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Together, Can We Do Better? - Shadowproof

Together, Can We Do Better? - Shadowproof

A funny thing happened on the way to the blowout.Not many of us in the blogosphere were focused on the IL-06 primary last night.  I know I wasn’t.Chris bowers :I travel to DC often these days (in fact, I am about to leave for DC now), and from everyone I had talked to down there, I was told more or less the same thing: Duckworth will win this primary, and win it huge. I did not have access to the data they were using to make that assessment, but I also did not question it. A big Duckworth victory made sense. She had the support of every major elected Democrat in Illinois. She had the...

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Chuck Schumer: Ambition Trumps Loyalty to Democratic Voters - Shadowproof

Chuck Schumer: Ambition Trumps Loyalty to Democratic Voters - Shadowproof

For progressives, there comes a point in time when reactive rage morphs into diamond hard, condensed will.  From the :But Schumer turned cautious when talking about Connecticut, where Lieberman has led Lamont in post-primary polls."I can’t predict who’s going to win," Schumer said.Asked if he would discourage Democrats from giving money to Lieberman, or from campaigning for the three-term incumbent, Schumer said, "We are supporting Ned Lamont. I’ll be meeting with Ned Lamont to discuss what he needs," a meeting scheduled to occur in Washington next week.But what if Democrats want to give to...

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Chris Dodd Hearts Lou Dobbs? - Shadowproof

Chris Dodd Hearts Lou Dobbs? - Shadowproof

As much as I admire Chris Dodd’s and oppose the circumvention of the courts as they examine whether or not U. S. telecoms broke the law by aiding the administration as it spies on Americans without a warrant, his performance at the end of this week’s debate was abysmal.I didn’t watch the whole debate, but I’ve read (and annotated!) the 40 page .There’s a lot I can say about the Brian Williams/Tim Russert misogynistic tag team questions apparently written by Pills Limbaugh, or about the various ways the candidates flirted with and sometimes repeated outright right wing attacks and talking...

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Valerie Plame Wilson, Part II - Shadowproof

Valerie Plame Wilson, Part II - Shadowproof

Valerie Plame was covert.  Like, Duh!Continue the conversation and updates in the comment section.  If possible, Marcy and I will post updates here on the main page.Donate to the .11:14 am ET:Westmoreland going for opening comedy, auditioning to be the next Huckleberry Graham. But, is he a Paul Linde bachelor like Graham?Huckleberry Westmoreland fishing to see if Valerie was sloppy with her own secret status, ad going after Joe. As we say in the fishing world, he's getting skunked. Sorry, Redstate! Sorry, LittleGreenRacists!Kucinich covering groud that seems a little scattered. Sorry...

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FDL Late Nite: Did You Hear the One About. . .? - Shadowproof

FDL Late Nite: Did You Hear the One About. . .? - Shadowproof

Did you hear the one about Lieberman, of the CFL Party, doing the Democrats' radio address ?Lieberman To Deliver Democratic Address 5:00 PM EST, March 2, 2007 By DAVID LIGHTMAN, Washington Bureau ChiefWASHINGTON — Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman plans to deliver the Democrats' radio response to President Bush Saturday and urge that the president and Congress "hold the Pentagon and Army chain of command accountable or the neglect of our soldiers at Walter Reed" Army Medical Center….Lieberman, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, plans to say in his brief talk today, which airs...

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Why Does McCain Blink So Much? - Shadowproof

Why Does McCain Blink So Much? - Shadowproof

Ok, I was watching the debate last night and covering it on , curious to see what $5000 of makeup looks like, and curious as ever to determine if McCain’s suit’s shoulder pads, once and for all, are or are not larger than those of .  But watching it, I started to get insanely dizzy just looking at him.WTF was with all that blinking?!!Check out the video.  It’s just a sample, we could have taken almost any footage.  I mean, it was manic.  Was McCain:I don’t know what the hell it was about, but it made it really, really hard for me to look at him.  He was going way too fast to count. Does he...

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Late Nite FDL: What You Can Do. . . NOW - Shadowproof

Late Nite FDL: What You Can Do. . . NOW - Shadowproof

Last night I wrote about . That’s all well and good, but social movements don’t develop on their own. The part left out of last night’s discussion was how you can make our progressive movement successful over the long haul.Social movements unfold through the power of social networks. My training is in psychology. I know all human change happens in the context of relationships. As a student of social change and personal influence, I know the most powerful, influential people are those who have diverse social networks.What does that mean?Let me put it to you this way: You regulary interact...

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Late Nite FDL: Progressives Are Values Voters - Shadowproof

Late Nite FDL: Progressives Are Values Voters - Shadowproof

This is what Republican "values" look like:  torture and sexual perversion. has a great post up (how often have I typed those words?) about the necessary maturation of the netroots into a ideological movement, overcoming its sometime conceit that we have no political ideology beyond winning and throwing Republicans out.The fight this past week over torture, in contrast with the GOP's Predator Coverup, shows two different values systems at war with each other for the soul and the future of the country.  The party stands for shameless corruption, profiteering and the domestic police state,...

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If I Were Iran: How Republicans Have Weakened America - Shadowproof

If I Were Iran: How Republicans Have Weakened America - Shadowproof

Ok, let’s say I’m the ruler of Iran.   The world’s only superpower has listed me as a member of an "axis of evil."  Two other countries share that distinction.  One, right on my border, had no nuclear deterrents, and was overrun with U. S. forces, its government deposed.  The other, with a nuclear deterrent and a ruler who acts crazy enough to make people want to leave him alone, is left alone.  What’s more, the U. S. has invaded another of my neighbors, formerly governed by a religious party, and has installed a new government there.  They also lacked a nuclear deterrent.  Hmmmm. . .I come...

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12 Reasons Not to Trust Chuck Schumer - Shadowproof

12 Reasons Not to Trust Chuck Schumer - Shadowproof

 Lest there be any confusion about where Chuck Schumer stands with regard to you in the grassroots, gentle reader, we have this from Ruppert Murdoch's to go along with Chuck throwing Howard Dean under the bus on Worst Person in the World Bill O'Reilly's on Murdoch's Fox News.  If there were more evidence needed to support my about the DC/K Street Elite Party at war with the Progressive Grassroots, try this one on:  Sources said Schumer has agreed to Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Harry Reid's request that he stay on as head of the Democratic campaign committee for another two years,...

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Hot From the Debate: "Time to Go, Joe!" - Shadowproof

Hot From the Debate: "Time to Go, Joe!" - Shadowproof

Hot gossip from today's debate:  Alan Schlesinger pwned Loser Joe again.  Hard.  Drew blood.  Stephen Colbert, please have him on your show.  I .  Don't make me get nasty!Joe kept going over his alotted time, so much so that CBS moderator Bob Schieffer had to cut him off abruptly.  Joe also tried to beef up his GOP credentials by calling for. . . wait for it. . . regime change in Iran.  As if one FUBAR war of choice were not enough.  The man is criminally, homicidally insane.  To make the case for his reelection to DC's status quo club, Joe kept harping on all the pork he says he can bring...

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FDL Late Nite: Personal Irresponsibility on Desolation Row - Shadowproof

FDL Late Nite: Personal Irresponsibility on Desolation Row - Shadowproof

  Matthew Dowd, photo from PBS. Personal responsibility?  .  Cry me a bloody (Tigris) river (emphasis added):AUSTIN, Tex., March 29 — In 1999, Matthew Dowd became a symbol of George W. Bush’s early success at positioning himself as a Republican with Democratic appeal.A top strategist for the Texas Democrats who was disappointed by the Bill Clinton years, Mr. Dowd was impressed by the pledge of Mr. Bush, then governor of Texas, to bring a spirit of cooperation to Washington. He switched parties, joined Mr. Bush’s political brain trust and dedicated the next six years to getting him to the...

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FDL Late Nite: Tee Shirt Fundraiser for Firedoglake - Shadowproof

FDL Late Nite: Tee Shirt Fundraiser for Firedoglake - Shadowproof

Make love, not war.The creator of a tee shirt with the above design is a community member here, more of a lurker than a commenter, and he's been quite the generous Blue America contributor.  Now he's helping us keep this site erect up and running by contributing $2.00 to FDL for every tee shirt purchased over the next two weeks.  Shweeet!Just go to to make your purchase, and you'll be helping to keep this site people powered for the, er. . . long haul.Just to remind some people of who we are and what we do. . . we're a progressive movement site, an activist community, an organizing hub, a...

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Sunday Morning Fraudsters, Fighters, Showboats, and Closet Queens - Shadowproof

Sunday Morning Fraudsters, Fighters, Showboats, and Closet Queens - Shadowproof

I'll let you decide which is which [my comments in italics]:ABC's "This Week"  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; talk show host Rachael Ray. [Rachel Ray?  What, Sarah Lee wasn't available?  Thank God we have Nancy up against the Nancy Boy]___CBS' "Face the Nation"  Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; military historian Fred Kagan; retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton.  [Because you can never get enough of the Kagan family to screw up a country]___NBC's "Meet the Press" Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., presidential candidate;...

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Tick Tock. . . Tick Tock. . . - Shadowproof

Tick Tock. . . Tick Tock. . . - Shadowproof

The audacity of. . . what now?For those of you who missed it, the Obama campaign launched an attack on Hillary Clinton laden with racist, anti-Indian code to . In fact, the Obama opposition research memo calls Senator Clinton “(D-Punjab)” and quotes Lou Dobbs prominently in support of its arguments. Go read the .The non partisan US India Political Action Committee is to respond directly to his campaign’s use of racist stereotypes, but so far, here’s the Obama campaign’s version of taking responsibility, with no word yet from Obama himself (emphasis added):“Barack Obama has been a longtime...

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Do I Look Fat in This? - Shadowproof

Do I Look Fat in This? - Shadowproof

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you newspaper. For those of you declasse hippies not in the know, that’s the paper all the staffers and congresscritters read.You see, this week’s edition pimps a feature calledHollywood for ugly people? We report, you decide. There are some good looking people here, but if this is the top fifty, um. . . well, I’ll go soothe my eyes someplace else, I guess.Now, this week, of all weeks, what with everyone up to and including calling Abu Gonzales a liar, you would think that The Hill might finally lay out the current we’re in fact embroiled in way past our...

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Say What, Now? - Shadowproof

Say What, Now? - Shadowproof

There are a lot of candidate debate forums this time around in the Democratic primary season. It’s got to make it harder for the campaigns to calculate (not to say triangulate) all the moving parts to come up with their sums telling them :MIAMI — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is going to turn down the Univision TV network’s invitation to participate in what would be the first presidential debates to be conducted in Spanish, while the other major candidates are undecided.Only the two Democratic contenders fluent in Spanish, Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Sen. Chris Dodd of...

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FDL Late Nite: Some Inconvenient Truths - Shadowproof

FDL Late Nite: Some Inconvenient Truths - Shadowproof

I have a few items for your Late Nite discussion pleasure this evening:The site for the film An Inconvenient Truth is ; I highly recommend you spend some time there.  The film has been criticized for being a little thin on solutions, and though I have not seen it (I pledged to do so, and ), I don’t necessarily blame them.  Our country has been turning its back on science, much to our economic and social harm, so if the film is long on making the scientific case in a compelling way, that makes sense for me. Meanwhile, here’s the web site’s page for .  As I said, the whole site is worth...

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FDL Book Salon Announcement: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight the Right - Shadowproof

FDL Book Salon Announcement: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight the Right - Shadowproof

We’re delighted to announce that FDL Book Salon will feature 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight the Right on Sunday, August 13 and Sunday, August 20, both at 5:00 PM EST/2:00 PM PST.  Author John Javna will be joining us in the duscussion thread on August 20th.In June, 2006, the Roots Project adopted this book as our Field Manual.  I can’t speak highly enough of the book and of its principle author, John Javna, with whom our Roots Project community held a wildly popular question-and-answer conference call open to all Roots Project members.The book begins, as we in this community do, with...

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FDL Book Salon: The Rise of the Blogosphere, by Aaron Barlow - Shadowproof

FDL Book Salon: The Rise of the Blogosphere, by Aaron Barlow - Shadowproof

[Please welcome our guest author, Aaron Barlow, and thank him for joining us today. As always, we ask our readers to confine their discussion in this comment thread to the book and its related topics. The previous thread will do just fine for other social fun and frivolity, or other unrelated topic discussion. Thanks!]I first met Aaron Barlow, one of the pioneers of , before my FDL days when I joined with him in some of the Guckert/Gannon National Press Club appearance. Aaron struck me then as incredibly knowledgeable and gently personable, and when I learned of the publication of his book,...

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Late Nite FDL: From Netroots to Grassroots - Shadowproof

Late Nite FDL: From Netroots to Grassroots - Shadowproof

    These are the people the Wall Street Journal editorial page are crass and crazy.  Funny how citizens getting together to take back their government make establishment elites stain their boxers. Regular people can’t afford lobbyists, posh meals or fat expense accounts.  And yet, they hold the power to strike fear in the hearts of the comfortable when they summon the will to work together for action.  Thats what the is all about. Washington State Roots Project members met this week with staffers of both Senators Murray and Cantwell.  Here are excerpts from their notes following the Murray...

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Late Nite FDL: Wilton High School - Shadowproof

Late Nite FDL: Wilton High School - Shadowproof

Photo by Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times Good on ya, :WILTON, Conn., March 22 — Student productions at Wilton High School range from splashy musicals like last year’s “West Side Story,” performed in the state-of-the-art, $10 million auditorium, to weightier works like Arthur Miller’s “Crucible,” on stage last fall in the school’s smaller theater.For the spring semester, students in the advanced theater class took on a bigger challenge: creating an original play about the war in Iraq. They compiled reflections of soldiers and others involved, including a heartbreaking letter...

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7 Tips to Build a Blog Community - Shadowproof

7 Tips to Build a Blog Community - Shadowproof

There’s been some healthy discussion lately about how to build up a blog community, mostly in the context of encouraging more diversity within the progressive online movement. Jenifer Fernandez-Arcona wrote a good diary , and Matt Stoller identified some best practices for using an online platform to build power .I’d like to jump in with some things I think we’ve learned here at FDL about how to build a successful online community and platform, with the caveat that this is just my point of view, and I’m not saying everyone has to do it the way we have. I’m also not saying that our model...

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Have Yourself a. . . Crazy Racist Eliminationist Wingnut Little Christmas? - Shadowproof

Have Yourself a. . . Crazy Racist Eliminationist Wingnut Little Christmas? - Shadowproof

Social Misfit Wingnuts, Possessed By Evil, Always Ruin the PartyOne of the best parts of about the right wing’s racist which they hide under the rhetoric of “law enforcement,” is the joy of watching them speak their actual minds in response. Establishment media, take note: this is the political base of the right wing cocktail circuit people you take oh so seriously. :Do you people really think you can just utter complete nonsense like comparing the ICE raids to Nazi Germany and not have consequences of those HATEFUL words? I suggest to ICE that perhaps people who are accusing our government...

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Join Us to Stop Bush and Rumsfeld on Iran - Shadowproof

Join Us to Stop Bush and Rumsfeld on Iran - Shadowproof

Bush has proven he cannot be trusted with foreign policy.This will be short and to the point.  A lot has been written about Bush and Iran since Sy Hersh’s New Yorker , and too little done.  This is a time for actions more than blog posts. We’ve had confirmation that Bush is considering a preemptive nuclear attack against Iran.  This is suicidal madness for America, as I described .  We also have word from Joe Biden that  Democratic senators need a serious kick in the ass to wake up on this issue. Ladies and gentlemen, put yer steel tip boots on. We’re asking our readers to sign up for our...

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