Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 8:00 pm

There’s much talk in the media of late about the need for a moment of “self-reflection” on the part of Republicans, owing to the fact that they just lost the popular vote in five out of the last six Presidential elections. The only problem with that otherwise reasonable conclusion seems to be that the mirrors they’ve evidently been using are demonstrably unsuited to the task.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Hannah Gurman, The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 1:59 pm

The Dissent Papers is that rare treat of scholarship that reflects careful research and close attention to lively, elegant prose. I recommend it highly to all interested readers. If this afternoon’s exchange is only half as rich as the book itself, we’ll all still walk away having been deeply enriched.

MN-08: Tarryl Clark Uses Partisan Anger for a Political Two-Step

By: Monday May 9, 2011 2:00 pm

Long-shot races against polarizing incumbents could become one of the newest routes for young politicians to fast-track their political careers, if Democrat Tarryl Clark’s recent political two-step pays off.

Did Palmetto State Armory Break Law in Ad for “You Lie” Assault Rifle Part?

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 6:05 am

On Tuesday, the Free Times in Columbia, South Carolina broke the story of the “You Lie”-inscribed assault rifle parts being sold by Palmetto State Armory to “honor” Congressman Joe Wilson, who shouted that line in his infamous interruption of President Barack Obama’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress in September of 2009. The Free Times article points out the presence of a photograph of Wilson with Armory founder Jamin McCallum on the webpage selling the part, and reports that the photo was taken during an August, 2010 visit by Wilson to the Armory.

In comments on a post I wrote in response to the Free Times story, I noted the presence of a seal in the photograph of Wilson and McCallum and wondered whether it is legal to use such a seal in an advertisement for a product, since it creates the impression of government endorsement. Getting no response to the question, I then found the relevant law (scroll down to section 713).

Early Morning Swim: Mayor Cory Booker of Newark Discusses Gun Control with Rachel Maddow

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 4:45 am

Meanwhile, you can get your own “You Lie!” assault rifle.

Build Your Own Joe Wilson Commemorative “You Lie” Assault Rifle!

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 4:30 pm

Nope, right-wing rhetoric in response to the health care bill has nothing to do with violence and is not at all related to guns.

Where Will DADT Repeal Opponents Hang Their Hats Now?

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 7:30 pm

Of course, these aren’t reasonable objections and, as such, shouldn’t be held up for examination for logical consistency. I just think repeal opponents have reached funny-papers status. They remind me of the kid who says, “This ice cream really sucks, can I have more please?”

“You Lie!” Wilson’s Bad Timing Missed Obama’s Bad Faith

By: Friday October 8, 2010 1:35 pm

Presidents continue to taint their once-cherished soap boxes with false statements that quickly become exposed as such, whether about the need to go to war in Iraq or the benefits of the health care reform bill.

Karl Rove’s Self-Delusions Hit New Heights–Forgets He Outed Valerie Plame

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 3:30 pm

Aside from the fact that Karl Rove’s latest Wall Street Journal op-ed operates on the erroneous foundation that the Administration shared all the intelligence they juiced up with Congress (they didn’t), the entire op-ed is based on an absolutely delusional sense of timing.

John Kiriakou: Libby Knew Plame Was Covert

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 3:15 pm

Jason Leopold has a long article and videotape of an interview with John Kiriakou that you should check out in full. I’ll discuss their conversation about Abu Zubaydah’s torture (and, more interestingly, Kiriakou’s knowledge about who Abu Zubaydah is) later. But I wanted to look more closely at Kiriakou’s description of a June 10, 2003 meeting at which (Kiriakou says) Scooter Libby made it clear that he knew of Plame’s identity.

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