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  • Teen killed while trying to carjack motorist at Birmingham gas station, police say

    07/02/2015 10:27:30 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 110 replies
    Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Carol Robinson
    Authorities today released the identities of three people killed in two separate shootings just hours apart and on opposite ends of town Wednesday night. In the first shooting, 15-year-old Shamar Polk was shot to death at a Pinson Valley Parkway gas station, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. Police said the shooting happened after he and his friends were approaching customers at the Jet Pep with the intention of carjacking a vehiclePhoto: Facebook
  • BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion to Settle Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Claims

    07/02/2015 6:23:48 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 07/02/2015 | Ed Ballard
    LONDON— BP PLC has agreed to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, five years after the accident. “Five years ago we committed to restore the Gulf economy and environment and we have worked ever since to deliver on that promise,” said BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. “We have made significant progress, and with this agreement we provide a path to closure for BP and the Gulf. It resolves the company’s largest remaining legal exposures, provides clarity on costs and creates certainty of payment for all parties involved,”...
  • Mitch McConnell: This decision on gay marriage is the law of the land and there’s not much we can do

    07/01/2015 2:22:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Newsmax, skip to 4:20 for the key part. He’s not saying anything here that, say, Marco Rubio hasn’t but the McConnell endorsement surely cinches this among grassroots righties as the official RINO position. (Sorry, Marco!) Meekly submitting to the will of the Court isn’t what warriors do. Which raises the question: What should the GOP, as a party, do to resist?Should they encourage county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gays? That might work short-term, until other state officials can be found who’ll grant the licenses, but it’s likely to bring a lot of legal grief...
  • Mitch McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 11:59:35 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage: He was one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is...
  • Gov. John Kasich on Gay Marriage: ‘The Court Has Ruled, and It’s Time to Move On’

    06/29/2015 8:30:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 06/29/2015 | by Josh Feldman
    Lots of Republican candidates are really up in arms about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, and some are trying to fight back strongly against it. Mike Huckabee said states should outright reject it, while Ted Cruz proposed Supreme Court elections to push back against “judicial tyranny.” But on Face the Nation today, likely GOP candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich told John Dickerson, “I believe in traditional marriage, but the Supreme Court has ruled, it’s the law of the land, and we’ll abide by it.” He implored people to just “take a deep breath,” and said there are plenty...
  • McConnell:Gay Marriage Is 'Law of the Land' for Congress, Too'says there's not much Congress can do'

    07/01/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 131 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | c coren
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there's not much Congress can do in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. In an interview Tuesday night on Kentucky television station WDRB, McConnell restated that he still holds to the traditional view of marriage. "I’ve always felt that marriage is between one man and one woman and the Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land," the Kentucky Republican said. When he was asked if there is anything Congress can do, he answered: "I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well...
  • McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 7:29:05 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is little that...
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions says Alabama must 'ultimately follow the law' on same-sex ruling

    07/01/2015 8:45:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 47 replies
    AL.com ^ | 07/01/2015 | Mike Cason
    Sen. Jeff Sessions said today that Alabama will "ultimately have to follow the law" on the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, even though he strongly disagrees with it. Sessions was asked about the resistance by some judicial officials in Alabama to granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the court's 5-4 ruling that state bans on gay marriage violate the Constitution. Sessions did not say specifically how officials in Alabama should proceed. "Ultimately they'll have to follow the law," the senator said. "The question of what that means and exactly what that requires them to do, I guess they'll...
  • Alabama Store Making Their Own Confederate Flags After Supplier Caves to Race Baiters

    06/29/2015 4:10:59 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    On June 26, Alabama Flag & Banner began making Confederate flags in-house, after “a manufacturer decided to no longer supply Confederate flags to [the] business.”
  • 'Southern Lives Matter': Confederate flag supporters rally in Alabama

    Confederate flags returned to the cradle of the Confederacy on Saturday as hundreds of flag supporters arrived at Alabama's Capitol to protest the removal of four rebel flags from a Confederate monument next to the building where the Confederacy was formed. Standing at the bottom of the Capitol's steps, where 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. led a march for civil rights, Tim Steadman said it wasn't right to remove the flags. "Right now, this past week with everything that is going on, I feel very much like the Jews must have felt in the very beginning of the...
  • Alabama chief justice walks back remarks on same-sex marriage

    06/29/2015 2:14:48 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is walking back previous remarks implying that a new court order will delay same-sex marriages in the state for 25 days. Same-sex marriage advocates had argued that the order has no tangible effects thanks to a federal injunction.  In May, a federal judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional and stayed her opinion until the Supreme Court ruled on the issue. Moore initially told the Alabama Media Group that the state court's order Monday for a hearing within 25 days would effectively table Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing...
  • Roy Moore: Alabama judges cannot issue same-sex marriage licenses for 25 days

    06/29/2015 11:54:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    al.com ^ | 06/29/2015 | Juli Bennett
    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said the state supreme court today issued an order that effectively keeps probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days. Moore said in his view the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday ending the gay marriage ban is now stalled in Alabama. Parties have 25 days in which to contest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling before it becomes a mandate. "In that 25-day period that (U.S. Supreme Court) order is not in effect," Moore said. "The (Alabama Supreme Court order speaks for itself." One attorney, however, disagreed with the interpretation of...
  • Even Nathan Bedford Forrest could change: guest opinion

    06/29/2015 9:36:07 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Alabama ^ | June 29, 2015 | By John W. Davis
    On an incredibly hot day, a cool decision was made by the Governor of Alabama. He took down the Confederate flags flown on our capital grounds in Montgomery. This is a good thing. It is good because now our capital, and so symbolically our State, is more welcoming than before. The Governor took a stand for all the people of Alabama. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most of the soldiers of days gone by knew about as much about grand politics as soldiers of today. They would be content, I'm certain,to have their time and flag memorialized in a museum, not as a prop...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Effectively Nullify All Sides on Marriage

    06/28/2015 4:59:21 AM PDT · by tje · 175 replies
    10th Amendment Center ^ | May 23, 2015 | Shane Trejo
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 23, 2015) – This week, the Alabama state Senate passed a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage. Introduced by Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette), Senate Bill 377 (SB377) would end state issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage contracts as an alternative. It passed through the Alabama state Senate by a 22-3 margin on May 19. “When you invite the state into those matters of personal or religious import, it creates difficulties,” Sen. Albritton said about his bill in...
  • Alabama flag company begins Confederate flag production in-store, over 1,000 sold on first day

    06/27/2015 8:40:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | 06/26/15
    After the manufacturer decided to no longer supply Confederate flags to her business, Alabama Flag and Banner owner Belinda Kennedy decided to take matters into her own hands. Starting early Friday morning, Belinda and the employees at Alabama Flag and Banner began producing Confederate flags in-store using their own materials and equipment. And just as soon as they hit the machines, the orders came pouring in. "I feel like my responsibility to my customers is to fulfill their needs when they want it, and I had customers wanting it and I wasn't going to turn them away as I felt...
  • Birmingham teen tells it straight to U.S. Attorney General: 'We're taught young to hate the police'

    06/24/2015 8:24:54 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 6 replies
    Photo:Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com When U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with a group of Birmingham youth during her visit to Alabama today and asked them why it's difficult for the general public to empathize with police officers, 16-year-old Ramsay High School student Taylor Sellers gave it to her straight. "It starts in your household. When you come up, you automatically hate the police, I'm just going to tell you like it is,'' Sellers said. "Most likely somebody in your family went to jail, so they're like, "Man he went to jail for no reason,' so you already have this mindset that...
  • Senator Slams Obamatrade: "They Won The Vote, But Lost The Trust Of The American People"

    06/24/2015 1:10:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 06/24/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Senator Jeff Sessions will release this statement in response to Senate's vote to advance the fast-track trade bill: Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules. The same routine plays out over and again. We are told a massive bill must be passed, all the business lobbyists and leaders tell how grand it will be, but that it must...
  • Alabama Gov. Orders Removal Of All 4 Confederate Flags From State Capitol Grounds

    06/24/2015 10:54:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    News One ^ | 06/24/2015 | Christina Coleman
    All four Confederate flags posted at Alabama state Capitol’s Confederate memorial were removed Wednesday morning following a quiet order from the state’s governor, Robert Bentley (R).The Confederate battle flag was removed from the Capitol around 8:20 a.m. Gov. Bentley, who left the building a short while later, confirmed to inquiring reporters that he ordered the removal of the flags. AL.com reports: Asked his reasons for taking it down and if it included what happened in Charleston last week, the governor said, “Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues...
  • Alabama Gov. Bentley removes Confederate flags from Capitol grounds

    06/24/2015 8:50:37 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 50 replies
    AL.com ^ | 06/24/2015 | Charles Dean
    On the order of Gov. Robert Bentley, the Confederate battle flag which stands at the foot of the confederate memorial on the state Capitol grounds was taken down this morning. Two workers came out of the Capitol building about 8:20 a.m. and with no fanfare quickly and quietly took the flag down. They declined to answer questions. Moments later Gov. Bentley emerged from the Capitol on his way to an appearance in Hackleburg. Asked if he had ordered the flag taken down, the governor said, "Yes I did." Asked his reasons for taking it down and if it included what...
  • African-American Pro-Life Leaders Say Black Lives Matter, So They’re Protesting Abortion

    06/13/2015 9:43:53 PM PDT · by kathsua · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | Jun 10, 2015 | Christina Marie Bennett
    ‘Bloody Sunday’ is a moment forever etched in the history of the civil rights movement in America. What should have been a peaceful march for the rights of blacks to vote without hindrance became a gruesome scene of police brutality on display. Edmund Pettus Bridge - Selma Alabama State police force marchers to turn around at a March 1965 civil rights protest (Photo: Wikimedia) The images of police battering protestors on Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama gave the world a picture of the high price people would pay for human rights. With the widespread popularity of the Oscar-winning film...
  • CAFTA

    06/13/2015 6:58:07 AM PDT · by TNMOUTH · 132 replies
    6/13/2015 | tnmouth
    Maybe some of you FREEPERS who bash Cruz for supporting TPA and who hold Jeff Sessions up as being a new hero for Americans.... Can you tell me WHY he supported CAFTA? Doesn't CAFTA give back door access to illegal immigration? Doesn't this hurt the American worker? Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Jake Tapper Exasperated by Hillary Spokeswoman TPP Nonanswer Shuffle

    06/12/2015 7:57:12 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 12, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Could you just give me a straight answer? Like a simple yes or no? Please don't try to squirm your way out of it. You still won't answer? Aggghhh! Aggghhh! AGGGGHHHHHHH!!!! One could forgive Jake Tapper if he felt like channeling his inner Sam Kinison on CNN's The Lead today while he was trying to get a simple answer from Hillary Clinton spokeswoman, Karen Finney, on the subject of Hillary's position on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade bill in Congress. Tapper's very visible exasperation with Finney's nonanswers were  completely understandable as she continued her evasive shuffle on the topic all through...
  • Scott Walker Pushes Obamatrade On Eve Of Vote

    06/12/2015 12:50:18 AM PDT · by z taxman · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/11/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Washington, DC1031 Despite staying largely silent on the issue—he’s quietly supported it for weeks, but hasn’t said anything at all in quite a long time—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker crossed most conservatives by coming out in support of Obamatrade on Thursday evening in an interview with Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin. Walker, Bloomberg’s Halperin and John McCormick wrote, “expressed agreement with President Barack Obama on the pressing issue of fast-track trade legislation.” “Walker said he supports giving Obama the authority to submit trade agreements to Congress for an expedited, up-or-down vote without amendments,” they wrote, before quoting Walker himself. “If we don’t go...
  • Ted Cruz 2016 : Demands TPP Public Disclosure -- REFUSES Obama-Boehner-Ryan Secret TPP Treason !

    06/13/2015 3:29:58 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 139 replies
    Kuhner Radio Report ^ | 2015-06-13 | Patton@Bastogne
    . CLICK This LINK to HEAR the Entire Kuhner Radio Interview A Note to Conservatives on Trade Agreements Senator Cruz entirely understands the widespread suspicion of the President. Nobody has been more vocal in pointing out the President’s lawlessness or more passionate about fighting his usurpation of congressional authority. Senator Cruz would not and will not give President Obama one more inch of unrestricted power. There have been a lot of questions and concerns about 2the ongoing Pacific trade negotiations. Many of those concerns, fueled by the media, stem from confusion about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the proposed Trans-Pacific...
  • Sessions: ‘A Vote for TAA Next Week Is a Vote to Send Fast-Track to The President’s Desk’

    06/12/2015 5:41:46 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 94 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/ ^ | June 12,2015 | Breitbart News
    U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) warns: It appears there will be another attempt by Tuesday to force through new executive powers for President Obama. A vote for TAA next week is a vote to send fast-track to the President’s desk and to grant him these broad new executive authorities. If that happens, it will empower the President to form a Pacific Union encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economy and 12 nations—each with one equal vote. ... Fast-track will not only apply to the Pacific Union, but can expedite an unlimited number of yet-unseen international compacts for six years. There...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions: "We can't continue to keep passing massive pieces of legislation"

    06/12/2015 6:36:16 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    NewsRadio 1290 ^ | 12 Jun 15 | Sessions
    On Wednesday's Mark Levin Show: "We can't continue to keep passing massive pieces of legislations and laws we're required to live under without knowing what's in them. "John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and rest of Congress won't tell the American people what's in the fast track bill until it's passed and too late to take it back. By the time the fast track bill is passed, Congress will have unilaterally suspended the ability to amend it. "This isn't how a republic is supposed to function, with no consent of the governed. "
  • (2013) Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz)

    06/12/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 84 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • Cruz: TPA Doesn’t Give Obama More Power, Jeff Sessions ‘Not Accurate’ On TPP

    06/12/2015 12:41:58 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 295 replies
    Breitbard ^ | 06/12/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) “is not giving the president more authority” and that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is “not accurate” in some of his claims regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Friday’s broadcast of “The Kuhner Report” on Boston’s WRKO.Cruz argued that he had been the staunchest opponent of President Barack Obama in Congress. He then separated TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) and the TPP (the Trans-Pacific Partnership). He touched on TPA first, stating that “history has demonstrated, the only way to get a trade agreement adopted is with fast-track....
  • Jeff Sessions Issues Final 'Critical Alert': Obamatrade Just Like Amnesty, Obamacare

    06/11/2015 5:30:41 PM PDT · by xzins · 131 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Jun 2015 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Sessions’ final “critical alert,” one of several he’s issued throughout the Obamatrade process, shows House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)60% has been engaged in deception as he attempts to guide Obamatrade’s passage through the House. “Promoters of fast-track executive authority have relied on semantic obfuscation in an effort to deny the obvious: the President’s top priority is obtaining fast-track authority because he knows it will expand his powers and allow him to cement his legacy through the formation of a new political and economic union,” Sessions said. The authority granted in “Trade Promotion Authority” is authority...
  • Assault at ‘First Fridays’ under investigation, victim calls attack a ‘hate crime’

    06/11/2015 2:42:42 PM PDT · by walford · 41 replies
    WHNT TV Huntsville, AL ^ | June 8, 2015 | Catherine Awasthi
    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are investigating an assault that was reported during First Fridays in Florence.Investigators said 20 to 30 juveniles assaulted a Lauderdale County man and his 14-year-old son at Wilson Park on Friday, June 5.  According to the victim’s wife, who witnessed the attack, the group “was using slurs of race” while tasing her husband and beating him.“Randomly, they just him me in the back of the head,” said 14-year-old Brandon Dawes. “I didn’t think nothing of it at first because, well, I thought maybe somebody tripped or something.”Juli Dawes said her husband Kevin was trying to...
  • Sample ties listeria to Blue Bell's Alabama plant

    06/05/2015 12:26:41 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 25 replies
    Chron ^ | June 5, 2015 | By Mark Collette
    Timeline: The Blue Bell listeria outbreak The year started out strong for the beloved Texas ice cream chain. This year the store announced plans to move into Nevada – its 23rd state – due to popular demand and opened its fifth Houston-area distribution center. But the Brenham, Texas-based ice cream maker has now recalled all products after the brand was tied to a listeria outbreak that killed three in Kansas A private laboratory has linked a deadly form of listeria to a Blue Bell plant in Alabama, providing the first evidence that all three of the ice cream maker's production...
  • Legislation that would get Alabama out of the marriage license business dies

    06/04/2015 1:02:56 PM PDT · by Coronal · 11 replies
    Alabama Media Group ^ | June 3, 2015 | Erin Edgemon
    Legislation that would take the state of Alabama out of the business of issuing marriage licenses died in the House of Representatives committee today.
  • Corner stores turned EBT cards into cash for drugs, wired profit to Yemen

    06/03/2015 6:04:49 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 22 replies
    al.com ^ | 6/3/2015 | Carol Robinson
    A couple of steaks shoplifted at a Gardendale Walmart three months ago led to the biggest food stamp fraud investigation in Jefferson County's history, and launched 11 simultaneous raids this morning at convenience stores countywide. Led by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, teams of law enforcement officers met at 5 a.m. for a briefing and then fanned out across the county beginning at 6:50 a.m. The officers and agents were armed with 242 arrest warrants and plans to arrest 17 suspects. All 17 suspects were in custody by mid-morning, and investigators already today have filed for forfeiture and condemnation...
  • Alabama moves to do away with marriage licenses

    06/03/2015 7:13:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Assuming a pending bill in Alabama makes it all the way into law, we’re about to see an unusual test case in the marriage wars. Rather than arguing over the definition of marriage for the purposes of issuing licenses, the Heart of Dixie is moving to do away with marriage licenses entirely and replace them with contracts. Right now, if you want to get married you go to the courthouse and the probate judge gives you a marriage license.Attorney Jake Watson explains, “[SB377] does away with that and requires parties to enter into a contract and file it at...
  • Northern Alabama’s only abortion clinic fights to survive lawmakers' onslaught

    06/01/2015 4:39:27 PM PDT · by Morgana
    guardian.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Max Blau
    On a sweltering Saturday morning in Huntsville, Alabama, nearly two dozen protesters line up along Sparkman Drive, down the road from a dollar store, a car dealership and an assortment of churches. Motorists cruising down the four-lane road honk their horns at the gaggle of activists, who recite prayers through a megaphone and hold signs outside a nondescript beige building that would otherwise go unnoticed. “Well, of course, as an American I’m against killing,” says Huntsville resident George Barry, who says he has participated in local anti-abortion protests since the early 1980s, and today grasps a large yellow sign that...
  • Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Effectively Nullify All Sides on Marriage

    05/29/2015 6:48:25 AM PDT · by shove_it · 89 replies
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 23, 2015) – This week, the Alabama state Senate passed a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage. Introduced by Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette), Senate Bill 377 (SB377) would end state issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage contracts as an alternative. It passed through the Alabama state Senate by a 22-3 margin on May 19. “When you invite the state into those matters of personal or religious import, it creates difficulties,” Sen. Albritton said about his bill in...
  • New clues, questions in Natalee Holloway case

    05/28/2015 8:57:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Boyette
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Ten years after Natalee Holloway went missing, a Dutch citizen says he knows where to find her. Prosecutors, however, aren't buying it. Jurriën de Jong told CNN's Martin Savidge that the teen's body is buried in a crawl space at a Marriott vacation property in Aruba, and he believes he saw her in her final moments. De Jong says he was near Marriott's Aruba Surf Club, then under construction, on the night of May 30, 2005, when he saw a young man chase a young woman through the construction site. At first, he thought the two were being playful,...
  • U.S. Army Raising “Concerns” Over CMP Transfers

    05/24/2015 12:41:01 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 125 replies
    FPC Blog ^ | May 24, 2015 | Evan Gillespie
    U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) made headlines recently when he introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1735). The amendment allows for the transfer of surplus 1911A1 handguns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for sale to the general public. Last week, in response, the U.S. army released a white paper voicing “concern” over this amendment and claimed that there would be “potential negative impacts on public safety from the large amount of semi-automatic and concealable pistols that will be released for public purchase.” These concerns included the traceability of the firearms after sale, and...
  • SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS TO REPLACE FLAGS AT UNION SPRINGS

    05/22/2015 6:12:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 123 replies
    SCV Telegraph ^ | May 22, 2015
    SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS TO REPLACE FLAGS AT UNION SPRINGS Gary Carlyle, Commander of the Alabama Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, announced today that at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 23rd, the SCV will replace the memorial flags which were recently removed from a Confederate cemetery in Union Springs, Alabama by an individual in that town. In a statement, Carlyle said that he wished to thank Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. and the City Council of Union Springs for working together with the Sons of Confederate Veterans on the restoration project. "The Mayor and the Council have...
  • CCHS graduate’s powerful prayer brings cheers during medical emergency

    05/22/2015 8:37:00 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 7 replies
    Trussville Tribune ^ | 5/21/2015 | Scott Buttram
    When the Clay-Chalkville High School graduation ceremony stopped briefly for a medical emergency in the stands, graduate Christian Crawford spontaneously took to the microphone to pray for the person receiving treatment. Crawford told the crowd that he didn’t know what was going on, but he wanted to pray. The young man’s powerful prayer brought cheers from the crowd on hand. The ceremony resumed shortly after the prayer. Check out the video below to see Crawford’s prayer.
  • United No Longer: Alabama factory votes for fifth time to decertify union

    05/20/2015 2:37:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/20/15 | Bill McMorris
    Alabama factory workers voted for the fifth time in two years to break ties with the UAW on Tuesday.Workers at NTN-Bower voted 74-52 to boot the union off the premises of the manufacturer, making it the third time anti-union employees have beaten UAW Local 1990 in the last 18 months.Local 1990 did not respond to request for comment.Union opponents have received legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation throughout the process. NRTW spokesman Patrick Semmens said the fifth vote should settle any doubts about the will of the workers.“Once again, employees at the Hamilton NTN-Bower plant...
  • 20 Republicans Who Joined Pelosi Refuse To Condemn That She Called Republicans ..‘Un-American’

    05/19/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 May 2015 | Edwin Mora
    All 20 Republican lawmakers who voted against an amendment that prevents illegals from enlisting in the U.S. military refused to answer questions from Breitbart News regarding the expedited citizenship most illegals would have been eligible for once they joined the armed forces. They also each refused to answer whether they agree with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling their Republican colleagues who voted for the amendment “xenophobic” and “un-American.” That means that for now, the 20 Republicans who defected and joined Democrats in opposing the amendment are allowing Pelosi’s comments to remain unchallenged. ... There is a core...
  • Tim Cook on meeting George Wallace as teen: 'It felt wrong, like I was selling a piece of my soul'

    05/17/2015 9:36:42 PM PDT · by boycott · 60 replies
    AL.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Crystal Bonvillian
    Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook had some choice words on Sunday about meeting former Alabama Gov. George Wallace when he was a teenager. Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, spoke of Wallace during a commencement address he gave at George Washington University. According to Business Insider, the Robertsdale native told the graduating class an anecdote about visiting Washington, D.C., as a 16-year-old who had won an essay contest at school. Before leaving for D.C., Cook had the chance to go to Montgomery and meet Wallace, who was notorious for his opposition to racial...
  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/17/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Ronald Nelson from Memphis, Tennessee, is a senior at Houston High School. He was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools--that's Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, and UPenn--along with Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Vanderbilt, among a few other schools. While any of these schools are fantastic options, Nelson made headlines for another reason: he turned them all down. Nelson will be attending the University of Alabama this fall, as a member of the school's honors program.While it may seem shocking that a student would turn down a prestigious university for a state school, Nelson actually showed impressive maturity...
  • Removal of Confederate flags from cemetery sparks controversy [Alabama]

    05/16/2015 1:32:34 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 270 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | May 16, 2015 | Lindsey Rogers
    A prominent attorney admits to taking flags from the graves of soldiers, a move that's sparked both positive reaction and calls for him to be arrested and disbarred. He's also received death threats and hate mail. The lawyer says his actions are meant to promote unity. A bag of small Confederate flags sits at Union Springs City Hall. They were removed from graves at an old Confederate cemetery downtown, behind the Red Door Theater, near the intersection of Highway 82 and North Prairie Street. Myron Penn pulled up the flags with his family on Mother's Day. Penn, a founding partner...
  • Senator Sessions on the Debate Walker Started on Immigration

    05/11/2015 11:41:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Jim Geraghty has a piece on the home page today about how Jeff Sessions got Scott Walker’s ear on immigration. Here is a further statement from Sessions on the debate: >>>>Any political party that wants to win needs to demonstrate that it is willing to go to bat for working Americans. Perhaps no issue more divides a small handful of elites in Washington, D.C. from the American people than the issue of immigration. The idea that immigration should be increased beyond any level ever recorded — without any discussion of its social or economic impact — is not mainstream, but...
  • Coulter Hammers First Lady For "Letting Out Her Reverend Wright"

    05/12/2015 4:03:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 12,2015 | Jeff Poor
    On Monday's broadcast of "Hannity" on the Fox News Channel, conservative commentator Ann Coulter reacted to first lady Michelle Obama's remarks at Tuskegee University in Alabama over the weekend, which Obama said as being the first black first lady she faced "fear" and "misperceptions."
  • Walker Adopts Session’s Hard Line on Immigration, Dividing Himself from the Rest of the Field

    05/11/2015 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the all-but-declared Republican presidential candidate currently leading the polls in Iowa, sounds more like Alabama senator Jeff Sessions when he discusses immigration issues these days. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal-immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages,” Walker told Glenn Beck on April 20. “It is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today, is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that to...
  • Autauga Co. substitute teacher shortage linked to Obamacare

    05/07/2015 4:51:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX6 WBRC TV ^ | May 7, 2015 | By Hannah Lane
    ... Since January, there has been a shortage of subs in Autauga County, which leaders say is a first for the school system. The shortage means students may be disbursed and placed in another class for the day or teachers take turns during their planning period. Superintendent Spence Agee says the shortage is due to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The law requires large employers to provide insurance for employees working more than 30 hours a week. Due to the requirement, the schools have had to cut back on substitutes' hours, only allowing them to work three...