Late Nite FDL: The Graduation Bell

troscar.jpgOkay, as some of you may know, this is my last post at Firedoglake. It has been an amazing year and a half, but over the Thanksgiving break, circumstances arose that made me realize that it’s high time for this Theropod to flap his wee tiny forelimbs and leave the nest.

This may come as a shock to you, but I actually do stress out sometimes about what I write. There have been a number of times since I took over the Late Nite spot here that things I have written have blown back on Jane and Christy and the other great writers on the masthead at the Lake. FDL is evolving rapidly and the excitement around here is going to only get more intense as the 2008 election heats up. I want these guys to be able to go forward from here without worrying that something I write, either on the front page or in the comments, is going to cross the line and potentially hurt their reputation or keep them from being able to have more amazing guests like Naomi Klein, Senator Chris Dodd, John Dean, and anyone else who might want to (more…)

Late Late Nite FDL: The Most Practical and Useful Blog Post You Will Read This Year

silence is goldenIf you, like many people, are dreading those inevitable shouting matches around the holiday table with your Republican relatives, Jezebel has some helpful rules for ensuring a peaceful, non-screaming Thanksgiving for you and yours.

I used to joke that the only two topics I could discuss when I went home to visit my evangelical Republican family were “the weather and food.” I guess I didn’t give enough thanks for our intact ice caps, because ever since Global Warming came along I’ve lost “weather” as an option. So how are those of us with family members who get their news from Hannity and the O’Reilly supposed to fill the silences without resorting to an ill-advised “meaningful discussion” destined to end in tears, slammed doors, and most tragically, the potential forfeiture of six varieties of pie? Here are five topics that, if you follow the rules, are guaranteed to lead to the blandest, least provocative family dinner conversation possible. (You’ll notice sports are absent from this list. Have you read about the drugs those insolent thugs have been pumping into their bodies? Stay AWAY.) Anyway, follow this guide, and your most willfully ignorant cousins will think you’re so dull they’ll believe you when (more…)

Late Nite FDL: That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

I know this may come as something of a shock to you, but we aren’t the only people in the world who think Joe Klein is just a bad joke in a tweed coat. Oh, no.

Let’s begin at Glennzilla’s place with the piece that Jane touched on earlier:

For the sake of its own credibility, Time Magazine needs immediately to prohibit Joe Klein from uttering another word about the eavesdropping and FISA controversy. He simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about and he publishes demonstrably false statements.

Oh. Gosh, Glenn, don’t hold back or anything, tell us how you really feel. (more…)

Late Nite FDL: Where Do I Sign to Sell Out?

a devil’s bargainWell, this is interesting. It seems that the Petroleum Institute is taking Right Wing Bloggers on all-expense-paid travel junkets to view some new construction projects and spread the word that, in fact, Big Oil is Wise and Good and Strong and only has the best interests of the American people at heart.

Cap’n Ed:

I will travel the next two days to Houston and Corpus Christi on a tour arranged by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The tour includes other bloggers, including Bruce McQuain of QandO, who announced it earlier today. We will take a tour of Chevron’s Blind Faith platform before they deploy it — a platform designed to pump a new field in the Gulf of Mexico. We will also tour their visualization center, get a briefing on deepwater drilling, and have a lengthy Q&A session with Chevron representatives.

Obviously, I hope to get a better perspective on oil drilling, the petroleum industry, and energy policy as a result.

Because there couldn’t possibly be any better way to get straight answers out of the petroleum industry than to let them assume total responsibility for your well-being for several days as they ply you with food, alcohol, and disinformation. God damn. Could these two jokers be any closer to a surprise upset in the competition with front-runners O’Hanlon and Pollack for the “Overly Credulous Rubes of the Year, 2007″ award? Doesn’t anyone but me find it a little humorous that the new oil rig they took these Right Wing stool-pigeons to view is called “Blind Faith”? (more…)

Late Late Nite FDL: I Heard Something Terrible on the Radio

tweety“The most important thing to succeed in show business is sincerity. And if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” (George Burns)

Such is the essential message of Chris Matthews’ new book, “Life is a Campaign”. He posits that we can all learn from politicians and their oh-so-clever trick of pretending to listen to and care about people they don’t give eight tenths of a bucket of warm spit what happens to.

This was what got Matthews into so much trouble in his brutal interview with Jon Stewart. Stewart was (understandably) flabbergasted. He was saying (and I’m paraphrasing here), “I can’t believe that this is your philosophy of life. Lie and shmooze and fake your way to the top? That’s your advice to America?”

And Matthews looked at Stewart in complete befuddlement, wearing an expression like a dog hearing a high-pitched sound, “Yeah, what’s wrong with that?”

It was a bloodbath. (more…)

Late Nite FDL: When the Water is Gone, What Then?

droughtThe main story is Salon today is something I have been wondering about for several weeks. We keep hearing about how the Georgia reservoirs have about eighty days of water left. The question nobody seems to be interested in answering (or even contemplating) is exactly what will happen to Atlanta and the surrounding area when those reservoirs actually run out, and everyone in North Georgia turns on their taps and nothing comes out.

Nov. 19, 2007 | Georgia’s on my mind. Atlanta, Ga. It’s a city in trouble in a state in trouble in a region in trouble. Water trouble. Trouble big enough that the state government’s moving fast.

Oh, yeah, the GOP God Squad has gotten right on it and taken swift and decisive action!

Just this week, backed up by a choir singing “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by three Protestant ministers, and 20 demonstrators from the Atlanta Freethought Society, Georgia’s Baptist Gov. Sonny Perdue led a crowd of hundreds in prayers for rain. “We’ve come together here,” he said, “simply for one reason and one reason only: to very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm.”

I think we all went over the results of that sanctimonious clusterf*%k last week.

But that, apparently, is the extent of the Governor’s plan for coping with what could shape up to be a humanitarian, economic, and environmental disaster. (more…)