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  • VIDEO: Bill Hightower for Governor airs its first TV ad

    State Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) will air his first TV ad in his campaign for governor next week. An advance look at the commercial, which focuses on term limits, a flat tax and cutting spending, can be seen here:

  • President Trump threatens to veto federal budget because it doesn’t fully fund border wall

  • Alabama Rep. Roby’s re-election campaign nabs endorsements from pro-business groups

    Excerpt from a campaign news release:

    “Martha Roby continues to do an outstanding job for the hardworking people of Alabama. Her steadfast support has allowed job creation and an environment where people can do better for themselves and their families.”
    Alex Whaley, II, Alabama Associated General Contractors PAC

    “As the voice of small business, NFIB knows good small business policy starts with electing good small business candidates. Therefore, Martha Roby’s reelection is critical to the small businesses in Alabama’s Second District, and we look forward to working with you on the issues most important to them.”
    Sharon Sussin, National Political Director, National Federation of Independent Business Fed PAC

1 month ago

Hey you Lindsey Vonn haters: Y’all are acting awful

(NBC Sports/YouTube)
(NBC Sports/YouTube)

(Opinion) Last night my wife and I sat in our living room with our children, cheering Lindsey Vonn as she skied down the mountain in what’s probably her last Olympic Games, capturing the Bronze.

Talent. Tenacity. Dedication. Pride.

It’s times like Vonn’s run that makes my family, and Americans everywhere, love the Olympics.

But … a bunch of trolls tried to ruin everything by acting, well, trollish.

While my family was cheering and sharing a great moment in sports history, other Americans were lighting up Twitter with cruel comments about Vonn, wishing she’d lose and even ridiculing her third-place finish.

I won’t do their comments any favors by repeating them here (search Twitter or Google if you dare), but they were vicious, childish, and I’ll even say … un-American.

So why all the hate?

Vonn said some disparaging things about President Donald Trump earlier in the games.

So what?

Who cares what she says?

I only care about how well she performs and how many additions she adds to our nation’s medal count.

Sure, I’d rather our athletes avoid making political statements during the games, especially since they’re overseas. I’d actually rather them avoid making political statements altogether, here or there.

But come on, rooting against someone competing under our flag?

That crosses a line, brother.

I get it. People are sick of hearing these athletes sound off about politics.

I am, too.

But I’m also sick of hearing everyone else sound off about athletes sounding off about politics.

I can’t even watch an NFL game without feeling unease.

Now, the Olympics?

This has to stop.

Let’s take a lesson from Mike Pence. When one of the athletes criticized him, the vice president responded with class by wishing the young man well and saying that he’d be rooting for the athlete to bring home the gold.

Me, too.

So, the Trolls can continue being awful and ruining the Olympics for … themselves.

For my part, my family and I will be cheering for Vonn — and the United States of America — when she skis in her final race of the Olympics on Wednesday in the ladies combined event.

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1 month ago

VIDEO: Alabama lawmaker explains bill to allow teachers to carry guns

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville (Ainsworth/YouTube)
State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville (Ainsworth/YouTube)


State Rep. Will Ainsworth held a news conference Tuesday in Guntersville explaining key details of his proposal to allow specially trained teachers to carry guns in the classroom.

Several educators, lawmakers, and at least one sheriff joined Ainsworth, a Republican, during the event, which can be viewed here:

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1 month ago

Alabama Senate passes $2 billion state budget — more troopers, prison reform, and NO NEW TAXES

Alabama State House (Photo: Creative Commons/Jay Williams)
Alabama State House (Creative Commons/Jay Williams)


After first passing tax cuts and pay raises, the Alabama Senate approved a $2 billion budget Tuesday to fund the state’s general operating, non-education expenses for the next fiscal year.

Key funding increases:

— $3.2 million increase to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to fund the hiring of 30 new troopers.

— $8 million increase for the state Alabama Department of Mental Health.

— $4.7 million increase for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

— $51 million increase for the Alabama Department of Corrections, which will help bring the state’s prison system in compliance with a federal court order to improve conditions.

The one BIG DEAL: Read my lips … no new taxes!

What key lawmakers said:

State Senator Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, who chairs the Senate Finance and Taxation Budget Committee:

— “This budget protects the taxpayers of Alabama, while ensuring that the core functions of state government are adequately funded.”

— “We have prioritized targeted increases for state troopers, prisons, and the department of public health, and level-funded nearly every other state department and agency.”

Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston:

— “This is a good general fund budget, we were able to fully fund state agencies, hire new state troopers, provide much needed money to address mental health in our prisons, and pay back debt to the Alabama Trust Fund.”

— “Although the past few budgets have been lean, through conservative fiscal practices and living within our means we have been able to come out of those years and pass a robust budget without having ever raised new taxes on hard working Alabamians.”

— “Unlike our counterparts in Washington, in the Alabama Senate we believe that we owe it to the taxpayers to be good stewards of their money and use it in a way that works best for everyone in this state and I believe this budget does just that.”

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper:

— “Alabama’s economy is growing, unemployment is a historic low, and the state Senate has passed a pro-growth budget that includes no new taxes on Alabama families or businesses,”

— “I want to thank budget chairman Trip Pittman for the tremendous job he did in crafting a fiscally-responsible budget.”

The budget now goes to the State House of Representatives for action.

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1 month ago

It will soon be criminal to park in certain veterans-only spaces in Alabama


Alabama lawmakers awarded final approval Tuesday to a bill that will make it a crime to park in spaces reserved for veterans who received one of the military’s medals of valor, the Purple Heart, or who were prisoners of war.

Those who illegally park in such spaces could be hit with a $25 fine for the first offense, a $50 fine for the second offense, and $100 for each subsequent offense, according to the legislation.

“More and more businesses are setting aside special parking spaces reserved for military veterans who were wounded, taken prisoner, or presented a medal for valor in defense of our country,” said the bill’s author, State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), who chairs the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.  “It is unconscionable to think that someone who does not fall under these categories would park in a space reserved for our nation’s heroes, but it happens quite often.”

More than 350,000 veterans live in Alabama, according to the latest census data.

The state’s veterans affairs department will issue special windshield placards to those veterans who have received the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart or who have proof they were a Prisoner of War, according to the bill.

The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey.

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1 month ago

California businessman: ‘Why can’t we be more like Alabama?’

A businessman in California recently published an op-ed in that state’s Orange County Register telling his fellow residents, “Why California should be more like Alabama — seriously.”

Tom Manzo, president of Timely Industries in Pacoima, Calif., and founder of the California Business and Industrial Alliance, was inspired to write the piece after Toyota-Mazda announced their $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville last month.

“Alabama beats California,” Manzo wrote. “And no, I’m not talking about college football.”

He noted how many in the Golden State would “bristle” at the notion of becoming more like Alabama, but that we’re doing things right in the Heart of Dixie.

Key graphs:

  • “Fifteen states were competing for the Toyota-Mazda joint venture; California was not even on the bench. Perhaps Toyota remembers its experience … in Fremont, Calif., where the United Auto Workers union helped shut down the plant in 2010.”
  • “Today, California is home to just one automaker, Tesla — and yet some of the state’s representatives seem more interested in … union organizing … at the plant rather than encouraging the company’s continued success.”
  • “California no longer has a monopoly on ‘cool,’ either … talented young professionals can find great culture and a great food scene in Birmingham just as well as Berkeley.”
  • “They can also afford to live there: The median home price in Alabama is $126,500, while California it’s just shy of a half-million dollars.”
  • “Alabama has the third most technical workforce in the United States with about 17 percent of the workforce in science, technology, and engineering, according to a Bloomberg analysis.”
  • “Aerojet-Rocketdyne announced last year they were leaving California and moving to Alabama; it will cost us 1,100 jobs and a company who has been here since the 1950s.”

Manzo ended his piece by asking California lawmakers to be “less like themselves — and more like Alabama.”

Thanks for the compliments, Tom. But y’all just keep being yourselves. We love California just like it is – far away, and sending us jobs.

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1 month ago

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh lands major endorsement from Manufacture Alabama

(Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh/Facebook)
(Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh/Facebook)

Manufacture Alabama, an association of companies representing manufacturing interests in the state, has endorsed Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh in her campaign for lieutenant governor of Alabama.

“Throughout her tenure at the Public Service Commission, Twinkle has proven herself to be a champion for manufacturers and an advocate for all Alabamians,” said George Clark, president of Manufacture Alabama, in a statement.

Clark added that her “conservative leadership, experience, and reputation” earned the association’s endorsement.

Cavanaugh, a Republican from Montgomery, was first elected as a member of the state’s Public Service Commission in 2010 before later becoming its president.

“The manufacturing industry in Alabama has always been crucial to our state’s economy and an integral part of our state’s culture,” Cavanaugh said in a statement. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of Manufacture Alabama and its job creators, and I am committed to supporting pro-jobs policies that will allow manufacturers to grow for the good of Alabama families.”

Manufacture Alabama represents hundreds of companies in a wide range of industries, according to its website, including such recognized names as Birmingham Southern Railroad Company, ExxonMobil, Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Lockheed Martin.

Cavanaugh worked for Mobile’s Sonny Callahan as a congressional staffer, with the Republican National Committee, and as a state director for Citizens for a Sound Economy. After serving as a senior advisor to former Governor Bob Riley, Cavanaugh was elected chairman of the Alabama Republican Party in 2005.


1 month ago

Conservative Alabamians should read “Up From Slavery” during Black History Month

“Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington
“Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington


Conservatives in Alabama would do our movement a favor if during Black History Month they read the autobiography of Tuskegee University’s founder and one of the great conservative minds of the 19th century – Booker T. Washington.

Washington’s landmark memoir “Up From Slavery” and his contribution to conservatism are enormously underappreciated in modern conservative circles, especially in Alabama.

I didn’t read the book until my late 30s, but when I did it had a profound impact on my thinking, reinforcing some beliefs and strongly challenging others.

But most of all, it helped me see conservatism as more than just a political philosophy or even a way of life. It helped me see it as a centuries-long movement that could bring people “up from” all sorts of oppression.

It’s a must read for all who wish to understand American conservatism.

If the Federalist Papers are a guide to our founding document – our constitution – then Washington’s memoir is a guide to its founding sin and ultimate redemption – slavery, its abolition and the struggle to right the wrong through the application of conservative principles.

The book tells his life story, from being born a slave to struggling to obtain an education as a newly freed American.

“I had no schooling whatsoever while I was a slave, though I remember on several occasions I went as far as the schoolhouse door with one of my young mistresses to carry her books,” Washington wrote.

“The picture of several dozen boys and girls in a schoolroom engaged in study made a deep impression upon me, and I had the feeling that to get into a schoolhouse and study in this way would be about the same as getting into paradise.”

The memoir describes how he ultimately not only walked through a schoolhouse door, but how he built a schoolhouse himself, right here in Alabama.

Yet the book and his thoughts about how someone – of any color, in fact – can rise above the circumstances of birth go well beyond his personal story.

His conservative-themed advice, rich in tradition and common sense, is a clear prescription for a good and worthy life, one of diligence, humility, good manners, gratefulness, and even holiness.

Washington’s advice is timeless, and colorless, and reading his story should provide everyone with enough education, inspiration and motivation to last a lifetime.

And Alabamians, especially those who value conservatism, should read and heed his advice.

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)

1 month ago

Is it better to #DoNothing on gun control than #DoSomething that weakens our rights?

Flickr user Mr.TinDC


(Opinion) It was a difficult scene to watch.

The mother of a student killed in Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida pleaded on television for the president to “please do something” about gun violence.

Her anger, her grief, and her heart-felt pleas moved me to tears. Others felt the same, and the #DoSomething hashtag went viral on Twitter, echoing her call for action.

But, as persuasive as that mother was, we must remember exactly what the larger anti-gun lobby is trying to “do something” about.

It’s not crime.

It’s not mental health.

It’s the Second Amendment.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Why are gun rights advocates like me so concerned with protecting those 27 brilliantly arranged words?

It’s been said that democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch, while liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

That’s the essence of what the amendment means to us.  

It’s not hunting, which is so acceptable that our founders never dreamed of having to enshrine its legality in our constitution.

It’s not personal protection, which is already a natural right that should be recognized everywhere, and certainly in the “land of the free.”

And it’s not the shooting sports, which even subjects in authoritarian states can enjoy.

The amendment is about the preservation of our liberty, by and for individual Americans, not just our government.

Sometimes, too frequently it seems, the cost of such a right seems unbearable, especially when a psychopath who any reasonable society would have never allowed near a firearm walks onto a school campus and kills 17 kids.

And during those awful times, when we hear a grieving mother of a slain student cry out “please do something,” we’re inclined to, indeed, do something.

But what, exactly?

The cleverer gun control advocates will use this opportunity to take small steps rather than going directly after the Second Amendment, appealing to reasonable and sympathetic Americans who may favor moderate reforms.

A small change here. Weakening a right there. All well and sensible, so our fears of them coming after the Second Amendment seems irrational and baseless.

But when one considers how the left usually spends decades slowly, incrementally, and then finally monumentally changing our society, it should give Americans reason to pause.

It has happened elsewhere, hasn’t it?

Decades ago the left said they only wanted government-run healthcare for seniors, but then they enacted Obamacare.

They once said they only wanted abortion to be safe, legal, and rare, but then the government sued a group of nuns for refusing to carry insurance that offers abortion.

They once said civil unions weren’t a challenge to traditional marriage, but now the government will destroy a baker for refusing to participate in a gay wedding.

Give gun control advocates an inch and they’ll take … inch by inch … a mile.

They may try to use this opportunity to get Americans to “do something” about gun control, even something small.

But don’t be fooled – the long-term goal of the left isn’t simply to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or psychopaths.

It’s to keep them out of the hands of everyone else.

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)

1 month ago

4 things gun control advocates don’t understand about ‘gun nuts’ like me


(Opinion) The left wants to talk about gun control in the wake of Nikolas Cruz’s mass murder of 17 students Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Fine. We need to talk. Something is definitely wrong with our society when this happens with such frequency and intensity.

But the left seems intent to begin with non-starters and distractions like blaming the National Rifle Association or calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment.

That gets us nowhere, and fast.

So before we can have a productive or at least an informative debate, here are a few things gun control advocates should know about the people they call “gun nuts.” 

First, the NRA didn’t create us. We created the NRA.

Most gun owners probably couldn’t pick NRA president Wayne LaPierre out of a lineup and we certainly don’t base our belief in the Second Amendment on whatever he or others have to say on the matter.

The “right of the people to keep and bear arms” isn’t simply written into our constitution where it’s at risk of being misinterpreted or repealed.

It’s branded into our hearts as freeborn people, woven into our lives as Americans, and it’s passed to our children as an inheritance.

It wasn’t something pulled from thin air, but the recognition of a natural right that has always existed, and always will.

The NRA does great work for us, but if it vanished tomorrow, the left would be no closer to taking that birthright than they are today.

Second, we don’t believe the Second Amendment was drafted to allow gun ownership for only hunting or even home defense, so you can save all your talk about only needing shotguns and six-shooters.

We believe that a “well regulated militia” means that the people are well armed, well supplied, and well trained, and that their purpose is indeed “necessary to the security of a free state.”

The Second Amendment is about giving individual Americans – not just the government – the means to deter or defeat a threat to our freedom, be it foreign or domestic. There’s no chance of needing that today or in the near future, but who’s to say what kind of a world our grandchildren will inherit?

Whatever it may be, they will also inherit the means to defend themselves.

Admittedly, that may sound extreme to some ears considering modern times, but after a bad turn or two down the road, it could be what saves our American way of life.

Third, we’ll never surrender our Second Amendment rights.

Charlton Heston once concluded a speech by raising an old flintlock rifle over his head and saying, defiantly, “From my cold dead hands.”

Liberals laughed, declaring the old actor to be too melodramatic.

We cheered, agreeing with every word.

As the bumper sticker slogan says, “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

We’ll never allow the actions of terrorists, criminals or the insane to cause us to surrender our arms, thereby making our communities more vulnerable to their actions.

No matter what they do, and regardless of what any White House, Congress, or court has to say afterward, this right “shall not be infringed” as long as we breathe American air.

Fourth, we don’t believe that our Second Amendment rights are the problem.

We believe that all of this violence is the direct result of a systemic lack of respect for life and law, a generational desensitization to cruelty, and the actions of twisted and evil people.

Something is indeed wrong. But it’s not the guns in our hands. It’s the sickness in our hearts.

So, attacking the Second Amendment isn’t only futile, it’s a costly distraction from the real problem.

With all that said, one might think that trying to convince folks like me to change our minds and repeal the Second Amendment might be a waste of time.

And with that, we’d finally agree on something.

Now, can we talk?

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)

1 month ago

Liberals didn’t write Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture reform bill


I keep hearing that the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote the bill to reform Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture law.

But that’s not accurate.

The bill was introduced in the current session of the State Legislature by staunch conservatives State Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, and State Representative Arnold Mooney, R-Birmingham.

Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial practice that allows law enforcement officers to seize property from people they suspect were involved in illegal activity, but without actually charging them with a crime.

One may argue the merits of changing the law, but Orr and Mooney are far from liberal, and further from friendly with the SPLC.

The bill was actually drafted with support from these well-known conservative groups:

Alabama Policy Institute

Heritage Foundation

Institute for Justice

Heartland Institute

American Conservative Union Foundation

Freedom Works

American Legislative Exchange Council

Charles Koch Institute

The SPLC may support the bill because of their civil rights mission, and they published a report condemning civil asset forfeiture last month, but support doesn’t equate to authorship.

For more information on the bill, Yellowhammer News has published essays in support of civil asset forfeiture and from those opposed to the practice.

But the best I’ve seen on the issue comes from John Oliver (a liberal … but his bit is pretty darn funny):

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1 month ago

Hey you reckless Libertarians, stop pretending drug use is a victimless crime



(Opinion) Oh to be a Libertarian, always taking the easy position of unconstrained freedom without ever having to think about, much less deal with, the ugly consequences of such recklessness.

Drug use, and even prostitution, are victimless crimes, they say, and should therefore be legal. Their arguments are consistent and logical, and they paint a sanitized world of consenting adults freely engaging in harmless activities.

But it’s never as clean as they imagine, far from victimless, even further from harmless. And consenting adults? Not as often as they pretend.

Scratch the surface of their rhetoric and just below their paper-thin words you’ll find a dark world of addiction, brokenness and unspeakable abuse.

Care to face an example?

Read this news release issued last week by the U.S. Department of Justice about the recent conviction of Michael Graham Lowe, 25, of Prattville, Alabama. He was so addicted to drugs that he pimped out a young girl for money.

“According to evidence presented at trial, in or about May 2016, Lowe and co-defendant Joshua Rose conspired to sex traffic a minor victim at the Stay Lodge motel in Montgomery, Alabama.”

“Rose advertised the underage victim on Backpage, and with the assistance of Lowe, arranged meetings for the victim to engage in commercial sex acts, and stood outside of the motel room while the victim engaged in commercial sex acts.”

“Lowe also transported the minor victim to another location to engage in commercial sex acts.”

“Lowe and Rose used the money earned from the victim’s commercial sex acts to purchase illegal narcotics.”

THAT is the reality washed from the hands of Libertarians, and all who share their opinions on drugs and prostitution.

Victimless and harmless?



You bet.

And Libertarians shouldn’t further delude themselves by thinking that this example is an outlier.

Sure, we all know people who smoke a little pot and are able to keep it together, but it’s they who are actually the outliers, not the Michael Graham Lowes of the world.

Freedom is good, and it’s why Libertarianism is such an appealing way of thinking. But conservatives know that absolute freedom — the complete license to do as you wish — doesn’t really lead to freedom at all. It’s the path to anarchy, to chaos, and ultimately suffering.

In the real world, liberty must be balanced with order. We must look at these things with eyes wide open, dealing with the world as it is, not as we wish it were. Otherwise you get either tyranny or chaos.

Meth. Heroine. Opioids. There’s no keeping it together in that world.

There’s only the clear and predictable slide into addiction, crime and, eventually, death, and they usually end up wrecking not only their own lives, but others who get caught in the wake of their destruction.

Others like the girl who was sold for sex by Michael Graham Lowe so he could support his drug addiction — a “victimless” addiction according to most Libertarians.

Those who believe in legalization must set their theories and ideals aside and face reality: Drug use often becomes drug abuse, and the results are never limited to the individual user.

We all suffer for it.

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1 month ago

Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District conservatives should be cautious about Bobby Bright’s candidacy

Former Congressman Bobby Bright

(Opinion) Conservatives should always welcome former Democrats into the ranks of the Republican Party.

But note the phrase … into the ranks.

Leadership is a different matter.

Former Montgomery mayor Bobby Bright apparently joined the Republican Party just last week, and now he’s seeking the GOP nomination to represent Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington.

That’s like being dunked in the baptismal pool and then walking, still wet, to the pulpit and leading the congregation.

Welcome to the movement, Mr. Bright. But have a seat in the pews with the rest of us for a little while.

We argue with liberals for reason — to persuade them that our ideas are better.

And we organize into a political party for a purpose — to gain the power necessary to implement those ideas.

So our big tent has room for converts of all perspectives.

We need them, and we should take their conversion at face value. We must never have any sort of test.

We’ve welcomed many former Democrats into the party — lawmakers, too — and we hope to continue doing so.

But…before we can trust them with leadership positions, and the power that comes with such offices, they must first invest the time and effort to demonstrate they’ve made a true and lasting change.

In short, we need evidence.

And that’s something Bobby Bright is short on.

Here’s what we know:

— Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District includes most of the Montgomery metropolitan area and stretches into the state’s southeastern wiregrass region.

— In 2008, Bright defeated Republican nominee Jay Love, 50.23 percent to 49.61 percent, and became the first Democrat to represent the conservative district since the mid 1960s.

— He was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of Democrat lawmakers who hold some conservative views.

— By one measurement, Bright voted with the Democrat leadership in Congress about 73 percent of the time.

— It wasn’t widely rumored that Bright might switch parties while in Congress, but he never did.

— Republican Martha Roby defeated him in the 2010 general election, 50.87 percent to 48.79 percent, and she has held the seat ever since.

But if Bright wants to be fast-tracked to a leadership position in our party, here’s what we need to know:

— What Republican candidates has Bright donated to, when, and for what amount?

— What conservative causes has he donated to, when, and for what amount?

— What Republican candidates has he publicly supported, and what conservative causes has he publicly advocated for?

— What Democrat candidates has he publicly spoken against, and what liberal causes has he publicly opposed?

— Who did he vote for in the 2008 presidential primary, the 2012 primary, and the 2016 primary, and in the general elections of those years?

— What issues, ideas, or individuals made him feel comfortable in the Democrat Party circa 2008-2010?

— And finally, what brought him to the Republican Party after so many years?

Rank and file members of our party and movement never have to answer such questions.

Leaders do, especially those who just walked into our camp after having been on the other side of the fight for so long.

Until Bright shows the conservative voters of Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District some concrete evidence, they should remain skeptical.

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1 month ago

No difference in boys and girls? OK, so who made these Pinewood Derby cars?

Pinewood Derby cars created by the author’s children (Yellowhammer News/Bryars)


Our oldest son competed in his final Pinewood Derby last weekend before he bridges up from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts this spring. After five years of trial and error, he finally built a fast car.

But the interesting part of this year’s race was the entrance of his siblings into the pack’s “outlaw” competition held so that other kids could join the fun.

And our experience added yet another piece of evidence to what has been obvious for millennia but has suddenly become politically incorrect — boys and girls are different.

A couple of weeks before the race I gathered our youngest four of five kids — two boys, two girls — and laid out the blocks of wood, the wheels, weights and paints before them. “You can make your car into whatever you want,” I said. “It’s all up to your imagination.”

The oldest boy, who is the scout, quickly decided upon a red human skull upon a black car. Oh, and the car had to be on fire, of course.

His little brother, 4, ran into his room and returned with a little plastic velociraptor. “Dino car,” he screamed. “Roar!” His chosen color? “Red, for the blood,” he explained, as if that was a silly question.

Our eight-year-old girl chose to adorn her green car with a pink My Little Pony doll accented by a large golden star. “Her cutie mark, Papa,” she said.

Her little sister, 6, dumped a handful of tiny plastic figurines onto the table. “All the beautiful aminals (sic), and we need green for the grass they eat and blue for the water they drink.”

After we finished building the cars together, each creation expressed their creators quite well, and gave this father of five example number 4,376 of how nature (read: God) created boys and girls to be so very different.

Yet we’re told daily that this self evident truth isn’t so, and that any distinctions we may observe are the artificial and imposed results of centuries of an oppressive, patriarchal society.

“The only difference between the genders are those made up in the human mind,” they once claimed. But that nonsense has since been replaced with an even deeper revelation — now gender itself is make believe.

The people making these claims are often childless, it seems, or with so few children that they don’t benefit from the deluge of examples that a parent with many children has the privilege to observe. One can read studies and observe temporary tests, but there’s nothing like the real life lessons that come with having complete responsibility for several boys and girls.

They have built-in differences. Period.

Our little family is no different. Our daughters are fascinated with my wife’s shoes and our sons are fascinated with my ever disappearing tools through no effort on our part to foist gendered interests upon them (For example, my wife is an athlete who grew up immersed in sports and says she considers herself more tomboy soccer mom than girly girl dance mom).

There are also many wonderful similarities between them. They all love playing music and have artistic talents.

There are often funny differences. Our oldest daughter is an animal loving vegetarian who’s routinely horrified at the sight of her little brother skinning beavers in the backyard or cooking squirrels in the frying pan.

And yes, they often break stereotypes. Our fiercest competitor? A daughter.

But in the aggregate, our boys are rough little boys and our girls are cute little girls.

With the Lord’s help they’ll grow to become men who’ll protect and provide for their families and women who care for and nurture their children.

And in that final, rather timeless arrangement we find the truth of it all.

God didn’t give us different instincts to divide men from women.

He made us lacking in certain instincts so that we can only become whole as husband and wife.

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)

2 months ago

Alabama’s conservatives should support bills limiting special elections



(Opinion) Recent efforts by Alabama’s lawmakers to do away with special elections to fill vacant U.S. Senate seats may have a little to do with that fiasco to replace Jeff Sessions.

I mean, come on. The result of that unexpected and brief race was the nomination of an unpopular Republican candidate and the election of a radically pro-choice Democrat.

And their efforts may have something to do with the cost. The bill’s sponsor in the State House, Ozark Republican Steve Clouse, said last year’s special election cost the state $11 million.

Dropping millions of dollars unnecessarily isn’t exactly the most fiscally conservative of notions. Besides, if our state has that much money to burn then give it back to the people.

But their efforts have everything to do with, or at least they should have everything to do with, the gathering principle of conservative political philosophy – order.

Healthy individuals and families are built upon order, and healthy governments are no different. The predictable, routine and well-regulated nature of our election process, established in our federal and state constitutions, is an essential ingredient to self-government, economic growth and individual liberty.

In America, unlike those parliamentary governments scattered elsewhere, we don’t have random votes of “no confidence” in our executive officers or legislative branches or the snap elections that follow, often sending policies, markets and rights into disarray.

Our framers didn’t envision such a chaotic system, for chaos is a ladder for corruption and, more often than not, leads to rash and regrettable decisions (see the second sentence in this post).

Along with the principle of order, conservatives adhere to the principle of prudence — that little voice warning you “stop, think.”

Providence moves slowly, noted John Randolph of Roanoke, but the devil always hurries. That’s why it’s better to make important decisions through a well-known, well understood and long established process.

Our framers created that well-ordered schedule, and it has served us well. It not only saves us from wasting tax dollars and from avoiding having to go to the polls all of the time, but from also making impulsive decisions in a rush to replace an elected official. They handed that responsibility to state governors, for the most part, and left it to the people to then hold governors accountable for any bad appointments.

The only exception to their system was to allow special elections to replace a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and even then vacancies in the second year of a member’s term can be delayed until the next general election.

Still, one could easily be swayed by the argument that says, “Let the people vote.”

Indeed, but they already have.

In Alabama, they voted for Robert Bentley to become governor, so when Sessions resigned Bentley appointed then State Attorney General Luther Strange to the seat. No election was needed (and let’s face it, Strange wasn’t so bad, especially compared to Sen. Doug Jones).

They also voted for Kay Ivey to become lieutenant governor. So when Bentley resigned (which one could argue was hastened by the controversial appointment of Strange because it further weakened Bentley’s position – accountability!), she stepped into his office. Again, no election was needed.

In the first example, the people chose … poorly. Such is democracy. We don’t have “do overs” except those that are built into our well-ordered constitutional system. And in the end, Bentley was indeed held accountable.

That’s why making an informed decision during a gubernatorial election is so important. Our governor has the power to appoint individuals to a number of offices and boards statewide. It’s a key part of a governor’s responsibility, and they should be expected to make good ones and be held accountable if they don’t.

At best, these not-so-special special elections are a waste of taxpayer dollars and the time and energy of the electorate. The only people who seem to benefit from them are campaign consultants and the media.

At worst, they serve as a way for a governor to avoid the hard decision of making an important appointment, and the accountability that’d follow.

Clouse’s bill passed the House, and the Senate may consider two related measures – one to change special elections for the U.S. Senate, sponsored by State Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, and another to curtail special elections to State House and State Senate seats, introduced by State Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes.

Conservatives should support both bills, and help provide a bit more of the order that’s essential to our way of self-government, the health of our markets, and the security of our individual liberties.

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)

2 months ago

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is an enemy of the unborn

(Doug Jones for Senate/Facebook)
(Doug Jones for Senate/Facebook)


(Opinion) Well that didn’t take long.

Twenty-six days.

That’s all it took from between the time Doug Jones was sworn in as a United States Senator to the time he blew his re-election chances by casting one of the most disgusting, cruel and cowardly votes in the history of that chamber.

Jones joined dozens of Democrats in voting down a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the point when an overwhelming amount of evidence shows an unborn child can feel pain from the gruesome procedure.

The result: The United States remains one of only seven nations that allows abortion after that well-developed point in the pregnancy.

Get smart: If you don’t know what a baby looks like at 20-weeks, here’s a video of one seen via an MRI scan:

Jones is now on record as officially believing that it should remain legal to kill that child for any reason and at any time.

Of course, Jones told us that he’d vote against the measure during an appearance on MSNBC in October. Back then I wrote about howabhorrent” his views were to most Alabamians and that “anyone in the state who values life must vote against Jones and his party’s monstrous pro-abortion policy.”

But after his election many were hoping the weight of his office would cause him to moderate that extreme position.

Sadly, we weren’t surprised.

Now it’s up to us to remember this vote and to speak for the tens of thousands of unborn children who are killed every year in our nation because men like Jones are either too cowardly or too cruel to do anything about it.

Jones cast his vote with the pro-abortion extremists, and in doing so cast his fate.

In less than two years, Alabamians will have a chance to cast a vote of their own.

And that’s when we’ll cast Jones and his abhorrent support of abortion into the dustbin of history.

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2 months ago

Watch the amazing video that Alabama Sen. Doug Jones probably never will

Sen. Doug “See No Evil” Jones


(Opinion) Today the U.S. Senate will vote on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the point when evidence shows an unborn child can feel pain from the procedure.

When the bill, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed the House last fall, then-candidate Doug Jones said that he would oppose the measure.

(I wrote about that over the weekend here and here.)

Pro-choice arguments have long relied on the unobserved nature of an unborn child’s development. “It’s just a lump of cells,” they say. But look at this video of an MRI taken during the 20th week of a pregnancy … the time from which today’s bill is trying to stop abortions from happening.


That’s not a lump of cells.

That’s not some unrecognizable, unformed … unperson.

That’s a human being. A person, someone who’s entitled to the same rights we all enjoy, and someone who is certainly capable of feeling the severe pain of an abortion doctor’s needles and clamps and scalpels.

If Sen. Jones would watch this video – and he probably won’t – there’s no way he could in good conscience vote ‘no’ on today’s bill.

The video was posted on the YouTube page of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, a pro-life advocacy organization in the United Kingdom.

And for those who still will not see, and believe this isn’t what an unborn child looks like during the 20th week after conception, please visit this entry on showing all the amazing things that are happening to a child during that time.

Or do your own research. Maybe, unlike those who’ll vote against this bill today, your eyes will be opened.

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)


2 months ago

Alabama will know who Sen. Doug Jones represents Monday – his state’s pro-life constituency or his party’s pro-choice extremists

(NBC News/YouTube)
(NBC News/YouTube)


(Opinion) Sometime Monday the U.S. Senate will take initial votes on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the point when an overwhelming amount of evidence shows an unborn child can feel pain from the gruesome procedure.

Most Americans – and most Alabamians – support the bill but Democrats plan to block the legislation with the filibuster.

Will Sen. Doug Jones join them?

When the bill, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed the House last fall, then-candidate Jones appeared on MSNBC and was asked whether he’d support the measure if elected.

“You wouldn’t be in favor of legislation that said ban abortion after 20 weeks, or something like that?” asked the host.

“No, I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose,” Jones said. “That’s just the position that I’ve had for many years, it’s the position I continue to have.”

The television host was visibly surprised at the hardline stance taken by Jones, and so were folks back home in Alabama.

Jones later attempted to clarify the remarks, telling local reporters that “the law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That’s what I support.”

That’s … not actually true.

A woman can have an abortion at any time and for any reason in the United States. In fact, we live in one of only seven nations that allow abortions after 20 weeks: Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and … the United States.

You’re not alone if you find that factoid unbelievable. Last fall the Washington Post unleashed its renowned Fact Checker team to dispel the pro-life talking point, hoping to give it several Pinocchios for being false.

Instead, the newspaper was forced to give it the ‘Geppetto Checkmark’ for accuracy.

It’s the truth.

Here are some other facts Jones should consider:

— An article published in 2005 in the Journal of the American Medical Association titledFetal Pain: A Systematic Multidisciplinary Review of the Evidence,found that pain sensors were in the unborn child’s entire body by 16 weeks and linked to the child’s brain no later than 20 weeks.

— A journal called Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy recommended in 2012 that unborn children be given painkillers during potential painful medical procedures.

— The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists wrote in 2012 that, “the basis for pain perception appear at about 20 to 22 weeks from conception.”

If the opinions of doctors don’t matter, consider those of the people:

– Nearly 60 percent of Alabamians believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

— 64 percent of all Americans support banning abortions after the second trimester (13 weeks), according to Gallup.

— The Polling Company/WomanTrend recently found that 64 percent of voters nationwide support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

And to the pro-choice extremists who always ask “what about rape, incest or the life of the mother?” as if those were the majority of abortions – the bill makes exceptions for those extremely rare cases.

But amid this discussion of reports, studies and polls, let’s not forget what actually happens during an abortion. In the simplest terms, a doctor injects poison into the unborn child’s beating heart, uses steel clamps and snips to rip her arms and legs from her body, pulls the pieces out one by one, and then tosses her broken body into the trash.

One doesn’t need a medical degree to know that such a thing is painful.

One only needs a conscience.

Monday, we’ll find out if Doug Jones has one.

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)

2 months ago

If Sen. Doug Jones wants to represent a majority of Alabamians, he should moderate his pro-choice position

Sen.-elect Doug Jones appears on CBS Sunday Morning, Dec. 17, 2017 (CBS News/Twitter)
Sen.-elect Doug Jones appears on CBS Sunday Morning, Dec. 17, 2017 (CBS News/Twitter)


(Opinion) In the wake of his stunning victory last month, Sen. Doug Jones signaled that he wanted to leave the contentious election behind by being an “independent voice” who would work with “both sides of the aisle” and not be tied to “just one particular group or philosophy.”

He’s already demonstrated a willingness to buck his own party by siding with the GOP in last week’s government shutdown. Some thought that was merely theater, however, because the Democrats couldn’t win even with his vote (so their leader allowed Jones a throwaway moment to impress voters back home).


But if Jones really wanted to prove his independence and truly represent how an overwhelming majority of Alabamians feel about a certain issue, he should moderate his rather extreme pro-choice position.

Nearly 60 percent of his constituents in Alabama believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

But during the campaign Jones expressed a pro-choice view that most Alabamians would view as extreme. In an appearance on MSNBC last fall Jones said he was “not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose.”

“That’s just the position that I’ve had for many years,” he added. “It’s the position I continue to have.”

But will Jones continue to have that “not in favor of anything” position now, having been elected to represent a state where 6-in-10 of its citizens are strongly pro-life?

The numbers don’t lie. Many pro-life Alabamians voted for Jones because they couldn’t stand Roy Moore. They believed Jones was, in his heart, a good man despite their many policy differences.

Out of respect for the millions of his constituents who have sincere and deeply held pro-life beliefs – beliefs that are largely based on science, not religion – Jones should listen, study, and think about the issue with a fresh perspective.

The senator may learn something new, and when that happens, he shouldn’t hesitate to change his mind. It’s not flip-flopping or waffling, or betraying any previously held pro-choice beliefs.

It’s merely reason.

Jones should remember that when a critic once charged John Maynard Keynes with being inconsistent, the famed economist was said to have responded, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

Let’s hope Jones sees the facts about abortion and then responds the way the vast majority of his constituents in Alabama already have.

(J. Pepper Bryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of “American Warfighter.”)

2 months ago

Spring Hill College, University of Alabama top 2018 list of hardest schools to get into in the Yellowhammer State

University of Alabama quad (Photo: University of Alabama)
University of Alabama quad (Photo: University of Alabama)


If your children want to go to college alongside the likes of Tua Tagovailoa or someday stroll the Avenue of Oaks to get their degree, then they better start studying.

Spring Hill College in Mobile and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa are the two most selective schools in the state, according to the 2018 Hardest Colleges to Get Into list produced by the data website Niche.

Nearly 6-in-10 applicants are rejected by Spring Hill College, and more than half are told ‘no’ by the Capstone, according to the report.

The rankings are based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores using data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Here’s Niche’s top ten:

#1: Spring Hill College

— Acceptance rate: 44%

— SAT range: 1000-1190

#2: University of Alabama

— Acceptance rate: 53%

— SAT range: 980-1230

#3: Birmingham-Southern

— Acceptance rate: 48%

— SAT range: 990-1180

#4: University of Alabama – Birmingham

— Acceptance rate: 58%

— SAT range: 970-1300

#5: Oakwood University

— Acceptance rate: 48%

— SAT range: 750-1010

#6: Tuskegee University

— Acceptance rate: 50%

— SAT range: 890-1110

#7: Faulkner University

— Acceptance rate: 45%

— SAT range: 880-1120

#8: University of North Alabama

— Acceptance rate: 56%

— SAT range: 862-1053

#9: Alabama State University

— Acceptance rate: 46%

— SAT range: 730-920

#10: Huntington College

— Acceptance rate: 57%

— SAT range: 845-1050

Auburn University was 11th on the list, with an acceptance rate of 81% and a SAT range of 1060-1260.

See the full list here.

Niche also used various data points to compile other rankings, including the following “best” lists and their top three:

Best Academics

— #1, University of Alabama – Birmingham

— #2, University of Alabama

— #3, Auburn University

Best Value:

— #1, Samford University

— #2, Auburn University

— #3, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Best Professors

— #1, University of Alabama – Birmingham

— #2, Tuskegee University

— #3, Auburn University

Safest Campus

— #1, Athens State University

— #2, Stillman College

— #3, University of West Alabama

Best Student Life

— #1, University of Alabama

— #2, Auburn University

— #3, University of Alabama – Birmingham

Best for Student Athletes

— #1, University of Alabama

— #2, Auburn University

— #3, University of Alabama – Birmingham

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2 months ago

‘Roll Tide … now will you marry me?’ Alabama lineman wins championship, then wins the girl

Brad Bozeman (SEC Network/Twitter)
Brad Bozeman (SEC Network/Twitter)

While his teammates were celebrating their historic come-from-behind victory over Georgia last night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alabama center Bradley Bozeman focused on more important things.

The 319-pound junior from Roanoke, Ala., dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him.

Exit question: Would he have still asked if Alabama had lost … or better yet, would she have still said yes?

We kid, y’all.

Roll Tide!

3 months ago

Well-known corporations, Hollywood elites and unions helped fund the deceptive campaign ad that targeted black voters in Alabama’s Senate race, and the PACs plan to do it again

That deceptive campaign ad that targeted Alabama’s black voters, warning them that their “community” would know if they didn’t support then-candidate Doug Jones because their vote was “public record,” was partially funded by some of the most well-known corporations, film makers and unions in the nation, according to data from the Federal Elections Commission.

A complicated process of transfers between political action committees and donors paid for the ad, but the money trail is clear as pebbles shining on a forest path.

Follow the money:

The ads were purchased by a previously unknown super PAC called Highway 31, which spent about $6 million attacking Roy Moore and supporting Jones. Nobody knew who ran this organization or where it received its money during the election because it was created in the “dead zone” between financial reporting deadlines.

Weeks after the election, it was learned that Highway 31 was “predominantly funded” by Senate Majority PAC, a group dedicated to electing Democrats to the U.S. Senate, and at least $1.5 million of the ads were bought through a partnership with Priorities USA, best known for running ads in support of President Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

According to data from the Federal Elections Commission, Senate Majority PAC was funded in this election cycle by the Methodist Health Foundation ($1 million), online payment company Allied Wallet ($500,000), American Federation of Teachers ($250,000), the National Association of Letter Carriers ($250,000), the pharmaceutical giant Merck ($25,000), health insurance company Anthem ($25,000) and even iHeartRadio ($16,000) and Pepsi ($8,000).

Another report from the commission shows that during the last cycle Priorities USA received money from George Soros ($10.5 million), the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union ($4 million), Steven Spielberg’s film studio DreamWorks SKG ($2 million), the National Air Traffic Controllers Association ($1.2 million), and J.J. Abrams’s film and television company Bad Robot Productions ($1 million).

The ad:

— “If you don’t vote and Roy Moore – a child predator – wins, could you live with that?” the ad asked. “Your vote is public record, and your community will know whether or not you helped stop Roy Moore. On Tuesday, Dec. 12, vote for Doug Jones for Senate.”

— Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill called the ad a “targeted effort to misinform and confuse voters” and reminded them that “no individual voting record is made available to anyone at any time, including the voter who cast the ballot.”

— The ad was so awful that even Google took it down, along with several television stations in Alabama.

What’s next?

The PACs believe they’ve found an effective trick to boost black turn out, so we should expect to hear the ad in other races later this year.

“Hopefully this race can serve as a blueprint for campaigns in 2018 — embrace digital campaigning and devote the necessary resources to persuading and turning out African-American voters early, not just the final weekend of a race,” said Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for Priorities USA.

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3 months ago

Anti-Christian bullies target Gov. Kay Ivey, demand she stop ‘preaching’ on social media

(Opinion) A seriously annoying anti-Christian activist organization has signaled out Alabama’s governor because of what they call “preaching” on social media, demanding she remove the offending statements or face lawsuits and fines.

Like most of America’s leaders, Gov. Kay Ivey sent Christmas-themed messages over the holiday season, but the aggressively litigious Freedom from Religion Foundation in Wisconsin sent her a letter calling her particular statements “unconstitutional.”

“Wishing people good will and good cheer is all fine on Christmas, but not this overtly religious homily that the governor felt fit to send forth,” the foundation’s co-president said in a news release. “She’s insulting residents of the state who aren’t Christian by such sectarian preachiness.”

So what got the Freedom from Religion Foundation so upset?

Here’s what our governor posted to Facebook on December 25th: “My fellow Alabamians, today, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that each of us share His light and love with one another. As we’re upon the Christmas season, reflecting on the past year, let us be filled with hope and joy as we look toward the opportunities that lie before us. May your days ahead be filled with the light of God and His abundant grace.”

Boy, that’s some seriously awful stuff, especially in this time of partisan bickering.

But if that’s not bad enough for you, Ivey also dared to record a video:

If those atheists only knew the types of shenanigans her predecessor was up to, they’d be thankful for Ivey’s absolutely appropriate messages. She should be commended, not sued.

And to keep with the Christmas theme, here’s Yellowhammer’s response to the folks at the Freedom from Religion Foundation:


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3 months ago

If the left thinks ‘gay married’ Santa Claus is forward thinking, then thank God they call Alabama backward

Santa's Husband (Harper Collins/Amazon)
Santa’s Husband (Harper Collins/Amazon)


Just in time for Christmas, folks.

The holiday story we’ve all been waiting for.

Destined to become a fireside classic that you’ll read to your children and your children’s children.

Santa’s Husband, a children’s book from renowned publisher Harper Collins, tells the story of “a black Santa, his white husband, and their life in the North Pole.”

Maybe this is a weak attempt at satire, but it’s more than likely just the same old culture-changing garbage the leftist media has been shoveling down our throats for decades (and they have even more control over the book publishing industry than they do film, television and newspapers).

The author of the book is Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. That show’s writers just spent weeks gleefully making fun of Alabama during our not-so-special special Senate election.

To them, our adherence to thousands of years of Christian tradition and our respect for customs and convention makes us backward. But if this is how those writers define forward thinking, then I’ll happily wear their insults with pride (#AlabamaProud!).

From the book’s ridiculous description on Amazon:

— “Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man.”

— “We see the Clauses sitting by the fire at their cozy North Pole home, vacationing at the beach, having an occasional disagreement, celebrating their wedding day, and comforting each other when some loudmouth people on television angrily dispute Santa’s appearance and lifestyle.”

— “In the weeks before Christmas, Santa’s husband helps with all the pre-Christmas work, from double-checking lists, to feeding the reindeer (organic gluten-free grains, of course), to negotiating labor disputes with the restive workshop elves.”

Here’s a clip from CNN where the author and illustrator explain how and why they decided to publish this … book:


But this is what happens when a nation hands over its culture to people who want to change it into something else.

(Editor’s note: Because of nonsense like this, some Christians are migrating away from many observances that have been taken over by mainstream culture — an arena that has become openly hostile to Christian beliefs. Here’s a worthwhile tradition: Instead of celebrating Santa Claus on Christmas morning, celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicolas in early December. Saint Nic, who was an early Christian bishop, is the real-life inspiration for Santa Claus. The night before his feast day, children place old shoes outside of their bedroom doors and parents come along in the night and fill them with treats, gifts, or money. In the morning, they talk about how we should imitate the generosity of Saint Nicolas, and ultimately who he was trying to imitate – Christ Jesus.) 

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3 months ago

Sorry, there’s no ‘burning’ progressive movement in Alabama just because we rejected Roy Moore



It’s now been a week since the election of Doug Jones prompted’s editorial board to breathlessly declare that the “voice of justice” had spoken for a “burning movement” of “black voters, LGBT activists, women and young voters” who represent the future of our state.

Their words crackled with confidence and jubilation because, in their minds, the progressive agenda had finally penetrated the Heart of Dixie.

“Doug Jones’s election is a moment of change, not only in Alabama, but for an America yearning for signs that these values matter in 2017,” the editorial board gushed.

We get it. They were excited.

But now that the euphoria has abated, it’s time for them to get back to reality and face the facts: Alabama was, is and will always be one of the most conservative states in the country.

Look around. Has anything changed since Jones was elected?

Are you seeing more rainbow flags flying in our communities?

Did your neighbor trade-in his F-150 for a Prius?

Have you suddenly started agreeing with John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire?

No. No. And heck no.

Only someone stuck in an echo chamber of liberalism would think Alabama embraced even a shred of the Democratic Party’s agenda simply because a majority of our voters rejected someone who many believe molested a 14-year old girl.

Alabama didn’t elect Doug Jones.

We un-elected the nominee of the Republican Party of Alabama.

Big difference.

Alabama is still an overwhelmingly conservative state, ranked fifth most conservative by Gallup earlier this year. Republican candidates enjoy a 30-point advantage here (at least when they don’t bring a U-Haul’s worth of political baggage, get credibly accused of sexual harassment and molestation, and then fail to seriously campaign).

Alabama is still an overwhelmingly pro-life state, with nearly 60 percent of its citizens saying abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a Pew Forum survey.

Alabama is still overwhelmingly in favor of traditional marriage, ranking dead last in support for same-sex marriage in a poll conducted by the Public Religious Research Institute.

And we’re not just conservative on hot button social issues either. We strongly believe in limited government.

Consider these findings from a poll commissioned two months ago by the well-respected Alabama Policy Institute in Birmingham:

— “64 percent of those surveyed would be more likely to vote for a candidate that campaigned on reducing or rejecting federal dollars in order to limit the federal government’s influence over Alabama.”

— “79 percent of those surveyed support a proposal for the state Legislature to hold a recorded, up-or-down vote before accepting any federal funding with strings attached that would bind Alabama to specific policies crafted in Washington, D.C.”

— “91 percent of those surveyed support a proposal for state government to conduct an annual inventory of all federal funds coming into the state.”

That doesn’t sound like the Nancy Pelosi/Chuck Schumer agenda to me.

“It’s probably no surprise that Alabamians have a deep distrust of the federal government,” said Leigh Hixon, the senior director of policy relations or the Alabama Policy Institute. “However, the degree to which this is true was very striking.”

So, no, There’s no progressive movement starting in Alabama.

The only thing that changed last week was the standards of our state’s voters.

We said there was a standard of conduct and competency for our leaders, or at least a limit to the amount of drama we could take in exchange for their service.

Let’s hope our candidates and party leaders got the message.

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