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Blast from the Past: CIA role in car-bomb kill of Hezbolah figure
The Washington Post is reporting that CIA operatives on the ground directed a 2009 car-bomb attack that killed a Hezbollah leader who had been implicated in the Beirut embassy bombing over 20 years ...
FischFry 01/30/2015 42 2 - -
Dear Planet Earth: Thanks for the memories...
It's been...interesting. Actually, it's been nice knowing you, old Planet Earth, place I called home. I've lived a half-century now -- I know that's a blink of an eye in geological terms, and even ...
FischFry 11/05/2014 9 9 1 -
The 2nd Amendment Was Supposed to Apply Only to Federal Gov't.
A retired N.Y. judge sitting on a case for the District of Columbia recently ruled that the District government's prohibition against public carry of guns violates the 2nd Amendment. Currently, that ...
FischFry 07/30/2014 58 25 3 -
On Blaming the US and NATO for Crimea
It's becoming very fashionable to blame the policies of the USA and the NATO countries for what seems like the early tremors signaling a renewed Cold War. I find that those who support Chavisimo in ...
FischFry 03/24/2014 201 27 2 -
Embassy bombing -- History repeats as Iran learns our lesson
It's a familiar scene -- the carnage, today in Beirut, following a terrorist bombing attack on a target -- an embassy -- that should be off-limits to this kind of strike. Notwithstanding the ...
FischFry 11/19/2013 18 6 - -
Trade 1 yr. penalty delay for 1 yr. CR and 1 yr. debt limit increase?
I understand and agree with Kos on the importance of not capitulating. I also think that it the opportunity and time may be fast approaching for Democrats declare victory and accept a GOP offer, so ...
FischFry 10/02/2013 105 1 - -
SCOTUS conservatives -- I've got an idea for a law you're gonna love!!
With the Supreme Court's decision in the DOMA case, one question remains wide open as to whether a state that does not recognize gay marriages must still recognize the validity of a gay marriage ...
FischFry 06/26/2013 3 - - -
Sen. Grassley? You don't want more DC judges? Have I got a deal for you!!
Sen. Grassley -- You won't remember me, but when I was a DC intern 25 years ago, I drove you to and from your Senate office for an appearance sponsored by the think-tank I was interning with, the ...
FischFry 06/04/2013 12 6 - -
Would Senators Let Death Threats Guide Their Votes?
Just a hunch, but I would guess that every Senator imagines they have the integrity and courage to stand up and vote their conscience in the face of death threats. So, why would they let their ...
FischFry 04/17/2013 5 2 - -
Silly mistake that might have got me shot
There's at terrible, tragic story being reported in the Washington, DC news about this teenager who was shot and killed by a neighbor when the teen boy mistakenly entered the wrong house on his ...
FischFry 03/18/2013 20 24 - -
Time to talk term limits for SCOTUS?
Time has certainly passed Antonin Scalia by....by about 60 years. Today, he acted like the drunk, racist relative who embarrasses everyone at the family reunion. Except that he's embarrassed one of ...
FischFry 02/27/2013 33 9 - -
Bullcr@p Benghazi Hearing Robocall
At my girlfriend's house and she just got a wholly misleading robocall claiming to be raising money for John McCain or for a petition to force a joint select committee to hold hearings on the ...
FischFry 11/15/2012 8 2 - -
Romney not conceding. Waiting for OH vote-flipping machines to kick in.
This snark brought to you by those hoping that Daily Kos returns to the reality-based community now that the election is over.
FischFry 11/06/2012 6 3 - -
Report from the polls -- Long lines in Maryland!
I have to vote early, because I'll be out-of-state on Election Day. I'll be using whatever authority my law license provides to do election protection, once again. Beginning with the '04 election, ...
FischFry 10/27/2012 33 12 - -
Jon Stewart takes down FOX and the Obama "Phantom Menace"
For me, Jon Stewart has offered some of the most devastating reponses to right-wing craziness in this campaign season. Of course, his best ammunition is always reserved for the propagandists at FOX, ...
FischFry 10/23/2012 2 11 - -
Understanding Romney's Tax Plan -- Hint: 0% (for Mitt)
Obama knocked it out of the park last night...and Romney swung and whiffed a few times. Notably, the media is focusing on how Romney struck out on Libya, women binders, and women's health. For me, ...
FischFry 10/17/2012 7 3 - -
The Best Way to Debate Romney's Tax Plan
Beginning with the first Presidential debate, I have felt that the Obama/Biden campaign have not really taken the best path in countering Romney's proposal to cut taxes for the so-called "job-...
FischFry 10/15/2012 4 6 - -
Romney's Most Dangerous Lies and our Green Energy Future
Ok -- So, we've all read about how the President was flummoxed by Mitt Romney's etch-a-sketch performance and his denial of his own record of policy proposals and pronouncements. We've read how the ...
FischFry 10/05/2012 16 29 2 172
Krugman: Beware the Very Serious People
The germ of this diary is Paul Krugman's excellent piece on Europe's Austerity Madness . Krugman is making the case against the austerity programs being foisted on ailing European economies. Krugman'...
FischFry 09/28/2012 5 17 - 140
Could this be the worst moment in Romney tapes?
There's been a great deal of comment about Mitt Romney's arguing that the best thing the next President could do abut Middle East peace would be to punt -- to kick the can down the road and hope for "
FischFry 09/18/2012 28 24 - 265
Why Health Care IS Different...
In the Supreme Court hearings on Tuesday, the Solicitor General struggled to explain why health care is different -- to articulate the "limiting principle" that the Court's conservatives were ...
FischFry 03/27/2012 25 7 - 82
Memo to Mitt: The Constitution is Our Greatest Strength
Mitt Romney, tonight: "Each step of the way, I learned a little more about what it is that makes our American system so powerful. You can't learn that teaching constitutional law at University of ...
FischFry 03/20/2012 11 9 - 41
Limbaugh's secret: Breitbart video proves Rush is undercover Democrat
In an incredible new revelation that is sure to rock the American political scene, researchers combing over his Wikipedia page have discovered that Rush Limbaugh was not born a Limbaugh, but was in ...
FischFry 03/08/2012 7 8 - 194
Does the GOP have an "Iran strategy" for winning US election?
I've been wondering why the GOP has been so belligerent in talking about the Iranian nuclear situation, especially the GOP candidates. It seems to me there are 3 possible explanations. First, we ...
FischFry 03/02/2012 10 9 - 89
Where's the outrage over the House Transportation Bill?!?!?
There are things that I love about the Daily Kos, and there are things I find ridiculous and regrettable. I can tune in here on any given day and see multiple recommended diaries expressing outrage ...
FischFry 02/09/2012 12 15 - 119
The Line-Item Veto. Another bad GOP idea endorsed by Dems?
This morning, I learned on this site that the ...
FischFry 02/08/2012 53 23 1 303
The 1% is killing America? Why Ayn Rand would agree
There is a class of individuals in the financial sector who are very effective at creating wealth -- for themselves. That would be almost admirable if that wealth was serving to generate economic ...
FischFry 11/21/2011 73 73 5 663
The case for an Occupy Mutual Fund (Pt. 1)
Let me say that I have not participated in any way in the Occupy movement, other than to follow it and voice support here online. I have the greatest respect for what the vast majority of the ...
FischFry 11/16/2011 7 4 1 49
Why DKos is more important than this or any 'food fight'
{I expect the diary title may feel demeaning to some members and their heart-felt concerns. I apologize for that, but I couldn't think of a more appropriate short-hand description of the current ...
FischFry 09/11/2011 13 6 - 119
Payroll Tax Cut Won't Cost Us Anything
OK -- You read my headline: "Payroll Tax Cut Won't Cost s Anything"..and you clicked the link to see how this could be so. Amazing, you say? Incredible? Unbelievable? It's a cut in the payroll tax, ...
FischFry 09/07/2011 25 2 - 66
People Power march on Capitol and State capitals
I love Daily Kos and I respect many of its members, but my current idol is Annabel Park, a fellow Montgomery County (Maryland) resident who started the " ...
FischFry 07/26/2011 1 11 2 75
Hot Coffee -- Most Important movie in years (updated)
If you saw the "coffee" reference in the diary title and came looking for more on Mark Halperin or "Morning Joe," you're in the wrong place. -- this is about a subject that is a lot more important ...
FischFry 06/30/2011 112 388 21 2043
War Powers Act is Unconstitutional
If you have followed the non-Anthony Weiner news in recent days, or looked at the rec list in the last day, you know there is a vigorous debate on our role in the Libya conflict. The arguments focus ...
FischFry 06/16/2011 29 14 1 144
End the Collective Madness. Weinergate a lesson for us all.
This is not where I say "I told you so," even though I really, really did try to tell y'all. I was -- we were all seeing smoke and there was surely a fire ...
FischFry 06/06/2011 27 11 - 124
Here's a Joke For You...
Question: What do Rupert Murdoch, Muammar el-Qaddaffi, Bashar al-Assad and the Koch Brothers have in common?
FischFry 05/19/2011 4 5 - 114
I'm Not a Gay, Secular Fascist. But...
I'll keep this short because it seems to me that the massive absurdity of Gingrich's remarks should be obvious to all....but maybe I'm missing something.
FischFry 05/12/2011 125 105 2 705
Mubarak Fiddles while Egypt Burns
A week ago (was it 2?), I drafted a diary that offered up my ideas for a farewell speech for Hosni Mubarak -- sort of a valedictory along the lines of Washington and Eisenhower, with important ...
FischFry 02/10/2011 28 4 - 169
Jim Webb won't run again (w/poll for your choice)
I'll start with the requisite apology for the short diary, even shorter on details -- but it's big news, for those of us in the DC metro area (and the rest of Virginia) and nationally. Virginia's ...
FischFry 02/09/2011 21 3 - 199
One-term Obama Fantasy in WaPo
Doug Schoen and long-time Dem pollster Pat Caddell have penned a piece (and a peck of peppery punditry) running in ...
FischFry 11/14/2010 9 7 - 112
Can we call an idiot "an idiot"?
Otto 's excellent Rec List-topping diary, O'Donnell "......
FischFry 10/19/2010 36 11 - 98
A History Lesson On Religious Intolerance in America
The New York Times is running a story today about the efforts by one Catholic priest in New York City to draw parallels between the Park51 Islamic Community Center project ...
FischFry 10/07/2010 21 15 - 115
A Brooklyn Tale - Guy takes on Political machine. Wins.
The New York primary ended today, and it brought a squeaker of a win that should be celebrated by all reform-minded progressives. What's that you say? The primary was held last week? True, but one ...
FischFry 09/23/2010 15 19 1 261
UN to Tuna, Polar Bears: "Drop Dead"
Well, now they've gone and done it. I suppose it should come as no surprise, but the world body chickened out of doing something consequential to head off the insanity of overfishing that is driving ...
FischFry 03/18/2010 10 12 - 27
Why Dems lost Virginia -- Deeds as Kerry redux
There's a strong argument on the Daily Kos front page , from Markos himself, about the weakness of Democratic candidates ...
FischFry 11/04/2009 63 17 - 233
I bet on Mallomars
Why? With the weather turning cold in the Northeast, it is now officially Mallomars season. The Mallomar is a cookie that never lets you down, if you don't let them go stale. The combination of dark ...
FischFry 10/14/2009 34 9 - 88
Israeli Joins Saudi to Save English Soccer Team
Things always seem to get bleaker in the Middle East, as the dream of peace seem to get only more distant and unreal. Leaders find political advantage in maintaining and intensifying confrontation. ...
FischFry 10/07/2009 42 20 - 251
Gerson Libels Justice Ginsburg and Pro-Choicers
While this was briefly highlighted earlier today in the "Abbreviated Pundit Round-Up" , I felt a little more sunshine needed to be ...
FischFry 07/17/2009 24 11 - 5
Congrats to the Champions of Europe (Soccer Diary)
TiVO warning -- if you don't want to know who won the European Champions League final, click off this diary.
FischFry 05/27/2009 118 10 - 23
Manny Being Manny
So, we learn today what "That's just Manny being Manny" really means. The putative best hitter in baseball, Manny Ramirez,
FischFry 05/07/2009 60 6 - 22
Ted Stevens is going to jail -- AG Holder Admits April Fools Prank
It seems Ted Stevens is going to jail, after all... At a charity event, hosted by the National Press Club in Washington tonight, Attorney-General Eric Holder admitted that the stories that ran ...
FischFry 04/01/2009 18 5 - 78
This Diary Slams Chuck Todd (Updated w/video)
Chuck Todd. Chuck Todd. How many different ways can you say it? How many different ways can you slam someone and use their name as an epithet for a stupid, if sincere, question asked to the President?
FischFry 03/25/2009 32 9 1 9
Broken News: Israeli Gov't - Labor joins Likud
Amidst fears that he is consigning the Israeli left to the "garbage bin of history" , Ehud Barak got a majority vote ...
FischFry 03/24/2009 117 5 - 4
Single Payer: The Single Answer to the Health Care Crisis
When I read that the Obama Administration is not really giving serious consideration to single-payer health care, I feel like going off on a crazed left-wing rant. Alas, I don't write those kinds of ...
FischFry 03/11/2009 47 29 2 20
MN-Sen: Breaking News + The "Slippery Envelope" Theory (with updates)
It's been a dramatic week, relatively speaking, in the Coleman v. Franken election contest trial. The attorneys have worn quite a path to the judges' chambers as the parties have argued ...
FischFry 02/26/2009 102 58 2 20
Fatah and Hamas Agree to Agree - Unity Gov't for Palestinians
In a pretty amazing news conference that I believe is still ongoing as I write (BBC World News cut short their coverage after the first questions began), representatives of the two major Palestinian ...
FischFry 02/26/2009 155 21 - 35
Franken Asks Court for Sanctions - It's Getting Uglier
On Friday, the Minnesota Senatorial contest took a decided turn towards the ridiculous, and the verbal sparring turned ugly -- or, to be precise, it got even uglier. If you thought this fight was ...
FischFry 02/20/2009 324 460 5 44
MN-Sen. Coleman v. Franken: What's Left for Normie?
Late Friday afternoon, the Election Contest Court in Minnesota delivered a body blow to the Coleman campaign's continuing effort to change the outcome in the Minnesota Senate race. The ...
FischFry 02/15/2009 56 71 3 228
GOP Strategy: It's the Governorships, Stupid
There is a lot of wonderment among those of us on the left at the conduct of Congressional Republicans in this time of economic emergency. We find it hard to understand how they could oppose ...
FischFry 02/12/2009 19 8 - 10
GOP's Voodoo Economics Tax Cuts: A Simple Plan with a Simple Flaw
The GOP keeps trying to sell their old economic voodoo of tax cuts and more tax cuts. This time around, they're insisting that deep tax cuts are necessary to stimulate the American economy. They ...
FischFry 02/05/2009 29 4 1 -
So, What's Wrong With the Jobs Tax Credit?
Can anyone explain to me the sudden hostility of Senate Democrats to $3,000 job-creation tax credit being circulated by the incoming Obama Administration? The Obama proposal may be coming down too ...
FischFry 01/09/2009 29 4 - -
Ignorance and Bigotry on the Radio in DC
After a weekend of fighting in and around Gaza, and a weekend of heated, deeply personal argument on this site, I realize that a lot of people do not understand how and why American Jews can react ...
FischFry 12/29/2008 54 - - 2
Coleman v. Franken: Supreme Court Arguments, Take 2
Today was a big day in the Franken-Coleman "election without end". This afternoon, the Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Norm Coleman's petition and injunction request. Coleman is ...
FischFry 12/23/2008 83 43 1 34
MN-Sen: Clearing the Legal Thicket
Let's start out with a little celebration. The headlines this past weekend read:
FischFry 12/22/2008 118 202 3 35
"Lizard People" Ballot Rejected - Wrongly!
At 9:38 CST, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board struck a devastating blow against the reptilian equality movement and Doors fans everywhere, by declaring the infamous "Lizard People" ballot as an ...
FischFry 12/18/2008 47 12 - 22
MN-SEN: A Day of Legal News
I apologize for interrupting the back-and-forth about how Obama is or is not failing us, but there is news on other fronts, including the drawn out fight to be Minnesota's next U.S. Senator. ...
FischFry 12/17/2008 21 28 2 18
MN-SEN: Issues in Tomorrow's Oral Argument
Tomorrow, at 1:00 Central time, the Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the matter of ...
FischFry 12/16/2008 33 29 2 25
Blago Must Go!! A reply to front page story
First off let me say that it is not my intention to "call out" Adam B . However, his ...
FischFry 12/13/2008 69 4 - 11
Good Day for Al Franken - Bd. Rules His Way
A good day for Al Franken, but more importantly for the voters of Minnesota. The State Canvassing Board met this morning, and made two decisions which lean toward counting all the votes that were ...
FischFry 12/12/2008 186 381 4 27
Biggest Fraud in Wall St. History
You might not have heard about this one -- as it broke late in the day. It also seems to be largely ignored in the media, lost among all the auto bailout and Blagejovich scandal stories. One of Wall ...
FischFry 12/11/2008 43 18 1 18
Franken Campaign: Al is in the lead, yo! (4x Update)
*** Update *** The Franken campaign has announced that their count indicates the candidate has pulled ahead by 22 votes -- ...
FischFry 12/03/2008 72 27 - 18
A Plea to Join in a 10 Year Project: a Day of Global Peace
Today, this country honors its veterans -- those who have fought in and survived combat. As noted in an op-ed piece in today's New ...
FischFry 11/11/2008 3 4 - 17
Franken needs 725 votes. Will Votes Be Counted?
HAVA (Hurt American Voters Act) Matters!! I wasn't in Minnesota - I was in Virginia, but let me share some stories of problems at the poll -- because they may decide the next Senator from Minnesota --
FischFry 11/05/2008 56 35 2 33
Look Ahead to Nov. 5th: Magical Day After (constantly updated)
As the promised, nearly certain Election Day victory approaches, I look forward to the magical day after.. -Inspired by certain semitrollish comments, -I've decided to take us on a magical mystery ...
FischFry 10/31/2008 19 1 - -
McCain Defends White Privilege!
Speaking in Miami, Florida today, John McCain insisted that the crowd "pay attention" to his opponent's "words". Sounds like pretty good advice to me. Makes more sense than paying attention to the ...
FischFry 10/29/2008 33 19 1 17
My "I Voted Today" Diary
I did vote today. It was very satisfying. I'm going for my Voter Protection training tomorrow. I won't be around my Maryland home on Election Day, so I voted absentee today. It was a solitary thing. ...
FischFry 10/27/2008 15 8 - 1
I Know the Great Schlep is Over, But...
There's a diary here today that found right-wing bloggers are still buying into the all of the bogus fear-mongering about Obama, ...
FischFry 10/23/2008 17 6 - 119
How McCain Can Win -- Tectonic Shift
We've all seen electoral college scenarios conjecturing different combinations of state wins that would produce an Obama victory. All these diaries are premised on the idea that Obama might lose ...
FischFry 10/22/2008 36 5 - -
The Other REAL Joe the Plumber story (for real Joes)
On the rec list is an excellent diary by wmtriallawyer about how Obama ...
FischFry 10/16/2008 18 14 - 9
McCain Campaign Goes Into Suspended Animation
While it remains unclear if his campaign is or is not in a suspended state, John McCain has taken a look at the poll numbers and made yet another bold announcement: He is putting to rest any doubts ...
FischFry 09/29/2008 4 5 - -
Obama's First Presidential Press Conference
Saying "It’s...part of the president’s job to be able to deal with more than one thing at once,” Obama signaled he's preparing and prepared for the job. If you watched his ...
FischFry 09/24/2008 26 10 - -
Here's How to Fix The Banking Mess
While I think I'm a fairly smart guy, and I've taken at least a handful of economics classes, I am hardly an expert in finance. That said, the root of the problem facing the banks seems clear to me, ...
FischFry 09/22/2008 26 9 1 9
McCain's "Saint Paul" Conversion Moment
On today's DKos rec list, teacherken has a diary praising Eugene Robinson's column in ...
FischFry 09/09/2008 15 4 - 23
I Hate to Have to Say This...
Let's start by saying Sarah Palin is not as pure as the driven Alaskan snow. Who is? That said, picking Sarah Palin as his running mate was a terrific decision by John McCain. I know the knee-jerk ...
FischFry 08/29/2008 103 13 - 37
REPOST This!!
Only Al Gore can save us. John Edwards has the right message at the right time -- the real progressive. Chris Dodd -- strong on FISA! Only Barack Obama is change -- only Barack Obama can save us ...
FischFry 08/22/2008 73 2 - -
Rejoice! Water Found on Mars (updated)
NASA reports that a soil sample has identified actual water on Mars. This is tremendously exciting...
FischFry 07/31/2008 107 15 - 30
McCain Dishes up Election on a Silver Platter (updated)
Today, John McCain said "you will always know where I stand on an issue." That would be, in baseball parlance, a "meatball". In other words, it's a big, fat juicy slow pitch hanging up there, ...
FischFry 07/30/2008 9 10 - 1
CNN expose on Blacks in America
Soleded O'Brien in an unprecedented investigation -- CNN: Black in ...
FischFry 07/23/2008 53 2 - -
BREAKING: Karadzic Arrested in Serbia
According to a Reuters report , the former "President" of the breakaway Bosnian Serb entity known as Republika Srpska, ...
FischFry 07/21/2008 57 31 1 33
Breaking -- Transcript from McCain Press Conference (updated)
"I don't know enough about it to give you an informed answer." Thank you all for coming. And now -- Senator McCain will take some questions:
FischFry 07/11/2008 21 10 - -
Iran fakes a missile launch
As if it wasn't obvious enough that Iran is trying to intimidate its neighbors, Israel and the U.S., it seems they've gone too far, even for the media. Yesterdays' news carried the statements that, ...
FischFry 07/10/2008 79 10 - 34
Barack Obama is Running for President
Barack Obama is the Democratic candidate for President. Wes Clark doesn't represent the campaign, and he isn't running for anything, despite being anointed by his devout circle of believers in the ...
FischFry 06/30/2008 56 9 - -
McCain, Obama, Israel and Hamas
Looking at the 'front page' of the Washington Post website , I was struck by the cognitive dissonance that was revealed by the happy ...
FischFry 06/17/2008 12 3 1 -
Today's Biggest Story: Fuel-cell power for Cars
Today's news, via an article in the New York Times , brings the most encouraging news in a long time. Honda is ...
FischFry 06/16/2008 31 12 2 2
Kos Should Apologize
Many Kossacks have called for Markos to take down this story about McCain's yellowed teeth. I'm heartened to see that there are two ...
FischFry 06/05/2008 113 17 2 31
Wow. This IS Our Moment
Sixteen months ago, I witnessed the power of Barack Obama to captivate a willing audience. He spoke to the DNC at the 2007 Winter meeting -- spoke to a thunderous ovation. He spoke of a vision for a ...
FischFry 06/03/2008 16 7 - -
It's Official: Polar Bears Are Endangered
After months of closed-door discussions and public silence, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has made it official : Polar Bears ...
FischFry 05/14/2008 12 11 - -
Superdelegate Rahall Ignores Will of the People
Of course, anyone who has been paying attention tothie arguments during this campaign, especially on this site, knows that Barack Obama's supporters have been adamant that the superdelegates should ...
FischFry 05/13/2008 177 4 1 90
Jack Tanner -- Is it time for him to run again?
Many of you might not be aware of my personal political history. I was volunteer on Gary Hart's 1984 Presidential campaign. When he dropped out of the 1988 race, the first time, I discovered the ...
FischFry 04/30/2008 7 2 - 6
If you want your diary to get noticed
There are a few rules for getting noticed here lately. While previous diaries have endeavored to sum up what it takes to get noticed and get love on DKos -- and with greater humor -- I think the ...
FischFry 04/28/2008 64 16 - 26
Can we stop talking about Rev. Wright?
I wish we would stop talking about Rev. Wright because he is not Barack Obama. The actual Presidential candidate, Obama, has already said that Wright doesn't speak for him and that he doesn't agree ...
FischFry 04/25/2008 48 6 1 -
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