Month: April 2018

President Trump channels ‘Josey Wales and Ten Bears’ in negotiations with North Korea

Everything one needs to know about foreign policy can be learned by watching the three-minute negotiation scene between the Rebel outlaw and the Comanche chief in the film "The Outlaw Josey Wales." Wales offers both life ... and death ... with utmost sincerity, and because the outlaw is willing to die in battle, the warrior chief Ten Bears believes he is willing to live in peace. And so they live together, in peace. President Donald Trump's similar stance with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have yielded similar results. Here's why: (more…)

Annoyed by close talkers and sitters? UAB professor explains why

I’ve got a gripe and I recognize it’s not very nice considering it’s about people I sit next to … in a chapel … when I’m there to pray. Remember the “close-talker” in the show Seinfeld, who got right up in other people’s faces during conversations? Well, I’m about to go bananas about what I’ll call “close-sitters.” Almost every morning I spend about 15 minutes inside our church’s prayer chapel after I drop my kids off at school. I love starting my day in a bit of peace. I know the good Lord told us to love Him by loving others, but y’all, let me paint the scene and I think you’ll understand. (more…)

Before we condemn Tom Brokaw, we must stop. We must think.

American icons Bill Cosby and Tom Brokaw are in the headlines today, but one deserves to be there and the other probably does not. Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 14 years ago. Dozens of other women have made similar claims about the actor known as "America's Dad." Cosby, who once headlined NBC’s number one sitcom, certainly deserves the 30-year prison sentence he may receive. What he did is the very definition of “assault.” But before we judge "America's anchor," who once led NBC’s number one newscast, as guilty of sexual assault, we must stop. We must think. We must examine that word. We must examine the #MeToo movement, which is crucial in its importance … but which is dangerous if used cavalierly to ruin people. (more…)

Bizarro World: NYT reminds us that Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is a consistent conservative

The president has repeatedly insulted Alabama’s Jeff Sessions, calling him “weak” “disgraceful” and an “idiot” along with mockingly nicknaming him Mr. Magoo. To add injury to insults, many fair-weather conservatives have echoed these jeers or said nothing, failing to defend a man who has faithfully defended us and our values for decades. Oh well, at least the Gray Lady took a moment today to remind us that Sessions remains faithful to our movement and his word: Key excerpts from the New York Times: (more…)

#FakeRacism — Alabama cops were justified in Waffle House arrest

They're out here saying those white cops who arrested that black lady last weekend at the Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama were racists. Reality Check: When a cop places you under arrest and you do anything other than passively comply, you may wish for him to say, "Oh, you don't want to be arrested? My bad. I'll just leave now." But here's what will actually happen, every time, and like Michael Jackson sang, "it don't matter if you're black or white." https://youtu.be/a3eI5F-AUVw (more…)

Should Alabama let murderess, rapist Judith Ann Neelley out of prison next month?

Judith Ann Neelley has spent the last 32 years in an Alabama prison for helping her sicko husband kidnap and murder a 13-year old girl in 1982. They chained little Lisa Ann Millican to a bed in a dirty motel room in Scottsboro, raped and beat her repeatedly, injected drain cleaner into her neck in a botched murder attempt, before driving to the rim of Little River Canyon near Fort Payne where -- against her pleas to go home -- shot the girl in the back and tossed her body over the ledge. Next month Neelley will appear before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles and beg for her freedom. Should we set her free? (more…)

Conservatives must not throw morality into the garbage while defending the president

One glaring distinction between conservatism and liberalism is that conservatives believe there is usually a clear right and wrong on most social questions, or at the very least a more virtuous way to behave. One glaring similarity between Republicans and Democrats, it seems, is that it all depends upon who’s in power. Democrats who defended the credibly alleged infidelities of President Bill Clinton are now trashing President Donald Trump. Republicans who are now defending the credibly alleged infidelities of Trump once said Clinton’s serial adultery deemed him unworthy of the Oval Office. And each side twists themselves into rhetorical pretzels trying to justify their apparent hypocrisy. It’s saddening to watch. That’s why during times like these conservatives should remember why we’re in this fight — to advocate for ideas, not for individuals. As the psalmist wrote, “Put not your trust in princes ... in whom there is no help.” (more…)

The bigot went down to ‘Bama: Are racist opinions acceptable topics for discussion?

Regardless if you cheer, denounce or simply ignore the thoughts of self-described “race realist” Jared Taylor, the University of Alabama should be commended for its difficult decision to allow a student group to host a lecture by the provocative writer next week. Far too many of the Capstone’s sister institutions of higher learning have yielded in recent years to demands that they shield the eyes and ears (and therefore minds) of their students from controversial speakers. Alabamians have experience with this sort of thing, though, and we’ve learned that the best way to dispel racist thought is to drag it out into the light of day so all may see its true ugliness. (There’s a reason the Klan wore hoods and rallied at night, you know.) But still, are their some topics that simply don’t fit within the ever shifting “window” of acceptable speech? The answer is always ... no. (more…)