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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, August 22, 2017

NE Bama 97 percent eclipse

  I have a lot of reporting to about the memorable day of August 21, 2017. I was getting excited but it took off for me about 2:07 EDT when some new friends handed me some official eclipse glasses when a woman came in a burger joint all excited what she had seen out the window coming down 59. I think she was from jasper Tenn or was haulin that way.

   I looked through them and I was hooked. Shared them with some constructionworkers, and it seemed to brighten their day as well.

   Talked to some new friends from Sunday Stephens  in  Hoover who'd pulled off the HWY at Martins and were gazin. Shared some info with them and vice versa reciprocity likewise.

   As planned went on downtown to share the experience with the locals at Patriots Park between the Lyberry and the RR where (name later) from UBama saw the "wildly flapping gobblers" out the RR window going toward Chattanooga at the 1927 Turkey Trot.

   But nobody was gathering there. I saw Lori and her friends Mike and Jeff at City Hall out in Lounge Chairs with the Mayor and Constable Bowen so I parked there.   We got full dose at 2:37, 1:37 Bama Time EDT.

   I thought it was Sabanesque, even at 97 percent full throttle, but have come to understand, to concede its the last three percent that gets you there.

   Had some interesting conversations couple hours later back at exit 205 who had experienced totality at points north of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Athens, Knoxville and Tellico Plains.

   I think Thomas Barskdale went to Nashville with his granddaughter Brooklyn but yet to confirm.

   Hats off to Katie and family on the Clemson lake, friends in Greer and Furman, and the folks in Chester and Laurens and Clinton SC who got their picture took for the New Yorker album.

   Was gonna put on my Jesus and the Confederate Flag Tee Shirt to for added history, (Eclipse, get it) but the Holy Spirit or the Moon and the Sun relieved me of that Notion at Decision Time.

    Did have brief but intense exchange with the local librarian as the moon was about 42 percent of its exit dalliance with the sun. I think she heard me clearly and understood my sentiments and won't forget my thoughts on the situation if she really ever had any doubts on the matter to begin with.

   So there was that and the barber and Kesha Butler at WV Graves and as billy bob said in The Man Who Wasn't There: "The Next Day Was a Saturday.

PS, BUT in Greenville SC even billy bob woulda been there like he said at Florence Alabama, been part of a Divine Process the engulfed Bob Jones AND Furman....

Monday, August 14, 2017

What Furman University can Teach Meet the Press

   Chuck Todd himself is coming to my alma mater Furman August 31. I'm delighted, would love to be there myself. Shook hands with Tom Brokaw on campus about 2004 when he was there to moderate a Presidential debate in downtown Greenville.

     Todd is no Tim Russert, then again I'm no Jack Kennedy but glad to have him there anyway.

    Here is what Tim needs to know about Furman before he gets there.

    Not only am I a grad (smile) but over the years Lee Atwater's daughter Salley got a degree there, SC Governors Dick Riley and Mark Sanford, and Nixon's Southern Strategist Harry Dent's daughter Dolly was there for two years while I was there.

     The father of long time Chaplain now retired, my friend Jim Pitts, was Nixon's barber and Nixon slept in what is now the Furman President's Mansion when he visited his good friend Charles Daniel there in 1962. My friend Roger Milliken Jr's father of Spartanburg gave more money to Nixon than any other man in America in 1972, though Roger Jr. went to Harvard with Ben Bernanke.

      Current rising senior Clayte Hubbard is the son of former Bama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the man who flipped Bama  decisively from the Dems to the party of Trump in 2010.

     Whats her face (Victoria Jackson)  of shortlived SNL Fame now a Conservative activist was there in the 80s, and Chic Fil A CEO Dan Cathy was in my religion class in the fall of 71.

   And Sports Illustrated front Cover World Cup Soccer star Clint Dempsey played at Furman for two years or more. I hope he is coming to Alabama soon and make some waves for Atty Gen Sessions the Bama GOP re Immigration reform.
    Amy Grant was at Furman for a couple years before she went to Belmont to think more about Jesus and Vince Gill. In the Furman Music rooms she once told my Brother to play his baritone a little softer in a practice room as she was rehearsing nearby.

    But among all, Todd should know of Marshall Frady, the early biographer of George Wallace, later a sublime short but majestic bio of ML King, and a lengthy one of Jesse Jackson who spit in the Pepsi (no, Coke, Pepsi at Furman) when as a teenager Jackson worked the basketball games for Furman in the downtown Colliseum.

   Google Scott Sherman the Unvanquished, Todd, if you don't already know of the man Pulitzer's David Halberstam called quite likely the greatest social justice journalist of the last half of the 20th Century.

    On the fly here and may refine this a little before Todd sets foot on campus. Hope he does a jam up job and the current crop of Furman nobility comes informed and loaded with questions well versed in Joshua GReen's Devil's Bargain, Joe Crespino's Strom Thurmond's America, Azar Nafisi's This Republic of Imagination, and in the Historically Baptist college, Wuthnow's Rough Country!!!!

   Go Dins!!!!!

Is Andrea Tice the new face of the alt right in Alabama

     Now that Florida HS baseball player, Auburn grad and Babdist preacher's son Cliff Simms has gone to the Bannon white House, Andrea Tice may be the new face of the Alt Right In Alabama.

   With her husband John Tice, natives of Upstate New York, staffer at the mega church of Brook Hills in Bham, these 40 something fundamentalists are a force to deal with. John is a grad of Luther Rice and Andrea another Bible School in Florida.

    Andrea loves to mock Hillary Clinton on WYDE In Bham, and recently in silly girl laughter cut a promo for her talk show with Yellowhammer News on the station mocking Hillary's recent stories about being called to Preach.

    More on this later. Devil's Bargain may be the deal these so called young "Christian" leaders have cut.

   Ive Sent Mizzes Tice a facebook message with this link. Maybe she will read it and talk about on her "Christian two hours midday daily in the "Heart" of Alabama.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bama's Looney Republican Senate Primary

  With thoughts  of Marshall Frady I'm gonna make a few comments about this circus we got goin on down here with the Bammers in the Republican primary. It's crazy as Hell. Gonna talk some language my cracker friends can maybe fathom.

     Bircher leftover Crawford Broadcasting--I could see em in the shadows of Albert Lee and Eunie Smith and Steve Gaines Inquisition of Samford President Tom Corts in 93 when about a thousand fundamentalist Babdist preachers came to town--now networked to the Bannon White House through Yellowhammer News creator Cliff Simms.

     Well read Devils Bargain by Joshua Green. These miscreants--wanted to call em bastards in the Will Campbell definition cause if you use Judge Frank Johnson as the standard, the plumbline, well then that's what the field is for the most part, ignorant politically illegitimate bastards and the ones that aren't ignorant have cut a deal with the Devil.

   If you don't believe me, ask General Krulak, Mark Wilson at Auburn or Jordan Doufexis of Rainsville Alabama and Hoover if you can get him to put his political aspirations aside and let the better part of his nature speak.

   Randy Brinson was on Simms outfit this morning. Rick Burgess, the JSU jock radio entrepreneur who was in the Bama HS All star game in 83 with Rollo and whats his face the running back who went on to Bama Glory and the NFL; Burgess has endorsed Brinson but never googled the Mind Revisitted by Crowther in John Grisham's Oxford AMerican.

   Maybe Burgess endorsed the evangelist; what the hell is the difference.

   I will say Brinson who dismissed Frank Johnson with Steve Gaines product Scott Beason on WYDE; dismissed Frank as a "social justice warrior". At least Brinson knew who he was. Beason the creator with Kris Kobach of the dragonian bammer immigration law of 09--the one Duke Chaplain and North Bammer UMC Bishop Willimon compared to the fugitive slave law--not only didn't have a clue about Frank, he had no clue who Taylor Branch was and his connection to Hillary Clinton.

   That's what Sunday School class at FBC Garden Dam Dale Alabama is not covering with the adults.

   Brinson went straight to the soul of Mo Brooks, if Brooks has one--unaffiliated "christian' in general is the way his staffer says who apparently didn't even make it to Easter Sunday service this year, a political no no in Bama--Brinson said a cabal of Bammer's Martha Robey, 3rd US Dixtricks Mike Rogers and Brooks turned El Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran children over the sex traffickers couple years ago on the US Border rather than temporary housing in Montgomery while Brinson worked with non profits and Christian networks in Central America to repatriate them in their native land.

   The Bible Says Jesus Wept.

    Brinson counters Troy poli siontisssed Steve Flowers who says Mitch McConnell's endorsed Strange, or Brooks or the Ten Commandments will take it. Said that much in the Ft Payne Times Journal today. Callers on WYDE say he may in for a surprise.

   And Brinson says Watch out Too. He has a Tea Party ordained by God, a different one apparently than the PCA God at Briarwood in Bham where Sessions boy Strange says Divine Providence made Trump the President; Brinson worships a different God than Franklin Graham and Strange cause he says he has some Christian tea partiers working their way north from Dothan knockin on doors and witnessin to peeps about Tuesday.

   Hell I don't know. I'm prayin about this Shit Too


Friday, August 04, 2017

Do Trey Gowy and FBC Spartanburg Have the "Ingredients" To Face Down Fox News Distortions of Christian Martyrs

      Sam Shepard died last week. His True West stoked a memorable exchange with my Mother, a new plateau of our bond as we passed each other on a morning walk on the Molena Hwy south of Zebulon Ga in 1983. But it is Shepard as Frank James in the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford that raises a question for me for Baylor grad, fellow church member of Billy Graham Trey Gowdy and his world this morning.

   The opening scene of Brad Pitt as Jesse James  is great. Not only the poem by the actor from North Carolina, but they exchange between Casey Affleck and Sam. In a dress down of Robert Ford to join the gang as full fledged member, Frank James (Shepard) says : "Son, you don't have the ingredients....."

    So here we are with Laura Ingraham showing her nominal Catholic half cocked take  last night on Fox News Special Report panel on the Argentine Priest Sporado re Bannon, the right wing of American Catholicism and fundamentalist evangelical politics in America. Sporado said there are similarities to Islamist terrorist ideology.

   That sent Miss Laura spinning straight to hell. With obvious ignorance of the legacy of El Salvador's martyr Oscar Romero and his circumstances in 1980 in El Salvador, his monument in bust in Westminster Abbey in London with Martin Luther King, Jr and Dietrich Bonhoeffer as of the three great Christian martyrs of the 20th Century, She took it straight to the Birchism of the early 60s that sought to define King as a communist Traitor.

   I called Congressman's Gowdy's office this morning, left a message on the machine of a staffer at FBC Spartanburg, alerted the Student Ministries of St. Francis Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa Alabama to which Nick Saban and his wife gave a million dollars last year, and left a message on the machine of the U Bama Legend Senator Richard Shelby about this perversion of the Christian Faith by Fox News.

    Here is what I know from my Baptist experience. Jesse Helms supported Roberto Daubuisson death squads in El Salvador, Daubuisson who according to the New Republic allegedly set in a room and drew straws for the "priviliege" of assassinating Romero.

    Helms was key ally of Paul Pressler of the Council for National Policy---see Frances Fitzgerald How Evangelicals Shaped America on Pressler and Gary North--in the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention that alienated Furman, Mercer, Wake Forest, Baylor, Samford frorm the Baptist ranks.

    To his dying day Helms was convinced Martin Luther King was a communist and refused to honor his Holiday.

    In the late 80s the former chancellor of the UNC system, long time popular host of a show on North Carolina PBS, Bill Friday, told the pastor of the FBC Asheville, NC, Cecil Sherman the most significant thing to happen in NC in the 1980s was the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest and the ouster of my Dad's friend and classmate of the 50s, Randall Lolley as President.

   Because Helms and his Pressler network of leftover Birchers knew that in that seminary they could get in the heads of a new generation of Baptist preachers that would go into every precinct, hamlet and suburb of North Carolina and the eastern seabord and twist their inclinations toward political fundamentalism in the voting booth.

    That is what Father Sporado is recognizing now from Argentina, while Laura Ingraham and friends have gone a whoring for the false gods of Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes.

   As for where Dietrich Bonhoeffer would be on all this, do not consult Eric Metaxas who FBC Spartanburg hosted a few years ago in the Truth for a New Generation conference, talk to Charles Marsh of UVA, a Baptist minister's son of Laurel Mississippi who interviewed among others along his pilgrimage, Sam Bowers, the prototype of the evil Klan genius in Mississippi Burning.

    Read Joshua Green's Devils Bargain about Bannon, Trump, Sessions, and Bama Baptist minister's son Cliff Simms of Yellowhammer News.

    Fox News will take this country straight to Hell. FBC Spartanburg should not be their accomplice