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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 www.clsnet.org 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, November 22, 2016

Oil is the New Cotton on the Plantation; Hoschild on Gaffney's WJ Cash

    Ive had a spike in page views the last several days. So come back to this post after Thanksgiving as I hope to add to this kerygma of a thought.

   Yesterday I spot read some of National Book Award nominee Hoschild's Strangers in Their Own Land. The analysis of my hometown Gaffney SC's WJ Cash was beautiful. It brings together a lot of loose ends I have been speculating on for some time about the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention that has now landed us in the era of Trump and Trey Gowdy.

     Paul Pressler's Exxon Oil and shenanigans with the SBC networked to the legacy of Jesse Helms tobacco and cotton. Gonna be substantive if I do the matter justice. Biblical proportions focused on Baptist strife ripe with Birchers, Tex Regulars, demagogues and Lee Atwater's "nigger memo" from Robert Wuthnow's Rough Country.

   Big gap between Pressler and Helms and the vision and concern of Ken Burns and John Grisham last week on NPR diane rehm show, drshow.org

     Talked to a staffer today on NC US Senator's DC Office. Talked to him straight about my Daddy and Randall Lolley, UNC Chancellor Bill Friday and the nomination of Senator Sessions for Atty General. Nice Fellow. He heard me out. Also some interesting exchanges on the facebook wall today with Bill Ivey of Alabama, basketball coach, on Sessions. Some may want to look at that or the history section of baptistlife.com forums

   And then there is the remote possibility of an afternoon two panel event at Furman University late January early Feb to usher in the era of Trump.  Keep an eye on the facebook wall of Christian Ethics Today to see if that takes traction.

    Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless the United States of America.

Link to great article on Gaffney's  WJ Cash who is the focal point of Hoschild's chapter History Revisitted 1860s and 1960s

http://www.vqronline.org/essay/wj-cash-after-fifty-years

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