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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Killian's fascinating blog on Wallace and Bremer

My friend John Killian has a fascinating personal story to tell in his blog today.
I have a reply there, but want to bring it to the attention of everyone who surfs my musings here.

Post: Remembering Governor Wallace Link:

On another front, go see the movie the Assassination of jesse JAmes by the Coward Robert Ford, a great movie.
And if you live in South Carolina, see what you can do to get Frank Page to hold Richard Land's feet to the fire on the piece Low Country, and Land's silence on Prez Primary 2000.
I have been thinking it comes down to Richard Jackson vs Pressler and Patterson.
Cindy McCain and the daughters are active in Jackson's North Phoenix church. Had Jackson taken Vines in 88, we would not be in Iraq today.
Richard Land and his unfitness as a political rep for Christ fronting SBC Coop Program dollars is a strong reason for our presence in Iraq today.
At same time Parham and his fellows have a strong notion today as well from their recent panel in Tennessee with the Rabbi:

"Part of that is because there is not a moral reflection component to their agenda," he said. "They promote fear. If you vote against a Republican you vote against God. To me that is pandering fear … not moral reflection."

Mark Schiftan, senior rabbi at the Nashville's Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, noted the Religious Left doesn't have the same kind of attention-grabbing voices like conservatives Ann Coulter and Pat Robertson.

"We on the Religious Left have somehow ceded moral high ground to the Religious Right," Schiftan said.

"People who are more toward the left religiously believe there is a value in the struggle to define their position, that there is a sacred obligation to consider a diversity of opinions and to continually ask ourselves what it is that our faith asks us to do," he said. "It is very different from those on the Religious Right that are rock-certain that their views are unwavering on every social and political issue. It is talking a very different language."

The last time a Democrat tried something like that, Schiftan said, was when John Kerry said he was motivated by teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. "And of course his church reprimanded him for his beliefs," Schiftan said.

Tim Alexander, minister of Smith Springs Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn., said the discussion reminded him of a passage from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, where God says the prophets lie, the priests rule by their own authority and God's people "love it that way."

"Understand silence is always a harbinger of bad things in this area," Alexander said. "When water boarding is tolerated, people are quiet. When we have a booming economy, when we have literally the entire population of the southern U.S. without health care--in terms of the number--the only people to blame are not the politicians, the pastors who parade them around. It's the people in the pews and people in the cars who love it this way. We are comfortable with it. Until we get uncomfortable with it, it won't change."

Bob Allen is managing editor of


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