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John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts. You can follow John on twitter: @JohnChandley
 
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About Me:
John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts. You can follow John on twitter: @JohnChandley

Dick Cheney’s VP Advice to Mitt Romney: Pick Me! Pick Me!

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 12:49 pm

It seems almost predictable that with Mitt Romney in Israel encouraging their government to start an unnecessary war, that the man whose lies and paranoia led America into a disastrous, unjustified and unnecessary war would have the chutzpah to presume to advise the apparent GOP nominee whom to select as his Vice Presidential running mate. [...]

Did Justice Scalia Just Encourage the Next Crazy to Aim a Real RPG at the Supreme Court?

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 11:10 am

It is a well know fact that when a right wing zealot is invited onto Fox News, you’re likely to hear the the most extreme forms of right wing nuttiness, while the Fox interviewer barely flinches at the sheer nuttiness.  And that rule apparently applies to radical right wing Supreme Court Justices. Zach Ford at [...]

Mass Shooting in Aurora, Colo; 12 Dead, 50 Wounded, Suspect Held

By: Friday July 20, 2012 4:47 am

NPR is reporting this morning that a man armed with a rifle (perhaps also a shotgun) and at least 2 hand guns entered a theater complex in a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado.  As audiences were watching the premiere of the new Batman movie, the man threw what may have been a tear-gas explosive inside [...]

Would Someone Please Tell Congress, White House the Economy Is Stalled, and It’s Their Fault

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 12:57 pm

The New York Times delivered an iceberg size wake up call to Mr. Obama and the President’s stunningly inept re-election team.  The most recent Times/CBS poll shows Mr. Romney slightly ahead of Mr. Obama nationally, 47 to 46 percent.  Those results are worse than the same poll found weeks ago, before the campaign team began [...]

Can We Trade Ben Bernanke for Mark Zuckerberg?

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 7:15 am

Mark Zuckerberg, the kid who made himself a billionaire by combining the internet with the well known human traits of loneliness, voyeurism and exhibitionism has now wisely used his fabulous wealth to cut down on his mortgage payments.  He’s managed to cut the interest rate on his multimillion dollar home mortgage to just a few [...]

Tim Geithner’s Libor: Where Was the Barking Dog?

By: Friday July 13, 2012 3:25 am

It has occurred to members of the Congress of the United States that this Libor bid rigging thing might be a good opportunity to remind the banking industry that it’s election time.  So the House Banking Committee, whose members are placed there to assure privileged access to Wall Street campaign donations, will hold a hearing [...]

Hunger Games: Are We Watching America in the 21st Century?

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 6:34 pm

When I first saw the movie Hunger Games a couple months back, I was mesmerized by the story for the first two hours but then shocked in the last five minutes. That’s when I realized that it was headed towards a totally preposterous ending. I hadn’t seen/read reviews, nor did I know that this was [...]

George Will, Climate Scientist, Explains the Weather: It’s Just Summer

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 8:19 am

video platform video management video solutions video player Okay, let’s see. half of Colorado is on fire, threatening hundreds of homes, communities, the Air Force Academy. There’s a massive drought going on across much of US; corn fields are dying in several states. Thousands of high temperature records were broken just this month. Unprecedented freak [...]

ABC This Week, Terry Moran Stage Worst Talking Heads Show of the Year

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 8:02 am

I turned on ABC’s This Week to see if the host could get anything useful out of Governors Jindal of La. and O’Malley of Maryland. I wasn’t expecting much, but it’s usually interesting to see what each party thinks the most helpful spin is.  What we got is a confirmation that America is now saddled [...]

New York Times Editors Mangle Story on False GOP Medicare Claims

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 9:23 am

Jackie Calmes is a decent reporter, and except for two disconnected paragraphs added, I suspect, by her dishonest editors, she wrote a worthwhile story for today’s New York Times. Calmes reports on the numerous misleading and outright false GOP claims about the changes to Medicare enacted in the Affordable Care Act. If you read the [...]

Can We Have Darrell Issa Investigate the Supreme Court Leaks?

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 5:24 pm

This is getting out of hand. In its zeal to uncover why Chief Justice Roberts betrayed the cause of liberty and made Sam, Tony and that other guy cry, every one in the right wing punditry is getting aides from the Court’s right wing to spill the beans on each other. Since CBS’ Jan Crawford [...]

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