Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better [person]. ~Benjamin Franklin
Over the past year the news has been pretty intense. The fifteen most viewed posts here on the Fifth Column reflect that intensity: Sara Palin Lies (Before The Book) Documented By Andrew Sullivan Obama Administration’s Achievements (Thus Far) O’Reilly Upset Over 9/11 Trials: ‘I Don’t Care About The Constitution!’ 10 Republican Lies About the Bush… More The 15 Most Viewed Stories of 2010 on The Fifth Column
No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friend’s were. Each… More Well Known (and not so well known) Faces We Lost In 2010
No surprise here. Conspiracy theories aside, Progressives have predicted this since the days of Nixon. Mussolini once described fascism this way: The definition of fascism is The marriage of corporation and state . Are we there yet? I’d say we are as close as we can get and still be called a “Democracy”. The New York Observer In a… More Soon To-Be Ex-Congressman John Hall Warns Against Creeping Fascism
I’d like to see 70-80% of the country on board to see the POTUS’ policies succeed… Politics Daily Six out of 10 Americans hope that President Obama’s policies will succeed — a percentage that has dropped measurably from last year — but the public is roughly split when it comes to whether they think those policies will… More Six in 10 Americans Want Obama’s Policies to Succeed, but Many Doubt They Will
This woman is off the charts! Huffington Post Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell said Thursday that accusations she misspent campaign funds are politically motivated and stoked by disgruntled former campaign workers. The Delaware Republican appeared on several network morning shows to defend herself a day after The Associated Press reported federal authorities have launched… More Christine O’Donnell: ‘Thug’ Tactics Responsible For Campaign Finance Accusations
Politico Former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough says he would consider running for office again but, for the time being, thinks he’s better off right where he is. “We have more influence doing the show,” said Scarborough, who hosts MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and is a columnist for POLITICO. “There are 435 members of Congress. There’s one… More Morning Joe to run again?
I don’t know if their getting paid, but I do know there are a lot of them on internet forums… AlterNet There are daily attempts to control and influence content in the interests of the state and corporations: attempts in which money talks. They are the online equivalent of enclosure riots: the rick-burning, fence-toppling protests by… More Are Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations?
This is perhaps the silliest news story of the day. But…if this study is valid, it explains a lot! Raw Story Political opinions are considered choices, and in Western democracies the right to choose one’s opinions — freedom of conscience — is considered sacrosanct. But recent studies suggest that our brains and genes may be a… More Study: Conservatives have larger ‘fear center’ in brain
When the accusations about Delaware Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s alleged campaign finance abuses first surfaced, I wondered why the Feds ignored them. So, this comes as good news… Huffington Post Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using… More Christine O’Donnell Investigation: Criminal Probe Into Campaign Finances Reportedly Underway