Alabama

Lawmakers in Alabama approve protections for confederate monuments

Alabama lawmakers on Friday approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments, names and other historic memorials, as some Southern cities rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property. The measure “would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument” that has stood on public property for 40 or more years,” it reads. Changes to names or memorials installed between 20 and 40 years ago would need permission from a new state commission. African-American lawmakers opposed the bill at every step of the legislative process, saying argued that solidifies a shameful legacy of slavery. “You say we are protecting history. We are not protecting history. We are protecting monuments that represent oppression to a large part of the people in the state of Alabama,” said Sen. Hank Sanders, an African-American Democrat from Selma. Supporters argued that the measure should protect all kinds of history — not just Confederate symbols. Sen. Gerald Allen, the bill’s Republican sponsor, criticized what he called a “wave of political correctness” wiping out monuments to people he said were historically significant even if they had their personal flaws. The legislation would also apply to schools named to memorialize people. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey added an amendment, which lawmakers approved, to clarify that schools could change locations and do renovations, but not change names. The amendment came after lawmakers raised concerns that schools, which are often named for people, could not do renovations or relocate under the bill’s directive.

How great is this?!?  It’s about time one of these southern states said, “enough is enough” of this wave of political correctness trying to wipe away history.  The Civil War happened.  To those who have an issue with that…get over it.  And, there are many in the south who have ancestors who fought on the side of the Confederacy….and are proud of those ancestors.  Again, to those who have a problem with that…get over it.  Oh, and to all of those people who maybe had a politically correct, and warped education..  The first year and a half (give or take) had NOTHING to do with slavery.   Nothing!  Don’t believe me?  Then pick up a copy of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.”   Hopefully more southern states follow Alabama’s fine lead.

Black couple charged in explosive device at Alabama elementary school; planned to shoot cops, start race war

A convicted felon who claims he wanted to shoot cops is behind bars in connection with the explosives device planted outside of a Trussville elementary school. Authorities today announced state charges against 35-year-old Zachary Edwards and 34-year-old Raphel Dilligard, both of eastern Birmingham. They are charged with possession of a hoax destructive device, rendering false alarm and making terrorist threats, said Trussville police Capt. Jeff Bridges. The warrants were issued this morning after the week-long probe by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Trussville police, the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Edwards claimed to be a member of the Black Panthers and the Black Mafia, but authorities have not yet confirmed his reported associations with any organized group. “My guys believe this individual to be a very dangerous person,” said Dave Hyche, ATF’s assistant special agent in charge in Alabama. Lawmen responded en masse to Magnolia Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 16, after they received a 911 from a woman who reported seeing a Hispanic male place the package on a pickup truck that belonged to a school cafeteria worker. The package was a box with wires and timer attached. “When we first saw what we had, we knew this was something to take serious and we put on the full-court press. It disturbed us from the start,” Hyche said. “I’ve never seen such a well-orchestrated and rapid response.” Hyche today said the children and staff weren’t in any danger from the device, and even if it had been in working condition, it was on the far side of the school where there was no glass. The first break in the case came when investigators were able to trace that 911 to a cell phone that had once been owned by Edwards, said Hyche and Bridges. The 911 call was actually placed by Edwards, who disguised his voice to try to sound like a woman. Also, the timer – a stopwatch – used on the device was determined to have been sold at Walmart, and Hyche said investigators then analyzed all 18 recent buyers in the area. They quickly eliminated those that would have a legitimate reason for needing a timer – like a track coach – that ultimately led them to the store in Irondale where a woman – later determined to be Dilligard – was seen on video surveillance buying the timer. Edwards and Dilligard were taken into custody Tuesday evening at their home in the 7700 block of Fifth Avenue South. Once brought in for questioning, both gave confessions. Edwards admitted to planting the device, and said his plan was to get all police officers and first responders in one place so he could shoot them. “I guess he doesn’t like cops,” Bridges said. Edwards also talked of using the incident as a diversion so he could commit crimes elsewhere – such as robbing a bank – while the police were tied up at the elementary school, but backed out of that plan. “Probably because of the overwhelming response to the area,” Hyche said. “He wanted everybody in one place so he could kill cops. He made it clear to our guys he wanted to commit acts of violence. This arrest probably did stop something bad from happening.”

Glad they caught these two pieces of garbage before they did anymore harm.  Awful..

Alabama Teen Beaten Into Critical Condition After Posting ‘Blue Lives Matter’ [VIDEO]

A 17-year-old Alabama high school student is in critical condition after being assaulted this weekend. According to Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson, Brian Ogle was assaulted in an Ace Hardware parking lot following Sylacauga High School’s homecoming game on Friday. When authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered Ogle beaten and bleeding from the head. He was airlifted to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital where tests revealed three skull fractures and trauma to his shoulder. Ogle remains in critical condition. Ogle’s mother, Brandi Allen, told police she believes the assault occurred after he posted a pro-police message to Facebook. “Instead of us planning for his 18th birthday, we’re here,” Allen told WBRC from the UAB Hospital on Sunday. “Why? Because he made a statement that he backs the blue? I’m still trying to understand how someone, no matter the color of their skin, can do this to another human being.” Allen added that her son received “threatening messages” after making the post. “My son took it to the principal at Sylacauga High School and I commend him for that. He showed her the threats that were being made to him, but she told him there was nothing she could do. I’m appalled.” Sylacauga police are still investigating the assault.

Can’t blame the mom..  IF the kids responsible were students at that school, she should sue the school, the principal, and the district.  Of course, it goes without saying that she should go after the kids (or their parents if they’re under 18) for civil damages, in addition to anything the local DA does from a criminal perspective.  Those responsible are lower than animals…and should be treated as such.  To see a video of this poor kid, click on the text above.   Awful…

Suspected burglar found dead after he’s tied to tree

Authorities say a suspected burglar is dead after an Alabama homeowner tied him to a tree after catching the man breaking into his home. According to AL.com, Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer says 68-year-old Nathanial Johnson, of Leroy, caught 31-year-old Cleveland Jones Gully breaking into the back door of his home, about 60 miles north of Mobile, on Friday just before midnight. Stringer says Johnson chased Gully out and Gully either fell or jumped off the back steps. Johnson jumped on him, tied Gully’s hands behind his back, put duct tape on his mouth and tied him to a tree with insulated electrical tape and clothesline. Johnson then went to call 911. When sheriff’s deputies arrived about 10 minutes later, Gully was dead. Stringer says an autopsy will be performed and no charges have been filed yet against Johnson.

Let’s hope they don’t.  Sounds like burglar brought this on himself.

Report: 11-year-old boy shoots home intruder

An 11-year-old Alabama boy says he opened fire with a gun and wounded a man suspected of breaking into his home. Chris Gaither tells WVTM-TV he was home alone in Talladega on Wednesday when he heard a noise and realized someone else was inside. The boy says he grabbed a 9mm handgun and an armed male intruder threatened to kill him. Gaither says he followed the man outside and started shooting as the intruder fled with a clothes hamper. Gaither says he wounded the man in the leg with his 12th and final shot, and the man started “crying like a baby.” Police haven’t released any details on the case but say they are investigating. WVTM reports the man was treated for his wound at a hospital.

Excellent!!    🙂

 

Alabama college student cited for wearing empty gun holster on campus

A University of South Alabama student was charged with violating the school’s code of conduct after campus police caught him on campus wearing an empty gun holster, in an incident recorded on video. D.J. Parten, a junior from Mobile, said he was stopped Wednesday, detained for more than 30 minutes and then issued a citation that required him to meet with the Dean of Students, Al.com reported Thursday. Officials said they ultimately dismissed the citation after taking a closer look at the case. South Alabama spokesman Bob Lowry told the news outlet it all started when campus police responded to a report of a person in the Student Center who may have been carrying an “unconcealed” weapon. “USAPD officers arrived at the location and following an on-site interview with a student wearing an empty gun holster, issued a campus judicial citation to the student,” he said. “Upon further investigation, it has been determined that the citation should not have been issued and it has been rescinded,” Lowry said, adding that University Police were conducting an internal investigation of the matter. Parten told the website he is acting president of the USA chapter of Students for Concealed Carry. Each spring the organization holds a nationwide empty holster protest against rules prohibiting weapons on campus. In a seven-minute video posted on Campus Reform, a campus police officer asks Parent where the weapon is that is meant to go in the holster. “I don’t have it,” he tells the officer, according to Al.com. “Would you like a copy of the Constitution?”

Excellent!!  🙂

Alabama passes law barring cities and towns from increasing minimum wage

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill Thursday barring cities and towns from setting their own minimum wage just as Birmingham was set to raise it to $10.10. The legislation’s passage came after the Birmingham City Council voted to increase the city’s minimum wage, according to AL.com. The block drew criticism from Birmingham council leader Jonathan Austin who said “we will continue to work together to stand and fight for our citizens.” “It’s certainly is unfortunate, if it stands up, it is a loss for those who deserve to earn a livable wage in the city of Birmingham, and, for that matter, the state of Alabama,” Austin said. “But the state obviously disagrees.” Bentley signed the bill less than an hour after it was passed, AL.com reported. Alabama has no state minimum wage and has used the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour since 2009 when it was last raised. The Guardian noted that a full-time employee who works for the entire year will only earn $15,080 per year. State senator Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, argued Thursday that an increased minimum wage would stall economic development in the state. He claims business owners contacted him and asked him if they would have to close up shop because of a possible increased minimum wage, according to The Guardian. “We want businesses to expand and create more jobs – not cut entry-level jobs because of a patchwork of local minimum wages causes operating costs to rise. Our actions today will create predictability and consistency for Alabama’s economy, which benefits everyone,” Waggoner said. Alabama Democrats have said the federal minimum wage is too low for the working poor with families to survive on.

Good for Alabama!  Very smart move.

Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty to 2014 Sexual Assault on 10-Year-Old Girl

Officials have accepted the plea of a 43-year-old illegal immigrant on charges that he sexually assaulted a ten-year-old girl in 2014. Franklin County, Alabama court officials said Pedro Ramirez Rocha of Russellville pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. Rocha was indicted last September on four counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 after the girl’s family came forward. Authorities said that the plea deal was approved with the agreement of the child’s parents, who hoped to avoid a lengthy trial. The parents said that they wanted to avoid further trauma to their little girl, now 11. “They were concerned about the stress the case would put on their child,” Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said. “But they were ready to go forward if (Rocha) had not entered the guilty plea.” Rocha will serve five years in prison, then be deported, prosecutors said.

That’s it?!?  This piece of garbage should be put down like the rabid animal he is.  This is an example of some of the hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens running around free on our American streets.  They need to be all round up and deported, after we secure biometric data from them to keep on file, should they try to come back to the United States.  Just an awful story..

920-pound alligator pulled from Alabama lake

Authorities say an alligator pulled from a lake in southeast Alabama weighs an estimated 920 pounds. AL.com reports that the 13-foot, 6-inch gator was captured in Lake Eufaula on Aug. 14 Authorities say the alligator was caught by Scott Evans of Center Point, Alabama, and his friends, Jeff and Justin Gregg. The gator was weighed at Dixon Lumber Co. in Eufaula. Last year, a 15-foot and 9-inch gator weighing 1,011.5 pounds was caught in Meek Creek, a tributary of the Alabama River. About 115 pounds of that gator was a deer in the gator’s stomach.

If you want to see pics of this beast, click on the text above, and there will be a link.

Alabama church opens gun range behind sanctuary

Praise the Lord . . . and pass the ammunition. An Alabama church has opened a gun range behind its sanctuary as an extension of its fellowship, WIAT reports. The red-clay dirt range behind the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison began as an overgrown gully once filled with snakes and vermin, according to the station, and has turned into a ministry that includes guns, bullets and the Bible. Mount Union’s pastor, Phillip Guin, says the idea of a gun range came up because “we had quite a number of church members, some elderly ladies, for example, and some not-so-elderly women that had purchased guns, but didn’t know how to use them.” The range was originally used to teach firearm safety, but then transitioned into the Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club because many in the congregation hunt or are gun enthusiasts. “This is an opportunity for us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique. Even odd by some people’s standards. But who’s to say that church can’t happen right here,” Guin told WIAT. The club is currently comprised solely of church members, but it is becoming a favorite of the Jemison Police Department. Marc McMinn, deputy chief of the department, said officers train there on a regular basis and use the range to offer safety courses to the public. “Really, the whole purpose of this range is to provide recreational and gun safety in a warm, loving, Christian environment,” Guin told UPI. “We wanted to come up with some different ideas to help our church grow, and we thought this would be a unique ministry to offer to the community.” “Right now, we are just really happy with how everything turned out,” Guin said. “We found a use for the small ‘Grand Canyon’ behind our church, and turned it into something that is pretty cool.”

Amen! How great is this?!? Excellent!! 🙂