I am going to just be as brutal honest as I possibly can be, this is another less important subject that is used to drive us to hate eachother more.
A lot of the supporters of the flag that look at the flag as representing heritage and anything else but hate and racism is getting upset at black people and other people that want it banned, honestly my view on it is "no view' that is right I think this whole thing is stupid and we need to all be focused on children being molested,raped and kidnapped every damn day and as Americans all we have to talk about is Gay Rights? Confederate Flags? Obama using N-Word? Who is racist and who is not?
I do not care if gay people get married hell good for them, who cares about the N-Word not me, If you are mad because they want to banned the Confederate flag you should be mad at racist individuals that symbolizes it as a hate flag. The KKK and other white hate groups hijacked the flag many decades ago to use it as a hate flag so those are who to blame just ask Lynyrd Skynyrd
Three years ago, Gary Rossington, a founding member of iconic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, made a bold statement. The band, he said, were no longer going to use the Confederate flag in their merchandise because hate groups had “kidnapped” it.
“Through the years, people like the KKK and skinheads kinda kidnapped the Dixie or Southern flag from its tradition and the heritage of the soldiers,” Rossington told CNN. The decision, he said, was to avoid associating their music and their fans with any of “the race stuff” or “the bad things” associated with the flag. “We’re proud to be American,” Rossington said, explaining that they were more comfortable displaying the American flag.
At the time, such a proclamation didn’t go over wellwith their fans (“Imposters, frauds, fakes, wannabes, shadows, skeletons, posers,” ran one of manycomments).
The band eventually backpedaled a bit. For instance, when I interviewed Rossington, singer Johnny Van Zant and longtime guitarist Rickey Medlocke in 2012, Rossington said the band hadn’t actually gotten rid of the flag entirely after all. “Johnny still puts the Dixie flag around his microphone for ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ and we put a whole flag over the piano,” he explained. “We don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. But we’re still so proud to be Southern and to fly the Dixie flag.”
Medlocke expounded on the issue. “Here’s the deal,” he told me. “It’s not about hatred. The Confederate flag [issue] has been so blown out of proportion. If the South had won the war, that’d be the national flag. But they didn’t. It’s heritage and not hate.” But, he conceded: “The world is bad enough as it is. If we end up fighting amongst ourselves, that’s not where it’s at.”
But my question is this, with all that is going on in this country like children being molested,kidnapped and raped everyday why do we not talk about that and figure out ways to stop that and change laws so that pedophiles and rapist stay in prison for many more years instead of 1 or 2 years then register as an offender. Why do we not discuss that? We are sitting round worried about the small stuff when we need to be concerned about the big stuff. This is becoming a race war and people seem to be taking sides, in order for racism to die out it starts from with in your own race not by banning a flag.
As we all know we are all human and we all make mistakes,that is what all the fans of 33 year veteran for WSFA News, Rich Thomas is saying. It has been a lot of rumors on what exactly happen and WSFA has done such a great job of keeping everything quiet, but as we all know everything always comes out sooner or later, one way or the other. Here at ACJ we found an inside source at WSFA that gave us insight about what really happen.
A massive search is underway for a missing Georgia man with Alabama ties.
Kelly Nash, 25, seemingly vanished from his Buford, Ga. home in Monday's predawn hours, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. Nash's family is from Blount County, and his grandparents still live there.
Nash was last seen about 3:30 a.m. Monday at his home on Jimmy Dodd Road in Buford, He was discovered missing at 7 a.m.
Nash's girlfriend said he woke up coughing and sneezing and said that he wasn't feeling well. When she woke up again, he was gone. His wallet, money, cell phone, keys, car and jacket were left at home.
Police said Nash was last seen wearing blue plaid pajama pants and a t-shirt. He is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 215 lbs. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Nash has been entered in to statewide and nationwide missing persons databases.
Alan Nash, Kelly's father, told Atlanta-area media that his son isn't the type to disappear. Tracking dogs and helicopters have searched for Nash but he still hasn't been found.
Here's the family's latest message:
"We appreciate the outpouring of support. Thank you for the prayers, food, well wishes, and all the volunteer work that you have offered. To update you on the current search efforts. Tracy Sargent, a world renowned canine search and rescue professional is working the area with her three search and rescue dogs. Please pray for these professionals as they search for Kelly. We are setting up a new command post to work hand in hand with police and volunteers. DO NOT COME to 1941 Jimmy Dodd Road, Buford, Georgia, 30518. If you have flyers please pass them out tomorrow. Due to dangerous weather conditions we are suspending all civilian search efforts until Friday morning. We are in search of a church or business to set up a command center for this search operation. We will make another official post on this page as soon as we have the command center in place. We plan on volunteers meeting at the new command center at 9 AM Friday morning. Again, THANK YOU! Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We ask that you please allow the family to rest. We will again be meeting at the new command center at 9 AM on Friday morning. As soon as the command center is in place there will be an official update on this page. Please continue to monitor this page for any updates and to stay in contact with our family. We the family THANK YOU! Please pray that we get to see Kelly return soon.
Anyone encountering Nash should call 911. Anyone with information on Nash should contact Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5300.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Six women were arrested Thursday night in an undercover prostitution operation in Birmingham.
Five of the women are charged with soliciting for prostitution. One of the women was charged with physical harassment after trying to grope an undercover officer.
Using backpage.com, a website mentioned in prostitution stings nationally, undercover officers set up dates with the alleged escorts and then arrested them once they met face to face and agreed on the terms.
"This operation was conducted in the Birmingham metro area and was not focused on any specific location,'' said Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards. "It was in response to prostitution complaints received by the Birmingham police Vice Unit. This operation was also conducted to directly combat other crimes that are associated with the solicitation for prostitution."
Police started their operation Thursday afternoon and worked into the evening. Vice and Narcotics Lt. Ron Sellers said after receiving complaints about prostitution in several areas, they went to backpage.com and set up the undercover dates.
"Most of the girls were working out of hotel rooms,'' Sellers said. "We called them to come meet us."
Once they were together, the escort and the undercover officer discussed acts and prices. "Once that was completed,'' he said, "The officers moved in and made the arrest."
Prices these days can range anywhere from $100 for 15 minutes to two hours for $400. "It can be lucrative,'' Sellers said. "Everybody does it for their own reasons. It could be they are forced in to it, or they are supporting a drug habit. There is no one reason someone sells themselves for money."
Sellers said many of the women engaging in prostitution work in groups and travel circuits. "They may be in Birmingham this weekend, and in Memphis Monday,'' he said. "They move around, chasing sporting events and conventions. A lot of them will be gravitating toward Atlanta for the SEC Championship this weekend."
The prostitutes, Sellers said, are smart. "They've been arrested before and they want to make sure we aren't police officers,'' he said. "There's a line we can't cross and don't cross so it's like verbal Judo with us trying to convince them we're not police."
That's what led to the physical harassment charge against one of the women. It's a tactic to discover police because the women know the officers' boundaries. "If they reach down and try to grab, we're going to stop them and take them to jail,'' he said. "We just stop when that happens."
While many will argue that prostitution shouldn't be a crime, that no one is getting hurt, Sellers said that couldn't be farther from the truth. "There are a lot of other crimes associated with escorts,'' he said. "They deal in cash. They don't trust police. Not only is what they are doing illegal, these girls are easy targets for robbery."
Johns also are sometimes targeted for robbery. "We're trying to stop the crime,'' he said, "and we're trying to stop the criminal element for preying on them."
Those charged in Thursday's Birmingham sting are: Ashley P. Marshall, 25; Jacuelynn M. Reed, 24; Ashalah C. Miller, 29; Krystal G. Higgins, 31; Elisa D. Jaramillo, 29; and Edith R. Burks, 21.
All of the women are charged with soliciting for prostitution except Jaramillo, who is charged with physical harassment.
The crimes are misdemeanors, and bond for each is set at $500.
An undercover prostitution sting led to the arrests of three women police say were operating out of a Riverchase hotel.
The operation took place Thursday night at the La Quinta Inn on Riverchase Parkway East, said Hoover police spokesman Capt. Gregg Rector. The hotel, he said, has been the source of prostitution-related complaints in the past.
Rector said undercover officers arranged meetings with the accused prostitutes through Backpage.com and similar websites. They were arrested when they arrived for the "meetings" over a span of several hours Thursday night.
Those charged with prostitution were: Brittnee Sloane Brooks, 27, of South Carolina; Areannia D'Asia Cottonham, 19, of Birmingham and Zannia Ayala, 32, of Hoover.
All three were booked into the Hoover City Jail and released by 11:30 a.m. today. Bond for each was set at $1,000.
Rector said prostitution activity at La Quinta and other locations have produced complaints that include a variety of crimes. "Police have investigated illegal drugs, thefts, burglaries, robberies and rapes that can all be directly linked to prostitution,'' he said. "Part of the dangers of working as a prostitute, they become target for thefts robberies rapes and other crimes."
In the coming weeks and months, Hoover police uniformed and undercover officers will be focusing on areas identified as high-traffic prostitution locations. Those who solicit the services of prostitutes, Rector said, will also be targeted for arrest.
"We're aware of the all the sites used by prostitutes and we will monitor them regularly,'' Rectors said. "If they continue to do business in Hoover, they will be targeted for arrest."
Obama's free college plan could help Alabama students, if we can afford it, says state community college chief
President Barack Obama announced that for students who maintain a 2.5 GPA and at least half-time status, a plan that, if implemented, could benefit 9 million Americans, by White House estimates.
Under Obama's plan, the federal government will foot three-quarters of the bill, and states would cover the last 25 percent.
The program itself is, at this point, merely a proposal, and could face obstacles in Congress, in the Alabama Legislature, and with the cash-strapped Alabama budget. But, if it becomes viable, it could have a significant impact of the 25 community colleges and one military school in the Alabama Community College System, according to the system's chancellor, Dr. Mark Heinrich.
"I think one of the big challenges that most of the states are facing, including Alabama, is providing adequate workforce for business and industry," Heinrich says. "And the community college system, because the gaps are in the middle-skill jobs - the $40,000-$100,000 a year jobs - those are the individuals we train. Those are the jobs that we prepare individuals for."
"So, that could have a positive impact on economic development in that we would be in a position to provide - a little more readily - workers for those jobs that are critically important for our workforce," he says.
The Alabama Community College System and its 11,000 employees serve 250,000 credit and non-credit students at 80 instructional sites across the state, according to Chancellor Heinrich. The colleges offer academic transfers to four-year institutions, career tech education, and adult education services.
"With some of the changes in recent years with Pell grants and other sorts of things, access has become an issue for a number of our students," he says.
While Heinrich is hopeful about the impact the program could have, he's wary of reading too much into a fledgling proposal that has yet to be vetted by lawmakers.
"We really don't know the details, we haven't gotten down into the weeds, we don't know what it's going to cost, and all of those things are very, very important," Heinrich says. "I would emphasize the fact that there's so many details about the plan that we just don't know, and one major one is, can we afford it."
"With that aside, assuming we can afford it and assuming this would increase access to higher education, to community college education, that certainly would be positive for the state," he says.
"Anything that would provide additional educational opportunities for our citizens, and would be good for Alabama," Heinrich says, "and would be good for economic development and industry in our great state."
FBI agents have arrested six suspected drug dealers accused of distributing heroin, cocaine, prescription painkillers and other drugs in west Jefferson County since August 2013.
The six suspects were indicted on drug-related charges in November 2014 and FBI agents arrested five of them on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced.
The sixth suspect was already in custody on charges relating to the drug ring.
The suspects, who range in age from 23 to 45, are accused of distributing the drugs for more than a year, between August 2013 and November 2014.
Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale called the suspects “major players” in the deadly drug business.
“The drug trade is a deadly business and none more deadly than heroin,” Sheriff Hale stated.
“This investigation and subsequent number of arrests will certainly have a positive impact in our area, as these are major players in this deadly game. Lives will be saved because of it,” Hale added.
The following suspects were indicted in November with conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, suboxone and alprazolam:
- Ladaryl Keith “Eric” Spriggs, 30, of Brighton
- Michael “Mike” Watson, Jr., 28, of Brighton
- Boris Bernard “Buck” Edwards, 45, of Brighton
- Marquis Rashad “Bobo” Abernathy, 23, of Brighton
- Damien Jamaar “Two for 15” Scott, 29, of Bessemer
- Antione Rashun “Twan” Bell, 29, of Bessemer
Spriggs was already in custody, but the other five suspects were arrested on Wednesday. Authorities also seized two guns during the arrests.
There's evidence that at least two kilos of heroin were involved in the drug operation, which translates to about 20,000 to 30,000 heroin doses available for purchase.
Spriggs, Watson and Abernathy are accused of trafficking more than 1,000 grams of heroin, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.
Scott, Bell and Edwards are accused of trafficking more than 100 grams of heroin, which has a maximum penalty of five to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.
Spriggs and Watson are also charged with possessing and intending to distribute heroin and oxycodone from a Fairfield house that was within 1,000 of Fairfield High School on July 17, Vance said.
Vance noted that 123 people died from heroin overdoses in 2014, compared to 58 deaths in 2013.
“As a community, we must wage battle on many fronts, including seeking more education and awareness about opiate abuse and more addiction treatment options,” she said.
"We're going to be back up here again and again doing this over and over. North Alabama is not a good place for heroin dealers. It's time for them to pack up and quit doing what they're doing here," Vance added.
"Our efforts in this area are to continue to hunt down every lead we have, continue to work with every individual we can work with and turn every rock to pursue heroin, which has been a scourge on our community here," Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Dimler said.
A newborn girl is in good condition at the hospital after her teenage mom left her in the cold outside a neighbor's home in Center Point for two hours on Tuesday night.
Jefferson County deputies say the 15-year-old mother hid her pregnancy from her parents and gave birth alone in a bathroom at her home around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.
When the teen's parents came home around 6 p.m., she slipped out of the house and left her newborn on the ground near her neighbor's front door.
The baby was wearing a short-sleeved onesie and wrapped in a towel, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said. Her umbilical cord was still attached, he said.
Sgt. Jack Self says the teen mom went outside at 8 p.m., claiming to check the mail, and told her neighbor Vickie Zeigler that she heard a baby crying.
"I went to the door and I said 'Who is it?' and she told me, 'It's your neighbor,' and so when I opened the door, she had a bundle, it was wrapped up in a brown towel," Zeigler said.
"She said, 'I found this baby on your yard, I went to the mailbox and I heard this cry,'" Zeigler said.
Zeigler brought the baby inside her home in the 2600 block of Streetman Circle and called the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
"The baby was so precious, though, she was very strong and, wow, just courageous, I would say," Zeigler added.
The baby had been outside for about two hours in extremely cold temperatures. Zeigler says she realizes the infant could have frozen to death or been attacked by dogs, since there are several dogs in the area.
Jefferson County deputies and paramedics responded to the house around 8 p.m.
The baby was taken to Children's of Alabama Hospital where she is reportedly in good condition.
Sgt. Self says the teen mom initially denied being the baby's mother to law enforcement.
But after deputies left the scene, the teen's parents called law enforcement and investigators learned the 15-year-old had given birth to the baby hours before.
A Montgomery family is warning others about the dangers of leaving a handgun within reach of children after the death of their young son.
According to Teresa Gibson, her son 3-year-old, Quinton Gibson, Jr. went into her bedroom closet on December 31 and found a loaded gun. Quinton then accidentally shot himself in the chest.
Gibson says her son would have turned four on Wednesday. Now, she's trying to raise funds to lay him to rest.
According to MPD investigators, the shooting is confirmed to be accidental. Officers were called to the home in the 1700 block of Yarborough Street around 2 p.m. that New Year's Eve. The shooting was ruled a death investigation, and no foul play had been suspected.
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