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Karl Rove Lies on Fox News Again, and Again

Why would Karl Rove lie so blatantly on Fox News about the Siegelman case when the question was about his political organization? Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com There is no way this right-wing Republican political organization, American Crossroads, which is spending millions of dollars to try to defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012…

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Siegelman Appeal

by Glynn Wilson It comes as no great shock that the United States Supreme Court refused to wade into the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and his co-defendant, HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. The high court is made up of a majority of activist conservative justices appointed by Republican presidents, and there are no…

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…

Place Matters: Tell Yourself ‘The Rain is My Friend’

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Keep telling yourself: “The rain is my friend. The rain is my friend. The rain is…” I used to like the rain. Really I did. Lots of it sure beats a drought. But according to the National Weather Service, we are almost five inches above the 30-year average here…

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.”…

Who Sets the Political Agenda Matters, Folks

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Most working people in America don’t have the time to pay close attention to the daily ins and outs of politics. What they know of the political system they hear from quick blurbs in passing on television news while they are busy providing dinner for their families, or what…

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 —…

The Illegal Bush-Cheney War in Iraq is Over, Finally

President Obama and the First Lady Speak to Troops at Fort Bragg by Glynn Wilson Bush’s illegal and ill-fated war in Iraq is finally over. All of the U.S. troops are coming home after eight long years. It was the longest war in American history, although the news media is not covering the war’s end…

Jack Abramoff Explains the Lobbyist’s Playbook on ’60 Minutes’

Jack Abramoff may be the most notorious and crooked lobbyist of our time, according to CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He was at the center of a massive scandal of brazen corruption and influence peddling. As a Republican lobbyist starting in the mid 1990s, he became a master at showering gifts on lawmakers in return for their…

Ten Years After: Fear Itself

Cliff Griggs There’s no turning back the hands of time, except in pictures by Cliff Griggs Ten years, heinous acts by madmen, and thousands of lives ruined by war and hatred, have gone by, and it still isn’t over. Even though we are trying to extricate our country from Iraq and Afghanistan, that leaving is…

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…

Court Rules ACLU Can Challenge Bush Wiretapping Law

A federal appeals court reinstated a landmark lawsuit challenging the Bush Administration’s abuse of the privacy of innocent Americans with amendments it pushed in the name of security after 9/11 to the Foreign Surveillance Act, a statute that gave the executive branch virtually unchecked power to collect international e-mails and telephone calls. The American Civil…

Union Leader Calls on President Obama for Action on Jobs

The debate about America’s future “begins and ends concretely with the question of jobs,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this week in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Trumka urged President Obama to make next week’s State of the Union address “a call to action, a call to invest in our…

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…

The Top Stories and People of 2010

“There is no good on earth, and sin is but a name.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown (1835) “Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.” — William Faulkner, from Light in August (1932) The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson…