Apr 292012

Taylor Hicks put on a free concert for people in Pratt City. Many people say the event boosted spirits and gave hope to those ready to see their neighborhood back to normal again.

Taylor Hicks performs Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” with Deicra Gaddis @ Pratt City 4/27 celebration

People dancing, laughing and having fun in the streets of Pratt City. Freddie Tramele “That’s what we needed, something to brighten it up.” A celebration of sorts, keeping spirits up following a tough year.

“Everybody has a smile on their face and it’s really good to see.” American Idol winner and fellow Alabamian, Taylor Hicks, wanted to bring some happiest back to a place that has endured a lot. He grabbed his guitar and harmonica to put on a festive show with a great band. “I was here four days after tornadoes hit and it’s astonishing what a community can do if they come together and obviously from the looks at everything, the community has come together.”

Mayor William Bell says many positive things are planned for this community. Some new homes are up. More than 20 will be built soon. The Mayor says they’re going to add more green space to encourage people to get out in the community. “We want to do things we should have done a long time ago for the community and set an example for the rest of the city.” And people who visit and live in Pratt City say they’re ready to move forward. Marguerese Harris goes to church here. “I feel like Pratt City is gonna come back, just like they say, stronger and better than it was before.

A better future, for a place where revitalization is starting to shine. Deborah Suratt says “I continue to pray for the people and I’m glad of the support Birmingham has given to the people here.”

ABC 33/40

A bit on Taylor:

* He bought his first harmonica when he was 16, for $2 at a flea market in Bessemer, Alabama, and taught himself to play blues harp. He discovered that he possessed absolute pitch when he was able to recognize the pitches of ordinary noises and mimic them on the harmonica. Hicks was 18 when he wrote his first song, “In Your Time”, and he taught himself to play electric guitar when he was 19.

* Taylor Hicks was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on October 7, 1976,[5] to Bradley Hicks and Pamela Dickinson. His hair started turning gray by the time he was 14.

* He and his family had moved to suburban Hoover, Alabama when he was eight years old.

* Taylor Hicks would follow his father to the office where he worked as a dentist ( In Jasper ) and offer to sing and dance for anyone who would listen.

* He graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham

* His middle name is Reuben. He is the second American Idol winner from Birmingham, Ruben Studdard being the first.




Apr 292012

As President of the United States, Barack Obama wants us to know he killed Osama Bin Laden. The SEALs? Pfffffftttt . . . nope. Barack Obama did it. If you don’t believe him, wait till the campaign commercials tell you. Don’t believe them? Well, just in time for the election, Hollywood will provide us with an in-kind contribution of a propaganda film.

True, the President did give the order and he should be commended, as should the SEALs. And it is fair game for him to want to campaign on killing Osama Bin Laden in the same way George H. W. Bush campaigned as a war hero in 1992.

~ Commercial interruption from AJ:

Obama to Grandstand Over Boogie Man Osama’s Demise:

Alex Jones focuses in on the crumbling government narratives and the known liars patching them together, including the on-going hoax surrounding the account we’ve been given of boogie man Osama’s demise. Barack Obama is poised to grandstand over the alleged death of Bin Laden on the May Day anniversary celebrations traditionally shared by pagans, socialists and the Illuminati in a lead up to his re-election bid for 2012.

~ Now back to regular programming “Leaders who kill their country”…

In 1992, Bill Clinton would commend George H. W. Bush on the campaign trail and lament that he just wished President Bush was as successful getting Americans back to work as he had been getting Iraq out of Kuwait.

This morning, my dad called and pointed out that Barack Obama may just be the most successful killer to ever take up residence in the White House — more successful even than the 19th Century vampire slayer who first led the Republican Party into the White House.

In fact, consider the serial killing spree Barack Obama has been on:

Osama Bin Laden

Our credit rating

The coal industry

The oil and natural gas industry

The healthcare sector

Job creation

Economic growth

Small businesses

Our relationship with Israel

Our relationship with Great Britain

~ Slow murder going on for three years. But sure, go ahead vote for Obama. Give him a second term so he can stop the slow torture and JUST put us out of our misery. Is that what you want?!

h/t for this image: Char…

The list goes on and on. Truly, Barack Obama is a killing machine. Well done, Mr. President! I look forward to the GOP highlighting everything else you’ve killed besides Osama on the campaign trail.

UPDATED: More from friends…

Religious liberty

The Blue Dog caucus

Louisiana’s effort to clean up the BP oil spill


~ and left us no dam change!

by Erick Erickson (Diary)

featured image: Soda Head

Apr 292012

Marriage interrupted: Ten weeks after their wedding day, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter were driving from Las Vegas, New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona when a truck following too closely crashed into them

Just ten weeks after that day, a horrific car accident put Krickitt in a coma for four months. When she awoke, she had no memory of the two years leading up to the accident. She didn’t even know who her husband was.

Kim and Krickitt Carpenter had been driving from their home in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona, to visit Krickitt’s parents for Thanksgiving. Krickitt, who was in the driver’s seat, tried to swerve around a slow-moving lorry, when a truck following too closely on their tail hit the Carpenter’s car from behind, sending it rolling for a hundred feet and ripping off the roof.

Kim was bloodied and bruised, with broken ribs, a broken nose and severe lacerations. Krickitt, however, had to be cut out, unconscious, from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital. ‘I knew nothing until I awoke from a coma almost four months later, with no idea where I was or what had happened,’ she says today.

The head injuries Krickitt had sustained in the accident were so severe that at first she remembered nothing – not how to dress herself, brush her teeth, not even how to walk. ‘But these skills were all stored in my long-term memory, so once I was shown how to do them in intensive therapy, they came flooding back,’ she says.

Meet Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, the couple whose marriage was tested by a horrific accident and brain injury. They talk about their trials, their book and the movie based on their story.

Walking away was just not an option though. ‘I had made my vows in front of my family and friends, to stay together, for good and for bad, in sickness and in health.’ Krickitt decided she had to learn to love this man again, however long it might take and however hard she might find it.

I had already seen the movie The Vow. But listening to Kim and Krickitt Carpenter show a bio of it from their perspective was an entire extra emotional experience. Yes, I cried when I saw the movie. The opener of the movie was a gasping moment. Certain things are fictional in the movie, but the basic premise is intact. When Kim told his story, he cried and we all cried along with him.

His unwaivering love for Cricket is a ‘passionate’ and abiding love we all wish we would have. Many would have walked away. Kim was determined to take serious his vows. He talked about sickness and in health. It JUST came very soon for him. He talked about two times when he thought of suicide. Thank goodness his father talked him out of it. This Godly man is an inspiration and testimony to love and ‘Vows’. What a joy it was to hear them speak and share their experience. And what a different perspective it lends to the movie. I will watch it again through new eyes.

The one thing Krickitt wanted to stress that was not true in the movie, was how her parents were portrayed :) She wanted us to know anything said about them could not be further from the ‘Truth’ and that it was done for the drama. She also wanted to make it clear she was not an artist but a gymnast.

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams Interview for THE VOW

Channing Tatum was endearing as Kim Carpenter. Kim joked at the conference that he was the body double in the Channing shower scene. I absolutely love Rachel McAdams and after seeing Krickitt speak in person, Rachel portrayed her in an eerie way.

The Carpenter’s have shared their story to a worldwide audience reaching an estimated 400 million people who have either seen read or heard their story. They are also a feature biography among books such as Chicken Soup for the Couples Soul. Dr. Carpenter and his wife have spent the past 12 years interviewing globally and presenting as national speakers.

Their story has become the subject of more than 400 interviews worldwide to include two appearances in People Magazine and the Today Show, three appearances on Dateline NBC and Inside Edition, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil and with Japanese, German, United Kingdom and Australian television and print media.

The Story

Kim and Krickitt Today:

The couple re-married three years after the accident but she wasn’t ready for motherhood for another eight years. They’ve now been married for 18 years and have a new set of memories together

The Carpenter Family Today:

Three years after the accident, Kim and Krickitt got married for a second time, to create for her fresh memories of their wedding day. ‘Looking back though, I still wasn’t quite ‘right’ – my memories and personality were still being recovered,’ she says now.

Kim told his Dad, the good thing about Krickitt’s amnesia was she cannot remember all the things she did not like about him. The fact that he got her to marry him twice telling his Dad: ” What a stud I am”.

And they waited for eleven years after the accident before they decided to have children – Krickitt says she couldn’t even entertain the thought of motherhood until she felt ‘normal’ again.

Kim brought their daughter LeeAnn who is 8 now, up on the stage during a Q & A. He was asked if he would do it all over again. He replied: ‘ Without one iota of a doubt’. “JUST look at the reason” and then he hugged LeeAnn. And my other blessing, Danny, now 11 at home.

He also revealed a ‘secret’ to the audience that has not been told anywhere yet. A sequel to The Vow is in the works, picking up the remaining years later.

I for one, cannot wait to see it. ~JP

I would recommend reading the book and getting the DVD, Available for Pre-order. This item will be released on May 8, 2012.!

You can read the same Testimony we hear from Krickitt HERE

Apr 292012

Strong tornado on the north side of Philadelphia, MS… within 100 yards this powerful tornado crosses the road, the chase continues, and our thoughts are with those in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama… very sad situation…
(C) Andy Gabrielson www.findthetornado.com

Apr 292012

The closest full recorded pass of the Hackleburg & Phil Campbell, Alabama tornado. The most powerful and longest tornado of the day during the 2011 Super Outbreak on April 27th. JUST listen to the sounds

Apr 292012

Van plummets off overpass into Bronx Zoo

Seven people were killed Sunday after a van flipped off a highway in New York City and landed in a train yard next to the Bronx Zoo.

The passengers in the car: four adults and three children, were dead on arrival, a New York Police Department spokesman told FoxNews.com.

Among the dead were an 84-year-old man, three women aged 80, 45 and 30, and three girls aged 12, 10 and 7, a New York Fire Department spokesman told the Associated Press.

The accident occurred at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Police say the vehicle hit the median of the Bronx River Parkway, crossed traffic, then plunged more than 50 feet.

No zoo visitors were injured.

Fox News has learned that the train yard is where the zoo keeps its monorails overnight, when not in use.

Apr 292012

Once again I thank Dr. Gina Loudon and producer Jason for the blessing given to my mother-in-law Doris and I for the Gift of the Conference.

January 19, 2012. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

Of everything I saw this weekend, I must tell you I still tear up remembering the drama Joe White showed us. It was my aha moment. The ‘chains’ you see Joe holding were representative of the chains that bind us.

I sat and listened the whole time he discussed this and thought, ‘Gosh, ‘I’ have a lot of resentment and sin in my life. How on earth do I pick JUST one thing to write on the card’s we were given, in the event we chose to write our forgiveness on it. Would I even be able to do it? It took me sometime. I struggled emotionally. Was I willing to face even one of my demons?

The demon of being stalked for three years. Nearly killed twice. Nightmares that have lasted for 30 years. Being diagnosed with PTSD due to it.

Or do I go with personal sin and ask forgiveness?

Or should I ask to be forgiven for the lifetime resentment towards a father who abandoned me? I had a lot of hate and resentment with that.

The past 25 years have seen so much hardship and sacrifice. How do I begin?

Then I had my moment of what I needed to let go of most. It is very personal. Between me and my God. So I shall not post it here.

So I took my card up to be nailed on the cross. And I cried and cried. That kind of crying where you snub and boogies run from your nose. And I wear my chainlink given to me on my wedding ring finger as my reminder.

But friends I am here to tell you it was beyond cathartic.

I would ask you make sure at some point in your life you attend a conference somewhere with Joe White. It is an experience you will always visualize. It will stay with you. In your heart and soul.

~ JP

Please, for yourself, watch the entire video of what I saw:

On January 20, 2012 at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, Dr. Joe White shared about the difference in being “saved” and being a bond servant to Christ and that when we are bound to Christ, it changes the way we live. White illustrated this by acting as if he were the man who built the cross that Jesus would have been crucified on and actually built a cross on stage.

I learned that when you have a male Christian head of household as a devoted husband and father, then you are walking the path God wanted. When a man engages as the Spiritual leader of his home. He will connect more intimately in his marriage and spiritually connect with his children. Men, this is what I want for you. ~ JP

Welcome to Men at the Cross, a discipleship movement of radically committed men serving Christ, family, church, and the workplace!

‘One Heart at a Time': Listen to this child in the video. See all the Testimonial videos. It will inspire you.

White is the president and founder of Men at the Cross as well as the President and owner of Kanakuk Kamps and the founder of Kids Across America and the missions oriented foundation, Cross International.

Training Champions For Christ

If you want to become a men’s leader call or text “Leader” to 417-331-3330

Apr 292012

The final phase of the war, including the duel between USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama, and the Battle of Mobile Bay. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-41.

“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” yelled Admiral David Farragut, who had lashed himself atop the mainsail to see above the smoke.

His fleet of wooden ships with hulls wrapped in chains, and his four iron clad monitors, were attacking Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864.

When one of his ships, the TECUMSEH, sank after hitting an underwater mine, called a torpedo, his fleet faltered in confusion, but Farragut drove them on to capture the last Confederate stronghold in the Gulf of Mexico.

Earlier, APRIL 29, 1862, Farragut captured New Orleans, the Confederacy’s largest city. Sailing the Mississippi River at night, his ships were hard to hit, as he tied tree branches to the riggings and covered the hulls with mud.

The first U.S. Navy Admiral, Farragut declined offers to run for President.

A statue of him is in Farragut Square, Washington, D.C.

Early in his naval career, 1817-1818, David Farragut served aboard the USS Washington, patrolling the Mediterranean Barbary Muslim Coast.

He spent nine months in Tunis as an aid to Navy chaplain and U.S. Consul, Charles Folsom, till a plague forced his departure.

His son, Loyall Farragut, wrote in a book titled The Life and Letters of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut:

“He never felt so near his Master as he did when in a storm, knowing that on his skill depended the safety of so many lives.”

During his last illness, David Farragut asked for a clergyman to pray to the Lord, saying:

“He must be my pilot now!”

Listen to audio

Click image for the wonderful local Alabama history of Fort Morgan…

Also a fascinating read of Tecumseh. Tecumseh’s parents married, their tribe was living somewhere near modern Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The tribe had lived in that region alongside the Creek tribe since being driven from their homes in the Ohio River Valley by the Iroquois (based in New York and Pennsylvania) during the 17th-century Beaver Wars.

Click image…

Note: If you are homeschooling or JUST want to give your children a great History lesson, the American Minute is the best way to do it. Especially here at JUST Piper.

Apr 292012

I want to thank my sister and longtime friend for the images. I was amazed to find out she was not in NY and took these from her living room in Florida! She took all these pictures with her Nikon Camera off the 55″ LG TV! Inspired by this I used a lesser camera for the Jumbotron at the conference this weekend. First time I used camera without instruction. I don’t hold out too much hope I’ll get any images or video. Camera was very confusing.

Barb, thanks for sending me these images!

I have put images in sequence…

Apr 292012