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About that Alice Martin tweet

For most writers, the “you’re getting paid to write that!” accusation comes with the job.

Also: “You’re a racist!”, “You’re a communist!”, “You’re a spy for the Russian mob!”, “You’re a fill-in-the-blank.”

I’ve enjoyed learning from writers who hold their heads high, write from the heart and ignore trolls. There are many inspiring examples of this in Alabama media and my husband, J. Pepper Bryars, is my gold standard hero when it comes to that. You should have seen his inbox during the Roy Moore fiasco.

Criticism … accusations … suspicion about your motives … it’s all part of it. Personally, I enjoy writing more when I don’t read social media comments. I can count on one hand the times I’ve given in to the curiosity to look.

But last night, someone sent me a screenshot of a troll-ish tweet that bothers me because of who it is about.

A public figure I wouldn’t expect accused a sincere, honest, courageous young Yellowhammer News contributing writer named Jeremy Beaman of writing an article that was influenced by money, which to anyone in journalism is about the worst thing you could be accused of.

Alice Martin, a former candidate for the Republication nomination for Attorney General, posted the following to Twitter regarding Jeremy’s article:

“YH weak ‘sponsored’ reporting swayed by ad $$. Marshall was a Democrat + weak plea bargaining record as DA. HE hasn’t lowered crime in Montgomery. Report facts!”

I think of myself as “Mama Millennial” to the young people on our team, but “Mama Millennial” will now be “Mama Bear” for a moment to defend this recent college grad and rising star (who by the way, is not at all bothered by Martin’s tweet).

When I texted Jeremy: “You should know Alice Martin is being nasty about your article. Don’t flinch or let it bother you…,” he texted back (shared with permission): “No skin off my nose! I wasn’t deeply examining their every flaw. Only the ones most obvious and already talked about.”

Jeremy is not concerned with what Martin thinks of him because he knows there’s no truth to her accusation that his article was swayed by advertising dollars. He wrote what he personally found interesting, and certainly without any input from the sales team.

Oddly enough, the article Martin calls into question was actually critical of Marshall, noting that he is a former Democrat and that some conservative voters may find such a “political sin” impossible to forgive. (Correction: Jeremy appropriately pointed out to me HE wasn’t trying to be critical of anyone, merely reporting what voters may think of political “transgressions.” See? Sharp guy.)

American author Joyce Carol Oates tweeted something years ago that made an impact on me, and while I have no hope of digging through her prolific tweets to find the original, I feel I can quote her general idea with rough accuracy.

She tweeted something like: Someone, somewhere, with whatever degree of pretense or sincerity, will find a reason to be offended by anything you say or do. Therefore…?

I guess it’s time for “Mama Millennial/Mama Bear” to back off – smiling, knowing — kids like Jeremy aren’t really kids. His confident reaction to Martin’s tweet shows me he’s already working from a “Therefore…?” stance. He’ll be just fine.

And me? Yeah, me too, though if someone trolls this article on social media, I’m still not going to see it.

I do like to connect with awesome Alabamians. Please reach out and say hello at Rachel@yellowhammernews.com — unless, that is, you’re writing to tell me I’m a Russian spy.

20 mins ago

Illegal alien beheads 13-year-old Huntsville girl

Law enforcement officials in Alabama say an illegal alien and an immigrant in America on a green card are responsible for murdering a 13-year-old girl with special needs and her grandmother, who had connections to Mexican drug cartels, says a report by AL.com.

The brutal beheading of 13-year-old Mariah Lopez took place after she witnessed her grandmother, Oralia Mendoza, get attacked with a knife in a cemetery, according to court testimony.

Mendoza, the 49-year-old grandmother, was alleged to have had connections with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, a popular and deadly drug-trafficking organization.

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Mendoza, along with Israel Palomino and Yoni Aguilar, had traveled to Georgia on June 2 to pick up methamphetamine, according to Investigator Stacy Rutherford. During the trip, one of the men became suspicious that Mendoza’s involvement was a setup.

Authorities say that Mendoza and Aguilar lived together and had dated one another in the past.

Palomino and Aguilar reportedly woke up Mendoza one night and told her that they were taking her and her granddaughter somewhere safe.

On June 4, Mendoza and Lopez were reportedly driven to Moon Cemetery located on Cave Springs Road. According to Aguilar, Mendoza and Palomino got out of the car and argued about the entire situation.

According to Aguilar, that is when the situation escalated and Palomino stabbed Mendoza. Due to Mendoza’s granddaughter being at the scene during the crime, Aguilar and Palomino took the 13-year-old girl to a separate location nearby and beheaded her.

Aguilar revealed to investigators that he was holding a knife when Palomino walked up to him and moved his arm back and forth in a sawing motion. Lopez was later beheaded.

Days later, both Aguilar and Palomino were placed in custody.

Two knives were recovered and cell phone signals from both of the men’s cellphones were pinged at the locations of each occurrence.

Palomino, 34, and Aguilar, 26, are both charged with two counts each of capital murder in the slayings of Mariah Lopez and her grandmother, Oralia Mendoza.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

50 mins ago

Roy Moore is not done embarrassing Alabama yet

Whether you view former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore as the “Ten Commandments’ Judge”, the “guy banned from the Gadsden Mall”, or the “guy who lost to Doug Jones”, you probably don’t think very highly of him. He has brought loads of scorn upon the state of Alabama — some feel this is not his fault.

Whatever you think of Judge Moore, you probably think he should go away. Unfortunately, it appears that he is not interested in doing that. “Borat” creator Sacha Baron Cohen has a new TV series and Moore was apparently a target of one of his pranks.

Moore is rightly embarrassed, but is pretending he is going to sue Cohen if he airs the tape Moore is concerned about:

“I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another.”

Why this matters:

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Moore is an attorney and was the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He knows as well as anyone that if he said something on a tape during an interview it can be used. He will not win a single lawsuit he is involved in, but he will bilk his supporters for more money. He may sue, but you can sue on anything. He cannot win a lawsuit with a comedian who is producing a satire piece.

Moore is a public figure, a target for liberals, and he needs to fade into obscurity. Moore also needs to realize that his insistence on standing on the public stage only hurts the causes he holds dear. If he truly cares about Alabama, and not only about himself, he will stop answering media inquiries.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 hour ago

University of Alabama System chooses new interim chancellor Finis E. St. John

The University of Alabama System has chosen an interim chancellor to replace the retiring of current chancellor Jay Hayes at the end of the month.

Finis E. “Fess” St. John, IV, who currently serves on the UA system’s Board of Trustees, will succeed Hayes on August 1.

St. John will take an unpaid leave of absence from St. John & St. John law firm in Cullman and will serve as interim chancellor without compensation.

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“The fact that Fess St. John is willing to serve as our Interim Chancellor without compensation is a tremendous public service,” Board Trustee Joe Epsy said in a statement.

“We are extremely grateful that he is willing to step in and take on these complex administrative duties at a crucial time for our campuses and the UAB Health System,” Epsy continued, in part.

St. John graduated cum laude from Alabama in 1978, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Jasons. He went on to receive a law degree from the University of Virginia.

3 hours ago

Georgia woman gets five years for filing fraudulent tax returns through Birmingham business

A Georgia woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for preparing and filing fraudulent tax returns through her Alabama-based business.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, in a news release, says U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced 38-year-old Patrice Anderson on Monday for 13 tax-related counts. A federal jury convicted Anderson in September for using her Birmingham-area business, Queen’s Fast Tax, to file returns between 2009 and 2012 that she knew contained false information.

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Evidence at trial showed that Anderson filed tax returns claiming refundable credits to which her clients were not entitled so that they could receive much larger refunds than they were eligible for. In return, Anderson would charge the clients abnormally high fees – up to $3,000 per fraudulent return – to file their taxes.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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WATCH: Real estate investor Brian Trippe discusses overcoming lethargy to reach full potential

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Brian Trippe to discuss life, business and overcoming lethargy to reach your full potential.

Brian Trippe is a successful real estate investor, author, family man, servant-hearted leader, and a follower of Christ. Brian has a passion for helping people learn and grow in life and in business through Alareia.

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WATCH:

3 Takeaways


1) Brian was at a point where he did not want to work or grow. He had to break through that malaise and now he is seeing the fruits of his labor. We all have to overcome the laziness and push through whether we feel like moving forward or not. Breakthrough is on the other side of that.

2) Sometimes, we have early experiences that we can draw from that will help us in the future. Brian was a coach and now he loves to coach people in business to reach all they are capable of achieving. Try to figure out what experiences you have that you can draw from and teach others from your own trial and error.

3) Purpose is a driver in Brian’s life. When you have purpose, the daily grind becomes less difficult. You know why you are doing something versus simply focusing on what you are doing. Discover your purpose and life becomes fun!