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Alabama is a Big Front Porch

This is the final version of a three week series of stories that illustrate that Alabama is a Big Front Porch. James E. “Big Jim” Folsom was one of our few two-term governors. In the old days,...

 

NATO's Newest Member

Prior to the American Revolution and more than a decade before the French Revolution, there was the Swedish Revolution, which marks its 250th anniversary this month. While often out of the orbit of...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    September 1, 2022 

JUST ASKING

In the news everyday now, we are hearing about the 87,000 new IRS agents being hired by the federal government. At base level, this seems to be a bit egregious and threatening. Let’s be honest,...

 

Stealing Elections in Alabama: Next Step, Close Primaries

Champions of political competition often cite Alabama with the most restrictive ballot access laws in 50 States. Any non-duopoly political party wanting access/inclusion on the upcoming Nov. 8th...

 

Jack Hinson: One Man's Retribution

The War for Southern Independence produced many divisions in both North and South. Southerners overwhelmingly supported the Confederate cause; a small percentage supported the North and some...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    September 1, 2022 

The Demise of the Butterflies

What has happened to our butterflies? Have many people even bothered to notice? On a typical summer day, how many do you see? Up until about 1980, anybody could step outside in most places and spot a...

 

The Quest for Stable Government

Ninety years ago, Portugal was the poster child for instability. New governments came and went roughly every 6 months. Change seemed the only constant, which created a vacuum of leadership tailor...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2022

BITS AND PIECES #15: WAKE UP AMERICA!

As I sit here today, I have to continuously shake my head. I have to ask myself, “What in the heck is going through the minds of so many Americans?” As a society, it seems as though we have lost...

 

January Sixth Twenty Twenty-one: A Date Which Will Live in Stupidity

I can almost hear FDR’s shrill voice enunciating these words in my “mind’s ear.” The nation’s capitol was fatuously and ignorantly attacked… Apropos to evoke FDR as a traditional, big...

 

THE FIST BUMP THAT WAS SEEN 'ROUND THE WORLD

On his 4-day trip to the Middle East, Joe Biden gave a new definition to Barack Obama’s foreign policy of “Leading from Behind,” and it is not good. “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” refer...

 

Compact is more than a Theory

Recent Supreme Court rulings have stirred up a “hornet’s nest,” especially the Dobbs abortion decision on June 24, 2022. Roe vs. Wade created a so-called right to abort an unborn child,...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    August 1, 2022

Biden's Waterloo

Beginning on January 20th of last year, America has been suffering from the reckless and devastating actions of Joe Biden, our most destructive and incompetent president so far in this century. On...

 

Jamey Johnson ~ True Son of Alabama

Another milestone in Alabama’s illustrious country music history occurred when Jamey Johnson became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry. My wife Judy and I were very fortunate to be Jamey’s...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    July 1, 2022

Do Campaign Ads Pander?

During the waning days of the campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senator, I received an inordinate amount of correspondence lamenting the outrageous, demagogic, disingenuous, negative ads, especially on...

 

Bending the Universe Toward Justice

Dr. Martin Luther King argued that the arc of the moral universe is long and bends toward justice. This geometry lesson was used to illustrate a belief that history is pulled gravitationally towards...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2022

School is in Session

Several years ago, I first wrote this column. Since then, gun violence in this country has gotten worse – no doubt. At the same time, however, I am not about to sit here and blame an inanimate...

 

Trouble in Hubbardland?

More rumblings in ‘low turnout’ Lee County as voters try to reject Hubbardland, the epicenter of corruption in our State. Although in prison and well paid with back door hush money via the Auburn...

 
 By John M Taylor    Opinion    July 1, 2022

The Mythical Abraham Lincoln

On May 30th, the Lincoln Memorial celebrated its 100th birthday. Named after Abraham Lincoln, one memorial feature is the symbol of fasces (rods bundled together and bound with a red strap), which is...

 
 By John Martin    Opinion    July 1, 2022

Overpopulation

In a mere two centuries, the human population on our planet has jumped from an estimated one billion people in 1804 to eight billion this year (June 2022)—a milestone right on schedule with the...

 
 By Gary Miller    Opinion    July 1, 2022

God will Never Leave You

If you hunt or fish long enough there will come times you must give up your passion for other things. I can remember years ago opening a business during hunting season. The timing of the opening was...

 
 By Steve Flowers    Opinion    June 1, 2022

We Miss Shorty Price (aka: Also Rans)

The governor’s races of bygone years were a lot more fun and colorful than todays. We would have 10 to 15 candidates. There would be three or four favorites, but we would have 10 others that would...

 

The History Behind Cinco De Mayo ~ Hi-Five!

May was an interesting month for our neighbors to the South. This year, Mexico commemorates the 200th anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Agustín I, and the 160th anniversary of the Battle of...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2022

The Truth and The Lie

Four years ago, I wrote the first part of this Robservation. It doesn’t seem that long ago but it was. Not surprisingly, things have not even come close to changing. You might even say that things...

 

2022 Primary Retrospective: No Ad too Dumb for a Dumb Ad!

With all due respect to Gov. Ivey’s high-steppin’ through the bovine (dare I type BCA?) excrement, my beautiful bride took a sigh of relief as all the Dumb Ads disappeared Wednesday after the...

 
 By John M Taylor    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Jefferson Davis: Is Government by Consent a Lost Cause?

The birthday of Jefferson Finis Davis is on June 3rd. Although it is a State Holiday in Alabama there will likely be little recognition from most circles. Davis, a Jeffersonian and a Christian (Episco...

 

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