Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Many Birds of Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Bob Wells – SOCARRO, N.M. — Back in November I went over to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Recreation area near Socorro, New Mexico for the Festival of the Cranes. It’s held every year to celebrate the arrival of the Sandhill Cranes to their winter home.…

Mobile Residents Say No to Canadian Tar Sands Crude Oil Tank Farms

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Will the City Government Side With the People or Industry? By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — The citizens of Mobile, especially those in the historic Africatown community along with members of the Mobile Bay Sierra Club, have held public meetings and spoken up: They do not…

President Obama’s Job Approval Rating Hits 50 Percent

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Glynn Wilson – Less than a week after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a new Republican-dominated Congress, his job approval rating reached 50 percent in Gallup’s daily tracking poll, the first time since June 2013. Three months ago, in…

Obama Administration Proposes Further Wilderness Protections for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Recommends Largest Ever Wilderness Designation to Protect Pristine Habitat – WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama’s administration moved this week to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world. The Department of the Interior is…

Politicians Say the Darndest Things

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Education Matters – By Larry Lee – Some of us can recall when Art Linkletter did a segment on his radio show called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” He would ask questions of children and in their wonderful innocence they would give answers that often made us…

The New Compassionate Conservatism and Trickle-Down Economics

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem. Bush’s new Political Action Committee, called “The Right to Rise,” declares “the income gap is real” but that “only conservative principles can solve it.” Mitt Romney likewise promised…

Why Wages Won’t Rise

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession. Last month, average pay actually fell. What’s going on? It used to be that as unemployment dropped, employers had to pay more to…

President Obama is America’s Political Jackie Robinson

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — How can I explain this in a way everyone will understand, including conservative Republicans, liberal Democrats and the national and state press corps? President Barack Obama is and must be our political Jackie Robinson. You may recall or have heard…

The Fiftieth Anniversary in Selma: A Once In a Lifetime Experience

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Hank Sanders – It’s a once in a lifetime experience! I know you have heard that statement before, but this really is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s once in a lifetime because it happens only once. It’s once in a lifetime because it’s so…

President Obama Delivers 2015 State of the Union Address

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Watch the Video Read the Text There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President’s speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech,…

Selma the Film: Clearing Up the Controversies

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — If you are really any kind of patriotic American — Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, libertarian, whatever — you must be willing to acknowledge that what happened in Alabama and Washington in 1965 was a pivotal moment in U.S.…

Studies Show 2014 Was the Warmest Year On Record

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Glynn Wilson – The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest on record since 1880, according to two separate analyses by scientists from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred…

U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Enshrouded in Fog

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…MOBILE, Ala. — A strange fog converged on the Mobile County side of Mobile Bay on Monday even into the afternoon, creating an interesting lighting situation at the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. It was not the “fog of war” created by smoke from exploding shell from…

Signs of an Obama Revival?

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Nicholas Sheppard – After a year and a half of poor poll numbers, a Republican takeover of both houses of Congress, a sluggish economic recovery and numerous problems abroad, President Obama’s fortunes may be changing going into 2015. His job approval rating has been trending up…

Draconian Neoliberalism: International and Domestic

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Heather Gray – ATLANTA, Ga. — With the new Republican Congress being seated in January 2015 there is no doubt that there will be efforts to further expand neoliberal (politically conservative) policies at the expense of us all. In fact, the political right wing has been…

Why Let the Facts Get in the Way of Propaganda?

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… Education Matters – By Larry Lee – The word “spin” has several meanings. Grandpa thinks it is what you do when you test drive a new car. Grandma says it’s what the washing machine does. And the soccer mom does it when she goes to the…