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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.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The End of Fox News?

EJ Dionne thinks it's about time; they Have no Shame to put it in Eisenhower and Joe McCarthy Terms

See The New Republic and the transcript, the Roundtable of yesterday's Meet the Press

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Daniel Carro, Collinsville,and The Baptist World Alliance

Carro is with the Leland Center of Washington, DC. The President of this Progressive Baptist Concern is the former pastor of one of my Relatives.
Carro is also networked to folks in the wider world of Collinsville Baptist Pastor John Morgan's sons Matthew with the UMC in NYC, and John Elliot's Habitat for Humanity in Americus Georgia.
FBC FT Payne pastor Pat McFAdden attended the BWA gathering in London about five years ago and was on the cover of Baptists Today; a publication several influential folks in Collinsville Baptist have had contact with as recently as June 2006.
It seems that some Baptist deacons in NE Alabama have strayed off the reservation of Hospitality motifs and Sensible Immigration Reform Maxine Waters and the SBC's ERLC Richard Land Were discussing last week on a House Panel in DC.
With the coordination of UMC Bishop Willimon and folks in FBC Ft. Payne who have connections to Carro's circles it is very possible to have Carro come to the area and lead some right minded discussions on immigration Reform.
Would be grand to have this Baptist STatesman at the Center of International Baptist Work come to Collinsville. I have to Believe John Jeffers,CBC Founding Pastor Appleton, Wilmer Fields who now has connections to Collinsville would be proud.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Talking Just causes Witnesses

Somebody in the room there on HWY 11 shoulda said something like that May 28,2006.
But I digress

This is a great American movie. Kate Campbell talked about my family last week in Birmingham and I'm glad she did. I want her and Suzanne Martin and everybody they know to see this movie. Drive to Chattanooga or Huntsville or Rome, Ga if you have to. It opens week--that would be 23rd if you need help with the math-- from Friday in these environs and I'm gonna be on the front row.
Cut and paste the link into the URL space and if you don't know how to, just ask somebody in the Collinsville Public Library or wherever you are and they will help you while I work on a live link here. Be sure you watch the trailer and get the sound so you can hear the words while you read this review at the NY Times.

God Bless and go without the popcorn if you have to. Don't let it hold you back

The link

"You wuz warned and you didn't listen; why didn't you listen?

From the grand trailer.
Go see this movie:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Collinsville Votes Wet

136 people signed a petition that got it on the ballot, a lot of them Methodists I imagine.
The petition should be a matter of public record in case Bishop Willimon wants somebody from Duke to come in after the fact and do a case study on Religion in Public Life in NE Alabama.

Two documentaries on Collinsville have been shown on statewide Public Television and this vote may call for a Third.

I'm not trying to start anymore imbroglios here, as I have friends who voted on both sides of the roughly 70/30 split.

The pastor of the Collinsville Baptist church stated his opinions in the Negative in the July issue of the church newsletter at

I think he was fairly articulate on the matter.
I wish he could find it within himself to be as explicit on the matter of Immigration Reform; and ask himself what would Bonhoeffer Do; then again I don't envy the kickback he is certain to get were he to go DB on Immigration Reform; or for that matter preach on the first chapter of David Remnick's The Bridge.

My Dad preached some sermons in that fashion in Gaffney in the mid 70's. He lasted about three more years.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Collinsville Alabama?

About the 40 minute mark of this lecture Marsh suggests Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Christian theologian who was to later be a part of the plot to assassinate Hitler may have traveled through Alabama on HWY 11. He says for certain Bonhoeffer was going through Alabama the night of the alleged assault that became the internationally famous case of the Scottsboro boys

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Ringo Starr is 70

Ringo Starr

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Liberty and July 4th

Want to get something going here on the Fourth and come back to it later with an exploration of Liberty.
If I post today then forevermore this blog will carry the date of July 4, 2010.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

A Good Baptist Message for July 4th

Holly Hollman grew up in Jackson Mississippi best I understand. I Met her Mom couple years ago at the Baptist Covenant meeting in Atlanta after a workshop with the former Atty General of New Jersey and a an ethicist from Austin, Texas where George W. Bush used to be the Governor.
It was pretty interesting.

Collinsville, Alabama and Dekalb County are a vortex of church state matters as Casey Mattox is from Collinsville and has lined up Charles Pickering of the Alliance Defense Fund and Laurel, Mississippi. Pickering was on the SBC Peace Committee in 87 with Jim Henry. Henry's Daughter Kate sang at the Field of Dreams outdoor concert arena about 7 miles out of Collinsville a few years ago.
Up the road Ft. Payne is the home of Cherilyn Crowe, who now works with Holly in DC at the

And a few years ago just a few miles south in Gadsden, Judge Roy Moore made a big splash.
But here is what Holly has to say for the Fourth. It would be good if Donnie and Jackie Myers and my Republican friend Thomas Barksdale next time they say Mattox were to say: Casey, we're proud of you, but I think Holly and Cherilyn and right.