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  • The surprising link between Alabama seafood, timber and U.S. national security, and how Shelby is leading the way

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    There are plenty of areas of debate over exactly how and where the U.S. should spend its foreign aid dollars. But for Alabamians in particular — and the entire Gulf Coast region more broadly — the international assistance that flows into cracking down on illegal wildlife trafficking is paying massive dividends, both economically and, perhaps more surprisingly, in terms of national security.

    A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates Americans grossly overestimate the amount the federal government spends on foreign aid.  The average answer was foreign aid accounts for a whopping 31 percent of spending. Fifteen percent of respondents actually thought it represented over half of the U.S. budget.

    In reality, according to the Congressional Research Service, it accounts for about 1 percent total when military, economic development and humanitarian efforts are combined.  And it is paying massive dividends for Alabama.

    Here’s how:

  • Rep. Byrne to Hold 12 Town Hall Meetings

    From a Congressman Bradley Byrne news release:

    Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) announced today that he will hold twelve town hall meetings during the August District Work Period.

    Known as the “Better Off Now” Town Hall Tour, Congressman Byrne will hold public town halls in each of the counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District. Byrne will discuss how the American people are better off now thanks to a booming economy, stronger military, and safer communities.

    Byrne ranks among the top of all Members of Congress for the number of town hall meetings held. Since assuming office in late 2013, Byrne has held over 100 town hall meetings, including meetings over the phone and through Facebook.

    All the town hall meetings are open to the public and free to attend. All the information can be found online below.

  • HudsonAlpha technology director to present at Google Cloud conference

    Excerpt from a HudsonAlpha news release:

    HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Technology Director Katreena Mullican has been invited to present at the Google Next ‘18 conference in San Francisco, Calif, July 24-26.

    Google Next is an international conference where more than 10,000 developers, technology leaders, and entrepreneurs come together to have a collaborative discussion about the Google Cloud Platform.

    Mullican has more than 20 years of experience in architecting Linux, virtualization and hybrid cloud solutions. As HudsonAlpha’s Cloud Whisperer, Mullican brings her expertise in automation of on-prem composable and public cloud infrastructure for scientific applications and workflows to the Institute.

    “HudsonAlpha is one of the top sequencing centers in the world, so it’s my job to think outside the box to design hybrid platforms appropriate for our sequencing and research workloads,” said Mullican.

    Mullican will participate in a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Cloud Talk Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the South Hall to discuss how HudsonAlpha uses the composable HPE Synergy platform for an on-premises Kubernetes cluster that can scale to Google Cloud Platform.

3 days ago

Jeffrey Earnhardt shares how different Daytona is from any other track

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NASCAR Driver Jeffrey Earnhardt called into The Ford Faction to talk about the big race last week in Daytona.  Jeffrey mentioned the differences in the track from other race tracks he’s competed on.  Jeffrey was able to finish in 11th place last week which was a big step for him and his team.

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“Just proud of all these guys. Nine Line Foundation, Black Rifle Coffee, Xtreme Concepts – they are the reason I am here with the cause that they are trying to push and its just an honor to get to be a part of it. It’s an incredible company and they support our country, our military and all of our veterans. I am so happy I got them a good run. Everyone kept asking me what it means to come here with the Earnhardt name at Daytona, and it does mean a lot, don’t get me wrong. But to show support to our veterans and be a part of what the foundation is doing…..that meant more to me than anything tonight. Proud of all the guys at Premium in giving me a good car tonight and keeping the car in one piece. Its my best career finish in the Cup series, so hopefully this will lead to some more sponsorship and get me back out here on the track more often”- Jeffrey Earnhardt

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3 days ago

Congressman Mike Rogers gives the thumbs up on Judge Brett Kavanaugh!

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Congressman Mike Rogers made a call to The Ford Faction to talk about FBI agent Peter Strzok being in court over Anti-Trump texts sent. Congressman Rogers outlined the details of the case and was able to catch up with the guys.

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4 days ago

How far would you walk for a job? Walter Carr walked 20 Miles!

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Walter Carr, the 20-year-old who walked from Homewood to Pelham, made an appearance on The Ford Faction to talk about how he’s recently been in the news.  Walter received a new car for walking to work and doing it with a great work ethic.  Walter credits hard work and a good attitude for his success.

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4 days ago

Will Ainsworth WINS! Surprise call from the Republican Candidate

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Will Ainsworth made a surprise call into The Ford Faction to talk about his big win against Twinkle Cavanaugh for Republican candidate for Lt. Governor. Will talked about how grateful he was for the support he’s gotten from the voters.  Ainsworth talked about how he can gather Twinkle voters to get behind him in his run for Alabama’s Lt. Governor.

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2 weeks ago

AG Steve Marshall shares his story about moving forward with the election after hardships hit his family

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Attorney General Steve Marshall joined The Ford Faction for a lengthy interview to talk about what the past month has been like for him. AG Marshall went through a traumatizing event the past couple of weeks where his wife, Bridgette, took her own life. Marshall talked about how Alabama support and love has been helping him and his family and how he is dependent on a strong family presence. AG Marshall talked about the campaign ahead and what is going on and when to vote.  Lastly, Steve Marshall even shared a laugh and voiced his support in the upcoming wedding coming up this Fall for his daughter.

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2 weeks ago

Sloss Tech in Birmingham will feature some of tech’s biggest names

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Kevin McLendon joined The Ford Faction to talk about Sloss Tech and what it has to offer.  McLendon talked about the upcoming event and the speakers that will be present and how big it is for a city like Birmingham to be hosting something like this.  In the interview, Kevin went into depth about the work going into this event and some of the special guests being there including Mayor Randall Woodfin.

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1 month ago

‘California will NOT split into three states no matter how bad they want it to happen’- The Hollywood Conservative

Amanda Head made her weekly call into The Ford Faction to talk about Natalie Portman’s comments about Jared Kushner being a “super-villain.”  Amanda mentioned her take on the state of California possibly being broken up in 3 states. In lengthy interview Amanda touches up on the latest news.

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1 month ago

Here is your chance to listen to one of the greatest story tellers of all time: Andy Andrews   

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New York Times Best Selling Author Andy Andrews joined The Ford Faction to talk about his life. Andy is a Birmingham native, told the guys the story of him graduating from Berry High School and attending Auburn University and not quitting, but leaving college. Andy went into detail about what influenced him, being homeless, and even shared his book “The Travelers Summit.”

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Great quotes from Andy throughout the interview- ”Still working on that college degree”

“Homeless wasn’t a word back then”

“I had a way of making a bad situation worse”

“I went from having $2500 after my parents died to spend it on a trailer, then I had a car and a trailer. Next, I had a trailer and a motorcycle. Then I just had a motorcycle and a tent. Then just a tent…..then I slept under a bridge”

Zac- “What happened to the tent?”

“I don’t know”

We erupted in laughter because the story was so humbling to hear in person.

Andy went on about his time being “Homeless”

“Met an old guy that told me how it was”

“I said I don’t believe in God”

“He said you don’t have to, Gold still believes in you”

“He also told me that thinking thing will get you in trouble”

“You will not see anyone successful who doesn’t have a great imagination”

“When you’re an adult you discipline yourself or society will discipline you”

Andy goes into meeting Pete Rose one day in Las Vegas and Pete Rose calls him the PBS guy, and said “I’ll sign anything you ask me”

Andy replied- “Write sorry I bet on baseball, Pete Rose”

“AND HE DID!”

Andy received another baseball a couple of months later from someone who asked him about being friends with Pete Rose?

The baseball said-

“Andy, please pray for me…. Pete Rose ”

Such an incredible story Andy Andrews shared with us today!

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1 month ago

(AUDIO) Yellowhammer News editor slams Planned Parenthood of Birmingham, reminds conservatives we’re held to a ‘radically different standard’

Yellowhammer News editor J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed Planned Parenthood, double standards for conservatives and North Korea on the Ford Faction radio program, which airs from noon-2 p.m. daily on WDYE 101.1 FM in Birmingham and Huntsville.

Listen to the interview here:

Among the topics discussed:

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— Bryars said we should remain skeptical of any deal reached with the North Korean regime based upon their decades of deceit and deal-breaking, but that maybe the key difference now is President Donald Trump.

— Many in Alabama’s pro-life community are protesting a new Planned Parenthood clinic that will be visible from I-65 in Birmingham. Bryars said that we should use the location to remind Alabamians, and the millions of motorists who’ll pass the location annually, of what is really happening in the clinic by purchasing signs telling people what’s happening there, and how many unborn children have been murdered at the location since its opening.

— Bryars then commented upon recent complaints about conservatives being held to a double standard in terms of their behavior or even language, saying that conservatives should indeed be held to a double, if not radically different, standard. “Fundamentally, that double standard could be more accurately described as a different standard, and one we conservatives freely choose to accept,” Bryars said. “Sure, it can be infuriating when those with, shall we say alternative standards, use ours as weapons against us, but regardless, they are our standards. We either have them or we don’t.”

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1 month ago

How beneficial was the USA & North Korean Summit? Congressman Mike Rogers weighs in.

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Congressman Mike Rogers was able to make a call in to The Ford Faction to talk about the Kim Jong-Un/Donald Trump summit that took place this week in Singapore.  Rogers went into depth on what this meant for the country and how it showed leadership to do it.

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1 month ago

Angels of America’s Fallen is doing work for fallen service members’ kids that we can all be proud of

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Joe Lewis and Myla Calhoun joined The Ford Faction to talk about Angels of America’s Fallen. They were recently featured on the #55 Nascar that was driven by Jeffrey Earnhardt, and that car was made possible by sponsors like Nine-Line Apparel, Xtreme concepts, IK9, Tripwire Explosives, and Black Rifle Coffee Company.

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We found out that they provide a figure for children of fallen veterans and they partnered up with Jeffrey Earnhardt to put the list of names of fallen soldiers on the hood of his car.  In the interview, Lewis and Calhoun go into depth on what got them started with such a great cause to help out children of soldiers who passed away and give them a chance in life to achieve something they want to go into.

In the second half of the interview, we have on Alyssa who’s husband passed away serving our country, and her 6 kids were on the waiting list for Angels of America’s Fallen. Her 2-year-old daughter sadly drowned shortly after. Now, the AOAF is starting swimming lessons, Lessons From Lylah, named after her daughter Lylah for kids who have lost parents in action or to PTSD. AOAF does incredible work for some incredible people!

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1 month ago

Do you agree with Donald Trump canceling the Eagles visit to the White House? Amanda Head does!

Amanda Head joined The Ford Faction to talk about the Kate Spade story that is taking over the news world.  Amanda touches on the anthem protests and how the Philadelphia Eagles weren’t invited and how she can manage to change California, a blue state, to a red state.

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1 month ago

Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Coca-Cola 600 race-car honored 617 fallen soldiers! What an athlete.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt is in town with Xtreme Concepts and stopped by the studio to show us why Nascar needs more of these kinds of drivers. Down to earth, humble, and red blooded American, Jeffrey Earnhardt first discusses his car with 617 hero’s names who fell in action. Then, he goes into detail what he is doing for veterans, and how being around the Gold Star families affected her. Next, how he came into the sport by putting a team together himself. Finally, to what being an Earnhardt was like growing up and how it is now. We pull a side of Jeffrey Earnhardt that the media needs to see more of in Nascar. Jeffrey spent Friday at the Xtreme Concepts facility in Anniston flying in helicopters, taking dog bites, and shooting all types of new firearms. In all Jeffrey Earnhardt could not be more humble, kind, and compassionate for a guy who could just live off of his last name.

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1 month ago

Athletes can criticize anything & everything, but Russell Berger was let go because he spoke his mind

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Russell Berger called into The Ford Faction to talk about the latest controversy he’s been caught up in. Russell was recently let go for tweeting about LGBTQ pride being a “sin.”  Russell was in support for a Crossfit gym canceling an LGBTQ event.  In a segment with the guys, Russell talks about what led him to do it and him staying strong in what he believes in.

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2 months ago

Veteran Clayton Hinchman takes on incumbent Mo Brooks for the 5th Congressional seat in Alabama

Clayton Hinchman made an appearance on The Ford Faction to talk about the upcoming election between him and Mo Brooks. Hinchman talked about his proposals being made on interstate road I-65 and how much hard work that’s been put into this run. He even mentions his take on some attack ads and how he doesn’t pay any attention to them.

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2 months ago

“Alabama needs a businessman as governor”- Bill Hightower

Bill Hightower called into The Ford Faction to talk about the race to be the next governor of Alabama.  Hightower talks about how the race has gone for him. In the interview, Hightower talks about how the bar is set low for Alabama governors and “it’s time for somebody that can stand on their own two feet.”

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2 months ago

California GOP labeled as Nazism on Wikipedia, the Hollywood Conservative weighs in

The Hollywood Conservative, Amanda Head makes her weekly call on The Ford Faction. The guys start it off by having a spelling bee between Ford, Sam, and Amanda that eventually, Amanda won.  Amanda touches on the Trump/Kim Jong-Un meeting being back on and how this is a “once in three lifetimes moment.”  Amanda even mentions the Samantha Bee/Roseanne news that broke earlier this week.

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2 months ago

Gubernatorial candidate, Tommy Battle – “Look at my past 10 years, we all run on our records”

(Battle Campaign)

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Tommy Battle joined The Ford Faction today to talk about the race for Alabama’s governor spot. Battle goes into depth about his upbringing in Hoover and his background in the restaurant industry. Mayor Battle elaborates about the growing success in the city of Huntsville and why he thinks he can bring it Montgomery. Mayor Battle mentions that some of the candidates have become good friends with him and some of the things he’d bring to the table if he wins the upcoming election.

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2 months ago

“My opposition is just printing out lies, I’m trying to run a clean campaign”- Dickie Drake

Dickie Drake joined The Ford Faction to talk about his run in the 45th District State Representative in Alabama. Dickie talks about his start up and what got him to where he is today. He mentioned he served over forty years in the Air Force and describes himself as a family man who will fight for low taxes, willing to protect the unborn by being pro-life, and will always protect our gun rights.

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2 months ago

“Are you surprised West Hollywood gave Stormy Daniels a key?” – The Hollywood Conservative, Amanda Head

Amanda Head made her weekly appearance on The Ford Faction and started it off by joining the guys in some Memorial Day trivia (and losing to Zac). Amanda touches upon her appearance at “Stormy Daniels Day” and being harassed by people there who didn’t like her support for President Trump.  She talks about what else happened in West Hollywood for the porn star. Amanda elaborates on the Harvey Weinstein jail sentence where he could be seeing decades in prison.

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2 months ago

Audio: Jefferson County DA discusses Acton Bowen case, claims of police systemic bias, and more

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Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton appeared on “The Wake-Up Call with Baylor and Hannah” Tuesday to discuss claims of systemic bias made against U.S. police officers, the upcoming Jefferson County District Attorney election, the Acton Bowen case, the Hoover bus driver DUI incident, and much more.

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2 months ago

Dr. Sebastian Gorka joins “The Weekend Briefing with Kyle Morris”

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Dr. Sebastian Gorka is a Fox News national security strategist, a former deputy assistant to President Trump, and a New York Times best selling author.

Last Saturday, Dr. Gorka joined “The Weekend Briefing with Kyle Morris” to discuss the horrific school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, the upcoming North Korea Summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, his book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War and his latest book, Why We Fight: Recovering America’s Will to Win, which is now available for pre-order.

You can purchase Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War here.
Pre-order Why We Fight: Recovering America’s Will to Win here.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and host of The Weekend Briefing that airs noon-2 p.m. Saturdays on 101.1 WDYE

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2 months ago

Is Starbucks going crazy? Amanda Head explains!

On this edition of the Final 30, we talk with Amanda Head about a “small world” situation, we cover Spotify and their new non-hate policy, and we cover another edition of Starbucks’ bias.

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2 months ago

LISTEN to an update on where President Perine is at now!

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President Austin Perine and his dad, T.J., joined the Ford Faction crew to discuss his visit with the Atlanta Braves, why he helps feed the homeless, and what he has planned for the future.

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