Gita M. Smith
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O, come all ye faithful. The latest must-see Florida attraction to compete for your tourist dollars is The Holy Land Experience. It is comfortably situated in the Greater Orlando-Kissimmee theme park district chock-a-block with hotels and “family dining” style restaurants. Owned by mega-giant Christian broadcasting network TBN (the T is for Trinity), this biblical theme park features a recreation…
You may recall, the Music Man once sang, “Oh, we got trouble, right here in River City.” Well, we got trouble right here in the River Region.
See, two years ago, Montgomery area officials all posed with brand new shovels to break ground for a new community health facility, to be funded with $1.5 million from the city and the rest with federal funds.
Among those turning the dirt was Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby, who vocally supported the River Region Health Center. But now that she’s Congresswoman Roby for Alabama’s Second Congressional District, her tune is different.
I have no hard figures to back this up, exactly, but I’m pretty sure schadenfreude has become the new national pastime. Taking pleasure in another’s misfortune is — if not our default emotion — pretty darn close to the mood in America right now.
I know I got a huge dose of it when I heard Christine O’Donnell had lost her race in Delaware, early Tuesday night. Then, I experienced another sweet round of it a few hours later when Harry Reid was declared the winner and Sharron Angle the loser.
The current campaign ad by Tim James, who is running for Alabama governor on the GOP slate, contains a strange non sequitur, at first glance. James starts out by saying he doesn’t mind showing his driver’s license when he votes. He then segues into a couple of remarks about being a business man and wanting to grow jobs for Alabama. He concludes by saying it makes sense to him to show a driver’s license when voting…”Does it to you?”
What does a driver’s licence have to do with growing jobs in the state, you may ask? Seems like the two have nothing to do with each other.
Ed Teal, Republican candidate for Marshall County sheriff, is suing Marshall County chief deputy Doug Gibbs for “cybersquatting.”
Gibbs allegedly bought 19 internet domain names that Teal could have used as his campaign website. The domain names include www.Tealforsheriff.com, www.VoteEdTeal.com, and other variations on that theme.
The year was 1999, a week before Passover, and I was pushing my cart through the aisles of Bruno’s in Bessemer, Alabama. At the time, Bruno’s was THE grocery store chain in the state. It was, in fact, a highly innovative company for its time, the first to offer gourmet prepared foods like chicken breasts encrusted with toasted pine nuts or fresh tabouli. You sure didn’t see that fare in the Piggly Wigglies around the South. So, naturally, I assumed that Bruno’s would sell matzoh for the Passover table.
But I was wrong …
The salesman behind the counter glowered. It was a gale-force scowl that started at his hairline and rolled downward till it ran out of face.
“Are you back, AGAIN?”
It was a Saturday morning at the seed and feed store. The hometown seed store is the last honest bulwark against the encroachment of big-box mega-stores. It is a bastion of individuality where a gardener can find eccentric products of yesteryear alongside new horticultural advances, a place where salespeople know your dog’s name or ask things like, “So how’d that collard seed do, the organic we special-ordered for ya last fall?”
Alabama Gov. Robert Riley wants to shut down electronic gaming in the state. At his orders, state troopers have been making secret midnight and 2 a.m. raids on the large lucrative casino at VictoryLand Greyhound Park, in Shorter, and at Country Crossing casino and country music park, in Dothan. Bold move, probably appreciated by the anti-gambling faction. Go Bob.
The other day, South Carolina Lite Gov. Andre Bauer (a Republican candidate for governor) compared people who take public assistance to stray animals.
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals,” Bauer told a Greenville-area crowd. “You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce,
President Obama has started to appoint new judges to the federal courts, especially the appellate courts which decide more than 30,000 cases a year. What kind of jurists will the president pick? In particular, how will he fill openings on the appellate courts in Atlanta and Richmond? His remarks, so far, have been opaque.
Over eight years, the Bush/Cheney legal viewpoint left a heavy footprint on the hundreds of district and appeals courts. Bush’s appointments cemented a philosophy of exclusion and a system in which justice served a narrower band of society than ever before. Thus, progressives are hoping Obama’s appointments will reverse the neo-con influence and reshape the legal landscape.
Stand down, Jennie Craig, Weight Watchers and Dr. Atkins. There’s a new kid in town, The Dixie Diet, and we are proud to say it peels off pounds. Here’s how we do it. First, we put you in prison. Then we spend between $1.13 and $1.75 per day to feed you. Then a couple of years later, you are a nice emaciated specimen with gum disease and bone loss. Strangely, not all prisoners appreciate this chance to lose weight. Last week in Tennessee, a federal judge ordered a Robertson County Jail inmate moved to another detention facility after he and other inmates complained about inadequate food at the jail. U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell heard more than five days of testimony, during which inmates stepped on scales in the courtroom to document their weight. One fellow said he lost 100 pounds during 19 months in the small jail about 25 […]
If someone said, come try this sport with me, would you say yes to the following? You will be exhausted, sleep-deprived, cold, bug-bitten, in need of a wicked pee and hungry every morning for the next two months. You’ll get up long before sunrise, drive an hour in the dark, walk through the damp and chilly woods, make idiot noises for a while and risk exposure to snakes, ticks and poison ivy. Would you leap joyfully into that fray?
No, I thought not.
Good. We don’t want any more turkey hunters bungling around in the woods. The rest of the world should stay home in their flannel beds. Leave the birds to us, in all their splendor. The call of the hen in the spring is so sweet with longing, only the pure of heart deserve to hear her songs. The plaintive “Kee-kee-run” of a lonesome juvenile in autumn calls out to the flock, “Here I am, please find me.”
In the late 70s, when Eddie Lee and Larry Larson performed outrageous satires on Atlanta’s stages, they poked fun at people who believed in a secret brotherhood called The Illuminati. In some circles today this is no laughing matter. Rather, it’s a consistent and growing conspiracy theory concerning a powerful cabal with a master plan to rule the world. On the website of a man running for governor of Alabama is a lengthy video exposing how The Illuminati plan to ruin our health with antibiotics and vaccines, thereby weakening us and keeping us subjugated. They say that Al Gore is a member of this power-hungry, slavering cabal. The gubernatorial candidate of mention here is Roy Moore. He was briefly the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court until he defied an order from the U.S. Supremes and refused to remove a granite Ten Commandments from the state’s judicial building. His […]