Friday, October 20, 2017

Our Ninth Anniversary!



From our first blog on the Tuscumbia dog ordinance until yesterday's on a fatal Killen police chase, we've been here (most days) to offer up fodder for criticism, thought, and political change. We're sincerely hoping to see you here for at least another nine years.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Truth Behind Fatal Killen Chase?/Voting ID


Here is a link to an interesting article concerning voters whose ballots didn't count in the last presidential election in Wisconsin. 


What the author of the article didn't address is that you also need a current driver license to return merchandise at Walmart or Hobby Lobby and probably many more such retail outlets. We feel for the lady whose provisional ballot was not counted, but she lost her license, not because of theft, but because of what we may at least partially assume was carelessness. 

After reading the article in full, we're wondering how race was involved. Was the district highlighted overwhelmingly black or perhaps just disproportionately careless?

That being said, in a city the size of Milwaukee, there should have been satellite offices nearby where a non-driver state ID could be purchased cheaply and with little documentation. The disenfranchised voter may have had a difficult time replacing her license, but she should not have had a problem obtaining a valid ID.
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There are several rumors floating around concerning the fatal Killen police chase from earlier this week. For right now, we're going to address three of them.

The driver was at the wheel of a stolen 2017 Lincoln? This is false. According to Larissa Bowlin's FB page, she's had the luxury SUV for quite some time, and it is a 2007, not the most current model as originally reported.

Killen police gave chase when the driver refused to stop? This could be considered partially true. Bowlin stopped, but then refused to exit her vehicle and "bumped" the officer who was speaking to her as she sped off. Miss Bowlin may be severely injured, but she may also be lucky she wasn't shot six times like our girl Poodles.

The driver had just been released from jail on drug charges? True. Bowlin had been arrested in late September and, according to her FB page, had lost her job over her stay in the detention center.

Obviously, there will be more on this later. For right now, we're simply glad no police or innocent civilians were hurt in this escapade.


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You can cut the preliminaries by going directly to the 15:30 mark. Stephen Fry! Enjoy! 






Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Roy Moore & Some Common Sense


Are you embarrassed that Roy Moore has been elected to state office not once, but twice? We are. His latest faux pas is telling Time magazine that it's a federal law to stand for the national anthem.

While we admit that our nation, state, and even county governments have some flaky laws from time to time, how could Moore even suggest such a thing? If, under the First Amendment, it's legal to burn, tread on, or expectorate on the U.S. flag, why would it be against a federal law to remain sitting during the national anthem?

Also, all law is codified with punishments for the breaking thereof. Where is the punishment for such an act written? 

Remember, Roy Moore has a juris doctorate. He constantly refers to the Second Amendment, while espousing abuse of the First. Moore also continues to assume the title "judge" even though he's no longer entitled to it. 

Send Moore to the Senate? Why don't we send him to "Illinois, Indiana -- up there" where he can defend the country from Sharia law.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Body Is Not That of Shawn Childers


A body found earlier this week is not that of missing Florence man Robert DeShawn Childers. Authorities are not publicly releasing the name of the man they believe was found in a field in Tuscumbia, but sources have indicated privately that they are awaiting confirmation of DNA, and the case has nothing to do with Mr. Childers.

Therefore, Shawn is still missing and his family is still hurting. We believe at least one person knows where he is, a person who has lied repeatedly to law enforcement. Why lie if you don't have something to hide?

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Besides publishing links to our own blogs, we also use our Facebook page to publish other interesting articles of local or state import. Looking back over the last two days, we've published links from at least four other sources: one local, two state, and one national. 

We encourage readers to comment on these articles, but if anyone wants to discuss a topic with the author or to make a correction, please contact the original site directly. That not only saves you time, it ensures you get your point across to the right people.

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A former Shoals resident has promised us an article on UNA-community relations which we hope to publish soon. If you want to submit an article, the ideal format is .doc (so that it can be opened in Google editing), and our e-mail address is: Shoalanda.Speaks@gmail.com.

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If you loved yesterday's mummy movie, here's its sequel:






Monday, October 16, 2017

Count Down to Shelter/Hackers?


We want to give three rousing cheers to Mayor Steve Holt along with new Florence council members Kaytrina Simmons, David Bradley, and Michelle Eubanks for their efforts to kick start the work on the new Florence animal shelter. They've done more work in one year than the previous administration did in four. We'll also add that this group had to undo some of the things the previous administration had done, presenting even further delays in getting things on track.

A sincere thanks to you all!

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It's no secret that several months ago a hacker from eastern Europe gained access to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We believe that these platforms are now secure. 

Now  Blogger tells us that someone has been attempting to enter our blogging accounts; they have been unsuccessful. The interesting thing is that according to Google, we are still connected to two blogs owned by individuals who used to blog here, but moved on. We have no need for access to anyone else's blogs and will be attempting to remedy this. 

The sad thing is that we're also, for whatever reason, connected to a blog belonging to a woman who used to provide us with material quite frequently. We have not given her access to this blog, nor have we sought access to hers, which hasn't been active since 2011. 

We doubt that this woman is at fault; we surmise someone thought we were the same person and somehow attempted to use her blog to get to this one. So to you in eastern Lauderdale County, you may wish to check with Google to see if anyone but you can access your old blog. 

And to hackers? They're hard to catch, but if we do identify you, we will take you to court. You may not have any money, but we'll be happy to use the judgment to confiscate your lawn mower, work tools, etc., plus post your name for all to see. 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Did Roy Moore Buy Those Twits...er, Tweeters?


Look to our left sidebar and you'll see how to follow us on Twitter...or not; we're not going to pay you. Yet perhaps someone will.

The Alabama political world is buzzing over Roy Moore's Russian followers on the social medium platform Twitter. Are they real, or did he purchase them? In order to put things in perspective, let's look at his two known social platforms.

Moore's FB campaign has 65,000 followers; his Twitter account currently has 47,500 followers. On the surface, this sounds on the high end of normal since more individuals use FB than Twitter. How many Russian followers does our blog have? Sorry, we're totally bereft of Russians at the moment, although we did have a Balkan hacker. 

Two days ago the Moore campaign had 27,000 followers. Now a mere 48 hours later it has 47,000. So how does purchasing followers work? Just checking one company's ad, we see we can purchase 500 for 6.00. For 50.00, we can buy 10,000. In other words, these 20,000 new followers would have set Roy back only 100.00 or even less.

Twitter is great for documenting a ballgame or public meeting as it happens. We, and a great many others, say things a little more directly on Twitter than we do on FB. Face it, it would be pretty hard for Moore to get much more direct than he has in his public statements to the press.

Both Moore and his minions deny purchasing the new followers, which are almost assuredly robot accounts. We're tending to believe Moore on this one. If Moore didn't purchase the followers, who did purchase them or at least sic them on Moore's Twitter feed? 

It's been said that both Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner abhor the former Alabama judge. That in itself is no proof of dirty tricks on their part, but it is interesting.

No, you can be sure Roy Moore is doing enough on his own to alienate any honest, intelligent voters in Alabama.

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Don't forget that we accept guest reviews for Quad-Cities Cuisine. Here's our latest:

Taziki's

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Foundation for Moral Law Does What?


It's easy to say that all laws are based on morals, but of course they aren't. Many of our laws, and in our drug ridden culture perhaps most of them, are based on public safety. Think Trump's travel ban on some nations; its basic premise is to keep American citizens safe. The fact that most of the countries in this ban are predominately Muslim is related to the terrorist actions of some Muslims, not in any attempt to keep the Muslim religion from spreading in the United States. Yet, the Foundation for Moral Law considers it one of its causes.

The past few weeks, many have been looking at Roy Moore's Foundation for Moral Law. If you go the FB page of that group, you'll see it's listed as a "Just for Fun" page - we assume to make sure the IRS knows the group doesn't endorse political candidates. It also has a store where you can shop. Yes, really; however, if you click on the link, you're simply directed to a page where you can donate. Apparently you won't even get a complimentary bookmark for you cold, hard cash. 

The group, which has about 3,200 followers, calls founder Roy Moore "the Chief Justice." He hasn't been that in some time, but why should that stop them? A recent press statement from Moore's wife Kayla calls him "the Judge." That must make for great dinner table conversation: "Caleb, pass the Judge the mashed potatoes." 

Moore's most recent legal effort concerns preventing a large cross being removed from a Florida city. The cross has historic value, and we have no doubt is inspirational. Yet how long until a Muslim group wants a symbol of their religion erected next to the cross? Florida already has atheist monuments in place in several cities, so don't say you didn't see it coming.

Ah, yes, Roy Moore. Here to serve the people...unless they're atheists, Muslims, Jews, or Druids. We can hardly wait until he starts in on the Baptists.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Opioid Town Hall Was a Bust?



From a reader who attended the Opioid Town Hall meeting at UNA:


Johnny Mack in one sentence confused methadone with methamphetamine. When a professor from UNA was touting the benefits and need for treatments like methadone & suboxone -- he cut her off and moved the conversation forward avoiding any conversation of the only approved treatment for this epidemic according to SAMHSA. Our illustrious Mental Health commissioner who has no clue what she is doing then acted like she didn't know what options were out there even though Shoals Treatment Center and HealthConnect both received grant money to address this epidemic locally. 

This was a true political event for the people on the stage including the Attorney General who truly believes the only way to treat them is to incarcerate them and basically wants the cops to be the first receivers of funding to deal with this issue. I was floored and disappointed in the lack of ideas to help the situation and only a defensive attitude of those on the stage who think they know how to deal with it.

If you don't know the difference between methadone and methamphetamine you are part of the problem in this epidemic. You can't arrest our way out of it either...we've been doing that since the 70s...


Mental health is the fix because it's a disease and a nurse who worked in a psych ward for a short stint is not qualified to lead this fight.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Answering Hugo Dante/ALDOT


We received a Facebook comment from UNA SGA president Hugo Dante. In the interest of fairness, as well as in the interest of replying to two specifics in his comment, we're reposting it here in its entirety. We're highlighting the two most egregious comments to address specifically:

For the sake of avoiding misinformation. The signs each cost the city $11 a piece. In addition, they were put up by salaried workers so the price tag is definitely exaggerated. Even the anonymous author of this article admitted that they were aesthetically pleasing, but more so than that they make perfect economic sense. The university and its students are a $316 million impact in our local economy. While small, building a community feeling between our students and the community at large is a strong investment that will only help grow and develop the downtown which is thriving for no small part due to the students, family, and friends of UNA. If the $220 cost for signs is such an issue, I along with many others would happily foot the cost.

As far as legality, please also express your concerns to the countless universities whose downtowns have a variety of colored street signs (including UA whose street signs on University Blvd are black -talk about hard to distinguish!-). From my understanding, those laws are only applicable on state roads anyways.
Finally, there was no mention of sexual assault being present in our Greek community anywhere. That is an absolutely slanderous suggestion which I am not surprised to see stem from this source. Anyone who looks closely at our Greek community will discover that it is one that is academically, civically, and community minded. Various organizations such as SafePlace, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, Ronald Mcdonald House, Military Heroes Foundation, and more benefit greatly from them. Please research your facts more closely and with journalistic integrity before you contribute to the spread of false and degrading information.

First, the cost of the new signs - We estimated the cost using "20 locations" per the TD article. At some of these locations, signs are placed on each side of the street; we estimated at least 25 separate sites (with more stated to come). Then we computed estimated labor and costs in time; in other words, time to make the signs and to install them.

So, let's see...does Dante's comment on salaried employees being the only ones involved mean that these men/women would have been sitting around a cushy office if not fabricating/installing these signs? We sincerely hope that isn't the case. We also hope Dante takes some refresher courses in economics and logic. 

Second, and more importantly, the sexual assault comment - Those who have read our blog from its inception know that sexual assault and abuse is as important a topic to us as waste/theft by government employees. Again, we're not sure if Dante's problem with this point was a lack of logic or he simply wanted to suggest we implied something we didn't.

The term "physical assault" was used by UNA's David Shields in his letter to the Greek community. A better term would have been fisticuffs or fistfights; however, he didn't choose those words. If you have a problem with this term, see him - not us.

Our point is the term "physical assault" includes violent rape. No one anywhere said there had been a rape or other forms of sexual abuse at these frat houses. It's easy to say rape is merely slipping a little Georgia Home Boy into a girl's drink or perhaps even simply pinning a woman to a bed. No, it's been estimated that one-third of all rapes are violent physical assaults, some even leading to the victim's death. If Mr. Shields 
thinks the term "physical assault" excludes rape, he's sadly mistaken.

As a bonus lesson in logic and debate, listing the good organizations do while defending them for certain evil or illegal actions is not anything that's admissible in a court of law. Apples and oranges...and is totally irrelevant to the victims in these five cases. We'll add that also applies to listing the positive impact UNA has on the Shoals economy; no one has disputed that impact, but it does not and should not offset any illegal actions.


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Did the five assaults really happen? We're always amused when someone, usually not a regular reader of our blog, asks us if certain events we've mentioned "really happened." We understand that this is not the only publication to receive such questions.

Due to vulgar language, we deleted a FB comment on yesterday's blog. In this young woman's comment, she stated these five alcohol-fueled incidents really didn't happen. So, do we believe her or David Shields? If these five fistfights leading to hospitalization and legal charges really didn't happen, we suggest she take it up with Mr. Shields. He would be the person defaming the university, not us.

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A parting comment on the street signs, at least for now. One very erudite commenter questioned the relevancy of ALDOT's opinion on the signs being used, since the streets in question are not state highways. We would have once thought this was true; however, by reason of funding or other influence, ALDOT recently scuppered the plans for widening part of College Street in Florence which is in no way a state or federal highway. We requested a comment from ALDOT in Tuscumbia and was referred to Montgomery. We await.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Five Assaults This Term at UNA Frat Houses


There are currently 13 fraternities at the University of North Alabama. Of these 13, we don't know how many are involved in the five reported assaults that have occurred since the beginning of the fall term. It could be five separate organizations or only one. Judging from the harsh response David Shields of UNA issued earlier this week, we may infer that more than one have been homes to such violence.

Perhaps the best thing we can say about these incidents is that the university is stressing the assaults were "physical" and not sexual. We'll throw in here that sexual assaults are pretty physical in themselves.

Shields has stated that alcohol was an influencing factor in these incidents, some of which resulted in trips to a hospital, criminal charges, and Code of Conduct charges. 

Now every Greek member at the school must attend meetings on proper and socially acceptable behavior. One more incident? Shields, the vice president of student affairs, has said all Greek life will suffer. 

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We had a question from a regular reader, a very good question, about how many citizens in Florence actually care about the color of street signs on or near the UNA campus. While we personally like the signs and find them attractive, this is why we should care:

1. The City of Florence used tax dollars (around one thousand) to take down legal street signs and replace them with illegal ones.
2. ALDOT and at least three city employees went on record to declare the signs in non-compliance with code and illegal.
3. If anyone is injured at night (or worse) in the vicinity of these signs, the city (read: taxpayers) will face a lawsuit. Oh, and not just the city; you can add UNA to the list of defendants in that lawsuit.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Christina Marie Carroll - All the Glamour is External


In August 2009, Christina Marie Carroll was living with her mother on Lingerlost Lane in Killen when state troopers charged her with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Two of Carroll's former classmates at Brooks High School have contacted us to say the admitted killer of Kevin Allan Doherty was no stranger to drugs when they knew her. Yes, one may count such stories as apocryphal, but they do seem to fit in with Carroll's track record.

Self-Professed Glamour Model

Since the Friday night hit-and-run, Florence detectives had narrowed down the sought after light colored SUV to a Ford Freestyle. It was just matter of time until all such vehicles in the area were checked for front end damage; Christina Carroll, 27, then turned herself in. Her attorney Tim Case was quoted as saying: “It is a horrible car accident and once (Carroll) tells her side it will be clear that, although it will still be tragic, it was an accident.”

We doubt that most people think the collision was anything more than accidental. If that's the best Case could come up with, we suggest Carroll seeks out Billy Underwood as soon as he comes back from his vacation. 

While the collision may have been accidental, Christina Marie Carroll's fleeing the scene wasn't. We've heard of drivers being so shocked by such incidents that they drive around the block before coming back to check on victims, but four days? We're inferring that neither sound judgment nor moral behavior is known to Carroll.

Carroll's bail was set at $2,500.00 - we assume because a judge didn't think the mother of two now living in the Happy Hollow area would be a flight risk. We may safely assume Christina Carroll is tonight safely at home with her two children. Kevin Allan Doherty is still dead.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Laws: Break, Wink At, or Change?


If you don't like a law or support it, is it all right to break it? We've always gone on record to support all laws, but also supporting the attempt to change one if it's inherently wrong. We were reminded of this last week when UNA announced new purple street signs near the campus. 

Only a year ago, Phil Stevenson of Florence said such signs were illegal; only white, green, brown, or blue are allowed. We can remember the city having to change out a sign on Mitchell Boulevard which didn't comply to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. One of our regular readers commented that the city could be fined for the new signs.

So who's right? We're pretty sure the law hasn't changed. While we like the new signs, we don't look forward to our tax dollars having to pay a hefty fine to either state or federal government. 

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Now that brings us to attempted theft (poaching) and hunting with baited traps. What kind of person does that? Especially when the person doesn't need the kill for food? How can you even call it sport when you're luring a deer or other animal to you with food? How can you justify taking something from private property that certainly doesn't belong to you...killing just to kill?

So let's say the son of a senate candidate is arrested and indicted for the above crimes; is it the candidate's fault that his child, at the age of 27, has such total disregard for the law? For those who haven't been keeping track, this makes Caleb Moore's ninth arrest in the state of Alabama. 

No matter whose fault Caleb's behavior is, or even if it can be lain at the feet of his parents, this man needs help...and more than the legal variety.


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Just Who Is Craig Construction Using to Build New $38 Million Dollar School?


Say 38 million and most of us think more money than we could ever imagine in a budget. Say Craig Construction and most of us think of a local Florence firm established over two generations ago. Now think sub-contractor. Now think sub sub-contractor...yes, it's not that uncommon. 

If you had asked us to consider a sub sub-contractor, we would have immediately thought of the roofing business where competing companies like to accuse their rivals of using substandard, or even illegal, labor. Yet, it's not that uncommon in all phases of building and remodeling.

Is Craig Construction using sub-contractors to build the new Florence Middle School? We're sure it is since that's the norm in today's building world. Is the company using illegal or shady sub-contractors? That we don't know, but we do know that someone in the Tampa area wants locals at least to think so.


Cantu-Meza has published messages on a Facebook site seeking two relatively unskilled welders/ironworkers to make about 15.00 an hour to "weld decking" on the new Florence Middle School. He goes as far as to mention Hispanics specifically. Looking at Cantu's FB page established in 2007, we infer that he's probably not Hispanic himself, but a Latino who isn't above hiring illegals to make a quick buck. Nice, huh?

So, is it a joke this man plays in order to stir up controversy in building trades around the southeast? We don't know, but do know the Florence School Board and Craig Construction would do well to find out quickly.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

How Callous (Drunk) Was Kevin Doherty's Killer?


Cloyd Boulevard is narrow, dark, heavily traveled, and with limited sight for those who drive on it. The speed limit is set intentionally low, and the city has debated for over 30 years (since the opening of what was then Regency Square Mall) on how to close it to through traffic. Yet, it's still there, and countless vehicles travel the street daily...and nightly.


On Friday night, Kevin Allan Doherty, a 57 year-old man from Florence, was traveling west on a motorized wheelchair toward Bellview Road when he met an eastbound SUV. There are no sidewalks, and according to police reports Doherty was traveling as pedestrians are instructed to do - facing traffic. Motorized wheelchairs are slow, and Doherty probably never had the chance to move out of the way of the speeding vehicle before it hit him around nine o'clock, knocking him into one of the five properties that dot the last block of Cloyd Boulevard.

The driver never stopped. Witnesses say the small, light-colored SUV continued to Mall Road where it turned right toward Florence Boulevard. It's possible the vehicle then turned back toward the mall and Cox Creek Parkway, but it could just have easily continued to Florence Boulevard and turned either east or west toward a home base, never stopping.

The driver never stopped. We've had at least one reader suggest to us that the driver may have intentionally hit Mr. Doherty, who passed away at Huntsville Hospital. Our opinion is the driver of the SUV was impaired; it was a weekend - a time for many to relax with their drug of choice, be it alcohol or something even less socially acceptable. 

The driver never stopped. Think about that. He (or she) knew their vehicle had hit something. As large as motorized wheelchairs and scooters are, it's not like running over a fast moving small animal. There was an impact. A body went flying - yes, a very dramatic visualization, but it is what happened and it is what the driver of the light-colored SUV had to have seen.

The driver never stopped. Help Florence police catch this person. The SUV supposedly has at least moderate damage to the front end, if not worse. Someone knows something. Someone knows who Kevin Doherty's killer is. 

A killer who never stopped...

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One post accident scenario could easily happen Tuesday, Monday being a holiday. The driver of the hit-and-run vehicle will appear at the police station with an attorney. The driver, lying convincingly, will claim that the he or she didn't know what had actually happened until much later. All a tragic misunderstanding that shouldn't disrupt his or her life. By then, it's much too late to test for drugs. Even if drugs are suggested, a prescription will be produced if necessary. Friends of the driver will rally round and paint the victim as negligent, paint the driver as the actual victim. If there's a trial, the driver may exit the courthouse with only a slap on the wrist.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Language for Fun, Profit, and...Ridicule


Years ago we heard of a Colbert County woman who, while addressing a PTA meeting, stated: I told my son if he said "ain't" again I was gonna whup him. At least her intent was in the right place even if her diction wasn't. We're sure many have good intentions where language is concerned, but have no idea what is vulgar and what isn't.  

Caution: Strong language ahead!

Instead of banning a friend a few hours ago, we simply hid his comment from our readers. What was his particular sin? He used the word "crappy." For those who may not know:



And from Dysfunctional Literacy:

In the hierarchy of profanity (or vulgarity), the word “crap” is pretty low.  It’s probably not quite as bad as “damn” but a little worse than “hell,” depending on the context. Times have changed.  When I was a kid, “crap” was higher up on the list.  It wasn’t as bad as “sh*t,” but it was still pretty bad.  “Sh*t” was what you said when you accidentally bonked your head against a cabinet door.  “Crap” was what you said when you forgot something but could easily go back and get it. Either way, I would have gotten my mouth washed out with soap.

So there you have it. Is that particular word a little worse than "hell" as the author said? While we're not sure about that, we don't allow "hell" either. 

Unless one has a brain injury, speech often betrays IQ levels. The next time you hear someone emit a string of profane and vulgar words, look them over. How are they dressed? What's their occupation or profession? Their educational level? Would you hire them to work with the public?

You say God understands? We're sure He does, but a prospective employer might not.

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Speaking of language and employment, a friend who works at a local dollar store recently told us a young man was fired from his job as cashier because, no matter how many times he was warned, he could simply not refrain from cursing in front of the customers he was checking out.  

Oddly enough, it was in the same store where we heard a Lauderdale County special ed teacher spew forth a vulgar tirade against his students. Maybe we don't shop in classy enough dollar stores?

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Widderspoon Wonder...or Not Very Original, Is It?


First a quick quiz:

This photo depicts...


a. Audwin McGee's 2011 statuary premise
b. Craig R. Widderspoon's 2017 statuary premise
c. Kryton of Red Dwarf


This photo depicts... 



a. Audwin McGee's 2011 statuary premise
b. Craig R. Widderspoon's 2017 statuary premise
c. Kryton of Red Dwarf


This photo depicts...  


a. Audwin McGee's 2011 statuary premise
b. Craig R. Widderspoon's 2017 statuary premise
c. Kryton of Red Dwarf

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We trust everyone was able to identify Kryton easily (he was in the third photo), but how about distinguishing between McGee's concept from six years ago and Widderspoon's current repugnant offering? (Oops, sorry, we see that one out of ten thousand readers liked it...)

The Florence statue was originally slated for Memorial Park on East Tennessee Street, but has now been relegated to the Bluff Street/Mitchell Boulevard intersection to scare Colbert Countians away. The next time you hear someone say Florence has too many fountains, be sure to ask if they want more statues?

Oh, wait. We have it! When this terrible tooter (second photo) is in place, no one will bother to worry about the Confederate war memorial at the court house.


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

CLC Files Two Ethics Complaints Against Roy Moore


The Campaign Legal Center, usually referred to as CLC, has filed a second ethics complaint against Republican senate nominee Roy Moore. The CLC had previously filed a complaint in September claiming that Moore's non-profit moral law center had provided illegal funding to his senate campaign. Now the CLC has filed a second complaint charging that Moore's state and federal ethics disclosure statements don't match.

In fairness to Moore, the state form excludes personal mortgages, while the federal form does not. No problem there that we see. No, the problem lies in Moore stating in his federal statement that he had received no income from public speaking, while stating on his Alabama form that he had received between 50K and 150K for these talks during the same time period.

Is the federal form important? From a senate website:


Public disclosure of a public official’s personal financial interest is often considered the key component to an effective code of conduct.  The drafters of the original Senate Code of Official Conduct in the 95th Congress considered “full and complete disclosure” to be the heart of the Code of Conduct.
Pursuant to statute and Senate rules, Members, officers, certain employees of the Senate (including fellows and government employees detailed to the Senate), and Senate candidates are required to file comprehensive public financial disclosure reports.
The Senate has required public reporting by statute and by Senate Rule since 1978.  The Ethics Committee develops forms and instructions for financial disclosure, gives advice regarding compliance and reviews the completed Reports. The Secretary of the Senate’s Office of Public Records is responsible for making the forms available for public. 

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Below is a link to former judge Roy Moore's federal ethics statement:


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Boyfriend Quiz: Will He Kill You?


All right, single ladies, let's take the boyfriend quiz no. 97 - Will He Kill You?

1.  My boyfriend was arrested for domestic violence before I met him...

a. My boyfriend? Never
b. Once
c. Two or more times
d. I don't believe the stories about him. Lies, all lies. Even public arrest records.

2. My boyfriend does drugs...

a. Are you sure you have the right person?
b. When he's stressed
c. Yeah, so what?
d. I'm trying to get him help. Please pray for us.

3. My boyfriend blames me...

a. Nope, not my boyfriend
b. He's just upset when he says things like that
c. You're misjudging his actions
d. Yes, but it's always really my fault. I accept that.

If you answered "a" to all questions, you probably won't become a statistic. If you answered "b" or "c" to some or all, you need to step back and take a long hard look at his life...and yours. If you answered "d" to any or all, you need to run as fast as you can, particularly if you answered "d" to question number one. No innocent man is falsely accused four times or so by separate women. 

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Over the years we've banned several from our FB page for using inappropriate language or making libelous statements. We've banned only one person for threatening another commenter - that was Ryan Kent Pollard who threatened a former girlfriend who had mentioned one of his arrests.

Now it seems that Pollard is back in jail. Approximately two months ago, Pollard was in Lawrence County, Tennessee...obviously on some very important business. When he realized he'd been spotted by local police, he discarded what our officer friends are saying was either oxycodone or heroin. Pollard was ultimately charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (we're told needles, but haven't verified that with the official record) and tampering with evidence and given 90 days in the Lawrence County Jail. He'll be out just in time for Halloween, but we hear his probation officer in Lauderdale will be waiting for him. 

Now we're sure we'll hear that the Lawrenceburg police have joined the ranks of those who fabricate evidence against this upstanding member of society...and some will actually believe in his innocence. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

ICYMI Story About Our Johnny Mack


Let's hope no one thinks politics in Alabama can't get, pardon the expression, stranger. Because they certainly can. 

Unless you've been living under a rock or bridge, you know that Doc Larry Stutts unseated Roger Bedford in the last state senate race. You also know there's a distinct possibility that he won't be a member of that sometimes less than august body after the next election. That brings us to longtime North Alabama pol Johnny Mack Morrow who will be running for the seat on the (curses...) Democratic ticket.

Perhaps the worst criticism we've heard of Morrow's long political career concerns his habitual blowing off meetings, and an offshoot of this behavior may have led to this relatively under-covered event. On March 6th of this year, Morrow was presiding over an unofficial fact finding public meeting concerning proposed walking trails in Marion county that would run parallel to existing railroad tracks. 

The exact sequence of events may be unclear, but what is clear is that Morrow was already packing up to leave the meeting when former Marion County clerk Odis Garrard rose to speak. Garrard leases part of the land the proposed trail would cross and spoke to oppose the project. When Morrow simply thanked the former clerk for his input, Garrard took umbrage and added that he wouldn't be above stopping the project with guns if necessary.

What would we have done? If we had been Morrow, we hope we would have attempted to defuse the comment and taken a few moments of our time to assure Garrard that no decisions were being made that night. What did Morrow do? He had Garrard arrested for making a terrorist threat. 

Yes, Garrard was carted off to the Hackleburg city jail and allowed to bond out within a few minutes. Three charges were pressed in total, the specific terrorist threat being the only felony. Odis Gerrard was formally indicted ten days ago and will now face a jury trial with Johnny Mack Morrow being the primary witness against him.

Shall we chalk that up to being at least one person who won't support Morrow in his bid to unseat Doc Larry?

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Are You an Independent?


Labels are not set in concrete, but most of us wear them from time to time. Only last week our blog was called, for the second time in its history, "liberal." Why? We don't support nutter Roy Moore.

Does supporting a moderate Democrat make us liberal? We sincerely doubt it. We've lamented before that taking a middle of the road stance means being attacked from both ends. So be it. 

Not only have we been called liberal, but we've also had conservative friends brought into the critical mix who don't write here and probably couldn't care less about the election, been called a snowflake, had a dead sister vilified, and the list goes on.  

The salient point now is: Can Doug Jones win in December? We're told he can if those who claim the mantle of Independent vote. Jones is currently six points behind Moore in most polls, meaning that if the election were held today, Jones would garner 47% of the vote...at least among those surveyed. 

Can Jones make up that difference in ten weeks? We're betting he can. If he doesn't? Then we'll be seeing Roy Moore and our entire state portrayed on Saturday Night Live...and it won't be pretty.  

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Can it again be October? Why, yes. Yes, it can! 






Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lawless in Alabama?


No matter what anyone says, many Alabamians love those who break the law. Of course, that's only the laws with which they disagree. It's civil disobedience, don't you know? 

No, this blog isn't about a state issue, but a local one; however, we will inject here that several have commented to us that former judge Roy Moore broke Alabama gun law by possessing a gun at a public political rally. Apparently he didn't since the rally wasn't public. No, the rally was held on private property and those who attended had paid for admittance. 

They paid? As in cash money? A fool and...


Returning to the local issue, for those not aware, the City of Florence entered into an agreement with the Retirement Systems of Alabama in which it promised to establish an attraction at Veterans Park or, if not, to use the two million set aside for the attraction to refurbish the Florence Conference Center. After a little over a dozen years and still no attraction, the RSA has asked for the two million to be transferred to begin work on the refurbishment of a building now in its name. 

Pretty straight forward, we'd say. Yet we see letters to the editor at the TD which have implied the city council is simply giving the funds to the RSA. In fact, a little bribery was also implied. 

We read one letter twice and believe the author to be fairly educated. Yet he didn't understand what a contact was? Or did he simply think the city should have not kept its end of the bargain? We're going with the latter. 

After all, how much Alabama history has been built on sheer lawlessness?




Friday, September 29, 2017

No More Police Force at NWSCC


From a reader:

On September 20, 2017 Dr. Humphrey Lee, the President of North West-Shoals Community College decided to get rid of all the Campus Police Personnel and replace them with a private security firm that no one has ever heard of. They have no kind of training; no kind of background checks are done on them. Some of the ones that are hired have been fired from other police agencies for violations of department rules. They have no type of training for dealing with Active Shooters, Domestic calls, or any type of Law enforcement related issues. 


Dr. Lee’s reasons behind this was to save the school money and benefits, but what about the safety of our kids, students and faculty members that are on campus? While he continues to let XXXXX run the college and he's just a figure head. It seems no one cares, from the community to the people in Montgomery, that we no longer have a safe campus, and morale really (is low). 

He did this by using the “Reduction in Force” policy all the while planning a new campus in Lauderdale County. If there is money to invest in a new campus why can’t he afford to protect the taxpayers on the Colbert Campus?  It seems he doesn’t hold our Boys in Blue to a very high regard since he made the statement that the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission wasn’t as good as they think they are and that he didn’t need Police officers on his campus.

I hope he never does need police officers on his campus but the idea of them already being there may be why he has never needed them in the first place!

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If all we cared about was a really great straight line, here's where we'd say: But who's going to protect the campus from Poodles?