Monthly Archives: December 2008

Here's to a Happy New Year in 2009

It’s the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I can’t wait for 2009. When the ball drops and the calendar changes at one minute after midnight this Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, I’ve got a feeling the world is…

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson A blog is like a vinyl disc in a way. It’s not all about news or creating something that sells. It’s a canvas for creating art. As I took a break from the news during the holidays of 2008, I took the…

A Christmas Card

Glynn Wilson Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! To send an e-card and save a tree, go to SaveATreeCards.com. My kind of Christmas, a science story: The Ten Days of Isaac Newton

The Suspicious, Disturbing Death of Michael Connell

by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman Michael Connell, the crucial techno-lynch pin in the theft of the 2004 election, and much more, is dead at the age of 45. His unnatural, suspicious death raises serious questions about the corruption of the American electoral process that now may never be answered. Connell died Friday, December 19…

Save the Kids: Decriminalize and Tax Marijuana

A Letter to the Editor by Loretta Nall What a shame that Alabama students will be the first to suffer the effects of the economic downturn when Alabama already has some of the lowest per-pupil spending in the nation. According to the most recent data that I can find, Alabama on average spends a little…

Environmentalists Sue over Strip-Mine Permit

Environmentalists filed a lawsuit today challenging the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s approval of a permit for a proposed strip coal mine, which would discharge pollutants into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River — less than a quarter mile from an intake for one of Birmingham’s major sources of drinking water. The Southern…

Toxic Pollution Found Surrounding Alabama Schools

Guest Editorial by Jenny Dorgan Alabama Environmental Council A recent report found that data indicates air surrounding Alabama schools contains high levels of toxic pollution. In response to the report, officials have claimed that the supporting documentation is not sufficient, that the models used to obtain the data is not specific enough and that to…

The Night Before Christmas in Bushland

Despite voters’ overwhelming rejection of Republican ideology in the 2008 election, the GOP is using the waning days of the Bush administration to ram a host of harmful regulations down our throats. These last-minute regulations are not subject to any oversight — they will be completely legal once Bush signs off on them — and…

Enviro Groups Sue to Force Mercury-Pollution Reductions

A coalition of public health and environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court seeking a firm and enforceable new deadline for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require deep reductions in mercury and other toxic air pollutants emitted from coal- and oil-fired power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest unregulated source of mercury…

Help Save the American Middle Class

Support the Employee Free Choice Act Last month we witnessed a historic election. Progressive Democrats won all across the country thanks to the hard work of people like you. Now, we have to put these new majorities to work to help save the hard-working American middle class. It is called the Employee Free Choice Act.…

Waterkeeper Alliance Offers Blueprint for Clean Water

As we await President-elect Obama’s new administration, the most environmentally damaging presidency in American history nears its end. President Bush leaves in his wake thousands of miles of polluted and degraded waterways across America. The Bush administration repeatedly affirmed its loyalty to industrial polluters by issuing rules that undercut environmental law and underfunded federal environmental…

Fighting the Final Battles of the Civil War

America Just Elected Its First Black President Are the people of Alabama ready for an African-American governor? by Glynn Wilson ATLANTA, Ga. — Some historians say the final battle of the Civil War was fought at Sayler’s Creek, southwest of Petersburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1865. Try bringing that up in a political bar like…

Federal Judges Take Siegelman Appeal Under Advisement

Glynn Wilson Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman outside the U.S. Court of Appeals building in downtown Atlanta. by Glynn Wilson ATLANTA, Ga. — The three federal judges who will decide the legal fate of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and his co-defendant Richard Scrushy asked deliberate questions of attorneys in an appeal hearing Tuesday morning,…

Siegelman Appeal Hearing Similar to Wisconsin Case?

by Glynn Wilson ATLANTA, Ga. — Supporters of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman are gathering in the Capitol City of the South Monday night for what they hope will be a quick, dramatic end to a legal and political ordeal that started about the time the Alabama governor’s race for 2006 kicked off three years…

Bennett Law Firm IDs Top 10 Worst U.S. Prosecutors

Two From Alabama: Alice Martin and Leura Canary Bennett Law Firm IDs Top 10 Worst U.S. Prosecutors This post went up Saturday about the time of the kickoff for the Alabama-Florida game, but due to obvious problems with the article, we submitted corrections before getting into summarizing and analyzing the post. We’ll have more to…

No. 1 Alabama Falls to No. 2 Florida in SEC Title Game

Full Story: No. 1 Alabama Falls to No. 2 Florida in SEC Title Game AP: Gators Chomp Past Bama for SEC Title RollTide.com Alabama takes the field in the SEC Title Game Time Out by Dan Rutledge TV Schedule Below Live Coverage from Yahoo Live Blog: ResenbushCafe.com Borrowing a phrase made famous by a great…

Justice Department Reopens Juror Misconduct Investigation

Appeals Panel Could Drop Siegelman, Scrushy Case Tuesday by Glynn Wilson In light of recent information from a new whistle-blower in the Bush Justice Department’s political prosecutions still under investigation by Congress, including the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, the federal court in Montgomery has re-opened the investigation into juror misconduct, according to…

Who's Worse, Bush or Nixon?

It’s like the difference between AIDS and SuperAIDS. Things got kind of heated the other night at a post-screening discussion of the “Frost/Nixon” movie. Chris Wallace of Fox News reportedly challenged a statement by one of the researchers for the actual Frost/Nixon interview which compared Bush negatively to Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon back in the…

Bush EPA Guts Stream Buffer-Zone Rule

More Water Pollution for Corporate Profit Dead Ahead The Bush administration signed off on a controversial 11th hour repeal of the stream buffer-zone rule this week, an environmental law which since 1983 has prohibited surface coal-mining activities within 100 feet of flowing streams. The repeal of this important protection clears the way for an even…