Monthly Archives: February 2007

An Alabama Mockingbird Huddling in the Cold

Photo by Glynn Wilson An Alabama mockingbird huddles in the cold on the second day of the Great Backyard Birdcount. This one and his or her mate make their home in the front yard in the shrubs. At night during the summer sometimes they make a heck of a racket, almost enough to keep you…

Senate Republicans Block Vote on Troop Surge Debate

Senate Republicans effectively blocked debate on a resolution to oppose President George W. Bush’s Iraq troop surge in what amounts to a filibuster. Only seven Republicans voted for a motion to have a full debate, leaving the Democrats 4 votes short of the 60 needed. The vote was 56 for debate, 34 against. AP: Senate…

Senate Debates Iraq Troop Surge

by Glynn Wilson The debate is on live on C-SPAN2 in the U.S. Senate in a rare holiday Saturday session, with the new Democratic Party majority determined to send a message to President George W. Bush that his escalation of the war in Iraq with a troop surge of 21,500 soldiers is unacceptable to Congress…

A Male House Finch In A Dogwood Tree

Photo by Glynn Wilson A male house finch [ carpodacus mexicanus ] braves the cold on Saturday morning, the second day of the Great Backyard Birdcount of 2007, even though it was still only about 25 degrees Fahrenheit by 10 a.m. The “usual suspects” were a bit more active this morning than yesterday, with the…

Feds, AT&T Spying On YOUR E-mail

PBS’s Friday night show “NOW” reported on new evidence suggesting the existence of a secret government program that intercepts millions of private e-mails each day in the name of terrorist surveillance. News about the alleged program came to light when a former AT&T employee, Mark Klein, blew the whistle on what he believes to be…

A Lone Titmouse Braves the Cold

Photo by Glynn Wilson The birds made themselves scarce on the first day of the Great Backyard Birdcount of 2007, with a projected high temperature of only 38, although the backyard thermometer only got up to about 32.5 here. A tufted titmouse couple [ baeolophus bicolor ] visited the dogwood tree in the front yard…

The Measure Passes, 246-182

The measure passes, 246-182, with 16 Republicans voting yes and one Democrat voting no, according to C-SPAN. A majority of House members have voted for a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop increase in Iraq, with the roll call complete. AP: Dems Claim Majority for Iraq War Bill The Democratic-controlled House issued a symbolic rejection…

House Nears Vote on Historic Anti-War Resolution

The U.S. House of Representatives nears a historic vote on the rosolution to oppose President George W. Bush’s plan to escalate the war in Iraq with 21,500 more troops. Democrats pushed a measure critical of President Bush’s Iraq policy to the brink of House passage on Friday, the culmination of an extraordinary four-day debate over…

A Cold, Bash Bush Kind of Day…

According to the Weather Underground, the low tonight around here will be at least 21 degrees Fahrenheit. Considering we are near Pinson Valley, one of the coldest spots in the state, it will most likely make it into the teens – not a good thing for the birds on the night before the Great Backyard…

Edwards to Reveal Plan to End the War on ‘Larry King Live’

Editor’s Note: Edwards’ appearance on Larry King Live had to be rescheduled. He was stuck somewhere in L.A. traffic and couldn’t get to the studio. File photo by Glynn Wilson John Edwards in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward Former Senator and Presidential Candidate John Edwards will appear on CNN’s “Larry King Live” tonight at 9 p.m.…

Meanwhile Back On The House Floor…

I hope you are watching the historic debate on the House floor on C-SPAN. If you are, you would have just seen Rep. Terry Everett, R-Enterprise, Ala., make one of the worst speeches in the history of the United States House of Representatives. It’s no wonder you rarely see Rep. Everett making speeches on the…

Presidential Press Conference Jibber Jabber…

Lame Duck President George W. Bush appeared in the White House East Room this morning in a hastily called press conference and, in a meandering bit of jibber jabber, defied Congress and the American people by continuing to insist on sending more troops to Iraq. He seemed to hint at a coming strike on Iran…

House Democrats Assail Bush’s War in Historic Debate

Democrats continued to assail President Bush’s policy on Iraq into the night on Tuesday, calling it a catastrophic failure, as the U.S. House of Representatives plunged into monumental debate on a war with dwindling public support that has cost 3,100 troops their lives. The Democratic leadership set aside most of the week for the historic…

Dixie Chicks’ Brave Stand Pays Off

ROEBUCK, Ala. – Thanks to a good friend who supports the objectives of this independent news Website, I got my hands on a copy of the Dixie Chicks’ CD “Taking The Long Way Home” as I took the long way home last night from using a remote wireless location to update the Website. The Dixie…

Send a Valentine to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, and FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has spurned the public’s love in favor of the largest media companies. It’s time we won back his heart, according to FreePress.Net. The group has created a 40-second Valentine’s Day video for Chairman Martin. “Watch the video, sign the card to Martin, and tell your friends…

Is There A ‘Better’ Internet Company?

Here’s a question for you. Is there a such thing as a better Internet Service Provider? Is one corporate company any better than the other these days? I’ve been thinking Charter was better, based on my experience with their customer service and signal strength with the 5 meg high speed Internet service. But today marked…

A Response to E.O. Wilson: A Letter to the Church

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson “Let the waters teem with fish and other life, and let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” – Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 20, (Living Bible translation, 1977). In response to: Creation: An Appeal To Save Life on Earth, by E.O. Wilson. A letter to the church:…

Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

The 10th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up Feb. 16-19. Photo by Glynn Wilson A female ruby-throated hummingbird captured in a Birmingham backyard | [ Enlarge ] Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the event is a chance to discover the birds in your neighborhood and count for…

Never Fear: A Column Is Near…

Never fear, y’all. There’s a big story and a column in the works. For a hint, pick up E.O. Wison’s new book, Creation: An Appeal To Save Life on Earth. Picked it up at the library today. Now going through it with a pencil. Just waiting on the Baptist preacher to get back to me…