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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.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Finebaum going to Charlotte; 50 miles North of Gaffney

   Paul Finebaum is taking his jocktalk to Charlotte N.C. I've known about this UTenn grad for sometime, a legend in Bham who was subject of a New Yorker profile last December, but didn't follow him much at all till last fall.
    In October I called in and Talked to Bama QB, now Jets roster and Rhodes Scholar nominee Greg McElroy, "one Rhodes Scholar to another".
    Finebaum said: This ought to be good. But with my first sentence I made a believer out of both of them on air. You can check my October 2012 archive for a report.

    Moving to Charlotte, some Gaffney Indian ought to displace the Georgia Caller. Should just be a matter of time before they gin up a Hoover, Bama/Gaffney Indian preseason opener.

     Bama will miss him for sure; and Coach Nick Saban and Pat Dye may never be the same; some of their luster goes with Finebaum.

    But he's in Charlotte now. Knows who Cormac McCarthy is and that's rare for a Bama Fan.

     Just a matter of time before Paul finds Bridges BBQ on Bypass 74 east of Shelby. Who knows they may put his picture up where Jesse Helms and Billy Graham used to be.

   Here's a link; and do google the New Yorker piece; Reeves Wiedeiman or some such wrote it.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Jorge Avila Segura's letter to Baptist Deacon Bama Gov Bentley

   This is a sermon for Trey Gowdy and Ok Tea Party Baptist Congressman James Lankford as the US House considers the Dream Act and Immigration Reform.
   It is a work in progress. I am not an ordained minister but my Daddy Was. And I have some preparation including a read of the sermons of Fleming Rutledge, the collected sermons of the Duke Chapel, Diarmaid McCulloch's History of Christianity, and experiences in Gaffney, S.C. which are the Now Testament in addition to the Old and the New I asked Billy Bob Thornton about in my Question in Florence, Alabame seven years ago.

     So here is my text Romans 11:13 which says or at least I hope it do: God has consigned us all to Unrighteousness so that he might have mercy on us all.  Amen

    Last night I attended the 2013 commencement of the Collinsville HS. My Mother graduated there in 1940 and was baptized in the local Baptist Church about 4 years earlier. My Grandfather born in 1881 ran as a Lincoln Republican for school board superintendent in the 19 teens.

    Last night the salutatorian Jorge Avila Segura announced he is undocumented. His story should be the subject of a Ft Payne story tomorrow May 25.

   Jorge talked a good deal about his friend Jesus and how that faith helped him to this year's state soccer championship and his high rank in his class.

   Last night Collinsville became the Selma for the Dream Act and Immigration reform in the United STates. Has Segura hit a brick wall since he was three years old when his family came to America invited for their cheap labor.

    Or are there enough Judge Frank Johnson's in the US House to go with Dan Cathy of Chic Fil A to give the Dream Act to Segura and countless others who have earned it by their citizenship and scholarship in America's Public School system.

   The Pulitzer prize winning author Taylor Branch said a day outside Selma a reporter saddled up to an old man and asked do you really think you will win anything when you get to Montgomery.

   The Old anonymous black man said: " We Won When we Started Walking."

   The class of 2013 of Collinsville HS, all 64 of them started walking last night. It's time for Gov Bentley, Speaker Hubbard, Kris Kobach, Trey Gowdy and James Lankford and Senator Jeff Sessions to get out of their Way.


    Below is Jorge Segura's letter to Gov Bentley.

ar Governor Bentley,
My name is Jorge Segura. I am from Collinsville, AL. I am a senior at Collinville H.S. I am not sure if you will even read my email or respond, but I will be very grateful if you took your time to. I arrived to this country illegally, and before Deferred Action was passed, I thought I was done after high school. The fact that I was very limited in this state and nation did not stop me from working hard and it did not stop me from dreaming. We all have dreams, Mr. Governor. As I grew older, those dreams began to become nightmares of stress and hopelessness. My dream has always to attend college and play soccer at the college level. I gave my life to the Lord two years ago, and my life has never been the same. God gave me hope. He gave me the strength to work and give it my all. It is crazy how God continues to bless us even though we know we are failing to do good and we continue to do bad. Crazy how Jesus knew we would turn away from Him, and knowing that we would He still suffered and died for us. I do not know if God was behind Deferred Action or not, but I do know that My family was not the only one praying for something like that to happen. Families all over the nations have been praying for this. Deferred Action has opened doors for a multitudinous amount of students and graduates all over the nation. I am aware of how things are going here, and this email is not to complain about the government in Alabama. At this point you are wondering what is the point of my email. My school has won only ONE state championship. They won it in the early 70's in 1A basketball. This past weekend our soccer team won the first state championship in our program's history and the second in school history.Our team is consisted of Hispanics. Three of our seniors are members of the Beta Club. One of our seniors is our class of 2013 Salutatorian, and I am the class of 2013 Salutatorian. Our goalkeeper is ranked four in our class. I am not emailing to brag, I am emailing in hope of your opening your heart to the millions of immigrants in our nation and state. Yes, I am aware that there are immigrants that come here to be criminals and not obey the laws, but like our team, there are people who are willing to work hard and achieve great things if given the opportunity. Like in school, there are kids who go and do nothing, but there are kids who go and have a desire to learn, just because those students who do nothing, but cause trouble, are you going to close the doors, schools and opportunities for everybody? I do not think that is fair. I am not asking you to change your heart, but to open it. Only God can change your heart. I was taught the pledge of allegiance in the Kindergarten, and I will never forget it. As I grew older, there was a line that stood out the most, "One nation, under God. ." If we are not going to take that seriously, then we must take it off. I am sending this email with all the respect, sir. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bama Soccer Defeats Tea Party

   Saturday May 11 My Momma's hometown of Collinsville Alabama defeated the Tea Party, the Heritage Foundation of Jim Demint and Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Eunie Smith, Kris Kobach and the 8 senators National Journal recently named hellbent on sabotaging immigration reform. At same time the Panthers all Hispanic 1-A History making team made a strong case for the Dream Act.
    Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a card carrying practicing United Methodist, and S.C. Tim Scott of the Tea Party and Chic Fil a were placed on their back heels.

    Read this link if you were asleep over the weekend.

     Fellow with the Heritage Institute is about the same place as Jesse Helms Pioneer club was back in the 70's when they questioned the intelligence of black people. Jesse Helms shoulda lost to Harvey Gannt in 84, but he didn't.

     Collinsville Panthers have these grand American kids from El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and China to prove the Tea Party pathetic.

       Edgar Padilla. He will go to Huntingdon College this fall as a pre med student. In El Salvador his father saw Oscar Romero in the flesh. Oscar Romero in on the Justice Porch of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  with ML King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.  I doubt we ever see a bust of Sessions, Kobach, Albert Lee Smith or Jim Demint and Tim Scott there.

     Luis Segura. Number one in his 2013 class at Collinsville HS this year.

     His cousin Jorge Segura, likely the star of the team though Adam Morales had a semifinal game from Heaven to get the Panthers to the finals. Ask Trinka Gorham Payton of Auburn University and the Liberty Baptist Church Vacaction Bible School. She will testify and Jorge's character.

     David Hernandez. His older brother was the first Hispanic male to graduate from Collinsville HS and his middle brother Phil was looked at by Georgia Tech as a field goal kicker. His sister Yuli has more intelligence, grace and integrity than 3/4ths of the sorority girls of the University of Alabama I have met.

    Octavio Cheng. Reads English, Spanish and Chinese. Aptitude tests through the roof. Likely candidate for Ga Tech or Vanderbilt when he becomes a Senior. My alma mater, Furman, where World Cupper Clint Dempsey played, already knows about Octavio. It is Furman's loss if Octavio chooses to go elsewhere. His first cousin from Raleigh N.C. enters Furman this fall.

     Dr. Scott Argo, blonde Caucasian white boy is also a grad of Collinsville HS, class of 98, Brooke Shepard's class. He had a great inspiring quote on Coach Miller's facebook wall I will share.

     Bring the Tea Party to Collinsville. Either they will be converted to the Dream Act or they will go down 59 to the Bham airport in shame.

   Quoting Dr. Scott Argo from Coach Julie Wehby Miller's Wall:  In the middle of doing great things, No one understands the things they are doing are great!!!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Lottie Moon, Chic Fil A and Immigration Reform

  Jim Demint of the Redeemer Presbyterian PCA church in Greenville SC and the Heritage Foundation and the Tea Party that made Trey Gowdy famous was on NPR this morning in an interview. See the link at the end of this blog.
   Tomorrow Demint will be in Mobile Al most likely with Jeff Sessions of the 8 Senators most likely to sabotage immigration reform according to the National Journal.
    Demint, many conservatives are saying is traffickin bogus numbers. For sure he doesn't know much about the great Americans on the Collinsville Soccer team about to be threepeating in the Bama Semis Championship series.
     Demint may be unwittingly reincarnating the Brown shirt church Bonhoeffer resisted in Germany. Even Chic Fil aleadership which held a day long simultaneious broadcast in the homechurch of recent North Bama Bishop Willimon, Buncombe Road in Greenville, differs with Demint, Trey Gowdy, SC Senator Tim Scott on immigration reform.
    Dan Cathy and CFA endorsed The Dream Act as a path to citizenship in 2006. All this leaves Demint not much more than the Chaplain of the Upstate posse comitatus of Mark Powell's novel The Dark Corner. And it is a dark dimwitted corner for sure.
   Where it leaves S.C Gov Haley's nominee to the board of PBS, Brent Nelsen I'm not sure. We do think Nelsen was a founding member of Redeemer Prez with Demint. Bob Inglis I think was networked to the church but he fell out of favor with Demint.

     Trey Gowdy's recent fellow church Member at FBC Spartanburg was Harry Dent's daughter, Ginny was a trustte of the SBC IMB (missions board) about the time Dan Cathy's sister was wife of the VP there. Sister and VP are former missionaries to Latin America's Brazil.

     So how is Trey Gowdy, Tim Scott, Demint and Sessions gonna go down with Lottie Moon. What is the Baptist witness in South America if Billy Graham's home church is silent when this little sewing circle of Pharoahs is hell bent on sabotaging Immigration Reform.

      How do you say in Collinsvlle Alabama stay silent about this foggy SBC leadership and witness when you invite Hispanics to Vacation Bible School for 15 years, tell them about Jesus and then all of a sudden wallah Jim Demint produces this Report that they cost two much to be first order Christians in America, Their citizenship is in purgatory till the Koch brothers get through with the wedge issue.

    Willimon said The Bama Law, the Demint motif reminded him of the fugitive Slave Law. What is first Baptist Spartanburg and The WMU on 280 national headquarters reminded of; and when are they gonna have a prayer meeting with Dan Cathy and Ginny Brant, Willimon and Sessions and get some of these matters resolved before the Justice porch of the National Cathedral in Wash DC with Oscar Romero, Martin and Rosa comes crashing down on their Tea Party Head?

Demint's interview this morning on NPR Morning edition is easy google. He is asked about Haley Barbour and Cato Inst reservations about his numbers.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Sweet Billy, 91

..Today is my Dad's Birthday. He died in August 99. On the main marker at his grave, the one he shares with Momma, it says: The Godly He Doth Set Apart.

    I have already testified on Mike Huckabees national Day of prayer, on facebook walls of Collinsville Trade Day, and a former member of Bethany Baptist church in Gaffney, Elaine Fowler; testified there about my Dad as a prayer warrior.
    Daddy was the pastor of Bethany for 16 years.

     He liked Baseball, though he wasn't all that good at it. I joke he's the last batter in Moneyball, the one Brad Pitt rewinds for insight.

    Dad excelled at insight, though he wasn't always the most eloquent at his explanations of new visions. He conveyed insight from the heart. The Bible says its whats in the heart that counts. That was brough home for me this week with a feature on Will Campbell in the Nashville Tennessean. Google it.

   Daddy was the Will Campbell of Gaffney. Wayne Whiteside, Johnny Dawkins, Florence Reaves, Kathryn Sossamon, Janelle Moss, James Broome and Joe McCluney woulda told you that.

    He loved going to the Southern Baptist Conventions before the fundies ruined it. When Momma would go she would take in the workshops and preachin while Dad worked the Halls. She would brief Daddy and that's how he concocted his report, the presentation after Training Union back at his local parish would come from.

   Sometimes he and another local preacher would fly out to Portland or somewhere. Bobby Crocker, his buddy from Draytonville had a hilarious anecdote about Portland.

   He'd call in Carolina in the Mornin and give Raymond Parker a report on big WAGI FM (waggy). Raymond would say when Dad hung up, Billy Fox calling in live from Portland, or Pittsburg or Kansas City wherever.

   Toward the end my Dad was a big fan of the Apostle. He had the little  tape of the soundtrack. Billy Bob coulda put him in the movie, cause Apostle he was. Amen.