• Who Are the Nine People Who Sit on Our State Supreme Court?

    Who Are the Nine People Who Sit on Our State Supreme Court?
    This week allow me to share with you a sketch of the men and women who sit on our State Supreme Court. These nine Justices are all Republican, all conservative on both social and business issues. All are very devout in their faith and very connected to their church and their family. Chief Justice Tom Parker has been on the State Supreme Court since 2005. He was born and raised in Montgomery and...
  • 'TOP' MEANS STOP!!

    'TOP' MEANS STOP!!
    I find it funny how no matter where you are, people insist the folks from either their home state are the worst drivers in the world or they like to say all people from another area are the worst. “I’ve driven in New Jersey and man, they are the worst.” A Jersey guy will say, “I’m never going back to the south because those dang southerners can’t drive.” I love to hear the...
  • The Freedom to Use Fossil Fuels

    The Freedom to Use Fossil Fuels
    The Biden Administration seems intent on renewing the war against fossil fuels to combat global warming. Before going down this path, I hope Americans will consider Alex Epstein’s argument in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. A moral argument requires a standard of value and Mr. Epstein’s is human life. As he explains, “I think that our fossil fuel use so far has been a moral choice because...
  • The Fly High Fields

    The Fly High Fields
    The Alabama Gazette's Sports Writer, Stan Hurst, is on temporary hiatus. We look forward to hearing from him again in upcoming issues. In the meantime, we were fortunate to have a great article sent in for this space. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another. The cruel disease brings fear, worry, and...
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  • Tears & Laughter -Growing Tomatoes & Thumping Watermelons

    Tears & Laughter -Growing Tomatoes & Thumping Watermelons
    By this time of the year, gardeners have already tilled their ground and formed their rows. They have sown seeds that by now sprouting and growing. The watching and waiting has begun. I like people who garden. There is a realness about them I appreciate. A lack of pretentiousness. I am from people who garden. They were good at it. If I look back at census records of my old family, they were...
  • Summiting Mount Everest: It Takes A Team To Reach Your Goals

    Summiting Mount Everest: It Takes A Team To Reach Your Goals
    At 29,035 feet, Mount Everest is one of the most inhospitable places on earth. Everest is very remote and the altitude incapacitates all but the hardiest and most experienced climbers. On top of that the weather is ruthlessly unforgiving and extreme. Because Everest is the highest mountain in the world, many have tried to summit the great peak. Between 1920 and 1952, seven major expeditions tried...
  • State Supreme Court often forgotten in Alabama

    State Supreme Court often forgotten in Alabama
    Our 1901 Alabama Constitution replicates the United States Constitution in designing a triumvirate of government. The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches are designed to have separate and essentially equal powers. Although, ideally, the three branches should be exclusive, over the course of history in both our state and national governments the Executive and Legislative Branches have...
  • Retiring Single: 5 Strategies to Consider

    Retiring Single: 5 Strategies to Consider
    Planning on retiring single? You aren’t alone. Nearly 22 million Americans age 65 and older were unmarried in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, representing 41.5% of those in that age category. And for women, it’s more likely to be the case. According to the Administration on Aging, 54% of older women are unmarried, as compared to 30% of older men. “Retirement planning can be...
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  • Remembering the Bay of Pigs and Its Aftermath

    Remembering the Bay of Pigs and Its Aftermath
    When great powers stump their toe on foreign policy, the initial pain, though slight, often causes loss of focus, a stumble, and sometimes a more serious accident. Sixty years ago, the United States sponsored an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba, and the colossal failure ultimately damaged our nation’s reputation, emboldened our enemies, worried our allies, and clouded our vision of proper...
  • "Living with Purpose"

    "Living with Purpose"
    Living with purpose is the best way to plug into God's greatest plan for your life. And, once you know your purpose, there is so much more meaning to life. It may sound simplistic, but I believe it to be true. "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 Jesus helps us look beyond ourselves...
  • Joe Biden's Plan Not About Infrastructure but Big Government Control

    Joe Biden's Plan Not About Infrastructure but Big Government Control
    Joe Biden’ Infrastructure Plan is not about Infrastructure but about a radical transformation of the entire American economy. This is what the world’s elites like to call “The Great Reset.” Joe Biden campaigned and was elected as a good ole moderate Democrat. He pledged repeatedly to work across party lines and reach a consensus on issues that all Americans regardless of party...
  • Honoring our Heroes ~ Memorial Day ~ May 31st

    Honoring our Heroes ~ Memorial Day ~ May 31st
    Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. The same...
  • Dangerous Vaccines

    Dangerous Vaccines
    On January 5 of this year, baseball legend Henry Aaron received his COVID-19 vaccine and then promptly tweeted that Coronavirus vaccinations are safe and that all black Americans should get the shots: “I was proud to get the COVID-19 vaccine earlier today at Morehouse School of Medicine. I hope you do the same!” Two and a half weeks later, on January 22, Aaron passed away. Some people suspect...
  • Clement L. Vallandigham: A Victim of Lincoln's Regime

    Clement L. Vallandigham: A Victim of Lincoln's Regime
    We observe many modern instances of government overreach. A look at Abe Lincoln’s regime will echo much of what we now witness – Clement Laird Vallandigham’s case is an example. [Denied free speech & habeas corpus rights.] Vallandigham, born in 1820 in New Lisbon, Ohio, was educated at New Lisbon Academy and Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He built a respected law...
  • Christos Anesti! – i.e. "Christ is Risen!"

    Christos Anesti! – i.e. "Christ is Risen!"
    Or perhaps “Cheese-toast [sic] Anesti!” to fans who recall actor John Corbett’s poor attempt at psittacism in the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding as “Ian Miller.” A few Greeks found the movie a little ‘insulting’ or ‘too stereotypical’ but I’m not among them. I find it healthy to laugh at oneself when apropos and even savour the idiosyncratic characteristics embedded in...
  • What's in a Name?

    What's in a Name?
    There has been much debate lately about how we name public buildings and whether we should remove some names because of long ago actions that no longer conform to contemporary societal practices. Public buildings are always tricky to name as evidenced by the fact that just a couple of years ago, the University of Alabama Law School was named after Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. in acknowledgment of a very...
  • "Weeds of Life"

    "Weeds of Life"
    The beautiful sights of Spring are beginning to show out. Buttercup, tulips, and many other flowering delights are starting to bloom. Such beauty! For those of us who enjoy gardening, sometimes life happens and maybe we are just not able to tend to our gardens for a while. Unfortunately, when this happens, weeds grow…and lots of them! If you think about it, the weeds, much like things in life,...
  • Tornadoes Devastate Alabama in March

    Tornadoes Devastate Alabama in March
    While we are aware in the Deep South of the possibilities of tornadoes during our erratic spring weather, we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Unfortunately, this March plagued Alabama with numerous tornadoes. Any loss of life is tragic, but the number of deaths in light of the catastrophic damage during these outbreaks was minimal. Television meteorologists and weather personnel...
  • The Double Standard has Completely Destroyed America's Trust in the Media

    The Double Standard has Completely Destroyed America's Trust in the Media
    When completely unfounded and unverified accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Cavanagh came out of the blue, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other leading Democrats screamed, “They must be believed.” The left demanded an FBI investigation into decades old allegations. They held up the confirmation hearings from proceeding. They made speeches on the record from the...
  • Tears & Laughter - What is the Significance of Alabama History in 2021?

    Tears & Laughter - What is the Significance of Alabama History in 2021?
    Sometimes, when I am in Montgomery, I make it a point to go out and have lunch with Hank and Audrey. Usually, I take fried chicken. They don’t ever say too much, and neither do I really. Nobody sings. If you are there and hear lonesome music, it’s probably only in your head … or maybe your heart. I go, I guess, for the silence, or the solace. It is a feeling. There is an energy there. Or...
  • Tax Filing Headaches

    Tax Filing Headaches
    2021 Federal Tax Deadline ... due by May 17 to avoid interest and penalties. Once again, it is time for all Americans to endure the annual ritual of filing and paying their income taxes. Every year, it seems to become more time consuming and more problematic. Last year, the IRS published some new schedules to go with the form 1040 and its numerous schedules. However, they did not replace or...
  • Real Men Played Softball

    Real Men Played Softball
    The Alabama Gazette’s Sports Writer, Stan Hurst, had to take the month off. We look forward to hearing from him again in upcoming issues. In the meantime, we were fortunate to have a great article sent in for this space. Contributed by Kim Evans Slow-pitch softball was extremely popular during the 1970s and 80s, and in 1977, with the opening of Lagoon Park, a state of the art complex,...
  • How Our Politburo Puts the AU in FrAUd

    How Our Politburo Puts the AU in FrAUd
    Column readers these past dozen years will recall AU administration frequently begs attention. Distortion of this once grand institution into another corrupt arm of the Lowder-Hubbard graft machine is well documented. Hope recent imprisonment of Felon Hubbard (further dashed by a suspiciously reduced sentence) would induce a renaissance at Auburn University seems foolhardy upon closer observation...
  • Honoring a Young Life Lost to Cancer

    Honoring a Young Life Lost to Cancer
    Kristin Michelle Brown ~ age 32, succumbed to cancer Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Cancer is such a nasty word. It’s ugly. It’s unforgiving. It’s devastating. In my 51 years, I’ve been grateful to never have to experience the loss of a loved one to cancer. I’ve never faced the death of a close friend, and certainly not at such a young age. While working on this issue of the Alabama Gazette, I...
  • Gambling ~ Good Public Policy or Pandemic?

    Gambling ~ Good Public Policy or Pandemic?
    In March of 1999, my phone rang and it was General Charlie Condon, the Attorney General for the State of South Carolina. I was the newly installed President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama as of January 1999. He gave me a strong sober warning about the future plague consuming our state, if we legalized gambling. His warning in that conversation will never be forgotten and I wanted to share...
  • Estate Planning – Death of a Spouse

    Estate Planning – Death of a Spouse
    My husband died and while most everything was in both of our names there is one financial account with about $15,000.00 in it. How can I get to it since I am the primary beneficiary under his Will? Most often on the first death of a spouse if everything has been tied together during life it is unnecessary to probate following the first death. When doing your estate plan it is important to think...
  • Dorothy Alice Mariah Adams and Nelson Straub Bean, Jr.

    Dorothy Alice Mariah Adams and Nelson Straub Bean, Jr.
    Spring is in the air and the bride's bouquet is...
  • Capitalism and Inequality Dealing with Scammers

    Capitalism and Inequality Dealing with Scammers
    Inequality is one of America’s most contentious issues. According to a popular narrative, higher taxes on the rich are needed to control growing inequality. New research from the Johnson Center offers a different perspective. My colleagues G.P. Manish and Steve Miller have edited a new book titled Capitalism and Inequality: The Role of State and Market. The volume features contributions from...
  • Back in the Air!

    Back in the Air!
    I have to admit. Since my last Robservation, my attention has not been so much on what is going on around the country but clearly focused elsewhere. Perhaps that is a good thing. I did watch President Biden’s pratfall going up the stairs to Air Force One and actually felt sorry for the man – yet again. For anyone watching with an objective, unbiased mind, the man is most definitely not in the...
  • Abraham Lincoln's Reason for War

    Abraham Lincoln's Reason for War
    Abe Lincoln was determined to keep the Union together and deny Southern Independence. Although antithetical to the creation of these united States, the “unbreakable union myth” was supported by some in Lincoln’s era as it is now; however, there is more to the story. Lincoln stated the pivotal reason for war in his First Inaugural Address of Monday, March 4, 1861: “The power confided to me...
  • 3 Simple Steps To Discover Who God Created You To Be

    3 Simple Steps To Discover Who God Created You To Be
    Would you take 3 simple steps to discover who God created you to be? Sounds too easy? Maybe. Maybe not. Try taking the steps and see for yourself! I learned these 3 steps and started trying to practice them years ago when I first read a little book by John Maxwell entitled, Think On These Things. I share them now with you. Step 1: Discover Your Potential I love the story of a young farm boy whose...
  • 2022 Will be Big Year for Alabama Politics

    2022 Will be Big Year for Alabama Politics
    All signs point to a Titanic political year in 2022. In fact, as I look back over the last six decades of my observations of Alabama politics, next year may be the most momentous. Most states elect their governors and legislators in presidential years. However, in the Heart of Dixie, we have our big election year in non-presidential years. Not only will we elect our governor to a four-year term,...
  • We're Hiring

    We're Hiring
    The Alabama Gazette is now hiring for full and part-time positions! Set your own earning limits! Perfect opportunity for those with sales experience, but we will train. Earn a great commission with offerings of incentives for goals met. Support staff and office space available as needed. Other in-office positions considered based on experience. Alabama Gazette Publishing, LLC, has been in...
  • The First Amendment and Lincoln's Regime

    The First Amendment and Lincoln's Regime
    “Freedom of speech and freedom of the press, precious relics of former history, must not be construed too largely.” – William T. Sherman The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the...
  • The Biden Regime

    The Biden Regime
    After winning the greatest scam election in history, Joe Biden and his comrades are wasting no time in their crusade to wreck the world’s greatest nation. Right off the bat on his very first day, vindictive Joe signed 15 executive orders to undo Donald Trump’s actions to save our republic. Of course, dozens of additional executive actions are being added to these. With an effective majority...
  • That Smell: more 'gas tax' Goat Hill methane to build prisons…

    That Smell: more 'gas tax' Goat Hill methane to build prisons…
    Some may recall my 2019 column on Gov. Ivey’s new and improved ACCA, BCA, et al bulldozer tactics deployed where Goat Hill legislators ‘passed the gas’ tax to fuel a more over-built/unsustainable road system in Alabama. That familiar Goat flatulence odor is again in the air to build prisons. No doubt our low class, high-end political prostitutes (Armistead to Waggoner type ‘Hubbard...
  • Tears & Laughter: The Beauty of Alabama Dirt

    Tears & Laughter: The Beauty of Alabama Dirt
    Alabama has delivered into the world many an eccentric personalities, one of those being the late Eugene Walter – an entertainer, writer, and chef who engaged in so many varied activities he was known as “Mobile’s Renaissance Man.” He grew up in old Mobile, back when women would dress-up in their finest attire – wear heels and put on lipstick – just to go shopping downtown on Saturday...
  • Southern Gardening - Potpourri for March

    Southern Gardening - Potpourri for March
    I remember the old saying that if one does not have a lot to do someone would suggest, just go fly a kite. With all the social lockdowns and quarantining, flying a kite might be a good idea. Of course, kite flying takes place in the great outdoors and the month of March should have plenty of breezes to let it soar to the heavens. And why stop at just one kite, get your children and your...
  • Picking A U.S. Senator – Proven Tried Tested

    Picking A U.S. Senator – Proven Tried Tested
    Years ago, in my manufacturing days at Giles Enterprises, we used the term “Flash Point” to describe when a chicken frying machine system would collapse, and the shortening exploded into a raging fire. In order to obtain an Underwriters Laboratories Certification (UL), we had to make sure that each fryer had the adequate infrastructure, dual thermostats; warning signals and much more to make...
  • Liberty of Conscience Didn't Come Easy

    Liberty of Conscience Didn't Come Easy
    We take freedom of conscience for granted, but, 500 years ago, accepting and practicing beliefs outside of the mainstream was deadly. The 1521 Diet of Worms was a legislative gathering held in Worms (one of the oldest cities in Europe) to consider Martin Luther’s theology. The stakes were extraordinarily high as Luther, a mere monk, parried with the leading Roman Catholic scholars of his day....
  • Has There been an Interesting Supreme Court Case Recently?

    Has There been an Interesting Supreme Court Case Recently?
    Yes, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion on November 25, 2020 that I found interesting involving the apparent suppression of in person worship. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York sought injunctive relief against New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo (ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK v. ANDREW M. CUOMO, GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK). Though Cuomo claims to be Roman...
  • Do You have Questions about Lent, Easter & Other Churchy Words?

    Do You have Questions about Lent, Easter & Other Churchy Words?
    Ash Wednesday. Lent. Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter. The Season of Lent and Easter are full of strange names and words that many people do not understand. I have found that a great many people do not know the meaning and significance of these “Churchy” words and Holidays in the Season of Lent and Easter. In fact, most people probably don’t know that the word “holiday”...
  • Dealing with Scammers

    Dealing with Scammers
    Every society must protect against those who would use violence to steal from others. After controlling criminals, swindlers become a major fear and motivates many government regulations. Yet regulations against fraud allow far worse swindling than markets. Swindling is always wrong, but most people learn to avoid pedestrian scams like the email from an exiled prince seeking to transfer millions...
  • Crawl by Faith

    Crawl by Faith
    Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Have you read the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11? It honors a diverse list of ordinary people who pleased God. By what amazing feat did they please the Creator of heaven and earth? The answer is simple…by faith. While reading through this list, I was reminded His word is alive. Because...
  • Court Packing: A Death Sentence for Democracy

    Court Packing: A Death Sentence for Democracy
    In 1948, Winston Churchill warned that if we do not learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it. The United States has had a nine member Supreme Court for 150 years and it has served us well. Court Packing does not mean that the President replaces current Justices who retire or die. Court Packing means that the President and a Liberal Legislature adds seats to the Supreme Court until they...
  • Blue Skies and Black Masks

    Blue Skies and Black Masks
    Before I get started, this has been an interesting time for yours truly. In September 2018, I had rotator cuff surgery here in Montgomery. It didn’t go so well. Then I had another. Same thing only worse. Then I went to Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham and met a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Benton Emblom. Let’s just say he fixed the previous problems and did what was told to me could not be...
  • Benefactor or Ideologue

    Benefactor or Ideologue
    Over the years, I have discussed my observations and concepts of the two different roles or routes taken by a U.S. Senator or Congressman during their tenure in Washington. One clearly chooses one of two postures in their representation of you in Washington. Our delegates in D.C. are either benefactors or ideologues. The role of benefactor is much better for any state, especially Alabama. This...
  • A Babbit World

    A Babbit World
    The January 6 Capitol riot was a despicable display of anger and ignorance. For many it was also an orchestrated attempt to further demean and neuter Trump and his 75-million-plus supporters. A perfectly timed distraction ceased the roll call certification and challenge of states, which contested not only errors but more importantly the outright alleged fraud (via mail in ballots, voter machine...
  • Will Student Loans be Forgiven?

    Will Student Loans be Forgiven?
    November’s elections imply we will likely see some Federal student loans forgiven. Current student debt levels reflect the morphing of a reasonable program. Loan forgiveness may produce significant changes for higher education. President-elect Joe Biden has indicated a willingness to forgive $10,000 in loans per borrower via executive order. A Democratic Senate will likely result in...
  • Those Who Make Peaceful Divorce Impossible Will Make Domestic Violence Inevitable

    Those Who Make Peaceful Divorce Impossible Will Make Domestic Violence Inevitable
    I ask forgiveness from any reader who recalls JFK’s famous 1962 quote, but paraphrasing seemed apropos after comments on last month’s column addressing ‘peaceful transfers of power’ bantered about by mass media, politburo members and pundits. I’ve wondered what my parents thought when hearing, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,”...
18 May 2021

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