Fame Whores Fail: Sydney Leathers Crashes Weiner Election Party

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 2:30 pm

Sydney Leathers showed up–uninvited– at Anthony Weiner’s NYC election concession party (cue sad trombone). And she wore red. Leathers played Weiner for her own advancement in the sex industry; and he was trapped by a woman with fewer morals, but more honesty, than he.


Bubbles and the Candidates Who Live in Them

By: Sunday November 11, 2012 10:30 am

Social Security is still a target for Obama, despite the fact that it will harm millions of people who voted for him and help the loser Republicans who loathe the ground he walks on.

Call Today to End Prohibition Tomorrow

By: Monday November 5, 2012 1:39 pm

Right this very moment, volunteers are logging calls by the dozens to voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington in support of marijuana legalization ballot initiatives. Imagine: today could be the last day of the pre-prohibition era! They’re also calling for Arkansas’ medical marijuana initiative Issue 5, and California’s Prop 37 to label genetically engineered products.

To date, Firedoglake activists have contacted over 7,000 voters across these 5 states, and we have folks lined up to continue making calls for the rest of today and tomorrow until the polls close.

FL Legislature Erases Key Item in History of Bush v. Gore

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 8:35 am

Bush v. Gore is ancient history. The results of the 2000 Presidential election in Florida are no longer considered to be an issue by the mainstream press; anyone who brings it up instantly dismissed as a kook, a conspiracy theorist, a somewhat stale joke.

And the inevitable rewriting of history has continued over the years. “Bush won, get over it” is probably the most common response to those who bring up the issue of hanging chads and the recount in Florida. In one critical case, the historical record has actually been erased – and that, in itself, tells us something interesting about the Florida recount.

Empty Chairs and Missing Signs in Ohio

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 7:52 am

This year’s presidential election has produced a brand new form of messaging. It isn’t very cutting edge, though; not some kind of recently developed social media application or scary new number crunching technology. No, it’s empty chairs. Really. People (in northeast Ohio at least) have been putting them on their front lawns as a tribute to Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Sometimes the chairs are completely by themselves, unaccompanied by any election signage or word of explanation.

Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 12:43 pm

Dear Dan,

You and I are getting ready to tape a debate on the question of whether to vote for Obama (in “swing states”). It will air on Lila Garrett’s “Connect the Dots” show on KPFK next Monday. I’m looking forward to it, if for no other reason, because I think our public discourse lacks much serious debate between people who respect each other’s intentions. I have nothing but respect for you and believe you mean nothing but the best in advocating votes for Obama. You honestly believe I was catastrophically wrong to vote for Jill Stein in Virginia, as I’ve done, and I honestly believe you are horrendously misguided to be expending your valuable energy trying to get others to vote for Obama. And yet we’ll be friends through this and regardless of whether one or both of us ever change our minds.

Handcuffed to the Starting Gate – Why Was Cheri Honkala Shackled to a Chair? (A video essay)

By: Monday October 22, 2012 3:25 pm

When Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, Green Party candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency, tried to enter the presidential debate at Hofstra University they were arrested and handcuffed to chairs for nine hours, with no access to their lawyers. When nationally recognized candidates for high office are treated this way, it’s a travesty – whether you plan to vote for them or not. How did we get to this place?

Election Hysterics and The Bad Faith Liberals

By: Monday October 22, 2012 1:00 pm

Judging from the Twitter-sphere, the presidential election is an addiction for some: akin to alcoholism, but a lot less fun. This affliction actually runs much deeper than the election itself, though it presents its symptoms most acutely in these final weeks of the bullshit extravaganza. Its subjects are likely to engage in incessantly vacuous chatter in this arrogant “have you heard?” tone. They prattle on, eventually driven to hysterics about the assured doom the country will face if their perceived foe prevails.

Jay-Z Obama Video

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:20 am

President Obama is a huge fan of Jay-Z, and vice versa, as the video above shows. The multimillionaire rapper appears in a new campaign ad, which also serves to remind people to register and vote.

How Many Myths Can Mittens Spew in 38 Minutes of a Debate?

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 4:51 pm

I didn’t watch the debate in real time; I was jamming in Greensboro at a Journey concert — front row seats. I asked my peeps on Facebook and Twitter if I missed anything interesting about the debate. Folks didn’t hold back.

Of course when I did watch the debate, I was glad that I opted for nourishing my inner fangirl in Greensboro rather than sit through that nonsense. Romney was clearly the more force-of-nature presence when it comes to theatrics; Obama suffered from a lack of attack strategy for the cameras. My problem is that I lost count of how many misleading statements, outright lies and “myths” the former Massachusetts governor emitted.

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