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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Neil Thrash, Joseph Morgan and Judas Iscariot

     Front page above the fold in the Ft Payne Times Journal today annouces the firing of 30 year beloved High School baseketball coach Neil Thrash, Reminds me of a scene in the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford when Jesse sees in the paper the arrest and conviction of Dick Liddle. Jesse says, lookee here, lookee here. In the mid 90's he coached my local heroes Solomon Stanton and now CIA Arabic language expert Mark Dutton to four straight County championships.

    Joseph MOrgan boasted to me a year ago about his role in helping flip Dekalb County to Republican control which meant the election of County School Supe Hugh Taylor. Longtime District Judge Rains was also ousted.

   Joseph now works for the Tea Party Republicans of Alabama. The righteous pharisees who woulda deported half the soccer team in Collinsville that won the state championship last year.

   In the TJ article Neil Thrash said:  " I graduated from Fyffe HS, my wife taught here, my three kids go to school here in Fyffe, I live in this community, I love this community and I don't want to say anything on the record that's going to hurt any of the people that I just mentioned."

    JoJo's brother Mark played basketball for Coach Thrash. Joe's father john, for the 25 years I've been around kept the clock for the HS basketball games.

   Is JoJo Judas Iscariot here at Easter Season.

    For sure according to Garry Wills easy google in the review of Bama Grad Joe Scarborough's book you could make a good case Jospeph is a traitor for a pound of silver.
    On the other hand his Mother said in difference to the current Pope, she would vote for the fetus every time over other concerns likes justice for the poor or good school policy.

    Maybe Joseph is confused. He has three smart brothers that have benefitted from the best schools in the nation. Maybe they can bear some witness to him.

    Then there is Shakespeare. Coach Thrash taught Shakespeare a semester in Collinsville while an English teacher was on maternity leave. Joe's Duke Brother was in that class. Joe's Father said Neil did a good job.

  Here  is some Hamlet for Jojo and Supe Taylor:

   There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio
  Than are Dreamt of in In Your Philosophy!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stephen Fox goes to Montgomery March 10

   Kinda on a lark but it turned out to be a nice trip. At Exit 179 just north of Montgomery had a chat with several basketball players from a Division 2 school going to a tourney in Ohio. Nice Fellows, had good chat with one of them about Duke's Jabari and Creighton's McDermott. Told them my story about my onetime famous pickup game with Kevin Garnett when he was in 9th grade.

     My ride let me out at the main library in downtown Montgomery after our pretown meal at Chic Fil A. After a little internet time there, I walked about five blocks over to Hall Street to see Martin Luther Kings pastorium from 54-1960. Had read about it in Taylor Branch and Marshall Frady's bios. Had a good chat with some magnet school 8th graders before my walk, that story will be in the edit.

    From the pastorium I walked a circuitous route down to the state capitol. There I crashed a tour group from Wayne State law school and Civil Rights Center from Detroit. Tour guide was great, was actually there at the end of the Selma march in 65 and told us the exact window George Wallace looked out of down on MLKing as he was giving his arc of the universe prophetic word. The guide of color said Wallace was noted to have said King gave a good speech that day. That got some knowing smiles from the diverse group from Detroit.
   I volunteered some remarks there in the Capitol building about my recent encounters with Bama House speaker Mike Hubbard. They were rapt with attention knowing they were hearing the latest truth about Alabama.

    Went down to the Montgomery Riverfront. Had new meaning for me after last fall's view of 12 yrs a Slave and studied read of Walter Johnson's River of Dark Dreams.

    Made an oblique report on Paul Finebaum show yesterday on national ESPN. Come back for edit and the Magnet School story.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Billy Graham, Joe McCarthy, Fox News and Issa Hearings

     Fox News parked on the righteous indignation of Elijah Cummings yesterday in the Issa Hearings. I called his D.C. Office this morning as well as Trey Gowdy. I'm proud of Elijah and his righteous indignation. I hope he raises the level in a moment comparable to when Eisenhower took Joe McCarthy to the woodshed.
     Google the New Yorker piece on Issa. Checkered past. The real issue here as N.C.'s Kay Haygood is spotlighting in her Senate Race against Art Pope and the Koch brothers is Americans United.

    The Other issue is roger ailes of the Nixon Administration and Fox News. There is a new bio of Ailes: "The Loudest Mouth in the Room". Elijah should bring that up for Issa and Gowdy.

    gowdy goes to church where Billy Graham has his membership, fbc Spartanburg. Can't BenGhazie Gowdy learn something from Graham's historic entanglements with Nixon. If not what good is FBC Spartanburg. Where does Gowdy have the Mah Fyburr to joust with Elijah Cumming.

     So lets talk about the real matter here. enough of Trey Gowdy wearing his so called "Christian" street cred on his sleeve under Billy Graham's skirt while fronting for the Pharisees. Jesus threw them out of the Temple.

    Hey Jesus, this time throw Roger Ailes out Toooo!

    Read Joe Crespino's Strom Thurmond's America; and Molly Worthen's Apostles of
Reason. If you have acquaintances in Upstate South Carolina, in Jesus name give em a call and tell them to speak truth to the little Banty Rooster Fox News Darlin Trey Gowdy and vote against him. Bonhoeffer and Jesus would, on that I am clear!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Molly Worthen on "charlatan" Francis Schaeffer

   At the chat room SBC Trends of Lee Saunders and I are having some major differences on Francis Schaeffer. Truett Seminary's Roger Olson review of Molly Worthen's book The Apostles of Reason says Molly profiles Schaeffer as a "charlatan."
      Saunders has friends at FBC Spartanburg, the home base of Tea Party and Fox News Darling US Rep Trey Gowdy. Oklahoma's ordained SBC minister James Lankford of US House also shares the so called "Christian World View" of Schaeffer, Al Mohler and Mavin Olasky.
     A read of Worthen's Mark Noll endorsed book in tandem with Joe Crespino's Strom Thurmond's American and Dan Williams God's Own Party shines a burning light on the shallow legacy of Billy Graham's legacy with the politics of Richard Nixon; and for all except the most dim witted reveals emperor Al Mohler and the gurus of the the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention; those emperors have no clothes

   Come back to this as I will enlarge on this extended quote from Worthen on Schaeffer, pages 218-219, the end of Chapter nine. Preceeding pages talk abut the Council for National Policy, the right wing group of Jesse Helms and Paul Pressler, setting up her next chapter on the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    More paragraphs to follow, this one her take on the implications of Schaeefer's irritability with an exchange of letters in early 80's where Mark Noll got in his shorts. Noll chairs the department on the Study of Evangelicals at Notre Dame, where he took Nathan Hatch's place, when Hatch became President of Wake Forest. Harry Dent's family and the Hatch's are tight, so if nothing else a story in John Grisham's Oxford American Magazine, even the New Yorker should follow

  Molly on Schaeffer in quotes and analysis: 
Schaeffer and Notre Dame's Mark Noll in early 80s had an exchange over Schaeffer's Christian Manifesto  Worthen reports:

  FS replied with a 12 page screed defending his position.. Barry Hankins said Noll's correspondence Obsessed FS. FS checked the mail daily at LaBri. "The criticism hurt, more than that, FS was outraged. at the evangelical historian's disloyalty in the midst of this battle for America's soul. FS had written Manifesto not as a dispassionate historical treatise, but as a tract in the culture wars, Hankins said."
    FS wanted evangelical Americans to become soldiers of history rather than careful students. He was one of a wave of gurus who, like generations of prophets and big personalities before them, offered evangelicals an alternative authority, a rubric of certainty at a time when the consensus on the Bible's status in American culture was shakier than ever. While he inspired some evangelicals to get to the bottom of some of the stories he told by pursuing grad degrees in philosophy and history, on a larger scale FS  ministry was a grand and clever exercise in anti-intellectualism. he deployed the trappings of academic investigation....In FS mind there was no dishonor in this, only due respect for divine authority....

   Quoting Molly: 

       Scheffer's minstry revealed what the neo-evangelical campaign to build an intellectual movement around inerrancy and a "Christian World View" had become: an adaptable ideology vague enough to welcome believers of every theological persuasion,  a substrate in which political energy could flourish-- and a strategy for using the authority of history to name conservative evangelicals as trustees of Christendom.

  A few pages later. Molly says in reference to what Schaeffer begat: "Yet in the public square subtle scholarship was no match for culture war bluster!"  So Lee Saunders understands, Schaeffer was the chief guru of culture war "Bluster"

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fox News Bastards and Ventriloquist Dummies

   Writin off the cuff here so come back Tuesday for editing and revisions.

    Sean Hannity, America's Asshole whose Daddy Roger Ailes is a bigger one, played the politics of the distraction to Fox News Hilt Tues and Thursday diminishing the Moral Mondays effort in N.C. to an aside by Rev Barber of the NAACP to S.C. Tim Scott as a "ventriloquist dummy".

     Will Campbell said we are all Bastards, but Ailes and Hannity are a special case. No mention of Jane Mayer's New Yorker piece on Art Pope; no mention of the several recent reports on NPR about Money and Politics in light of the recent Supreme Court Decision and how the Koch brothers whose Father Fred was a Bircher; no mention of my Bama House Speaker Mike Hubbard or his pom pom PHD wife and the Jan 11 front page story in the NY Times on them and the immigration bill that woulda deported half the Collinsville, Alabama state championship soccer team.

   No,  Christian America's news service--right Gov Huckabee--pulls a stunt in the Moral MOnday's March shaking down workin class America for the Koch Brothers.

   Here is hoping Tim Tyson at Duke calls their bluff. Here is hoping he brings the Fox Whore House to Duke to talk it over with Jane Mayer and the author or the recent bio of Roger Ailes. Bring Garry Wills to talk about his review of Joe Scarborough's shallow recent history of the GOP.

    Bring it on with righteous indignation with the Ailes News Team that Jesus woulda thrown out of the Temple just like he did the Bastards in the New Testament.

   Ok, I'm calming down a little now. But I'm tired of these bastards flinging  dung in the face of George Washington and Solomon NOrthup, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln and Judge Frank Johnson.

   TheseAssholes ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Furman makes history with first Female President; Baptist moorings

     My sister called to tell me this morning Furman had a new President a woman. I called some folks close to the search process with some congratulations. I was surprised, not so much they'd chosen a woman but her Baptist street cred was so Strong.

     From Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Stewart A Newman, LD, Jeff Rogers and Melissa Rogers couldn't be happier I imagine. For sure she is distinct from her other Baylor alum of influence in the Upstate, Trey Gowdy. They are about the same age, 51.

     Davis former pastor Julie Pennington Russell stirred up a lot of controversy when she became pastor of FBC Decatur Ga. But closer to Gowdy and the world view of Billy Graham's First Baptist Church Spartanburg which recently claimed Harry Dent's daughter is the distinction that cannot be lost on any but the most dimwitted what this means. It coincides with the release of Molly Worthen's book The Apostles of Reason which has a chapter on the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention. And Dr. Davis fellow parishioner at Calvary, Roger Olson, has an online review of Worthen where he says she scorches Francis Schaeffer as a "charlatan."

    While Furman has many constituencies and some consider this an esoteric, in light of the Tea Party and Fox News Gowdy hold on Upstate S.C. this is an elephant in the room that cannot be ignored. With the Greenville and Upstate Furman welcome to Dr. Davis, time for some soul searching for credible Republicans like Knox White, David Wilkins and even Lester Maddox nephew Baxter Wynn to navigate this thicket with Dr. Davis and lets have a prophetic word for Trey Gowdy and what he represents.

    That would be a good place to stop, but this conversation anchored in Jeff Rogers early 90's lecture in the LD Johnson Series What Really Matters is about Furman and the best of the Baptist tradition of higher education is a great framework.

     My friend Randall Balmer will have a review of Worthen's book soon in the Christian Century.

     Dr Davis will have good company in the region with her fellow Baptist presidents Nathan Hatch at Wake Forest, Bill Underwood at Mercer and Randall OBrien at Carson Newman. I am satisfied the late Tom Corts of Samford is smiling on this choice from above.

    God Bless Dr. Davis in this new chapter at Furman and God Bless Furman University.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Talked to Kaitlyn and an Australian Woman today

  Called the staff of Bama Congressman Mike Rogers and S.C. US Senator Tim Scott. I told Kaitlyn I had difficulty gettin in touch with Mike Hubbard's office since last October but I thought there was something shallow about the Bama Tea Party politics of playing the religion card and that only being abortion which New Republic to my satisfaction has named the politics of mendacity. Talked about voter suppression and the Jane Mayer piece in the New Yorker the Voter Fraud Myth. Said I was convinced two United Methodist Bishops, Deb Wallace Padgett and Will Willimon would find Hubbard blaspheming the Gospel with his insidious politics in Alabama.
     Got a Surprise at Sen Tim Scott's office. Talked to an intern who is visitting American from a University in Australia. She had a good take on the irony of an African American tea Party Senator from S.C. with President Obama in office. We talked about the movie 12 years a slave and Walter Johnson's River of Dark Dreams. We are both fans of the Australian movie Rabbit Proof Fence. Delightful conversation; and Kaitlyn was pleasant as well.

    Little tension on the phone when I talked to Marianna in Trey Gowdy's office. I think either Gowdy is dimwitted or faking. Fox News Darling, Marianna and the Gowdy office are out to lunch on the new bio of Roger Ailes, and they don't seem to be eager to read Molly Worthen's Apostles of Reason. Disappointing for a US Congressman with ties to Baylor and Billy Graham's FBC Spartanburg. I got Baptized in Truett Memorial Baptist Church. Trey Gowdy is no George W. Truett nor his friend Woodrow Wilson.

    Where is Don Wilton on all this. Surely he can read Molly Worthen's book with its chapter on the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention