Category Archives: Non-Political

WEIGHING IN ON CONFEDERATE FLAG AND THE SOUTH

I haven’t said much about the Confederate flag because there are more important issues such as the Trans Pacific Partnership where the current president has the authority to further destroy our sovereignty and take us several giant steps forward to one world government. Since I can’t seem to generate interest in TPP, I guess I’ll have to discuss the Confederate flag and the reason the Civil War was fought.

On June 29, I posted what I was taught in school about the Civil War:  You might want to review the article before you read the following.
What I remember being taught about the Civil War

It’s a fact that people in other parts of the United States have historically looked down their noses at the South and southerners. I grew up with this and accepted it. And yes, I have personally been treated as though I somehow wasn’t as good since I was from the south. Decades ago when I was living in Atlanta, I was playing bridge with three ladies who were from up north. One of the ladies said something bad about the south, then realized she shouldn’t have said what she said in front of me. It could have been awkward, but I chose to pretend I didn’t hear what she said.

After I started travelling to mostly major U.S. cities, I discovered that while those outside the south looked down on us, I had no reason to feel inferior. In fact, I started to feel superior and to this day still feel superior. A lot of women outside the South don’t wear make-up or fix their hair on a daily basis…ewwwww! Plus, many of them don’t take the time to dress properly. Even if I’m doing manual labor outside, if other people are going to see me, I make sure that my work clothes are coordinated. Of course, not all women outside the South are like that, and not all southern women take pains with their appearances like I do.

While I don’t especially get into the North vs. South thing, there are some attitudes and assumptions I don’t like to hear coming from someone who lives outside the South:

1.The assumption that all southerners eat grits three times a day, seven days a week. This   is not true. I can be dining with folks who aren’t originally from the south and if there’s a grits entrée on the menu, they will surely ask me if I’m going to order it. I’ll generally say, “No, are you?” That is unless I’m going to order the grits entrée.
2.Making snarky comments about the city shutting down when there’s an inch of snow on the ground. First of all, we don’t get that much snow down here and it doesn’t make sense to invest in snow plows to clear the roads. Also, the Birmingham area is mountainous and hilly, so it’s that much more difficult to drive in snow. I’m not comfortable driving in it, but if I lived up north and had to drive in it, I’m sure I would learn and probably become quite proficient at it.
3.If something is different than what they’re familiar with outside the south, making a huge deal of it and saying, “That must be a southern thing.” If I’m in another part of the country and something’s different, I certainly don’t make a big deal of it and probably won’t mention it. If it’s something related to food, I’ll probably try it. If I like it, fine; if I don’t, that’s okay too.

With respect to the Confederate flag, I don’t think of it as a symbol of racism and hate. I see it as one of the flags of the Confederacy which is a major part of American history. I don’t object to taking it down where it flies over certain government buildings. The Confederate flag no longer governs the south. What I don’t like is the rush to remove the flag from anything and everything. Yesterday, I ran upon something indicating an Alabama legislator was suggesting that we re-design the Alabama coat of arms because a Confederate flag appears in it.

Liberals have an unyielding view that the flag is a symbol of racism and hate. Anyone that has a differing opinion is a racist. Could we possibly be seeing liberals as intolerant and bigoted? What has been the theme of so many of my Wing Nut Gal posts?

There are also “back and fourths” regarding the reason the Civil War was fought. Some say it was 100% over slavery and some say that slavery was a side issue and the root issue was states’ rights. I don’t know anyone who was there at the time and I don’t think any of you, my readers, do either. I remember it being mentioned that the Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” had a lot to do with the starting of the war. Also, I remember being taught that when Stowe met President Lincoln, he said, “So you’re the little lady who caused this war.” Even though I remember this from my childhood, I have not been able to verify its truth. So, I don’t think we know and I’d like to see us leave it at that. There’s evidence to support both sides. Liberals, in their quest to further divide this nation on the basis of race insist that the war was fought over slavery and if you beg to differ, you’re are a racist.

In my history classes, reconstruction was emphasized and I was taught that the South was sorely mistreated. Yes, the South was mistreated and the United States of America was hurt. One thing I did learn in studying the horrors of reconstruction is that we don’t ever want anything like this to happen again. I see some things about threats of secession. I hope these articles are tongue and cheek.

The current president, along with his liberal henchmen, have sought to divide the United States of America by race, by class, by income, and by political ideology. Could they also be seeking to divide us by region? I’ve seen things with this administration that I thought I would never see, and at this juncture, nothing is going to surprise me.

I pray that we will put the Confederate flag and all this other silly stuff behind us, and focus on preserving the United States of America and taking our country back to when it was the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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BE ASTUTE AND NOTICE THE SIGNS

In the Bible in the Book of Genesis (Chapter 12, verse 3), it is said: “I (God) will bless those who bless you (Israel) and will curse those who curse you (Israel).” It doesn’t get much plainer than that. According to ahphanews.com, the Bible warns that the destiny of the world is inseparable from Israel and Jerusalem. The Bible says God would one day re-gather the children of Israel back into their land from among many nations around the world. The Bible also warns that God would then make Jerusalem a world trouble spot and that all nations of the world will turn against Israel. Furthermore, the Bible warns that Gaza will be forsaken.

On May 14, 1948, British forces pulled out of Palestine. That afternoon Jewish leaders assembled at the Tel Aviv Museum to sign the Israeli declaration of Independence and announce the creation of the first modern Jewish state. If you were 15 at the time and remember this, you would be 82 now. Thus, I doubt many of my readers would remember this prophetic day. From what I’ve heard, though, there was not much hoop-la from clergy and Christian leaders.

In the middle of August, 2005, Israeli troops began the forced evacuation of thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza strip after a deadline for them to leave had expired. Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Ariel Sharon, implemented the evacuation.

Does anyone know what happened a week later? Can you say Hurricane Katrina? That’s right, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf coast. In New Orleans, levies were breached causing major flooding and destruction. American citizens were suffering beyond belief. In fact, the aftermath of Katrina was referred to as a disaster of Biblical proportions by many journalists.

The Gaza withdrawal was backed by the U.S. government. According to World Net Daily, some Middle East analysts and senior Israeli politicians entirely attributed the evacuation plan to pressure from the American establishment.

I was a current events follower in 2005 and remember pursing my lips when watching TV news coverage of the Gaza evacuation. I was particularly distraught with the uprooting of bodies from the area’s Jewish cemeteries. And then along comes Katrina.

World Net Daily documented a number of events that one might say drew parallels between the evacuation of the Gaza strip and Hurricane Katrina. One parallel indicated that President Bush was from Texas and Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, was from Alabama. Both were vocal supporters of the Gaza evacuation. Katrina hit the states between Texas and Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. There was also damage done in Alabama, including a downed tree in my back yard.

Other parallels from World Net Daily include the following: Many residents of Jewish Gaza climbed to their rooftops to escape the threat of expulsion, while residents of the Gulf Coast climbed on their own rooftops to protect themselves from the rising waters. Jewish Gaza homes described as beautiful and charming were demolished this week by Israel’s military. Once beautiful homes in New Orleans now lie in ruins.

Some are going to say that this is coincidence. Others are going to say that I’m crazy and so is anybody who remotely thinks that Katrina wreaked havoc in the United States because the U.S. was pushing the Gaza evacuation.

The current administration is in negotiations with the Middle Eastern country of Iran regarding their nuclear enrichment program. Remember Iran has indicated that it wants to destroy Israel. The administration has also removed Iran plus Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood from the United States’ terrorist watch list.

And if that’s not enough, the current administration used tax payer dollars to support Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s left wing opponent, Isaac Herzog, in the recent election. Now that PM Netanyahu soundly defeated Mr. Herzog, the current President is suggesting that he’s going to lift U.S. sanctions on Iran and put them on Israel.

According to Major Garrett of CBS, speaking to radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, President Obama has ordered his top advisors to seek alternatives to direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians. The leading option for the White House, and one that would amount to a significant reversal of American policy, would be to allow the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state. The White House has worked with Israel in the past to block such maneuvers, arguing it would unnecessarily inflame Israeli political passions and undermine a fragile peace process. Letting the United Nations Security Council proceed now appears to be a live option. Re-elected PM Netanyahu has said that the Palestinians would not get their state under current circumstances.

Are we turning our backs on Israel? Many other countries already have. The Bible says that all nations of the world will turn against Israel. The United States has definitely been Israel’s staunchest ally on the planet. Is that about to change? Are other Israeli allies going to follow the path of the United States?

I’m writing this as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and a believer that there are no coincidences where the Lord and his word are concerned. His word is immutable.

I’m not saying that the world is going to end tomorrow or anytime soon. Only God knows that day. But as Christians, we must be aware of the signs that are told to us in scripture, and the events of our days.

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WINGNUT GAL IN 2015

When I first started Wing Nut Gal, I was posting about what was currently taking place and just picked topics that I felt would be of interest to readers. I look at some of my earlier work and think to myself…I wrote that? After about eight or nine months, I’m trying to settle in and concentrate on specific topics that will make the blog as unique as possible. I also have plans to fine tune the way it looks and add some additional features.

One of the projects that I hope to start and finish by January 31, 2015 is to compile an e-book with 2014 Wing Nut Gal posts. It will most likely be provided as an Amazon Kindle download and will be cheap. If I can get some folks to by the e-book for 2014, I just might do it again in 2015.

As we celebrate the ending of 2014 and usher in 2015, I want to thank all of you for reading the blog and hope you will continue to do so in 2015.

So, Happy New Year and Roll Tide!

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.

So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields keeping watch over the flock by night.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this will be the sign to you. You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven that the shepherds said to one another.

Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

Now when they had seen him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning the Child.

And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told to them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

Luke Chapter 2, verses 1-20

As we are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, please remember that we are all his children; and as he came to us a little over 2,000 years ago, he will come again and take us to live with him forever.

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IRON BOWL MEMORY

The year was 1980 and I was going to the Alabama-Auburn game with my Dad. The game was still being played at Legion Field in Birmingham. Even though we had lost two games already, one to Mississippi State and the other to Notre Dame; we were good. I don’t remember what Auburn’s record was that year, but fourth year coach Doug Barfield was walking on thin ice. Alabama won. I don’t remember the score and I don’t think it was a real nail-biter.

We had parked at what was the old Big B Warehouse at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Highway 11/the Bessemer Super Highway. Walking to the car after the game, Daddy and I got to the intersection of Hwy 11 and Eight Avenue where a policeman was in the middle of the intersection directing traffic. We were standing right at the curb and there were some folks right behind us. The light changed for us to walk, but the policeman had not stopped traffic on Hwy 11 for us to cross. So, we were a little hesitant to begin crossing.

Well a couple of Auburn fans behind us started yelling for us to go on ahead and cross and said, “it looks like we’re going to have to teach these Alabama fans how to cross the street.” The policeman did stop traffic and we crossed. When we got to the other side I turned around to the Auburn fans and said, “You can teach us how to cross the street and we’ll teach y’all how to play football”. The guys, who were cute, started laughing and said, “you got yourself a deal”. They were very anxious to get rid of Barfield and talked to us for a minute or two before we went our separate ways.

In the car, Daddy laughed and said he thought I was going to get us in a fight. When Daddy got home, he called everyone he knew just to tell them about our experience.

Daddy’s been dead for a while now, but that is a memory I will always cherish.

 

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