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Giving Up Golf For the Good of the Country

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson Today I am revealing for the first time why I am giving up playing golf for the good of the country. I’m not making this up. I will not play golf again until George W. Bush moves out of the White House permanently. Bush gives up golf? In case…

A Novel Approach to News and Slowing Global Warming

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson It is almost too nice a spring day outside to be sitting in front of a computer writing a column, but there are a few things I have to say today besides talking about watching the revolutionary garden grow. The tomatoes, collards, green beans and corn are coming up…

No, I Won't – Back – Down

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson Well I won’t back down No I won’t back down You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down – Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever, 1989 TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Feb. 3 – Tom Petty is playing the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday evening, so…

Bush Melts Down Over Iran Nukes

Lessons For The U.S. News Media Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson Remember this line from that old candy commercial, “Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don’t?” That’s ringing in my head this morning as I write this: Sometimes you feel like fighting; sometimes you don’t. Sometimes, it’s more fun to sit back…

A Day To Do 'As Little As Possible'

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson The Thanksgiving editorial column is an American newspaper tradition. Surfing around the Web looking for a good one leads me to believe it is a tradition that perhaps should be abolished. But since I am thankful for getting to sleep really, really late today and avoid a large Baptist…

It's Hot As Hell in Alabama Powerland

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson A dozen times in the past few weeks I have sat down in front of this computer and started to write a column about the damn heat wave and drought enveloping Alabamaland and much of the country. But each time, I have slunk back to the Stratolounger in front…

The News From Alabama Directed From Washington?

Connecting those dot, dot, dots… by Glynn Wilson This is hard to explain to someone from New York, or even Washington. Let’s see if I can take you through it quickly before I fall asleep after spending all day in Montgomery covering the show trial of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and Richard Scrushy. If…

Krystal Ball: It's Thompson vs. Gore in '08

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson As I woke up and smelled the coffee this morning and consulted the wires, the polls and Krystal Ball, it became obvious already what’s going to happen in the Presidential election of 2008. So you may as well go ahead and place your bets now at PaddyPower.Com, or take…

Let Them Eat Cake Off My Ass

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson TUSCALOOSA, Ala., May 27 – If it is too hot to paint here on the verge of what promises to be a classic global warming summer of heat waves, droughts and forest fires, imagine how it must feel in the deserts of Iraq trying to fight an unpopular, unwinnable…

On Technological Ch-Che-Change

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson There is no accounting for taste, or for how people learn and use new technology. While I am an avid student of how people use the Internet, especially, I hate to be called a preacher or even a teacher. Although I’ve been called both – sometimes as a compliment;…

Corporate B-B-Bastards Maneuver Amongst Lame Ducks

by Glynn Wilson Sometimes I wish I had Harry Potter’s amazing wizard powers to fight for good against evil in the world. Alas, all I can do is blog about injustice and the maneuverings of the corporate b-b-bastards now running things like the corrupt Ministry of Magic that oversees the World of Wizarding and the…

You Can’t Fake It AND Make It

You can’t fake it. If you’re gonna make it you’ve gotta live it. – Hank Williams Jr. by Glynn Wilson There is no way to escape it. It is too late. America is a car country, especially in the American South. This fact hit me in a traffic jam at the Alabama-Georgia line the other…

Labor Day Celebrates Workers, Not Work

by Glynn Wilson Waking up early to a cooler morning on Labor Day 2006, and with some important labor tasks out of the way that have kept me busy and distracted from the journal in recent days, I decided to entertain you, dear intelligent readers, by finding some idiocy in Alabama’s newspapers to make fun…

Another JonBenet Ramsey Day On Cable TV

by Glynn Wilson It looks like another JonBenet Ramsey kind of day on cable TV news. So this would be a good time for a boycott or a vacation from the news – like President George W. Bush does every day, and more so in August, when he hangs out at the ranch in Crawford,…

Connecting the Dots: Eye of the Needle

“Saving the world is only a hobby. Most of the time I do nothing.” – Edward Abbey It’s Bush’s Fault by Glynn Wilson It’s hard to concentrate on the luscious flavor of the homegrown tomatoes with cheese grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits with St. Clair County honey and ripe cantaloupe, what with all this news…

City Stages Loses Money

Birmingham Loses Ozone War by Glynn Wilson After waking up Monday morning with an asthma attack after spending Saturday and Sunday trudging around in the heat at City Stages, and then reading the newspapers online this week, a couple of things are becoming clear about my home town in spite of the ozone haze. The…

Down The River . . .

by Glynn Wilson If readers are a writer’s true companions, as Edward Abbey said of Henry David Thoreau, then perhaps I owe you, dear reader, another bit of writing today. The explicit fact of the matter is, I don’t owe you a damn thing. But I’m going to do it anyway. Because I can. This…

Alabama Congressman Comes Out For Hayden

by Glynn Wilson U.S. Rep. Terry Everett, a back bencher Alabama Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Birmingham News Monday that he supports Gen. Michael Hayden’s nomination as CIA director. “He’s the best guy in the country for the job and he probably knows more about intelligence than anybody in the country,” Everett…

Hayden Will Never Be Confirmed to Lead the CIA

Now hear this! Get the scoop! Gen. Michael Hayden of the NSA will never be confirmed to head the CIA. Bush Turns to Gen. Hayden to Lead CIA Why? Because the Senate will never confirm him, and he approved the illegal wiretapping of American citizens without warrents. Key Lawmakers Wary of Likely CIA Pick We…

Connecting the Dots: Journalism, Political Science 202

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say by Glynn Wilson It’s no mystery why a lot of Americans are disengaged from the news and cynical about politics. It’s hard to find a news organization or a politician that will just give people the straight dope and say what they really mean. Sheep are…