- 8:00 AM – AL.com’s Cameron Smith on Obama’s speech, “Free the Delegates” and Alabama politics.
For more than a century the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., has been a favorite vacation place for the elite and well-heeled. William Howard Taft was the first of 10 presidents to stay there. Barack Obama was the latest. They say it even has a ghost — the Pink Lady — who haunts the hotel from time to time.
Now you can add to that list 15 Alabama lawmakers on a special interest group’s dime. Last month the Alabama Lenders Association hosted four state senators and 11 state representatives there during that group’s annual summer conference, paying for their lodging, meals and other social activities.
Let’s be clear, Kyle Whitmire is a liar, coward and probably a plagiarist… But, he may on to something.
On the other hand, groups do stuff like this to introduce lawmakers to legislation…
Maurice Shevin, a Birmingham lawyer and director of the Alabama Lenders Association, insisted that paying the way for lawmakers to attend the Asheville conference was worthwhile for their trade association, but not a way of buying influence.
“Rationale for the attendance is so that our members have an opportunity to educate members of the legislature about traditional installment lenders,” he said.
All I spoke with drove one point home: The Alabama Ethics Commission had given its blessing, called a precertification, making the event legal.
I’d prefer this not be allowed.
Madison County investigators have arrested an official from a Madison church who stands accused of possession and dissemination of child pornography.
John Lindbergh Ellar Martin, 57, is charged with possession of child pornography. He is being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of $30,000.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office Captain Michael Salomonsky announced the arrest Tuesday afternoon at a news conference, where he detailed the weeks-long investigation into Martin’s alleged crimes.
Salomonsky said a search warrant was executed around 6:45 a.m. at Martin’s home on Barcody Road SE in Huntsville, where investigators took as evidence several electronic devices, including cell phones.
A search warrant was also executed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Madison, where Martin worked as assistant director of the parish’s religious education program. A desktop computer, as well as a laptop, was seized from his office there.
Photos and videos of sexual abuse of children were found on both computers from the church, as well as the devices taken from Martin’s home.
Salomonsky said church officials were “extremely helpful” during the search and the investigation of the case.
Yes, Obama delivered the exact speech we all expected him too…
What a terrible person.
Here is the fruit of his labor…
Trump leading in swing states?
Other polls give Clinton an advantage in all three states. Including the new Quinnipiac surveys, POLITICO’s Battleground State polling average — which include the five most-recent polls in each state — give Clinton a 3.2-point lead in Florida, a 2.8-point edge in Ohio and a larger, 4.6-point advantage in Pennsylvania.
While the Quinnipiac results are eye-popping, they don’t represent any significant movement — except in Florida. In threerounds of polling over the past two months, the race has moved from a four-point Trump lead in Ohio in the first survey, then tied in the next two polls. In Pennsylvania, Clinton led by one point in the first two polls and now trails by two.
Dems on the attack on the Senate floor…
We always hear “why didn’t they taser him”, until they taser someone. That’s when the media trots out how unsafe tasers are…
A burglary suspect died tonight after he was struck by a Birmingham police stun gun.
The incident began shortly after 3:30 p.m. at a home in the 5200 block of Lewisburg Road. The man, an adult white male, was taken to St. Vincent’s South, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards gave this account of what happened: Birmingham Officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 5200 block of Lewisburg Road about 3:35 p.m. When they arrived, the officers met the homeowner who said he heard glass breakage and someone yelling and growling in his basement.
Additional officers arrived and told the homeowner to go next door for his safety. As officers walked around the house, they observed several windows broken and they entered the home. Once inside, they saw a white male wearing only shorts and wrapped up in material that looked like the air conditioner duct work.
There have been multiple deaths following Taser use in Jefferson County, in Alabama and beyond over the past decade. Here is a look at just a few of them.
All Lives Matter?
Be honest, if someone did this to out anthem, you would be mad.
#BlackLivesMatter protests surely to follow this…
The media finds this story amusing, they would not be so amused if it was Justice Thomas criticizing Hillary Clinton, I promise that.
Loretta Lynch is worthless…
The entire Democrat National Convention could be a “fart-in”…
As U.S. forces continue to fight Islamic extremism in the Middle East, a religious battle of a different kind is unfolding nearly 7,000 thousands miles away from the front lines in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan at a military base in small-town Alabama.
Fort Rucker, in southeast Alabama, is home to the U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence, but has over the last couple of years become the main focus of a campaign by a private organization to force the 212th Aviation Regiment to ditch its “Crusaders” name and non-secular iconography that appears on badges and internal documents.
While the Army has resisted calls to remove the name and badge, which is essentially a red crucifix atop of a white shield with a helicopter in the upper left-hand corner, a religious freedoms group is stepping up and threatening to take the Army to Federal court.
The Military Religious Freedoms Foundation (MRFF), headed by its founder Mikey Weinstein, contends that it has received complaints from U.S. and foreign soldiers of all religious denominations based at Fort Rucker, who have expressed surprise over how a supposed secular arm of the government is able to display such imagery.
“We have 42 families that live in Fort Rucker, and 23 of them are practitioners of the Christian faith,” said Weinstein, whose group’s function is to ensure religious freedoms as per the U.S. Constitution. “Either we have Roman Catholics and Protestants, the others are Islamic, Jewish, they are native American, spiritualists and others atheists, agnostics, humanists or secularists, and they are not going to take it anymore.”
This movie will be terrible BUT the media will try to convince you otherwise…
We will see if “Like this or you are sexist” works on anyone who isn’t a flaming liberal… I’ll see it.
Put down the phones, folks…
At least people are going outside…
Hey guys, sorry about the picture showing a cop being murdered ISIS-style…
You don’t post a picture of a cop being killed like ISIS kills infidels by accident… Own it, be who you are.
Get cut? I guess you better be pretty good if you want to be this stupid.
He’s not the only one… Former Miss Alabama calls shooter a “martyr“…
Kalyn Chapman James, who was crowned in 1993, said in a tearful video on Facebook Sunday that while she doesn’t want to “feel this way,” she finds it difficult to be sad for the departed police officers and “can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr.”
“And I know it’s not the right way to feel because nobody deserves to lose their lives,” she said in the two minute video. “But I’m so torn up in my heart about seeing these men, these black men, being gunned down in our community…I wasn’t surprised by what the shooter did to those cops and I think a lot of us feel the same way and I know it’s not right and I definitely don’t condone violence against innocent people.”
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