A couple of big names on the left are celebrating birthdays today. First of all, it’s interesting to note that Noam Chomsky’s birthday falls on December 7th. He is a vehement critic of American foreign policy, and a pretty fascinating writer and thinker, whether you agree with him or not. Here is an interview with him about a month ago And here is an interesting old article in which he discusses the mainstream media, and what that entails. It is also Howard Zinn‘s birthday. Zinn is perhaps best known for the book, A People’s History of the United States, in which he pulls no punches while describing America’s treatment of other people and nation’s. It is a fantastic (if somewhat depressing) book. Here is an interview he did with Bill Moyers right before we went to war with Iraq. Here is a diss of Zinn by a man named, get this, Dan Flynn. I don’t think it’s the same one that owned Doc’s, but you never know.