FDL Movie Night: Bombshell

By: Monday February 17, 2014 4:59 pm

Bombshell, produced and directed by Jason Lehel and starring Kelly Mullis–both guests tonight–follows Marilyn Monroe in the final hours before her death. The short film takes us into the actress’s psyche, her addictions to substances and to John F. Kennedy. Using biographies and Monroe’s diaries as a foundation for the film, Bombshell is a shattering, painful look at a woman destroyed by forces internal and external.

 

Things you never knew about Lee Harvey Oswald

By: Sunday November 24, 2013 8:15 am

I come into this topic with a confession to make. Having been at this game of connecting the dots since I was 13 years old, I have precise memories of the time when I heard President Kennedy had been assassinated. I was in a 9th grade Civics class that Friday afternoon, not feeling well due to a sore throat. The teacher sent me to the school office to be disciplined for wise cracking while he was speaking. When I got down the long hall to the school office, I found that nobody was there, which was unusual for the noon hour on a Friday.

JFK, Secrecy & the Unspeakable Forces of the National Security State

By: Friday November 22, 2013 11:18 am

The establishment media, which has been commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination for the past week, will not take the time to appropriately present the dynamics in military and intelligence agencies leading up to when he was killed in Dallas.

Elegy for JFK

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 8:15 am

The Anchorage Civic Orchestra will be giving our 2013 Fall Concert on November 22nd. Back in late August, when we began our once-per-week rehearsals, a member observed that our concert will occur on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The theme of our concert is Four Centuries of American Music, with works written in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries being programmed. After mulling over the idea for four days, I wrote this simple, direct elegy over Labor Day weekend.

Barry Commoner, The First Guy I Ever Voted For, Dead at 95

By: Friday October 12, 2012 2:59 pm

Dr. Barry Commoner, scientist, activist, educator and one of the founders of the modern environmental movement, died on September 30 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 95.

I met Dr. Commoner in 1980, when he brought his third-party campaign for US president to my university. Running as the candidate of the Citizens Party, which he helped found, Commoner didn’t command an auditorium. Instead, Commoner sat in what I remember as a smallish classroom, discussing the state of the world with an egalitarian equanimity. He knew he wasn’t going to win the election, but he had things he wanted to explain, and a level of participation he wanted to motivate.

Labor Day and the Future of America

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 6:00 pm

Labor Day 2012 comes at a turning point in American history. At a time when the wealthiest have prospered beyond the wildest of dreams, the vast majority of working Americans struggle to make ends meet. Millions have seen their incomes flatten, their jobs outsourced, and their hopes for retirement security put on hold, if not quashed completely. At the same time, Wall Street and the politicians who conspire with them have worked overtime to destroy the ability of American workers to join unions and bargain collectively for better wages and benefits.

Kansas, Rick Santorum, and Purity Catholics

By: Saturday March 10, 2012 9:04 am

Rick Santorum — a pious Roman Catholic — has gotten knocked for losing the Catholic vote to the Mormon Mitt Romney, but those who note this generally take a simplistic view of “the Catholic vote.” They confuse the positions taken by the bishops with the positions embraced by rank and file Catholics, and wonder why Santorum doesn’t get more Catholic votes. Hint: maybe it’s because lots of Catholics disagree with their bishops. See “contraception” and “divorce and remarriage.”

That said, Rick Santorum is poised to win the Kansas caucuses today, and if he does, it will be because of the support of the conservative “purity Catholics” that are more numerous in Kansas than other parts of the US church. And in a caucus state, you can be sure that they’ll turn out.

Rick Santorum Wants to Throw Up on the First Amendment, Afghans See Us in Religious War

By: Monday February 27, 2012 6:15 am

When Rick Santorum repeated his view that Kennedy’s promise to honor separation of church and state makes him want to throw up, he’s telling us that he wants to puke on a critical piece of the U.S. Constitution. And it’s not just any part; it’s the very first “freedom” mentioned in the Bill of Rights.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen Glain, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire

By: Sunday September 11, 2011 1:59 pm

As U.S. drones continue to take flight over Pakistani soil and that country’s restive population becomes more and more resentful of what it views as excessive foreign meddling in its affairs by various actors – the West, Al Qaeda-inspired terrorists, and its old rival India – I think the topic of empire is more relevant than ever to the two countries that I consider my own.

50 Years After the Start of the Berlin Wall, We’re Still Building Walls

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 9:00 am

Fifty years ago today, East German soldiers began overseeing the construction of the Berlin Wall. That wall came down in 1989, but as Der Spiegel reminds us, other walls remain elsewhere in the world.

Even more insidious, though, are the invisible walls we build with money and defend with lawyers, all in an attempt to defend the status quo and nail things down as they are right now.

Sorry, but life is like a river, and you can’t nail it down. Count me among those who yearn for life without such walls.

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