Alabama, Really?

Let’s dredge up Alabama’s secession and accept it. If they’re really going to elect a pedophile to the United States Senate then the NCAA and the SEC ought to banish their football teams to Mexico. Hit them where it really hurts.

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  1. My salute for all veterans on the Trail and lurking readers.  From the Revolutionary War to me, we served and returned to our civilian lives.

    I may go over to a restaurant for lunch, Red Robin has a burger and fries, but am more likely to take a nap.  CNN ran some of the numbers and there are a lot of us old un’s, still alive after Vietnam, Korea and even WWII.

    The shame of the grand old pedophiles continues, but there may be a few dumping off the AL pedophile.

  2. For anyone interested in something a little different there is a NASA launch at 0737 this morning.  If you live along with Mid-Atlantic region you might be able to see it.  If not, or if you do not want to go out in the freeze, it is being broadcast on NASA television, online and on Roku.

    It is exciting to think back to the day before Sputnik launched.  The general American public was fat, dumb and happy. The next day we were anxious.  Sputnik showed how “behind” we were in science, particularly rocket science.  And, the scary knowledge that the Soviets could blast us into a crispy hole in the ground.

  3. Lock him and his evangelical base from hell up!   I have read there is no statute of limitations on sexual assault on for a human under the age of 16 in the state of alabama.  Could ole roy be facing charges?  I doubt it, these are the trump years.

     

  4. TPP goes on without US.  America first?…everyone is laughing at us.  china let it slip that trump is so easy to play.  putie and trump order ‘five’ from room service in vietnam and the payment for the pee-pee tape is made.  I sure hope the secret service vetted the prostitutes unless putie brought the world’s finest from moscow to vietnam.

  5. With seconds left in the countdown an idiot pilot flew into the range and the launch was scrubbed for today.  I hope they find the fool a.nd take away his license for being too stupid to understand NOTAMs

  6. bbronc, a hearty hats off and thanks to all the vets here on the trail and elsewhere and a head bow in remembrance for those who are no longer with us.

    as to that “general American public” of which you speak, we’re fatter, dumber but not so happy and should be waking up this time to china nudging us out of top dog spot…. not just in technology as the Russian did back then but as the global economic superpower.  alas as they use to say.

    Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.”  [kjv rev 18:10]

  7. In defense of moore?  It wasn’t his underage sister he abused.   I would think his evangelical base would even forgive incest…they forgave the potus and laid hands on him to cleanse his dirty soul, his corrupt mind.  Forgiveness is magic and the crooks from the nixon gang learned in the 1970’s to embrace being born again in prison.  colson comes to mind.  A cleansing of some really bad sins.

  8. Suggesting the title be changed to Alabama: Really.

    Carve it in stone & place it in front of the Capitol.

     

  9. My brother scored three free meals so far…

    He is a Vietnam vet.  He spent one year there and most of the rest of his 7 years in theAF in Europe shopping.

    Ala already elected the maroon twice

  10. carl Hiaasen: Run for the Florida Legislature — you can’t beat the benefits!

    Tallahassee, that gilded Gomorrah of the Panhandle, is in an uproar.

    Allegations of sexual misconduct by some top state lawmakers — with rumors of more headlines to come — have caused a seismic puckering of orifices throughout the capital city.

    The latest scandal (speaking of puckering) has led to the abrupt demotion of Senate Appropriations Chair Sen. Jack Latvala. He’s the married Republican gubernatorial candidate who was secretly photographed kissing a female lobbyist in the parking lot of an Italian restaurant.

    The existence of the pictures, taken last spring, was revealed about two weeks ago. Politico Florida then reported that several unnamed women had accused Latvala of verbal harassment and inappropriate touching.

    He fiercely denies any wrongdoing, and the lobbyist in the smooch photos has asserted there was no intimate relationship. Perhaps she and the senator were innocently sharing a breath mint.

    The Latvala bombshell exploded only days after one of his married pals, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens, resigned from office after admitting to an affair with yet another lobbyist.

    Tallahassee’s establishment isn’t shocked by the type of misbehavior so much as how it’s getting exposed. A private eye supposedly hired by an embittered ex-senator is prowling the town, hiding spy-cams at strategic locations such as a condo building populated with lawmakers and their staffs.

    Now philanderers and serial gropers in both political parties are lying awake at night wondering if they’re next.

    The unseemly intersection of legislators and lobbyists is as old as the corporate expense account, but sex isn’t usually part of the deal. Lobbyists need politicians to push the legislative agendas of their client, whether that happens to be the NRA or the Sierra Club.

    Lawmakers, in turn, need lobbyists to instruct them how to vote, to occasionally write bills for them to sponsor, and then to slowly explain what those bills actually say.

    He fiercely denies any wrongdoing, and the lobbyist in the smooch photos has asserted there was no intimate relationship. Perhaps she and the senator were innocently sharing a breath mint.

     

     

    The Latvala bombshell exploded only days after one of his married pals, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens, resigned from office after admitting to an affair with yet another lobbyist.

    Tallahassee’s establishment isn’t shocked by the type of misbehavior so much as how it’s getting exposed. A private eye supposedly hired by an embittered ex-senator is prowling the town, hiding spy-cams at strategic locations such as a condo building populated with lawmakers and their staffs.

    Now philanderers and serial gropers in both political parties are lying awake at night wondering if they’re next.

    The unseemly intersection of legislators and lobbyists is as old as the corporate expense account, but sex isn’t usually part of the deal. Lobbyists need politicians to push the legislative agendas of their client, whether that happens to be the NRA or the Sierra Club.

    Lawmakers, in turn, need lobbyists to instruct them how to vote, to occasionally write bills for them to sponsor, and then to slowly explain what those bills actually say.

    In exchange for their pliability, officeholders expect lobbyists to hit up their clients for hefty campaign donations. Often both sides get what they want, and nobody has to change the sheets afterward.

    Recreational infidelity happens at every state house in the country — not to mention in Washington, D.C. — so it’s hardly surprising that politicians sometimes do hook up with lobbyists.

    However, it’s an interlude that none of them wants publicized. There is a professional risk, if not a stigma, for all participants.

    […]

    When you’re running for higher office, you must remember this: A kiss is not just a kiss — particularly if it happens at night in a parking lot with someone other than your spouse.

    [….continues…]

  11. some terrific pictures in above vet day vid.  too bad they had to screw it up with religion tacked on at the end.

  12. Just wanted to stop by and say “THANK YOU!” to any and all who served/serving.  Have a great Veterans Day.

  13.  

    Inscribed on the WWI memorial in Kansas City, Liberty Memorial,

    “These have dared bear the torches of sacrifice and service: Their bodies return to dust, but their work liveth for evermore. Let us strive on to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

    My father in law served in WWII, in the Pacific, he was trained to operate a flame thrower. He burned people to death. He carried the memory of that to his grave. He couldn’t enjoy a simple 50’s suburban backyard BBQ because memory and smell are tied together.

    If you really want to honor his service, then make sure his great grandchildren don’t experience what he did.

    Work for peace

    Jack

    If you are in Kansas City be sure to go see Liberty Memorial. It is not your average homage to war. A lot of interesting symbolism built into it. Read more here 

  14. Alabama can wear it’s big red A proudly but the rest of us will know what it means

    and as for the enabling excusers — have we heard anything from Noregard on this matter or is he still trying to figure out if he is being fired so SFB/PG/Donnie Dotard can get rid of Mueller before he indicts his own underage girlfriend aka Invanka the vocal fry queen

  15. Roy Moore might just be the end-gate for a lot of things.

    Alabamanses hate to be laughed at, and right now they are the butts of one great big national Horselaugh.

  16. Yeah, they’da followed old George Wallace thru the gates of hell…..but they LIKED George Wallace.

    Nobody likes Roy Moore.

    He’s just a wee bit TOO tacky, bless his heart.

  17. Unless they throw a curve and run in an even marginally acceptable replacement it will be Senator Jones.

    and Moore could throw in the towel. I hope not, he’s the great white hope.

  18. 4 little girls connected to Moore, and 4 little girls connected to Doug Jones……this will be the biggest democrat turnout in Alabama since the Dead Sea was only sick.

  19. Watched our South Carolina women whup those from Alabama State last night 99-31. Every player on our bench did at least ten minutes on the court. Our team looks prepared for the rest of the season.

    Now to veterans and war. I am one and have been in one. They are messy. When nations make wars, this is what they sacrifice:

  20. I’ve become a Velshi and Ruhle lately.  This morning they did a dive into the GOP tax proposals from the standpoint of whether or not it does what is being claimed for the the changes.  Answer:  Absolutely not.  Virtually all of the goodies are going to “passive” income whether it is LLCs, Carried Interest, Inheritance Taxes etc.

    Almost none is going to activities that support work creation such as massive credits for businesses that create apprentice programs or internships, increase in the EITC, support of small business creation, no interest student loans etc.

    End Result:  The guys who buy the campaigns get the goldmine.  The people they are supposed to serve get the shaft.

     

     

  21. We must prioritize our mandatory public expenditures, e.g:

    Defense
    Social Security
    Medicare
    Medicaid
    Food Security
    k-12
    Infrastructure
    etc

    Then we must decide if we increase spending on infrastructure, will it lessen the amount needed in any of the categories above it, for instance medicaid, food security or social security, by virtue of increased worker/family income and tax revenues.

    We must carry this process through federal, state, regional and local governments. Then we can know where we stand.

     

     

  22. And now I must go to Publix and get my 10% off. eProf, BB, Sturg–you folks need anything? And how about you GI spouses? You are part of our community, too.

  23. I’m actually full of baloney…..that’s why I’m out of baloney.

    Sometimes ya gotta take the bull by the tail and face the situation.          —Fields

  24. Back in those wonderful fifties on Sunday’s after chuch the folks would turn on the big radio in the hall while dinner was a’makin’ and also while we ate…..it was all conventional stuff, Pat Boone, Jimmie Rogers with his honeycomb, and whatnot; but then one Sunday this one came on the old radio……next Sunday it was records.

  25. There once was a man from Chicogna

    who bought a thick roll of bologna

    After eating his fill,

    He’d gotten a chill,

    And the hard way learned not to be such a hogna

  26. cnn:

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo stands by US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, the agency said Saturday, despite President Donald Trump saying he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says his country didn’t interfere.
    “The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections,” the CIA said in a statement when asked for reaction to the president’s remarks. “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed.”
    The agency said it would have no further comment.
    […continues re putie trump recent denial….]

  27. Elwood Blues: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.
    Jake Blues: Hit it!

  28. dailybeast: 

    HOLY HYPOCRISY

    Bill Maher Goes Off on Republicans Over Roy Moore: ‘We Arrest Our Alleged Rapists’
    The ‘Real Time’ host railed against the GOP for defending alleged pedophile Roy Moore and accused sexual predator Donald Trump while castigating Hollywood for Harvey Weinstein.
     

  29. Wanna know more about Alabama and the Deep South in general?
    CRACKER CULTURE, Celtic Ways in the Old South, by Dr. Grady McWhiney, University of Alabama Press.

  30. McWhiney’s dissertation dealt with Confederate General Braxton Bragg. McWhiney became a noted specialist on the American Civil War era, as well as southern social and economic history. He coauthored Attack and Die with his doctoral student Perry Jamieson. He published Braxton Bragg and Confederate Defeat, in two volumes, as well as many scholarly and popular articles and reviews. He lectured frequently to both academic and popular audiences.

    McWhiney and Forrest McDonald were the authors of the “Celtic Thesis,” which holds that most Southerners were of Celtic ancestry (as opposed to Anglo-Saxon), and that all groups he declared to be “Celtic” (Scots-Irish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Cornish) were descended from warlike herdsmen, in contrast to the peaceful farmers who predominated in England. They attempted to trace numerous ways in which the Celtic culture shaped social, economic and military behavior. For example, they demonstrated that livestock raising (especially of cattle and hogs) developed a more individualistic, militant society than tilling the soil.

    Attack and Die stressed the ferocity of the Celtic warrior tradition. In “Continuity in Celtic Warfare.” (1981) McWhiney argues that an analysis of Celtic warfare from 225 BC to 1865 demonstrates cultural continuity. The Celts repeatedly took high risks that resulted in lost battles and lost wars. Celts were not self-disciplined, patient, or tenacious. They fought boldly but recklessly in the battles of Telamon (225 BC), Culloden (1746) and Gettysburg (1863). According to their thesis, the South lost the Civil War because Southerners fought like their Celtic ancestors, who were intensely loyal to their leaders but lacked efficiency, perseverance, and foresight.
    —-wiki

  31. My peoples was dirt poor after the Yankees and carpetbaggers and scalawags took the plantation…….and it lasted all the way up to the Second World War in East Alabama…..as a kid, my old man trapped possums to sell the skins to Sears and Roebuck for fur-lined gloves………

  32. His old man always had a couple rows or two of ‘backy to twist up his own cigars…….

    They eked out a meager subsistence.

  33. I know that Levon always had problems with that production and Robbie’s antics, but that one came off pretty well for the old guys……

  34. I mean, I might have had to shuck off a skin or two from some critter or another just to prove I could, but that wasnt something I wanted to add to my list of really cool ways to pass the time.

    Besides, I’d usuallly just wind up wanting to pet the possum and call him “Jake” or something.

  35. Live traps is one thing, but I could just imagine those steel jaw traps actually coming together on a little critter’s leg……..it’s hard to think of much which might feel worse, if you’re just out in the woods at night, trying to make a living…….

  36. Sturgeone

    1957 was quite a year. Imagine what parents thought when their 13 year old offspring went from Honeycomb to Whole Lot of Shakin Goin’ On.  Jimmy Rodgers is now 84 and Jerry Lee Lewis is 82.

     

  37. BB

    Amy Siskind is very active on both Twitter and Facebook.  Talk about public service trying to keep track of all the “NOT NORMAL” of the Trump regime.

  38. Alexander Chee tweets:

    “It was common knowledge that Roy Moore dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird,” Jones told CNN. “We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall … but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.” twitter.com/thehill/status…

  39. Sturgone – keep in mind how virulent the past examples are of hate, especially hate directed toward LGBT people.  They, the most extreme, find a way to become law makers where they can create strict laws with the idea that the law will prevent themselves from engaging in same sex or other sex acts.  This is the reason you see these men out front pontificating themselves as anti-gay.

    Extreme conflict happens in these people.  One of the ways it is exhibited in gay men who are trying hard to be straight is when they go out of marriage for sex, they do not want or cannot have sex with women, they seek pre-op transgender women or young women.  Neither express full female secondary sexual bodies.  They are like young men, but with little breasts.  Are these men “sick”?  I tend to think so, but I am not a trained professional therapist or psychologist.  I am transgender and I have had to deal with attempts by men to “get to know me”.

    Why does moore want teen girls for sex?  I do not know, but it is a pattern and probably continues to this day.  I still expect many women and even girls to start coming forward with their experiences.  And, considering his extreme hate of gays and transgender people, he might even have a few trans or gay experiences in his attempts to have sex.

  40. Sorry, Mr Sturgeone, but I cannot stomach the night they drove old dixie down.

    They sang, lalalalala,lalalalalalalalalllllla. 

    I say, shoot that alleged lyricist.

  41. sturge, wonder what webb’s relationship to mcwhiney was and if they got together on his “born fighting: how the scots-irish shaped America”

    very interesting, considering our current condition, this bit from your wiki quote:

    Celts were not self-disciplined, patient, or tenacious. …..  were intensely loyal to their leaders but lacked efficiency, perseverance, and foresight.

  42. James Comey tweets about ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ after Trump lashes out at him

    […]

    “I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks,” Trump said of the three former intelligence officials. “So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.”  

    Comey took to Twitter shortly after Trump’s remarks. 

    “‘If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pul it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is light as a feather and a breath will carry it,'” Comey tweeted after the president criticized him, quoting an 1855 sermon from the Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon. 

     

     

    The tweet included a photo of the Great Falls of the Potomac, and Comey said in a follow-up tweet that he liked it because it reminded him of his favorite scripture verse, from Amos. “‘But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,'” Comey quoted in his tweet

  43. also from business insider:

    Sen. John McCain of Arizona blasted President Donald Trump on Saturday after Trump said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election. 

    “There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community,” McCain said in a statement. “There’s no ‘principled realism’ in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which remains the greatest obstacle to a political solution that would bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria.”

    McCain was referring to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, a strongman and authoritarian leader who has been accused of multiple human rights abuses since he took power. 

    “Vladimir Putin does not have America’s interests at heart,” McCain continued. “To believe otherwise is not only naive but also places our national security at risk.”

  44. the twit back tracks tapdancing fast-ly according to this from reuters:

    At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made on Saturday in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House.

    The comments had drawn criticism at home because U.S. intelligence agencies have long since concluded there was Russian meddling.

    “As to whether I believe it or not, I’m with our agencies, especially as currently constituted,” Trump said at a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.

    “As currently led, by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.”

    He was careful to make clear he sided with the intelligence agencies under his own leadership.

    Former U.S. intelligence director James Clapper had told Reuters: “The fact the president of the United States would take Putin at his word over that of the intelligence community is quite simply unconscionable.”

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