FDL Movie Night: Informant

By: Monday September 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Informant follows the engrossing and disturbing story of Brandon Darby, the handsome, impassioned radical activist turned FBI informant and Tea Party hero whose work with the FBI led to one man’s death in Austin, Texas, and the trial and imprisonment of two anarchists during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Our guest tonight, Director Jamie Meltzer, has crafted a taut tale with re-enactments that break the fourth wall, conflicting accounts of key incidents, and an unreliable, perhaps confabulist, narrator.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Frederic C. Rich, Christian Nation: A Novel

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 1:59 pm

How and why evangelicals persist, what motivates their zealotry and what they would do with power if they got it—these are the “What-ifs” Frederic C. Rich asks through his characters and a counterfactual storyline that takes readers from a key historical tipping point—the election and subsequent death of John McCain in 2008—through plausible plot twists and fictional conflicts that remain deeply rooted in the very real people, politics and ideologies that even today are significant forces in American life.

No Merit Badge for Courage for Boy Scouts

By: Friday March 29, 2013 5:50 pm

Sometime in May, the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether they will allow gays to be members, volunteer leaders, or be employed on the professional staff. The decision may have more to do with funding than with any other policy.

FDL Late Night: Two Creepy Ads

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:00 pm

When I first saw this ad, I thought it was a right-wing produced anti-Roe v Wade commercial because it is soooo yucky and creepy.

Advice Corner: Pat Robertson on ugly wives killing marriage, Allen West on guns and index fingers

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 1:10 pm

Man, scanning headlines on the weekend can result in pulling up some cray-cray stuff. It’s hard to believe that the fossilized Religious Right televangelist Pat Robertson is still alive and kicking. It was even more interesting that he was scanning Maxim mag, saw a query from a teen about the distant relationship of his parents, and decided to offer up some sage advice.

Why We Should Politicize #Sandy

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 6:24 pm

Starting Monday I’ve been politicizing #Sandy.

I can almost hear in my head the right wing radio blowhards responding to this comment with their mocking strawman “The left want you to believe that WE are responsible for hurricane Sandy! Preposterous! It’s like when they blamed Bush for Katrina! My friends, these are “Acts of God! We had nothing to do with it!”

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Terrorism

By: Monday August 6, 2012 7:40 am

US agencies have been ignoring evidence of right wing and supremacist links to domestic terrorism ever since a DHS report pointed out the growing risk. The latest killings at the Sikh temple is likely to bring forth the same right wing reactions. TBogg reminds us what happened back in 2009.

Why Does the Right Wing Hate Anti-Government Preaching?

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 9:00 am

Once upon a time, a certain preacher was attacked for preaching a strong and vivid sermon against confusing God and Government. For this, he was roundly attacked by the right wing.

Today, interestingly enough, that very same right wing is preaching against trusting in government over God, against a government that they claim is trying to take over their religious beliefs.

Why does the right wing hate Jeremiah Wright? His famous sermon is speaking their language, after all. I guess their problem with Wright isn’t really his message. I wonder what it could be . . .

Waiting for Superman (Who Is Not Mitt Romney)

By: Monday October 24, 2011 7:20 pm

Muslim-hating WaPo bigot-blogger Jennifer Rubin is again very displeased with President Obama, because he has the audacity to want to withdraw the troops from Iraq before we have had the opportunity to drain all the oil that lies beneath the sand and kill all the people who live above it. Will Petraeus save us?

Right Wing Conservatives Going Nuts Over Seeing Themselves in Mirror

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 6:50 pm

The great identity problem the right seems to be having at the moment is not about whether they are complicit in these particular murders, but whether it’s plausible they could have been. That’s especially true since Glenn Beck has rhetorically encouraged violence against groups and individuals, and, as Media Matters’ David Brock points out, some nut has followed up. It’s not whether people like that knowingly stoked Loughner’s particular incoherence, delusion and detachment from reality but whether far too many of them have exhibited the same dangerous fantasies and eliminationist tendencies in their own statements and writings.

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