THE LAW

Why Michael Moore Posted Bail for WiliLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Guest Column by Michael Moore MichaelMoore.com In the Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Monday, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail. Furthermore, I am publicly offering the…

Activist Conservative Judge Strikes Down Health Care Law Mandate

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy As it turns out, here’s a fact not reported by any of the mainstream media today when reporting that Obama’s national health care law was ruled unconstitutional. Henry E. Hudson, the federal judge in Virginia who ruled only the mandate part of the…

Public Should Demand an Investigation of Karl Rove

Secret Corporate Campaign Cash Subverts American Democracy When Karl Rove learned he’d be able to channel unlimited corporate money into the 2010 elections, he must have felt like a kid in a candy store. But apparently this wasn’t enough — he’s taken advantage of tax-exempt non-profit laws to funnel tens of millions of dollars into…

Union Urges People to Protest the Expiration of Unemployment Benefits

On November 30, Congress allowed emergency unemployment benefits to expire. Here are the faces and stories of those Americans most affected by the inaction of Congress. The same senators who are fighting to charge $700 billion in tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires to our national credit card say extending unemployment is “too expensive” and…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Warns Bird Hunters

As the waterfowl hunting season kicks off, hunters, landowners, and farmers should become familiar with existing federal baiting regulations before hunting migratory birds. Along with setting season frameworks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the authority to enforce baiting regulations. The federal agency and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks says hunters…

Targeted Environmental Justice Enforcement Needed in Southeast

Glynn Wilson / Southwings A closer view of the growing coal ash mountain in Perry County, Alabama by Robert D. Bullard It has been little over two weeks since environmental justice leaders in the South delivered an 11-point Call to Action plan for reform of EPA Region 4 — eight states in the southern United…

The Shock Doctrine Short Film Now on Cable

Klein Alleges U.S. Used ‘Shock’ Tactics to Privatize Public Sector “The connections are daring in journalist Naomi Klein’s new book, The Shock Doctrine, but the result is convincing,” according to William S. Kowinski of the San Francisco Chronicle. “With a bold and brilliantly conceived thesis, skillfully and cogently threaded through more than 500 pages of…

Why We Need a 28th Amendment: Separation of Corporation and State

Corporations now hold unprecedented sway over the operation of our federal government. Dr. Riki Ott, author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, explains why this calls for the 28th Amendment to the Constitution: Separation of Corporation and State. Strip corporations of their “personhood.”

Birmingham Water Works Appeals Coal Mine Permit

Alabama Surface Mining Commission Did Not Meet Regulatory Requirements The Birmingham Water Works Board has filed an appeal against the Alabama Surface Mining Commission’s permit for a Drummond Coal mine at the Shepherd Bend along the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. The proposed strip mine site will discharge 2,200 feet upstream of the…

Environmental Groups Hail Forest Agreement with Georgia Paper Company

Skeptics Raise Questions by Glynn Wilson You will be glad to find out today that perhaps your favorite brand of toilet paper may no longer come from wood harvested out of some of the South’s more important hardwood forests. But the deal that led to that agreement raises some interesting economic and political questions that…

Inmates Take Over the Asylum in Political Bloodbath

POLITICAL ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The inmates took over the political asylum on Tuesday as a flood of bitter tea spilled all over the American landscape like a bloodbath, leaving the poor and the foundering middle class even more at the mercy of the rich and powerful, including corporations that now dominate life in the…

Unknown Democrat Challenges Dick Shelby for Senate Seat

Unbeknownst to most likely voters in Alabama, there is one Democrat running against Republican Richard Shelby for a six year term in the U.S. Senate whose name will be on the ballot Nov. 2. His name is William “Bill” Barnes. He is a lawyer, a Vietnam veteran and recently retired as a federal government employee,…

Environmental Groups Sue BP for Impact on Gulf Wildlife

Several non-profit watchdog groups filed a lawsuit against oil giant BP under the Endangered Species Act today for the ongoing unlawful harm and death of endangered and threatened wildlife caused by the company’s massive Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. At least 27 endangered or threatened animal species are known to inhabit the…

Poor But Proud: Voting to Remain Poor Still Plagues the South

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The news could not be any worse. I honestly wish there was some good news to report. Sorry to say, there’s not any. Well, the Crimson Tide did manage to pull out a victory over Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, football being about the only thing worth mentioning…

Salazar Announces Rules to Strengthen Offshore Drilling Safety

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar by Glynn Wilson The Department of the Interior announced two new rules Thursday that will help improve drilling safety by strengthening requirements for safety equipment, well control systems, blowout prevention practices on offshore oil and gas operations and improve workplace safety by reducing the risk of human error. “These…

US Attorney General Eric Holder to Speak at UA Law School

Event to Honor 50th Anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder will be the keynote speaker during an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ms. Harper Lee’s book To Kill A Mockingbird on Tuesday, September 21 at 3:45 p.m. in the University of Alabama Law School’s McMillan Lecture Hall,…

Perry County’s Arrowhead Landfill Going Bankrupt

What Happened to the Millions from the TVA Coal Ash Contract? John Wathen/Southwings Toxic TVA coal ash by the train load is filling up the local landfill only designed for household garbage, not hazardous waste, in Alabama’s Black Belt… by Glynn Wilson The Arrowhead Landfill in Perry County, Alabama — where TVA is hauling millions…

Former Birmingham News Reporter Discusses Pulitzer

Former Birmingham News staff writer Brett Blackledge discusses his 2007 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting at Auburn University, Montgomery, in this video obtained by the Locust Fork News-Journal. Part 1: Part 2: To some legal experts, his admission that he was handed the information in a box raises some concerns about how he got the…

Andrew Jackson on An Independent Judiciary

Photo by Glynn Wilson “All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary,” Andrew Jackson said. “Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right,” Jackson also said, “but it takes a slightly…