Late Night FDL: New Year’s Eve!

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 8:00 pm

In terms of refreshments at Chez Siberia (we are not entertaining a crowd here; New Year’s Eve at our house consists of movies and lots and lots of food), we’ve got laid out: meatballs, artichoke dip, home make French bread, oven bbq chicken thighs, a fruit, veggie and cheese plate, and punch, with a Finger Lakes bubbly (we drink local) for the toast.

Occupy Wall Street Ringing in the New Year (LIVE VIDEO)

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 7:45 pm

Occupy Wall Street is celebrating the New Year in the streets. has posted a roundup on the website of what has happened thus far tonight. There have been multiple tents. A “tiny tent” went up in Zuccotti Park. People have been jumping barricades at Liberty Park. The police have chased down marchers too.

The NDAA, 2011 & a Happy New Year

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 7:00 pm

President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That means hours before 2011 came to an end, as ACLU executive director Anthony Romero stated, President Obama became “a president who will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.”

Update on the Hawaii Senate Race

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 6:00 pm

A week or so ago I wrote a diary in response to Adam Nagourney’s puff piece in the NYT cautioning that Dems could lose a Senate seat in Hawaii, with the retirement of Democrat Daniel Akaka.

As frequently happens, those who commented on that diary brought insight and additional information — far beyond what I’d initially included. One commenter, “Paiagirl,” was especially good.

My New Year’s Resolutions

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 5:00 pm


Lose weight.

Be nicer.

Work with not just this year but many future years and generations and centuries in mind.

Wisconsin Prosecutor Formally Requests Re-Opening of Lawsuit Against Anti-Union Law

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 4:24 pm

The case, which the state Supreme Court threw out in a 4-3 ruling, included the participation of Michael Gableman, the Supreme Court justice who received thousands of dollars in free legal services from a high-powered conservative law firm in the state which frequently works on cases before the Court (in a fitting twist, Gableman secured the law firm’s services to defend him in an ethics case). In fact, Michael Best & Friedrich, the law firm in question, worked for the state and Walker’s administration in the case of the anti-union law. Gableman never recused himself from the case, and provided the deciding vote, overturning the ruling from a Dane County district court judge.

Occupy Houston Update

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 3:12 pm

When I received the Occupy Supply gift card the weather report suggested that a hot, ready to eat meal would be appropriated. My daughter and I visited Kroger on Christmas Eve and came away with $105 worth of groceries. Fortunately, temperatures in the forties meant I did not have to squeeze everything into my refrigerator. Best deals of the day were sweet potatoes at $0.68 per pound, 15 pound bags of russet potatoes for $3.97 and a 16 pound turkey for ten bucks. We also bought a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and a greatly reduced spiral ham.

New Year’s Eve News Dump: Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 1:45 pm

The President signed the defense authorization bill today, appending a signing statement expressing concerns with the detainee measures in the bill.

Gender Identity Bill is a Legislative Priority for Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 1:00 pm

With the start of a new legislative session in Maryland right around the corner, this report from Sharon Brackett, Board Chair for Gender Rights Maryland, is welcome news indeed.

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