Compared to today's political discourse, trash talk among Alabama and Auburn fans feels like a sing-a-long of Kum-ba-yah around a campfire. Bring on The Iron Bowl. We're ready for some good ol' fashioned divisive hate. The kind of hate that's as comfortable as Granny's quilt and biscuits and gravy. My prediction: Both teams will play well enough to win, but one team won't. Feelings will be hurt. And I won't give two seconds of thought on the silly ugliness of politics for an entire afternoon. Win, win.
If hog killers ever show up at your house, God help you, I hope you have hogs. This is a true story about the slaughter of pets (never give names to farm animals) my sister Donna and I witnessed as children when we were growing up in Kentucky. I've posted it a couple times on Al.com about this time of year. Donna has her own version of this story, also true. She is visiting me this week for Thanksgiving. By reading this, you are participating in our therapy. Thank you.
The Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman has no other choice, apparently. She scolds her confused congregation to get behind the party's dangerously embarrassing candidate. Regardless. Party above decency. "It would be a serious error for any current elected GOP official or candidate to publicly endorse another party's candidate, an independent, a third party or a write in candidate in a general election as well," Lathan told Alabama Political Reporter. Suck it up. Go along for the ride.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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