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  • Marsh donates to border wall construction fund

    Excerpt:

    As a demonstration of his commitment to border security, Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has personally donated to an online campaign to fund the construction of a wall on America’s southern border.

    “It is obvious that we cannot rely on politicians in Washington to do their job,” Marsh said in a statement to Yellowhammer News. “I have always believed that controlling our borders and our national security is of the utmost importance which is why I supported immigration reform in Alabama in 2011 and why today, I am putting my money where my mouth is and personally donating to build the wall.”

  • Brooks urges State of the Union be held in Senate chamber

    Excerpt:

    On Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) and House colleagues sent a letter to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposing the president’s annual State of the Union Address be held in the Senate chamber in light of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic move to revoke Trump’s invitation to deliver the address.

    In the letter, Brooks and his House colleagues explained, “Holding the State of the Union in the Senate Chamber is the best way to reveal the veracity of Speaker Pelosi’s alleged once-in-history reason for [canceling] or postponing the State of the Union.”

  • Mo Brooks baffled by Pelosi’s ‘shameless’ move to cancel Trump’s State of the Union

    Excerpt:

    After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on Wednesday “suggested” to President Donald Trump that America’s annual State of the Union Address either be canceled and replaced by written remarks or postponed until after Washington, D.C. has ended the current partial government shutdown, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) slammed Pelosi’s “childish, partisan, political stunt.”

    In a statement, Brooks said that Pelosi is using the State of the Union Address as both a political bargaining chip and to muffle the president during the southern border crisis and funding negotiations.

and 3 months ago

Meet ‘Mama B,’ one of Alabama’s biggest hearts

(YHN)

Joann Bashinsky has had one of the biggest hearts in Alabama, but most just know her as “Mama B.”

Her long history of being one of the state’s most generous philanthropists has been documented by Yellowhammer News before, and now she and the folks with the Auxiliary of Big Oak Ranch are at it again.

On September 25, they unveiled a brand new boutique store made to look like a castle, which Bashinsky calls the “granddaddy of them all.”

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Big Oak Ranch is an Alabama-based “Christian home for children needing a chance,” founded 44 years ago by John Croyle. Over 2,000 children have called Big Oak home, and the organization takes no state or federal money. Therefore, it relies solely upon the generosity of individuals like Bashinsky.

In 2006, she began personally planning and designing a boutique for the girls at the home, so that they could shop for clothing, make-up and accessories just like any other young child. In a short matter of time, the old Big Oak warehouse was revamped and converted into a shop.

“There’s not a place in Birmingham that you can find anything like it. It has everything: clothes, makeup, shoes, records, you name it,” she said.

The original store even includes a section for even younger girls, known as “Boutique Too.”

But there is a catch – the girls do not just get to go into the store just because they are a Big Oak resident. Bashinsky instituted a points system, wherein the children had to acquire points from good grades, good deeds and memorizing Bible verses to make their purchases with.

After the opening of the girls boutique, the boys immediately wanted one for themselves, so Bashinsky got right back to work. The boys got their own shop, which is called “Outfitters” and designed in the style of a Bass Pro Shop. There, the kids can use their points to buy toys, games and even outdoor items like Kayak boats.

Now, the new boutique is ready to shine.

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“This is the third boutique, and this is the grandaddy of them all, because I don’t think I’ll be here to build any more,” Bashinsky said.

She added, with a laugh, “I don’t mean I’ll be dead, I just won’t be building.”

Once a month Mama B and the Auxiliary open the boutique so the girls can come and spend their points on everything from shoes and clothes to toys and everything in between — really anything girls could want, the new store has it.

Brodie Croyle, the founder’s son and now Big Oak’s executive director himself, told Yellowhammer News that he is “very excited” about the new boutique and “pumped up” for the girls that will get to enjoy it.

“How it works is our girls earn points by getting good grades, doing chores, helping Mama with stuff that maybe she didn’t ask them to do, come in here learning bible verses, or doing the different things they have to do to earn these points,” Croyle said. “There is never money that swaps hands in here.”

This system teaches the girls that you only buy what you can afford, that you must earn the privilege of having it, and how to budget and save money.

Croyle praised the beloved Bashinsky for her longtime, genuine love of the kids at Big Oak.

“She’s been around so long, and she’s been a part of our family – and I don’t say that lightly – for such a long time,” he emphasized. “This is her heart, this is what she loves and she loves our kids just like she loves her own.”

Many people have supported Big Oak Ranch in various ways since it was founded in 1974, yet Mama B has reached a legendary stratosphere. In August 2006, Bashinsky and Phyllis DePiano felt God was calling them to organize a support mechanism for the home. After much planning, the Auxiliary of Big Oak Ranch was formed and became a public 501(c)(3) non-profit. This means that the Auxiliary functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group for Big Oak, promoting and furthering its mission of helping children needing a chance.

At the end of the day, Big Oak exists to meet the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children by giving them a solid, Christian home and a chance to realize and fulfill God’s plan for their lives. Their motto: “Our children are not bad kids, they just come from bad circumstances.”

Their cornerstone has remained fundamentally rooted in Isaiah 61:3 –

“And they shall be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified.”

Bashinsky pointed to the importance of the religious pillar of the organization as crucial to its success and the wellbeing of the kids.

“One thing that I’m proud of is Big Oak Ranch takes no federal or state money and operates debt free. So they can’t tell us what we can and can’t do,” Bashinsky added.

Big Oak currently serves 140 children. For more information about Big Oak Ranch Auxiliary, click here.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn.
This report was compiled with the help of Yellowhammer Radio’s Ford Brown, who also produced the video content.
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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Amanda Head joins the program from CPAC in D.C.


 
 
Amanda Head joins the show once again for the Final 30! We talk about the tragedy in Florida, the CPAC which she is attending, and even touched on Auburn basketball.

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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: PIT STOP With Talladega “Celebrity Judge” Zac Johnson


 
 
Our Talladega friends stop by the program, to get Zac (celebrity judge) prepped for the Wildgame Cookoff coming up this weekend.
 

 
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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Amanda Head SHREDS the media for pointing the shooting to gun rights, mental disorders, or “privilege”


 
 
On The Ford Faction Amanda Head touches on a variety of things. First an Olympic update then a sound off on the Florida School Shooter. She covers his everything in the media now gets turned back to Russia and how we cannot focus on what the president is doing for trying to find something wrong. Finally, the American flag that was shredded and taken down then replaced by an ISIS flag.

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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Congressman Mike Rodgers Looks Ahead on America’s New Defense Agenda

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Congressman Rogers made an appearance on The Ford Faction to talk about the agenda plans congress has lined up in D.C.  He mentions his take on the horrific event that took place at Douglas High School with the shooting, and even a modification to his wikipedia.
 

 
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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Dr. Gina Loudon rips into liberal media for politicizing the school shooting in Florida

Reoccurring guest Dr. Gina Loudon called into the show today to talk briefly about the horrible Douglas High School massacre that took the lives of seventeen victims.  She delivered some strong takes on gun control, and mental stability not being the topic of conversation but more of blame on the doctors.  That and much more on The Ford Faction.

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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Inspirational Speaker Timothy Alexander Speaks About His Road From Tragedy to Motivation  

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(UAB/YouTube)

 

Reoccurring guest Tim Alexander joined The Ford Faction to tell his inspiring story of overcoming obstacles.  InspiredTA.com is who Tim is working with and he talks about how he got his start.  He shares his story about life through inspiration and humor that is sure to help anyone in whatever obstacles they’re going through.

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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Veteran, Patriot, Hero, Clayton Hinchman Joins the Ford Faction


 

Iraq War veteran, Clayton Hinchman, joined us on air today to discuss his decision to run U.S. House Seat. Injured while deployed, he still feels the need to serve his country in any way possible.  He wants to place a new emphasis on good legislature for defense support. He also opened discussion on the impact of a government shutdown on other people, including small business owners.

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11 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: The Opioid Epidemic Confronted by Attorney General Steve Marshall 

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Attorney General Steve Marshall joined us to discuss the current opioid crisis in the United States right now. He discussed Alabama legislators plans to solve the crisis in Alabama, and he put an emphasis on returning veterans.

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12 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: The Final 30 makes its weekly return


 
 
The Hollywood Conservative, Amanda Head, joined The Ford Faction to discuss the memo release, her Super Bowl plans, Auburn basketball, and Zac’s birthday.

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12 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: MMA fighter and former Crimson Tide football player talks about his life and upcoming fight

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Eryk Anders (Spartan Fitness MMA Birmingham, AL/YouTube

MMA fighter Eryk Anders joins The Ford Faction to talk about his career into the MMA and his adjustment.  Anders mentions his jobs he had after college and the struggles he went through to get to where he is today.  He also talks about his time at The University of Alabama and being in Brazil for his upcoming fight.

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12 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Amanda Head pulls back the curtains on liberal mentality in today’s edition of The Final 30


 
 
The Final Thirty with Amanda is back! This week we talk about Sarah Sanders vs. Cher, the cost of living difference between Birmingham and LA, and we cover the Grammys.

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12 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Hollywood Conservative Amanda Head lays into the government shutdown and the “dreamers” By The Ford Faction


 
 
Its Friday, so it’s time for a favorite segment on The Ford Faction and that is “The Final 30 with Amanda Head.”  She mentions her views on the comments made from President Trump about other countries.  She also sheds light on the DACA reception to the comments and Donald Trump’s physical that was made earlier last week.  “The Fake News Awards” were this week and Amanda Head had a lot to say about it and she weighs in on the media’s inaccuracy of covering real news.  Amanda even lets us know what she thought on the National Championship.

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12 months ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Ron Brown calls into The Ford Faction to discuss the recent news of the racist video posted by the UA student


 
 
The Ford Faction was fortunate enough to have Ron Brown call into the show and talk about his video that surfaced earlier this week about the UA sorority girl that went on a racist rant.  Ron addressed the situation by talking about his transition from Atlanta, a prominent black community, to Birmingham.  He mentions the transition being easier than ever and how he has never experienced racism in Alabama.  Ron even mentions his reflection on Alabama winning the National Championship.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Amanda Head comes back on for the weekly edition of The Hollywood Conservative shooting fire

She brings the stupidity of the Hollywood elite in their personal hardships in the California mudslides. She discusses the golden hardships at the globes and the elite’s best shot for the next presidential election. The vast discrepancy between Oprah and Trump’s leadership styles brings the house down. We also pit Obama against Trump in a battle physical fitness.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Matt Wilson of ‘Living Life on Purpose’ makes a visit to The Ford Faction to talk about his new podcast

The Ford Faction brought in Matt Wilson to talk about his new podcast “Living Life on Purpose” and what led to it.  Matt mentions he was inspired to make it after the “Yellowhammer Leadership Conference” to spread more of a positive light on the news.  Ronnie Rice calls in during the interview to talk about his relationship with Matt and the hard work and dedication that was put in to achieve success.  Matt also talks about his experience Monday night reacting to seeing his Georgia Bulldogs lose to The Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Josh Taylor and his fiancé Holly France (soon to be Mrs. Taylor) have taken the internet by storm on this very unique way of proposing

On Saturday, it was not your typical proposal for Josh Taylor and his at the time girlfriend Holly France.  After posting a video of his proposal many other news outlets have obtained his special question and The Ford Faction were able to have him in studio to talk about it.  He mentions the planning ahead and how much of a relief it was to join. Holly even calls in to discuss the proposal and talks about the planning ahead.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Amanda Head Joins The Ford Faction

Hollywood Conservative Amanda Head joins The Ford Faction to talk about the current topics of exposing Clinton and the numerous celebrities that have been surprisingly quiet over the last months and even mentions her winner of the National Championship, her take on UCF’s “Championship Team” and the Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham’s instagram life.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Secretary of State John Merrill visits The Ford Faction to talk the Senate race


 
 
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill joins The Ford Faction to talk the AL Senate Results and what it all came down to for the Doug Jones victory.  He mentions the write-in names that were proposed during the election and even mentions his National Championship prediction between Merrill’s Alma Mater The University of Alabama and The University of Georgia.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: On our last Pick’Em Trae Elston and JJ Nelson join The Ford Faction for their picks for the bowl games!

Trae Elston and JJ Nelson join The Ford Faction for their weekly picks for The Yellowhammer Pick ‘Em in college football. So far Trae leads the pack with an 31-11 record. The overall winner gets to donate $1000 to a charity of their choice.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Dr. Gina Louden sounds off about President Trump’s tax plan on the Ford Faction

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Dr. Gina Louden appeared on Thursady’s edition of the Ford Faction to discuss the big moves President Trump is bringing with his tax cut and she even mentions her Christmas plans.

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1 year ago

Yellowhammer Radio: Alexander Shunnarah talks about his $12 million bus crash verdict on the Ford Faction

 

Today on The Ford Faction, Alexander Shunnarah and Sara Williams joined the show to talk about the Jefferson County case that awarded $12 million to the passengers injured in the 2015 MAX bus crash in Fairfield.

Of course, the guys also bring up the billboards.

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1 year ago

Cliff Sims checks in from the White House, talks Trump’s big tax cut with the Ford Faction on Yellowhammer Radio

Special Assistant to the President Cliff Sims and President Donald J. Trump walk down the West Colonnade of the White House toward the West Wing. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
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Cliff Sims, founder of Yellowhammer News and current special assistant in the White House, talked about the president’s massive tax cut on today’s Ford Faction radio program.

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1 year ago

‘The Hollywood Conservative’ responds to claims that Jingle Bells is racist on Yellowhammer Radio

The Ford Faction has it’s Friday regular call with Hollywood Conservative Amanda Head as they talk about the accusation made about Jingle Bells being racist and talking college football.

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