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4 November 2017
A Privilege To Attend JFK LANCER Annual Convention In Dallas
A special thanks to Tom Jones and Debra Conway
I was in grade school when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. I was barely a teenager when I visited his gravesite at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. As an adult, I was very lucky one year to be an invited guest at the JFK LANCER annual convention in Dallas, Tx., where thousands gather each year to investigate the assassination and commemorate a fallen President.
It was then that I got to tour Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination. The sense of history was palatable - you can actually feel it in the air as you stand outside the School Book Depository, look across the plaza to the “grassy knoll” and to the concrete pedestal where Abraham Zapruder stood when he shot the now famous Zapruder Film of the assassination with his 8mm camera. A few feet away, in the roadway, a big black X marks the spot of the presidential motorcade, the moment Kennedy was shot.
The 6th floor of the School Book Depository has been turned into a museum where visitors can view a history of the shooting along with background on the many people and items associated with the assassination and it’s investigation. The area around the window dubbed, “The Sniper’s Nest” where Oswald is said to have fired the shots is re-created as it was that day in November in 1963.
The convention itself was an adventure. There were lectures for every variety of “enthusiast.” From the casually interested to the hardcore investigator, there was something there for everyone.
My favorite part... hanging out in the hotel bar which had a flavor all it’s own. The bar had been regularly used as a set for the filming of Chuck Norris’ television show, “Walker, Texas Ranger.” It had character.
On the nights I was there, it was filled with a variety of personalities. Some were loud - both in tone and attire. Some were quiet and common in appearance. As an observer, it was an interesting exercise trying to determine which one (or how many of them) was a government spook. I know there were at least two....
25 October 2017
It's Been A While
Life has a habit of getting in the way and suddenly you find yourself sidetracked.
There have been several recent deaths locally that have effected many people's lives in our community. Quite literally, hundreds of people both family and friend have been in a state of mourning over the recent loss of several of our county's local citizens.
On a personal level a couple of family friends recently passed – and we lost a family member who was interned October 21st.
Instead of having our annual Halloween Party this year, we had a funeral.
Particular to me, today marks 31 years since my mother's passing.
We miss them all dearly, and pray for comfort and happier days ahead for the friends and family of all the recently departed.
17 October 17
Moving Things Around
I'm taking the time to rearrange and delete a few pages from the website.
Everything related to Kent Hovind and Johnny Andrews has been moved to the All Things Kent Hovind page.
Everything related to the Cooperative District has been moved to the Cooperative District page.
This should make things easier to find - and perhaps cut down on bandwidth so we can stay online each month.
24 September 2017
Boycott Is Now On
The NFL's insistence on first allowing, and now encouraging, protests during our nation's National Anthem has reached an unprecedented level of stupidity.
These underprivileged multimillionaire protesters have every right to do so - off the football field.
This is not a racial thing - although the Left, ESPN, and our Leftist media are doing all they can to make it so.
It is, however, about showing respect for our country, those who protect it, and those who have died protecting our freedom.
By protesting during the National Anthem, these morons are showing utter disrespect for the gallant men and women who have fought, and died, in order to preserve the very right they have chosen to abuse.
If they want to protest police brutality, as they claim, they have every right to do so in front of a Police Station. Not during our National Anthem at a football game.
I was upset when the League allowed players to protest, but this weekend they crossed the line by now encourage it.
It's sad that I will no longer be able to root for the Falcons or the Saints, where several of our players from Alabama have gone, but I will not watch another National Football League game or any sport in which the players are allowed to protest during our National Anthem.
For those interested in NFL players, check out these websites.
Players who have had run-ins with the law (a bunch of them): NFL Arrests
How much these "protesters" are being paid while ruining football: Overthecap.com
2 July 2017
A New Livestock Arena
Mr. Tim Covin, who seems to be everywhere doing everything, has come before the County Commission to propose the creation of a new facility in Evergreen to hold livestock and equestrian events for 4-H youth and other participants.
Covin says he's obtained a commitment from the Conecuh County Board of Education for a parcel of land near Evergreen Elementary School off U.S. 31 on the south side of Evergreen.
He proposes that branches of local government and interested people work together to build the facility which he estimates would cost about $250,000.
Personally, I've never known much about livestock. I wasn't raised around them and never took much interest. About all I knew was I didn't want to stand downwind. But over the years I've come to understand just how important the raising of cattle, horses, and other livestock is to the culture and history of Conecuh County.
I remember the old stockyard near Sparta Academy, and the horse arena in Lyeffion. Places like that mean much more to “who we are” as a culture and a people than I ever understood in my youth.
We need a new facility such as the one Tim Covin is proposing – and we need it for more reasons than just “some place to generate revenue.” We need it because it represents a basic building block of heritage and tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next. A heritage and tradition we are on the verge of losing if action isn't taken.
I don't have much, but I'm good for a $25 donation.
A meeting to discuss plans to build this new facility is scheduled for Monday, July 10th at 1 p.m., in the Commission meeting room at the courthouse. Representatives of local government will be there and members of the general public are encouraged to attend.
27 June 2017
Ignorance Is Bliss - Or Is It Just Ignorance?
There are times where what I see going on around me becomes overwhelming - and I just need time to get my... thoughts straight. What's taking place in our world is unprecedented in my lifetime.
If you don't know about something, then you won't be worried about it. But you also won't understand why you got ran over by a Mac truck - if you don't know what a Mac truck is.
What's taking place in our community, our state, or nation, and around the world today is beyond belief.
Corruption, collusion, greed for power and money, a general lack of civility, seems to have become the norm - and like sheep, we sit around and graze and act as if Rome isn't burning simply because it hasn't landed in our front yard... yet.
Things are so screwed up I can't find a place to start because the more I look, the deeper the Rabbit Hole goes.
24 May 2017
DNC Staffer Story Gone Viral
The story about Seth Rich possibly being the source of the DNC email leaks has gone viral with the media establishment doing all it can to discredit and kill the story. Outlets such as CNN and The Washington Post have gone out of their way to discredit the story calling it a Conspiracy Theory and smear the credibility of anyone associated with it. Even prominent DNC staffers have tried to interfere with any media investigation into the death of Seth Rich.
Solving this case, no matter where it may lead, has become a matter of national security due to it's potential involvement with the leaked DNC emails. We can't trust the politics in Washington - and we can't trust the media to tell us the truth.
But there is one group out there that appears to want answers, and that group is known as Judicial Watch.
16 May 2017
Squirrel!! Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain
In case you haven't noticed, Mainstream Media is again attacking Trump with false accusations and attempting to steer Congress and Public Opinion towards the conclusion he's either incompetent - or a Master Spy for the Russians hell-bent on the destruction of the Universe.
Their hysteria is comical - and purposely happening now to distract the public from two news stories that will devastate their false narrative and their endless vilification of our President.
The Russians Did Not Do It!
The first - and most important - is the Russians did not hack the Democratic National Committee then turn their emails over to WikiLeaks, which is the foundation of their narrative that the Russians are behind everything, including turning the neighbor's pool yellow.
In an article below, on 17 December 2016, I said that it wasn't the Russians that hacked the DNC emails, it was a Democratic operative who had turned them over to WikiLeaks.
His name was Seth Rich, a 27-year old who worked for the DNC. Shortly after turning over 44,000 emails to WikiLeaks he was found dead on a D.C. sidewalk at 4 a.m. - the alleged victim of a botched robbery - since nothing was apparently stolen.
Rich's family is in denial. What parent would want to learn their son was responsible for the "crime of the century" and murdered because of it? The family's "spokesman" is a DNC "crisis management" insider who spends a lot of time on CNN denying Seth Rich was the leak at DNC headquarters, and even suggested the Russians may have killed Seth Rich!
However, according to a FOX news report, a federal investigator claims Rich turned over 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments to WikiLeaks showing, among other things, the DNC had rigged the Primary Election to favor Hillary Clinton.
If You're A Democrat - Your Vote Doesn't Count!
Now, relating to the rigged Primary, the Democratic National Committee is presently in court being sued for running a rigged Primary - and no, not by Trump or any Conservative group - but on behalf of Bernie supporters.
So, what is the DNC putting up as a defense to the accusation? The Committee can pick who it wants as it's Presidential candidate and is not bound by law to conduct a fair and equal election among the Democratic Party's Primary candidates.
I kid you not! Their defense is they can choose whomever they want - and votes for other candidates don't count!
Neither of these stories are reaching Mainstream Media because they don't want you to know they're lying. They are hiding behind the 1st Amendment in an effort to overthrow the democratic (small D) process and denying the Public proper information relative to what's really going on in America.
Mainstream Media today is not real Journalism. It's Propaganda. It's goal is to overthrow our duly elected government.
UPDATE: This case as originally filed was dismissed by the judge. Efforts are underway to resubmit the complaint.
10 May 2017
History Repeating Itself
I remember the 1960s and early 70s. The ant-war protests by the far-Left. The riots, the radicals, the Weather Underground, Patty Hurst and the SLA. Don't confuse the "hippie" movement with the far-Left. That was actually something much different, but used as camouflage by the radical Socialists. They were Socialists then - they're Socialists now - and still hiding amongst other groups in our world of Identity Politics.
Today they're called Progressives, Antifa (anti-fascists), The Resistance. These are the Socialist groups based in our larger cities and on college campus who riot to prevent opposing opinions and ideas from being heard. One of the very things that fascists do.
One of the anti-war tactics in the 60s was to camp out in airports and protest in the faces of returning veterans of Vietnam. The radicals chanted, held signs, spat on our soldiers and called them "baby killers."
Today we have social media and no need for the radicals to take the time to go to airports, when they can spread their cheer on Facebook.
9 March 2017
People Are Watching
I’ve been trying to
tell some of the Powers That Be around here that people from
outside Conecuh County are watching what’s happening here, but
for some reason they choose to ignore me.
2 March 2017
Conecuh County Center Of Contention
Opinion By: Jim Allen
11 February 17
History Repeating Itself
This guy is describing what I said more than two years ago. The Socialist/Communists want to destroy our country from within - at any cost. This is the exact same strategy the U.S. branch of the Revolutionary Communist Party (revcom.us) is promoting.
In watching the news coverage of the riots on college campuses, particularly UC Berkley, something came to mind. In the 60s, Berkley was one of the colleges where the Free Speech Movement started. Do you remember what that "Free Speech" was? Were you even alive to know? It was Free Speech to promote the Socialist agenda on college campuses and rebel against the establishment. In the 60s they protested to establish a Socialist agenda - now in 2017 they are rioting to keep that agenda and promoting violence against anyone who speaks against it.
That's called Fascism - not Free Speech. They ARE what they preach against.
10 January 2017
E-911 (And The Lake Committee) Are Dysfunctional Dinosaurs
Ok, we're three months and, relatively speaking, six “official” meetings into the term of the newly elected County Commission and it may be about time for it to face an important decision that affects our county as a whole.
That problem: E-911 and the operation thereof.
Although the County Commission and E-911 are technically two separate entities, the members of the Commission also constitute the Board of Directors for our E-911 system.
For some reason the operation of our E-911 system has been chaos from the beginning. What started out as “everything under one roof” turned into a disjointed mess where our emergency services all do their own thing.
For reasons no one seems to want to explain the operation of the E-911 system turned into turf wars and power plays that resulted in the abandoning of the E-911 system by the Evergreen Police Department, the Castleberry Police Department, and the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department.
The only operations dispatched through our E-911 Operations Center are the Volunteer Fire Departments, the Repton Police Department, and our ambulance service, Conecuh EMS.
By not participating, these law enforcement agencies are not paying what can best be described as a “user fee,” for the service, and the E-911 Operations Center is going broke.
Actually the E-911 Operations Center is financially broke - and functionally broken. It has been for a long time.
During last Monday's E-911 Board meeting it was disclosed the E-911 Operations Center is losing between $10,000 and $13,000 every month!
For December, the Center reportedly brought in $22,169.00 in revenue, and spent $34,915.00.
According to the Board (Commission), someone from the state is soon to arrive with what may be a solution in the form of a new consolidated E-911 system, but will require the participation of the agencies that have already abandoned E-911.
Based on past performance, chances of that happening seem slim to none.
So, to address the elephant in the room, isn't it in the best interests of the people of Conecuh County to abandon the concept of having a “stand-alone” E-911 Operations Center and disband it altogether?
Or in our infinite wisdom, will we keep paying for something that's hemorrhaging money, and something our law enforcement refuses to use?
E-911 operations should be moved under the umbrella of the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department and the “Center” should be located there. Once that's been done, how about a concentrated search among the many volunteer fire departments for members who are already somewhat familiar with 911 dispatching, and who would like to work part-time shifts, get paid, and possibly find a way for them to earn certifications for their service while doing so?
The point is, find a way to make it work.
Until all emergency services are locked in to one dispatch center for 911 calls, dispatching will remain chaotic and subject to misdirected or dropped calls.
The result; people die and houses burn.
It's time to put the politics aside and do what's best for the people of this county. It's time for our newly elected Commission to make a tough decision. The last Commission would not - and now most of them are gone. What's this one going to do?
2 January 17
We seem to have become quite popular. THANK YOU! We did run out of bandwidth. Maybe because Earthlink lost our website for half a day last month they decided to let us slide for a few extra megabytes and kept our website active.
There's no doubt our popularity upsets the apple cart with a few politicians and economic folks around here who like to "control the message" with their own propaganda and refuse to accept that this newspaper and this website have become a window into Conecuh County allowing the outside world to actually see what goes on around here. The more we grow - the more they hate it.
Kind of like how Trump tweets, and mainstream media can't stand it because our President bypasses them, goes directly to the people, and the media learns they aren't as important as they were yesterday.
Funny how things work out.
22 November 16
Clinton's America Trump's America
12 August 16
I wrote my first article concerning the Lake Project in 1989 for the Mobile Press Register. At that time it had been "in the works" for more than a decade. Here we are - almost 30 years later - and it's still "in the works."
The current state of the "effort" to secure a lake for Conecuh County is a disgrace.
The entire Lake Committee should be fired - and IF the project is salvageable following this group's dismal failure - a new Committee appointed.
THIS IS THE COUNTY COMMISSION'S RESPONSIBILITY - yet it acts as impotent as the Lake Authority to move the project forward.
James Leon Windham has a good article on his Blog spot Conecuh County News And Views concerning the latest update on the Lake Committee. I'd suggest you go read it.
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