Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Johnson Gets Snubbed by Autauga County Republican Party

Republican Candidate Bill Johnson of Prattville, Alabama found out what free speech is all about when the Autauga County Republican Party banned him from speaking to their group.  Read all about it here.... http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20091230/NEWS02/912300349/1007/news01/Johnson-banned-by-Autauga-Co.-GOP

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Grieving Mom Wants to Be Buried With Fallen Son From Iraq War

This is just another reason my heart goes out to the mothers of our boys who are being sent to Iraq, and not returning home.  I will be so glad when they come home, safe and sound.

http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/mother-fights-to-be-buried-with-soldier-son/19296131?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sphere.com%2Fnation%2Farticle%2Fmother-fights-to-be-buried-with-soldier-son%2F19296131

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

AUTAUGA COUNTY CORONER BILLY BROWN ANNOUNCES BID FOR SHERIFF!!

Autauga County Coroner, Billy Brown, has announced that he will throw in his hat and run for SHERIFF OF AUTAUGA COUNTY, ALABAMA.  A few years back, present Sheriff, James W. (Herbie) Johnson stated to the newspapers that he was the NUMBER 1 sheriff in America.  Alabama is the top state in alphabetical order, and Autauga County is the top county in alphabetical order in Alabama.  SO...therefore, if Billy would win this race for sheriff, he will be the Number 1 sheriff in America.  WHOHOO....  I'm excited that Billy's court case was dismissed and he is able to make a run for sheriff!!   http://www.prattvilleprogress.com/article/20091219/PROGRESS/912180313/1040/progress

If you know of any other men or women who are anticipating a run for sheriff, please let me know so I can inform our readers. 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Prattville Friend, Buddy Chavers, Preaching..

My good friend Buddy asked me to post this for you to read. Buddy has run for sheriff of Autauga County, and that's when I met him (during the race).  Buddy and his good wife JoAnn are very involved in their church, and we have attended singings at his church, and enjoyed them very much.   I hope you get the Thanksgiving and Christmas spirit out of it.  Merry Christmas! 

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WHERE'S KEN BOOTH OF AL.COM??? On 2nd thought... WHERE'S WALDO??

Are you all aware that KEN BOOTH, of al.com is now "FORMER"  Editor in Chief of al.com's online publication?  I found this out just the other day, and was flabbergasted.  Yep, it's even on  his Twitter page, that "he left".  Wonder why?  Does anyone have the scoop on ole Ken?  If so, please enlighten me.  I thought he was going to be with al.com FOREVER.  Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!! LOL!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

WHO'S PATTY MURRAY???

My good friend Brandy brought me back into politics after a rough week of being away.  Thanks Brandy for the jolt of java LOL...Seems a certain Senator in Washington has mis-stated about Alabamians.  "I have stood on the line in Everett, Wash., where we have thousands of workers who go to work every day to build these planes. I would challenge anybody to tell me that they've stood on a line in Alabama and seen anybody building anything."  YES...you heard her right...we don't build anything LOL...

Well, I DO know several friends and family who work in automotives places who BUILD "things".  I had a good friend in north Alabama work at Honda.  I have a great friend, Brandy, who works in Chilton County, and a son in law who works for Hundai.  All are "building" things.  Well, I'm glad to see that several of my favorite bloggers have stood up for the state of Alabama, and voiced their opinions.  I would have sooner, had I not had my head in the sand LOL.  Brandy (Fair Justice), Kristopher (The World Around You); LeftinAlabama; and others...voiced their opinions, and rightly so.  Here is a link to the Seattle Weekly showing  our blogger's comments..
http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2009/12/good_thing_patty_murray_doesnt.php

Now, can someone please enlighten Patty that, "Yes, Virginia, there is an Alabama". 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas!" ...what's YOUR favorite Christmas tune?

I tell you what...you can be in the worst mood, and then "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" comes on the radio, and there comes that smile!  LOL..That is the cutest song I have heard SINCE "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer"...

Here is the YouTube link to "Hippopotamus"...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtqIM_bPTws

Wikipedia's link to "I want a Hippopotamus For Christmas"  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Want_a_Hippopotamus_for_Christmas  The song was written by John Rox in the early 1900's and sung by a little girl (Gayla Peevey) who was only 10 years old at the first time the song was performed in 1953.  What a cutie!  Columbia Records was the recording giant who released the song. 

The story goes that Gayla Peevey's recording was such a hit that a campaign was launched to give her a real hippo.  IT WORKED.  She received a hippopotamus, and donated it to the zoo.  I have to say...you go girl....what a woman!


Friday, December 4, 2009

AIDS OUTREACH LINK

http://www.aidsalabama.org/

I found this to be a good and informative link for those who are suffering with AIDS, or for those who know of someone who is HIV positive or has AIDS.  Please check out the information on this site, and pass along to someone who can benefit from it.  Thanks and Merry CHRISTmas!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

SEND CHRISTMAS CHEER TO A WOUNDED SOLDIER...DURING THE HOLIDAYS...

*****NOTE...Evidently it is a security risk to send a card to just ANYONE....so you MUST state a specific person that is wounded at Walter Reed.  Sorry, the info I got must not have been correct.   So, if you KNOW someone or know OF them...at Walter Reed, then you can send a card.  Thanks, Dr. IQ for bringing that to my attention :)



Please send a card to a soldier at Walter Reed...


 c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
 6900 Georgia Ave NW
 Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Judicial Reform Meeting was Very Inspiring

Those of you who didn't get to attend the meeting last night, missed meeting a very important young woman who came from Chilton County to tell her story about almost losing her eye.  She was featured in the Clanton Advertiser on the front page back in 2007,  where she was stalked after a MySpace incident, and then wounded after a ball game in Jemison.  I was so proud of her for telling her story, and she also came with her mom and grandmother, so you missed a three generation family with a story to tell!!  Thank you to those who came, as it was much appreciated to see that THERE IS interest in Judicial Reform!  While most of the attendees were from Chilton County, there were some who came from Autauga County, but not many.  I was quite surprised that more didn't show up from Autauga County, since it was advertised in the Prattville Progress, and also on several sites, including blogs, and Facebook. 

Brandy and I are looking forward to our next meeting, and those who are reading our blogs, stay tuned and we will keep you posted through emails as well!  Our members are growing, and it's very inspiring to hear the many new stories, and know that there ARE people in the 19th Judicial Circuit who are interested in change. 

 To our "guest speaker" who backed out at the last minute, it's ok.  We had invited you to speak, because we believed you could remain "unbiased" and actually inform us of the duties and responsibilities of the Circuit Clerk's office.   We will just look up the Code of Alabama and be informed through the Code.  At least we learned that next time we will be prepared to have a back up speaker. 

To the guests who came, thank you again, and may your hearts not be troubled.  You have many who are "right there with you" and appreciate having you in our growing number of citizens who realize that change is needed and that change is coming.  God Bless!  

Letter to God by Little Girl Who Loses Her Doggie

I received this in email, and thought I would pass it on.  It was very touching, and I hope you get the message out of it.




This is one of the kindest things you may ever see..

It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.
Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies..' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey &Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven.
Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by..
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.
By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.
Love, God

Sunday, November 29, 2009

DIRECTIONS TO JUDICIAL REFORM MEETING

From Chilton County:  31 South into Prattville.  Go to the 3rd traffic light in Prattville (Rite Aid on right), and turn Right at the light.  GO TO DOWNTOWN PRATTVILLE...Bank Trust is on the left side, before you get into downtown Prattville.  (Main Street). 

From Elmore County:  Cobbs Ford Road into Prattville.  Go to the Walgreens/Community Cars light.  Go straight through the light, and follow Main Street DOWNTOWN (you will pass Winn Dixie on the right, and J&G's Flea & Antique Mall, and Piggly Wiggly on the left)...continue downtown, until you see Bank Trust on the LEFT. 

From Elmore County on Highway 14.  Once you come to the light in Prattville, turn LEFT, and stay in the right hand lane.  Go to the Rite Aid light and turn right.  GO towards DOWNTOWN,  staying on Main Street until  you see Bank Trust on the left. 

WE WILL BE MEETING IN THE BANK.  YOU ENTER THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.  7:00 p.m.  November 30, 2009. 

Friday, November 27, 2009

Autauga County Circuit Clerk Whit Moncrief/ GUEST SPEAKER at Judicial Reform Meeting, November 30

We are glad that Whit Moncrief accepted our invitation to speak to us about the Circuit Clerk's office and duties.  I hope you will join us there! 

JUDICIAL REFORM MEETING

19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ALABAMA

November 30, 2009

7:00 P.M.

Bank Trust, Downtown Branch, Prattville, Alabama
(148 East Main Street)

For More Info, Please call

Brandy Knight 1-205-389-4417
Debbie Murphree 1-334-358-7849

Or EMAIL

Brandy Knight    BjKKnight@Bellsouth.net
Debbie Murphree  DebMurphree2@Aol.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

WRITE THE TROOPS OVER THE HOLIDAYS...

Here is how you contact the service men and women who keep us safe and free...OVER THE HOLIDAYS. 

Address the envelope..."Dear Service Member, Family, or Veteran"

Mailing Address:  Holiday Mail For Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

****Cards must be mailed by December 7!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!! From Our House To Yours!


I want to wish  you a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday...I will be quite busy this week, so I might not be posting as much...but NEVER FEAR...I'll be back after the holidays...Ha Ha!  Enjoy the kids and grandkids, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, neices, grandpas, grandmas, friends,  and even  your pets.  Don't forget the real reason for Thanksgiving.  We should count our blessings, as they are many.  Sharing this photo of my daughters and I... 

MAN'S BEST FRIEND...WELCOMES HOME SOLDIER

This was a cute story, and heart warming as well.  Never forget the power that man's best friend has.  http://www.pawnation.com/2009/11/17/happiest-dog-ever-welcomes-home-soldier-dad/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl2|link2|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pawnation.com%2F2009%2F11%2F17%2Fhappiest-dog-ever-welcomes-home-soldier-dad%2F

Friday, November 20, 2009

More Links to ***19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ...JUDICIAL REFORM MEETING

Here are some more links to the 19th Judicial Circuit "Judicial Reform Meeting" we are holding on November 30, 2009 at the Bank Trust building, downtown Prattville, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  (Monday night).  We (Brandy Knight and I) hope you can attend.  If you would like to pass out some fliers, please let us know.

http://eventful.com/prattville/events/judicial-reform-meeting-19th-judicial-circuit-/E0-001-026428070-8

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=180961874946&ref=mf

http://knight-fairjustice.blogspot.com/2009/11/judicial-reform-meeting-for-19th.html

Thursday, November 19, 2009

JUDICIAL REFORM MEETING, Prattville...November 30, 2009


U.S. Representative Parker Griffith (Huntsville) Fights for Mammograms!

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2009/11/rep_parker_griffith_blasts_new.html

Parker Griffith is fighting for Mammogram Screenings...Parker is AGAINST the new Mammogram Screening Guidelines for women.  The Department of Health and Human Services had a panel that recommended women DELAY getting their first mammogram until the age of 50!  I'm glad to see Parker Griffith fighting for women in this way.  KUDOS...

Please weigh in here about your thoughts on MAMMOGRAMS.

Great Site for Alabama News & Politics

http://www.stateline.org/live/states/Alabama

If you are from another state, I assume that you can delete the Alabama on the end of the link, and type in your state and be able to access your local news.  ENJOY!

What's your favorite Ice Cream Flavor??

I know!  This is NOT the place for talking ice cream, but what the heck.  I thought it was a cute idea, since I was sifting through some photos of the grandkids, and thought these were too cute not to share.  Two of my granddaughters were eating a "nutty buddy" the other day, and I snapped these pics... 



"Wonder why Nana likes to do this to us?"




mmmmm mmmmmmmm good!




Cheese, Nana!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Antiques In My Booth

If you like Antiques, here is a small collection of items I have for sale in one of my booths at Memories Flea An'tique Mall in Prattville, by Big Lots.


Showcase with Vintage jewelry, & Depression Glass




Antique Oak Post Office "Letter Bin", Victorian Lamps, & China/glassware




Crystal Chandelier, Dolls, Baby Clothes, Pictures, & Antique Waffle Iron with light under it (really works)




Pair of Victorian Lamps (George & Martha Washington)




Hobnail blue lamps, Royal Lace Cookie Jar Bottom, & more Victorian Lamps

My Granddaughter & Santa...



I took my youngest granddaughter to see my Santa I have in my booth, yesterday.  She couldn't wait to get there so she could have her picture taken with "Santa".  (I did let her know that that is not the REAL Santa... ha ha...






Kaity Bug just LOVES Santa!

Friday, November 13, 2009

HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES

Last year I posted about mailing our Armed Forces over the Christmas holidays to bring them cheer.  Here is a letter I received in the mail asking me to please post the same info again.  I really hope that you can participate with this project.  Tell EVERYONE you know about this project.  Our Military men and women need us all  year round but especially over the Christmas holidays.  I cannot imagine what goes through the minds of mothers who are serving overseas when they are separated from their families..their babies, children, husbands, parents, siblings, etc.  I have a cousin, Chris McKinney and a nephew Zachary Wellborn who are serving our country at the moment.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the ones who bravely and boldly go and give a large part of their lives to protect our lives and our freedom. 

Dear Debbie,

I hope you are doing well. I am working with Pitney Bowes and wanted to reach out to you regarding our 2009 “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign with the Red Cross. We certainly appreciated your post last year about the project, and want to thank you again for helping us touch so many service members, family members and veterans in 2008.

This year, the goal of the campaign remains the same: to recruit Americans to send holiday cards with their messages of thanks and cheer to service members, veterans and their families. It is our hope once again that, through this campaign, American service men and women in the U.S. and around the world will receive a much needed touch of home during this holiday season.

This year, information about the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign can be found at http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail  The site includes information about what types of cards can be sent, how cards should be addressed, and also provides further information regarding how you can get involved. I wanted to see if you would be willing to spread the word about the campaign again this year through your blog, helping us send a touch of home to our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families when they need it most.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,

Frank McDade
SEO & Social Media Specialist

fmcdade@zetainteractive.com

zetainteractive

99 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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Frank, I want to personally thank you for reaching out to the troops, yourself.  You are doing a great service here for our heroes over there.  God Bless You, and God Bless AMERICA!!

"Golfing" Politics On The Green "Tees Off" Prattville Progress Reporter

This is an article worth reading, if you are living in Prattville, Alabama, and concerned about where your tax dollars are going to.  Politics, The World Of Golf, Tax Dollars, .....READ IT...I found it to be quite inspiring, and informative.  I, personally, like to know where the tax dollars are being spent.  You would think, "paving new roads", or "new businesses", or "government projects such as Community Action, or United Way"....THINK AGAIN...This story was truly inspiring to me, when "out of the mouth of babes", a child opened up a story idea for Prattville Progress Staff Photographer, Angelique Suzanne's column.  Thanks, Angelique...  http://www.prattvilleprogress.com/article/20091111/PROGRESS03/911110316/1043/progress

Angelique can be reached at   ProgressPhoto@Gmail.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Secretary of State Beth Chapman Sued over Candidacy Law

Attorney Jerry Blevins  has sued Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman over candidacy rules concerning residency requirements in the 19th Judicial Circuit.  I agree with Jerry, that it's not fair to have to live within the 3 counties that comprise the 19th Judicial Circuit, in order to run for the position of Judgeship.  We could actually bring up other issues of state officials who are serving in certain positions and are not living within their jurisdictions, but I won't address that in this post.  Judge William Shashy is the judge in this particular case at the moment

The 19th Judicial Circuit DOES need an overhaul.  I hope that more attorneys from other counties, will stand up and run against some of the judges that continue to be re-elected in this Judicial Circuit.  TERM LIMITS comes to mind, right now.  http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20091110/NEWS01/911100331/1007/rss02

Happy Veterans Day!

We remember our armed forces today, with reverence and respect.  Here is a site, that I have enjoyed, and you might notice the Buddy Finder.  If you know of someone in the military, type in their name, and find them.  It's quite simple and re-unites many military personnel.  http://www.military.com/veterans-day/

Autauga County District Court Judge, Phillip Wood...To Retire

Autauga County District Court Judge, Phillip Wood, is retiring on December 31.  He has presided as District Judge for 26 years.  http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20091111/NEWS01/911110331/Autauga%20County%20district%20judge%20Wood%20to%20retire%20after%2026%20years

D.C.SNIPER, JOHN MUHAMMAD EXECUTED..PRONOUNCED DEAD AT "911"

>How ironic is that for D.C. Sniper John Muhammad to die at exactly "911"?  Some people say that numbers have meaning, and in the Bible, numbers were used in many passages.  I was watching CNN last night, when the press came out and stated the details of John Muhammad before he was executed.   They watched as he "staggered" out, being assisted to walk by the prison personnel.  He did not have any last comments to the family members of the victims who were killed in his trail of terror.  I feel badly for his children, for his ex-wife, and for the victims of the terrible cross-country rampage. 

Some were curious as to if Muhammad was sedated before he was executed.  One of the prison personnel that has witnessed executions in another place, said that 13 of the prisoners that he was involved with walking to the death chamber, were offered Valium, but none of them took it.  Lethal Injection is still a prominent issue among the death penalty activists.  If you have any comments to make...concerning John Muhammad, his victims, or the death penalty, I'd like for you to voice them here. http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/11/virginia.sniper.execution/index.html

Muhammad was executed for the killing of Dean Meyer who was shot in the head at a Manassas, Virginia gas station.  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091111/ap_on_re_us/us_sniper_execution;_ylt=AuHt9d3W257EEn3ybO_3XVGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTM1b2lqNzE0BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMTExL3VzX3NuaXBlcl9leGVjdXRpb24EY3BvcwM2BHBvcwMzBHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDZGVmaWFudGRjc25p

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beware of the BEAR....in your car!!

This is one of those CUTE stories, that I just had to post about.  Whenever I see  humor in animal traits, I will let you know about it.  This bear broke into a couple's vehicle during the night, setting the alarm off.  Read about it and LAUGH lol....  http://www.pawnation.com/2009/11/09/bear-thief-gets-behind-the-wheel/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl8|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pawnation.com%2F2009%2F11%2F09%2Fbear-thief-gets-behind-the-wheel%2F

Could this actually have been YOGI BEAR?????

Sunday, November 8, 2009

HEALTH CARE BILL PASSED BY U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES...220-215

On Saturday, the United States House of Representatives passed the Health Care Bill by a narrow margin of 220-215.  39 Democrats sided with Republicans in opposition, and one Republican from Louisiana cast his vote with the majority of the Democrats.  The United States Senate is the last hurdle of this Health Care Bill. 

Here is a quick description of the bill and what it involves.  "The $1.3 trillion-dollar bill would require individuals to buy health insurance, and would also require medium and large businesses to provide it to their employees. Consumers would be able to buy their insurance on an exchange, which would include a public insurance option for people who do not have access to insurance through their jobs. Low- and middle-income families would receive government subsidies to purchase insurance, which would be be paid for through tax increases on individuals making more than $500,000 per year, as well as fees on medical providers. Finally, the bill would prohibit insurance companies from dropping or denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or cost of care." http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/11/07/house-passes-historic-health-care-bill-long-road-ahead-for-ref/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2009%2F11%2F07%2Fhouse-passes-historic-health-care-bill-long-road-ahead-for-ref%2F

I would like to hear from my readers about this issue.  I know it is a VERY CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT, because we have readers from all walks of life that visit.  This bill will affect everyone from the rich to the poor.  Many people who do not have insurance at the moment, because they cannot afford it, will be happy....and there are MANY who do not have insurance.  On the other hand, those who do have insurance, are very afraid of the unknown, concerning whether they will be able to keep their existing insurance company, or have to change to another.  Please keep your comments straight to the point, and do not call names or state hateful messages, or I won't be able to post your comments.  I try to keep my website on an even keel, and let all opinions be heard.  I will not, however, allow others to be hurt by unkind comments.  Remember the Golden Rule when you post.  "Do unto Others, as you would have them do unto You". 

Friday, November 6, 2009

True Story! Inmates Come To Aide of Deputy

You don't hear of many stories along the line of prisoners helping law enforcement, so I thought this was quite interesting!

http://news.aol.com/article/inmates-come-to-the-aid-of-deputy/753528?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Finmates-come-to-the-aid-of-deputy%2F753528

GOOD NEWS!! 7 MONTH OLD BABY SHANNON DEDRICK FOUND ALIVE!

It's wonderful news when you hear that a missing baby  has been found ALIVE...and well.  Little 7 month old baby, Shannon Dedrick, was found under her BABYSITTER'S bed, in a little box...but alive.  Authorities in Florida say they will be filing charges on the babysitter, her husband, and the baby's mother. 

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/11/missing_7-month-old_baby_found.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=9002483

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thank A Soldier!!

http://www.thankasoldier.us/index.php

Many of us have family in the Military, either here in the United States, or in other countries.  Take time out to Thank a Soldier!  They dedicate their lives so that we can maintain our freedom.  Thank you to all Military....Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard...and any I may have missed.

Tragedy Strikes American Military Base, Fort Hood...12 Dead, Shooter Alive

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnewser/2009/11/tragedy-at-fort-hood-12-dead-details-on-the-shooting.html

Fort Hood, the largest Military base in the world, has faced a terrible tragedy today, with 12 dead and the suspect (Army psychiatrist),  wounded, but alive.  Please pray for the families of all involved. 

 http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/11/05/tragedy-at-ft-hood/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0hiw8iXdMM

http://www.libertysarmy.com/2009/11/05/news/12-dead-30-wounded-in-fort-hood-tragedy/

Amazon discussion Forum..http://www.amazon.com/gp/forum/cd/discussion.html?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx20DX5GEB7TUX8&cdThread=Tx2LVAXSVYULC9R

GOLD STAR PARK, WETUMPKA, ALABAMA


Visited Gold Star Park in Wetumpka, Alabama the other day.  It was the first time since I had been there in 2002 to campaign, except visiting with my friend Christine there.  I hope you enjoy the pictures from there.  








Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Abraham Lincoln...One of Our Finest Presidents...EVER!

I have compiled a short group of quotes that are some of my favorites of Abraham Lincoln's.  He was so poetic, and such a great president.  Many people have thought that my father's face was a lot like Lincoln's.  I know I grew up with a lot of people telling my dad that.  Ok...here they are.  Hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.


"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it" Abraham Lincoln


"Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it." Abraham Lincoln

"Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them." Abraham Lincoln

"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day."  Abraham Lincoln

"I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side." Abraham Lincoln

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other."  Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Great Motto for our Daily Lives

"With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds." Abraham Lincoln

I found this quote on one of my facebook friend's profiles, and I found it very fitting for the daily life we live.  We should hold no malice towards others, although we may see differently, and have firm beliefs and ideas that would differ with those who seek malice against us.  We should be charitable to others, and help those in need.  We should be firm in our endeavors to seek justice.  We should  never give up on our goals in life, and strive to finish what we start...always seek to accomplish more.  I believe that in order to have a positive attitude in life, we must seek the good in others.  Sometimes this is very hard to do, yet we can still strive to attain this goal.  God bless each and everyone of you.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Man Leaves Behind Home, Girlfriend, Job, to find Peace in Traveling the World!

What an exciting journey!  I cannot imagine anything more exciting than traveling around the world.  I've always wanted to go to Switzerland, or Paris, France, or Vienna, or IRELAND...Everytime I see the Irish landscapes, I want to jump in the car, drive to an airport, (oops, no, I would hate to fly)...I guess I'd  have to ride a boat LOL.. But anyway, you get the drift.  Travel is something my mother loved doing as well.  She went to all 50 states...including Alaska, and Hawaii during her senior years.  She always joked, "I'm spending my kids' inheritance", and I used to tell her,  "go ahead Mother, you deserve it.  Travel, have fun!!"  I remember when she flew to Hawaii with 2 of her sisters and had the ball of her life.  She never wore make up but when she came back, she had rouge and lipstick on, which really shocked me.  As a preacher's wife, I can only remember her wearing powder, and that was it.  She and my Dad traveled to Alaska one year, and they thoroughly enjoyed the trip.  My father would have gone to Hawaii with her, but he opted out, because he is afraid of flying, like I am.  He probably really missed a fantastic time.  I still have all the Hawaii pictures my mother took, and the beautiful postcards and souveniors she brought back. 

So...I say to you, if you can travel...then TRAVEL.  See the world, and good luck to Nicholas Rapp as he starts out on his fantastic and exciting adventure!  http://autos.aol.com/article/driving-around-world?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl4|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fautos.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fdriving-around-world

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Whooooooo....TOP Haunted Houses in America & Alabama

http://www.digitalcity.com/2009/10/01/best-haunted-houses-in-america-2009/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl6|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.digitalcity.com%2F2009%2F10%2F01%2Fbest-haunted-houses-in-america-2009%2F

http://www.prairieghosts.com/mosthaunted.html

Haunted houses in Alabama....http://www.horrorfind.com/Haunted_Houses/Alabama/

The Saint James Hotel (in Selma, Alabama)...is also known as the "Brantly Hotel"...is the "only antebellum riverfront hotel in Selma"...(1837) The ghost of "Jesse James" is said to wander around upstairs in this hotel. 

Dead Children's Playground (in Huntsville, Alabama)...where dead children are said to come play.

Cry Baby Bridge & Kali Oka Plantation (in Saraland, Alabama)...


If you have any info on haunted houses, that you think would be interesting to our readers, or have been to any that I have mentioned, please feel free to elaborate for us. 

BE SAFE ...AND WATCH OUT FOR CHILDREN, ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT. 

*******Parents' Magazine puts out safety tips...http://www.parents.com/holiday-planner/?ordersrc=google08safety_planner&cobrandId=ww5&s_kwcid=TC|6870|halloween%20safety%20tips%20for%20kids||S||3792101278

Chastity Bono...now "Chaz"...Interesting Transformation

I would like to know what others' opinions are about Chastity Bono having operations to turn herself into the now, "Chaz Bono".  She was a beautiful girl, as a child, and I have continued to follow her journey through  her life, as she turned Lesbian, and then decided to change her sex to male.  http://www.popeater.com/2009/10/29/chaz-bono-entertainment-tonight-interview?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl2|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.popeater.com%2F2009%2F10%2F29%2Fchaz-bono-entertainment-tonight-interview

I have no problem with her change, and I believe that her mother Cher, has stated she is supportive of her.  I have to wonder, though, what it would be like to be a parent and to have your child decide to make this journey.  Tough decisions, and tough aftermath.  I wish Chaz all the happiness that life has to offer. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Abandoned Animals in Mobile County Getting Assistance From Mobile County Commission

http://blog.al.com/live/2009/10/mobile_county_commission_speed.html

Former Mobile County Judge Herman Thomas ACQUITTED Of All Charges!

http://blog.al.com/live/2009/10/update_herman_thomas_acquitted.html

"MOBILE, Ala. -- Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas, who was accused of paddling and sexually abusing young men who were facing jail time, was acquitted Monday on all charges after jurors deadlocked on most of the allegations against him."

 After the verdict, Special appointed Judge Claud Neilson  ruled that Former Judge Thomas was also not guilty of the remaining 14 charges that the 5 man, 7 woman jury could not reach a unanimous decision on.  Judge Herman Thomas stepped down from the bench back in 2007 after claims that Thomas had "paddled or spanked with a belt 11  young men for sexual gratification and, in exchange, showed them leniency."

Mobile District Attorney, John Tyson, Jr., was very disappointed with the ruling.  Judge Herman Thomas had many supporters who were quite happy with the ruling.

Monday, October 26, 2009

TROY KING LOSES SUPPORT OF JEFF SESSIONS & RICHARD SHELBY

 Looks like Luther Strange has the Alabama Senators on  his side.  Sessions and Shelby are backing Luther Strange for Attorney General of Alabama over Troy King, whom they have backed in the past.  Just 3 years ago, Shelby and Sessions helped elect Troy King. 

"This is a sign of just how alienated Troy King has become from the Republican establishment," said David Lanoue, chairman of the political science department at the University of Alabama. "This is pretty extraordinary." http://www.al.com/politics/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/12561129384630.xml&coll=2

Friday, October 23, 2009

VIRGINIA'S GOVERNOR RACE...BRINGS VIEWS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

I think I can speak for Virginia, since that is where I am from, and lived there many years.  Two individuals who are running for Governor of Virginia, have very drastic views of women in the workplace, and women in general.  Here is one of the blogs that I frequent, and they had a great article today....hope you will take the time to read it!  http://www.leftinalabama.com/diary/4974/womens-call-night-for-virginia-gov-race

Back to the candidates running for Governor. 

“Working women and feminists are detrimental to the family”  This is what Bob McDonnell stated in his Masters' Thesis while attending the Pat Robertson Regent University.  Bob is running for Governor on the Republican ticket.  "While in the legislature, Bob McDonnell also voted against equal pay for women for equal work and introduced or co-sponsored over 35 pieces of legislation to restrict a woman’s right to choose – even in the case of incest or rape." (courtesy of Left In Alabama). 

On the other hand, Creigh Deeds, is the Democrat candidate with ABSOLUTELY different views on women.  Here is Deed's website for Governor of Virginia.  http://www.deedsforvirginia.com/

"SPARKS FLYING" IN DAVIS CAMPAIGN/ RICHARD ARRINGTON ENDORSES RON SPARKS

Richard Arrington is endorsing Ron Sparks for Governor of Alabama.  I can imagine that has the "sparks flying" in Artur's camp.  (No pun intended lol).  http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/10/richard_arrington_endorses_spa.html

Alabama Supreme Court Rides Their High Horse Again!

http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2009/10/alabamas-high-court-screws-citizens.html

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Site for Women Who have Struggled With Breast Cancer...

http://womenspersonalhealth.com/

This is an excellent site for women to visit, who have struggled with breast cancer, had a mastectomy, are needing certain clothing because of surgery, etc. 

Little 7 year old Somer Thompson's Body Found in a Landfill

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/22/georgia.landfill.body/index.html

There is a question that EVERY parent must ask themselves.  How could someone murder a child and discard their body like trash.  IT'S HORRIBLE.  This is exactly what happened to Somer Thompson.  The same exact thing happened to Shannon Nicole Paulk in Prattville.  They have never found Shannon's killer.  We must pray that the killers of both of these girls are found.  Ever be vigilant with your children!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Adult BookStore Post brings NASTY remarks from Huntsville Wannabes

I had NO IDEA that the TellThatBully group would be so ugly about this post.  I guess they really liked it.  (otherwise why would they be so jealous about ordinary comments?).  Look at the silly comment made by the bully group owner.  I mean, honestly.  It's so juvenile. 


BamaKrissy said...

Little tip to DM. If you are going to be in public eye like running for office. Never ever discuss sex toys or admit you hang out in adult bookstores. It makes you look trashy: "I have never seen anything like that in an adult bookstore"

October 20, 2009 6:05 PM


Let me make myself clear.  I consider ANY bookstore, an adult bookstore. If you are talking about a store that sells  nasty magazines, then you are mistaken about me.   (You can pick up girlie mags at gas stations).  I don't frequent ANY bookstores, actually other than Books A Million, but I used to travel to Christian book centers with my dad years ago.  I should clear that up for the ones who think they know it all.  I don't have time to read books. 

As for sex toys?  I wrote a post about a clothing store that was selling more than just women's clothing.  Evidently you don't see the humor in things.  I do.  As for trashy?  Think again.  I am anything but trashy.  I conducted every single campaign with dignity and respect.

If you think you insulted me?  Think again.  MOST  people who read your "bully blog" are the people who have trashy and  filthy minds.  I read it to gain insight as to what you crazy people are up to, concerning my family.  It is an informative tool for me, not entertainment, I promise you.  The filth that you allow on your blog, BK, is something  you won't see on mine. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Kelli Wise Running for Alabama Supreme Court Seat

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/10/appeals_judge_kelli_wise_seeks.htm

Kelli Wise is seeking the Republican  nomination for the Alabama Supreme Court seat currently held by Patti Smith. Patti is not running for re-election.

New Women's "Clothing Store" has City Officials in Uproar!

A new business has opened up in East Alabama, and it has a few city officials a little disturbed.  It appears that Kallis not only sells WOMEN'S CLOTHING, but also women's toys.  

"According to city records, a business license was issued Sept. 16 for a women’s clothing store, doing business as “Kalli’s,” at 1639 So. College St. The issue isn’t Kalli’s selection of lingerie, costumes, hosiery, shoes and boots in the store’s main showroom. It’s the business’ assortment of sex toys, including vibrators, that are located in a restricted area of the store." 

I know that some of the council members are upset about this store, but WHY?  I still don't  understand why this has to be such an issue.  I also noticed that the article did not have any women complaining about the items being sold.    (just men, lol).  What are your views on the sale of  these "questionable" toys? 

http://www2.oanow.com/oan/news/local/article/stores_products_stirs_controversy/98598/

SWINE FLU SHOT INGREDIENTS..

I found this to be quite interesting about the Swine Flu shot....http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/health/dpgo_101509_swine_vaccine_ingredients_4065304

Friday, October 16, 2009

Several Candidates attend HUNTSVILLE Republican Barbecue

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2009/10/roy_moore_bill_johnson_among_d.html

Roy Moore and Bill Johnson attended the Barbecue.  State Representative Mike Ball (also a Republican) got the crowd fired up, when he stated, "Democrats are scared to death".  What, actually, are the Democrats scared to death of, Mike?  It would be nice to have you weigh in, and inform our readers of what you believe the Dems are afraid of. 

Nancy Worley's 2 year case STILL not decided..

Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb had to appoint another judge to the 3 Judge Panel on the Court of Criminal Appeals to help them arrive at a decision as to whether Former Secretary of State Nancy Worley's Felony charges should have been thrown out or not.  http://blog.al.com/breaking/2009/10/appeals_court_cant_agree_wheth.html

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween...do you celebrate it?

Here is a link about Halloween.  I know that people get caught up in the excitement of trick or treating, and some churches go out and collect canned goods for the poor and needy (which I used to do years ago in Virginia, for Halloween).  However, I also know that right after Halloween is over, the flus start setting in, and kids get sick from eating so much candy. 

What I'm talking about is the pagan aspect of Halloween.  I think it's a great idea that a lot of churches offer programs for children to keep them off of the streets. 

The history of Halloween dates back 2000 years ago,  in Ireland.  Halloween is an ancient "Celtic" festival of Samhain.  They lived in Ireland, The United Kingdom, and France.  Instead of celebrating the new year on January 1, the Celts celebrated it (Samhain) November 1st.  October 31st, they believed in ghosts,  "when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future".   http://www.history.com/content/halloween/real-story-of-halloween . 

What are your beliefs about Halloween?  Do you feel it is safe for the kids?  Do you let your kids go trick or treating?  Do you go trick or treating with them?  Do you have a special CHURCH EVENT that you would like others to know about?  Just let me know about your event, and I'll be glad to post it here.  Have a safe month!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Prattville Police Department is ON THE JOB! Kudos to you!

Here is a link provided by  http://www.ourprattville.com/  concerning crime in the city of Prattville.  I have to applaud the Prattville Police Department for their endeavors to get crime off the streets.  http://www.ourprattville.com/article/prattville-crime-report-october-9-12-2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TASED GRANNY WINS LAWSUIT!!

Okay, this granny CERTAINLY had spunk!  She was tased TWICE by a Texas Constable and still has her sense of humor intact! 

Matt Lauer interviewed  Great Granny,  Kathryn  Winkfein on the TODAY show,  and got some pretty humorous comments out of Kathryn. 

It all started when the 72 year old granny, (only 4' 11") was stopped for going 60 mph in a 45 mph construction zone.  When the Sheriff's Constable asked "granny" to sign the ticket promising to be in court, she shot back with, "Take me to jail. Go on, take me to jail — a 72-year-old woman!”  Things got out of hand after that.  The constable threatened to tase her, so good ole spunky granny said, "“Go ahead, Tase me!”  Well, HE DID.  (TWICE).    "Granny" sued, and settled out of court for $40,000. 

What I thought was cute, was when Matt lauer asked "Granny" if she might have been a little bit argumentive with the constable, she replied, "“I told what I remembered,”...“When he Tased me and kept it on and it threw me to the ground, that erased all memory".  what a hilarious Grandma!

Monday, October 12, 2009

HOW TO DEAL WITH RELATIVES ON FACEBOOK...this is FUNNY!!

I got a good laugh out of this article, because I could certainly see this happening...as it has happened to me with a specific person.  (and she knows who she is).  I hope you aren't hounded by family members on your Facebook who want to invade your every facet of life.  Here's the link...ENJOY!  http://www.switched.com/2009/10/12/10-rules-for-dealing-with-family-on-facebook/?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl5|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.switched.com%2F2009%2F10%2F12%2F10-rules-for-dealing-with-family-on-facebook%2F

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Meeting in the Park was a SUCCESS!!

Several people attended the Meeting In The Park today, for Judicial Reform.  The people who came represented all 3 counties of the 19th Judicial Circuit.  Brandy Knight, Coordinator of the meeting, was very pleased with the turnout, as was I.  We have several pictures to share with you, but will be posting the stories either tomorrow or the next day, depending on when the final drafts are ready. 

The rain held off for us today, and we even saw some sun shining through the clouds.   What a great day!  In attendance, were two individuals who were former candidates for sheriff in two separate counties of the 19th Judicial Circuit, and one individual who is running for Coroner of Chilton County.  We even had a guest come from as far away as Jefferson County!  The Clanton Advertiser even had an article on the front page concerning Brandy's Meeting in the Park... http://clantonadvertiser.com/news/2009/oct/09/rally-will-focus-judicial-system/#comments

We decided in unison that we will continue to hold our meetings, and try to conduct them about once a month in one of the 3 19th Judicial Circuit Counties. The county of choice for November will be announced at a later day.  We will keep you posted. 

We are proud of the response we had today..and of the group we  have formed.  If you have any suggestions, or would like to join our group, please contact Brandy Knight (Fair Justice) or me, here at my blog.


Brandy Knight (on right) & myself



Jessie Bombara, her husband & daughter



Darren Obrien, my good friend who ran for Elmore County Sheriff in 2002



Paul Brooks, wife & daughter (Paul is a candidate for Coroner of Chilton County)



Mr. Cleckler











Today is World Mental Health Day

http://www.wfmh.org/00WorldMentalHealthDay.htm

Dentist Kim Kornegay in Prattville Protesting Liquor License Ordered by Judge John Bush

I found this to be quite interesting!   A Prattville dentist, Kim Kornegay is protesting Circuit Judge John Bush's decision to grant a liquor license to Hiro Koda's new business in Prattville,  CLUB BTS. 

Hiro Koda was denied a license through the Prattville City Council, and had appealed to Autauga County Circuit Court.  Circuit Court Judge, John Bush granted the liquor license, and Hiro Koda plans to open up his club on Sunday afternoon.   I say Kudos to Judge John Bush for his decision. 

I have noticed that there have been other owners in the past in the Autauga County/Prattville area who have been denied liquor licenses, and it stifled their businesses.  Are we not supposed to support local businesses, and want them to thrive?  This is not a religious decision for one to make.  I welcome any and all posts concerning this issue...even anonymous, unless they are hateful and spiteful.  Attacking someone's character is not the answer here.  I want to hear REAL opinions of why or why not Judge Bush should have ruled the way he did.  I want to hear REAL opinions, also, of why or why not the council denied the liquor license.

HELEN KELLER'S STATUE UNVEILED

I have always admired Helen Keller for her ability to rise about her loss of sight.  She was truly a remarkable woman, and so deserving of having a statue of her likeness made.  http://www.al.com/politics/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1254989724155410.xml&coll=2

"Alone I can do so little....TOGETHER we can do so much!"  Helen Keller.

Another Inspirational Blog...."ODESSA"

I ran across this blog today and read it.  Very inspirational and takes you deep into the mind of another person.  I love the blogs that make you ponder life.  I hope you will visit her site and enjoy it as much as I did.  http://www.odessa-journey.blogspot.com/

Women, If You Need a Bra, Contact the BRA MAN!!

Here is both an inspirational story and also one that will make you smile..or laugh, but it's true.  I thought it might be a little bit parallel to breast cancer month, so I'm posting it.  Here is a MAN (Oz du Soleil, from Chicago) who donates his time and energies to helping the less fortunate receive bras. Come on girls.  We all know that bras are expensive, but necessary.   I find that the best buys and most exciting colors, are at ROSS DRESS FOR LESS.  Well, looks like Ross has competition.  If you cannot afford to go to Ross, contact this man, and maybe he can  help you.  He is serious about his endeavors and I have to congratulate him for his determination to  help women in stress.  http://news.aol.com/philanthropy/article/oz-du-soleil-collects-and-donates-bras/710608?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Fphilanthropy%2Farticle%2Foz-du-soleil-collects-and-donates-bras%2F710608  Don't forget to get involved in some type of project concerning Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also.  If you would like to share a story with us, about someone you know who is struggling with Breast Cancer, please feel free to post your story. 

Friday, October 9, 2009

NASA AND THE MOON

Found this interesting link from back in June about the moon and scientists.  Does anyone have an update on this.  Seems this is the first I have heard about it, but then again, I don't stay up to date with the galaxy except watching the stars, moon, sun, etc.  Tell me what you have heard about this article.  Was quite intriguing.  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nasas-mission-to-bomb-the-moon-2009-06

Meeting in the Park, THIS SATURDAY, Clanton City Park, 1:00 p.m. BE THERE!

My good friend Brandy (  http://knight-fairjustice.blogspot.com/ )      has scheduled the Meeting in the Park (about the 19th Judicial Circuit and those who are concerned and want to improve the Circuit), for this coming Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:00, Clanton City Park, (right behind Freds).  You turn left into a small driveway, which I believe is Park Drive, right before you get to the light.  Several have mentioned an interest in attending this meeting.  The City of Clanton has given us permission to hold the meeting. News media  has contacted Brandy and expressed an interest in covering the meeting.   If you are a concerned citizen of the 19th Judicial Circuit (Chilton, Elmore, and Autauga County), then you should plan to attend and visit with other like minded citizens who wish to make the circuit a better one for all. 

Cherie's New Blog (from THIS SIDE OF TOWN)

http://uncoveringaculture.blogspot.com/

I hope you will get to visit Cherie's new blog, UnCoveringACulture, since she cannot seem to open her This Side of Town blog. 

Monday, October 5, 2009

91 former State Attorney Generals Backing Don Siegelman!

http://www.al.com/news/press-register/metro.ssf?/base/news/125473410999440.xml&coll=3

The Press Register in Mobile says that 91 former State Attorney Generals from all over the United States, are advocating for former Governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman.  Most contend that his conviction was politically motivated.  In July of 2007, 44 former State Attorney Generals were asking for an investigation into Don's case. (through signed letter to Congress).  "It's an awesome statement," said Robert Abrams, former Democratic attorney general of New York. "Never before, in the history of this nation, have former attorneys general banded together in unity before the courts of this country in such great number."

AUTAUGA AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SPONSORING HALLOWEEN HOWL

The Autauga Area Community Foundation in Autauga County, Alabama, is sponsoring their 5TH Annual Halloween Howl. 
"AACF’s annual event raises funds for grants given to agencies and organizations that provide services to Autauga area residents."


Location:  Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse
Time:  7:00 p.m. Friday, October the 30th, 2009.

The location of the Autauga Area Community Foundation is:

134 North McDonough Street,
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Phone:  334-264-6223 (Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

The Facebook information for the Autauga Area Community Foundation lists the fiollowing:

"Individuals may establish new funds to support specific purposes or organizations, or they may contribute to existing funds. These charitable funds provide grants to area nonprofits to improve the quality of life in Autauga County."

What a great program for our area!! If you know of any other great programs, such as this one, please contact me, and I'll list it on this site for you.  Thanks to Tammy Starnes for providing the info. for this post, and good luck in selling the tickets, Tammy, for the Halloween event!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Update on former WEATHER GIRL (WAKA) Ashley McDonald

Here is a link to Ashley's new Profile in Atlanta.  http://www.11alive.com/life/community/persona.aspx?U=ef56794907fe462d8fdb7bb51656c446

Please Visit & Donate...(This Side Of Town)

My good friend, Cherie, is once again imploring to the public for help to aide victims of the Tsunami in American Samoa, victms in the Philippines, and in Indonesia.  http://cheriedecastro.blogspot.com/2009/10/please-give-me-back-my-smile.html

Cherie said you can help in many ways. 

To donate via phone: 1-877-HELP-CRS

To donate online: http://www.crs.org/

To write a check: Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090


To donate to Samoa please contact the American Red Cross
ARC - 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Disaster Relief Fund:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013 or your local ARC chapter

For a secure online donation: http://www.redcross.org/

Atlanta Based SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE To Choose New President

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/10/sclc_narrows_list_of_finalists.html

The Atlanta based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  is narrowing down their finalists for President of the SCLC.  The 2 finalists are Rev. Bernice King (Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter), and Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen. Alabamian Charles Steele was President of the SCLC for 5 years until he resigned in February. 

WOMAN GETTING PLASTIC SURGERY..NOW BRAIN DEAD

A nurse and mother of 3 in Florida is brain dead and on life support after suffering complications from an "anti-cellulite treatment".  What the heck!  Another reason I stay clear of things like that.  http://www.aolhealth.com/condition-center/plastic-cosmetic-surgery/life-support-minor-cosmetic-procedure?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl3|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aolhealth.com%2Fcondition-center%2Fplastic-cosmetic-surgery%2Flife-support-minor-cosmetic-procedure

I have heard of this happening on several occasions...where a woman would go in for plastic surgery and then either become very ill, go into a coma, or die.  Kanye West's mom died because of plastic surgery.  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21742159/

Please consider the consequences and after effects of plastic surgery before you attempt to get any type of treatment performed.  Surgery does not always turn out like you want it to.  I'm sure this case was one in a million, but it does happen. 

The Broward County Sheriff's Department is investigating this case.

Friday, October 2, 2009

11 ALABAMIANS HAVE DIED FROM SWINE FLU

3 more have died in Alabama from Swine Flu, bringing the total to 11 so far.  "a man in his 60s from Talladega County, a woman in her 50s from Madison County and a woman in her 70s from Jackson County. " 

As you can see, different ages, and all of these people were 50 and above.  Alabama is supposed to receive it's first shipment of the vaccines for H1N1 next week.  Alabama will be receiving 45,000 doses of the Nasal Spray to begin with.  The shots come later.  WASH YOUR HANDS RELIGIOUSLY!!!  I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder of washing my hands, and I'm glad I do.  It's important to wash hands frequently to cut down on getting colds and viruses.  Also, viruses enter the body through the nose as well as the mouth, so the Nasal Spray should help combat this virus.  Also, I believe it's important to stay away from crowds of people.  The more people you are around, the higher your chances are of catching any kind of flu.  http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/10/three_more_alabama_swine_flu_v.html

CHARLEY GRIMSLEY RUNNING AS DEMOCRAT FOR STATE TREASURER

Former Alabama Conservation Commissioner is running for State Treasurer of Alabama on the Democrat ticket.  He's 54 and from Northport.  http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/09/former_alabama_conservation_bo.html

Thursday, October 1, 2009

VISIT A THRIFT STORE NEAR YOU!

I took some time off today from my normal schedule to go see my brother in Birmingham.  We took him with us to some thrift stores around the area.  Here are some pictures of some great stores you should visit, if you are in Central and North Alabama.  They have everything from neat glassware, collectibles, jewelry, clothing, kitchenware, household items, furniture, lighting fixtures, toys, ETC....They have just about everything,  ....EVEN the KITCHEN SINK lol...

BELOW IS THE ALABASTER "America's Thrift Store"







Below is a picture of my brother and I





Below is a picture of the Midfield "America's Thrift Store"





Lastly a picture of The Foundry SuperThrift Outlet in Bessemer



LOSE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS IN ALABAMA?? You STILL May Pay Child Support!!

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/09/alabama_supreme_court_parent_m.html   The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that parental obligations for Child Support do not automatically expire if parental rights do.  This is an INTERESTING ONE...  I will elaborate more on this post later on this evening.

GEORGE WALLACE JR., RUNNING FOR STATE TREASURER...AS A REPUBLICAN

George Wallace Jr., is running for State Treasurer of Alabama, joining fellow Alabamians, Republican Terry Dunn and Democrat Jeremy Sherer (who are also running).  Kay Ivey's dreams of becoming Governor of Alabama are keeping her from running for re-election for State Treasurer.  Good luck everyone in your races!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Another Cool BLOG I Ran Across!!

misterturnbow.blogspot.com

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Republican Mark Erwin wants to DUKE IT OUT with TYSON...JOHN TYSON, JR. that is....

Mobile Attorney, Republican Mark Erwin wants to unseat Democrat John Tyson, Jr., for Mobile County Alabama District Attorney.  He has a hard battle ahead of him, because John is well known all over the state of Alabama and is starting  his 16th year as Mobile County District Attorney!  The 57 year old Tyson stated back in June of this year that he would not run in the Alabama Attorney General race...  http://www.al.com/news/press-register/metro.ssf?/base/news/1243934187145370.xml&coll=3 

leaving Luther Strange to be the only one so far to run against the reigning "Troy King" 

Read below about Mark Erwin's race...
http://blog.al.com/live/2009/09/attorney_mark_erwin_to_seek_go.html
 
I tell you what...I met John Tyson Jr. in 2006 during the state races at a Cullman forum where we all gave our presentations for our platforms, and he is a TALL, BIG man.  I wouldn't want to  have to duke it out with him in the court system OR in the political arena LOL!!  You go, John!!

16,000 SEX OFFENDERS IN GEORGIA....

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,556300,00.html?test=latestnews

9 Homeless sex offenders in Georgia are living in tents near the Interstate.

NATIONAL ALERT REGISTRY....FIND SEX OFFENDERS IN YOUR AREA.  http://www.registeredoffenderslist.org/default.htm

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Chilton County Woman Fights to Keep Her Property after Husband's Suicide/Medical Marijuana Smoker

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20090927/NEWS02/909270320/1007/

BIG STONE GAP, VIRGINIA....OH HOW I LOVE THEE!!

I ran across these pictures this morning of my beloved Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  In this post is a picture of the Mutual Drugs (was Mutual Pharmacy) that Adriana Trigiani writes about in her Big Stone Gap book.  Also, two pictures of our house on Wood Avenue across from the Library, and Museum; and a picture of my brother at my grandmother's grave in Glencoe Cemetery, behind the old Country Boy Inn.




FAMILY REUNIONS....

When was the last time that you attended a FAMILY REUNION??  I try to visit my family in Virginia once a year now...as the years seem to slip by too quickly, and my biological mother is getting older.  It's fun, though...how all the brothers and sisters get together when we get to mom's house.  Nieces and nephews and cousins, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, and even people I didn't know existed, come together.  Isn't that what REUNIONS are all about? 

When I first met my biological mother, Minnie, it was an unusual meeting.  I had located her through the court system, after years of wondering WHO I looked like...WHAT medical illnesses ran in the family....WHERE they lived....and WHY (by her definition) did she not look for us.  I found out so much about myself and my brother at the very first meeting.

We loaded my brother and his wife up in our already full car of 3 kids at that time)...It was Thanksgiving...1988, and a cold one at that.  SNOW was on the ground..which everyone knows I LOVE snow!!  Traveling all over the Virginia and West Virginia mountains was absolutely remarkable to me, with snow all around.  I don't think we could have picked a more scenic and memorable time for our first visit.  All of my 6 brothers and 2 sisters showed up the day we arrived.  My mom wouldn't quit kissing and  hugging us.  Now I know where I get that from LOL...I always hug and kiss my kids.  Mom (Minnie) is a mountain girl...she didn't get to make it to school a lot of times because of the snow, and living way back in the mountains.  They were poor and that was one of the reasons,  I believe, that we were taken away from her.  She had looked for us for all of the time after we were taken away from her.  She said she had prayed every day that we would find her.  And we did...

Anyway...we stayed for the weekend and left for home on  Sunday.  I'll never forget that visit, though, because it had taken away years of worry, wonder, and fear of the unknown.  Now, I KNEW who looked like my brother, and who looked a lot like me...I knew which aunt I looked like, and who all favored each other.  I didn't get to meet my mother's twin sister then, but I met her last year, and the entire time she was in the room where I would be, she would come up to me and say, "you look just like me"....LOL...it was kind of cute.  

I'd like for you to share some of your stories with my readers.  Have you been adopted?  Do you know of someone that was adopted?  I know that some adoption stories do not turn out as the children would like for it to.  Sometimes the mother or father doesn't want to be found.  OR, sometimes the kids don't want to look up the parents because of anger  for being adopted out.  I was never angry.  I always knew that we were adopted by a good Christian man and woman, who to this day, I adore.....my dad.  (mother is gone, and oh how I wish she were here for me to say so many things to, and do so many things with).  

HERE is a picture of my brother and I when we first met our biological mother.  I'll try to upload some more pictures as I locate them...I have them packed away SOMEWHERE...that's a note to self,  sift through the pictures I have stored away LOL...


Another picture of one of my brothers in Virginia, my son Brandon, my biological mother, and my brother David who lives in Birmingham.



My brother Mikey and me last year



Picture of my mom, me, and my niece




picture of some of my brothers, me in blue, my sister Mary Ann in the background, & one of my nieces.  (I took this picture off once because some people in Huntsville were mocking it saying you could type in the word "inc*st" and come up with my blog and pics).  Isn't that awful..



I like the below picture of Mom, because she has beautiful hair, and wanted to show it lol...



Below is a picture of Mom, James, Brandon & me, and my beloved Uncle Charlie and his wife Martha (Charlie is the one who is registered with an Indian tribe)





Uncle Charlie, Aunt Martha and me