Christopher Fisher

LBJ Used a Gulf of Tonkin Attack That Never Happened to Escalate the War in Vietnam – Excerpt from Dan Ellsberg’s Secrets

First Full Day at the Pentagon for Ellsberg is a Memorable One 56 years ago, on August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson used an attack on U.S. warships that never happened to justify “retaliation,” and the massive expansion of the U.S. war effort against North Vietnam. Squadron commander James Stockdale was one of the U.S.…

Centennial of A Test of the News – NYT Russia Coverage ‘Nothing Short of A Disaster’

It was a century ago that the New York Times first developed its dismal reputation for getting so much about Russia completely wrong.  Interestingly, this occurred within the timeframe that it became widely accepted as the ‘newspaper man’s newspaper’, George Seldes noted in his 1935 classic, Freedom of the Press.  For the August 4, 1920…

Bitches Get Stuff Done – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gives Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) a Civics Lesson

But They Shouldn’t Have to Put Up with This Crap The long and painful descent of the Republican party has certainly been a marvel to behold. I recently wrote about this after discovering Henry Fairlie’s warning of the party’s impending devolution at the dawn of the Reagan Revolution. Fairlie detected a distinct eau de fascism…

Dawn of the New Booboisie – Reagan Found His Groove in Detroit in 1980 & Took the Anti-Tax Revolt Nationwide

Note from the editor: ‘Booboisie’ is a term coined by that legendarily discourteous American journalist, H.L. Mencken, which he used to refer to those prone to willful ignorance and stupid mistakes.- RR Forty years ago, as the sun rose, illuminating the gleaming skyrises of the Detroit, Michigan riverfront on the third week of July, 1980,…

A Modest Proposal on Behalf of Mother Earth: Bake Sales for Bombers Until the Pentagon Cleans Up its Messes

From the Editor – a modest proposal in honor of this week’s 50th International Mother Earth Day, as we shelter-in-place. First, we kick COVID-19 of course, if Trump gets out of they way – otherwise I suppose we lance that gruesome boil at the ballot box in November – but the moment we have that under…

100 Years Ago Today the U.S. Invasion of Russia Ended

It was on April 23, 1920 that General William S. Graves and the last of his remaining staff departed Vladivostok by boat, bound for the United States. Most of the 8,000 troops under his command in Vladivostok had left Russia weeks earlier, on April 1, an occasion the New York Times acknowledged briefly in its…

Setting the Paper Cities of Japan Aflame – 75 Years Later, the Great Tokyo Air Raid of March 10, 1945 Remains the Deadliest Six Hours in History

While the 1945 U.S. attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs justifiably loom large in histories of the previous century, the firebombing of Tokyo five months earlier was so brutally efficient a killer of human beings that the commander of the operation, General Curtis E. LeMay, could exclaim with pride that “we scorched and…