Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Republicans all over the deep south have been rejoicing over the last fifteen months at their historic gains on the legislative level across the region and rightfully so I might add. One should feel very good after being in the proverbial wilderness since the civil war. But there is still work to be done in Arkansas's state legislature which is the only one that is still controlled by democrats and there's also work to be done in the Tennessee judicial system which is still for the most part a jobs program for high society democrat attorneys in the state. But the big issue has got to be taking control of the county offices. The GOP has improved in this category over recent years. In west Tennessee for example there are now three counties where there are no longer any democrats left in elected county wide office. Down in Cullman County, Al there is only one democrat left in a county office. Six years ago the democrats controlled all the county offices in Cullman. Ten years ago they controlled all the offices in neighboring Morgan County, Al but today they only hold one. But despite all of those individual cases, the GOP still has a long way to go before they can truely claim that they have a foothold on the deep south in the same fashion democrats did for nearly one hundred and fifty years. Last November the GOP in Mississippi won control of the state legislature in Mississippi for the first time since the civil war. But in rural northeast Mississippi where they picked up a handful of legislative seats they didn't pick up a single county seat. The democrats swept all the county offices in Alcorn,Tishomingo and Prentiss counties. Controlling the county courthouses enables a party to develop a strong bench for the future when it comes to state legislative offices and in a few cases for congressional seats. The democrats proved to be very adept at doing this back in their day. The jury is still out on whether the GOP can do it....
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Newly elected McNairy County, Tn. Sheriff Guy Buck(R) has taken a very public profile during his first year in office. His office has been very active on facebook and with using new DNA procedures to solve various crimes that have occured this year in the county. He's certainly different than a lot of sheriff's in the area who disappear from public view once their elected and then they magically reappear four years later when its time to run again. You could probably say thats a great thing working in Mr Buck's favor, considering the history of "some west Tennessee and north Mississippi sheriff's" over the last thirty years. It'll be interesting to see how Sheriff Buck's political career progresses over the upcoming years. He's relatively young and given the high profile he's taken in his first year it would kind of lead you down the path to assume that he'll run for another office in the future. There's going to be a special election next year for McNairy County Mayor, so he might go for that. It'll be tough to go for the house or senate anytime soon considering the county is currently represented by fellow GOPers Dennis and Gresham in those positions in Nashville. One thing is for sure though, he's the highest profile Sheriff that McNairy County has seen since the infamous Buford Pusser....
I heard this week that the 2006 GOP nominee for Cullman County, Al. Probate Judge, Bridgette Reeling will seek that position again next year. Current incumbent Probate Judge Leah Lust(D) is one of only two democrats left in elected office in Cullman County after the GOP landslides in 2008 and 2010. So Mrs. Reeling will certainly have a better chance this time around than she did five years ago. But one problem that Mrs Reeling had in '06 was overcoming the perception among "some of the conservative voters" that she came across to some folks as a ditzy beauty pageant blond. I'll be curious to see how she overcomes that this time around. I met her six years ago and while she is an attractive lady. She certainly didn't strike me as being the proverbial "dumb blond". But that perception was rampant back in '06 especially among a lot of the Roy Moore supporters who were very motivated and out in full force that year in Cullman(which was one of his strongest counties).
Monday, August 29, 2011
Its long been a sincere belief of mine that farmers are some of the biggest adult crybabies you will ever come across in life. Nothing is ever good enough for them. There always complaining about how they don't get enough rain or how expensive the farm equipment is and so forth and so on. Then there are the Keith Smith types in Cullman County, Al. who really go overboard with outlandish crying. He claimed at a meeting late last week concerning the new immigration law in Alabama that he will probably have to sell his farm now that he can't depend on illegals because according to him, American workers will not do the work that illegals do. If your wondering, yes this is the same Cullman County that was hit hard by tornadoes back in the spring and it in turn put a lot of native Alabamans out of work and out of their homes. I bet those people would love to work for Mr. Smith on his farm. If he would stop crying long enough, he might just realize that.
There was an article in the McNairy County, Tn newspaper over the weekend about a few of the citizens of Guys, Tn. starting a petition drive to save their local post office. Just to give you an indication of how small this town is. I know the McNairy County area pretty well and I have no clue where the post office is in Guys. But where ever it is, there are apparently some people wandering around who would like to save it. Never mind the fact that Corinth, Ms is just eight miles away and Selmer is ten miles to the north and they could very easily use the post offices in those towns or go into one of the grocery stores and get them some stamps. Another thing that bothers me when I see articles like this is that McNairy County is a huge GOP county. It constantly votes for republicans on the state and national level and finally in recent years its started to go republican on the county level as well. But yet here we have people in Guys(which is part of McNairy County) crying a river of tears over the potential closure of a few rural post offices. Its enough to give me a headache when I hear people who voted republican turn around and start crying when someone wants to cut an area of the federal government that they like. Your not walking the walk my fellow conservatives. How in the world will we ever cut the deficit and the debt if you people are literally going to have a nervous breakdown over a small town rural post office? I feel like Glen Beck did that day when he lost it and flew off the handle and started screaming at a liberal woman who called in. Its just crazy how some republicans act...
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I know its been a while since the last edition of "Whats bothering Mr Turnbow" so I figured I'd calm everyone down with a new edition. Caught a little bit of the Casey Anthony trial this week while I was on the road traveling. This meter reader just looks creepy. Some experts in that case claim he picked up this poor child's skeleton and took it home with him and hid it for a few months just to claim the reward money. My gosh, I feel like taking a shower just for writing that last sentence. What kind of human would do something like this meter reader is accused of doing? Another thing that bothers me is these strangers that show up at these "high profile cases". Their literally having fist fights with each other in the Casey Anthony trial. Some as we have seen in the Holly Bobo missing person's case in west Tennessee claim that god called them. Now seriously, lets be honest here. Its all well and good that people showed up in Florida wanting to find Caylee Anthony and they show up in Tennessee to search for this Bobo girl. But if you are going to start cocking your head high and bragging to the media that god called you to help come search for the Holly Bobo's and Caylee Anthony's as some have done then shouldn't you go to a place like Memphis or west Birmingham the next time a 300 pound black lady named Laquisha goes missing or out to rural town, usa when a 300 pound white girl with freckles disappears and help search for them? I mean, we are all equal in god's eyes. Correct? Now of course these people won't do that. Its a good but sad example of how many fake christians there are in this world today. Some people love bragging about what good christians they are but they just don't walk the walk when it comes down to it. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying their as evil as Casey Anthony or this boy that Holly Bobo's brother saw walking her off into the woods but their clearly not too far behind Casey and that boy in my opinion. The media and so called leaders also are part of this problem as well where those with physical beauty seem to have a higher public emphasis placed on their cases when compared to the physically unattractive people who go missing. Every one you could think of on the prominent cable shows are currently in Florida covering the Anthony trial. But yet I remember a case a few years ago in Arab, Al. where a woman and her boyfriend murdered her kids. That case received no statewide or national attention. I wonder if it had to do anything with the fact that the poor kids in that case weren't considered "cute"? In Tennessee,the director of the TBI showed up at the search for Holly Bobo to do a live news conference of all things. Director Mark Gwynn should be ashame for doing that. He could've went and talked to his agents handling this case and that would clearly have been fine but for him to stick his face in front of TV cameras sent a horrible message in my opinion. Its a repeating theme in this country of people who should know better continuing to place a higher emphasis on those with physical beauty tahn those with out it. Let me end by saying I clearly believe that CaseyAnthony and this boy that the media claims Holly's brother saw walk her off into the woods are the true evil people in these cases. But people like TBI Director Mark Gwynn and the national media down in Florida at Casey Anthony's trial could make things a little better on future missing persons cases by not tripping over themselves trying to get to the scene of the next "cute person" that disappears. It brings out weirdo's like the meter reader and fake christians when they pull public stunts like that....
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Longtime State Rep. Harvey Moss(D-Corinth,Ms.) abruptly retired this week after previously filing for reelection to the Mississippi State House ten days ago. This annoucement is huge news for the GOP. One of their top house recruits in the entire state of Mississippi is Corinth city councilman Chip Wood(R). State Rep Harvey Moss was also one of outgoing Speaker Billy McCoy's closest ally in the House over the last 8 years. The rumor mill is hot with a rumor that Mr Moss's internal polling was showing him losing by double digits to Mr Wood and this is what ultimately lead him to have a change of heart and back out of his reelection plans. The GOP is currently just eight seats short of securing their first majority in modern history in the Mississippi State House. They already have a 27-25 majority in the state senate and their expected to slightly increase that as well in the November elections.