Archive for the ‘Bessemer Opinions’ Category

>Reaching Out To the World

April 30, 2009

>I looked at the stats on this blog yesterday and learned that there were visitors from 31 states and 21 countries over the last 500 visits. The states with the highest number of visitors (out of the last 361 from the U.S.) were Alabama (70), Florida (58), Georgia (23), Virginia (17), Pennsylvania and New York (14 each) and California (12).

Of those 500 visitors, 361 came from the U. S. and the other 139 came from places including Canada, UK, Australia, France, Hungary, Denmark, Togo, Israel, Serbia, Brazil, India, Mexico, Sweden and more.

Bessemer Opinions reaches the world. What I don’t know is why some of those visitors come to Bessemer Opinions. Are they people with ties here wanting to find out what is going on? Or people who stumble here? Or people researching a subject and find us through google or another search engine?

Whatever the reason, thanks for visiting and check back often.

Another person reaching the world is Jay Bakker, the preacher son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Nice tats, by the way.


Here is part of how he describes his experience on his church web site, RevolutionNYC .

Eventually, Jay was able to conquer his demons and made a personal decision to find out who God really was. What he discovered floored him – God wasn’t some judgmental, condemning deity sitting on a throne waving an angry fist in the direction of sinners – rather, he was an understanding God offering his gift of love and grace with no strings attached. For the first time Jay wasn’t being driven to Christ out of fear; he was being drawn to Christ through love.

Jay recently spoke at another church about same sex marriage.

Here Jay explains to Larry King why he became a pastor and why his views are what they are. He gives a good explanation of why some evangelicals treat gays the way they do. He also says that Christians are the only army that shoots their wounded.

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>Bessemer Opinions Top 12 for 2008

December 31, 2008

>Be sure and scroll down and read the column from today’s Western Tribune.

For the second annual Bessemer Opinions Top Twelve, the editorial board had a difficult time. Remember, this top twelve is based on stories or opinions posted here, not on the top twelve events in the world. We don’t get to report on everything.

The twelve are not necessarily in order of importance, rather in chrono order.

1. Dominionism and Heath Ledger

This post was important because dominionism will destroy the world as we know it (and it also had that great tribute to Heath Ledger).

2. Happy Valentine’s Day

This post was about heart health and I got several emails thanking me for it. And in the post I said this:

“I have cut down on sugared drinks. Not completely, but cut back to less than half of what I used to drink. I eat a hand full of nuts every day. I’m working on adding more fruits and vegetables. My blood pressure is great. My cholesterol is borderline, and by George I am going to get it within desired range by exercise and diet (I have been on Crestor and don’t like it).”

And I did. My cholesterol’s (good and bad) are now well within normal ranges and I haven’t taken Crestor since February!!!

3. A Plan for Bessemer

Bessemer is in dire need of a plan and people to implement plans.

4. Bessemer Development and Bessemer Beauty (and Beyond)

This was good news for Bessemer, plus, nice pictures.

5. Going to the Chapel

This post was about the ill-fated same-sex marriage rights in California. Equality will occur, however.

6. When Jesus Met a Gay Man

People either love reading about Jesus’ acceptance of those who are different, or they hate being exposed to the truth about him.

7. This entire series on New Orleans counts as one story.

Lower Ninth Ward Part 1 , part 2 , part3 , part4 , part 5 , part 6 .

8. Same for this story on Troy King. And he wants to be governor? Would his “little mister” be the “First Dude” like Todd is in Alaska?

Is King going Down? , Troy King Day 4 ,Troy Day 6 and Mormon Excommunication ,Troy King and Staff ,Troy King’s Response ,Troy King rumors in Tuscaloosa News

9. Oops…I mean big oops

Science is important. Endangered species are important.

10. Not just because he’s my brother, but because we know there are artists, good artists, here in Western Jefferson County. We need art studios and art galleries and art events here.

Art Exhibit Update ,Washing the Dust off Your Soul

There were tons of political stories and opinions during the year, but the win on November 4 was the story of the year.

11. Yes We Did

12. My friend and neighbor’s house burned. this was one of Bessemer’s most recognized historic homes.

Three Things of Significance

13. OK, so I can’t count. This story is # 13, but again, since people either love what I write about Jesus and the Bible or hate learning the truth, I had to include it. Plus, the marriage posts got more comments and emails than any other post during the year, I believe.

Jesus and Marriage , Marriage as Defined in the Bible .

So, there you have it, the year in a nutshell. Of course, there were lots of great pictures of flowers and animals and Olympic champions and hot guys and more…you can explore to find those.

Have a happy and safe New Year.

>Influence

October 20, 2008

>Terry Manning of the Montgomery Advertiser wrote a column about bloggers and their influence. Bessemer Opinions was (mis) quoted, but in a good way. We are “The Progressive Voice of Bessemer” and he wrote “The Progressive voice of Alabama.” Well, as our influence grows, maybe so, I mean, the same issues face Alabamians as face Bessemer residents.

Read the column here.

Read all the interviews here.

In addition, a graduate program at a prominent university is including Bessemer Opinions in a research project. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.

On Meet the Press yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president. This high ranking republican gave high marks to Obama describing him as a “transformational figure.”

“He displayed a steadfastness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems, not jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor. I think he has a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well.”

He was also critical of the Republican party, which he says has become narrow, referring to the focus on Bill Ayers and the demonizing of Muslims by the party.

Here’s the video, in case you missed it.

Powell is not going to campaign for Obama, but expect to see clips of this interview in Obama ads. And expect this to help influence military families and moderates to vote for Obama. Florida, Virginia, North Carolina.

>Don’t Mess With Bessemer Opinions

September 12, 2008

>I love the anonymous posters who time after time show they don’t know what they are talking about. From Thursday, after my post the previous day which showed Sarah Palin did not know that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not government agencies:

Do your research and stop knocking this off your blog. Fannie and Freddie were already part of the government even though they had stockholders. Do some reading!

OK. I read. Off the web sites of the companies, and I copied this from their Frequently Asked Question pages, although if you read enough…you realize that they are private companies without having to resort to the question and answers.

From the Freddie Mac web site:

Is Freddie Mac a government agency?

No. Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress as a private company serving a public mission; however, Freddie Mac is not an agency of the Federal or any state government nor does Freddie Mac receive federal funds. In fact, Freddie Mac is one of the nation’s largest federal taxpayers. Freddie Mac is owned by its shareholders and, like other corporations, is accountable to its shareholders and a board of directors.

From the Fannie Mae web site:

Is Fannie Mae a private company or is it part of the government?

First established in 1938 as a government agency, Fannie Mae in 1968 became a private, shareholder-owned company with a charter from Congress requiring the company to support the housing finance system. It is a financial services company serving the American home mortgage industry. The company offers banks and other mortgage lenders financing, credit guarantees, technology and services so lenders can make more home loans to more consumers. Fannie Mae’s stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (FNM/NYSE).

Then the same person, I am quite sure, posted this on my 9/11 remembrance.

While you hate the haters, you have become one yourself.

Now I have publicly stated that I do not “hate” republicans” and I do not “hate” John McCain. I have a lot of respect for John McCain, as I knew him in 2000. But the policies of George W. Bush, which McCain has adopted, yeah, I hate those policies, if you must use that word. And the hypocrisy of the 2008 McCain, I don’t care for that.

I even have respect for Sarah Palin for her accomplishments, but the more I learn about her, the less respect I have.

Speaking of the McCain hypocrisy, here’s an example.

This picture shows John McCain boarding the yacht of A-list con man Raffaello Follieri and his then-movie star girlfriend Anne Hathaway in August 2006 in Montenegro.

Why is this significant? First, who is the real celebrity, Barack Obama or the guy that wines and dines and celebrates birthdays on expensive yachts with Hollywood movie stars and rich playboys?

Second. Is that Rick Davis in front of McCain? “A few months after McCain’s yacht party, Follieri strengthened his ties to McCain’s orbit by retaining Rick Davis’s well-connected Washington lobbying firm, Davis Manafort, and offering Davis both an investment deal and help in securing the Catholic vote for McCain’s presidential bid. “

And this is the guy who wants to do things differently?

Read the rest of the story in The Nation . “Following his guilty plea this week, Follieri now faces up to five years and three months in jail. ” Nice guy to party with.

For those who don’t like to read lengthy articles, just watch this video, “The Real McCain.”

>New From Bessemer Opinions

August 25, 2008

>You can park on Bessemer Opinions in the morning and be set for the day. To the left, find current weather and local radar (you can animate the radar and see where the rain is going).

Then catch the local news top stories from NBC 13.

Keep up with news from the Democratic Convention with the feed from the DNC blog. (after the conventions this will change to National News).

And as always, news of interest to the GLBT community from 365 Gay.

Remember to use your back button to return to Bessemer Opinions from these feeds.

Return frequently during the day to catch headlines or weather…all in one stop…Bessemer Opinions.

I’ve had Enough

June 21, 2008

Everytime I allow open commenting eventually fanatics from the righteous right begin posting hateful comments and use name calling and slander to try to get their point across, so once again, I will be moderating comments. That means some may not show up as quickly.

They think this is a forum for discussion. They criticize the site as not being “democratic.” It is not, it is a blog. If you want to spew out hatred and show your lack of concern about ethics and integrity then go somewhere else.

I am tired of having to respond to people who think it is OK to lie, plagiarize and ignore ethical standards in order to promote one’s position. Lesson: the end does not justify the means.

How many times do I have to respond to the same questions with the same answers and have them ignore my responses and questions? Since you can’t argue with the facts I present, you attack me. Republican tactic.

They say their extremist views are the conservative majority in Bessemer. While I am sure that they are extremists, I doubt they are in the majority. When I respond that McCain represents the conservative viewpoint and Obama the progressive viewpoint, and that I am sure that Obama will carry Bessemer, which will prove my point that progressives outnumber conservatives they just ignore it and shift the discussion to “gay this” and “liberal that”.

It is as if a bunch of little Karl Roves are running through Bessemer, trying to ignite hatred with lies and innuendo, just like Rove did in Bush’s campaigns, while ignoring the real issues. Well, you are not going to do it on Bessemer Opinions.

It all boils down to: they can’t stand the truth.

>I’ve had Enough

June 21, 2008

>Everytime I allow open commenting eventually fanatics from the righteous right begin posting hateful comments and use name calling and slander to try to get their point across, so once again, I will be moderating comments. That means some may not show up as quickly.

They think this is a forum for discussion. They criticize the site as not being “democratic.” It is not, it is a blog. If you want to spew out hatred and show your lack of concern about ethics and integrity then go somewhere else.

I am tired of having to respond to people who think it is OK to lie, plagiarize and ignore ethical standards in order to promote one’s position. Lesson: the end does not justify the means.

How many times do I have to respond to the same questions with the same answers and have them ignore my responses and questions? Since you can’t argue with the facts I present, you attack me. Republican tactic.

They say their extremist views are the conservative majority in Bessemer. While I am sure that they are extremists, I doubt they are in the majority. When I respond that McCain represents the conservative viewpoint and Obama the progressive viewpoint, and that I am sure that Obama will carry Bessemer, which will prove my point that progressives outnumber conservatives they just ignore it and shift the discussion to “gay this” and “liberal that”.

It is as if a bunch of little Karl Roves are running through Bessemer, trying to ignite hatred with lies and innuendo, just like Rove did in Bush’s campaigns, while ignoring the real issues. Well, you are not going to do it on Bessemer Opinions.

It all boils down to: they can’t stand the truth.

Bessemer Opinions Top Twelve

December 31, 2007

Two posts in one day? I figured a lot of people are at work today and bored, so here is something to amuse. But be sure and read the other post of the day as well.

The editorial board of Bessemer Opinions got together and came up with this list of the dozen top posts (or stories) of 2007. Seems that everywhere you turn there is a top 10 or so list, and we had a hard time whitling it down to ten, thus 12. These are not in order of importance, rather they are in chronological order, beginning in February, when Bessemer Opinions first began publishing. I realize there are 14 links here. But 12 stories (or 13).

February 12. Western Star and Tim Hardaway

This was one of the first stories to report the way The Western Star distorts the truth, and the story got me emails from across the nation. Bessemer Opinions will always expose lies, hypocrisy and plagiarism.

March 27 and 29.
Birmingham Falls Flat on Its Face

Birmingham: She’s Fallen and She Can’t Get Up

These two posts are related to Birmingham’s failure to pass an inclusion resolution, which a few weeks later they passed unanimously.

March 1. Who I Would Not Like To Be

This post is about Katherine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal church. I admire her for doing the right thing in spite of misguided opposition. I often post about Episcopal happenings, mainly because they are on the cutting edge of inclusive theology. Full disclosure, I am a wandering Methodist.

April 26. Pat Tillman, Tom Delay and Gun Control

This story just about made me sick. Hypocrisy and spinning by war crazy people.

April 23. Earth Day II, Human Responsibility

The environment is one of the most pressing issues of the day (and has been since the beginning).

May 10. Hatred in Alabama, From a Trailer in Bay Minette to Goat Hill

This one just about makes one sick as well, but hatred against gays has got to stop.

June 21. Murder – 1956

I included this story then and now because I want the people responsible for this to feel guilty, and I want those who might know something to come forward.

July 12. Joe’s Theology

I am not shy about revealing my opinions about any subject.

September 15. The Changing Face of Bessemer

There was a lot of important news out of Bessemer this year, and this story is about news that has not even happened yet. But I feel (and hope) that what is offered here is more important than what our city leaders do and don’t do, because this looks beyond the next election, which is something the elected officials have a hard time doing. Another very important news story about bessemer was This one announcing The Western Tribune hitting the steets.

October 29. Western Star and Global Warming

This post explores one of the stupidest statements ever in print. The reason it is important is that if people don’t wake up and understand what climate change is doing to our planet, and accept that as humans we bear some responsibility for it, we are doomed.

November 2. Consider This an Announcement

This was my announcment that I am running for a delegate seat to the Democratic National Convention as a Hillary Clinton delegate. We will see how the voting goes, and if I don’t win a spot that way, all is not lost. Stay tuned.

November 15. Intelligent Design is not Science

I have been a student of science since elementary school, and my current studies are scientific in nature as well. I hate to see misinformation touted as fact.

Happy New Year.

>Bessemer Opinions Top Twelve

December 31, 2007

>Two posts in one day? I figured a lot of people are at work today and bored, so here is something to amuse. But be sure and read the other post of the day as well.

The editorial board of Bessemer Opinions got together and came up with this list of the dozen top posts (or stories) of 2007. Seems that everywhere you turn there is a top 10 or so list, and we had a hard time whitling it down to ten, thus 12. These are not in order of importance, rather they are in chronological order, beginning in February, when Bessemer Opinions first began publishing. I realize there are 14 links here. But 12 stories (or 13).

February 12. Western Star and Tim Hardaway

This was one of the first stories to report the way The Western Star distorts the truth, and the story got me emails from across the nation. Bessemer Opinions will always expose lies, hypocrisy and plagiarism.

March 27 and 29.
Birmingham Falls Flat on Its Face

Birmingham: She’s Fallen and She Can’t Get Up

These two posts are related to Birmingham’s failure to pass an inclusion resolution, which a few weeks later they passed unanimously.

March 1. Who I Would Not Like To Be

This post is about Katherine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal church. I admire her for doing the right thing in spite of misguided opposition. I often post about Episcopal happenings, mainly because they are on the cutting edge of inclusive theology. Full disclosure, I am a wandering Methodist.

April 26. Pat Tillman, Tom Delay and Gun Control

This story just about made me sick. Hypocrisy and spinning by war crazy people.

April 23. Earth Day II, Human Responsibility

The environment is one of the most pressing issues of the day (and has been since the beginning).

May 10. Hatred in Alabama, From a Trailer in Bay Minette to Goat Hill

This one just about makes one sick as well, but hatred against gays has got to stop.

June 21. Murder – 1956

I included this story then and now because I want the people responsible for this to feel guilty, and I want those who might know something to come forward.

July 12. Joe’s Theology

I am not shy about revealing my opinions about any subject.

September 15. The Changing Face of Bessemer

There was a lot of important news out of Bessemer this year, and this story is about news that has not even happened yet. But I feel (and hope) that what is offered here is more important than what our city leaders do and don’t do, because this looks beyond the next election, which is something the elected officials have a hard time doing. Another very important news story about bessemer was This one announcing The Western Tribune hitting the steets.

October 29. Western Star and Global Warming

This post explores one of the stupidest statements ever in print. The reason it is important is that if people don’t wake up and understand what climate change is doing to our planet, and accept that as humans we bear some responsibility for it, we are doomed.

November 2. Consider This an Announcement

This was my announcment that I am running for a delegate seat to the Democratic National Convention as a Hillary Clinton delegate. We will see how the voting goes, and if I don’t win a spot that way, all is not lost. Stay tuned.

November 15. Intelligent Design is not Science

I have been a student of science since elementary school, and my current studies are scientific in nature as well. I hate to see misinformation touted as fact.

Happy New Year.