Monthly Archives: August 2012

Labor Union Approval in the U.S. Remains Steady at 52 Percent

Support Remains Strong Despite Tea Party Republican Attacks by Glynn Wilson A slim majority of Americans, 52 percent, approve of labor unions on the eve of Labor Day weekend, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. While Gallup’s public opinion survey data shows little change over the past three years, there has been…

Obamacareless: Sickness Is the Health of the State

by David Underhill Guest Column The racket about getting medical care to those without it isn’t really about that. Keeping this in mind will make the shrillest weeks of the campaign season more bearable as elections approach. The coronation of Paul Ryan as veep on the Republican ticket made Medicare a loud topic because his…

Ryan’s Vision of America a Nightmare for America’s Working Families

In a cynical, divisive and fact-challenged speech Wednesday night, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan offered a vision of America that may be the dream of the extreme-right, tea party Republican base and the wealthy, corporate financiers fueling Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, but it is a nightmare for America’s working families, according to the AFL-CIO.…

Isaac Hits West of New Orleans as Category 1 Hurricane

Isaac came ashore Tuesday night and hit west of New Orleans Wednesday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane seven years to the day after Katrina inundated the city. According to reporters on the ground, the slow moving storm pushed water over at least one Louisiana levee. But according to the Army Corps of Engineers, the…

Hurricane Isaac Barrels Toward New Orleans

A screen shot of Hurricane Isaac as it became a Category 1 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico — Track Map by Glynn Wilson Tropical Storm Isaac became a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday morning in the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of up to 75 mph as its path tracked right for the mouth…

Texas Man Sent to Prison for Computer Hacking in Alabama

A Galveston man was sentenced to prison on Monday for hacking into law enforcement computers and stealing personal information in Alabama, Texas and Virginia, according to law enforcement officials. Higinio O. Ochoa III, 31, of Galveston, Texas, was sentenced in Austin to 27 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and…

Neil Armstrong’s Death Marks the End of an Era

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Reading the obituaries for Neil Armstrong over the past couple of days, I’m reminded again of the month when I came kicking early into this world. If timing means anything, it was an auspicious moment in the history of science, since the Cold War era “space race” began on…

Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power

In a new book, author Craig Unger examines the return of Karl Rove, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to a two-term presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who was at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the…

Reacting to Alabama’s Discriminatory Immigration Law, Obama Administration Forms New Civil Rights Unit

by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM — In reaction to the Alabama Republicans’ discriminatory and unconstitutional new immigration law, most of which was stuck down the federal appeals court in Atlanta Monday and found to foster widespread discrimination against legally born Hispanic American citizens, mainly children, the Obama administration has formed a special Civil Rights Enforcement Unit…

What Would Woody Guthrie Do?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Imagine you are a singer-songwriter allowed free access to the Woody Guthrie archives of unrecorded lyrics, to explore at will and take what you want for the making of a record of songs from America’s great hobo prophet. That’s exactly what Jonatha Brooke is doing for a special concert…

Don Siegelman Talks About Final Weeks Of Freedom

His Daughter Dana Make Petition Plea for Presidential Pardon Former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman visited Huntsville on Friday and spoke with WHNT News 19 about his prison sentence and his final weeks of freedom. Earlier this month, Siegelman lost his appeal and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison. He was ordered to report…

Alabama Democratic Party Disqualifies Supreme Court Candidate Harry Lyon

The Alabama Democratic Party voted in a meeting in Birmingham on Friday to disqualify the party’s nominee for state Supreme Court, Shelby County attorney Harry Lyon, to run against Republican Judge Roy Moore in the Nov. 6 general election. “It is the decision of the State Democratic Executive Committee that Mr. Lyon clearly violated the…

Why Are Americans So (fill in the blank)

In the months before a U.S. Presidential election, the quality of political discourse hits new lows, according to Renee DiResta, who along with her husband Justin Hileman, has come up with an interesting interactive map to show what states are known for according to key words associated with the state in Google searches. “Blue State/Red…