Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for April 21st, 2016…

I thought the 69-year-old Donald Trump was about to become Mr. Maturity

Trump’s victory comes at a critical time for the Republican presidential hopeful, who is trying to mature as a candidate, professionalize his campaign team and reassert his dominance in the prolonged nominating contest after a troublesome month in which Cruz and Kasich have taken surgical steps to force a contested convention.

Well that didn’t last long

Donald Trump returned to form and repeatedly laced into rival Ted Cruz by branding his opponent ‘Lyin’ Ted’ at a campaign rally in Indiana Wednesday.

Trump was back to his usual pugnacious self just hours after scoring a blowout win the New York primary, providing a burst of momentum to his campaign.

‘In the case of Lyin’ Ted Cruz – Lyin’ Ted. Lies, oh he lies,’ Trump said.

‘He brings the bible, puts it down – lies!’ Trump said, hammering home the insult.

Trump was savoring a ‘great night’ in the primary, where he scored at least 89 of New York’s 95 Republican National Convention delegates and padded his overall lead.

Amusingly, Trump minions are still continuing this line of attack as well, tossing in that Cruz loves the Constitution and holds up the Bible and then lies…

Ignoring that Trump lies constantly and Trump actually did this…


Letting Bentley bang your wife pays pretty well

The University of Alabama paid a company owned by Jon Mason tens of thousands of dollars this year in connection with billboards the company neither designed nor physically installed.

Mason is the husband of Rebekah Caldwell Mason, a former top adviser to Gov. Robert Bentley who resigned from his administration last month amid allegations that she and Bentley had an affair.

University spokesman Chris Bryant told AL.com via email that UA paid Jon Mason’s company, JRM Enterprises, $74,450 so far this year “for JRM’s coordination of the production, installation and rental agreements for billboards” posted in Dallas and Phoenix in advance of major Alabama football games within those cities’ metro areas.

But the company did not design or create the billboard advertisements bearing the slogan “Roll Dallas Roll” that UA paid JRM to help it post in the Dallas area during the run-up to the Cotton Bowl, held Dec. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

So they did nothing?


Let’s get this impeachment deal rolling

A Republican state lawmaker today introduced a resolution to set up a committee that could investigate impeachment articles against Gov. Robert Bentley.

Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, introduced the measure, which had been anticipated for a couple of weeks.

It follows impeachment articles filed earlier this month against the governor, who is fighting accusations related to his relationship with former political adviser Rebekah Mason.

Bentley has called the impeachment effort a political attack and said he’s done nothing to warrant removal from office.

Fridy said his resolution was not aimed at Bentley. He said the impeachment resolution against the governor made it clear that the House had no mechanism to carry out the process of impeachment, which is authorized in the state Constitution.

Ugh…

Fridy said he wanted to give House members a few days to consider the resolution and would probably try to get a vote on Tuesday.

The work of the investigative committee could extend beyond the legislative session, which ends in mid-May.


Another delay for Hubbard’s trial

Lawyers for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard are asking to delay his ethics trial from May until August.

The Opelika-Auburn News reported that defense lawyer Bill Baxley told a judge Wednesday that they could not be adequately prepared by next month.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker did not rule on the request. Prosecutors oppose any delay

Walker held a pretrial hearing Wednesday to discuss a number of lingering issues and motions before a jury is seated in the case. Another pretrial conference is expected.

Hubbard faces felony ethics charges accusing him of using his public positions to benefit his businesses and clients. He has pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence.


ESPN sides with liberal once again, demands everyone on their network hold either liberal views or no views on any controversial issue

Curt Schilling, a former All-Star pitcher and one of the highest-profile baseball analysts on ESPN, was fired from the network Wednesday, a day after he drew intense criticism for promoting offensive commentary on social media.

Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010 and most recently offered analysis on “Monday Night Baseball,” was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathroomsand locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders.

The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women’s clothing with parts of the T-shirt cut out to expose his breasts. It says: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”

To that, Schilling added: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Percentage of Trans-Americans? (is that a thing now?)

An earlier report published in April 2011 by the Williams Institute estimated that 3.8 percent of Americans identified as gay/lesbian, bisexual, or transgender: 1.7 percent as lesbian or gay, 1.8 percent as bisexual, and 0.3 percent as transgender.

Any polls done on bathroom-issues?

A troubling new poll has found that the majority of Americans are not on board with letting transgender individuals use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

According to the poll conducted by CBS News, 59 percent of Americans believe that transgender individuals should use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth, while 26 percent are comfortable with self-determination when it comes to choosing which bathroom to use.

The survey asked participants to choose between the statements “Transgendered [sic] students should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their birth gender” and “Transgendered [sic] students should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their preferred gender.”

That’s from 2014…

Free speech is not under attack here, it’s spirit is definitely in danger here.

You either hold “socially acceptable” (liberal) views or you will hold none.

By the way, Target needs you to know you may use whatever bathroom you want.

Target announced Tuesday that transgender customers at its stores can use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day,” the company said on a blog post.

The policy extends to employees and shoppers and covers restrooms and dressing rooms.

“Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target,” the company added.


Medicaid Commissioner wants MOAR!

Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar talked to state legislators today about the agency’s need for more money and about who uses the massive federal-state healthcare program.

Lawmakers held the first of what is expected to be a series of hearings that they have said would help them get a better grasp on costs at the agency that is by far the largest consumer of money from the state General Fund.

Gov. Robert Bentley requested a General Fund appropriation of $785 million for Medicaid next year, $100 million more than this year.

The Legislature overrode Bentley’s veto and passed a budget giving Medicaid $700 million from the General Fund, a $15 million increase and more than a third of the $1.85 billion General Fund.


Mother and Father of the Year candidates in Alabama

A Shelby County couple faces child abuse charges after authorities say they made their child stay outside for days without food and water.

Matthew Scott Rowe, 33, and Catherine Rowe, 34, were arrested Monday, according to court records made public today. Arrest warrants in their cases say the Rowes “did willfully mistreat” their son after they forced the 7-year-old boy to stay outside for three days and two nights. During that time, records show, the couple “failed to properly feed and hydrate the child.”

The warrant said the abuse happened March 31 through April 2. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature dipped into the mid-40s during that time period.

The Rowes were arrested Monday on the child abuse charges. Both were booked into the Shelby County Jail Monday and released Tuesday after posting $15,000 bond. Their case is set for a preliminary hearing on May 18.


Andrew Jackson must go!

Why? Because he didn’t hold the values of a 21st century mega liberal…

Harriet Tubman, the former slave turned abolitionist, will replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, with Alexander Hamilton keeping his spot on the $10, according to reports.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce the changes today. It comes after months of talks over the future of U.S. currency and an ongoing movement to have a woman’s image added to a bill.

The change will put Tubman on the new $20 but leave Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury secretary, on the $10, a switch from earlier efforts that involved replacing him. Jackson’s image is expected to remain on the $20 in some way, officials indicated.

The $5 bill will be changed to depict civil rights era leaders, Politico reported.

So now we have Jackson, a monster, and Tubman on the same money?

Of course, this is not good enough.


Cordova, Alabama cops celebrated 420….

In honor of 420 day – the dopers’ Independence Day – Cordova police decided to partake in the festivities with a “First Annual Weed-Off.” Public Information Officer T.J. Armstrong posted this invitation on Facebook this morning:

“Bring your very best marijuana to the Cordova Police Department, where it’ll be judged in one of several categories:

1. Color

2. Smell

3. Texture

4. Best All Around

There will even be an honorable mention for the largest quantity brought in!

Of course, we’re aware of the dangers of showing off your wonderful specimen in public. It can cause others to become curious, find your home, and possibly steal what you have labored tirelessly for. Your hard work needs to be protected! We don’t want to put you in that predicament, so give us a call and we will be glad to send our judges out to your home to offer a private judging!

If you know someone who has an incredible entry and won’t be able to make it today, you can surprise them by entering for them! Simply send a picture of their plant, along with their name and address, and we’ll be happy to visit with them later. And don’t worry– we’ll never tell them who nominated them, so you can remain anonymous while doing your great deed, and they can still win prizes! What better a way to honor your green-thumbed neighbor?

You could win free photo shoots, bracelets, and more! You can even qualify for an all-expense paid vacation, with transportation and chauffeur provided to your destination!

Don’t miss out! Come by the Cordova Police Department today, and let’s celebrate 4/20!”

Obviously, Armstrong told AL.com, the contest isn’t for real. “I typed that this morning when I was laying in bed,” he said. “I posted it and it went viral. We thought it was pretty funny.”

It would also be pretty funny, he said, if someone actually fell for it. “We would laugh at them,” Armstrong said, “and then we’d arrest them.”


Father says he tried to help bipolar son who shot up Blount County

“We looked around, shining lights, and we couldn’t find anything,” Blackmon said of Monday night outside his son’s house. “He said, ‘Dad, do you want me to show you the portal of Hell?'”

“Yeah,” Blackmon said. “Whatever you want to do.”

The two men drove to Gadsden, where Daniel said the portal was, and back while Daniel talked about the “good demons” and “bad demons” he’d been seeing. He’d go days without sleep sometimes, and sometimes he’d fall asleep from exhaustion.

When they got home, Daniel turned all the lights on and opened the front door to feel safe. Randy Blackmon went to his own home down the lane. “I came by (Tuesday) morning and the door was open,” Blackmon said. “I went on to work.”

Blackmon’s friends started calling his cell phone later in the day, but they wouldn’t tell him what had happened. Then the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office called and did tell him, he said.

Blackmon said he tried to help his son every way he knew. The sheriff’s office knew Daniel, too, he said, because he said they’d picked him up for a hearing when his father tried to have him hospitalized earlier in April. Instead, the ultimate decision was a 150-day program of outpatient therapy and medication.

“He wasn’t going to do that,” Blackmon said of the meds. Later, Blackmon would say, “They let us down. I was trying to get him some long-term care.”

Should this guy be involuntarily committed and force-fed meds? After the fact, it’s easy to say, “Yes.”


Dumb people do dumb things

An Ohio teenager was electrocuted on Tuesday while performing an experiment he saw on YouTube, according to reports.

Morgan Wojciechowski, 15, of Vermilion Township was found in the garage of his home on Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reported.

WOIO reported the boy’s mother called 911 and told the operator that she went outside because she smelled something. That is when she found her son.

The boy was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities believe Wojciechowski was performing an experiment called Jacob’s Ladder that he saw on YouTube when he was electrocuted, according to the report.

The experiment involves high-voltage electricity traveling between two points.

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