A look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday March 4, 2012 4:00 pm|
It was early 2005. The Iraq War was approaching its worst stage. I was spending more time on-line, reading the news articles one couldn’t (and still cannot) find in the traditional media. Political blogs were blossoming up like mushrooms after a warm Autumn rain.
One day, reading an article at Majikthise, one of the few blogs where I would occasionally comment, I followed a link to a blog with a strange name – firedoglake. The next day, some other blog linked to an article here. I bookmarked the site and started reading it regularly.
Soon, I decided to comment here. It was risky, as I didn’t feel as knowledgeable on the issue at hand – I can’t remember what it was – but felt I might add a little. Within a few minutes, my comment was greeted by Jane Hamsher, who welcomed me, Edward Teller.
Please join us by becoming a member of this vibrant family.
|By: Philip Munger Saturday August 30, 2008 5:00 pm|
John McCain’s choice for Vice President, Alaska’s first-term Governor, Sarah Palin, was daring, audacious, novel, disturbing to some Democrats, and – most likely – very, very lame. As August unfolds into September and October, the national spotlight will now inspect Alaska politics more closely than ever. The upcoming corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens is already due to bring more scrutiny toward our politics, but the little-known “Branchflower Investigation” into Palin’s firing of her top cop, will now also become a national story.
|By: Philip Munger Wednesday July 30, 2008 6:00 pm|
firedoglake had hoped to wrap up the TedFest! poetry contest here today because it is the first anniversary of the FBI raid on his Girdwood chalet. The raid was the first in the history of the United States upon the home state dwelling of a sitting member of the U.S. Senate.
But serendipity mucked up our plans. I don’t think “anybody could have predicted” that between the beginning of TedFest! and its wrap-up, Ted would be busted. To answer once and for all the question I’ve dealt with dozens of times since yesterday morning – no – I didn’t know in advance. And I’m not sure Ted did.
|By: Philip Munger Friday July 18, 2008 6:40 pm|
99 Poems about Ted Stevens! 63 on Tuesday, 36 on Wednesday. And although Ted hasn’t been surfacing in the news today like he was earlier in the week, the sun doesn’t set in the North this time of the year, until very late.
Ted did call me though. It was a robo-call. I was really hoping that he’d call, or that somebody from his staff would call back, accepting my offer inviting somebody in his Alaska office to help judge this contest over the weekend. But, no, just another damn GOP robo-call. Here’s my favorite part of Ted’s call:
Hi! This is Senator Ted Stevens. Sorry to miss you today. I’ve called to invite you to a town hall meeting – BY TELEPHONE! I’m reaching out to you with this new technology….
|By: Philip Munger Wednesday July 16, 2008 6:24 pm|
Alaska’s oh so senior Senator Ted Stevens believes New York Senator Charles Schumer runs the Alaska Democratic Party. Now, I know firedoglake isn’t exactly Chuck Schumer fan club central (heh….), but I can guarantee you, Ted, I haven’t seen Chuck at any Alaska Democratic Party meetings, listened to him in any conference calls, or taken any orders from him. At our Alaska Democratic Party Convention, over Memorial Day weekend, I don’t remember even hearing Sen. Schumer’s name.
|By: A Siegel Sunday May 4, 2008 4:00 pm|
This year could be a breakthrough year to truly change the nature of dialogue and action in Washington, DC, and nationwide. On the tip of the toungue: will there be a super majority in the Senate (59 Democratic Party, One Socialist (Sanders), and the only Connecticut for Lieberman Senator)? One of those seemingly long-shot, now truly competitive races that could help achieve this change: the race for Alaska’s next Senator.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday April 30, 2008 12:01 pm|