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The Ultimate Metaphor: Life is Like A River

Peak autumn color in the Catawba River near Marion, North Carolina By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Life is like a river. This is the ultimate metaphor for life. Many an American writer has compared life to the game of baseball. Myself included. But when I took this turn in life seven years ago…

Corporate Media Ignores ‘True Meaning’ of Modern Olympic Games

“I remain convinced that sport is one of the most forceful elements of peace, and I am confident in its future action.” — Pierre de Coubertin The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Pierre de Coubertin was just 30 years old when he founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894. He then went on to establish…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s summertime in Alabama now. No matter what the official calendar says. The mercury hit 91 here today. That was probably in the shade. We just got back from the local farmer’s market, where Alabama farmers show up every Thursday to sell their goods directly to the public. There…

A Memorial Day For the Daily Newspaper?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson We come together today to honor those who died in war defending American freedom. But perhaps we need to start a new memorial day or at least include a new category — for those who are about to be out of a job when the daily newspaper dies. Many…

On the State of Reading and Writing in America Today

All the King’s Men Trailer The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s overcast and quiet on the screened-in porch, with just a little low down piano jazz accompanying the trilling of the lady cardinals this Sunday morning as I gather my thoughts for the weekly commentary in this space. My dog Jefferson is sitting quietly…

On the Nature of Self-Defeating Convictions

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson MARGARETVILLE, Ala. — It is a lovely Sunday morning and amazingly quiet in the suburbs on this April Fool’s Day. The Carolina Wren’s are feeding new young in the hand-crafted birdhouse attached to the screened-in porch. They stop only occasionally between feedings to sing, and they sound about as…

Let Justice Be Done Though the Heavens Should Fall

“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” – John Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, December 5, 1777 The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Here’s a question for Rick Santorum and Judge Roy Moore (or any member of the religious right or the tea party) that will never be asked in public by any…

Federalist Society Hears From Conservative Voter Suppression Expert

Patrina Boswell Hans von Spakovsky speaks to the Federalist Society in Birmingham by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The fate of the world is often decided by powerful men meeting in secret. That is a fact, but it’s not always the case — and doesn’t have to be so. No, this is no “conspiracy theory.”…

Looking Forward Into 2012, and Back at the Defense Budget Fight

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson At Occupy protest encampments across the country this week, the controversy that was all the rage had to do with the defense budget bill just passed by Congress. The paranoia was palpable, and for good reason, considering how the issue was covered by the mainstream, corporate news media —…

Majority of Americans Uncertain About ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Goals

But More Approve Than Disapprove of the Protests A new Gallup poll has some heartening results for the Occupy Wall Street movement, in that more Americans approve than disapprove of the protests, although it shows that the lack of an effective communications strategy and coherent goals could jeopardize the movement’s effectiveness (see Further Analysis below).…

Is A Great Compromise Between Science and Religion Possible?

Our Ultimate Fate May Depend Upon It by Glynn Wilson The very fate of our human species, yes, and your state too — as well as this country and the earth — may well depend on a compromise between science and religion. Yes, you read that correctly. Not that I ever wanted to admit it…

Why Do Working Class People Vote Against Their Economic Interests?

Poor But Proud: Twenty Years Later Auburn History Professor Wayne Flynt Answers the Central Political Question of Our Time by Glynn Wilson AUBURN, Ala. — In a state where intellectuals are generally scorned as “elitists” — or as former governor and presidential candidate George Wallace liked to call them for his own opportunistic political reasons,…

Politics Matters: We Must Stop Making These Mistakes

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson I know. It’s such a burden to be such a Socialist-Nazi, a horrible journalist and a major danger to society. On top of that, I’m a lousy lay. If you believe the right-wing attack machine wingnuts on talk radio and their three fans, or the lefty bloggers and their…

War: What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

Just a Reminder: Wars are Still Going On Whether the news media covers them or we talk about them or not. A Facebook friend shared this video with me this morning, and it reminded me of Spider Martin’s last words. To read the true story of Civil Rights Photographer Spider Martin’s death, and for a…