The Big Picture

State of the States and the State of the Union

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – President Obama said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that the state of America is “strong.” If you listen to conservative Republican politicians, they’ll tell you without exception that “right to work” for less laws are an essential tool in recruiting industry and providing…

Dear Dog Save Us All From ‘The Good Old Days’

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Grandpa Tell me ’bout the good old days. Sometimes it feels like This world’s gone crazy. Grandpa, take me back to yesterday, Where the line between right and wrong Didn’t seem so hazy. Did lovers really fall in love to stay Stand beside each other come what may was a promise really something people kept,…

Body Politic, You Are Always On My Mind

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook always asks “what’s on your mind” in the Status Update box. But rather than answering that question on Facebook, I will reveal my thoughts for today here and then put the link on Facebook for people to read. That’s the way I roll. Like Willie Nelson…

Viruses of the Mind Spread by Flawed Communications Systems

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – SWEET HOME ALABAMALAND – The big wheels in my head keep on turning, trying to figure out a way to communicate an accurate message that can be understood by a diverse audience with widely variable education levels. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Ask Lynyrd…

The Crystal Ball for 2014 is Partly Cloudy

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here in the semi-dark looking out at a grey sky and into a blank screen, the modern equivalent of a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter, it’s a bit hard to see what’s in the crystal ball for 2014. According to a new AP poll,…

The Year In Review for 2013

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook users are faced with a new link on their pages promoting them to “See Your 2013 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” The problem is, as usual with new technology, programming code is choosing those big moments for…

A Word About Character and Class as Alabama Takes On LSU

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – The word “character” has many definitions, and it is often combined with the word class. It is often said that learning to play as a member of a team builds character and class in the individual. This subject is on my mind this morning for a number…

Even Conservative Judges Now Say ‘To Hell With Congress’

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s so quiet and cool on the porch oh so far from Washington that if you could avoid television, radio, newspapers and the Internet, you might be able to forget that the federal government is shut down and people are hurting as a result. I find it…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

A Groundbreaking Year for Environmental Journalism and Activism

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s been one of the most interesting and groundbreaking years in a long time for environmental activism, environmental journalism and the Sierra Club nationally and in my home state of Alabama. Since I made the decision to cross the line and join the club to get personally…

Redefining Patriotism to Win Elections and Save the World

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“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…

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…

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…

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…