Late Night FDL: In Which Fred Hiatt is Invited to Preach His Neocon Sermons in Fallujah

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 8:00 pm

There are things one reads that uplift one; things that bore one; things that irritate one.

And then there are things that make you want to hunt down the author and slap the taste out of his or her mouth.

Such was WaPo editor Fred Hiatt’s panegyric to the last misbegotten ten years of Treasury-draining wars of choice.

The Idea That DoS Attacks Against WikiLeaks are War Crimes

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 6:51 pm

The notion that the attacks on WikiLeaks are war crimes is something the organization has been promoting. On August 23, when it was hit with a DoS attack as it released 130,000 cables, the organization tweeted, “Are state directed Denial of Service attacks, legally, a war crime against civilian infrastructure?” and “Should we, legally, declare war on state agressors that commit infrastructure war crimes against us?”

Pivoting Off the Pivot: Deficit Agenda Poised to Re-Enter Debate

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 5:43 pm

This is the danger, the follow-on to the American Jobs Act. As Jon Walker reported, there are signs of support for raising the Medicare retirement age coming from a variety of corners, including the American Hospital Association, who are trying to save themselves from trigger cuts on reimbursement rates by sticking it to 65 and 66 year-olds. The report from Ways and Means Committee Democrats that included raising the eligibility age as an option is bad news too.

5 Minute Membership – College Students and Grads

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 5:08 pm

I was up late doing some thinking after the GOP debate on why membership at FDL is so important to me, and what benefits it offers to others who join. I just graduated in 2009, and I like to think that is not all that long ago. I was 23 years old, on the job hunt, sending out 20 resumes a day, interviewing at temp-to-hire firms, willing to take anything and trying to show off my credentials.

I realized that I had a lot of experience on campaigns, and my grades were great, but I did not “get that involved.” What I am getting at here is that FDL is a great member benefits program to become a part of as a young college student or recent graduate.

Cowardly NC Senate Leadership Tries to Hide Marriage Amendment Debate Slated for Monday

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 4:00 pm

Here’s some jaw-dropping cowardice at work in the North Carolina Senate. At the 11th hour — of course in the dead media zone of Friday afternoon — Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and staff are not only trying to hide the fact that they will bring a marriage amendment bill up for debate on Monday, but they are trying to do it in a stealth fashion that is completely disgusting. Berger and his fellow elected Bigots to Kill NC Business don’t want the public to know about or participate in the debate.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steve Early, The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old?

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 1:59 pm

Labor commentator, and former union staffer, Steve Early draws on years of trade union activism to shed light on labor’s troubled path over the last decade. His recent book, The Civil War’s in US Labor, examines the internal conflicts which have wracked the labor movement over the last decade: the 2005 split of several international unions from the AFL-CIO to form the Change to Win coalition, the subsequent fracturing of Change to Win, and the internal conflict within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

A Personal Reflection on September 11, 2001

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 1:03 pm

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I was living in Springfield, IL. I had been laid off from my previous employer back at the end of July so my usual routine was to get up, make the coffee, check my email and the various job hunting sites for anything within my skills and career field to apply to, then surf the news sites. That routine stayed pretty much the same, even the week before when I had visited my best friend in Jacksonville, FL for a week, having returned to Springfield on Saturday, September 8.

It was a sunny morning and my then feline companion had joined me at the computer when I saw the first news article about a plane hitting the World Trade Center.

WikiLeaks Has No Blood on Its Hands

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 12:30 pm

Cassandra Vinograd and Bradley Klapper of the Associated Press conducted a partial review of US State Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks focusing on the sources the State Department “categorized as most risky.” The findings in the report cast further doubt on the official party line the government promotes when commenting on anything WikiLeaks and concludes, US examples of threatened sources have been “strictly theoretical.” The review found “several of them” are “comfortable with their names in the open and no one fearing death.”

Administration Formally Asks for $5.1 Billion in Disaster Relief

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 11:20 am

All eyes are on the House to see what they’ll do. Eric Cantor has been hammered in recent weeks for his comments about disaster relief funding needing offsets. Democrats in Congress and the White House are clearly determined to call his bluff. Cantor has moderated his tone on this of late, no doubt in part because of the multiple House Republican freshmen whose districts where affected by Hurricane Irene. Let’s see if they allow a clean bill to come to the House floor.

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