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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.

Monday, February 05, 2018

My response to Trump SOTU; Tipping Points

      Yep you can hear me online from my live call in January 31 on the 1A Program on NPR. I called in as Stephen from Collinsville to talk about Trump and DACA and him calling Crimson Tide Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry a son of a bitch in Huntsville Alabama last fall.

     Our Senior Senator Richard Shelby invoked "tipping points" for his rationale not to support Roy Moore in the US Senate Race. Can Shelby, big friend of the University of Alabama, whose wife teaches at Georgetown, who is a "Legend" of the University and very proud of its nationally recognized Honors Program not invoke the same tipping points re the current President of the United States who called a Heisman Trophy Winner of Nick Saban's Crimson Tide a Son of a bitch for not seeing the NFL National Anthem morass the same way Trump has and Sean Hannity have demagogued it.

    Will Shelby join the Honors Program at U Bama in a group read of the new Book How Democracies Die and see if they together don't come to the same conclusion as the authors that in Trump world we have regressed to George Wallace's 60s Bama, the Louisiana of Huey Long, the Father Coughlin world Sean Hannity now imitates and the McCarthyism that move Eisenhower to take Ole Joe to the Woodshed.

     Let me back up a little cause Ive about jumped the shark. How did I get here.

      Well I'm almost 65 now and It's way past time I stand with the folks Ive talked about a good bit of my life as the ones I most admire and the moments they stood tall. I've talked a lot on this blog about Judge Frank Johnson and how he told Wallace's lawyers in 65 the matter of contempt is for this court to decide, not the alleged contemptors.

    Stewart A Newman stood behind the sacred desk in Columbia South Carolina in 1956 after Criswell told the Babdist preachers you wouldn't call a chigger a chiggerow now would ya. Newman spoke to to say: "WA Criswell doesn't speak for me.

   Newman visited our house in Hayesville, NC in 1960. And if 1977 at the Shoneys in Gaffney we had a good chat with my Dad.

     I texted the good chaplain, the right reverend Jim Pitts a few days ago to try one more time to get it right about the EA McDowell award in Charleston SC circa 1974 after then Governor Jimmy Carter gave the final address to the SC Southern Baptist State Convention.

     Pitts presented the award that day to his great friend Martin England a co founder of the Koinonia Farms the Furman graduate who couriered Martin Luther King's Letter out of the Birmingham Jail in 63 to its almost instant international acclaim.

    In a serendipitous moment in 74 somebody said let's have lunch. And they did.

    So If I am gonna champion these people, not to mention Marshal Frady and Will Campbell, Bonhoeffer and Civil Rights scholar and fellow Baptist preachers son Charles Marsh--google his religion and politics essay on guns and the NRA-- and call Viola Davis and now Eric Motley heroes and Rosa Parks and Maria Moreno; I guess its time to make certain to Donald Trump and Nick Saban and Paul Finebaum and the boys at the Shed in Collinsville, Alabama--some of them my friends--just where I stand on these matters.

    Tell Will Ainsworth and Rick Burgess and Don Crawford and Cliff Simms in the White House and Jeff Duncan in the US House I said so.

   Yeah that's me talking on the radio from Collinsville Alabama where my Mother's family goes back to the 1840s and and I'm proud of her.

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