If he's offended at seeing Confederate symbols in Florida, we'll absolutely drive him stark raving mad in Alabama. We still have HEART OF DIXIE on our car tags (inside a small heart now; not 6 bold inches of type at the top of the tag like the old days but COME THE REVOLUTION, WE'LL BRING THAT BACK!) and of the 18 counties created in Alabama since the Civil War, NINE ARE NAMED FOR CONFEDERATE HEROES!
Maybe THE SHITHEAD "ARTIST"
can quit his job at the Ringling Brothers Circus College in Sarasota & get a teaching job in Auburn where their #43 car tag stands for General Robert E. Lee!
He and his academic shithead supporters http://academicshithead.blogspot.com should now understand that they have identified themselves as enemies of our country and it is my hope and prayer that they all suffer penalties for their offenses and indiscretions.
One of the ways I curbed my rage for what passes for art in Yankee dominated Tallahassee was to reread portions of one of my favorite books, SOUTHERN BY THE GRACE OF GOD, by Michael Andrew Grissom. As I read Grissom's words, I couldn't help but think of Buddy Buie's haunting lyrics for the song GEORGIA PINES.
from page 27 of SOUTHERN BY THE GRACE OF GOD:
Country music is full of sentimental allusions to home.
Working in this idiom, southern songwriters consistently write about home, often drawing upon personal recollections for their material. Country music is southern in origin and is, consequently, a natural vehicle for expressing our strong home ties.
Last night I went to sleep in Detroit city.I dreamed about those cotton fields back home. I dreamed about my mother, dear old Papa, sister and brother; I dreamed about that girl who's been waiting for so long.
I wanna go home- I wanna go home. Lord, how I wanna go home.
Truly, home is the word that strikes the responsive chord with southerners. Tennessee invited us to HOMECOMING '86, and Mississippi beckoned us to visit there because IT'S LIKE COMING HOME. Perhaps one of the reasons we reverence home so much is the fact that we southerners have had to make our stand in the literal doorways of our homes. We've had our homes violated, and we've watched as family heirlooms went up in the smoke of an invader's fire, and I think it makes a difference. A man fights a desperate battle when he stands upon his own ground. When the guns blazed in the frenzied struggle at Shiloh, General Pat Cleburne [ed. note: namesake for Cleburne County, Alabama] , from neighboring Arkansas, remarked,"The Tennesseans had more to fight for; the fight was for their homes and firesides."
Southerners have a similar attachment to their native states for much the same reason. I used to enjoy seeing the southern states cast their votes at the televised national political conventions. "THE GREAT AND SOVEREIGN state of Alabama, Heart of Dixie, is PROUD to cast its twenty-six votes for...." None of that simple stuff, "Connecticut votes for..." NO, SIR! There's state pride down here in Dixie. Anyone who doubts the fierce state pride in the South has never been here during football season. When Texas and Oklahoma do battle each year in the Cotton Bowl stadium at Dallas, it becomes more than a ball game. Like many classic rivalries across the South, state honor is at stake!
ROBERTOREG highly recommends Mr. Grissom's 572 masterpiece devoted to describing SOUTHERN PRIDE!
And speaking of home, the Bama Queen sent a superb historical video done by a Dothan cat & posted on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpKWHsvCL1I
Probably the best thing that's happened this weekend is the email I received from the daughter of the late Larry Chiz. Chiz was the original guitarist in Eddie Hinton's first band, The Spooks. Larry's daughter, Liz Chiz, found me while googling her father's name.http://robertoreg.blogspot.com/2004_08_08_archive.html
Check out her email to me:
I have found your blogs (two of many, I see) and thus your email all because I ordered a “Bandcestors” cd from cdbaby. I got a response from a Fred Styles asking if I was Larry Chiz’s daughter; and that sent me on this mission. I am the 39 year old daughter of Larry Chiz from Shaw, Mississippi. I live in Venice, CA (I noticed from a posting you have another friend here). I simply googled my dad’s name and Eddie Hinton’s name and The Spooks all together and found YOU, and what you wrote about my Dad. I had always heard he was a great player but never heard it put the way you put it, and I certainly never heard him play. I did grow up hearing the name Eddie Hinton………A LOT. http://www.myspace.com/eddiehintonzane
I am in shock and awe and deeply saddened all at once. My Dad passed away in July of 2006, at the age of 62. Lung cancer. He didn’t smoke. He raised me and my brother Scott after he and my mom (Muffin Luks Chiz) divorced in 1976. I, myself, went to, and somehow managed to graduate from, University of Alabama from 1985-1989. I moved here in ’89 to work in film and that is what I do now.
I have also written Fred, so you may be hearing from him, if you are in touch with him. This is all very weird and it’s very late and I must get some sleep, but I hope to hear back from you and from Fred.
Obviously, I would love and appreciate greatly, any pictures or any anything you might have that relates to my Dad. Any recordings???
Muchas go out to Ole Capn Dean for getting us up to speed on Scott Boyer's situation:
Note on the Gettysburg Address
by H.L. Mencken
"The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history...the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. "
“But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination— ‘that government of the people, by the people, for the people,’ should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue.
“The Union soldiers in that battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves."
"What was the practical effect of the battle of Gettysburg? What else than the destruction of the old sovereignty of the States, i.e., of the people of the States? The Confederates went into battle free; they came out with their freedom subject to the supervision and veto of the rest of the country—and for nearly twenty years that veto was so effective that they enjoyed scarcely more liberty, in the political sense, than so many convicts in the penitentiary.” — Journalist H.L. Mencken, From “Five Men at Random,” “Prejudices: Third Series,” 1922, pp. 171-76: First printed, in part, in the “Smart Set,” May, 1920, p. 141
Left to right: Jimmy Dean, Buddy Buie, Bill J. Moody, Wilbur Walton Jr.
DUH...uh...HHHHuhhh,,....////7&!Robert Dupree wrote:
There’s one man that could POSSIBLY get the guys together.
BILL J. MOODY
He’s down in Dothan working for Rock102.5…………………..Bobby
" A couple of members of the flower people stopped by to visit Bill Moody [photo shows Bill Moody with Ray & Phyllis Hall]. Ray and Phyllis live near Eclectic, Alabama and really dig the Big Bam. The Big Bam dug them, too."
HAPPENINGS IN BIG BAM COUNTRY, December '67
Bill J. Moody,WBAM DJ
Bill J. Moody in 2007
image courtesy of Dothan Magazine http://dothanmagazine.com/current.php