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About Me:
John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts. You can follow John on twitter: @JohnChandley

Nate Silver Rumored for Treasury Secretary or OMB Head

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 3:14 pm

Rumors are spreading this a.m. that the reality-based number cruncher at the New York Times, Nate Silver, may soon be appointed to a high position in the Obama Administration.**

MA SENATE: Elizabeth Warren Projected to Beat Scott Brown

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:35 pm

Hooray! I’ve gone through lots of elections in which I was felt I was voting to prevent some clown, scoundrel or crook from getting elected, rather than for the person who won. But this year, I voted enthusiastically for Elizabeth Warren, and she’s now projected to win. It’s a nice feeling.

Little Paul Ryan, 12 Years Old, Has Nightmares About Central Planners, Whose Levees Are Saving New Orleans From Drowning

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 8:04 am

Paul Ryan’s entire premise is so juvenile, so ridiculous, so oblivious to the reality of everyone’s everyday life that his speech should go down as one of the most absurd ever delivered at a national convention. But will any of our elite pundits notice?

Marco Rubio: Mitt Is My Hero and Every Child in America Should Grow Up to Be Like Him

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 11:50 am

Mitt Romney’s popularity/approval ratings have been in the dumps since the early primaries, and they’ve remained there or worse through the summer as the American people learned more about him.

So a recurring theme among Team Republican hacks has been that the one thing Mitt needs to do to capture the Presidency is to “tell us who he is,” as if the man who has been running for President since forever would become enormously popular if only he, his wife, and his friends would just reveal the “real” Mitt Romney.

Dick Cheney’s VP Advice to Mitt Romney: Pick Me! Pick Me!

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 4:00 pm

It seems almost predictable that with Mitt Romney in Israel encouraging their government to start an unnecessary war, that the man whose lies and paranoia led America into a disastrous, unjustified and unnecessary war would have the chutzpah to presume to advise the apparent GOP nominee whom to select as his Vice Presidential running mate.

It’s now generally accepted that Dick Cheney’s advice to George Bush — pick me! pick me! – helped lead to over 4,500 pointless American deaths, tens of thousands of wounded, hundreds of thousands of tragic Iraqi deaths, millions of exiles and untold civil destruction that still makes the front pages of our newspapers.

Did Justice Scalia Just Encourage the Next Crazy to Aim a Real RPG at the Supreme Court?

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 1:10 pm

It is a well know fact that when a right wing zealot is invited onto Fox News, you’re likely to hear the the most extreme forms of right wing nuttiness, while the Fox interviewer barely flinches at the sheer nuttiness. And that rule apparently applies to radical right wing Supreme Court Justices.

Zach Ford at Think Progress caught Justice Antonin Scalia telling Mike Wallace and Fox viewers that under his view of the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, the “right to keep and bear arms” extends to whatever a man not affiliated with any militia can physically carry and aim at another human being, including a launcher for rocket propelled grenades.

Romney Hints British Anglo Saxons Would Likely Lose if They Retried War of 1812

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 2:05 pm

After his campaign team insisted Mitt would never say he had a special understanding of our relationship with Anglo-Saxons that the Kenyan Socialist could never get, Mitt Romney continued his foreign policy image building trip to England by first hinting that the Brits weren’t as good at pulling off an Olympics as he was. He then questioned whether the Brits had sufficient pride in their Olympics to show up.

That set off the British media, who are now letting Mitt know how much they appreciate being insulted by a rich America and making Mitt the joke of London.

Rogues and Regimes: America’s Arms Industry Helps Murder Thousands, Privatizes the Profits and Socializes the Costs

By: Sunday July 22, 2012 11:50 am

If there were a suspected al Qaeda operation in Mexico, and the US Government knew that arms dealers in US border states were selling massive quantities of arms for delivery to that al Qaeda operation, what do you think the US government would do to those arms dealers?

Mass Shooting in Aurora, Colo; 12 Dead, 50 Wounded, Suspect Held

By: Friday July 20, 2012 5:45 am

NPR is reporting this morning that a man armed with a rifle and hand gun(s) entered a theater complex in a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado. As audiences were watching the premiere of the new Batman movie, the man threw what may have been a tear-gas explosive inside one of the theaters. He then opened fire with the rifle, and at least one, possibly two handguns. Initial police reports are that he killed 14 people and wounded about 50 others, some critically.

Would Someone Please Tell Congress, White House the Economy Is Stalled, and It’s Their Fault

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 3:55 pm

The New York Times delivered an iceberg size wake up call to Mr. Obama and the President’s stunningly inept re-election team. The most recent Times/CBS poll shows Mr. Romney slightly ahead of Mr. Obama nationally, 47 to 46 percent. Those results are worse than the same poll found weeks ago, before the campaign team began hammering on Mitt Romney’s business dealings, his tax avoidance and lack of character.

What the poll is telling us is not just that Mr. Obama is losing, but the American people are coming to the conclusion he does not deserve reelection, regardless of the deeply flawed character of his opponent.

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