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2 years ago

NAILED IT: Alabamians sing ‘Joy To The World’ with classroom instruments and it’s awesome

The worship team from the Church at Brook Hills in suburban Birmingham just recorded an awesome version of “Joy To The World” being performed with classroom instruments, and it is sure to get even the biggest Grinch in the Christmas spirit.

Check it out in the video above. If you like what you hear, the group also has a Christmas EP available on iTunes now.

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“Luv Gov” Bentley deposition filed in court this week

Former Gov. Robert Bentley provided new details of his view of the scandal that helped topple his administration, according to a deposition filed this week in circuit court.

Bentley resigned last year as he faced an ethics investigation and impeachment proceedings in the wake of an alleged affair with a top aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

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Bentley answered questions about the relationship and other matters in the June 23 deposition in a civil lawsuit brought by his former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier.

Collier contends he was wrongfully fired by Bentley.

Here are some of the highlights of the deposition filed Monday in circuit court.

AN ‘AFFECTIONATE FRIENDSHIP’
Responding to questions about his relationship with Mason, Bentley called it an “affectionate friendship” but said the relationship did not involve sex and he did not consider it an affair.

Bentley said it did “involve touching and kissing, and I would hold her hand the times that I was with her.”

“So we didn’t have what a lot of people think we had.

Now did I really care about her? Did I really love her? I did, and she did me, and we still do.

It’s a very close affectionate friendship so that’s how I describe it,” Bentley testified.

He testified however that his relationship with Mason was a reason for his divorce.

Mason works as the office manager for his dermatology practice, he testified.

WON’T CONFIRM MASON ON TAPES
Bentley’s relationship with Mason was exposed after the release of recordings made by the governor’s then wife, Dianne Bentley.

In the recordings, Bentley is heard talking on the phone.

He was speaking affectionately to a woman he calls “Rebekah” and talking about touching her breasts, although her side of the conversation is not heard.

Under questioning, Bentley did not say he was speaking to Mason but acknowledged it was “likely” her.

“I’m not denying that it was her.

I’m just saying, there’s no concrete evidence that it was her but most likely it was but I don’t think you can prove that with the tapes,” Bentley testified.

Bentley said his wife was able to view his text messages to Mason on an iPad because he did not know his state cellphone was synced to the iPad.

PRESSURED TO INTERVENE IN CORRUPTION CASE
Bentley testified that he was getting pressured to intervene in the Alabama attorney general’s office’s investigation of then-House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Bentley said some people wanted state prosecutor Matt Hart off the case.

“A lot of people were pressuring me to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the attorney general’s office,” Bentley testified.

He said businessman and GOP political donor Jimmy Rane and Rob Riley, the son of former Gov. Bob Riley, were among those that approached his office.

So too did three legislators and Hubbard’s attorney, he said.

Rane said Wednesday that he did call Bentley’s office, but was not asking Bentley to take any specific action.

Rane, who has known Hubbard for decades, said he was asking for assurances, “that this is a fair and real investigation and not based on a political agenda.”

Riley did not immediately return a text message seeking comment.

Hubbard was later convicted on multiple ethics charges in a case largely led by Hart.

DONORS TO NONPROFIT
Bentley said he raised money for a nonprofit organization, called the Alabama Council for Excellent Government, which was created to promote his agenda.

He said donors to the group included Franklin Haney, a Tennessee businessman who purchased the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in north Alabama.

He did not disclose other donors or say how much Haney gave.

Collier’s attorney is trying to force the disclosure of other donors to the group, court filings show.

Tax forms filed with the IRS show that the organization raised $90,600 in 2015 and $32,500 in 2016.

Bentley resigned in April 2017.

BLAMES DOWNFALL ON SPECIAL INTERESTS
The former governor said “special interests” wanted rid of him in Montgomery, but he would not name them.

“I’m not going to name them, but there are special interests in Montgomery that never liked me, and they used much of this — they used Spencer, they used my family, they used a lot of people to get rid of me.”
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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39 mins ago

7 Things: Trump pulls former CIA Director’s clearance, former Governor Robert Bentley wants us to believe the unbelievable, Trump supporters slammed for something that didn’t happen and more …

7. In a story that surprises no one, former White House staffer Omarosa lies about being interviewed by Robert Muller’s investigators

— Omarosa already has some credibility issues but there is no evidence she has ever been interviewed in any capacity by the Mueller team. She claims she has and that she has new information for him.

— Sources at the White House say that Omarosa was never requested by investigator and ABC News’ John Santucci tweeted, “We’ve been reporting on the Special Counsel’s interviews from day one – I have never heard her name.”

6. Masterpiece Cakes was targeted again the day they won the right to have their case heard at the Supreme Court

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— After losing on a technicality, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is targeting the business again, this time arguing they wouldn’t make a cake for a transgender attorney.

—  A lawyer called the cakeshop asking for a birthday cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside in order to honor the seventh anniversary of her transition. When the cakeshop refused she filed a complaint.

5. The monolithic mainstream media decided to prove their critics right by publishing similar editorials all over the country attacking Trump

— 350+ newspapers have joined in the effort to assert their First Amendment privileges that they clearly have been expressing for the entire Trump administration with absolutely no repercussions, except some mean words from the president.

— The face of these heroic warriors is none other than CNN’s Jim Acosta who stormed out of a White House press briefing in a huff when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t repeat what he wanted her to.

4. AL.com is starting to telegraph how Democrats will attempt to use recent coal corruption trial in attacks this election season

— The sports blog with a liberal bias posted a graphic that included every Republican member of Congress in Alabama implying inappropriate behavior when there is absolutely nothing to substantiate that claim.

— The only thing most of these men did was sign a letter to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), asking for a 60-day public comment period — a request that was granted by an EPA ran by Obama appointees.

3. The media is now using a non-existent Trump tape to beat up Trump supporters. Even the media’s favorite conservatives are jumping in

— The tape, which almost certainly doesn’t exist, has set liberal commentators off into a tizzy of condemnation over an event that hasn’t taken place. The New York Times’ Charles Blow argued the tape “might actually increase his support among the people who support him.”

— S.E. Cupp, who recently received a Saturday talk show on CNN, declared without any evidence that “plenty of Trump supporters voted for him because they saw him as a protector of white America, whether through rhetoric or policy. They won’t mind.”

2. Former Governor Robert Bentley continues to talk about his alleged extra-marital affair with Rebekah Mason

— Bentley is claiming that the obvious adulterous relationship that ended his marriage and cost him his position as governor was not adulterous, claiming it was just “affectionate friendship” with kissing but no sex.

— The absurd lie, or pathetic truth, was part of a deposition in an ongoing civil lawsuit.

1. President Trump revokes former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and put the clearances of others under review 

— One of the president’s loudest critics, Brennan claims the revoking of his security clearances is a violation of his free speech rights, which he ironically said during interviews with multiple news outlets after the clearance was revoked.

— Brennan is so in fear of losing his right to free speech that he wrote a column for the New York Times making the same silly claims that got his clearance yanked. He claims there is collusion, he gets the headline and then he doesn’t deliver.

44 mins ago

Calera kindergarten teacher accused of possessing child porn

A kindergarten teacher in Alabama has been charged with 40 counts of child porn possession.

News outlets report 26-year-old Daniel Prentice “Danny” Donaldson was arrested Wednesday.

Calera Elementary School officials say the teacher has been placed on administrative leave as the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation.

Sheriff’s Maj. Ken Burchfield says the investigation started with a tip, and that there is no evidence yet that any students were involved in the child porn case.

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Donaldson has worked with the county school district since 2015, starting as a paraprofessional under the guidance of another teacher.

District officials say he passed a criminal background check in 2014 and has no prior incidents of misconduct.

This school year would have been his second teaching kindergarten.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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1 hour ago

Birmingham police: Stun gun used on boy, 13, with handgun

Alabama authorities say a police officer used a stun gun on a 13-year-old boy who reached into a pocket containing a handgun.

News outlets report charges are pending against the 13-year-old, who was walking with a 15-year-old boy near a middle school when he was stopped Wednesday.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams says officers responding to a report of an armed person spotted the 13-year-old matching the provided description.

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Williams says officers asked the youth to put his hands in the air.

He says an officer then fired the stun gun when the teen reached in his pocket instead.

Police say a .38 caliber handgun was found in the boy’s pocket.

News outlets say the boy was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

An internal investigation into the stun gun’s use is ongoing.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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2 hours ago

Alabama leaders react after Democratic NY governor says America ‘was never that great’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Wednesday, writing the latest chapter in a long line of national Democrats shooting themselves in the foot going into November’s midterm elections, claimed that America “was never that great.”

Alabama Republican leaders reacted swiftly to condemn the liberal leader’s remarks and applaud the values that the nation cherishes.

The shocking statement came as a seemingly offhand remark in his rebuke of President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan during a bill-signing in his state.

“We’re not going to make America great again,” Cuomo exclaimed. “It was never that great.”

Ironically, in his 2010 announcement video for governor, Cuomo proclaimed “Together, we can make New York great again.” He is rumored to be strongly considering a 2020 challenge to President Trump now.

Alabama Republican leaders reacted quickly, forcefully denouncing Cuomo’s remarks and standing up for American greatness.

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“New York City is full of folks who will never have the same sort of conservative values that are so precious to us across East Alabama,” Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3) told Yellowhammer News.

He added, “I think I can speak for most Alabamians when I say we think America is a great country and we are proud to live here.”

Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-4) echoed the sentiments of Rogers and applauded President Trump’s leadership.

“There is not a country on earth that has done more good for more people than America,” Aderholt stated. “This country most definitely has been great, and thanks to President Trump, we are going to be great again.”

Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) spoke to America’s greatness and the people who have fought for the nation since its inception.

“We live in the greatest country in the world,” she emphasized. “Many brave men and women have served and sacrificed for the very freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”

“For more than 200 years, our country has been a land of optimism and opportunity, and over the last year and a half, we’ve worked to foster this outlook once again. I look forward to seeing this nation continue to prosper and grow,” Roby concluded.

Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1) pointed out that Cuomo’s statement is reflective of the state of the Democratic Party.

“Governor Cuomo’s statement shows just how out-of-touch Democrats are with the rest of the country,” Byrne explained. “For example, he should tell those who survived the Depression and fought in World War II, like my dad, that America was never a great country.”

Byrne continued, “Frankly, he should apologize for such an outrageous comment.”

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn