F#&k You Congress: New Website Tells Congress What We’ve Been Collectively Muttering Under Our Breath

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 1:05 pm

At this point it’s not a secret, the 113th United States Congress has a remarkable aptitude for perpetually sucking at life and people are noticing and talking back.

Their message?

Fuck you Congress.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Karpf, The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy

By: Saturday July 21, 2012 1:59 pm

Dave Karpf’s exceptional book The MoveOn Effect examines and explains the rise of the Netroots, putting organizations like MoveOn.org, the PCCC, and DailyKos (and, I daresay, Firedoglake!) in historical and academic context. There is a rich study of political institutions and organizations that Karpf is able to tap into to better plumb the depths of what we have now, how it is different from what came before, and where we might be heading. Dave not only brings an academic and historical point of view, but he brings an activist point of view. For many years, he’s been a leader in the Sierra Club, serving on their National Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010.

Common Cause Sues to Have Filibuster Declared Unconstitutional

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 9:05 am

The nonprofit advocacy group Common Cause is suing the Senate in hopes of having the rules governing the filibuster declared unconstitutional. I doubt this lawsuit will actually result in the Supreme Court telling the Senate they must eliminate the filibuster, but that may not be needed. Just filing the suit may induce the Senate to change its rules.

Occupy LA Joins in Protest of News Corp.

By: Friday October 21, 2011 4:24 pm

Friday, as the News Corp. Board of Directors held their annual shareholders meeting, close to two hundred demonstrators from Good Jobs LA, Brave New Foundation, NABET-CWA, Media and Democracy Coalition, Media Alliance, and Media Action Center joined with Occupy LA, AAVAZ.org, Free Press and Common Cause to protest the media giant’s behavior -including having politicians on their payroll as media commentators and authors, phone hacking and bribery, one-sided reporting, use of faulty statistics, bad governance, and most especially, not acting in the public interest.

Media activist Sue Wilson rallied the crowd when she told them that a local Fox channel in Florida went to court and received a ruling that a news broadcast over our public airwaves does not have to be true.

Late Night FDL: Pouting Baby Says “Creepy Clarence and Mrs. Ginni T Are In Big Trouble Now”

By: Thursday October 6, 2011 8:00 pm

I know I’ve talked about Creepy Clarence and Mrs. Ginni T a lot. I asked why Mrs. Ginni T made mean phone calls to Professor Hill. Then I asked why Creepy Clarence is allowed to lie. After that, I asked why Bow Tie Boy hired Mrs. Ginni T. Tonight I want to get back to Creepy Clarence’s lies, because now Common Bob and his friends have found out that Creepy Clarence’s lies are even bigger than we first thought.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Asks “Who Let the Dumb ALECs Lie and Write Bad Laws?”

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 8:00 pm

The Dumb ALECs should be in a lot of trouble, but does anyone really think they will be punished? Why are they allowed to lie and to write bad laws? Is it because the really rich people and big companies that give the Dumb ALECs their money can get away with anything they want?

Headed to the Koch Rally

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 1:30 pm

Charles and David Koch are holding something called the “Billionaire’s Caucus” in Rancho Mirage this weekend, one of their periodic meetings with the rich and powerful of the conservative movement (House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is attending this one) to plot strategy for the coming year.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Doesn’t Understand Why Creepy Clarence is Allowed to Lie

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 8:00 pm

I don’t understand why Creepy Clarence is allowed to lie about Mrs. Ginni T’s money. His job is all about people telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. He must think that part doesn’t apply to him when he expects it of the other people in his special room.

Anyway, I think Common Bob can expect that phone call from Mrs. Ginni T just as soon as she finds where Creepy Clarence hid the gin.

Keeping It Simple – Lessons from Progressive Ballot Initiative Reformers (Part Three)

By: Sunday January 2, 2011 8:30 am

Edwin and Joyce Koupal and their People’s lobby technically “failed” three times in their efforts at California-wide direct democracy before passing their first successful ballot initiative, the Political Reform Initiative of 1974. Yet from each loss, the Koupals learned important lessons they applied to later efforts. One of the lessons they learned was the importance of keeping it simple.

Help Bring Democracy To America

By: Friday July 9, 2010 6:01 pm

We like to think that we live in a democracy, but the sad reality is that the US is a democracy in much the same way that the UK is a monarchy. The American voter has become a figurehead who controls very little, if anything.

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