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When It Was Done Right: Justice Hugo Black, Religion and Alabama

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By Roger Newman – Exclusive to the New American Journal – “Alabama has a history of great senators,” said the greatest of them all. Not even Lister Hill’s exceptional accomplishments in expanding hospital care, medical research, libraries and education, or John J. Sparkman’s in housing and establishing rocketry in the state, could compare to those…

A Message for Friends in Alabama From Rowland Scherman

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Vote for Doug JonesLetter to the Editor By Rowland Scherman – CAPE COD, Ma. — Somehow, strangely enough, the fate of the entire planet Earth has boiled down to whether the people of the beautiful state of Alabama will vote for a legitimate senate candidate, or a candidate chosen by the most dangerous United States…

Trump Defends Senate Candidate Roy Moore, Who Calls Doug Jones ‘Too Liberal’

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By James Rhodes – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Before President Trump departed to Mar-a-Largo for Thanksgiving recess, he took time to criticize Doug Jones as being “terrible” regarding national issues of defense, immigration, taxes and somehow his election would prevent “making America great again.” When specifically asked which was worse: Alabama voters electing an alleged child…

Religion Professor Says Roy Moore is a Fraud

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He’s no constitutional authority, no Baptist and no representative of evangelical values. By Randall Balmer – I first encountered Roy Moore in 2002 in a Montgomery, Ala., courtroom, where I was an expert witness on the separation of church and state in what came to be known as the Alabama Ten Commandments case. Moore, then…

The Final Breach of Judge Roy Moore is At Hand

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Video Link: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — Now that we have made “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” I think it is incumbent upon me to add a few editorial comments as material for future shows. First of all let me say for…

Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows, but Jesus. Not this.

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — They say politics makes strange bedfellows. But somehow I don’t think they meant a 32-year-old assistant district attorney fondling a 14-year-old girl in nothing but his tighty-whities. Discredited judge Roy Moore emerged from his seclusion this week and tried to blame former President Barack…

Judge Roy Moore is Finished: We Will Not Elect Another Sex Fiend

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By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. – Judge Roy Moore is finished. Done. If his homophobic, bigoted positions and ignorance of law were not enough, it has now been confirmed that he is also a sex fiend, maybe a pedophile. Alabama had it’s Bentley affair. They will never elect another sex fiend. In case you’ve…

Can Education Successfully Counter Football and Celebrity Culture?

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After spending the past five months living and working in the nation’s capital, and the better part of the past four years in Washington, Maryland and Virginia, I took a break on Saturday to get an up close look at football Saturday in the…

Fee for All: America Feesters View Price Increases at National Parks as Panacea

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By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Advocates for a fee-based definition of all value are having spasms of ecstasy over the plans for giant increases in entrance fees at the nation’s most popular national parks. The America Feesters, as these patriots call themselves, praise interior secretary Ryan Zinke for his courageous politically incorrect decision,…

Is it Time to Invoke the 25th Amendment and Remove Trump from Office?

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — It started as a trial balloon not long after the election. There were whispers and a few half-baked news stories citing the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted to fix presidential succession weaknesses in 1967, as a way to get rid of…

The Trump Presidency: How to Further Enrich ‘The Masters of the Universe’

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By Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian – David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump’s buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention. Do you think he has any coherent economic, political, or international policy goals? What has Trump actually…

Learning the Lesson of the Birmingham Church Bombing

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, September 15, 1963, when the bomb went off in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in downtown Birmingham, I was only five-years-old about to turn six in October. My family lived just 15 miles northeast of the church in the suburbs, but oddly,…

Why Hate Speech is Not Free Speech

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By George Lakoff – Freedom in a free society is supposed to be for all. Therefore, freedom rules out imposing on the freedom of others. You are free to walk down the street, but not to keep others from doing so. The imposition on the freedom of others can come in overt, immediate physical form…