OPINION

Creating a Culture of Unionism in the South is Essential for Democracy

By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis – The South Lawn – One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility due to the lack of pro-worker media down here. Barring major fights like the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) fifteen-year long trench…

Alabama Needs a Comprehensive Water Management Plan

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Guest Column – By Mitch Reid – The Roman orator Quintilian once said, “Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.” Last week’s decision by the state of Florida to escalate the water war over Georgia’s use of water for Atlanta should ring as an alarm to the…

Where the Political Action Is: The States, Not Washington

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By Scott Arceneaux – The congressional map is shrinking. Charlie Cook, of the Cook Political Report, recently declared that there are fewer competitive seats in the 2014 race to control Congress than he has ever recorded. The U.S. Senate, meanwhile, has become a World War I battleground where combatants fight over a few yards of…

Redefining Patriotism to Win Elections and Save the World

“These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature.” – John Muir – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – AUTAUGA CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here in the camper van in the brief cool of an August morning, reflecting on our exploration of Autauga Creek by watching the video…

It’s Not Too Late for Alabama

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Editorial – By Darrell Turner – Citizens of Alabama, it is time to stand up and be counted. For too long we have been seen as stupid, redneck, backward and just plain simple. Serious thought and consideration must be given to the path of destruction that beckons our state, and we as a people must…

A Path Forward for the Alabama Democratic Party

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – If this doesn’t wake some people up, I don’t know what will. Congressional Quarterly’s Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper since 1955 now published on the Web, named the Alabama Democratic Party as the most dysfunctional state party in the nation this week. How did the mainstream…

The End of Endless Summer

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Under the Microscope – By Glynn Wilson – Yes, there was a time — not that long ago — when summer seemed to last forever. School was out and nothing seemed to matter except sleeping late, going barefoot in the grass — and time well spent in the boughs of a swing with a good…

Hey Matt Taibbi: All Journalism is Not ‘Advocacy’

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Hey, let me say at the outset before people start bashing me on Facebook that I like Matt Taibbi. He’s a fine writer for Rolling Stone magazine and produces some of the most insightful journalism in America today, at least on business and economic matters. He got…

The Truth About the So-Called IRS ‘Scandal’

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Congress Has Only Itself to Blame for IRS TroublesBy Pablo Eisenberg – When the House Ways and Means Committee holds yet another hearing Thursday to examine the IRS’s revelations that it gave some applications for tax-exempt status extra scrutiny, it will probably point fingers at the tax agency when it looks for wrongdoing. But really…

Cognitive Assonance: Congratulations! You’re Being Watched

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By Randall Amster – With revelations (yet again) that we are all essentially being watched virtually all the time, we might expect a popular backlash against such a massive and unprecedented intrusion on privacy. Americans may differ on a plethora of political issues, but there’s a common wisdom suggesting broad agreement on core principles such…

Domestic Spying Story Finally Grows Legs

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Let’s face it. All things are political in America. I woke up this morning to find, according to my RSS feed, that all of a sudden the Fourth Amendment domestic spying story has grown long, spidery legs — seven years too late. The headlines scream scandal, and…

Engulfed State Park: Enviro Presto Chango

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By David Underhill – The dermatologist moonlighting as Alabama’s governor, Robert Bentley, has shown that neither of these pursuits is his true talent. He is actually a master prestidigitator. Only an amateur magician distracts by elaborate maneuvers with one hand, while the other is slyly inserting the rabbit into the top hat, displayed as empty…

Investigating Anti-Government, Anti-Tax Groups is the Job of the IRS

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Where’s the Scandal in That? The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here on the porch listening to the coverage of the so-called IRS “scandal” on National Public Radio, also reading the latest Associated Press story on the subject, I keep thinking: “Where’s the scandal?” Since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United…

Let’s Count the Ways President Obama is Not as Bad as Bush

By Stephen D. Foster Jr. – President Obama and President Bush should never be compared to one another. Ever. These men couldn’t be more different when it comes to policy, personality, and decision-making. In fact, let us count 100 different ways in which the two men governed; differences that will remind us all why we…

A Mother’s Day Gift of Words

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – There are no famous quotations published anywhere that capture what my mother means to me. Not on any Website, anyway, or in any book, newspaper or magazine either. Certainly not on any Hallmark card. Not that I didn’t try to find one this morning. I Googled around…

Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – In a surprise move, the eight Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday blocked a floor vote on President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, as U.S. EPA Administrator. In doing so the Republican senators broke their earlier promise to move McCarthy’s nomination if she answered an…