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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, December 03, 2012

Jesus and the Bama GOP

  The Following Letter was published in full in the Dec 1 and 2 weekend edition of the Ft. Payne Times Journal. With the help of Billy Graham and a lying bama GOP, Republicans swept the county with 80 percent of the vote going for Romney. It also elected religious right school supe and District Judge.
     Judge David Rains the incumbent who went down to defeat was supported by several Collinsvillians in an open greet at the Collinsville Library October 9 including among other hosts:

Terah and Jeff Patton
Donnie Myers and his wife
Jackie and Joanne Myers
Clyde Edward Killian and wife
Donzella Bobo and J. R.
The Bakers
Several others

  Here is my letter:

   The Editors:

The Weekend before the election the Times Journal had some interesting letters, political columns and a front page story about the church affiliation of the coming generation. That should not be surprising for Dekalb County which has done a poor job in the churces addressing the downside of the religious right and the Tea Party.
Dan Williams God's Own Party, Giberson and Stephens The Anointed, and Norm Ornstein's It's Worse Than it Looks would be great texts for folks looking with conscience and some humiliation into the future; especially folks who understand abortion and The Ten Commandments are not the only matter on the religious political radar. The "parallel universe" the religious right holds up as definitive on matters of creationism and abortion politics is suspect. It does not pass muster at Alabama's well respected denominational schools Samford and Birmingham Southern and it should not be the plumbline for elected officials in Dekalb County.
The Diane Rehm show on religion and politics of Nov 7, easy google for should be the subject of an online careful listening session for Republicans in good social standing in Dekalb County. And She had another grand exercise in truth telling on the Nov 26 program about the fiscal cliff.
It was the Bama GOP who told the Big Lie this fall with their Not Your motif. Judge Frank Johnson would've been ashamed of Mike Hubbard and whole kitnkaboodle. The Bama GOP strategy of this last election is a copy of the Koch Brothers Strategy in Kansas; who gave Alabama an immigration law through Kris Kobach now being shamed by the likes of Condi Rice, Bush 43 Atty General Alberto Gonzalez (BTW AG's Mother in law has property on Weiss Lake), S.C. US Senator Lindsay Graham and as recently as 2006 Chic Fil A CEO Dan Cathy.
Here is what Norm Ornstein of the Conservative American Enterprise Institute came out with on the easily googled online conversation of NPR Fresh Air Nov 9:

We have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies within the Republican Party.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme, scornful of compromise, unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country's challenge.

Looking for a little more enlightened, honest prudent politics from NE Bama's proud, sometimes self righteous politicians who wear Jesus on their Sleeve.


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