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  • Starnes: Alabama school bans Reagan, Coulter, Levin summer reading list

    06/23/2017 11:21:00 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 18 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/23/2017
    The summer reading list for Gene Ponder's AP Government and Economics class at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama is causing some trouble. Mr. Ponder filled his list with books authored by conservatives -- and libertarians. I know – right? Imagine that - a conservative public school teacher! Sweet mercy, America! Miracles do happen. Mr. Ponder’s summer reading list was a bonus assignment and included writers like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin and Ronald Reagan and Thomas Sowell. For the past 10 years, he’s instructed the students to spend a portion of their summer reading just one book on the...
  • Spanish Fort High AP reading list pulled after concerns from residents

    06/22/2017 7:54:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 41 replies
    Gukf Coast News ^ | 6/21/2107 | Cliff McCollum
    Concerns from local residents have led to a summer reading list for a Spanish Fort High School AP Government/Economics being pulled. Spanish Fort High teacher Gene Ponder’s summer reading list for his class included a number of texts from a majority of conservative and right-leaning authors including Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Ron Paul, Thomas Sowell, Chuck Colson and Ronald Reagan. Some of the titles of the books included “Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama’s Attacks on Our Borders, Economy and Security,” “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto,” “48 Liberal Lies About American History,” “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America,”...
  • The infrastructure myth

    06/21/2017 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Lagniappe Weekly ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jeff Poor
    Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the early stages of his presidency, Donald Trump vowed to make infrastructure improvements around the country. The promise was all part of his brand of populism — spend more money domestically and less abroad. America first. “We need members of both parties to join hands and work with us to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to build new roads and bridges and airports and tunnels and highways and railways all across our great nation,” Trump pledged at a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, earlier this year. Given Trump’s Russia investigation toxicity, it will...
  • 'If you're white, you're probably racist,' student scolds peers

    06/20/2017 1:32:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | June 20, 2017 | Jacob Grandstaff
    “If you’re white, you’re probably racist,” an editor for the University of Alabama’s student newspaper told her classmates in a recent op-ed. Writing last week for The Crimson White, Opinions Editor Marissa Cornelius begins by listing various “internalized racist beliefs” she considers common to white students, such as “being scared of the Walmart on Skyland Boulevard” or being surprised that a black classmate is “articulate.”
  • Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in Gulf of Mexico

    06/20/2017 1:29:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 06-20-2017 | Staff
  • 'A whole nightmare': Alabama father of 7 out on bond after detention by ICE

    06/17/2017 10:42:35 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 68 replies ^ | 6/17/18 | Connor Sheets
    On April 10, Antonio Sanchez was driving from a landscaping job in Pelham to his home in Pinson when he was pulled over for having a large pile of branches in the back of his truck. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy who stopped him did not give the father of seven a ticket for the branches. But the deputy ran a check on him and discovered that his license was suspended [reporter omits why the DL was suspended] and he had missed a court date for a public intoxication violation. The deputy who stopped Sanchez for having branches...
  • Something 'was not right' with execution, attorney says [Robert Melson; AL]

    06/10/2017 9:43:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 9, 2017 6:30 PM EDT | Kim Chandler
    A lawyer for an Alabama inmate put to death by lethal injection said Friday she is concerned his trembling limbs and labored breathing were an indication something “was not right” with the procedure. Robert Melson, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m. CDT Thursday at a southwest Alabama prison, authorities said. Melson’s attorneys had filed a flurry of last-minute appeals seeking to stay the execution, arguing that the state planned to use a sedative that would not reliably render Melson unconscious before other drugs stopped his longs and heart. In December, an Alabama man coughed and heaved for the first...
  • Roy Moore makes first campaign stop in north Alabama ... would ... support clean Obamacare repeal

    06/10/2017 5:04:59 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 56 replies
    WHNT ^ | 6/7/17 | David Kumbroch
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Roy Moore made his first campaign stop in north Alabama since announcing his candidacy for the US Senate. He spoke briefly to the Republican Women of Huntsville's luncheon, along with candidates Randy Brinson and Representative Mo Brooks.* * *He told the crowd at the luncheon that he supported the president's vision. He told us he wants to see a clean repeal of Obamacare, "I think health care should be voted on. I think we should repeal Obamacare, and I think that's what the people of Alabama want, the people of this country want."
  • 85% drop in food stamp recipients in AL counties where work requirement restarted

    06/06/2017 7:16:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2017 | Rick Moran
    From our file named "Duh." The Alabama Department of Human Resources says 13 counties that reinitiated a work requirement for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, saw an 85% drop in recipients. The counties had been exempt from the work requirement due to high levels of unemployment. But with the economy recovering, the state of Alabama restarted the work requirement on January 1 this year, which resulted in the massive drop in SNAP participants. ... Nationwide, there are about 44 million people receiving SNAP benefits at a cost of about $71 billion. The...
  • Madison County mail carrier accused of feeding nails to neighborhood dogs

    06/02/2017 8:21:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    WHNT ^ | 6/1/17 | Kristen Connor
    A Madison County mail carrier is charged in an animal cruelty case. Madison County Sheriff's deputies charged Susanna Burhans, 47, with aggravated animal cruelty after they say she fed meaty treats with dangerous ingredients to dogs along her route. Ed Glover tells WHNT News 19 Burhans was his mail carrier. He found one of the meatballs on the ground by his mailbox at his New Hope home, and discovered that the meatball was filled with nails. He believes the mail carrier had already fed one to his dog, Missy. He became worried about Missy, and tells us he took her...
  • Gov’t sucks 101: Business license needed for teens to cut grass

    06/02/2017 4:05:52 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 43 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 06/02/2017 | Chris Pandolfo
    If your teenage kids are trying to make some money cutting grass this summer, government is there to ruin it for them. A city ordinance in Gardendale, Ala., requires entrepreneurial teens to show a city-issued business license before they offer their lawn services for some extra summer cash. According to ABC’s Birmingham affiliate, a business license in Gardendale costs $110. Parents are complaining that their kids aren’t making enough money to recoup the cost of the license. "I have never heard of a child cutting grass had to have a business license," said Elton Campbell. Her granddaughter cuts grass around...
  • Alabama Makes It Illegal to Remove Confederate Monuments

    05/27/2017 3:22:11 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/27/2017 | Ryan Saavedra
    The new law attempts to preserve history by making it illegal to remove monuments that have been in place for more than 40 years. The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017, signed into law Wednesday by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R), protects historical Confederate monuments which have come under fire in recent weeks by Democratic politicians. The new legislation prohibits: The relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument located on public property which has been in place for 40 or more years.
  • Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies at 69

    05/27/2017 1:36:16 PM PDT · by Dacula · 80 replies
    Variety ^ | May 27, 2017 | Chriss Morris
    Gregg Allman, whose hard-jamming, bluesy sextet the Allman Brothers Band was the pioneering unit in the Southern rock explosion of the ‘70s, died Saturday due to currently unknown causes. He was 69. As recently as April 24, reports surfaced claiming Allman was in hospice. His manager previously denied those reports to Variety, which Allman then substantiated in a Facebook post. However, he had suffered a number of ailments in recent years — including an irregular heartbeat, a respiratory infection, a hernia and a liver transplant — and cancelled many scheduled tour dates in recent months due to undisclosed health reasons.
  • Alabama moves to protect Confederate monuments

    05/27/2017 6:06:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 57 replies ^ | 5/26/2017 | Reid Wilson
    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) this week signed legislation that will preempt cities and counties from removing monuments to the Confederacy from public property, over the objections of black lawmakers and civil rights groups. The legislation comes after the city of New Orleans removed several statues honoring Confederate figures in recent weeks. The measure’s lead sponsor, state Sen. Gerald Allen (R), said he hoped to end the “wave of political correctness” sweeping the nation. “Where does it end? Are all parts of American history subject to purging, until every Ivy League professor is satisfied and the American story has been...
  • After the Confederates, Who's Next?

    05/26/2017 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | May 26, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman's troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah. Captured in the Confederate defeat at Jonesborough was William Martin Buchanan of Okolona, Mississippi, who was transferred by rail to the Union POW stockade at Camp Douglas, Illinois. By the standards of modernity, my great-grandfather, fighting to prevent the torching of Georgia's capital, was engaged in a criminal and immoral cause. And "Uncle Billy" Sherman was a liberator. Under President Grant,...
  • Alabama Governor Signs Bill Protecting Confederate Memorials

    05/25/2017 5:27:06 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Rob Shimshock
    Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation Wednesday that protects Confederate memorials from removal or modification. Specifically, the law bans the removal or modification of monuments that have been in place for more than 40 years, according to the Associated Press. Schools that have born an individual’s name for more than 40 years can also not be renamed, and a commission must decide whether changes to memorials or schools between 20 and 40 years of age is appropriate. Ivey’s signature comes following the Alabama Senate’s approval of the bill Friday. Republican Sen. Gerald Allen, the sponsor of the bill, blasted...
  • GOP goes to war with Roy Moore over Sessions' Senate seat

    05/20/2017 9:16:37 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 60 replies
    WND ^ | May 20, 2017 | Greg Corombos
    Republicans in Washington, D.C., are fiercely lining up behind Sen. Luther Strange in this year’s special election to finish the U.S. Senate term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the nation’s best known state judge says he is ready to battle big GOP dollars in the primary and defend the Constitution in Washington. Moore finds himself in a crowded field for the GOP nomination. With the filing deadline set for Wednesday, six Republicans are officially in the field. In addition to Judge Moore and Sen. Strange, the most recognizable name is Rep. Mo Brooks, best known for his work in...
  • Study: Some Alabamians pay more for health insurance than New Yorkers

    05/11/2017 12:22:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies ^ | May 11, 2017 | BY AMY YURKANIN
    Last year, two national insurance companies dropped out of the marketplace in Alabama, leaving just one option for individuals who purchase insurance through the federal exchange set up under Obamacare. Lack of competition in areas with just one or two insurance providers has been linked to higher premiums in a recent study by the Urban Institute. Median benchmark monthly premiums in areas with just one insurance company averaged $451, compared to $270 for areas with six companies or more. Rural areas and Southern states tend to have less competition, according to the study. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is...
  • Rep. Mo Brooks blasts Chelsea Clinton: She might run for office to 'do better than mommy'

    05/04/2017 11:10:54 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 8 replies ^ | 5/3/2017 | Staff
    Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks isn't holding back on his feelings about Chelsea Clinton and her reaction to comments he made about healthcare coverage. On Monday, Brooks garnered national attention after he said people who "live good lives" shouldn't have to pay as much for healthcare as others. "Right now, those are the people--who've done things the right way--that are seeing their (health insurance) costs skyrocketing," Brooks said during a CNN interview. Those comments caught Clinton's attention, with the former First Daughter tweeting out a message to the Alabama Republican Tuesday morning.(snip) Speaking to an ABC reporter Tuesday, Brooks said Clinton...
  • Judge Roy Moore ..for U.S. Senate: 'My Position Has Always Been God First, Family, Then Country'

    05/01/2017 5:47:37 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 04/27/2017 | Michael W. Chapman
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore resigned from the bench on Wednesday and announced he is running for the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by Sen. Jeff Sessions' appointment as attorney general of the United States. The state's primaries are scheduled for Aug. 25 and the general election is Dec. 15. In announcing his run, Justice Moore, a West Point graduate and veteran who served in Vietnam, said, “My position has always been God first, family, then country. I think I share and I know I share the vision of our president, Donald Trump, to make America Great Again."...