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  • What If …

    Jan 1, 2021

    SOURCE: https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-speech-save-america-rally-transcript-january-6 What if Trump protesters were infiltrated by radical elements of BLM / Antifa / deranged Democrats, in other words, BAD actors. (Those that destroyed public property and committed crimes should be roundly punished and their behavior condemned. Of course that also applies to the violent and destructive riots of 2020 from Seattle and Portland to Philadelphia and Atlanta). The Capitol police...

  • We Lost Some Good Ones This Year

    Steve Flowers|Jan 1, 2021

    As is my annual ritual, my year-end column pays tribute to Alabama political legends who have passed away during the year. Sonny Cauthen passed away in Montgomery at age 70. He was the ultimate inside man in Alabama politics. Sonny was a lobbyist before lobbying was a business. He kept his cards close to his vest and you never knew what he was doing. Sonny was the ultimate optimist who knew what needed to be achieved and found like-minded allies with whom to work. When he had something to get...

  • Reapportionment

    Steve Flowers|Jan 1, 2021

    As we close the book on 2020, we will close the door on national politics and get back to the basics, good old Alabama politics. That's my game. It is what I know and like to write and talk about. Some say my prognostications and observations on Alabama politics are sometimes accurate. However, not so much so on the national level. About a decade ago there was an open presidential race and a spirited Republican battle for the nomination had begun. One of the entrants stood out to me. U.S. Senato...

  • Is it good to think about any legal issues for the New Year?

    Ron Holtsford|Jan 1, 2021

    Without specifics about yourself, I’ll make this answer generic in a personal and in a business sense. I presume you looked at your financial estate planning (401K, mutual funds, stocks and bonds, life insurance, etc) and as you do you also think about your legal estate planning. After all you are a year older; you may have gotten married, had a new child, had a child reach the age of majority (19 years), gotten divorced or suffered the death of a spouse or even a child. You may have a child...

  • The Three Horsemen of Alabama

    Robert Tate|Jan 1, 2021

    Hey, aren’t there supposed to be four? Yup, but right now I am not talking about the Apocalypse. I am going to write about something I never write about. In the ten-plus years of Robservations, I honestly cannot think of a time I have written an entire piece about sports. A little here and there but never the whole kit-and-caboodle. It is not because I don’t like sports. I love sports and played them for the better part of my life. It is just that getting wrapped up in debates about guys...

  • The Battle of Mauvila

    John Martin|Jan 1, 2021

    This is an open message to all archaeologists in and around Alabama, and especially those who work or are interested in southwest Alabama. Because of COVID-19 and intense campaigning in our last presidential and congressional elections, almost nobody noticed that an important historical milestone is about to arrive: From this past October 18, we now have less than 20 years to prepare for the 500th anniversary of one of Alabama’s greatest historical events—Hernando de Soto’s great battle...

  • Peaceful Transfer of Power: Pax Romana style

    John Sophocleus|Jan 1, 2021

    I grow weary of so much self-adulation of the forthcoming transfer of executive power to install Biden after four years of suffering similarly poor ‘public servant’ Trump. The world observed ‘peaceful’ transfers of power from Augustus to Tiberius, Herod ‘the Great’ to Antipas, etc. under Roman despotism and hegemony – is this really anything new under our earth’s sun or Son of God these past two millennia? Trump’s 306-232 Electoral College (57%/43%) 2016 installment over...

  • The Future of America is Undiminished by Circumstance

    Justice Will Sellers|Jan 1, 2021

    It was President Harry Truman who said, “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know,” and King Solomon, perhaps the wisest man ever, stated pretty much the same thing a few millennia ago when he recorded in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that “there is nothing new under the sun.” Recent studies have shown the people look fondly upon the era that was one to two decades prior of their birth as the “good old days,” but few take time to really examine what made those days so...

  • Public Health Mandates are Political

    Daniel Sutter|Jan 1, 2021

    Governments across the country have imposed numerous public health policies to control COVID-19. A prominent one has been requiring the wearing of masks in public; Alabama has been under a mask order since July. Americans have largely embraced masks. A recent Harris poll found that 93% of respondents at least sometimes (72% always) wore masks. Nonetheless, Dr. Don Williamson of the Alabama Hospital Association recently expressed frustration over some Alabamians’ unwillingness to wear masks....

  • Elections Have Consequences

    Perry O Hooper Jr|Jan 1, 2021

    The run-off Senate elections in Georgia are the most consequential elections in American history. If the Democrats sweep these two elections, there will be no checks against a Biden Administration fully implementing its high tax, high regulation, globalist agenda. If the Republicans hold on to one of these seats, The Senate will have the ability to “throttle” the Democrat Agenda. Close to home, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. This makes...

  • Secession

    John M Taylor|Jan 1, 2021

    “If any State in the Union will declare that it prefers ‘separation’ over ‘union,’ “I have no hesitation in saying, ‘let us separate.’” – Thomas Jefferson In 2010 Russian Professor Igor Panarin, former KGB analyst, lecturer, and writer tied to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, predicted the economic and moral collapse of these United States, leading to eventual civil war and breakup. His predictions appeared in The Wall Street Journal and other publications. With the 2020...

  • Trump's 2020 Gallup Poll Popularity – Three Reasons

    John W. Giles|Jan 1, 2021

    The green-eyed jealousy over Trump’s historic popularity among Republican and Democrat office holders, including the liberal media has been obviously visible and immeasurably coveted. In a recent Gallup Poll, Trump surpassed Obama in 2020 as the most admired man in America. Michelle Obama polled as the 2020 most admired woman in America. Imagine that, according to this poll, the former President and First Lady, both black are considered among the most admired Americans, and we are accused of...

  • Heisman Who?

    Stan Hurst|Jan 1, 2021

    For the first time in 29 years a receiver has won the coveted Heisman Trophy. With one exception in 1997, Devonta Smith won this most impressive award dominated by quarterbacks and running backs. Devonta Smith – “Smitty” a humble and unassuming Crimson Tide receiver has brought home another award for Coach Saban’s bunch in Tuscaloosa. In is extemporaneous acceptance speech, Devonta gave credit to his family, his friends and supporters at home. His honest assessment of himself, as too...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jan 1, 2021

    Happy 101st Birthday, Helen Lattal! A 101st Birthday Drive-by Parade for Helen Lattal, a WWII WAC, was held January 4, 2021, in front of the Central-East AL Chapter of the American Red Cross. The parade was led by representatives of the Montgomery Police and Fire Departments, and other participants including Dr. Amir Farooqi, Director of the Central AL Veterans Health Care System, Admiral Kent Davis, Commissioner of the AL Dept. of Veterans Affairs, members of the Peter Forney Chapter and the...

  • R.I.P. Bob Lieberman

    Jan 1, 2021

    Submitted by John J. Davis – Special Guest Columnist Assistant Attorney General, Appellate Division, Office of the Attorney General, State of Alabama I got to know Bob Lieberman almost 30 years ago when I worked with his oldest son, Bruce, on the staff of then Attorney General Jimmy Evans. Bob immediately impressed me as a man of great wisdom and with an understated sense of humor. He had already retired from his job at the Environmental Protection Agency and was still working part-time for it. I knew that he had served in the Army during Wor...

  • Southern Cuisine - January

    David Spooner|Jan 1, 2021

    Hooray, the year 2020 is over! No one thought that 2020 would end up like it did. They are now looking forward to 2021. But we do not know how 2021 will turn out. No matter how 2021 progresses, we have learned a lot about making do with a different set of circumstances, different rules, and different ways that we interact with each other. The food industry has gone through tough times. How we obtain food, either in the grocery stores or at restaurants, has changed a great deal. We have lost the...

  • Tears & Laughter

    Amanda Walker|Jan 1, 2021

  • "Let There Be Peace on Earth"

    Trisston Wright Burrows|Jan 1, 2021

    Happy New Year! Whew! We made it! Thank you, Jesus!! What a wild ride 2020 was…from the COCID-19 Pandemic to civil unrest to the Presidential election. Recently, I was reminded of a beautiful song that is often sung around the holidays, you’ve heard it…”Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” Have you ever taken the time to figure out what that really means? Sounds like such a simple concept. I think it means finding peace and joy within ourselves and then sharing that p...

  • Realistic Expectations for 2021

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jan 1, 2021

    MOST OF US ARE READY FOR AND EXCITED ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF 2021, AND MOST OF US ARE GLAD TO BE PUTTING 2020 IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, RIGHT? Everyone I know is anxious to return to some semblance of normalcy, and it is tempting to look toward 2021 as the cure for all our problems related to this past year. But as much as I and many others want to do just that … it might be a big mistake! Now, I view myself as a very positive leader. One of my favorite quotes is this: * A pessimist complains about...

  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for January

    Judge Peggy Givhan|Jan 1, 2021

    Perhaps we are turning the corner in 2021 with the COVID virus and life will get back to normal. I am certainly ready and I know you are, too. Along with other gardeners of good cheer, we are always the optimists – that only good will come out of a bad situation. It's funny that during our lockdown, we go through our tried and true traditions such as decorating the house, baking cookies and cakes, leaving small gifts at our friends' doorsteps, listening to Christmas carols, and watching...