The Bush Years…

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

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…

The Tragedy of Rising Expectations

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Judging by what happens on Facebook and reality television, it has become obvious, at least in the United States, that the tragedy of rising expectations has reached a new climax. People who are naturally nobody have become the somebodies, and those who are somebody by virtue of…

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…

Memphis Congressman Asks Justice Department to Review Don Siegelman’s Case

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Steve Cohen Also Pressures Attorney General Eric Holder to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Cases – Watch this video to see Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Memphis, Tennessee, ask Attorney General Eric Holder to look into the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Read more about the case in our comprehensive news archive of every…

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…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…

The Big Picture: We Can Save the Planet and the Economy Too

Who Needs Jobs on a Dead Planet? – Bill McKibben at the front of the march – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following folks from all over the country willing to travel thousands of miles and brave freezing temperatures and a bone chilling wind to march from the Washington…

Homeland Security Releases Spying Keyword List Due to FOIA Lawsuit

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of alleged foreign or domestic threats of terrorism. The list was posted online by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy watchdog group which obtained the document…

The War Between the States is Finally Almost Over

Unfortunately Our Long Alabama Nightmare Continues – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — The so-called leaders of Alabama’s Republican party honestly remind me of the last Rebs at Gettysburg, still willing to charge up Big Roundtop hill one more time for “the cause” in the face of certain defeat…

Bill Moyers Interviews Craig Unger on Karl Rove

Bill Moyers interviews author Craig Unger about Rove’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering to once again affect the outcome of a presidential election. Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, draws from my own work on Rove in the case of the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Watch and learn.

There’s No Waking Up If You’re Dead

A female ruby-throated hummingbird (archilochus colubris) by the back yard feeder The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson – Waking up pissed off is not the best way to start a Sunday morning. But perhaps that’s inevitable sometimes when you are stuck in the suburbs of a broken down county in a state in denial and…

President Obama Speaks to the Troops at Fort Bliss

Two years after his visit to Fort Bliss that marked the end of the combat mission in Iraq, President Barack Obama returned there Saturday to speak to the troops and discuss his commitment to standing by those who served as the nation winds down the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, when I was…

Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power

In a new book, author Craig Unger examines the return of Karl Rove, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to a two-term presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who was at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the…

Romney’s Veep Choice Makes November Election Choice Clear

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The temperature dipped down into the 60s last night in Birmingham, the first time since May, it seems, giving us a breath of hope that the global warming summer of 2012 might be starting to wind down. It was still 73 on the porch at mid-morning, allowing us a…