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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    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 workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    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.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

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7 Things: RBG replacement fight looms, Jones pledges to stop Trump, no Labor Day coronavirus spike and more …

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7. Tuberville holding a fundraiser in Florida

  • Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has been criticized throughout his campaign for U.S. Senate about how he moved from Florida to Alabama just to run for office, and now he’s holding a fundraiser in Florida. 
  • Monday, Tuberville will be holding a campaign fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. The Alabama Democratic Party executive director said this decision makes sense as it’s Tuberville’s “home state,” adding that “he still doesn’t understand the kitchen table issues that matter to Alabamians.”

6. Envelope to Trump contained ricin

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  • A letter to President Donald Trump and the White House is being investigated after it tested positive for the poison ricin. 
  • The FBI said that there’s “no known threat to public safety.” The FBI will be joined by the Secret Service and the U.S Postal Investigation Service in the investigation. 

5. Hurricane Sally cleanup could cost $19 million for Mobile

  • It’s been estimated that the cost of cleaning up after Hurricane Sally could cost $19 million, according to the Mobile County Emergency Management. 
  • This estimate just includes what local areas are likely to spend on road and bridge repair, utilities and debris removal. The final cost is expected to be higher. 

4. No coronavirus spike since Labor Day

  • Alabama health officials were concerned that Alabama could see a spike in coronavirus cases after the Labor Day holiday, similar to spikes seen after Memorial Day and Independence Day. 
  • Thankfully, there hasn’t been a spike in coronavirus cases after almost two weeks, as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have leveled out and slowly declined throughout the state. 

3. Ruth Bader Ginsburg passes

  • At 87-years-old, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away after a battle with pancreas cancer. She was the second woman ever appointed to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. 
  • In a released statement by U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), he spoke about her career and legacy, saying that “she inspired generations of young women to reach for heights that previously felt impossible.” U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville spoke similarly of Ginsburg, stating, “She fought hard for her beliefs and carried the respect of her fellow justices, liberal and conservative alike.”

2. Jones fundraising email mentions Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • After the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D-AL) reelection campaign sent out a fundraising email over the weekend that mentioned RBG’s passing. 
  • In the email, Jones says that he’s “saddened” by how her death has been politicized by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). He goes on to warn, “So much depends on this Senate seat. Our win in November will be a defeat of Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy and cynicism.”

1. President Donald Trump promises to nominate a woman to SCOTUS

  • After the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many are questioning who President Donald Trump will nominate to take RGB’s place on the court. 
  • Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign has released a statement detailing that the president will nominate a woman. Communications director Tim Murtaugh clarified that Trump has every right to make this nomination, arguing, “There has been an open seat on the Supreme Court in a presidential election year 29 times in American history, and in every single case, the president has nominated a candidate.”

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VIDEO: Gov. Kay Ivey signals no end to mask order in sight, media trolling for Tuberville dirt, State Rep. Mike Ball appears to regret vote on Alabama Memorial Preservation Act and more on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— Are we really looking at wearing masks in Alabama well into 2021?

— Did Sports Illustrated attempt to dig up dirt with Tommy Tuberville’s former players as part of an October surprise?

— Does State Representative Mike Ball’s shift on the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act signify a notable shift in the Alabama Republican Party?

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Jackson and Handback are joined by Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) to discuss Confederate monuments, prison reform, the Jones/Tuberville race and 2020.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” aimed at those who refuse to accept that President Donald Trump’s peace deals in the Middle East are a good thing.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

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7 Things: Vaccine skepticism grips nation, UA hunts silent outbreaks, Alabama’s initial unemployment claims are steady and more …

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7. Alabama’s richest man kidnapped

  • The retired CEO of EBSCO Industries, Elton B. Stephens, Jr,, with a family net worth of $4 billion dollars was kidnapped and held for ransom one week ago, but he is now back home after the arrest of two people involved in the caper.
  • Matthew Amos Burke, 34, and Tabatha Nicole Hodges, 33, broke into Stephen’s house allegedly stealing jewelry and three firearms before waking the home’s occupant. They took him to a trailer in St. Clair County and forced him to wire $250,000 into their account before releasing him.

6. Antifa is real

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  • FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Homeland Security Committee and said, “Antifa is a real thing. It’s not a group or an organization. It’s a movement, or an ideology may be one way of thinking of it.” He went on to say that some of their investigations have been into situations with people who identify as Antifa.
  • During his testimony, he also confirmed where domestic terrorism threats are concerned. He outlined, “[R]acially motivated violent extremism is, I think, the biggest bucket within that larger group. And within the racially motivated violent extremist bucket, people subscribing to some kind of white supremacist-type ideology is certainly the biggest chunk of that.”

5. A child abuser was released through bail program promoted by Harris and Biden

  • The Minnesota Freedom Fund was promoted by staffers for former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), and one of the men released by the bail fund was a child abuser.
  • The man in question, Timothy Wayne Columbus, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for a sexual assault on an eight-year-old in 2015, and when he was bailed out of jail, he filed it through the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

4. Dems think they can push Biden to be more progressive

  • While in an interview with “Just the News,” U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke about the difference between U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden, mostly noting the difference in how “progressive” they are.
  • Ocasio-Cortez honestly stated that she believes more progressive members “can likely push Vice President Biden to a more progressive direction across policy issues,” specifically mentioning foreign policy and immigration.

3. Unemployment remains steady

  • For the last couple of weeks, initial unemployment claims in Alabama have remained mostly unchanged, according to a new report by the Alabama Labor Department. There has only been a decrease of 54 claims week-to-week.
  • From this past week, there were 8,848 initial claims, but in the week previous there were 8,902 initial claims, which is only a 0.6% decrease. However, 4,485 of the most recent claims were due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2. Alabama tweaks its testing strategy

  • The University of Alabama continues to be bullish on the school’s response to the coronavirus, so much so that Chancellor Finis St. John says the school is testing a sampling of asymptomatic students, teachers and staffers to seek out silent outbreaks and have only found three positive tests out of 400+ tests of that sample.
  • Echoing the situation with Big Ten football and the SEC, St. John was happy that Alabama stayed the course, saying they “trusted our plan and our people and had the courage to see it through.” He pointed out that schools that canceled or delayed in-person learning before the semester started or soon after returning may have jumped the gun.

1. Majority of people won’t trust a vaccine released before the election

  • A new Economist/YouGov poll shows that 59% of people wouldn’t trust a coronavirus vaccine released before the general election on November 3, due to safety and efficacy concerns.
  • Even 50% of Republicans say they wouldn’t trust a vaccine released before the election, and only 39% of people plan to get vaccinated when it’s available. According to the poll, 72% of participants said they’re concerned about the safety of the vaccine.

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7 Things: Hurricane Sally’s damage is unveiled, general public may not have vaccine until late 2021, 16th Street bombing victim wants restitution and more …

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7. B1G football will play

  • The Big Ten will start their football season on the weekend of October 24, after the conference voted unanimously to start this fall instead of waiting to hold a spring season. This decision was made as they feel more confident in the medical information we have now during the pandemic and how testing capabilities have improved.
  • They will play an eight-game season, and the Big Ten championship game will be held on December 19. As the decision to continue with a fall football season was announced, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK. All teams to participate. Thank you to the players, coaches, parents, and all school representatives. Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!”

6. AG Barr says to go after rioters

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  • For months, rioters and “peaceful protesters” have wreaked havoc on American cities with almost no fear of consequences, but that may soon be coming to an end if prosecutors around the country listen to the advice of Attorney General William Barr.
  • With a goal of ending the lawlessness, Barr told prosecutors to start aggressively pursuing charges that carry actual penalties that will deter criminal activity. This includes charges for taking part in plots to overthrow the federal government.

5. Drop the act and pass a stimulus bill

  • After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she intends to keep members in session until a coronavirus relief package is passed, there are now some moderate Democrats who are putting pressure on Pelosi to actually get something done. U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said he believes Pelosi is playing games.
  • U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) is one of a few members who supported a plan for $1.5 trillion in coronavirus relief that was backed by 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans. Rose said that this measure “is bipartisan in nature.” He added, “It’s time for you to stop playing games. Let’s stop the charade. Let’s stop this stupidity. Let’s put the country first.”

4. Alabama students are largely asymptomatic

  • The media frenzy over the coronavirus cases at the University of Alabama seems to be over as the initial case spike is now over and encouraging trends appear to be setting in. Dr. Ricky Friend, the dean of UA’s College of Community Health Sciences believes there has not been “a measurable increase in cases resulting from Labor Day Weekend.”
  • Dr. Friend says the quarantine numbers are low, no students have been hospitalized, and that an overwhelming number of students tested on campus in Tuscaloosa are asymptomatic, which he added “is very much in line with data and trends we are seeing across the country.”

3. 16th Street bombing victim wants restitution

  • In a letter to Governor Kay Ivey, Sarah Collins Rudolph places the blame for the bombing on the state of Alabama, saying, “While the State of Alabama did not place the bomb next to the church, its Governor and other leaders at the time played an undisputed role in encouraging its citizens to engage in racial violence.”
  • Rudolph, who was 12 at the time and is now 69, is seeking money and a formal apology. She believes that the racial unrest in the country could help her receive what she is looking for from the state. She outlined, “To have my suffering acknowledged and to receive an apology for what happened to me would help bring a sense of closure. I truly hope Governor Ivey will do the right thing.”

2. Coronavirus vaccine available to the general public later next year

  • A dishonest debate in the media is raging over whether there will be a vaccine before the end of 2020. President Donald Trump says the vaccine is moving forward this year, possibly before the election. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Robert Redfield attended a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing where he said that it will be “late second quarter, third quarter 2021” before a vaccine for the coronavirus is available to the general public.
  • The distinction is obvious. The first vaccinations will be available to some beginning in November or December of this year. Of course, the first vaccines will just be available to health care workers, essential employees, first responders and more vulnerable communities.

1. Some damage reported from Hurricane Sally

  • Alabama suffered heavy rain, flash flooding, power outages and at least one death from the onslaught of Hurricane Sally, which is slowly working its way across Alabama and into Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia with severe flooding and high winds expected.
  • Cleanup is underway, and search for gas and supplies goes on as the aftermath is revealed. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said, ” I am remaining in constant communication with local officials along our coastal areas, and I have assured them — as well as pledge to all Alabamians — that we will provide every resource possible from the state level in order to help folks recover in the days and weeks ahead. The Alabama National Guard is standing by to assist, as is the Alabama Department of Transportation, ALEA and every other state partner.  We are ready to respond however and wherever needed.”

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U.S. Rep. Aderholt doesn’t think Pelosi is serious about passing another stimulus bill

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Much has been made about the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has decided to keep Congress in session to get some form of coronavirus stimulus bill passed.

This is rather shocking given that we are less than 50 days from a general election and most members would rather be in their districts running for reelection and not in Washington D.C. slogging it out.

One of Alabama’s U.S. Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) appeared on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” on Wednesday and opined that this is just a game by Pelosi to make it appear like her members are working and that they are willing to compromise when there really doesn’t seem to be any compromise in the making.

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Republicans offered up a “skinny” bill that would have spent $500 billion dollars in targeted aid, while Democrats seem to have been steadfast in their desire to spend six-times that on their proposals.

The idea that more spending will create a bill that can garner more support in the U.S. Senate seems unlikely. Remember, they basically had a party-line vote on the “skinny” bill, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) being the exception.

Aderholt appears to believe that the pressure is mounting on Pelosi.

“I think it is a sign that she is hearing from her members and from across the country that she needs to move forward and try to do some kind of stimulus relief where it makes sense,” Aderholt advised.

But he also believes this seems unlikely and that this is mostly theater.

Aderholt suggested that “staying in Washington” doesn’t mean what most people believe it does. He believes that Pelosi is “playing with words a little because we can be in session and not voting.”

“[W]e could actually be voting one day a week and still be in session,” he added.

This doesn’t seem to be a recipe for success for a new stimulus bill, Aderholt says.

“Most Democrats want to see a tremendous amount and they’re not willing, I don’t think, to go there,” Aderholt stated, adding that it seems unlikely anything gets done on this matter before the election.

My takeaway:

Maybe Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep her caucus in D.C. and off the campaign trail?

They can’t say ridiculous things and support insane policies if they are trapped in the halls of Congress.

The more Democrats talk about the shutdowns, the police, taxes and more, the more it becomes apparent that they are representing a fringe element that many Americans don’t agree with, and it becomes less likely they expand their power.

Remember, Joe Biden seems to be hiding in his basement for fear of making any gaffes, so maybe the speaker is trying to keep Democrats in the House in Washington, D.C. for the same reason.

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

5 days ago

7 Things: Mask order isn’t ending, attempted October surprise for Tuberville, slow-moving Sally makes landfall in Alabama and more …

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7. No plans to extend curbside alcohol sales

  • The Alabama ABC has no plans to extend the current emergency order that authorizes to-go and curbside alcohol sales across the state, which expires Wednesday.
  • There haven’t been plans to extend the order because now, most restaurants and bars are allowed to open at half capacity. “[T]he need to provide emergency curbside service is no longer necessary,” government relations manager of the Alabama ABC Board Dean Argo said.

6. Jobs leaving Alabama

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  • The FreightCar America manufacturing facility located in Cherokee, Alabama, will close and outsource 500 jobs to Castanos, Mexico, with the company saying this is being done to “consolidate.”
  • In a release, the company said that this facility closing and the jobs being outsourced “will further align costs and manufacturing capacity with the current realities of depressed railcar demand,” which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

5. Peace agreement signed

  • Wednesday, the peace deal known as the “Abraham Accords” was signed. President Donald Trump said while speaking at the White House, “After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”
  • Trump, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the deal that will include, trade, tourism and security.

4. Pelosi will keep House in session to negotiate coronavirus relief

  • As pressure mounts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that she intends to keep members in session until there’s an agreement met on a coronavirus relief package. She added there will be “an agreement that meets the needs of the American people.”
  • The priorities of another coronavirus relief package would be rental assistance, unemployment benefits, state and local government funding, and another round of stimulus checks. Proposals have already been made with the price tags of $3 trillion, $1 trillion and $300 billion.

3. Hurricane Sally makes landfall in Alabama

  • The slow-moving storm finally made landfall in Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane at 4:45 a.m., and according to National Hurricane Center, the storm could bring “historic and catastrophic flooding in parts of northwest Florida and southern Alabama.”
  • With rainfall expected to reach as high as 35 inches, schools and businesses in the path of Hurricane Sally are closed and major power outages have been reported. This could be an event that leads to loss of life.

2. October surprise attempt with Tuberville

  • An editor with Sports Illustrated, Mark Bechtel, contacted former Auburn football players in an attempt to get them to talk about former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and his character.
  • Former Auburn linebacker Eltoro Freeman said that during his talk with Bechtel, he was “very disturbed” by what Bechtel was attempting to get players to say, but Freeman has continued to speak highly of Tuberville’s character and the kind of man he is, saying he’s “a man of true character, a man of the people – he loves all people.”

1. Ivey not ending the mask order anytime soon

  • Governor Kay Ivey has already extended the mask mandate through the state health order until at least October 2. Ivey’s office has been asked how long the mask mandate and other restrictions could last. The office said that there’s “not necessarily a magic number.”
  • Currently, the state is heading in the right direction with hospitalizations improving and in-class instruction returning for some schools. Ivey’s office said that the governor “hopes to see all of this in our rearview mirror sooner, rather than later.”

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7 Things: Hurricane Sally intensifies, coronavirus surges globally as cases drop in U.S., Ivey prepares tourism push and more …

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7. Athens returning to school early

  • Athens City Schools have pushed up their date for students to return to in-class learning due to the number of parents requesting that children go back to school to join other students in the classroom.
  • Originally, in-class instruction wasn’t meant to return until October 19, but now, elementary students will go back to class on September 28 and secondary students will return October 6.

6. Just tell us what isn’t racist

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  • President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has put out a new ad against former Vice President Joe Biden. At the very end of the ad, Biden can be seen kneeling in front of black churchgoers. The text “stop Joe Biden and his rioters” then appears on the screen.
  • Due to the ending of the ad, it’s been called “overtly racist and offensive” by Reverend Silvester Beaman, who also said that it’s “a racist attack on the African American church,” but also the message “subtly incites white terrorism against people of color and attacks the Black Church and Black people for refusing to bow down to the idol called white supremacy.”

5. Ainsworth joining push for Census participation

  • Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth (R-AL) has joined Governor Kay Ivey in encouraging people in Alabama to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census before the deadline on September 30, reinforcing how important it is for the state.
  • Ainsworth said, “We’re looking at $13 billion [at stake]. We could potentially lose a congressional seat.” He also emphasized that the focus is “education, it’s healthcare, it’s about our road system. It’s a big deal.”

4. Ivey putting money toward tourism

  • Governor Kay Ivey announced $10 million of the CARES Act funding that Alabama received will be used in a new campaign to bring tourism to the state. According to Ivey, this is a way to help out the industry that’s been impacted by the pandemic.
  • Alabama Tourism Department Director Lee Sentell explained that the plan is to “generate a marketing campaign aimed at potential guests from outside the state.” Ivey said that she’s “pleased to award these well-deserved dollars to an industry that has been hurting so that people can feel confident that they can be safe when visiting Alabama destinations.”

3. China has a presence in Alabama schools

  • State Rep. Tommy Hanes (R-Bryant) has already attempted to bar Confucius Institutes from operating on publicly funded college campuses in Alabama. His bill failed, but Hanes is now concerned that the Chinese government-funded “institutes” are now moving from colleges to K-12 schools and wants that forbidden as well.
  • Hanes argues that the goal of this influence is “teach our young people to get them to believe Chinese communism is a different form of communism, and it’s not bad,” and not like the other attempts at communism that have failed under the guise of Chinese cultural enrichment education.

2. Coronavirus surges globally

  • As coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States slow, the rest of the world is seeing a bit of a surge with new record highs of cases in Spain and India, and now Israel, France, UK and Austria have re-imposed restrictions.
  • The United States is not in the clear by any stretch, but recent surges that have been seen on college campuses and elsewhere are starting to taper off.

1. Ivey issues State of Emergency as Hurricane Sally approaches

  • As the path of Hurricane Sally seems to track right over Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced a State of Emergency when the tropical storm was upgraded to a hurricane. Ivey closed down the state’s beaches at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
  • Ivey said in her announcement, “We pray Sally doesn’t do any harm, but we must be prepared just in case.” She added that as the “governor, you have my assurance that every resource will be available if we need it. Be safe, Alabama.”

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Some teachers seem to want to stand in the school house door

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We are told regularly that it is wrong to assume that a poorly behaving group of people doesn’t represent the larger group of people that support similar causes.

Rioters don’t represent all protesters. Bad cops don’t represent all cops. White supremacists don’t represent all of those who support Confederate monuments … oh wait, they say the opposite in that situation.

But, in reality, this usually depends on the particular cause at hand and how it is handled.

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In fact, the president can directly rebuke white supremacists who appear at a rally and defend those who were protesting the statue’s removal and it becomes a talking point for a liar running for president and his media enablers.

The discussion over reopening schools is thought to be a situation where the national teachers union and the rank-and-file teachers are miles apart, where the teachers want to return to school, and their “leadership” wants to play politics.

This gap may not actually exist.

Last week, a union “leader” in California said schools won’t open until the election is over.

A recent survey of teachers in Huntsville indicates that they don’t want to go back to class right now.

The survey of voluntary and anonymous was open to all Huntsville City Schools employees and the numbers are pretty clear:

  • 49.5% are uncomfortable returning
  • 70.9% want to continue with remote learning
  • 88% don’t feel properly prepared
  • 41.9% considered leaving the profession

The last part seems rather hard to believe, especially amongst educators.

There has been no talk of pay cuts, and the risk of layoffs seems small. In the era of the coronavirus pandemic, this is a great perk.

If they wanted a real test of where these teachers stood, they should have asked them about how they felt about not returning to school versus not getting paid.

Those numbers would change significantly.

Many parents are making this choice.

Recent history indicates that children’s risk is extremely low, and the outbreaks since schools have reopened have been limited.

In colleges, where there have been legit outbreaks, hospitalizations are virtually non-existent.

Students need a legit chance at a good education that they will not get in front of a laptop at home.

Every school system has a plan if outbreaks start. They aren’t tossing children and teachers into a vat of coronavirus like some in the media are claiming. Teachers just don’t want to go back to the classroom.

Teachers should welcome the opportunity to become part of the solution, not attempt to shirk that responsibility because they don’t fear the consequences of not getting back to work because government employees are always the last people hurt in any crisis.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 week ago

7 Things: Birx praises Alabama’s response to the coronavirus, former Speaker Hubbard reports to prison, more schools return to in-person classes and more …

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7. Threat from Topical Storm Sally

  • As Tropical Storm Sally approaches land, Governor Kay Ivey is encouraging Alabamians to take caution. Ivey advised to “not take the threat lightly” as the storm is expected to bring in heavy rains, flooding and strong winds.
  • Tropical Storm Sally is expected to be a category 2 hurricane when it reaches South Alabama on Monday, and the Mobile Department of Health has reminded citizens to have an evacuation plan in place. Ivey also said that Alabamians should place storm safety over coronavirus concerns.

6. The NFL is back to protesting

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  • The National Football League started their season and, predictably, much of the attention was on what happened during the pre-game ceremonies that continue to be a point of controversy for players and fans alike.
  • Some teams stood, some kneeled, some stayed in the locker room and, inexplicably, the Baltimore Ravens kneeled during the National Anthem and then stood for the playing of what is called the “Black National Anthem,” which basically proves the point that the kneeling is an intentional act of disrespect and not about unity.

5. Police officers ambushed in Los Angeles

  • Over the weekend, two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were shot. Authorities are still searching for the suspect in the shooting, but President Donald Trump is speaking out on the issue while also taking a jab at former Vice President Joe Biden, who finally condemned the shooter.
  • Trump spoke at a “Latinos for Trump event,” where he described the events in Los Angeles as “two police people – a woman, a man – shot at stone cold short-range.” He added that Biden isn’t “strong for law and order and everybody knows that.” Trump also said that when the suspect is found, “we’ve got to get much faster with our courts and we’ve got to get much tougher with our sentencing.”

4. Another week, another group of schools returns

  • Huntsville City Schools will be returning to in-person learning today on a staggered schedule, but the Huntsville Education Association has taken a survey of how well-prepared educators feel the Huntsville City Schools are to return.
  • According to the survey, 89% of respondents said that employees and facilities haven’t been prepared enough, somewhat through procedures and equipment, but the majority of employees who responded also said that they wish their concerns had been heard and addressed by leaders in the system.

3. Mike Hubbard has started serving his sentence

  • Over the weekend, former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard began his four-year prison sentence after reporting to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. His sentence is based on the six ethics violations he was convicted of.
  • Lance Bell, Hubbard’s attorney, has said that Hubbard maintains his “innocence and looks forward to exploring other options to clear his name.” There have also been indications that they could try to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

2. 65% drop in cases at UA

  • After seeing a couple of weeks of high coronavirus case numbers on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, the school is now reporting a 65% decrease in cases over the last week with only 294 new cases.
  • The quarantine space on campus is also only at 15%, which is down from 40% the week before. There are only 11 new cases at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and 27 new cases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

1. Men need to wear masks

  • Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, visited Alabama and spoke about how great the state and its flagship university’s response to the coronavirus has been, but she also made mention about more men needing to wear masks.
  • Birx said that as she’d traveled around the state, she “saw a lot of women wearing masks, but not all of the men of Alabama wearing masks.” She added a message to “the men of Alabama,” saying, “[Y]ou get this disease just as much as anyone else.”

1 week ago

VIDEO: Trump downplayed coronavirus, Alabama’s grasp on pandemic, Jones’ and Biden’s mission to ‘redeem’ Alabama and America on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— Was President Donald Trump wrong for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic publicly, or was he trying to keep people calm?

— Does the lower number of new coronavirus cases in Alabama mean that the state has a handle on the issue?

— Do national Democrats and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) run the risk of turning off voters with their dismissive language towards voters like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did in 2016?

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Jackson and Handback are joined by the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections Jeff Dunn to discuss recent plans to build three new prisons, the impact of sentencing reform and more.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” aimed at those who claim voting is hard to do because of “voter suppression” by explaining how he voted in-person in Alabama over 50 days before the general election so you can, too.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 week ago

7 Things: No additional coronavirus relief, students sanctioned over violations of coronavirus rules, Alabama has worst 2020 Census response and more …

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7. NRA report cards are in

  • Former Auburn football coach and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). Tuberville received the highest rating of “AQ,” which the NRA says is “A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on the Second Amendment.”
  • By comparison, his opponent U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) was given a “D,” which is defined as “An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.”

6. Trump is now going after Bob Woodward

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  • After tapes of President Donald Trump telling Bob Woodward that he knew the coronavirus was fatal and airborne early on were leaked, Trump is now firing back. Trump has maintained that the reason why he downplayed the virus was to not cause a panic.
  • On Twitter, he said, “Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!”

5. CARES Act funding used for unemployment

  • Out of the $1.8 billion Alabama received through the CARES Act, at least $300 million will be used to fund the Unemployment Trust Fund. This was done to avoid taxes on businesses increasing.
  • House of Representatives General Fund budget chairman Steve Clouse (R-Ozark) has also said that there could be another $300 million put into the fund, since the “CARES Act allows us to put money in the unemployment trust fund up to what was taken out because of COVID unemployment.”

4. Relief funding for higher education

  • As announced by Governor Kay Ivey, $72.34 million in coronavirus relief will go to higher education in Alabama. Per the announcement, $27 million will go to community colleges, $25 million will go to four-year colleges, and $20 million go to independent colleges.
  • The funds are meant for helping the schools adapt to some virtual learning. So far, a total of $432 million has been spent on education in the state since July to make sure it can continue through the pandemic, but Ivey has said that her office continues to receive requests for aid.

3. Alabama lagging behind in the 2020 U.S. Census

  • The 2020 U.S. Census could impact Alabama severely if there’s an undercount, and now a report released by the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee has released a report that shows if Alabama has an undercount of 1%, there could be a loss of $39.7 million in federal funding every year.
  • The average response to the Census nationally is 88.8%, but Alabama has the worst response rate in the country at 79.8%. The deadline for the Census is quickly approaching on September 30.

2. Students facing sanctions over coronavirus

  • The University of Alabama has issued 639 “individual student sanctions” for violating coronavirus guidelines. Thirty-three students have been suspended from campus “while their conduct cases proceed through due process.”
  • There’s at least one student organization that’s potentially being suspended due to not following guidelines, and three organizations have received sanctions.

1. Coronavirus relief shut down by Democrats

  • After a proposed $500 billion in coronavirus relief was blocked by Democrats in the U.S. Senate, relief talks are stuck in limbo. Sixty votes were needed to pass, but the vote was 52-47 with U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) being the only Republican to vote “no.” Alabama’s junior Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) also voted “no.”
  • The relief package would’ve provided more funding to the Paycheck Protection Agency, $300 in additional unemployment benefits per week, and funding for schools and colleges.

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7 Things: Voting started in Alabama, Trump downplayed coronavirus concerns in public, gas tax funding more roads and more …

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7. The Big Ten still not ready for football

  • After a letter to the Big Ten conference was written and signed by statehouse leaders from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan arguing that college football can take place this fall safely, the conference has responded by saying they aren’t ready yet. 
  • The letter from the Big Ten reinforced that they’re following the science of the situation. The conference started, “Return to Competition Task Force is tapping into those resources as it prepares for a safe return to competition,” adding they will continue to “identify opportunities to resume competition as soon as it safe to do so.”

6. Pay raises in Huntsville

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  • Despite cities and counties across Alabama facing budget cuts, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has introduced his city’s 2021 fiscal year budget, which would include a cost-of-living raise for employees, even though there have been $15 million in unexpected expenses for the city. 
  • Within the budget is funding for 369 part-time employees and 2,435 full-time employees. The city council will go over the full budget on September 15, but it is clear that Huntsville has fared better than most municipalities in the state.

5. Can’t do much about prison plan

  • Governor Kay Ivey has released her plan for three new prisons in the state, which has already gained criticism from some like State House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) who would like to see some prison reform, too.
  • State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) has said that there might not be much the legislature can do about Ivey’s plans, and instead suggested that those in the legislature “introduce a bill” if they want to get a vote on the issue. 

4. Alabama judges are on Trump’s shortlist

  • In the event of another U.S. Supreme Court seat becoming available, President Donald Trump has said that he will select a nominee from his already announced list of candidates. He recently added 20 more names to the list. 
  • On the list of candidates are two judges from Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Chief Judge Bill Pryor. 

3. More roads funded by the gas tax

  • There will be six road and bridge projects across the state funded by the gas tax, as announced by Governor Kay Ivey. These are the last projects to be funded by this year’s version of the Annual Grant Program as part of a $10 million expenditure.
  • The projects will total $1.5 million. In her announcement, Ivey said that when she “signed the Rebuild Alabama Act into law, I assured the people of Alabama that all areas of our state would see a benefit, and we are delivering on that promise.”

2. Trump was just trying to avoid panic

  • A new book by Bob Woodward says that President Donald Trump knew the severity of the coronavirus, but purposefully downplayed the situation in public. However, Trump has said that this book is “just another political hit job,” adding, “[Y]ou cannot show a sense of panic.”
  • Media darling and White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci has come to the president’s defense by saying, “I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything.” He continued, “I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things.”

1. Voting has started in every county in Alabama

  • Believe it or not, Alabama voters can go cast their votes in-person as of yesterday at county courthouses all over the state. The expected number of absentee ballots requested is expected to be as much as five times higher (150,000) than the 2016 election (31,000).
  • The benefits of voting via absentee ballot in-person are clear: you avoid the line on Election Day and you don’t have to worry about getting proof of identification into the envelope or finding witnesses to sign the envelope. There are drawbacks to it, however, including casting your ballot before the debates take place if you think you may change your mind.

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You can vote today — I did, and it’s not that hard

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To hear the American media talk, you would think Alabama was a lawless wasteland.

If you only paid attention to the mainstream media and their Democrats, you couldn’t be blamed to believe that voting in Alabama is an arduous process fraught with pitfalls and that stereotypical Southern politicians and plantation owners are putting up barriers daily.

This, of course, is not true.

All over the state of Alabama, polling places are now open.

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Sure, we call it in-person absentee voting, but you can literally go vote right now. I’m not kidding. I just did it.

I did it for you.

Look:

The process?

  1. Go to the courthouse.
  2. Show identification.
  3. Fill out an absentee request.
  4. Vote (For me, it was straight GOP ticket, YES on Amendments 1, 2, 5 and 6, NO on 3 and 4).
  5. Put in the secrecy folder.
  6. Place in a large envelope.
  7. Fill out said envelope.
  8. Hand to clerk, who checks the envelope for errors.
  9. Go home.

USA! USA! USA!

The end.

Everyone has two months to navigate this totally super-complicated process.

If you can’t figure out how to cast your vote, maybe you shouldn’t vote at all.

America will do fine without you.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Doug Jones unsure as coronavirus relief battle rages, bars in Tuscaloosa reopen, Jones and Biden think Alabama must be redeemed and more …

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7. Police chief and staff retire — This is becoming a trend

  • Due to criticism and protests over the handling of Daniel Prude’s death in March of this year, Rochester, NY Police Chief La’Ron Singletary has announced that he’ll be retiring and taking his senior command with him.
  • This is not only happening in Rochester. Resignations are happening all over, and there are other issues that will start to impact every community as members of law enforcement decide that they are not going to take proactive policing measures while choosing to react after crimes have already been committed. 

6. Voter issues from primary coming out

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  • During the state’s primary on June 9, 1,000 people in Georgia voted twice, according to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. They did this by voting absentee and then voting in person, but the state will be pursuing charges against the voters. 
  • Raffensperger didn’t clarify if these votes changed the outcome of any races, but the voters were spread across 100 counties. While only 1,000 actually voted twice, about 150,000 voters showed up to vote in person after requesting an absentee ballot. 

5. Optimism and uncertainty on the rise with small businesses

  • The National Federation of Independent Business has released updated Optimism Index data from small businesses showing a 1.4% increase in August. This could be attributed to signs that a vaccine is in sight, even as the media and their Democrats attempt to downplay it.
  • While optimism has increased, there was also new data on the Uncertainty Index released showing a two-point increase in August, which is the highest it’s been since March 2017. NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said that they’re “seeing areas of improvement … but small businesses are still struggling and uncertain about what the future will hold.”

4. Tuberville has launched his first ad

  • The first television ad released by former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville takes aim at U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and presents him as a candidate that doesn’t actually represent his constituents.
  • In the ad, Tuberville brings up how Jones voted to impeach President Donald Trump, adding that Jones “supports open borders and gun grabbers.” The spot also mentions how Jones “wants to raise your taxes then use your money to pay for abortions.”

3. Jones will use any excuse to talk about Biden

  • During a campaign event in Leeds, Alabama, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) spoke about when he was first elected to the Senate in 2017 and how former Vice President Joe Biden had actually encouraged him to run for office.
  • Jones went on to imply that a large portion of Alabama voters and American voters need to be redeemed, saying, “We’ve got to redeem the soul of America.”He added that the evil people in America oppose him. He advised, “There’s not an evil person in this state who supports this campaign.”

2. Bars have reopened in Tuscaloosa

  • After being closed for two weeks due to crowds from the University of Alabama, bars in Tuscaloosa are allowed to reopen. More recently, the university has seen a decrease in new coronavirus cases and no increased strain on the local medical system.
  • Bar owners have voiced opposition to the closure, saying that it’s been hurting their businesses. There’s continued criticism that if bars reopen, coronavirus cases will spread at a rapid rate again, but there have been 11,000 cases and zero hospitalizations in 17 states across the country showing the illness is of little risk to college students.

1. Democrats are playing games with coronavirus relief

  • Negotiations over a new coronavirus relief package continue, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that Democrats are playing “Goldilocks games” by refusing to pass a bill until it’s just right.
  • McConnell added that leaders have “complained” about every proposal made. He said, “But they’ve produced nothing of their own with any chance whatsoever of becoming law.” Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) has no idea if he supports the bill or not, saying, “I don’t know what’s in it, so I can’t say.”

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Doug Jones’ embarrassing Hillary Clinton moment

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It’s odd when you hear politicians talk about the people who oppose them. Rarely do they get the story right.

Most Alabamians aren’t “deplorable,” “evil” or irredeemable, but it appears U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden see a lot of that in our state. However, it’s only in the hearts of the overwhelming majority that oppose them.

Obviously, neither of them channeled Hillary Clinton completely and dropped the “deplorable” bomb yet, but it is doubtful that many Alabamians will see much of a difference.

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There is no question that Jones spends most of his time in Washington, D.C. groveling for the sins of Alabama, perceived and otherwise.

Jones doesn’t appear to spend his time talking up Alabama to his colleagues who are talking down the state. He probably nods and agrees. He clearly agrees with them and wishes there were only more like himself and fewer like U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL).

How would you know this?

He will tell you, publicly — when people are watching.

During a barely-watched campaign event, Jones told a story about how Biden was hopeful Jones could cast out Alabama’s evil.

“You have an opportunity with your background, with your history, with your compassion, with trying to help people. You’ve got an opportunity to redeem the soul of Alabama,” Biden reportedly told Jones in 2017.

So, did it work?

No? Still evil?

Will another term for Jones be enough?

No. Now not only does Alabama suck, but America sucks, too!

Jones also told his fans, “We’ve got to redeem the soul of America.”

Alabama is apparently lost, but now America is gone, too?

But if we vote for Biden can we be saved?

In 2026, will late-Biden’s hologram and Senator Jones be demanding we give the senator six more years to save the continent?

In 2032, the hemisphere?

In 2038, the world?

In 2044, the universe?

Maybe, and maybe I am wrong, we just disagree on taxation, the military, law and order, funding the police, the Second Amendment, and other issues facing America.

Nah, that can’t be it.

Because according to Jones, his supporters are good: “There’s not an evil person in this state who supports this campaign.”

So, other Alabamians are “evil,” and they can only be saved by voting for him and Biden?

Doug Jones thinks only he can redeem Alabama, but you may be too irredeemably evil to let that happen.

Do not think for a second this is a new thought for Jones and his friends in D.C., California, New York and everywhere his campaign funds are coming from. They are just finally being honest about how they feel about you, your family, Alabama and America as a whole.

Believe them.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

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7. Latest stimulus talks fail

  • The elected leaders of both chambers of Congress seem to be ready to pass another continuing resolution, but it appears they are unable to come to an agreement on another round of stimulus funding that could include checks to American citizens, expanded unemployment benefits of $600 per week and an eviction moratorium
  • One of the many hangups is providing liability protection for businesses to head off a mountain of frivolous lawsuits and the impact on America’s debt, which seems to be getting lipservice from all sides.

6. Harris “proud” of Jacob Blake

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  • During her visit to Wisconsin, Democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) met with Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot in the back seven times by police. After meeting with Blake and his family, Harris said that “they’re carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders” and reportedly told the suspected rapist that she was “proud of him.”
  • Harris also encouraged the family to continue to advocate “to help America make progress to end systemic racism.” This was Harris’ first campaign event by herself as her party’s VP nominee.

5. Former aide for General John Kelly says Trump didn’t denigrate troops

  • As the media spent the holiday weekend touting even more unnamed sources saying Trump said unforgivable things about America’s fallen soldiers, there were many going on the record refuting the comments, including Zach Fuentes, a top aide to former Chief of Staff John Kelly, who denies Atlantic story. He stated, “I don’t know who the sources are. I did not hear POTUS call anyone losers when I told him about the weather. Honestly, do you think General Kelly would have stood by and let ANYONE call fallen Marines losers?”
  • This denial from a member of Gold Star father Kelly’s staff isn’t the only one that caught the media establishment off-guard. Author of one the countless anti-Trump books and new media darling former National Security Advisor John Bolton says the reporting is “simply false,” adding, “I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false.”

4. No guns allowed at protests in Alabama

  • As a protest was held in downtown Huntsville over the weekend, a man by the name of Scott Christopher showed up to counter-protest but was then arrested for public intoxication and possession of a firearm at a demonstration.
  • The protest was against the Memorial Preservation Act, which is the statewide law that’s kept the Confederate monument outside of the Madison County Courthouse. The protest was one of many that have taken place in Huntsville that has drawn little attention and even less movement on the issue. 

3. No prison construction without reform?

  • During Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” State House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) shared his thoughts on the three new prisons proposed by Governor Kay Ivey, saying that the overall plans still don’t deal with the issues within the prison system. 
  • Daniels isn’t opposed to the new construction, but he thinks “our system is broken, all the way down to the pardons and parole piece.” He added that he’s “not in support of construction without reform coming ahead.”

2. Coronavirus numbers improving on college campuses

  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (UA) have released their latest numbers on new coronavirus cases, and the numbers are moving in the right direction. 
  • UAB only had 19 students test positive in the last week, UAH had seven students, and UA had 846 students test positive. Even with UA still reporting somewhat high numbers, they are improving from previous weeks. 

1. Trump doubling down on vaccine expectations

  • Despite doubts, President Donald Trump has doubled down on the claim that there could be a “very safe and effective” coronavirus vaccine by the end of October, adding that with his administration, “we’ll produce a vaccine in record time.”
  • Trump said that there could be “a very big surprise coming up” He went on to say that Democrats should “apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric,” while Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris suggests she won’t take a vaccine if it comes under a Trump administration.

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VIDEO: Saban and Alabama football lead social justice march, Barry Moore loses endorsement after supporting Kyle Rittenhouse, high school football game postponed over inappropriate social media posts and more on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through this week’s biggest political stories, including:

— How will Alabamians view the social justice march that was led by Nick Saban and his football team on campus in Tuscaloosa?

— Was the Alabama AFL/CIO justified in pulling its endorsement from GOP congressional candidate Barry Moore over his support of Kyle Rittenhouse?

— Should a footballl game in North Alabama have been postponed because a few students, not football players, made inappropriate social media posts?

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Jackson and Handback are joined by U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) to discuss the 2020 election, future coronavirus stimulus and more.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” aimed at the campaigns of U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, who are starting to ramp up their TV spending with ads about personality and national issues.

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Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

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Alabama high school football game was not canceled because of memes — It was about the mob

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Many eyebrows were raised after a rivalry football game in North Alabama between Grissom High and Huntsville High was postponed over some social media activity of some of the students from Huntsville High.

What were the posts? How bad could they actually be? How many students were involved? Were football players involved? What punishment did those directly involved receive? What is the reason for the postponement?

Answers to these questions were lacking, and school officials were using the usual deflections about privacy and minors to avoid answering any real questions.

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Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Christine Finley was adamant that the postponement of the games was not part of the punishment, and at least two board members, Carlos Matthews and Elisa Ferrell, both echoed that statement during appearances on WVNN Huntsville radio’s “The Dale Jackson Show.”

Ferrell also confirmed what the imagery used actually was.

There were four images total in question:

1. George Floyd/Police
2. Adolf Hitler/Anne Frank
3. Chris Brown/Rihanna
4. Protesters/Police

The images pushed by “more than one” student and the offenders were from the Huntsville High side of the equation.

Ferrell noted, “[A]t this point, it’s lucky that Huntsville High didn’t have to forfeit the game.”

This pretty much checks every bad taste box with race, police brutality, religion, domestic violence and hot-button culture issues being used as rivalry fuel.

All of this is very bad and should carry some real-world consequences.

But the cancellation of a football game over this seems a bit much, given there is no evidence the kids on the team are involved. The reason for the cancellation has nothing to do with the kids involved.

It is about the fear of a reaction from the people we see on the television tearing up cities every night.

Ferrell opined that the game itself would be a target for non-students to make political points, and that would make the experience unsafe.

“We’re not going to allow other people to come in and use this as an excuse to cause unrest at an athletic function meant for high school students,” she advised.

So the truth is out there. The threat of an angry mob showing up to a football game because a small group of students made inappropriate memes means the game must be moved.

The game is set to be played in three weeks; it is unlikely that any threat of that which is present today will be gone at that time.

The bigger problem is the fact that public officials, elected and appointed, are cowering to mobs across this country.

A football game in Huntsville has to stop because terrible people want to show up and behave terribly. Why not just stop them?

These mobs are running wild because they are winning every battle. They are screaming that things must be shut down, and our leaders cave. In this case, they didn’t even have to show up.

This is like Portland where months of rioting have forced a mayor who completely supports the riots to move out of his condo. He told his neighbors he had to move because “protesters” are attempting to burn down his building, which would kill children if they succeeded.

This is happening all over the country. Every time they win, they get stronger. This has to stop.

Leaders believe they will never lose if they are over-cautious.

The reaction to the coronavirus has taught us that. We have learned this with the embracing of stay-at-home orders, safer-at-home orders, lockdowns, masks and other restrictions because we as Americans understand the virus can’t be reasoned with.

Americans are starting to refuse to believe the mobs taking over the streets of American cities need to be allowed to run their course. We know they can be stopped if leaders will lead. They can’t be allowed to dictate the lives of other Americans because they want to scream in the street, loot and cancel American life because they are angry.

This is important because t is obvious that their bully tactics are winning, as 95% of the American media, pop culture and sports world supports them. Their message is being heard and forced on everyone.

In America, it appears that there is only one correct opinion here and daring to get in their way of this groupthink is dangerous. Whether you do it on purpose, by accident or because you are a stupid high school kid with a dumb picture, that doesn’t matter. The mob needs to be fed something, so we give up something else.

This can not and will not go on forever.

At some point, Americans will stand up to these mobs and replace the leaders who continue to show them that this behavior works.

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Alabama preparing for a vaccine, new prison sites presented by Ivey, unemployment declines again and more …

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7. Joe Biden follows Trump to Wisconsin

  • After demanding that President Donald Trump not go to Kenosha, Wisconsin, and attacking him for going there, former Vice President Joe Biden went to the city to meet with Jacob Blake’s anti-Semitic father and then held a campaign event where he took scripted questions, although his campaign denied that was the case.
  • This was undoubtedly a campaign stop for Biden as he continues to see the shifting polls and momentum forcing him out of his basement and back on the campaign trail as the economy is recovering, Democratic mayors and governors are losing control of their cities and a coronavirus vaccine seems possible.

6. Alabama cities are cutting budgets

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  • The City of Decatur is the latest city to cut its budget due to losses in the coronavirus pandemic. Decatur is cutting its budget by $3.9 million. The current budget proposal would be for $65 million, cutting 5% in city departments with the Decatur Police Department being cut by close to $1 million.
  • Decatur is not alone. Birmingham has seen a $63 million dollar shortfall and already implemented cuts that included paycuts. furloughs and not filling new positions while Montgomery is in a similar situation, as well. 

5. Unemployment claims in Alabama and beyond continue to decline

  • The Alabama Labor Department announced that last week there were 7,823 initial unemployment claims, which is a 9.8% decrease from the previous week, and one of the lowest weeks of claims since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic with only 4,404 of the claims, or about 56%, due to the pandemic.
  • Nationally, the unemployment rate has fallen below 10% for the first time since the pandemic started wreaking havoc on the economy, but the United States is still 11.5 million jobs below its pre-pandemic job numbers with new losses still happening while furloughed or temporarily laid-off employees return to work.

4. Former State Sen. David Burkette arrested

  • Attorney General Steve Marshall has announced that former State Senator David Burkette (D-Montgomery) has been arrested for violating a state campaign finance law, which comes just a few days after Burkette resigned.
  • The charges are for allegedly depositing $3,625 of campaign funds into a personal bank account when the funds were supposed to be deposited into a campaign account. This is from 2015 and 2016 when Burkette was a candidate for Montgomery City Council.

3. Prison sites announced

  • The sites for three new men’s prisons in the state have been announced by Governor Kay Ivey. The new sites would be in Escambia, Bibb and Elmore counties, and now the private developer teams will be negotiating with the Department of Corrections on the projects.
  • In a news release, Ivey said that this program “is vital for the long-term success of our state and communities.” She added that she’s “pleased with the integrity of this procurement process thus far and look forward to continuing to work closely with the legislature as we comprehensively address this intricate and important issue that affects us all.”

2. The media and their Democrats don’t seem to want a vaccine

  • While on CBS, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that trying to imply that politics are a motive in developing and approving the coronavirus vaccine is “irresponsible.” He added that they “already have a significant challenge in this country with vaccine hesitancy.” 
  • Azar went on to emphasize that if a vaccine is released, it’s “going to meet FDA’s gold standard for authorization or licensure,” and that the target date announced was determined by those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and “has nothing to do with elections.”

1. Alabama needs to start preparing for vaccines

  • Governor Kay Ivey and other governors across the United States have been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that they need to begin the process for getting vaccine distribution sites set up, with CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield asking that the permit and licenses for sites be fast-tracked.
  • This is being done with the intention for distribution sites to be operational by November 1. The CDC has said that this is “expected to be a public health effort of a significant scale” and will possibly involve “hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.”

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7. Pelosi set up?

  • After visiting a salon in San Francisco, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received criticism on social media for going to the salon while also not wearing a mask during her time at the establishment.
  • Pelosi publicly addressed the issue and took “responsibility for falling for a setup.” She went to the salon on Monday, but salons in the area weren’t allowed to open until Tuesday. Pelosi added, “When they said they were able to accommodate people one person at a time, I trusted that.”

6. Biden is plagiarizing again

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  • After President Donald Trump visited the area of protests and riots on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden plan to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday. It will be Biden’s first visit to the state this year after saying President Trump shouldn’t have gone there.
  • Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign said in a news release that “Biden will hold a community meeting in Kenosha to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face,” adding that the Bidens “will make a local stop.”

5. Biden keeps changing positions

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden previously advocated for a national mask mandate as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but more recently, he walked back those statements by saying that a national mask mandate wouldn’t be possible. Biden said he would put pressure on “every governor, every senator … every mayor, every county executive, every local official, and everyone in business.”
  • Additionally, Biden is now ready to get kids back to school and wants everyone to know that not only has he been in favor of this all along, but he is also now claiming without evidence that it is actually President Donald Trump that is causing schools to be closed.

4. Alabama the worst state to work in during a pandemic?

  • According to new data released by Oxfam America, Alabama is ranked as the worst state to work in during a pandemic, with the survey focusing on healthcare protections, unemployment support and worker protections, so coronavirus ravaged states like Washington, California and New Jersey are apparently wonderful places to be.
  • Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia were also included in the rankings, so Alabama placed at 52 overall, but the state placed at 48 in worker protections, 49 in healthcare protections and at 52 in unemployment services.

3. A vaccine could be ready in late October

  • States have been advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to start preparing to distribute the first vaccine for the coronavirus, possibly coming in late October or early November. The first round of vaccines would go to national security personnel, health care professionals and essential workers.
  • It’s expected that more vaccines for the public could be made available by January 2021, which lines up with previous statements from Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci.

2. Alabama schools getting some help on coronavirus

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be sending over 2.4 million reusable masks for the schools and colleges in Alabama.
  • Auburn University is experiencing a coronavirus spike after having just over 500 new coronavirus cases last week. A spokesperson for the school said that 67% of quarantine/isolation beds on campus are now full with 74 of the 225 on-campus beds available, but there are still off-campus beds available.

1. High school football game moved over racism

  • The rivalry game between two Huntsville City Schools has been delayed over racial social media posts that Superintendent Christine Finley said were unacceptable but in a letter to parents, she made it clear the postponement of the games was not punishment. “Instead, this postponement allows us to ensure the game environment later this month will be safe and serve as an opportunity for Huntsville and Grissom high schools to address the issues that these social media posts present,” she advised.
  • Reporting indicates that the posts were made by one student who is not on the football team. The student reportedly shared images of the George Floyd situation with Huntsville High represented by the police and Grissom High represented by the now-deceased George Floyd. The game is now scheduled for September 24.

3 weeks ago

Mo Brooks believes the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting in Kenosha is clear case of ‘self-defense’

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Many talking heads have already indicted, tried and convicted Kyle Rittenhouse for the shooting of multiple attackers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where two of them died.

Irresponsible behavior is nothing new to our friends in the media, but they are really ramping it up ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

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One Alabama congressman has experience actually prosecuting criminals, and he sees the situation in Kenosha very differently than the media and their Democrats’ talking point on this issue.

U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was a prosecutor in Tuscaloosa and Madison County, and his own website mentions that he “he earned a solid ‘tough-on-crime’ reputation” while holding those positions.

Earlier this week, Brooks joined WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” to talk about the nuts-and-bolts of Rittenhouse’s case and expressed that much of this seems to be a political reaction rather than a law and order one.

While discussing the case, he said the video makes a pretty clear argument for a self-defense case. He believes that Rittenhouse is lucky this video exists.

He advised, “Fortunately, we have the internet and you can see video, and you can say in Kenosha, Wisconsin, see the young lad, 17-year-old, with his rifle as he’s fleeing trying to protect himself from people who are trying to attack him.”

Brooks also takes issue with the media’s crafting of this story to fit the ludicrous narrative that President Donald Trump supporters are the ones committing acts of violence across the country.

“[B]efore that video, you might actually believe the Democrat and media garbage about how he ought to be prosecuted, but it’s quite clear that he engaged in self-defense,” he stated.

Brooks noted later in the interview that anything can happen with a prosecutor or with a jury trial, but what he has seen clearly makes the case for self-defense.

“The only real question is whether the self-defense force used, deadly force, was the level of self-defense force that should be used,” Brooks said Tuesday.

While Brooks believes this is clear self-defense, it is also clear that the media is in the middle of creating a narrative of right-wing violence so they can be seen condemning it. This allows them to not have to come out against the Joe Biden supporters tearing American cities apart.

But, much like the Rittenhouse case, we have tons of video that tells the real story.

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Riots becoming top issue in the minds of voters, Moore loses endorsement for defending Kyle Rittenhouse, Alabama tries to increase Census turnout and more …

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7. An Alabama legislator steps down over campaign finance violations

  • In a story that seems to happen to0 often in Alabama, State Senator David Burkette (D-Montgomery) has resigned his seat in the Alabama Senate citing health concerns, but it is reported that this also involves prosecutors who are investigating potential ethics violations tied to his campaign for his seat.
  • Burkett resigned in a letter to Governor Kay Ivey and State Senator Del Marsh (R-Anniston), saying, “I’m just weary and it is time for me to step away and think about my health.” But when asked about the discussion with prosecutors, he claimed he is bound by a confidentiality agreement.

6. D.C. committee recommends changes to federal monuments

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  • A committee has suggested to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser that a list of monuments there, including the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, be removed, relocated or contextualized.
  • The recommendation also includes renaming some buildings and schools. The main focus for renaming, relocating, contextualizing or removing structures is due to the history of racism or slavery.

5. Trump didn’t have a series of mini-strokes

  • A new book from New York Times correspondents Michael Schmidt didn’t specifically state President Donald Trump suffered mini-strokes, but there were conclusions drawn as the book claims that Vice President Mike Pence was on standby if Trump became incapacitated, which has been completely denied but is treated as confirmation.
  • Trump has since denied it, saying, “It never ends! Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes. Never happened to THIS candidate – FAKE NEWS. Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!”

4. This is a great idea to get the 2020 Census on people’s minds

  • There are some areas of Alabama that still need to increase their 2020 U.S. Census response, so the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs under Director Kenneth Boswell has announced the Census Bowl initiative to get citizens involved.
  • In a March Madness-style bracket, 32 counties have been selected to compete for money that can go to their public school systems. The “Elite Eight” will be given $20,000 each, “Final Four” will be awarded $30,000, “Second Place will receive $45,000, and the overall Census Bowl Champion will receive a total of $65,000 to benefit its public-school systems.”

3. AL AFL/CIO rescinds endorsement of Barry Moore

  • The fallout from Republican nominee in Alabama’s Second Congressional District Barry Moore’s accurate Facebook meme about Kyle Rittenhouse and violent rioters has cost him an endorsement from the Alabama labor union because they believe the post somehow affects his position on issues they care about.
  • Proving that acquiescing to the mob will get you nowhere, the AL AFL/CIO even cited his removal of the meme in its statement, saying, “After considering the recent post on social media Mr. Moore posted then removed, the E-Board of the Alabama AFL/CIO has voted to rescind the co-endorsement of Barry Moore. Organized Labor condemns this type divisive rhetoric and fights everyday for racial and social justice.”

2. Trump promises to help Kenosha

  • During his visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, President Donald Trump made plans to help the area by providing $1 million to law enforcement, saying it’s so they “have extra money to go out and do what you have to do,” but the Joe Biden campaign (which called it a day at 9:00 a.m.) sneered at these plans by inaccurately saying, “We didn’t hear a word about a plan to finally control this crisis, which has taken the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the country and throughout the state of Wisconsin.” 
  • Trump’s plan included $4 million to local businesses that were impacted by rioting and $42 million for public safety support across the state. Trump said that they’re “going to get it fixed up, we’re going to help people rebuild their businesses in Kenosha…we’re getting it straightened out.”

1. Riots are now a major concern for voters, rivaling the coronavirus

  • If you are wondering why we are now seeing Democrats declaring they do not approve of rioting and violence after openly supporting them and even raising money to bail them out of jail, the reading is simple. The polling on the rioting is so bad that it is rivaling the coronavirus in voters’ minds.
  • Violent crime now ranks a few points behind the coronavirus, and as that story rises in people’s minds, support for Black Lives Matter is cratering from 61% to 38% favorable-unfavorable in June to a 48% to 48% split now.

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Biden is a notorious liar who believes none of what he is saying, University of Alabama SGA president praises school’s return-to-campus efforts, Saban leads a march and more …

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7. Democratic insider describes how mail-in voter fraud happens

  • Despite the insistence that voting by mail is safe, fair and the most amazing thing that has ever happened, a Democratic operative has explained how dirty tricks are used to change the votes of citizens to affect election outcomes, and that includes changing votes and even postal service employees throwing away ballots in Republican strongholds.
  • These actions took place in New York, New Jersey and swing-state Pennsylvania, so this individual admits this is an open door to stolen elections, saying, “An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes — it can make a difference.” The insider added, “It could be enough to flip states.”

6. School in Baldwin County shutting down school sports

  • While some schools are preparing to reopen early, Baldwin County High has stopped all athletic competitions and practices for football, swimming and cross country after a dozen suspected coronavirus cases.
  • Superintendent Eddie Tyler has announced that the activities will be able to resume on September 9, explaining, “As these cases cover several sports, co-ed teams and age groups, we do not see a specific causation.” Tyler added, “[O]ut of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students and staff, we will take a break and resume after Labor Day.”
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5. Trump has defended the alleged shooter in Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • As the media demands Trump utter some magic words about denouncing violence so they can pretend that the violence in the streets is somehow his fault, Trump declared his support for Kyle Rittenhouse, accurately pointing out that he would have been killed by demonstrators if he had not allegedly opened fire.
  • Barry Moore, the Republican candidate for Congress in Alabama’s Second District, posted a meme supporting Rittenhouse but eventually took the post down after AL.com, other media outlets and social media users complained about it. He also apologized, saying, “I should have expressed my feelings about the situation in words, not just with a meme.”

4. Trump is visiting Kenosha

  • As protests and riots have continued after the shooting of Jacob Blake, President Donald Trump has planned a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, and after the visit was announced, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) voiced opposition to the visit.
  • Evers asked that Trump reconsider his visit, and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy drew a comparison to how after the Emanuel AME Church shooting in 2015, “people of good conscience did not mind when President Obama came and helped us heal in Charleston.” He added, “That’s what presidents do.”

3. Saban takes a short recruiting trip

  • University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban led a march on campus for social justice. He was joined by supporters and his Crimson Tide football team as they walked from Mal Moore athletic facility to the schoolhouse door of Foster Auditorium.
  • At the end of the march, Saban commented that he’s “proud of our team, I’m proud of our messengers over here and I’m proud of the message.” He added that he’s “proud and supportive of what they are trying to say, and in a peaceful and intelligent way.”

2. More than 1,000 cases at the University of Alabama

  • Since classes have resumed, some students say UA does not care about mitigating the spread of the coronavirus and cite that there have been 1,063 cases found across the University of Alabama System, with 10 each being at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville as of Friday.
  • But while on CNN on Monday, University of Alabama Student Government Association President Demarcus Joiner said that he does “believe we all expected that we would have a number of cases just based on the number of students we have on campus.” Joiner went on to say that “the university has done everything possible to make sure that this is slowing the spread” of coronavirus.

1. Biden would hate to have to see his supporters wreck the country further

  • In Pittsburgh, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the ongoing issues throughout the country, including the protests, riots and looting that has taken place throughout the summer. Biden finally condemned the violence, asking, “[D]oes anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?”
  • Biden went on to say that Trump “long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence – because for years he has fomented it.” While Biden continues to focus on blaming the violence on Trump, he’s yet to condemn actions by Antifa.

3 weeks ago

Dale Jackson: Donald Trump would not have deleted Barry Moore’s meme — Moore should put it back up

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After refusing to condemn rioting, looting and chaos in the streets during the Democratic National Convention, former Vice President Joe Biden has emerged from his basement to make a statement meant to draw the nation together.

Oh, nevermind, Biden has emerged from his basement to tell a silly lie being fabricated by fringe cable news hosts and Twitter armies of malcontents. The lie is that there is a militia of Trump supporters roaming major American cities and creating violence.

Look at this nonsense:

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Biden doesn’t believe this, the media and their Democrats don’t believe this and neither does the cadre of sad cable news hosts who pretend this is a real thing.

President Donald Trump has been trying to address these problems and has been rebuffed by Democrat mayors who run Democrat cities in Democrat states with Democrat governors.

A quick timeline of this situation would make any sane person wonder why anyone would believe any of this.

We have gone from beautiful protests to understandable outrage, to “actually, looting is good” to, “Oh my God, it’s not liberals, these are all right-wingers and only Biden can stop them.”

Nice country you’ve got there. If you elect Donald Trump, something might happen to it, but if you elect Joe Biden, everything will be fine.

And maybe this threat of violence works, because the American media would rather see a U.S. Senator and his wife beaten to death in the streets of Washington, D.C. after the convention than admit that maybe the mob is out of control.

Eventually, Americans are going to have enough. Eventually, the mob will mess with the wrong person.  Eventually, the violence will be returned in kind.

It’s happening now.

Now, this is stupid cosplay on all parts, including the prosecutors, because this kid won’t be convicted of homicide.

The dead white guys are masquerading as revolutionary street-toughs and finally found someone that was willing to push back.

The 17-year-old idiot in this incident was playing Minuteman and police officer because the real police aren’t allowed to.

This is a recipe for disaster that will play out repeatedly in this country if the mob of Joe Biden voters on cable news and in Congress don’t tell the mob of Joe Biden supporters in the street to knock it off.

Barry Moore, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Alabama’s Second Congressional District, saw this and accurately pointed out that barring some major change in behavior, more people will be hurt.

He did this in meme form:

First, tell me where he is wrong (because he isn’t).

The acts depicted in this image that he posted and subsequently deleted are accurate.

If Kyle Rittenhouse doesn’t have that gun he is either unconscious or dead. Period.

But Moore had to do what all politicians on the right have to do: he had to pretend he was sorry.

“I apologize for the graphic nature of a post earlier, showing scenes from the violence tearing through Kenosha,” Moore said in a lengthy statement Saturday evening. “I should have expressed my feelings about the situation in words, not just with a meme.”

I am not being critical of that, because it’s all part of the stupid game.

No one cares that Moore believes what he said. They want him to pretend otherwise.

The use of the meme cuts to the heart of the message.

They don’t believe his apology, and even Moore’s statement makes it clear that he still believes what he originally posted — but at least he took it down, right?

In my opinion, he should not have taken that image down.

President Donald Trump would not have deleted that image, and Moore should put it back up.

It would force America’s news media to go a level beyond, “This shouldn’t have been posted.”

He should go on their shows and make them explain what the problem is, make them look at the two unconscious people, and explain what they could have done.

The acquiescence is defeat. This ends the conversation, and that’s what the media and their Democrats want.

They always side with the bad guys, foreign countries, criminals, degenerates and lawless mobs.

But what if the American media actually showed those images side-by-side? Who is America going to side with?

They are going to side with the guy who said, “I don’t like that businesses and communities are being destroyed.”

Will they love his tactics? No.

Will they understand his feelings? Yes.

Americans don’t want 17-year-olds in the street defending people from thugs and criminals. They want the police doing that. That 17-year-old isn’t there if the police in Ferguson, Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland were allowed to do their jobs.

That is what the American people care about. Democrats see that, and that is why they are being so adamant about demanding the violence they supported and nurtured is stopped before it costs them an election.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.