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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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lincoln's Negative and Positive Liberty and the Collinsville Class of 2015

   Last week I listened to an hour long conversation with the Dean of America's Civil War Historians, James McPherson on the NPR program Diane Rehm show. Great conversation, especailly McPherson's thouhngts on Lincoln's view of Liberty.

   Contrary to the prevailing Southern Baptist view of Liberty in Alabama, Lincoln understood that Liberty is for those who lack power, as much or more than it was for the slave owner's of the South who perverted the concept through their idea of property rights; as many of the Tea Party and Koch brother's persuasion do today in the Tea Party and malicious advantage in the Citizen's United Decision.

   And I had an email exchange with the professor. He's gonna read Joe Crespino's Strom Thurmond's America. 

     Last night I attended commencement ceremonies at my Mother's alma mater, Collinsville High School, where much of the academic awards went to Hispanic students, many of them undocumented.

    Here in Alabama with the likes of Yellowhammer News, the fundamentalist Scott Beeson of Steve Gaines Gardendale Baptist Church, and a tea party state legislature who dismissed the legacy of Judge Frank Johnson several years ago other than for use of some distorted recruting tool for Auburn and Nick Saban's Roll Tide SEC Football Program, does't seem like much of our "Christian State" has learned anything about perfecting a more Perfect Union.

      The class of 2015, in particular the History club, made a mark this year attempting to bring the Tea Party, Baptist fundamentalist school superintendent; schooling him a little on the significance of the 50th anniversary of Selma, and the movie that came out in January. We made some national news in some circles.

    Azar Nafisi, an Iranian, understands, but not too many of the voting population in Alabama.

      Scattershot blog for sure, but google and listen to the chat at

      And God Bless the class of 2015, Collinsville, Alabama.