Monthly Archives: October 2008

Will Greg Shaw's Campaign Come Clean?

Washington Money Spent on Shaw Outpaces His Own Campaign A shadowy group just outside of Washington, D.C., that goes by the misleading name of “The Center for Individual Freedom” has now pumped a total of $1,274,815 into the Alabama Supreme Court race on behalf of Republican Greg Shaw, outspending even the candidate’s own campaign, according…

The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

Time Out by Dan Rutledge The main event on Week 9 of the SEC football season is the game once known as The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. This year, the loser will have a heckova hangover. Every November, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators get together on neutral ground in Jacksonville, Fla. The…

Environmental Groups Settle Tire-Pollution Case

The Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of the Locust Fork environmental groups have settled their lawsuit against Metro Recycling for polluting the Locust Fork River with pollution from a used tire landfill in Blount County, Alabama. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler approved the settlement requiring Metro Recycling to cease illegal discharges of pollutants,…

Siegelman Interview Reveals GOP Corruption

Guest Column by Roger Shuler Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman never dreamed that he actually would be convicted and sent to prison on corruption charges, according to an article in GQ magazine. “I never thought for a minute that I was going to be convicted,” Siegelman tells reporter Brett Martin. “We knew where this prosecution…

The Politics of Fear

Guest Column by Dwayne Hood You should be very afraid. If Barack Obama is elected president, he’s going to raise your taxes and increase the size of government. He’s going to take your money away and give it to people who won’t work. He’ll join Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House…

Ah, A Painted Lady on a Sunday Afternoon…

  Glynn Wilson I thought I had missed the monarch butterfly migration coming through central Alabama this year. The sun on Sunday afternoon brought a few more out and through this area, but they were shy on the butterfly bush next door. This happens to be a painted lady [vanessa cardui], and has some interesting…

A Green Future Is Our Only Real Hope

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson In a world of hurt and bad news as the global economy implodes, there is some good news to report this Sunday morning as the late October air finally begins to cool off the brick walls of The Bunker. The best news is that the presidential election of 2008…

Bill Moyers Interviews James K. Galbraith

This week on Bill Moyers’ JOURNAL, he interviewed economist James K. Galbraith from the University of Texas. Author of the new book The Predator State, he gave the best summary I’ve seen yet on the causes of the economic crisis and how the U.S. might best move forward. The main point is we have the…

The Fourth Saturday in October?

Time Out by Dan Rutledge It’s the Third Saturday in October on the fourth Saturday of October. Or whatever you call it, it is Alabama vs. Tennessee Week in the SEC. Every October — historically on the third weekend of the month — since 1928 (except in 1943 when World War II got in the…

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Endorses Obama

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, perhaps best known for his role in the film “Oh Brother Where Art Thou,” recently recorded a message showing his support for Barack Obama. Here’s the video: Oh, and Ron Howard, Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler support Obama too. Ron Howard’s Call To Action

Keep Our Streams Safe from Dirty Coal Mining

The Federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) under the Bush administration is poised to finalize a rule that would allow thousands of natural streams and valleys in Appalachia to be buried by waste from mountaintop-removal coal mining. The plan directly conflicts with the decades-old Stream Buffer Zone Rule, which prohibits surface coal-mining activities from disturbing…

Art Imitating Life: Oliver Stone's 'W.'

by Glynn Wilson Some critics will dismiss Oliver Stone’s biographical movie “W.” on the life and times of George W. Bush for a lot of reasons, and it may be his worst film to date. In part, that may be because it was rushed together in 46 days to be released before the Nov. 4…

George W. Bush's Lost Year in 1972 Alabama

Editor’s Note: We are republishing this story here from January 2004 since the Southerner.net archives are still screwy, and so we can link to it in the review of Oliver Stone’s film “W.” on the life and times of George W. Bush. The text has only been tweaked slightly to adjust it for timeliness. by…

Nitty-Gritty Time…

Time Out by Dan Rutledge It’s down to the nitty-gritty time. There are only five games on the Week 8 Southeastern Conference football lineup and all of them are big ones to the teams involved since, for the first time this season, all of the games are conference matchups. Which is the BIG one? Good…

Will the Real Bill Ayers Please Stand Up?

Guest Column by Dwayne Hood Americans have lost $2 trillion dollars of their life savings in the past month. We’re mired in two wars that stretch our military to the point of a future draft. We’ve alienated ourselves from the world and 47 million people can’t get health care. Social Security is in danger. Gas…

Final Debate May Prove Critical in Presidential Race

Comments Welcome Below Falling behind in the polls, Republican candidate John McCain hopes to shake up the presidential race tonight in his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama, who will be looking to close the deal with voters unhappy with the country’s direction, according to AP. Wednesday night’s debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.,…

MTV Video: An Endangered Species Disaster in Roebuck

I just happened to be on the scene at the Roebuck Springs fish kill taking photos myself when David Whiteside showed up to shoot this video for MTV. He ended up quoting me in the end. We are still gathering more information and waiting on more from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigation and…