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Apr 26, 2019

CNN's Bergen: Suicide bomber had to make "a difficult decision"....

 
 
"Of course, there is no simple answer for what must be a difficult decision..."


from a CNN column by Peter Bergen about the suicide bombers that killed 300+ people on Easter Sunday.

(Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is the author of "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/24/opinions/sri-lanka-terrorists-educated-middle-class-bergen/

Are we supposed to feel sorry for the terrorists????

Apr 25, 2019

Bob's Shots

My long time friend Bob Corley did a photo shoot of me at work, and this is the only one I have seen so far. Caption contest?

 

Artist Profile

Tonight at 10:00 PM on CBS 8 or ABC 32 in Montgomery.
Meet Brenda Davis, self-taught artist who lives in Autauga County.


   




  

     And for those of you who say "hell, I can do better than that", I say: so do it! 
     And then have your work acquired by The High Museum in Atlanta, as Ms. Davis has.
     Watch the report tonight on Alabama News Network.

Apr 23, 2019

Media


(CNN)The White House has ordered Trump administration officials to boycott the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, according to a senior administration official.
The order was issued Tuesday morning by White House Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley, who announced that all Trump administration officials are being ordered to boycott the dinner, scheduled for Saturday night.
An administration official adds that the order came from Trump personally, though staffers have been trying to talk him out of it.
The move marks yet another deterioration in relations between the White House press office and the press corps, though President Donald Trump had announced earlier this month that he would be skipping the annual dinner for the third year in a row. The President will instead hold a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the same evening.

Movie Update

     Crew members for "Son of The South" get ready to shoot a scene in Downtown Montgomery this morning. It's outside the old Greyhound Bus Station (now The Freedom Rides Museum). 
     I play a reporter interviewing John Lewis (in Birmingham) as they prepare to go to Montgomery.

Bagage from the bus is scattered on the street
     That's where the bus was attacked as police, at the very least, looked away.
From the National Park Service history of the Montgomery station:

"Arriving early in Montgomery with only a lone motorcycle patrolman escort, the Freedom Riders soon discovered that a crowd of approximately 200 angry protestors crowded the streets and the arrival bay area at the bus station. Among the crowd were several notorious Klansmen who were involved in the Birmingham violence. Reporters greeted the Freedom Riders, but before the first question could be answered, a mob, bearing lead pipes and baseball bats, attacked first the reporters, smashing their equipment, before turning their attention to the Freedom Riders. By this time, some of the Freedom Riders formed a human chain by joining hands. The mob quickly overwhelmed them."
     Taking part in the movie reminded me of how many people it takes to produce  a film. Lots of extras and 1961 ear clothes and cars. It will likely be screened at movie festivals before a promised Montgomery premier.
Barry Brown and Bob Zelner

  




   The movie is Son of The South. Montgomery's Barry Brown is directing, Spike Lee is Executive Producer. 
     The script is based on the autobiographical book Wrong Side of Murder Creek by Bob Zellner.