Late Late Nite FDL: Back On The Train

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 10:02 pm

PhishBack On The Train, at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC, May 23, 2000.

What’s on your mind tonight?


A Guide to Official BushCo Responses

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 8:00 pm

Veteran watchers of the Bush Administration are coming to realize that all of the official statements these days are generally variations on a one of a very few themes. They get embroidered, embellished, and enhanced, but they all come down to the same thing: Don’t blame me!

McCain’s Faustian Bargain Projected On Obama With New Ad

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 6:45 pm

McCain’s ad tells us not just what McCain wants us to think of Obama, but what he knows is true of himself. The man of honor I and many others admired; that John McCain, is dead. With each compromise he made, with each degrading vote, with each violation of his personal honor and beliefs, he killed himself in inches before our very eyes. And as with most such degraded men, now he tries to clutch the broken shards of his honor to him, and lashes out at others, imagining that they too must have made his Faustian bargain.

Trade Talks Crash on the Shoals of Farm Subsidies, Sensible People Yawn

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 6:00 pm

So, it looks like the Doha round, after 7 years, has failed. As anyone paying even a slight bit of attention anticipated, it did so because Americans and Europeans don’t want to allow other countries to protect their farmers and internal food markets from subsidized competition by the West, nor is Europe or the US willing to reduce subsidies in any meaningful way.

To which I say “who cares”.

Something Else To Apologize For: Neglecting AIDS in Black America

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 4:00 pm

You knowYou know we have a real race problem in America when The New York Times, in the second paragraph of its story on the severity of AIDS infection in the African-American community, writes that a just-released report “provides a startling new perspective” on the epidemic. Where have y’all been? The report, by the Black AIDS Institute, is old news. The problem is that the news media has been so dazzled by the show of support for people living with HIV in Africa by President Bush and other conservatives that it doesn’t ask the question I always ask when I hear Bush talk oh-so-compassionately-conservative about AIDS in Africa: “What about us here in the U.S.A?”…

John McCain Orders Up an Acme Self-Hoisting Petard

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 2:21 pm

With all the shakeups since he entered the presidential race, it’s been hard to know who’s running John McCain’s campaign… but I’m gradually becoming convinced that it’s Wile E. Coyote.

EFCA: Why The Republicans REALLY Hate Obama

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 12:00 pm

The NRSC put together a commercial that’s supposed to scare the bejesus out of everyone at the thought of EFCA (the Employee Free Choice Act) passing under an Obama administration, but I couldn’t have made a better one myself.

Death and the Bush Administration

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 10:30 am

Last week, a confluence of events reminded the U.S. public that it’s not just the food we eat that’s increasingly dangerous in our daily lives—inadequate safety on the job still is killing America’s working people.

The week ended with two more deaths from construction cranes, this time in Illinois. These fatalities came within days of four deaths due to a crane collapse in Houston—and raises to 18 the number of workers who died from crane-related deaths so far this year, according to an estimate by The Wall Street Journal, which doesn’t include bystander deaths.

Republicans In Disarray…Look Over There, It’s Karl Rove!

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 10:29 am

It hit me this morning who McCain has been reminding me of lately. I had been getting that sinking like Bob Dole feeling, crossed with the morning prune stylings of Hard Hat Fred Thompson, but that doesn’t quite get the petulant feel of spoiled Johnny who wants his way while wearing $520 Ferragamos in the discount grocery store and thinking no one will note it.

And then, it occurred to me….he’s the Francis candidate.

Intersection Of Freedom’s Watch And McCain? All Roads Lead To Rove.

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 9:08 am

When you think about the biggest skunk in the Grand Ole Party, does Karl Rove’s eau de turdblossom spring to mind? It should: We have recently learned that Rove has signed a mid-six figure consulting deal with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to oversee the activities of the right-wing shadow group Freedom’s Watch. With the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) underfunded and in disarray this cycle, it has outsourced its work to Freedom’s Watch, a shady soft money group with ties to President Bush and Senator John McCain….

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