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Dr. Robert Bullard
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Congratulations Governor "Mule" Bentley--One Day On The Job And You're Already On Salon.com War Room

*Updated Friday Jan. 21
Hoof and Mouth Disease Makes an Appearance During Alabama Governor's Inauguration Festivities

We're not at all surprised by this. "Dr. Dr." Bentley is a dull tack in the sophistication and smarts department anyway, but to scandalize himself and further solidify the impression of Alabama as "backwoods and backwards" during his inauguration, on MLK Day and in Martin Luther's first church to boot, is taking stupidity to new heights.

And this is not the first time he has stuffed his hooves in his mouth. Left in Alabama has gathered some great examples of Bentley's inability to understand a lot of things everyday people deal with. He's gotten to far above his raising to remember what it's like to be one of the many, and not one of the few, who are privileged.

Communications director Rebekkah Mason Caldwell and whoever his speech writers are don't seem well suited to the job of helping a governor portray himself as 21st century. But it was Bentley's "private remarks" when he thought he was a "private citizen" that have the whole country in an uproar. With Alabama "deeply involved" (corporate welfare) in economic development deals with foreign entities,  he may have stepped in it more than he realizes.

We should all chip in and buy Ms. Mason a heavy duty shovel to follow the governor around with, because she is going to be one busy gal. Or maybe the "simple man" Bentley can spare a few dollars of the $1.4 million dollars he collected from the Big Mule crowd and loan her a few bucks.

Like a scolded mule who got a whuppin' from refusing to pull the wagon, he's acting contrite now, but only because he needs to be. He showed his true colors with his insensitive, fundamentalist and holier-than-thou remarks the first time around, and is just another stoic Southern Baptist who thinks he is entitled to judge others through his own social parameters. They frequently hide behind religion as an excuse for bad behavior and bad company and think all is forgiven because they sit in the pews every Sunday.

In the South we call these types Sunday Christians--religion is more of a tool to judge than to live by. Be seen on Sunday and act any way you want to the rest of the week. You're forgiven because your glossy pants are on the bench every Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings.

Kind of like the Balch & Bingham lawyer who reps the notorious Drummond Coal Co. against the Walker County, Alabama family who is suing the coal giant for subsidence damage to their land from longwall mining in the area. That lawyer is a Methodist Sunday School leader at the high and mighty Bluff Park UMC. All inclusive brotherly love doesn't seem high on his list either, but corporate love, well, that might be something to ponder.

Marcus Chatterton has had the privilege of leading a Sunday School class at Bluff Park United Methodist Church since 2004, and he serves on the church’s board of steward
Subsidence Litigation – Along with Chuck Burkhart, David Burkholder, and Houston Smith, Marcus is defending several large corporations against claims of property damage and diminution allegedly caused by subsidence from underground coal mining in Walker County, Alabama.  Many of these cases have already been disposed of by dismissal or summary judgment in favor of the corporations, and the litigation team is aggressively defending the remaining claims.

The point is that we have abundant low hanging fruit on the tree of religious hypocrisy growing in Alabama, and the new governor's remarks are illustrative of what continues to hold Alabama back--religious fundamentalism and bigotry by self-proclaimed anointed ones who are full of the spirits of prejudice and avarice, not the Holy Ghost.
*(post originally published @ 2:37 pm)

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*Update--Doc's Political Parlor has printed a copy of an email from a group who were planning to visit Alabama on a golf outing. Thanks to Mule Bentley, they will be spending their money and time in another less judgmental and backasswards state. Good job Dr. Dr.
The Montgomery Advertiser claims that "Few in Alabama Are Upset"
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  1. Comments are being reposted by the webmaster individually with their original times noted due to their sudden and unexplained disappearance, along with the entire previous post:

  2. SPUR @ 3:10 pm

    Damn, I heard that kick to Bentley's backside from miles away!

  3. kitty587 @ 3:26 pm

    He's got a hell of a lot more problems than just hoof nd mouth disease and I think it is only a matter of time before his shadow government buddies get him into some real trouble.
    He's in way over his empty head.

  4. SamIAm @ 3:33 pm

    He's only sorry because of the fierce blow-back in his face.
    What an embarrassment.
    Just add this to the long list of "world class" accomplishments of Aladumba.

  5. crabbyone @ 3:37 pm

    Anybody remember this swell move by a Jefferson County BBQ restaurant last year?
    Betcha if muslims wanted to bring in a big industry they would be "brothers" real quick.

  6. WTFZX @ 3:51 pm

    We're in for 4 very long years. Groan.

  7. Boohda @ 3:55 pm

    What will they be decorating the state Xmas trees with this Dec.? Nooses?

  8. Henley @ 4:01 pm

    You are dead on right Max.
    They use their churchiness as an excuse to be devils all week long. News flash religious imposters--we are on to you!

  9. BarT @ 3:55 pm


  10. AceInTheHole @ 4:14pm

    Same here! Bentley is a doofus figurehead and a bigot too. SOS in Alabama politics.

  11. Ken @ 4:58 pm

    Catch any of these self righteous zealots after hours and see what kind of spirits they are really full of....I have heard some of them are still tanked when they walk into the state house the next morning to do the people's business.

  12. Leftem @ 5:05 pm

    They are ripping him to shreds over at the Huffington Post! Over 4000 comments!


  13. 5Points @ 5:11 pm

    LA Times is on his _ss too!
    The Birmingham Jewish Federation announced Tuesday that it would assemble a delegation of Jews and Christians that would try to meet with the governor "as soon as possible to initiate a dialogue."

    Friedman, the longtime head of the federation, said the Jewish community was generally comfortable in the Southern state — but that such things happen from time to time, things he characterized as "only in Alabama" moments.

    "Alabama Moments" PRICELSS!!!!!

  14. Crestwood @ 5:14 pm

    Not a chance.
    His insensitivity by a supposedly educated man is appalling!
    Bentley knew what he was saying and was pandering to the big money hypocrites that got him swooshed into office.

  15. HAMMER @ 5:18

    Remember Crest, he is making a big deal out of convincing us that he is color blind.
    Yeah right.

  16. Vincent6 @ 5:23 pm

    Where's Bradley? Isn't he supposed to be a "crisis manager" or is it maker?
    I get confused.....

  17. Riki @ 5:29 pm

    "The governor said when he made the comments to the church audience he assumed he was speaking as a private citizen and not as the Governor of Alabama."
    So, let me understand this, it's okay to be a bigot in private, but not in public?

  18. Hatchet @ 5:45 pm

    Balch & Bingham should rename to Monsters. Inc.

  19. Uncle John @ 5:49 pm

    One would think so soon after the campaign--this remark may have just been one of many statements the Bentley Mule Team was chomping at the bit to release to all of the little people--just letting all of God's children know the mule team's bigoted, religious, wise ass, cockamamie BS timing of it is of utmost importance.
    And now for the umpteenth time, we have yet another goobernor, making goober statements and acting as if he has some sort of infinite wisdom.
    Letting the people of Alabama, and the world know, that he thinks he knows more than you and me and God and everybody.
    Max, we may need a 12 step program for dealing with the stupid stuff coming our way for the next four years.

  20. candygirl @ 5:53 pm

    Sit him in his newly purchased stall and make him listen to MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech as punishment, and then tell him to get off of his high horse and take a walk through the communities that his Mule backers are destroying.
    His level of arrogance is horrid!
    And the explanation that he thought he was a "private citizen" addressing a "private audience" just makes it WORSE!

  21. SCCoastalgirl @ 5:58 pm

    As Bugs Bunny would say: "What a maroon!"
    Aren't you Alabamians so proud of the idiots you put in office?

  22. oingoboingo @ 6:03 pm

    You mean Mobsters, Inc. don't you Hatchett?

  23. ALFort 2 6:46 pm

    Somewhere tonight, Bob Riley, Bradley Byrne and Ron Sparks are all laughing their behinds off.

  24. Jenna @ &:01 pm

    This is all George Bush's fault!

  25. Gulfbreezes @ 7:06 pm

    Bigots on parade in Bama. Big surprise.

  26. AMY @7:23 pm

    As a Christian, I am offended that he, as a mortal man, decides, as if he were the Father, who is worthy of love and acceptance.
    That is not any mortal's task to perform.

  27. coalwatcher @ 7:38 pm

    He is signing the same tune as Rick Perry is about state's rights and federal intervention (EPA) and signaling to all big business that the state is wide open to anything and everything they want to do.
    Especially something really stupid like putting a coal mine at the intake for JeffCo's water sup[plies!

  28. Glad you're back up with this on, I was wondering what happened....you're not the only one who has been having some issues. hmmmm....

  29. Just look at the picture and see the authoritative face and pointing finger. You and you and you shall kneel down before my greatness
    Truly speaks a thousand words.

  30. Now the excuse is he has to preach to citizens of Alabama:
    We decided to take a closer look at the part of the Christian faith the governor discussed Monday. It's called "The Great Commission." For Southern Baptists like the Governor Bentley and many other Christian faiths, it's a core teaching of the Bible that tells believers they must spread their faith not as a choice, but as instruction.
    Either be a governor or be a preacher, but not both. He has his preacher and his type defend him, note the mega church, and there aren't any other religions in the segment and not one black face either.

  31. Bentley was elected to the leader of the state, not the preacher of the state. Some of my christian friends are mad that he apologized and this is just the democrats stirring things up and I think they are wrong. That's prejudiced too and assumes all democrats must be atheists and non believers.
    I think he did more harm Christianity than good, because this just feeds into the thought that Christians are exclusionary.
    This was a big snafu and I don't think it will just go away, people will remember this.
    Pick a side Doc, the altar or the podium.

  32. Anybody remember Roy Moore? Can't these politicians and elected officials learn? Obviously not.

  33. What have the southern Baptists really done for all their brothers and sisters? On sorry, they only see certain socially acceptable groups as their kind.
    The south has got to get past their past.

  34. Anytime you hear a politician start thumping just know that it's a distraction to look over anything they do, like buddy up to the republican Mules who, if judged on their deeds, are very unchristian like.
    More smoke and mirrors by the Alabama repubs IMHO.

  35. The Washington Post has a great article on how Bentley may quote previous historic quotes:
    * Four score and seven years ago, our foredaddies brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. But those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior are more equal than others, because we have the same daddy.
    * I have a dream today, that the brotherhood of man will become a reality in this age. But to make that happen, everybody needs to accept Jesus Christ as their savior, because if you don't, I'm telling you, you're not my brother.
    * You don't know me, but I'm your brother. Except Episcopalians. They are my cousins. Atheists are strangers.
    * Give me liberty, or give me communion!
    * I regret that I have but one life to give for my country. But I really regret that some of you here aren't my brothers and sisters, because we don't have the same daddy.
    * A house divided against itself cannot stand people who haven't been saved and who don't have the same daddy.
    * The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Also, you should look into Jesus.
    * Luke, God is your father.
    * We few, we happy few, we band of brothers and non-brothers, depending on whether or not you have accepted Jesus.
    * And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Except anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ, because he is not my brother, and I can't do anything about what's in his eye.

    They are spot on in their analysis and damn funny about it too!

  36. hahahahahahaha...hahahahahahaha.....

  37. Just sheet rock over the door to the gov's office and put in a false door and he'll spend the next four years trying to figure it out.

  38. Oh!!! Nanoneerner - you rock!!!

    And yes - he would.


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