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Newspaperman Glynn Wilson's Take on the News

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Glynn Wilson is the editor in chief of The Locust Fork News- Journal. Welcome back to OpEdNews, Glynn. Lots going on since we last spoke in September. How're we doing, one year into the Obama Administration?

Not bad in some areas. Could be better in others.

Interesting you ask, since I just ran a story based on the Center for Biological Diversity's report card on Obama's first years in office. They graded him with a C (compared to an F for Bush), but here at the Locust Fork News-Journal, we would give Obama at least a B- on environmental policy. Science is back at the helm in virtually every federal agency, from the EPA to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The group said his administration is not doing enough on climate change due to global warming, but he did go to Copenhagen and push for an agreement.

The Bush administration ignored the issue for eight long years, putting us more behind than ever in the all out fight for human survival on planet earth. The Bush-Cheney-Rove cabal did everything they could to tear down the wall separating church and state in this country, and were apparently quite willing to put our survival in the hands of the wacko authors of the Left Behind series, who believe there is a god up in the sky who will soon rescue a few white Christians from the earth and destroy everybody else.

That's today's Republican Party for you. They must think god favors white male Southerners, since that's about the only people left who say they will vote for a Republican for president, along with a few wolf hunters in Alaska.

The problem is, what Bush and Karl Rove did best was get as many right-wing Christians as possible hired in federal jobs, and they now still dominate every department of government. For example, I just found out that a spokesperson for the South Alabama U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office is a Tea Party sympathizer. If you read my site and the New York Times today, you will find out that it was the stealth campaign of the teabaggers that most likely made the difference in the lost Senate race in Massachusetts.

The Obama administration is not moving fast enough to replace all the Bush hires in every department of government, including the Justice Department.

Agreed, especially about the Justice Department. Obama's inattention, or worse, has hurt former Alabama Governor and political prisoner Don Siegelman, who is still out on appeal. Any news on that front?

Not much news there of late. Still waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will take up the case, or the cases involving a roll-back in criminalization of politics with the overly broad, vague and arbitrary honest services mail fraud statutes. Even the conservative members of the high court have hinted that a change in precedent may be required there.

We have over-criminalized way too many things in this country as it is, with more people in prisons for minor offenses than any developed country in the world. This is especially true on the medical marijuana front.

We are also waiting to see if the federal judge in Montgomery will grant a motion for a new trial. The motion was filed last June.

Isn't the federal judge in Montgomery the same fellow who tried Siegelman in the first place? How likely is it that he will suddenly see the need for a new trial considering that no one in the upper echelons of the government are pushing for it?

Yes. According to the legal experts I talk to, not very likely...

Sigh. So, what's your take, Glynn? Did the voters get the Change they were looking for?

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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