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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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Homily for SEC Primary

     Here is my text from current New Yorker article by Paul Finebaum's friend at the New Yorker, David Remnick; article on Mother Emanuel

     Darby smiled and engaged her in chitchat about the heroic heat and humidity before he resumed: “Remember, there was not a trace of ambiguity about what happened here. They couldn’t pull out a rap sheet—these were nine people of impeccable character—and they were killed in a church by a white man who wanted to kill black people to start a race war! And he said so! So it flies in the face of any notion of post-racial America, an America so proud of itself because it elected an African-American President. Some of the reaction is driven by the need to say, ‘It’s not me, I’m not like that.’ Dylann Roof is not that extraordinary. He is kind of typical—extreme, but typical. If you build a politic, as we have done in America since Nixon and Reagan, in which election strategies are based on distrust of the other, well, some folks will react on a political level and vote based on racial fear. The truly unbalanced will do what this kid did.”  end quote

   Jeb! Bush was at the Georgia South Carolina game Saturday. It made a story on NPR. SEC primary is big this year and Bama is in play, especially on the "Christian ministry" of Crawford Broadcasting in Bham. See my blog Yellowhammer Quackery.

      Bush 41 in 1966 addressed the Harris County Texas John Birch Society putting his political future on the line. Since that time the Bushes from Lee Atwater to Karl Rove have joined the compromises of Nixon and Reagan to place the party of Lincoln in an Atticus Finch of Go Set a Watchman disposition. The latest is the thicket of Carson and Trump re Muslim presidents.

   FTR I am not disposed to vote for a Muslim for President but I did vote for Barack Obama twice. not just because he is a Christian but because I am a good Baptist.

   The Baptist callers and hosts at Crawford Broadcasting and Trey Gowdy's FBC Spartanburg Truth for a New Generation conference are of a different stripe. They are spotlighted with some dismay in Robert Wuthnow's Rough Country and Randall Balmer's recent religious political bio of President Carter.
   Last night on Fox News the National Reviews Rich Lowry said the last last three Democrat Presidents, and he named them, Carter, Clinton and Obama have been weak on radical Islam.
    Furman, Carson Newman, Wake Forest, Samford, Baylor and Wofford and Birmingham Southern and other historic Baptist and Methodist institutions must engage this moment. Bone up on Wuthnow and Balmer and Emory's Joe Crespino.
   Fundamentalism across religious traditions is the problem. I think Bush 41 in 1966 was figuring that out but he shapeshifted to stay with the party.
   This conversation is serious. Meet the Press and Joe Scarborough can have Balmer and Wuthnow on in the next ten days.
     Bennett and Sherman are talking about it nuancing the black lives matter conversation.
     If David Remnick is wrong, past time for Paul Finebaum to explain it to Nick Saban, Gus Malzahn Steve Spurrier and their "Christian" friends at Crawford Broadcasting and Trey Gowdy's Truth for a New Generation.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Yellowhammer Quackery

    Cliff Simms is the son of a Baptist Minister, played a little baseball in Mississippi before attending the U of Bama and now is something of a media force at age 31 in Bama with Yellowhammer News and Crawford Broadcasting which presents themselves as a Christian ministry. Simms and Crawford have an interesting relationship with Church of Brook Hills and Highlands Church in Bham, something of a mystery.

    One thing they don't want to talk about is the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention though they purport to be experts on all theings Benghazi and Hillary Clinton's email servers.
     Simms has interviwed on air Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker among others. The twice divorced recently hyped on Jeesus Andrea Lindenberg, a celebrity meda personality in Bham from her days with channel 42 also host a program.

  She cut me off today when I wanted to talk about Auburn's football coach Gus Malzahn's ties to Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd where their live coincided in Springdale Arkansas. Bill Clinton extended his hand to Floyd in rededication in a revival service in Springdale in summer of 92 after the Jennifer Flowers exposure.

    After Ms Lindenberg hung up on me today I called Trey Gowdy DC office to recommend an alternet google for Julie Ingersoll chapter on Simms and Yhammer's church state "expert" David Barton. Ingersoll, or the piece calls him a Quack.

   Simms has an exchange student from Kazerkstan (sp) or somewhere, a HS senior interested in church state issues. Simms was talking about it today on air. I hope the BHam HS she is attending investigates Barton's Quackery before Simms and his small view at odds with the the late Tom Corts of Samford, Wayne Flynt and Mark Wilson of Auburn, Stephen Black at UBama and host of others; before Simms and his latter day John Birch ideology subverts her American experience.

   I have to mention another frequent guru on Simms programs is Scott Beason of the Steve Gaines, Adrian Rogers religious perversions of the American experience. See Randall Balmer bio of Jimmy Carter for much more on that in addition to Wuthnow's Rough Country, Molly Worthen's Apostles of Reason and the Ingersoll book on the Recons.

      Huey Long said if fascism ever comes to America it will come tin the guise of flag waving Christians. Simms, Crawford and the Yellowhammer empire are the latest poster children in Momma's home state of Alabama.
     Martin King and Judge Frank Johnson are not happy.