; basically unchanged from the conflict with free will and change. Stooping to interviewing EACH OTHER to get the required sentences broadcast on the air.

To paraphrase the old joke: "Listening to cable news is like going to a family reunion to pick up women."

YOUTH VOTE

"IT'S EVIL!"

 

The day after the Democratic Party took the House and Senate, I saw a new bumper sticker: "I'M ALREADY AGAINST THE NEXT WAR". A war that the "Evening News" -- having lock-stepped us into Iraq -- is eager to "debate" until it's once again too late, even after the American People have told them to STOP!

A war that will take more than 100 American soldier's lives in the month it will last.

Read all the Shams - I -Tabriz and Rumi you can, while you can.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2006

ONE PARTY RULESHIFT HAPPENS: SPECIAL COMMENT

THANK GOD for the DAILY SHOW... Ann Sparanese, Stephen Colbert & the COLBERT NATION, The Dixie Chicks, John Lennon, Borat, Neil Young, Ron Paul, John Murtha, Roger Waters, Harry Belafonte, Michael Moore, Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean, John Dean, Bob Woodward, Richard Clarke, George McGovern & William R. Polk, Al Franken, Sean Penn, Keith Olbermann (especially Keith Olbermann), Arianna Huffington, Mike Stark, Alex Saikowski, Maureen Dowd, Kathy Griffin, Helen Thomas, Todd Snider, Muhammed Yunus, Matt Groening, Barbara Streisand, Alex Jones, Wenyi Wang, George Clooney, Russ Feingold, Caroline Rhea, Michael Isikoff & David Corn, Barack Obama, Harold Ford Jr., Macaca, Jim Webb, Aaron Sorkin, Janine Garafeolo, Jeff Rense, Alec Baldwin, Robin Williams, Randi Rhodes, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Jack Cafferty, Mary Mapes, Jeeni Criscenzo, Lori Saldaña, Scott Ritter, Tammy Duckworth, Seymour Hersch, Noam Chomsky, Paul Newman, Dan Rather, Korey Rowe and Dylan Avery, Gore Vidal, Henry and Kyra Akins, George Lucas, Steven E. Jones, George Soros, Bev Harris, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Patrick Tillman Sr. and Mary Tillman, Francine Busby, Kevin Tillman, Joan Baez, James Carville, Marc Ecko, Peter Wallsten, Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, Lt. Ehren Watada, Lawrence O'Donnell, Bill Maher, Martin Sheen, Greg Palast, Max Cleland, Elizabeth Holtzman, Mike Jones, Tom Beattie, Cindy Sheehan, Banksy, Edward Kohout III, Michael J. Fox, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, Sidney Blumenthal, Judd Hirsch, Kanye West, Anonymous, Wayne Madsen, Mary McDonnell, Al Gore, William Blum, Michael C. Ruppert, Webster G. Tarpley, Gary Hart, David Kuo, the Cyonic Guard, V, Appeal for Redress, Robert Greenwald, the Wachowski Brothers, Kinky Friedman, Richard Dawkins, Ron Howard, Elizabeth de la Vega, Lewis Black, Cynthia McKinney, Robert Fisk, Jim Bell, Howard Zinn, Chris Hedges, Michael Blake, Ward Churchill, Anna Nicole Smith, Chalmers Johnson, Peter Lance, Barry Lando, Kevin Phillips, and Bishop John Shelby Spong (Ret.).

PEACE BE UPON THEM ALL

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2006

FAWKE YOUSHIFT HAPPENS: Fawke you

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

Apparently they are. British council bosses have banned Guy Fawkes from the traditional bonfire named for him and held in his honor for his attempt to burn down the houses of Parliament.

Who needs shadowy freedom fighters fighting against the tyranny of the state? Shrewd and charismatic characters standing for individuality and justice? Those who hope to reform a society which has come under the corruption and oppression of the government?

WE DO!

ALL FOOLS DAY

THE STANDSHIFT HAPPENS: Flags Of Our Fathers

What's the opposite of a white flag?

Does anyone think that this won't happen again?

"DEATH TO AMERICA" may be the stupidest thing ever uttered by a human being. After November 7th however, it may also be the most redundant.

Those who gave the order to turn armed National Guardsman on their fellow Americans at Kent State, and those who rubber stamped those orders up and down the chain of command, are still nameless, but today -- over 36 years later -- there can be little doubt who their favorite President would be; The Party of fear & death reveling in their shamelessly solicited vote in yet another election they cannot afford to lose no matter how horrible the loss to others.

36 years. Longer than the lives that could have been led by the children of those four murdered students had they not found out too late that America was not the country they'd believed it was.

Only one year since the use of White Phosphorous in the destruction of Fallujah sparked the first SHIFT HAPPENS update, the only American I can truly point to with pride tonight is Michael J. Fox...

...AND George McGovern.

The first bumper sticker I ever designed was simply the word McGovernment!. Rather proud of myself, I strode into the front office on my break from the graphics camera to show my boss, who rather curtly informed me he was "voting for Nixon." Stunned that he thought that more important than my typographical cleverness, I continued to work for him until I quit during the Watergate Hearings.

The ghost of Nixon still chortles in the White House every time Henry Kissinger "advises" a Commander-In-Chief who has gotten his soldiers into a disaster infinitely worse than Vietnam, but all the bluster and threat of the last five years is not worth a page in "OUT OF IRAQ"; the book co-authored by George McGovern -- one of the few Americans who still knows how to get us out.

Even John Kerry; a Soldier who knows more about Vietnam than any 20 members of the Bush White House but should never be given a microphone off the Senate floor, was not safe from the true ghouls who attacked him all Halloween long -- changing "get stuck in Iraq" to "end up in Iraq" -- a lie necessary to divert attention from the C student who has, in fact, managed to "get us stuck in Iraq."

For want of a word, the joke was lost.

For want of a joke... more dead in Ohio.

Skull & Bones strikes again. Tony Snow and FOE NEWS did the rest. Everyone but Fox and McGovern doing their best to keep those in power stuck there... and us stuck with them.

Having "won" yet again, even with 87% of Americans against them and their "FEITH-BASED INITIATIVES", the Bush / Cheney / Rove machine can finally "lose" in order to start "fighting them over here" as they warned would have to be done... and "they" will be us.

 

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