Tortured Questions, Part II

By: Sunday December 30, 2007 8:55 am

Jose Rodriguez appears to have anticipated being scapegoated: he’s hired Bob Bennett to represent him. Larry Johnson has some great background on the various legal and political opinions that Rodriguez’ likely sought. And how he most likely took out an insurance policy on liability, having been burned by an attempt by prior implicated politicos to scapegoat him and others in the past.


Tortured Questions

By: Sunday December 30, 2007 7:30 am

More questions are being raised about the destruction of the CIA interrogation/torture tapes, Jose Rodriguez (former head of clandestine services at the CIA) and the hands-on involvement in the decisions on tape destruction by Alberto Gonzales and David Addington. From the NYTimes: The Justice Department, the C.I.A.’s inspector general and Congress are investigating whether any official lied about the tapes or broke the law by destroying them.

Sunday Talking Head Thread

By: Sunday December 30, 2007 5:00 am

Here’s the Sunday talking head line-up. C-Span’s Washington Journal: 7:30 – John Zogby, Zogby International Polling, President & CEO; 8am – John Harwood, New York Times, Political Writer | New York Times blog – “The Caucus”; 8:30am – Michael McKoy, KWQW-FM (Des Moines), Talk Show Host; 9am – David Bonior, Edwards for President, National Campaign Manager….

ABC’s This Week:

Late Late Nite: What’s Opera, Doc?

By: Saturday December 29, 2007 10:10 pm

What’s Opera, Doc?

When presented in the 1979 compilation The Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Movie, Bugs Bunny claims that the short was the whole of Wagner’s 17-hour Opera Cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (The Ring of the Nibelung, which he mispronounced as “The Rings of Nibble-lung” in his Brooklynese accent), condensed into only 7 minutes.

Late Night: Wingnut Crap of the… Year!

By: Saturday December 29, 2007 8:05 pm

2007 is almost behind us. Which is appropriate, since “behind us” is where things that really stink usually go. So, please to enjoy this retrospective of Great Moments in 2007 Wingnuttery, a quick tour through right-wing inanity. I don’t pretend this list is exhaustive — there’s simply too much Dumb — but nevertheless, it just might make you nauseous.

Horse Race Roundup

By: Saturday December 29, 2007 6:51 pm

Iowa Independent says Republican candidates are getting hinky because Ron Paul just might come in third in Iowa. No wonder Fox News is giving him the boot.

. Tomorrow morning, Obama is on Russert, Clinton is on Stepanopoulos, and Edwards is on Face the Nation. Let’s see if anybody stumbles.


American Parallels

By: Saturday December 29, 2007 4:00 pm

There is, in human history, a series of cycles of renewal, decay and renewal. Each one ends in a crisis period, and each crisis must be overcome. It is never inevitable that you’ll fail – but it’s never guaranteed you’ll succeed either.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bruce Levine, Author of “Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic”

By: Saturday December 29, 2007 2:00 pm

In SURVIVING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION EPIDEMIC: How to Find Moral, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy, Bruce Levine talks about “the societal sources of despair.” He attributes much of our national malaise to a “not unreasonable” response to the pressures of corporate authoritarianism and “community malnourishment.”

Steve Gilliard: Remembered, and Appropriated

By: Saturday December 29, 2007 1:00 pm

Matt Bai has a piece on our friend (and occasional Firedoglake contributor) the late Steve Gilliard for this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. It’s not a bad piece overall, by any means. I continue to be glad the NYT is giving Steve some of his posthumous due. That said, it does suffer from some of the same blindnesses we’ve become accustomed to in the work of our self-selected chronicler on behalf of the establishment. Bai writes shallow personality driven pieces that always seem to fit his preconceived notions, making him precisely the kind of journalist Steve used to skewer with such inimitable abandon.

Blue America Welcomes Jim Himes

By: Saturday December 29, 2007 11:03 am

(Jim Himes is running against Chris Shays in CT-04. Please welcome him in the comments, and you can make a valuable end-of-quarter contribution to his campaign here — jh)

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