Month: December 2017

Anti-Christian bullies target Gov. Kay Ivey, demand she stop ‘preaching’ on social media

(Opinion) A seriously annoying anti-Christian activist organization has signaled out Alabama’s governor because of what they call “preaching” on social media, demanding she remove the offending statements or face lawsuits and fines. Like most of America’s leaders, Gov. Kay Ivey sent Christmas-themed messages over the holiday season, but the aggressively litigious Freedom from Religion Foundation in Wisconsin sent her a letter calling her particular statements “unconstitutional.” “Wishing people good will and good cheer is all fine on Christmas, but not this overtly religious homily that the governor felt fit to send forth,” the foundation’s co-president said in a news release. “She's insulting residents of the state who aren't Christian by such sectarian preachiness.” So what got the Freedom from Religion Foundation so upset? Here’s what our governor posted to Facebook on December 25th: “My fellow Alabamians, today, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that each of us share His light and love with one another. As we're upon the Christmas season, reflecting on the past year, let us be filled with hope and joy as we look toward the opportunities that lie before us. May your days ahead be filled with the light of God and His abundant grace.” Boy, that’s some seriously awful stuff, especially in this time of partisan bickering. But if that’s not bad enough for you, Ivey also dared to record a video: https://youtu.be/WdBb4aIhIpk If those atheists only knew the types of shenanigans her predecessor was up to, they’d be thankful for Ivey’s…

That time Nick Saban chewed me out at a press conference

Looks like I have a new and improved excuse to stand firm as the only non-Crimson Tide fan in my family: Nick Saban is my trigger. I’ve been having some strange reactions to sports news lately but I couldn’t think why … -- First, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey announced that SEC Media Days will no longer be held exclusively at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. Thinking about SEC Media Days made my eyes start to twitch. -- Then, Phillip Fulmer was named Tennessee’s acting athletic director after John Currie was fired. My hands began to shake. -- Next, Saban’s defensive coordinator signed on as head football coach for the Volunteers. SEC Media Days … Phillip Fulmer … Nick Saban … Tennessee … Alabama … Something about it all made me break out in hives. And then the memory came back, washing over me in one big wave. Remember back in the early 2000s when Coach Fulmer was Tennessee’s head coach and he secretly told the SEC and NCAA about a University of Alabama booster who cheated to recruit players? All that led to an NCAA investigation, the booster’s conviction and probation for the Crimson Tide. I was a news and sports intern at Birmingham's WBRC in 2003 when Coach Fulmer was one controversial guy in Alabama. I can’t remember the exact details (and calls and emails to WBRC did not receive a response), but someone in the sports department sent me -- unsuspecting, no-clue-me -- into SEC Media Days with one question…

If you live in parts of Alabama, you are likely sleep-deprived … and courting disease or death

[caption id="attachment_55120" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (Pixabay)[/caption]     If you live in Alabama, chances are you are more sleep-deprived than people living in New Hampshire, D.C., California, Texas, and 37 other states, particularly if you live in the Birmingham-area and southwest parts of the state. [caption id="attachment_55160" align="alignleft" width="800"] (Centers for Disease Control)[/caption] Alabamians report getting “short sleep” in larger numbers than in many parts of the country, according to the most recent data available from the CDC. Short sleep is defined as getting less than seven hours of sleep a night. If you pride yourself on being an early bird and a night owl, shirking sleep in favor of productivity (or Netflix), listen up: Recent science shows sleep deprivation can kill you. So says Jeff Stible, a brain scientist and vice chairman of Dun & Bradstreet who recently wrote that we need to pay more attention to findings from a 2013 study showing that our brains flush out deadly toxins in our sleep. It would take 200 sleepless hours, or 11 days straight, for those toxins to kill us, said Stible. Few would try such a stunt, of course, but far more of us try to get by without enough sleep, which still kills us … just slowly. Here are Stible’s key points: -- Everything below our necks uses the lymphatic system to clear out toxins. Our brains’ only known mechanism for clearing out the junk is sleep. --  That groggy “drugged” feeling you get when you don’t get enough…

WATCH: Dabo Swinney’s love for Clemson assistant with Down’s syndrome inspired by Gene Stallings

[caption id="attachment_55259" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (ESPN / Facebook)[/caption]   If you watch this ESPN video, it will be the best five minutes you spend this week. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney describes his relationship with David Saville, 27, who is in his seventh season as a Clemson equipment manager and who has Down's syndrome. "Doesn't miss a day," Swinney told ESPN. "He takes unbelievable pride in his job and he's a part of our team. He's just got the sweetest spirit." Saville said he keeps Swinney "in line" and that he likes to repeat his boss's saying: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." The two met when Saville took a school visit and told Swinney he was going to work for him. Swinney said his friendship with Saville reminds him of the love-in-action he saw when he played for former University of Alabama head coach Gene Stallings, whose late son, Johnny, had special needs. Swinney later served as an assistant on Stallings' staff. "I was so impacted watching coach and how he impacted Johnny's life," Swinney said of his seven years watching Stallings bring his son to practice every day and integrate him into Crimson Tide life. "When you see David every day, you see love," Swinney said. "And I don't care what your problem is, where you came from, what your background is, what your beliefs are, man, love conquers all." WATCH:

If the left thinks ‘gay married’ Santa Claus is forward thinking, then thank God they call Alabama backward

[caption id="attachment_54988" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Santa's Husband (Harper Collins/Amazon)[/caption]   Just in time for Christmas, folks. The holiday story we’ve all been waiting for. Destined to become a fireside classic that you’ll read to your children and your children’s children. Santa's Husband, a children’s book from renowned publisher Harper Collins, tells the story of “a black Santa, his white husband, and their life in the North Pole.” Maybe this is a weak attempt at satire, but it’s more than likely just the same old culture-changing garbage the leftist media has been shoveling down our throats for decades (and they have even more control over the book publishing industry than they do film, television and newspapers). The author of the book is Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. That show’s writers just spent weeks gleefully making fun of Alabama during our not-so-special special Senate election. To them, our adherence to thousands of years of Christian tradition and our respect for customs and convention makes us backward. But if this is how those writers define forward thinking, then I’ll happily wear their insults with pride (#AlabamaProud!). From the book’s ridiculous description on Amazon: -- “Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man.” -- “We see the Clauses sitting by the fire at their cozy North Pole home, vacationing at the beach, having an occasional disagreement, celebrating their wedding…

WATCH: Is it okay to re-gift? Rachel gets goofy at Madison County YMCA to ask tough Christmas questions

  It's hard enough to navigate political discussions around the Christmas dinner table, but there are other tricky etiquette questions that come up at Christmas, such as: -- What if your gift offends the recipient? -- Is it okay to re-gift? -- How do you react when you receive the worst Christmas present ever? I stopped by the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison, Alabama, where I volunteer, to act silly with the staff and find some answers... WATCH the 5-min video: https://youtu.be/K1dhArvih0Y   To learn more about the Hogan Family YMCA and the Huntsville- area Heart of the Valley association, and to support their many outreach programs through their annual giving campaign, click here.

WATCH: Alabama little person’s rare condition lets him SEE music as numbers … listen to the stunning results

  Jon Michael Ogletree of Hoover, Alabama, couldn't reach the piano pedals when he began playing at 3 years old and he can't reach them now, three decades later. Ogletree calls himself a "little person" and says his dwarfism has come with its share of challenges ... and unique blessings. "The outsider looking into my life might just say, 'Oh it's so sad, that little person, he can't reach the bread on the top of that aisle,'" said Ogletree. "Well, little do they know, that God, yes, he's withheld a lot from me, but he's swept in and provided so much in the process."     Ogletree's talking, in part, about a rare condition he says God gave him as a gift called Synesthesia -- a "perceptual phenomenon" in which people experience stimulation in one of their senses, such as hearing, and that triggers an automatic experience in a different sense, such as sight.    "When I hear a song, I actually see numbers," Ogletree said, whose day job is serving as the CFO for a government subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. "What I'm able to do with those numbers is go to the piano and decipher them and arrange them any way that I want." WATCH Ogletree tell his incredible story in this 8-minute video: https://youtu.be/DEgSpDVQY1o   Ogletree has played piano professionally since he booked his first wedding at age 7. He plays every week at the Country Club of Birmingham, he's a pianist at Mountain…

Sorry AL.com, there’s no ‘burning’ progressive movement in Alabama just because we rejected Roy Moore

It’s now been a week since the election of Doug Jones prompted Al.com’s editorial board to breathlessly declare that the “voice of justice” had spoken for a “burning movement” of “black voters, LGBT activists, women and young voters” who represent the future of our state. Their words crackled with confidence and jubilation because, in their minds, the progressive agenda had finally penetrated the Heart of Dixie. “Doug Jones's election is a moment of change, not only in Alabama, but for an America yearning for signs that these values matter in 2017,” the editorial board gushed. We get it. They were excited. But now that the euphoria has abated, it’s time for them to get back to reality and face the facts: Alabama was, is and will always be one of the most conservative states in the country. Look around. Has anything changed since Jones was elected? Are you seeing more rainbow flags flying in our communities? Did your neighbor trade-in his F-150 for a Prius? Have you suddenly started agreeing with John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire? No. No. And heck no. Only someone stuck in an echo chamber of liberalism would think Alabama embraced even a shred of the Democratic Party’s agenda simply because a majority of our voters rejected someone who many believe molested a 14-year old girl. Alabama didn’t elect Doug Jones. We un-elected the nominee of the Republican Party of Alabama. Big difference. Alabama is still an overwhelmingly conservative state, ranked fifth most conservative by Gallup earlier this…

Alabama schools move closer to banning paddling

[caption id="attachment_54260" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Simpsons (YouTube)[/caption]     Alabama teachers are one step closer to sparing the rod after the state’s local school board members recently voted to encourage policies that prohibit corporal punishment, also known as paddling. But does that mean they’re one step closer to spoiling the child? Almost every leading education and child psychology association says no, and that paddling actually makes behavior problems worse. Maybe. Some experts, especially Christian educators, say it all depends on why and how it’s administered and what’s trying to be achieved. Alabama law gives each school district the authority to decide its paddling policy, and the recent move is just a strong suggestion by the Alabama Association of School Boards to ban the practice. Critics, including Hoover city school board member Craig Kelley, point to the fact that Alabama is only one of about 15 states that allow paddling. That fact prompted Kelley to introduce the resolution at the association’s annual meeting earlier this month. Federal government data indicate that more than 100 school districts in Alabama paddled students in the 2013-2014 school year. In fact, paddling seems quite popular in some parts of the state. Conecuh County’s school system led the list by paddling 23 percent of its students – 27 percent of boys and 20 percent of girls. That’d probably make this guy teacher of the year in Evergreen: https://youtu.be/sKiLfH3DVGc Most Alabamians support discipline, maintaining well-ordered classrooms and teaching respect to the younger generation. And some of our…

Who really embarrasses Alabama: Roy Moore’s surrogate or smooth talking Doug Jones?

[caption id="attachment_54107" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (Screenshot/YouTube)[/caption]   By now many Alabamians have watched the campaign clip that had the rest of the country laughing at us for days: former Shelby County commissioner Ted Crockett’s interview last week with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Speaking on Moore’s behalf, Crockett said the judge “probably” believes homosexuality should be illegal and that Americans who aren’t Christian cannot serve in Congress because “you have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America.” In case you missed it, watch it here: https://youtu.be/WFYRkzznsc0 You probably cringed. You may have laughed. And you certainly said, “THIS is why people think Alabama is backward.” I did, too. But while watching Crockett’s clip again over the weekend I had another thought: Sure, this guy has a couple of things wrong but he isn’t what’s wrong with our country. He’s not the problem. He’s not what we’re fighting against. He’s not working to uproot our Founding and fundamentally change our culture. You know who is? Senator-elect Doug Jones. Think about it, who’s really more of an embarrassment to Alabama? -- A) The guy who doesn’t know that someone doesn't actually have to swear on a Bible to hold public office, or -- B) The guy who doesn’t understand it’s wrong to shoot poison into the heart of a seven-month-old unborn child, rip its little arms and legs from its body, and then toss its bloody and broken corpse into the garbage? In case you missed…