Late Night FDL: Times of Illusion

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 8:00 pm

On the rather surreal occasion of the opening of something solemnly called the George W. Bush “Library,” I was inexorably drawn not to my personal Bush Library of 92 infuriating volumes, but the somewhat smaller 60 or so in the Nixon section.  As I listened to snippets of Village homilies and President Obama predictably joshing chummily about the “clubhouse,”  I was reminded of Jonathan Schell’s masterful recounting of the Watergate era, The Time of Illusion. 


John Kerry Must Speak Out on 2004 Election Theft Now

By: Sunday October 28, 2012 5:36 pm

There are no doubt honest people who have looked at the evidence and disagree that the election was stolen in 2004. There might even be — although I can’t imagine how — people who have looked at Ohio 2004 and concluded that what went down was a respectable electoral process up to all international standards and beyond all possibility of doubt. I’m even willing to concede that someone somewhere honestly thinks allowing private companies to count our votes on computers in a manner that can never be verified is a reasonable approach to democratic self-governance, given the complete absence from all recent history of any private company ever engaging in any questionable practice that might radically increase its profits.

But, according to a credible report from 2005, one key person who eventually came to understand that Ohio was stolen was the candidate from whom it was stolen: John Kerry.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan

By: Sunday February 12, 2012 1:59 pm

General Stanley McChrystal told journalist Michael Hastings that he wanted to be on the cover of Rolling Stone and so he was. The resulting story—describing an alcohol fueled dinner in Paris and the General’s staff mocking the Obama Administration—ended McChrystal’s tour as the commander of US forces in Afghanistan and his military career.

Yes, Let’s Crack Down on Election Fraud.

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 6:01 pm

If the Republicans who continually cry wolf over the imaginary spectre of rampant voter fraud really want to preserve the integrity of our electoral process, maybe they should pay a little more attention to actual dirty tricks like these.

(also note the appearance of Newt Gingrich’s twitter followers at the end of the video.)

Nessy, Bumble and the Myth of Voter Fraud

By: Saturday June 4, 2011 9:00 am

In the middle of a budget crisis GOP finds new ways to both waste money and suppress voting rights.

Washington Responds to Afghanistan Failures with More Petty Political Posturing

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 9:00 am

So, even though conditions in Afghanistan are deteriorating rapidly, it is far more important to the politicians in Washington to prepare for the midterm elections than to evaluate their clearly failing strategy. How many more meaningless deaths will there be in Afghanistan while Washington handles its highest priority?

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