State of the Occupation: Tuesday Night Roundup

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 7:00 am

From athena1 at The Dissenter, a roundup of Occupation stories and pictures from around the country and beyond.

 

The Party Line – July 8, 2011: A Broadside? That’s Rich

By: Friday July 8, 2011 3:45 pm

By now, many of you have probably read Frank Rich’s inaugural piece for New York Magazine. Freed from the bean counters and word counters of the New York Times, Rich pours forth pages (and pages) on what he calls “Obama’s Original Sin.”

I am not going to say that Rich is not being tough, per se, just that he isn’t as tough as he thinks.

Impunitarianism And Cargo Cult Democracy

By: Friday February 18, 2011 6:01 pm

When impunity replaces accountability, you are left with the rituals of democracy instead of its substance.

Statute of Limitations for Securities Fraud Burns, US Attorney for SDNY Fiddles

By: Friday February 18, 2011 2:30 pm

Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is letting the statute of limitations run on securities fraud related to sales of real estate mortgage-backed securities. He’s very busy with insider trading cases and partying with his buddies at the law firms that got reich creating teh deals and then coping with the fall-out.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

By: Saturday November 27, 2010 1:59 pm

In Mark Harris’ classic baseball novel, Bang The Drum Slowly, players and coaches for the mythical New York Mammoths (modeled after the New York Yankees) fill the dead hours spent in hotels while on road trips by adjourning to the hotel lobby where they make a show of playing a card game called “Tegwar”. Tegwar (The Exciting Game Without Any Rules) is a con game whose express purpose is to extract as much money as possible from the passing starstruck fans who want to join in yet don’t want to appear like rubes by admitting that they don’t know what the hell is going on in the game. Befuddled by nonsensical winning hands like Red Rooster, Banjo, Coney Island Tatey or Butchered Hog, but caught up in the glow of hanging out with real live major league ballplayers, the fans are easy pickings and, unsurprisingly, the ballplayers always win.

Let Me Welcome Matt Taibbi to the Foreclosure Fraud Crisis

By: Friday November 12, 2010 11:45 am

Skepticism has crept into the system, and lawyers like the one Taibbi profiles are getting very adept at sniffing out the fraud. This is not hopeless. And actually, people like Taibbi writing about it for a large audience can be part of the solution.

FDL’s 2010 Election Projection Challenge: Last Chance to Place Your Bets

By: Monday November 1, 2010 9:48 am

Make Your Predictions for
FDL’s 2010 Election Challenge

Use the form below to cast your predictions for the 2010 midterm elections & 112th Congress.

There will be prizes for the winners!

Email
# of seats in House Democratic caucus
Currently 255
# of seats in Senate Democratic caucus
Currently 59
Will Prop 19 pass?

Yes

No

% Yes vote for
Prop 19
%

to the nearest 100th (ex: 5.02%)

All fields required

So, what’s going to happen tomorrow? Will Prop 19 win or lose, will the Democrats keep the Senate, and how many seats will switch parties in the House?

Place your bets now in the FDL Election Projection challenge.

FDL’s Election Projection Challenge: Place Your Bets

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 10:09 am

Make Your Predictions for
FDL’s 2010 Election Challenge

Use the form below to cast your predictions for the 2010 midterm elections & 112th Congress.

There will be prizes for the winners!

Email
# of seats in House Democratic caucus
Currently 255
# of seats in Senate Democratic caucus
Currently 59
Will Prop 19 pass?

Yes

No

% Yes vote for
Prop 19

%

to the nearest 100th (ex: 5.02%)

All fields required

FDL will be featuring extensive election night coverage across the country, including the much-anticipated results of Prop 19. And the morning after, everyone will of course be diagnosing “what happened” with 20/20 hindsight. But who really did call the races in advance?

You can place your predictions in the FDL Election Projection Vault (patent pending), which will remain locked until the results are known. So, put on your finest Amazing Kreskin hat, and lay your bets.

Questions:

  • How many House seats will Democrats hold in the 112th Congress?
  • How many Senate seats will Democrats hold in the 112th Congress?
  • Will California’s Proposition 19 pass?

Tiebreaker:

  • What will the final percentage be for “Yes” on Prop 19?

Angle Debates Reid, Or How Corporate America Bought a Clueless Tea Party

By: Friday October 15, 2010 8:08 am

There was a telling moment in last night’s Nevada Senate debate in which Sharron Angle and Harry Reid explained how they view the proper role of government and its relationship with corporate America. And their answers must have made the nation’s largest corporations smile.

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