Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.
Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.
“The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.
Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.
Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.
Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.
"Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11, the airline announced today. Frontier Airlines will start by offering direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39."
"At 87, Clint Eastwood is not only trying new things, he’s trying daring new things, and his new film 15:17 to Paris represents one of the most audacious gambits of his career. To dramatize the tale of three Americans who tackled and subdued a heavily armed Islamist terrorist on a train out of Amsterdam in 2015, Eastwood cast the young men, none of whom had professional acting experience, as themselves. It’s a decision with little precedent in the entire history of motion pictures."
A few things to know before visiting Alabama, Sen. Kamala Harris
One of the slew of 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates recently felt the need to wade into Alabama’s affairs and make broad brush statements with zero facts at hand.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) addressed California Democrats at their convention in San Francisco just a week ago. Harris brought up Alabama’s recent abortion ban and castigated pro-life supporters by saying they couldn’t care less about a woman once she gives birth to the baby.
Harris stated, “What are they doing to support the mother and what she needs in terms of prenatal help? They’re not doing a thing, but they’re trying to tell women what to do with their bodies.”
This is patently false and Harris most assuredly knows it. What Harris did was an attempt to score some low hanging fruit for political traction with those who couldn’t care less about the facts.
However, in the event that someone here in the state hears of Harris’ comments and believes that Alabamians promote laws with no thought to the people affected, here is a list of organizations within the state that are more than willing, able, and qualified to assist a pregnant woman in need, both before and after the birth of the baby. These people are doing critical work in this state. They deserve our time, support, donations, prayers and praise for how they not only talk about the value of unborn life but earnestly show it every single day of the year.
Here are just a few of the services the organizations provide for women, men and babies:
Adoption information & agencies
Maternity & infant supplies
Support for men
Harris will be in Alabama this weekend, taking part in an event hosted by NARAL, an abortion promoter. It’s probably safe to say Harris is not here on a fact-finding mission to support her outrageously false claims.
While I would love for Harris to view the evidence and correct her insulting characterization of Alabama and the amazing pro-life organizations committed to loving and helping mothers in this state, I sense that a bold-faced undeniable fact could walk up and urinate on Harris’ leg and the Democratic senator would shamelessly declare that it’s raining.
‘Boomerang citizenship’ wrong for Alabama ISIS bride, anyone else
For the past two weeks, Alabama and the rest of the nation have been forced to watch the mainstream media try to thrash a dead horse back to life, and for no perceivable purpose. A fake news aficionado knows this can mean only one thing: a hidden agenda is afoot.
Americans woke up last Monday to see Hoda Muthana’s name splashed across the pages as if she had just made a major move similar to her secret trip to Syria in 2014. But had Muthana physically done anything worthy of a national news story? No. Nothing.
She simply decided that it would be great to leave the honeymoon hellhole she entered five years ago as a Jihadi bride. So, all of America was shaken awake and instructed to remember a forgotten woman and sigh with relief that she no longer thinks we are the great Satan of the West.
Media treatment then ensued with stories of Muthana’s “deep regret” of joining ISIS terrorists and promoting the bloodletting of Americans. Pictures were posted of her with her toddler son, the offspring of dead Jihadi husband #2, husband #1, who lies dead in Syria, and husband #3, who is alive, but not named or identified by Muthana.
A video interview was aired of Muthana at the refugee camp in Syria. There are thousands of stories to be told of women and children who survived the ISIS reign of terror but, lo and behold, Muthana and other Jihadi brides were selected as subjects by a left-leaning UK newspaper, The Guardian.
Real victims be damned, they’ll tell you who to feel sorry for.
Don’t forget the lengthy headlines with their rehabilitative words. Here’s my favorite, via ABC News:
The real reason for all of this emotional stage-setting and humanizing effort is fully unveiled when Muthana’s father filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to bring the ISIS bride back to the United States.
Americans have been subjected to a cleverly crafted media rollout, initiated by shrewd lawyers who know that it’s better to get control of the narrative with a humanizing effort for your client than be the subject of another independent reporter’s story and slant.
Imagine the headlines if this lawsuit had been quietly filed in court and someone inclined to real reporting wrote a simpler, more factual headline: “Man sues United States government to bring terrorist woman back to Alabama.”
That’s not going to sit well with the average patriotic American or the current administration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says she’s not coming back. In fact, Muthana has no documentation due to a 2016 decision by the Obama administration to dissolve her citizenship. Her parents were sent notification of that while she was on a Jihad vacation in the Middle East.
Yet, a legal showdown on citizenship is underway.
This case raises a key question as it heads to an expedited court hearing with its claims that birthright citizenship should allow Muthana’s return.
Is citizenship such an absolute, immutable right in our republic, that any sane adult can simultaneously choose to reject their own country and citizenship, while also being assured that they will never lose it?
How does that actually work? Is an adult’s personal choice not really ever a legitimate permanent choice should unforeseen negative effects develop down the road? That is exactly what happened to Muthana when joining the evil enemy combatants.
Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) said she should be brought back and put on trial (as if living in Syria wasn’t 10 times more punishment than the worst prison in the U.S.). His first-announced senatorial challenger, Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) believes she has forfeited all claims to whatever citizenship she may have had. The reactions I have witnessed of fellow Alabamians is to sympathize with her rash mistake, but side with Byrne’s opinion.
Any ruling in favor of Muthana would seem to set a very dangerous precedent for a new form of boomerang citizenship; no matter what the citizen does to throw it away, it will still come back to them.
A court decision in Muthana’s favor will send the message that not only is it easy to ensure birthright citizenship, but anyone can grow up and commit treachery against the country with absolutely no concerns for natural consequences of losing that citizenship or the privileges it provides.
Andrea Tice is the director of the Yellowhammer News Radio Network
Israel disrespected with Angela Davis award whiplash at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Earlier this week, our nation celebrated the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of honoring King’s legacy, we acknowledged the civil rights movement to which he dedicated his life, energy and passion.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) in Alabama is dedicated to keeping the memory and history of the movement’s leaders alive and well in the annals of history and minds of living Americans. Their job is to engage with each generation so everyone can understand and appreciate both the past civil rights struggles as well as its continuing victories. It’s not an easy job when you consider how human nature is given to either ignore or forget theevents altogether or to twist the events of history for a current political purpose or angle.
The BCRI could have stayed more true to its mission and goals had it not decided to recommit to honoring noted critic of Israel, Angela Davis, with its Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.
The move came as part of an awkward and confusing turn of events in recent weeks. BCRI initially decided to issue the award to Davis and then quickly retracted it when certain pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel statements came to light. Now, the institute has announced that it has changed course, once again, and will present the award to Davis after all.
In a 2013 speech, Davis called into question the very legitimacy of Israel as a nation and its sovereignty to enforce borders and defend itself to terror attacks. She was clearly supportive of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel as part of a strategy to weaken Israel.
Most troublesome is the fact that Davis played a dangerous moral equivalency game with the Palestinian movement and the American civil rights movement.She likened the Palestinian movement to the struggles of blacks in the south during the civil rights era, as well as South Africans battling Apartheid in the 1980s. Davis referred to Israel as an occupying force and oppressors.
The two movements are in diametric opposition to each other in both stated objectives and accomplishments. The civil rights movement was a non-violent effort to abolish the de facto rule that “separate but equal” was acceptable in American society and bring integration and equality of access to every American regardless of gender, race or religion.
The Palestinian movement is clearly about one gaining both political power and territory over another primarily through acts of terror.
Despite the Palestinian mandate of 1922 where a territory for Arabs and Jews was established for them to reside together “irrespective of race and religion,” the Palestinian mandate of 1968 does not even recognize the legitimacy of its neighboring nation of Israel.
While the civil rights act was being passed into law in 1964 with the goal of full integration of all citizens in American society, the Palestinian mandate was promising a constant struggle of violence against the “occupation” (by Israel) with the goal of “elimination of Zionism in Palestine.”
Promises of violence and expulsion, if not implied extermination, associated with the movement supported by Davis would seem not to align with the values of the civil rights movement.
Consider instead Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence which mirrors more of the tone and tenor of the civil rights movement: “Israel will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or sex…it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.”
Israel also makes every effort to live in peace with fellow neighboring Arabs by appealing to them “to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help to advance the entire Middle East.”
Davis has aligned herself with a movement that portrays itself as oppressed victims, while the documents by which they seek to govern the territory reveals them to be more than eager to become the oppressor they denounce.
This is the nettlesome land through which Davis is trying to navigate in her effort to continue her activism in later years. The past accomplishments she may have had 50 years ago during the civil rights movement are all but negated when she tries to straddle dualistic beliefs and political policy that are mutually exclusive of each other.
It is no wonder that skepticism and fear of legitimizing violent rhetoric have surrounded Davis receipt of the award.
Andrea Tice is News Director for the Yellowhammer News Network.