Monthly Archives: August 2008

Hurricane Gustav Spoils GOP Convention

And it serves them right… Republicans scrambled to change the tone of their national convention on Sunday as delegates streamed into town amid scenes on TV of people fleeing Hurricane Gustav on the Gulf Coast. The White House said the monster storm would make President Bush’s opening-night attendance unlikely, according to the Associated Press. NOAA…

Not Ready To Make Nice

Sorry, Obama. But like the Dixie Chicks, I’m not ready to forgive and forget and make nice just yet. In other words, my soul is not rested, yet. Some people think this Grammy winning album and song are “sappy.” I say it is honest. Which is what art — and Web journalism — should be.…

Are You Ready For Some Football?

by Dan Rutledge Another great football season is being kicked off this weekend in the Southeastern Conference and all over the nation. The big game for the weekend is, of course, Alabama vs. Clemson Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. Second-year head coach Nick Saban, who is expected to up the ante from last year’s…

In the Stadium of Salvation, The Obama Spoke

And now my soul is rested… Letter from Denver by Brooks Boliek DENVER, Colo., Aug. 28 — As I made my way out of the Parking Lot of Death and onto the Sidewalk of Hope, it began to dawn on me that we might actually make it into the Stadium of Salvation before The Obama…

Political 'Legend' Jimmy Faulkner Dies in Bay Minette at 92

Editor’s Note: When I heard the other day that Jimmy Faulkner of Bay Minette had died, it brought back a lot of memories. And while we usually stay focused on the big national news on this independent news Website, there are times when we will reach back into the past and into local climes for…

Obama Makes History in 'Defining Moment'

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I want to believe… I am not kidding when I say I cried when I saw and heard it. And I cried again when I read it. I don’t know for sure if we really can do it or not, if we can turn back the near complete destruction…

The Times They Are A-Changin'

In search of Denver’s soul Letter from Denver by Brooks Boliek DENVER, Colo., Aug. 28 — For the first time since I got here the Rockies are obscured by smog. During my stay here, I have often felt like Tom Horn. Actually I feel more like Steve McQueen’s portrayal of Horn in the 1980 movie.…

Fred Shuttlesworth Lives to See History in the Making

EXCLUSIVE! by Glynn Wilson The ailing Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, one of Birmingham’s most important icons from the Civil Rights days, was ecstatic to hear the news Wednesday that the Democratic Party had nominated Barack Obama as the first African-American standard bearer for any political party in American history. Bonnie M. Fountain The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth…

John Kerry Fires Broadside at McCain, Karl Rove 'Smear' Tactics

Senator John Kerry, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004 who was “swift-boated” by veterans in that race, fired a broadside at McCain Wednesday on the conduct of his campaign, especially the involvement and smear tactics of Bush’s former spin master Karl Rove. “Senator McCain, who once railed against the smears of Karl Rove…

Birmingham's Davis Seconds Obama's Nomination

Alabama delegation casts 48 votes for Obama, 5 for Clinton Congressman Artur Davis, a rising star in the Democratic Party from Birmingham, seconded the nomination of Senator Barack Obama Wednesday afternoon in a very short speech of about a minute or less. He told the Democratic National Convention audience that Obama’s victory “takes us closer…

Plot to Assassinate Obama Thwarted in Denver

One defendant jumped from hotel where our correspondent is staying… Letter from Denver by Brooks Boliek DENVER, Colo., Aug. 26 — The lesson from the Democratic Convention for today is: If you are a racist with guns, bullet-proof vests and drugs in your truck who wants to assassinate a Black politician, do not, and I…

Obama's Campaign Song Should Be: 'Working Man's Dollar'

Letter from Denver by Brooks Boliek DENVER, Colo., Aug. 25 — The news that The Boss is going to perform at Barack’s nomination on Thursday, and that performers from Everclear to Kanye West are scheduled to play at different convention parties coupled with my friend Glynn’s missive about the song “Sixteen Tons” got me thinking…

In the Mile-High City, Too Late to Meet Jack Weil

Editor’s Note: We will be publishing periodic dispatches this week from Denver, Colorado, from Alabama native and D.C. veteran journalist Brooks Boliek, one of the best feature writers and columnists around. This ain’t just blog copy y’all. Letter from Denver by Brooks Boliek DENVER, Colo., Aug. 24 — Most people came to the Mile-High City…

Obama-Biden A Winner!

Krystal Ball by Glynn Wilson The talking heads and spin masters can fool some of the people some of the time, to paraphrase Lincoln, whose spirit was called up in a big way today when Barack Obama named Joe Biden as his running mate in “the land of Lincoln,” the spot where he delivered that…

Obama Chooses Joe Biden for Running Mate

The e-mail from Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama went out at 3:57 a.m. Obama and Biden “I have some important news that I want to make official. “I’ve chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate. “Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois — the…

What Does Karl Rove Have to Do With War in Georgia?

And what does that have to do with the McCain campaign? What did Karl Rove do while when he left the country and defied a Congressional subpoena to testify under oath before the House Judiciary Committee in the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman? Well, it turns out he was in Yalta —…

Griffith Leads Parker in District 5 Congressional Race

With less than three months to go before the 2008 election on November 4, Parker Griffith, the Democrat, leads the Republican, Wayne Parker, by a margin of 45 percent to 40 percent in the race for Congress in District 5 in North Alabama, according to the Capital Survey Research Center. The election is approaching faster…

Obama to Announce Veep Choice Today

Presidential candidate Barack Obama will announce his running mate later today. We are on the e-mail list to find this out as soon as everyone else. And since we are faster than most, we will have the announcement right here as soon as it happens. If you are not on the list, check back here…