May 26, 2015

Gallup: To The left, To The left (to quote Beyonce)

Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues


 The Full Story is HERE.

Media Extra: The NO TV Diet

The Washington Post created this great headline for the story:

The last time Pope Francis watched TV, ‘Cheers’ was the top-rated show

     That's right. The Pope hasn't watched TV since 1990!
     No FOX News (nor CNN).
     No Mother Angelica (EWTN. LIVE from Irondale, Alabama).

    The Museum of Communications points out he stopped watching just in time to miss a lot of religious programming, of a sorts:

Religion began to find its way into some prominent series in the early 1990s, this time not as a major theme, but as a significant element nonetheless. A "new age" or "seeker" religiosity was a fairly common theme of Northern Exposure, frequently introduced by the character Chris. Picket Fences regularly dealt with religious themes and ideas, and born-again Christian joined the firm in L.A. Law during this time. The short-lived Touched By An Angel repised themes found in Highway to Heaven. Religious awakening and interest was also a theme of thirtysomething.

     I doubt the Pope will have any kind of awakening anytime soon. The major source for news for the majority of people in the U.S. is TV, and Pope Francis says he only reads only one newspaper a day. 
     Maybe he's getting his info from a higher power.

May 25, 2015

How NOT to display the U.S. flag.

     A South Alabama store is in hot water after an internet fueled furor over this T-Shirt. The U.S. flag is only displayed upside down during an extreme emergency....not a Memorial Day shirt sale.

Welcoming The Invaders

  5-4-15 headline   

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover... FEMA "Death Domes"

 5-25-15 headline                                         

Texas governor declares states of emergency, more severe weather expected

FEMA sending help.

Dear Christian Science Monitor

     All is NOT well with the Republic, despite your glowing column about Memorial Day informing your readers that there used to be separate memorial days for Northerners and Southerners, but that ended with the big wars:

It took a much larger conflict, World War I, to finally bring North and South together in memory of their war dead. The holiday expanded to include a commemoration of all US soldiers who paid the ultimate price, in all the nation’s wars.

     Please let writer Peter Grier know that at least in Alabama, there is a Confederate Memorial Day every year, and that it is an official state holiday.

Lincoln's Veterans

     A long neglected segregation-era cemetery in Montgomery is more under control, thanks for volunteers who regularly cut the weeds back and who have documented 7,000+ graves at a facility built to handle 700.

     There are still toppled stone markers and graves that have collapsed, but that's a big improvement from recent years when bones could be seen in colapsed gravesites.
     I took these photos today, Memorial Day, paying special attention to the graves of Veterans. Lincoln cemetery was founded for black residents of the city in 1907. At the very least, there are veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam buried there.
     And that gave me a thought. Perhaps there is some federal grant money available to maintain Lincoln Cemetery because of those Veterans?
     Here are photos of some of the tombstones, presented as a tribute on Memorial Day 2015.

Some of the graves have collapsed, thousands have no markers.
     One of the Rotary Clubs in Montgomery has taken on the burial ground as a project.
      The volunteers, who do their best to maintain Lincoln Cemetery in Montgomery, placed flags on the graves of Veterans for Memorial Day.