Stars fell on Alabama

by CynthiaYockey on April 17, 2009

I just moseyed over to The Other McCain to see why so many nice folks are coming my way from there. Thank you, Stacy, for honoring me with today’s “Full Metal Jacket Reach-Around Award” in observance of your Rule 2 for How to Get a Million Hits in a Year on Your Blog. Yesterday I filled up my first two pages with new headlines on photos from the “Fail” blog, so I hope y’all give them all a glance and maybe browse back a little farther for some of my earlier posts — this one has links to posts I’ve written about Obama with some things I think everyone should know about him — or even check out a category or two.

Stacy and I have some cordial running battles going on gay marriage and the like since he is both a fiscal and social conservative, while I am a fiscal conservative and have areas of contention with social conservatism. I figure I’m opening up a new battle front today with my post about my father’s work, “Pretty much everyone is some kind of creationist except my father.” Oh, well.

Little Miss Attila graciously introduced me to Stacy at CPAC and while we all disagree on various issues, she has been my fairy blogmother while Stacy has been my fairy blogfather. Well, I don’t think Stacy will be on board with being called “fairy” anything, but having the two of them in my life really has felt like magic.

(You would think the handful of gay and lesbian conservative bloggers would have been my fairy blogparents, but as far as I know right now, only Queer Conservative links to this blog and includes it in his Blogroll.)

After I saw my “Full Metal Jacket Award” from Stacy just now, I browsed his site to see what I could link in return. I was so pleased to see the post headlined, “Stars Fell on Alabama,” because it has a pleasant association with my favorite author on prosperity and affirmations, Dr. Catherine Ponder. In one of her books Dr. Ponder writes about how to use your inner guidance to make decisions and says that sometimes outer signs also are helpful. So when she was deciding whether to take the first post offered to her after she became a Unity Church minister in the 1950’s, when she was a widow supporting a young son, she was in a diner asking God for guidance and the song that started playing on the jukebox was Stars Fell on Alabama. She decided then to accept the post.

Stacy was in Alabama for Tea Party Day and you can see a video of him speaking here telling his audience all the ways you can recognize the ways “you might be a right-wing extremist if ….” The man is an organizing genius and if you haven’t watched that video yet, and you are pondering what we Tea Partiers need to do next, GO WATCH THAT VIDEO, all of it. He has another post about it farther down the page with video of the University of Alabama marching band playing Stars Fell on Alabama — WHICH I LOVE because I AM A BAND GEEK to this very day. (I play the bassoon, which is not a marching instrument — in marching band in high school I played the cymbols.)

Here is Doris Day singing Stars Fell on Alabama — I chose her rendition because I wrote the first edition of Best Friends for Life, which is the most authoritative guide on the rights of people with disabilities to keep animals in all forms of “no pets” housing, for the Doris Day Animal League in 1995.

Stars Fell on Alabama was written by Mitchell Parish and Frank S. Perkins:

We lived our little drama
We kissed in a field of white
And stars fell on Alabama last night
I cant forget the glamour
Your eyes held a tender light
And stars fell on Alabama last night

I never planned in my imagination
A situation so heavenly
A fairy land where no one else could enter
And in the center just you and me
My heart beat like a hammer
My arms wound around you tight
And stars fell on Alabama last night.

Update: Stacy is getting much-deserved linkage for the video of his Tea Party day speech at Protein Wisdom and in Michelle Malkin’s “Buzzworthy” column.

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