Grand Ole Opry says no to fans who want Hank Williams, Sr. reinstated

Hank Williams statue, Lister Hill Plaza in Montgomery, Alabama
Statue of Hank Williams, Sr., Lister Hill Plaza in Montgomery, Alabama. Image from the George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

More than 61,700 fans have petitioned the Grand Ole Opry to reinstate membership for the late Hank Williams, Sr. So far, the answer remains, “No.” Why not reinstate one of the most legendary performers in all of what was once country music?

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“Hate speech” term emerges in Facebook group; serious danger to free speech

Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.
Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.

To say I was shocked is an understatement. On a page I follow at Facebook, there was an announcement about actress Susan Sarandon coming to a small town to advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders who is vying for Democrats’ nomination to run for president. The page itself isn’t political—it’s a page for businesses and others in the small town in South Carolina to promote their goods, services, and the town itself.

I know that little town well. I grew up there. Florida may be my now home, but that town is my forever home.

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Just in time for the official day of love, a warning for WordPress sites

laptop photo indie art southToday is officially a day of love in the US, and most of us have valentines on our minds. But not everyone. A warning has been published by a Web security site about one of the most popular blog formats in the country, WordPress. Continue reading “Just in time for the official day of love, a warning for WordPress sites”

Unrelated political crimes in two states by ‘musicians’ raise questions about motive

@DuvalGOP tweet about attacks on volunteers February 2020
Credit for photos of attack on Republican volunteers: @DuvalGOP on Twitter.

News is circulating about two unrelated crimes involving two musicians in different states. Some media allege that the burning of black churches in Louisiana and an attack on Republican volunteers in Florida were done for attention. The perception is based on the viral marketing principle—do something outrageous and publicity will follow because clickbait news will run anything these days.

One musician formerly played with a rock band. The other—the man who burned the churches—was a black metal fan and presumed performer.

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Fireside surprises: Horse in the flames and a rocket launch on the phone

fire flames by indie art south
Photo: Indie Art South

Saturday was a busy day, and a chilly one here in North Florida. That evening, I finally finished all my to-dos and my son-in-law Joshua Knight offered to build us a fire. I’d tossed a couple hints out, and he accommodated. We had great kindling, and at first, the flames shot high until everything in the fire pit settled down.

Only later did I notice an image in the flames, and later again, an impressive photo he showed me. Continue reading “Fireside surprises: Horse in the flames and a rocket launch on the phone”