The Big Picture

The Political Career of Artur Davis is Over

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The political career of Birmingham Congressman Artur Davis is over. Davis made a show out of trying to become Alabama’s first black governor in one of the most bizarre and ridiculous political campaigns in the state’s history. “I have no interest in running for political office again,” Davis told…

Krystal Ball: Important Primary Election Tuesday, June 1

Don’t Forget to Vote the Day After Memorial Day [poll id=”2″] The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s been hard to think about routine politics these past few weeks as the news hole has been eaten almost exclusively by BP and Halliburton’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has turned out to be…

The Big Picture: Screwed Again. Can We Learn?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Continuing to follow the news on the continuing Gulf oil spill, spewing 70,000 barrels a day for a month now with no end in sight, if I could sing and play guitar I would write a song about it, maybe with the title “Screwed Again.” Just another trauma in…

Hanging Out at the Beach, Waiting on the Oil Slick

Glynn Wilson The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson GULF SHORES, Ala. — The sun has popped out of the clouds here at the beach across from the most famous party going on in the world right now at The Hangout Fest. Most of the day’s acts were canceled due to a stormfront tracking in from…

On the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Earth Day turned 40 this week, and in spite of all the progress the movement has spawned across the globe, another oil well is spilling its black gold into the Gulf of Mexico today, they are holding another mass funeral for coal miners in West Virginia, and it looks…

Why Do We Still Insist on Re-Fighting the Civil War?

It’s Over. Get Over It… The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson I feel about as weak and exhausted writing this as the Yellowhammer Company of Alabama boys must have felt who were there on April 9, 1865, when Robert E. Lee was forced to surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Virginia…

Armageddon My Ass: Let's Debunk the Tea Party Line

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson If you want to see the best middle-of-the-road newspaper column in an Alabama paper today — that is what passes for liberalism in this state — you could drive to Anniston and pick up a copy of the Star. But why bother? Since you are online anyway, you could…

Is the American Political Divide the Media's Fault?

Five Years Ago Today, this Web Press was Born to Counter the Fourth Estate Brooks Boliek The Boliek house in Takoma Park, Maryland, where this site was started five years ago today… The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson THE BUNKER – Five years ago today, I huddled in front of a little apple red iMac…

The Day Health-Care Reform Passed in America

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The Tea Party crowd will be singing Bye Bye Ms. American Pie today after the United States House of Representatives passes the first ever health-care reform legislation in this country’s history. But why? There’s really nothing to be so concerned about. This is a great day in the history…

Democrats Turn Negative Toward Congress

Approval of Congress Hits New Low, Down There With Lawyers The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson In a continuation of our series on public opinion in America, we find it quite interesting that in the latest surveys, the public approval rating of Congress has fallen to a new low — down there on the scale…

The Public Supports Gambling, the Environment

Less Than 36 Percent Attend Church Every Week The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson In a continuation of our detailed look at public opinion in this state and country on issues such as religion, gambling and the environment, versus how those issues are covered by the media and portrayed by politicians, the Capitol Survey Research…

The Awesome Power of the Human Brain

To Create, and to Mislead… The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The imagination is a beautiful thing. The imagination is a dangerous thing. Contradictory statements? Maybe. But both are absolutely true. The problem comes in figuring out when the imagination is good, and when it is bad. After making this statement on Facebook just the…

The Public Is Concerned About the Environment

What about the press and politicians? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson As the 2010 election season gears up around the country and in the state, as a trained and credentialed public opinion researcher as well as a journalist who has covered public opinion research for about 30 years, I am always looking to see…

Saban Pledge of Excellence Could Save Us

From the economy to the environment, success depends on commitment… The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Now that Alabama’s achieved the ultimate success by winning the national football championship, and everybody by now should be aware of coach Nick Saban’s famous mission statement about “excellence” that made it possible, don’t you wonder what it would…

Democracy and Capitalism Are NOT One and the Same

A Review of Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ Michael Moore trying to gain entry at GM headquarters in the film Capitalism. The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson If Michael Moore had arrived on the film scene as a conservative Republican activist in 1989, he might be heralded by Fox News today as a major…

Technology U: Prometheus Unbound

“Life’s but a walking shadow…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing…” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth by Glynn Wilson The Big Picture Do you ever feel the pressure of change in your life? Do you ever get the feeling that new technology is coming on so fast you can’t keep…

Where Do We Go From Here?

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Under the Microscope By Glynn Wilson We haven’t celebrated Father’s Day around here in a very long time. Why? When my father died on that March day in 1973, my world changed in ways good and bad, in ways I will never fully grasp. As for his world and this country, things were so different…

Sunday School: Plato's Parable of the Cave

And What is Objectivity Anyway? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 3 — Imagine Alabama as a cave and the people as prisoners who have been chained since their childhood deep inside in the darkness, where good information is almost impossible to come by. Their lives are stuck in an unmovable chain…

Sunday School: Plato’s Parable of the Cave

And What is Objectivity Anyway? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 3 — Imagine Alabama as a cave and the people as prisoners who have been chained since their childhood deep inside in the darkness, where good information is almost impossible to come by. Their lives are stuck in an unmovable chain…