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|A Fake Consultant Exclusive: “All Suspicious Persons Will Be Monitored."
Many words have been proffered regarding the FISA court and National Security this week, and I was actually preparing an analysis of the events when, to my surprise, I received an email that made me ...
|On Not Getting Stuck Again, Or, “Who’s Better: Reichert Or Rosemary?”
It’s been about three months since we got together last…and as much as I missed y’all – well, let’s just say a long break is truly soothing for the soul. When I came back, I figured we’...
|On Fine Quality Journalism, Or, Nat Geo Confuses Hash, Hole In Ground
I watch way too much TV, I do (although in my defense, much of that is time spent on news or C-Span), and lately, when I watch there have been a ton of promos running for a show called “Drugs, ...
|On Being Petarded, Or, Michele Bachmann, It’s Time For The Fork
As we speak, the Iowa Caucuses (which, even before the deportations, had a remarkably small Ingush population) are about to take place, and while we aren’t sure who will ride the wave of victory ...
|On Holding Down The Conversational Fort, Or, Jobs, Republicans, And Hooey
As the next Congressional fight over payroll tax extensions and unemployment benefits and pipelines gets set up in the next few weeks for either its final chapter or to be kicked down the road a bit ...
|On Christmas 2.0, Or, Who Might Be The New Santa?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the evolution of Christmas, and I’ve been thinking that there is a lot about the current practice that we can admire. Peace and good will, of course, and cookies ...
|On Helping Republicans, Or, Next Time You Need A Bad Idea, Try These
I have spent a number of years complaining about the interactions between Democrats and Republicans, but after the recent events involving the Keystone XL and civil liberties cave-ins, I’ve ...
|On The Question Of Virginity, Or, “Starter? I Can’t Make Her Stop!”
I got a weird little story about my friend Blitz Krieger to bring to you today. He’s had a crazy car problem, he has, and over the past few months he thought he had found a solution – in fact, ...
|On The Emergence Of China, Or, Zhou Knew This Was Coming
After doing a bit of mountain hiking a few days back, I had a chance to get involved in a great afternoon conversation with the Alliance for American Manufacturing’s Mike Wessel, who also serves ...
|On Punishing The Job Creators, Or, “The Poor Have It So Good Today”
You know what the problem is with America? The poor don’t get just how great they have it. I’ve been hearing this a lot lately; the basic thrust of the discussion is that all those cars, TVs, ...
|On Common Ambitions, Or, Occupy Wall Street Likes Capitalism – Sort Of
Well I’m finally back here at work after another recent series of personal adventures; in the middle of all the fun I’ve been finding time to get down to my local “Occupy” event, and for ...
|On Walking Miles In Palestinian Shoes, Or, The Dispassionate Mirror Speaks
I have been thinking a lot, as you have, about what’s to come – and as with you, I’m asking questions about whether we’ll have breathable air, drinkable water, jobs, houses, the kind of ...
|On Imperfection, Or, How Do You Choose A New Bank?
Like a lot of people these days, we have come to the conclusion that it’s time to change our lousy bank. And it wasn’t even like we chose badly, either – we were customers of Washington ...
|On Rats and Patooties, Or, Wanna Tell Congress About Your Tough Times?
It is an article of faith that there’s not one single person in Washington who could give a rat’s patootie about what’s been happening to the unemployed these days (or, for that matter, a ...
|On Protecting The Innocent, Or, Is There A Death Penalty Compromise?
I don’t feel very good about this country this morning, and as so many of us are I’m thinking of how Troy Davis was hustled off this mortal coil by the State of Georgia without a lot of thought ...
|On Fixing The World, Or, Help George Carlin Stick It To God
Once again The Fates have come our way to provide a story, and once again, we have a contender for the “Ironic Story Of The Year”. It’s got everything you need for serious irony: an irascible ...
|On Not Doing 9/11, Or, Right Now, I’ve Got A Desk To Clear
I’m going to be really honest with you: after all the fights at the mall to get just the right present for everybody and the giant hassle of going to the Post Office so I can get the perfect ...
|On Bilking The Sophisticated, Or, Check It Out: We’re Suing Banks!
I took a break to enjoy the holiday, as I’m sure many of you did, but my inbox kept busy, and on Friday came a doozy, courtesy of the Washington Post. You remember that little bit of a banking ...
|On Doing Better Than 50%, Part Two, Or, Is “Made in USA” A Jobs Program?
When last we met , it was to discuss a Big Idea that the Obama Administration might apply to get ...
|On Doing Better Than 50%, Or, Could More “Made In USA” Mean More Jobs?
We gotta grow some jobs, and that’s a fact, and we probably aren’t going to be able to do it with big ol’ jobs programs funded by the Federal Government, what with today’s politics and all, ...
|On Organizing Anger, Or, Could Olbermann Primary Obama?
It was just a couple of nights ago that Keith Olbermann was challenging us, in one of his “Special Comments”, to rise up in the streets and take back this country. He pointed out that the only ...
|On Speaking To Power, Or, When Sanity’s Gone, There’s Always Satire
So everybody’s hearing the news, right? There is a tentative debt ceiling deal, and this Administration and Congressional Democrats seem to have won everything they wanted: Republicans get to ...
|On Running Your Own Government, Or, Why Pay The Military?
I have not been talking about the insanity around the debt ceiling and debt and deficit and the efforts of Republicans to drive us all off the cliff, but I am today – and I’m going to do it by ...
|Hitler Holds News Conference, Blames Balanced Budget Amendment For U.S. Defeat
(FNS - Washington, New Germany, April 17, 1947) America’s new Führer, Adolf Hitler, announced today that his official War History would in fact acknowledge that one of the ...
|On My Last Weekend, Or, Wanna Save A Few Trillion On Health Care?
So I disappeared for a full week, right in the middle of what should have been a busy writing schedule, and I have to claim some “personal days” to cover the time we missed here at the blog – ...
|On Anticipation, Or, I’m In Seattle, So It’s A Dennis Kucinich Story
It was a beautiful day in Seattle last Saturday, and at the unholy hour of 7:30 AM I was steering my car into the parking lot of Qwest Field, preparing to take advantage of the spectacular weather ...
|Obama Wants To Attack The Middle Class? Take Congress Hostage!
By now you have heard that President Obama has chosen to throw Social Security and the Medicare and Medicaid Programs over the side of his proverbial fishing boat as bait to see if he can get ...
|Do Washington State Democrats Have A Labor Problem? Let’s Ask Jay Inslee
OK: so I’ve been working what is, on one level, a Jay Inslee story (Inslee is the Congressman from Washington’s 1st District, now running for Governor in ’12), and, on another level, a story ...
|On Being Bumped, Or, Let’s Have Another Roundup
So I thought I was going to have another Jay Inslee story for y’all today, but it turns out that I’m going to have to do more research before we can “come to press” with that one. But that’
|Inslee Running For Washington Governor, Supports Full Marriage Equality
Congressman Jay Inslee (WA-01) announced his candidacy for Governor of the State of Washington in Seattle Monday, and Your Erstwhile Reporter was present. The candidacy was announced with a speech ...
|On Reopening For Business, Or, What? No Flying Cars?
So I took a bit of a break this past month, and I figured by the time I came back y’all would have things sorted out: people would be surely by flying around with jet packs by now, God would have ...
|On Medicare Negotiations, Or, Will Democrats Go Forth And Be Stupid?
So how much have you loved the past few weeks? As we predicted, if we went out and confronted Republicans as they rushed forward with their plans to kill Social Security and Medicare, those very ...
|On Hole Cards, Or, "Drill, Baby, Drill"? Why? Is Canada Out Of Sand?
In America, today, there are three kinds of drivers: those who look at the other gas pumps down at the ol’ gas station and think: “Oh my God, I can’t believe how much that guy’s spending on ...
|On Sunday Drinking, Or, Has Satan Been Rendered Irrelevant?
I know better than to go drinking on Sundays, but it’s just been one of those weeks, and I figured I’d grab a few beers, no big deal, and then head hone and get some real work done. Of course, ...
|On Redistribution, Or, “Afghanistan Peace Dividend Stimulus Lotto? OK!”
They tell us we’re dropping about $10 billion a month in Afghanistan so we can catch that Bin Laden guy...but eventually, we’re gonna catch him, and as soon as we do you can imagine that folks ...
|On Killing Medicare, Or, You Stand Up, They Run Scared
Oh, my, has there been a lot of news since we spoke last about the Potential Impending Death Of Medicare: obviously we’re going to have to talk about the implications of Osama Bin Laden’s death (...
|On Universities And Such, Or, If Obama’s A Kettle, Is Donald Trump Black?
Just about 40 seconds after (Yes, He’s Actually The) President Barack Obama brought forth his Certificate of Live Birth unto the world Donald Trump was accusing Obama of somehow sneaking his way ...
|On Happy-ing Their Gilmores, Or, Will Body Bags Be The New Gold Watch?
We are continuing a recent theme here today in which two of my favorite topics are going to converge: Social Security and in-your-face political activism. I have been encouraging folks to take ...
|On Living Up To Your Words, Or, Tornado? That’s Not In The Constitution.
There are lots of big tough words coming out of our friends in the Tea Party these days, especially when it comes to the permissible functions of the Federal Government. ”If it’s not ...
|On Fighting To Win, Or, A Tale Of Two Kinds Of Democrats
If your view of politics is filtered by a lens marked “Progressive” or “Liberal”, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve been gnashing your teeth and pulling your hair in frustration ...
|On Open-Source Entertainment, Or, Today, Jon Kyl Meets Twitter
So Arizona Senator Jon Kyl went and did a stupid thing the other day by claiming on the floor of the Senate that 90% of what Planned Parenthood does is related to abortions, and that, by God, we ...
|DADT Update: The Service Chiefs Report, The Republicans Fret
There’s been a great deal of concern around here about the effort to prepare the US military for the full repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), and I’ve had a few words of my own ...
|On Reincarnation, Or, Was Glenn Beck Just Promoted?
So, the thing is, I’m not the one who tends to follow the herd. If everyone’s backed up on the freeway, I’m the one who will look for the longer but less crowded country road. When everyone’...
|On Why Method Matters, Or, Lawrence O’Donnell, Let’s Talk About DADT
I had the MSNBC on last Thursday night, and Lawrence O’Donnell was talking to Ari Berman of “The Nation” about the new Obama Campaign Chief of Staff, Jim “Not Part Of Loggins &” ...
|Social Security: Are You Ready For A Congressional “Video Staycation”?
Diligent reporter that I am, I got up Thursday morning to do a bit of fishing for a story, and as so often happens, I’ve caught something a bit unexpected. Now what I have for you today starts ...
|Social Security: Get On The Phone Tuesday And Wednesday And Help Fight Cuts
So it’s been about three weeks since we last had this conversation, but once again we have to take action to ...
|On Monday Morning Philosophy, Or, Founders Tell America: “You Figure It Out”
In our efforts to form a more perfect Union we look to the Constitution for guidance for how we might shape the form and function of Government; many who seek to interpret that document try to do so ...
|On Petals And Metal, Or, Today And Tomorrow, Street Actions Are Afoot
For the past couple months I have been talking a lot about “taking it back”, and I have two great chances for you to do just that over the next two days. One of them involves actions that are ...
|On Taking It Back, Or, Wisconsin Recalls, Explained
News is suddenly moving so fast that it’s becoming hard for me to keep up; that’s why we’re not finishing the story today that we just began Tuesday. You know, the one about Titan Cement suing ...
|On Being A Titan, Part One, Or, See It, Say It, Sue It
Got a simple little story for you today of a multinational corporation that wants to build a great big cement plant in North Carolina really, really, bad, and the local opposition to what appears to ...
|On “La Dolce Vita”, Or, The Real Life Of A State Worker
What with all the attacks on Labor in states like Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, there has been just so much misunderstanding out there these past couple weeks about what things are ...
|Social Security: If You Can’t Kill The Program, Screw The People
There’s a lot of ways to be petty and cheap and stupid, and a lot of ways to stick it to a program you don’t like, and by extension, the clients of that program…and this week the House ...
|Campaign Manifesto #3: On The Road, Defending Social Security
So it’s Day 3 of my fake campaign for Congress, and we’ve run into our first obstacle The Fake Campaign, as you may recall, is fake headed for Wisconsin, to show solidarity, and we’ve fake ...
|Campaign Manifesto #2: In Which We Travel To Wisconsin
So when we were last together , as you all know, I announced that I’m fake running for Congress in ...
|Campaign Manifesto #1: In A World Of Phonies, It’s Time For A Fake Candidate
We have spent the past two years watching as insanity has gripped Congress, and even more so with Republicans now running the House. We have a wavering President, far too many feckless Democrats, ...
|Oklahoma Shari'a Law Controversy: The Secret Plot Is Finally Uncovered
OKLAHOMA CITY (FNS)— After an exhaustive 18-month investigation, FNS is able to exclusively report that, contrary to popular opinion, Oklahoma’s controversial State ...
|On Getting A Warning, Or, For Just One Day, I'll Be The CIA
We are in day whatever it is of the Crisis In Egypt, and we have now reached the part where, in the USA, we begin pointing fingers and ducking and dodging as we begin to address the question of why ...
|Social Security: Where's Our Tahrir Square?
We have seen some amazing days in Egypt, and it’s provided a better lesson than anyone could have ever wanted for how taking action, against long odds, can really get something done. A ...
|On The View From Egypt, Part Six, Or, Let's Review Where We Are
We’re a week into the Egyptian uprising now, and it’s time to reassess what has taken place so far and what might come next. We know a few things, and we don’t know a lot—...
|On The View From Egypt, Part Five, Or, The Emergency Is Here
It has been a couple of years since we first started writing about Egypt; at that time we did a series of stories that described how the country’s Constitution is designed to ensure that the ...
|On Done Deals, Or, Sometimes Losing Is How You Win
We have been talking a lot about Social Security these past few weeks, even to the point where I’ve missed out on talking about things that I also wanted to bring to the table, particularly ...
|On Contradiction, Or, Will Obama Lose An Argument With Himself?
There have been many unlikely things that have happened this past month or so: some of them appearing as legislation, some of them appearing in the form of Republicans who set new records for ...
|On Rugged Individualism, Or, Meet The Ghost Of Government Past
It is about time for the 112th House to come back into session, and the first thing on the agenda appears to be an effort to take away any healthcare reform that have been passed by this ...
|On Shame As A Tactic, Or, Betsie Gallardo: She Won...And So Can You!
We have been following the story of Betsie Gallardo lately, she being the woman that, due to a medical decision, was being starved to death in a Florida prison. She has inoperable cancer, her ...
|Betsie Gallardo: We're Doing Great So Far, But January 5th Is Key
Since Christmas we’ve been talking about the story of Betsie Gallardo, a woman who is dying of cancer in a Florida prison. When we last met, she was being starved to death, literally, at ...
|On Starving In Prison, Or, Who Gets Pardons In Florida?
If you were with us on Christmas Day you heard the story of Betsie Gallardo ,
|On Death And Clemency, Or, Here's A Real Christmas Story
There are many gifts to be given and received this holiday season; some that you can wrap and put under a tree, and some so intangible and ethereal that they cannot be held within the boundaries of ...
|On How To Honor The Brave, Or, Why We Hate Republicans
We are coming down to the end of the 111th Congress, and we are all surprised that a number of things actually got done: a nuclear arms reduction treaty appears to be on the verge of approval, “
|On Actually Ending DADT, Or, "Could It Really Take Another Year?"
So we got the good news that legislative repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy that kept LBGT folks from openly serving in the military has occurred, as the ...
|On Honoring A Legacy, Or John Edwards, We Need To Talk
So it has come to pass that Elizabeth Edwards has died. Despite having more things thrown at her than anyone I’ve ever had the chance to support in my entire political life, she managed to ...
|On Pushing The Unwilling, Or, Laughter: A Tool Of Asymmetric Warfare?
So here it is, almost halfway through this President’s first term, and it’s starting to become abundantly clear that there is no way Obama is going to pursue the same agenda that he ran ...
|On Asking And Telling, Or, 115,000 LBGT Troops? How Many Is That, Exactly?
I took a couple of weeks off, as Thanksgiving and snow came around (a subject we’ll address in a day or so), but we are all again occupied as lots of things we’ve been talking about ...
|Social Security: If The Rich Paid Taxes Like You And Me...Problem Solved
Over the course of the past couple of weeks we’ve been talking about how the War On Social Security was about to get under way and what happens when countries choose to privatize their systems.
|Social Security: They Want To Cut, We Plan To Fight
So if you’ve been following my work lately, you know that there is a renewed effort underway to change Social Security, and that the fight officially ...
|Social Security: The War Begins Tuesday, And You Better Say...Oh, No!
It is my job to bring to you not just the news that took place, but the news that has yet to happen. Today, that’s exactly what we have. There is a war coming to try to change Social ...
|WA-Sen: Can Murray's Math Teach Democrats A Lesson?
We now know the outcome, more or less, of the Washington State US Senate race—and it looks like it’s going to be Patty Murray, D-(Actual No-Kidding Progressive), over Dino Rossi, R-(Guy ...
|On Social Security Investment, Or, What About Chile?
With the election over, it’s time to move on to new things, and the folks at the Campaign for America’s Future have asked me to do some writing about Social Security, which sounds like ...
|On Asking Experts, Part Two, Or, What's An LBGT Voter To Do?
It’s been a few days now since we began a conversation that addresses the issue of how frustrated some number of LBGT voters are with the Democratic Party this cycle; this because they find ...
|On "Military Endorsements", Or, Another Weird Christine O'Donnell Story
I have a ton of things on the desk at the moment, and I don’t have the time to really run out this story before Election Day, but I want to bring to your attention something very strange that ...
|On Asking Experts, Part One, Or, Do Democrats Really Understand Their LBGT Problem?
Stories begat other stories, or at least they do for me; this two-part conversation came from a comment that was made after I posted a story suggesting ...
|Halliburton Gets $2 Billion Contract For Florida "Cardboard Condos"
Miami, Florida, September 13, 2018 (FNS)— Facing pressure from voters to “do something” following the disaster caused by the privatization of Social Security, the ...
|On Why Voting Matters, Or, Could You Outrun The Toxic Red Flood?
It is about a week before early voting begins for a bunch of us around the country, and that means this may be one of the last times I have to convince you that, frustrated progressive or not, you ...
|After Bathtub Accident, O'Donnell Changes Position
Dover, Delaware (FNS)— Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell shocked the crowd at a Delaware political breakfast meeting when she announced that she has changed her ...
|On Fence-Straddling, Or, And Now, A Few Words From Blanche Lincoln
Those of you who’ve followed my work over a period of time know that I’m usually the one suggesting moderation and keeping everyone in the big tent, and, even in this most difficult year,
|On Fear: The Islam Edition, Or, Do You Know My Friend Wa'el?
We last got together about ten days ago, when I put up a story that hoped to explain to the Islamic world that, Qur’an burning aside, we don’t really hate either them, or our own ...
|On Living With Idiots, Or, An Open Letter To Islam
Dear Islam, You know, it seems like every time I write a letter I have to begin by apologizing for not having written in so long, and that’s the case again today. We only get a few days ...
|On Avoiding Blame, Part One, Or, Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Drill No Evil.
I am one of those people who will actually watch those boring, boring, hearings on C-SPAN that most of us flip right on past while watching TV, and this past week I’ve been watching one of the ...
|On Homeland Security, Or, We Visit A Terrorist Gathering Place
They better not build that mosque down by Ground Zero, we’re being told, not just because it’s insensitive, but because we have no idea what they’ll be up to down there. I mean, ...
|On Saving Us From The Immoral, Or "Ready, Fire...Aim!"
It was about a week ago that we saw the ruling throwing out California’s Prop 8; that decision has now been appealed, and we will see, at some point in the future, how the 9th Circuit Court of ...
|On Online Brainstorming, Or, "Hey, Unions...Wanna Grow?"
Sometimes stories happen because of planning; other times serendipity intervenes, which is how we got to the conversation we’ll be having today. In an exchange of comments on the Blue ...
|On Saving 319,000 Jobs, Or, Legislation Keeps Teachers Teaching
As I pick up the pace of work again, coming into the midterms, I have to get some stories cleared off the desk in order to make room for some others, and that’s what we’re about today.
|On Organized Fearmongering Revealed, Or, "Lock Up The Kids...It's The Gay!"
The airwaves (and the print and blog waves, for that matter) are filled with the news that a Federal Judge in California has declared that State’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, which ...
|Prop 8 Preview: The “Basis” Is The Thing
As you look at today’s Prop 8 ruling, I want you to think back a few weeks to the Massachusetts Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) rulings for a bit of legal logic that will make a huge difference ...
|Lee Surrenders To Grant, Obama Retains Slavery
WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 1865 (FNS)— The Civil War ended yesterday with the surrender of General Lee’s Confederate Forces to Ulysses S. Grant, the Union Commander, at ...
|On A Pair Of Victories, Part Two, Or, DOMA Ruled Unconstitutionally Irrational
We are back, just a bit late, to wrap up the discussion we began about the pair of rulings issued in Boston by Federal District Judge Joseph Tauro this week that declare the federal Defense of ...
|On A Pair Of Victories, Part One, Or, "I DOMA Think Congress Can Define Spouse Anymore"
I have to work fast over the next two days to get you this story, but it is a good one. We are all aware of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), championed by former Congressman Bob “...
|On The Smartest Investment Ever, Or, Wanna Restart The Economy?
It’s been a while since we had to have a real heart-to-heart, the Obama Administration and I, and last time it was because Rahm Emanuel had been a bit snippy toward those of us who are ...
|On Music Appreciation, Part Two, Or, Records Only Have One Groove
It was just yesterday that we decided to take a day off from politics and talk about music, both ...
|On Music Appreciation, Or, I'm Taking The Day Off
It is a huge news day today, what with death and confirmation on everyone’s mind...and I’m not going to do anything about it—well, not today, anyway. Instead, I’m taking ...
|On Really Padding The Résumé, Or, "Vote For Me! I Died In Viet Nam"
We have already seen some impressive efforts in this campaign season to do a bit of résumé padding, particularly as it regards things military; so far Illinois’ Mark Kirk ...
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