Documentary Video: WACO Rules of Engagement

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 7:53 am

Ronnie Reagan emptying the patients of psychiatric hospitals into the prison system for tax cuts for the wealthy and WACO were the two events that formed my skeptical mindset on the federal government.

 

The Air Force Must Have Some Really Good Cooks

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 9:02 am

We knew that the nuclear missile crews at Minot AFB were having problems passing their readiness checks, but now we learn that the missile launch folks had their bacon saved by having their poor test scores lumped together with the missile crew cooks and facilities managers. This raises a couple of questions . . .

Why Do Governments Hate Workers?

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 11:00 am

We must be a nation of peasants to be willing to tug our forelocks and say yes sir and would you like champagne with your caviar sir to the rich like we do.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Trevor W. Coleman and Peter J. Hammer, Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 1:59 pm

Damon Keith is a legend. The kind of judge other judges speak about with hushed reverence and admiration, and for good reason. I first learned of Judge Keith in law school in the early ’80s when studying what is commonly known as “The Keith Case“. It was, and is, one of the most important Fourth amendment cases in history, and undergirds all significant Fourth Amendment law on domestic targeting and electronic surveillance of persons within the United States.

CIA Files Show America Helped Saddam Hussein As He Gassed Iran

By: Monday August 26, 2013 8:30 am

As the United States government prepares for war with Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack, a report by Foreign Policy magazine details CIA files that prove that the U.S. knew Saddam Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history and provided him assistance anyway.

Putting War Back in Children’s Culture

By: Friday August 16, 2013 5:45 am

Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into. The very day the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, Richard Nixon also signed a decree ending the draft. It was an admission of the obvious: war, American-style, had lost its hold on young minds. As an activity, it was now to be officially turned over to the poor and nonwhite.

Those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains.

FDL Movie Night: Follow the Leader

By: Monday June 24, 2013 4:59 pm

Follow the Leader is a coming of age story about three teenage boys, each with the dream of becoming President of United States. Director Jonathan Goodman Levitt followed these focused young men, born as Reagan left office and the Berlin Wall fell, for three years, from high school though Election Night 2008. These upper-middle class, conservative kids, each living in traditional “all-American” towns, are enthralled by politics. They grew up shaped by 9/11 which forever altered their post-Reagan childhood beliefs that America was invincible.

Obama Builds Off Legacy of Reagan by Charging Leakers Like Snowden Under Espionage Act

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 1:00 pm

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided documents to The Guardian and blew the whistle on secret surveillance programs collecting the personal data and information of innocent Americans and others from around the world.

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

By: Monday April 8, 2013 12:15 pm

“They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbors.” – Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, one of the founders of the Neoliberal Revolution and Britain’s first female prime minister, died today of a stroke at age 87. Her life was marked by unquenchable ambition and a ruthless use of power. Despite being born the daughter of a grocer, Thatcher will be eulogized as a former head of state and baroness. Whatever will be said about her, she knew how to climb the greasy pole of British society and politics. But at what cost?

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