Monthly Archives: April 2005

Laura Bush: Desperate Housewife

President George W. “Shrub” Bush basically snubbed the White House press corps in public Saturday night when he copped out of speaking to the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The Associated Press is reporting that “First lady Laura Bush stole the show with a surprise comedy routine that ripped President Bush and brought an audience…

Still No Accountability for Abu Ghraib

A year ago the first horrific pictures from Abu Ghraib surfaced. “The administration attempted to gloss over their inaction by did little to acknowledge this day, choosing instead to announceing a revised Army interrogation manual. The effort rings hollow as it does not apply to those people that they choose to call ‘enemy combatants’ nor…

Budget Deal Trashes Environment, Screws the Poor

Congress passed a five-year, $14 trillion budget last night that will pave the way for oil drilling in parts of an Alaskan wildlife refuge, a new round of tax cuts and the first curbs on entitlements for the poor in nearly a decade, the Washington Post reports under the headline: Budget Deal Sets Stage for…

Bush Holds Prime Time News Conference

As President George W. Bush started his prime time news conference, he looked like he just drank some bad tasting medicine. He is right to think a majority of Americans, those who voted for him, are a bunch of dumbasses. He ain’t fooling the rest of us on Social Security, energy, taxes or anything else.…

The Migration From Print Escalates

If you want to keep up with the latest on the migration of news from print to digital, head on over to Press Think’s discusssion of The Migration. The subhead? “While people in the old press pack up, and tell stories about giants they knew in the era when . . . they are also…

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Thought Extinct, Spotted in Arkansas

The ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), suspected to be extinct, has been rediscovered in the ‘Big Woods’ region of eastern Arkansas, researchers wrote in the journal Science in an article hastily prepared for release. “Visual encounters during 2004 and 2005, and analysis of a video clip from April 2004, confirm the existence of at least one…

Gannon Spent Nights in White House

Secret Service Records Show Gannon Spent Nights in the White House In what is unlikely to stem the controversy surrounding disgraced White House correspondent James Guckert/Jeff Gannon, the Secret Service has furnished logs of the writer’s access to the White House after requests by two Democratic members of Congress. Raw Story reports that on some…

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss Update

Just to prove that there are some true religious dumbasses in the world, especially in Mobile, Ala., get this letter to the editor in the Mobile Register: Reverence for Flora-Bama embarrassing A caller said Alabamians were rude and crude and behind the times. A perfect example of this is the big deal they made out…

‘Caddyshack’ Deserves Library Respect

When the Library of Congress called for nominees to the National Film Registry last year, Brooks Boliek of the Hollywood Reporter argued in the column Think Tank for inclusion of “Blazing Saddles” and “Caddyshack.” While both films fit the library’s criteria for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and 10 years old, neither made it.…

Letter From New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Last time I wrote you from here, dear Orleanians, I tried to tell you to bet against the Saints. Did you listen? Now, according to the Times-Picayune, conventional wisdom says when your defense is ranked No. 32 in a 32-team league it needs help. It needs more than help, my laid back…

Sunday At Jazzfest

Photo by Dave Stueber The “Zydeco Sweetheart” plays to the camera. One of the things people will talk about when the Jazz and Heritage Festival for the year 2005 comes up will be the unusual dry wind swirling in from the north and west. It definitely kept festival goers much cooler than usual for a…

New Orleans Jazz Fest

Locust Fork Editor and Publisher Glynn Wilson will be at the New Orleans Jazzfest all day today relaxing in his red coleman easy chair under the big oak tree across from the Fais Do Do stage, where they play Zydeco music and cajun dance all day long. Check out the Fais Do Do cam and…

New Orleans

For an update on the Flora-Bama mullet toss and the Jazzfest in N’Awlins, stay tuned. As Mr. Drudge likes to say, developing . . .

Showdown On Bush Judicial Nominees

As I pack the van and get ready to cowboy on cruise control to the Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama Roadhouse Lounge, it looks like a rootin’ tootin’ shootout in the U.S. Senate over Bush’s radical right judicial nominees. No president has tried to pack the court with party and idealogical loyalists like this since…

Rove Says Press More ‘Oppositional’ Than Liberal

Hmmm. The press is generally liberal, Karl Rove said, according to this article in the Wasington Post. But, he said, “I think it’s less liberal than it is oppositional.” Damn right. “Reporters now see their role less as discovering facts and fair-mindedly reporting the truth and more as being put on the earth to afflict…

The Press Moves Right

Over at my favorite Weblog on the press, the debate continues to rage over the role of right-wing bloggers and activists in successfully moving the mainstream press to the political right. Jay Rosen of Press Think moderates the discussion. It would be nice if we could get that sort of dialogue started here at The…

Homeland Security Calls Groups on the Left Terrorists, Not Groups on the Right?

The Department of Homeland Security does not list radical right-wing domestic groups as terrorists, but does classify groups on the left that way, according to a list obtained by Congressional Quarterly. It lists left-wing domestic groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) as terrorist threats, CQ reports, “but…

Earth Day 2005

It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate Earth Day 2005. While park hopping around Birmingham this weekend, I ran into the EarthFest celebration at Homewood Park. There were some interesting and dedicated people there, including representatives of the Friends of the Locust Fork and The Alabama Rivers Alliance. I also met Claire Rumore,…

Alabama-Kentucky Tax Rivalry Over

“The Alabama-Kentucky rivalry is finally over,” declares an opinion column in the Huntsville Times. “For years we’ve competed to be No. 1 in unfair taxation, but they gave up first. Kentucky finally passed an income tax break for low-income working people. That will leave Alabama as the only state to charge over $500 in income…