Gary Bauer – The Anti-Gay Talking Head Who Helped Undermine The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In The Reagan Administration

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 3:53 pm

The late President Reagan gets a lot of deserved flack for his negligence in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Today, we learned that there needs to be some flack dispensed around because Reagan isn’t the only person in his Administration who needs to be called to the carpet. “Anyone who is familiar with Gary Bauer’s anti-gay extremism will not be surprised to learn that his bigotry goes way back. Just in time for World AIDS Day, we now know that when Bauer was working in the Reagan White House, he fought hard to keep gay people off the nation’s first AIDS commission.”

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Heather Cox Richardson, To Make Men Free: A History of The Republican Party

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Heather Cox Richardson has a gift for seeing the connections in American history—for synthesizing a picture that makes sense out of a broad range of elements. She integrates larger economic and cultural developments with the experience of men and women at all levels of society, as well as the decisions and conflicts of policymakers and power brokers. She demonstrated her powers as a writer and historian brilliantly in her books West from Appomattox and Wounded Knee, and does so again in her brilliant To Make Men Free.

Documents Reveal More Details on How US Intelligence Gets Around Regulations Against Spying on US Persons

By: Monday September 29, 2014 1:45 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union posted a trove of documents obtained in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information about an executive order President Ronald Reagan signed, which gives the government broad authority to engage in surveillance of international communications, including the communications of numerous Americans. One key “exemption” gives intelligence agencies the ability to get around regulations intended to protect privacy.

Executive Order 12333 “governs” most of what the National Security Agency does, when it comes to collection of information on “Americans’ cellphone and Internet usage.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rick Perlstein, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

By: Sunday August 17, 2014 1:59 pm

It’s an honor to moderate today’s discussion of Rick Perlstein’s new book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. For American history buffs and scholars alike, Rick’s work needs little introduction. He’s the acclaimed author of three major works on the rise of conservatism in the postwar United States (Before the Storm, Nixonland, and now The Invisible Bridge), whose journalism, criticism and writings on history have appeared in The Nation, Rolling Stone and countless other publications.

Not just do his books hit the best-seller lists and make the end-of-year best-book roundups, they have become part of the canon, required reading for aspiring American political historians—appearing on the syllabi for graduate seminars, a necessary part of the rite-of-passage hazing ritual for graduate students known as the comprehensive exam, and thus filtering down into the undergraduate lecture courses that introduce the college students of this country to twentieth-century American history.

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.

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