Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Recent Flag Desecration at Wilson School




It's almost Memorial Day, a day that we fly the flag at half-staff to honor those who gave their lives for their country. Just a mere few weeks ago, some in the Wilson School area attempted to shanghai the school's flag and lower it to half-staff to honor three children who had perished in an accident. Even after the school's principal returned the flag to its proper position, some idiot went back and re-lowered Old Glory, making a mockery of one of our nation's highest symbols. 

In case you've missed some of our previous comments on this, here's a pithy excerpt from the National Flag Foundation:

"FLYING THE FLAG AT HALF-STAFF: The pertinent section of the Flag Code says, "by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.

In the event of the death a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that state, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff." The code also includes other related details including the specific length of time during which the flag should be displayed at half-staff, in the event of the death of a "principal figure"(e.g., 30 days for the death of a sitting or former President, 10 days for the death of a sitting Vice-President,etc.)

GOOD-FAITH MISUNDERSTANDINGS: Although the code is actually pretty clear, confusion continues to occur. For example, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno recently ordered the American Flag flown at half-staff on all U.S. Department of Justice buildings, in honor of several DEA agents who had died. While NFF understands this gesture, the Flag Code does not give Attorney General Reno the authority to issue that order. Closer to NFF's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home, Mayor Tom Murphy ordered all flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of a plane crash. Here again, a well-intentioned gesture, but one for which no authority exists. NFF points out these "good-faith misunderstandings" not to criticize or embarrass anyone, but rather to head off a growing trivialization of this memorial salute, and to preserve the dignity and significance of flying the U.S. flag at half-staff. To any readers who may think that NFF is insensitive for raising these breaches of etiquette, please be assured that our motives are pure. We grieve these human loses deeply; however, we believe proper respect for our flag must be maintained - no matter the circumstances."

But of course, some of those in the Wilson/Zip City area felt justified because it felt good. And if it feels good, do it. That's the world we live in today. Respect is only for ourselves, not for others, but rules are always for others, not ourselves.

While we hope there is no such tragedy in the future, if there should be, let's try to do better, shall we?








Friday, May 25, 2018

The Baptist Preacher Wore Green?


And when the radical priest
Come to get me released
We was all on the cover of Newsweek

Paul Simon


You should be thankful if you don't remember radical priests. If you're not, don't despair, you in Lexington have your radical Baptist preachers who stand up in board of education meetings avowing what a wonderful asset they would have been to the baseball team if only they'd been allowed. Just like Jesus would have done. 

Then we have the pedophile band leaders...nuff said. It seems good does triumph over evil at least some of the time. 





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From satire to a much more serious theme. Florence now has another unsolved murder. From what we gather, Jose' D'Leon had lived in the area for around three years. He had no family here. That's never an asset in a murder case...no one to care or no one local to hold anyone's feet to the fire.

Should we expect forensics to take a year? It's possible. Should we expect any arrestee to be given a sweetheart deal of only a year in jail? That's also possible.

There are even worse case scenarios, but we'll save those for later. In the mean time, pray for the Florence CID. Pray for the families of Jose' D'Leon and Andrea Forbes. They want answers. They should get them.


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We've recently been asked about the murder over a decade ago of Jermaine Willie Koger. He was murdered in his cousin's West Florence home the day before he was to testify in an assault case. FPD investigators said the two crimes weren't connected.

We can't answer our reader's question about the investigation, but perhaps one of you can. Was Willie Koger's killer ever caught? We can find no record of it, but sometimes old newspaper articles are elusive. We appreciate any information you can give us.









Thursday, May 24, 2018

Get Your Moulton Scorecards Here!


First, we have a doozie of a correction about Angel Sanders/Annalisa Gilliespie. We had previously indicated that Gillespie was the domestic violence victim since she is the one who ostensibly married McWhorter, but no. It seems that only Sanders had filed domestic violence charges against McWhorter. She then attempted to ensure her honeybunch remained free by announcing that they were to marry. One week later, McWhorter did marry...Ms. Gillespie. 

No wonder Sanders shot Gillespie; we'll assume she was actually aiming for McWhorter. Still no arrests in the shooting. Will there be an update? Nothing is ever a given, but we're tempted to answer "Can a fish swim?"


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In case you missed it, Roy Moore's attorney postponed his news conference...for a few months. We have no idea what this means, but unfortunately, we're sure we'll find out.



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We're officially endorsing John McMillan for State Treasurer. McMillan has served the state for years not only well, but without a trace of scandal. You have to admit that's an unusual record in Alabama.








Wednesday, May 23, 2018

More Roy Moore - Get Your Garlic


* Roy Moore plans to hold another news conference tomorrow at which he will announce more lawsuits. We're wondering if the Washington Post will be the target this time...some very deep pockets there.



* Ryan Tolliver Johnson has been denied youthful offender status in his pending manslaughter case. So...you're 20 and think you're man enough to drink, albeit illegally, think you're smart enough to drive an illegal vehicle on a public roadway and not get caught, think you can handle both the alcohol and the vehicle and you kill someone, but you should be given special privileges? Really, Ryan? Did you receive a head injury in that deadly crash you personally caused?

* A reader commented yesterday that the Muscle Shoals Observer should give Hunter Morris a chance to turn the high school baseball team around. We think he missed the salient point. It wasn't that Morris wasn't qualified, but that he got his job by an accident of birth (he's the mayor's nephew).

* We have another local hero - David Lovelace. Mr. Lovelace is a Lauderdale landfill employee who has been salvaging desecrated flags in order to dispose of them properly. We'll be doing a special segment on Memorial Day that will touch on honoring Old Glory, flag desecration, and the thuggery that went on recently among some Wilson School parents/supporters that even branched out to include a former Alabama legislator. Remember, if it feels good do it! Sadly, a large percentage of our population feels just that way.

* By popular demand, we'll be updating our Tim McWhorter story tomorrow. Everyone stock up on popcorn and migraine meds.






Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Who Is Hunter Morris?


Scratch my back...I’ll scratch yours…:

Hunter Morris named new Baseball Coach at Muscle Shoals High School
Morris comes to Muscle Shoals after a couple years coaching at the college level. A former minor league first baseman, Morris was a student assistant in 2017 at Auburn and currently is a volunteer assistant at Samford. “I think for me it’s going to be a great experience this summer to come in and experience whatever those challenges are first-hand and just try to right the ship and point this thing in the right direction,” Morris said.
Morris graduated from Huntsville’s Grissom High in 2007 and he has faMily in the Shoals area.


Well, we wondered who Mr. Morris’s faMily was so we asked a former member of Coach Basden’s staff. Lo and behold, his uncle is none other than the infamous Mayor David Bradford.
 


So it all makes sense now.

Dr. Lindsey asks for $200k to supplement the bond issue…DONE.

Dr. Lindsey asks for a referendum to place an additional 5 mils of tax on the citizens…DONE.

Mayor Bradford asks for his nephew to be named as the new University of Muscle Shoals baseball coach...DONE!

BTW, it was noted what subjects Coach Green would be teaching but didn’t mention Coach Morris. According to a former coach, Mr. Morris doesn’t have teaching credentials. Is this true? Not a requirement though because most coaches at the University of Muscle Shoals don’t teach either.  

Yep, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours… It’s the Muscle Shoals faMily way…unless of course you’re an African American, a real teacher with real credentials and are named teacher of the year…then we fire you and listen to the Mayor and Four Dwarfs tell how they have no power concerning the BOE (can’t blame Councilman Hall because he’s for doing the right thing).     



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Monday, May 21, 2018

Dynasty Moulton Style a/k/a Tim Does Half of Lawrence County


We now continue our story of disgraced former Lawrence County Sheriff's Department chief of staff Tim McWhorter, offering a few addenda as we go:

We've received specific information as to the dates of Tim McWhorter's marriage to his first wife Jennifer Louise Peety. TM and Miss Peety were wed in June 1999 and remained legally married until April 26th of this year and are the parents of a son. The official dissolution of his marriage was three months after TM was placed on leave with the sheriff's department. It was also several months after he became engaged to his erstwhile fiancee' Angel Elizabeth Sanders, with whom he set up housekeeping. A source close to the couple has related that the two met in November 2017, and TM immediately moved in. After all, good home cookin' is hard to find, and McWhorter and his wife had reportedly lived apart since 2013.




Miss Sanders, 34, must have had a most unpleasant surprise when in February of this year a woman from Decatur filed domestic violence charges against the now former deputy. Who was this woman and where did she come from?

According to sources close to TM, Annalisa Michelle Richardson Gillespie had conducted an ongoing affair with TM for around nine years, producing three sons. Our questions now are: Why did it take Jennifer McWhorter so long to divorce her husband? And doesn't anyone out there know what birth control is?

The story becomes even more bizarre when in April, Gillespie filed a second set of domestic violence charges against TM, alleging among other things that he crushed a beer can on her head. By this time TM and Sanders had problems of their own. AS is now alleging that she also is the victim of domestic violence and that TM stole $4,000.00 from her. TM is scheduled to face those charges during an August court date.

While back at the bordello, uh, ranch house, Gillespie in early May dropped her two complaints against TM and announced that the two were going to marry. This is the point where our readers should be thinking of the old saw about "walking around sense," not to mention morals.

Now we come to last Thursday when BuzzFeed did a story on a Latino contract killer known as the Black Hand. The hit man had murdered a man in Lawrence County and also placed TM on his list of targets. Why? It seems that during the investigation into the contact killing, TM had questioned the Black Hand's granddaughter and allegedly hit on her...not in the violent way. We don't know about you folks, but Shoalanda herself gave up trying to juggle that many romantic relationships midway through college. It's called growing up. 

If TM thought he had been the subject of media scrutiny on Thursday morning, that was nothing compared to the events of Thursday night when former fiancee' Angel Sanders went to TM's cabinet shop located just outside Moulton. She took a gun along on her visit. Pregnant pause.

We have no real idea why AS took the gun with her, so we'll leave the speculative comments we've received out of this. We do know that once at the cabinet shop she encountered not only McWhorter, but his longtime mistress Gillespie. Accounts here begin to vary, but we do know that Angel shot Annalisa, who was treated and released at a local hospital. 

Authorities still have not pressed charges against AS who has claimed self defense. ALEA is investigating due to TM's former position as a deputy. Wait, don't put that popcorn down...

AL.com, always attune to a salacious story, contacted the victim. During the phone interview, Annalisa Gillespie announced that she and TM were recently married. Were they?

Family members of TW posted their surprise on Facebook. Some Lawrence County readers have suggested to us that there is no record of the marriage. Married or no, Tim McWhorter still faces not only Angel Sanders' charges in Morgan County, but the investigation into missing items at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department is also ongoing. We've received a great deal of info on other charges that may be brought against TM by the state, but we'll wait for the official ALEA report to address them.

We suggest TM, who always seems to need money, contact an agent. Cable television is more than ready for this story.









Sunday, May 20, 2018

Walt Maddox Monday Night!


Don't forget that Democratic candidate for governor Walt Maddox will be speaking Monday night at the IUOE hall at 405 Dr Hicks Blvd. in Florence on May 21st. Doors will open at 6 pm. Anyone interested in Walt's positions can visit his website at: www.waltmaddox.com.  Walt is a "middle of the road" Democrat. His positions on issues show a bi-partisan attitude. 

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Let's all take an objective look at each candidate. Together, we can make Alabama a two-party state again. That doesn't mean "liberal." That means a middle of the road state that is moving forward into the 21st Century, not stuck in 1925.

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Let's also work to bring honesty to each party. We're hearing of more stolen campaign signs, especially in Colbert County. Not all "feel good" acts are illegal, some are simply immoral or flout authority (see public institutions desecrating the flag).

However, stealing is definitely a crime. If you see or have video of anyone taking political signs from yards or other private areas, report it. Name names and call the person whose sign was taken. You don't have to support that candidate. You should do this simply because you're honest!