A Tale of Two Criminalities: Why Ferguson isn’t a Black and White Issue

I have abstained from writing an article on the issue of the Ferguson, Missouri riots for a number of reasons. One is that I am in the Southeast portion of the State of Missouri, far from the violence and not able to judge the issue in person. Nor do I have any plans to go […]

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Weekend Music Feature: Shooter Jennings “Don’t Wait Up (for George)

The result is a very unique record and tribute to his friend George Jones. Yes it is different. A different that some hard-core Country fans may not appreciate but for those of us who are sick and tired of the cookie-cutter “bro-Country” tracks that our cluttering up our airwaves , “Don’t Wait Up” is a very welcome surprise

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Americans “Fed” Up with Washington: Impeach Obama Movement Building

The issue of Obama’s “phone and a pen” executive order strategy is fueling an underground uprising. Personally I have noticed statistics that undeniably prove there is definitely a smoldering underground movement that is about to erupt in a grass-roots forest fire call for impeachment from the citizens themselves.

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Bollinger County goes “Outlaw Crazy” for Jason Roberson / Keith Anderson

On any given day the sleepy little Ozark Foothills town of Zalma , Missouri boasts a population of 122 people but once a year the population, for just one day, escalates into a booming town of several thousand people, thanks to the Rustic Lodge owners Richard and Vicky Dinkens and their summer concert series.

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Bias at the Banner

Does Mrs. Redeffer take very good notes? I’ll let you be the judge of that. Does she write misleading headlines to sensationalize stories? In my opinion, yes.

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Shuanghui International, buyer of U.S.-based Smithfield Foods, changes name to WH Group-photo couresy of www.farmprogress.com

Constitutional Amendment 1: Protects Corporate and Foreign-Owned Ag

Amendment 1 will not give farmers protection from Monsanto lawsuits; nor will it stop foreign-owned corporations from controlling Missouri Agriculture; nor will it protect farmers from restrictions put on us by ag corporations. Vertical integration and consolidation in the livestock production will drive the price up for the consumer and down for the farmer.”

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Weekend Music Feature: Dire Straits “Walk of Life” Live in London

What makes this version of the song uniquely different is the prominently featured pedal steel guitar and the amazing energy from the crowd. Country Music fans who are sick of the pop / hip-hop themed “Bro-Country” that is polluting the air waves these days will particularly enjoy this performance.

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Local Editorial : Anybody but Moss

Using the N-WORD , manufacturing of a false badge, demanding action from a police department not in his jurisdiction? Can anyone possibly expect this man to be honest, fair or impartial?

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Mystery of the “Non Engaging” Mr. Meyer

This certainly does not seem to be the behavior of a man who does not wish to engage “Neo-Confederates” and “Lost Causers”. In fact it seems quite the opposite as does numerous “friend requests” that Southern heritage folks have received from someone that many suspect to be Meyer.

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Both Democrats AND Republicans fight freedom initiative in California

It is incredible that the same people who like to use words like “Freedom” and “Liberty” during fundraising campaigns are the first ones to fight it when citizens try to exorcize these rights. To these people “secession” is a dirty word.

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Jon Voight for President anyone?

During the interview Voight, reading from a prepared statement , appeared calm, deliberate and dare I say… well, downright presidential. It is apparent Voight is an intelligent, articulate man who loves his country. Could he be the next Ronald Reagan?

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Weekend Music Feature: Foreigner Live at the Grammy Museum Acoustic

This week’s weekend music feature isn’t country but it is acoustic. Even though this site focuses on Southern and Ozark culture, what 80’s child doesn’t remember the group Foreigner?

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“Professional Activist” Behind Washington-Lee University Decision to Remove Confederate Falgs

Mr. Brandon Hicks is quite the activist, having been a speaker at "Race for the Ballot," a forum against the homosexual marriage ban. Reports Pam's House Blend, "One of the kickoff sites is North Carolina Central University’s Student Union and Law School, which hosted a forum moderated by student leader of NCCU’s LGBT group COLORS, Brandon Hicks…"

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