26 Mar 2013

Alaska Sen. Begich Finally Comes Out of the Closet – In Support of Gay Marriage

On the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of California Proposition Eight’s legality, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has finally come out fully in support of equal rights for gay couples: Gay and lesbian couples should not be denied the ability to pledge their love and commitment through the civil

20 Mar 2013

Obama’s Israeli Statement on Syrian Chemical Weapon Use Makes Me Want to Puke

I don’t watch much television and don’t trust any TV news outlet on the subjects of war, peace, economic justice or the environment.  But I turned the TV on early this morning, to watch how the media dealt with Obama’s visit to Israel. I grazed NBC, CBS and ABC early

16 Mar 2013

Saturday Art: The Skies Are Weeping for Rachel Corrie on the Tenth Anniversary of Her Murder

MyFDL Editor Note: Original picture removed due to copyright Ten years ago today, mere days before we began our $2 trillion criminal war of aggression against the Iraqi people, American college senior, Rachel Corrie, was murdered near Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. I’ve never before written that the courageous young

14 Mar 2013

U.S. Department of the Interior Releases Review of Shell Oil 2012 Arctic Drilling Operations – The Press Conference – Updated

At 4:30 PM, Washington DC time Thursday, outgoing Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and others, held a press conference to announce the release of their expedited 60-day review of Shell’s 2012 Alaska Arctic drilling operations, which were plagued by a series of fiascos.  Along with Salazar, the following DOI

10 Mar 2013

Alaska Native Women React to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Racist Vote on VAWA – Updated

A battle is brewing in Alaska over how to interpret Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s involvement in, and final vote upon, Senate Bill 47, the Violence Against Women Act.  Murkowski was a co-sponsor of the bill, and has been proclaiming for weeks her progressive role in this important legislation. On February 27th,

09 Mar 2013

Saturday Art: Alice Walker Reads Rachel Corrie

Next Saturday, March 16th, will mark the tenth anniversary of the death in Gaza, of Rachel Corrie.  Rachel, then a senior at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, had gone to Gaza at the beginning of 2003, to fulfill aspects of her senior thesis.  While there, she became active in

07 Mar 2013

Sally Jewell Interior Secretary Nomination Hearing Live Webcast

You can click here to watch the U.S. Committee on Natural Resources confirmation hearing of Sally Jewell, to replace Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior.  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is ranking member, and may put a hold on the nomination, over a longstanding rural access road issue on the

06 Mar 2013

How To Deal With Wingnuts Ranting About That “Fucking Fascist Commie Chavez”

I live in Wasilla, so have gotten used to dealing with wingnuts. There didn’t used to be so many of them, but their women get pregnant early and often.  Many have families with over ten children.  Between the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends (12 X $1,600), and state assistance for home

03 Mar 2013

Is Obama’s Upcoming Israel Visit as Fictitious as That of The Rolling Stones?

I.  A whole lot of people hooked on Ziocaine got punked last week by a prank article published in The Jewish Press.  The article touted an upcoming concert in Israel by The Rolling Stones: Despite a barrage of attacks from British, European and U.S. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) groups,

27 Feb 2013

Shell Announces It Will “pause its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas”

On Tuesday, Shell Oil’s wounded conical drill rig, the Kulluk, was towed out of Kiliuda Bay on Kodiak Island, headed back to Dutch Harbor, and from there, to a Korean shipyard. Today, the oil giant announced the following: “We’ve made progress in Alaska, but this is a long-term programme that