You’re stuck inside. How about doing a little reading? It may educate you on why Alabama is number one, in corruption and religion, in the United States. That combination labels us as hypocrites. You see religion is the tool of crooked politicians and they use the church to lure you into false narratives for their personal gain.

My father told me once that if a politician tells you he is a christian and he wants to be your friend, run like hell.

Baldwin County has become home to it’s own Cabal. They have embedded themselves in every facet of our Government and judiciary. The Cabal is alive and well in Fairhope and it’s citizens contribute to the Cabal by being complacent and disengaged.

Shadow Government Southern Style shines a bright light on how Alabama lost 3 Billion dollars on a scam orchestrated by former Governor Bob Riley and his thieves. The same scam exists today, gambling. The citizens of Alabama have been played like the church organ, while surrounding states have cashed in.


This is a book review that will give you a peak inside the Cabal. Baldwin County, especially Fairhope has it’s own Cabal, that the politicians promote every Sunday.

Review of Shadow Government: Southern Style

By Thomas Gallion

Chris E. Warner

September 15, 2020

I picked up a copy of this thin trade paperback from Page & Palette last week. What it lacked in initial presentation it more than made up for in content. I remember the author from his high-profile legal representation of Alabama football coach Ronnie Cottrell in his case against the NCAA, years ago. The book also came with a strong recommendation by consumer advocate Paul Ripp of the Ripp Report; although its enticing title had already placed it at the top of my “to read” list.

Any good book evokes emotion. Human beings are emotional creatures. Reading a shocking story with irrevocable consequences such as this, can stir a gamut of feelings that leave one wondering and questioning their every faded, jaded prior move; as it has the power to clearly redefine our thoughts relative to how and where we choose to live, work and raise a family. After all, the quality of our lives is worth planning for; and people ultimately vote with their pocketbooks—and their feet, to the best of their known abilities.

The book is a loose collection of reflections and recollections by a seasoned Alabama lawyer fed up with the rampant and destructive corruption that has plagued his beloved state and country, seemingly his entire lifetime. The beginning is a retroactive, introspective look into Alabama’s not so distant past. Gallion details his early childhood memories of Alabama’s ominous Sin City episode in Phenix City (Murder City) that spawned the assassination of its newly-elected Attorney General, Albert Patterson. The decedent, a decent man, was vocally bent on ending the corruption and vice that was the source of the city’s awful namesake. It proved to be his undoing, by the Alabama political machine.

Gallion’s father would later hold the same office of Alabama Attorney General, and as a young man he witnessed up close the sausage factory of state politics and the many colorful if not disingenuous characters who routinely butchered the state’s already meager chances of pulling itself out of poverty, ignorance and the destructive hamster wheel of endemic political corruption. Weaned on the unforgiving blood sport of Alabama politics, Gallion’s particular world view was derived from a lifetime of political immersion and legal wrangling. Montgomery, after all, was his home.

Starting off, Gallion gives the reader several knee-slapping anecdotes of Alabama’s past political plums—larger than life characters such as former legislator Frank Tennille (Father of Toni) and Governor Big Jim Folsum, whose appetites for booze, sex and related humor were the apparent stuff of legend. This is a fine introduction, as it gets you laughing. What soon follows makes you want to cry.

The book’s hallmark is its clear explanation of the planned deceit perpetuated on the people of Alabama by the republican party over the last few years; specifically, he explains why Alabama is the only remaining state without an education lottery: pure, unadulterated greed. Gallion instructs that the Alabama political leadership (republicans) learned that they could become filthy rich by doing the bidding of the Choctaw Indians in Mississippi, who operated federally-protected, tax-free casinos just over the Alabama-Mississippi line. By thwarting the advancement of an educational lottery in Alabama, these willing traitors from Alabama could keep the payoffs flowing. However, they realized that they could get more out of the Choctaws—by doing more, with the help and blessings of powerful Washington insiders—like the misguided U.S. Attorney General under Barack Obama, Eric Holder.

Gallion explains how Alabama Attorney General Big Luther Strange, in a Nazi-like move, ignored the order of Alabama’s first black federal judge and raided Milton McGregor’s Victoryland casino, which paid state and local taxes that went to nearby black schools, physically stripping it of its video poker and slot machines—only to shortly thereafter turn the machines over to the cabal’s monetary masters—the Mississippi Choctaws, who gladly took them in. But that’s not all.

Gallion goes on to explain that in a previous episode, Governor Bob Riley’s administration proved just how lucrative holding public office in Alabama can be. Exxon-Mobil had for years fudged its numbers and underpaid excise taxes on oil and gas owed to the State. A court ruled in Alabama’s favor totaling $3.1 billion in unpaid taxes. Exxon-Mobil, refusing to go quietly, appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. Gallion claims that Governor Bob Riley, a republican, employed his son, Rob Jr. to offer his legal services to Exxon-Mobil while the governor asserted his influence and control over the state’s highest court, instructing them thereafter on how to rule. The result was the award to the state was diminished from $3.1 billion to a paltry $51 million. One can only wonder what $3 billion could have done for Alabama’s struggling educational system, and how much the Riley family received for the unthinkable, orchestrated theft.

Gallion’s book is noteworthy, but there are no references or footnotes, leaving one to wonder how much of it is really true; or just his strong opinion based on hearsay. Further, Gallion writes glowingly of narcissist sociopath Richard Scrushy, HealthSouth’s disgraced former CEO, calling him “an innocent businessman” deserving of a full pardon, even though he orchestrated one of the largest accounting frauds in American history, landing him on hour-long documentaries on American Greed, Sixty Minutes and more recently, Netflix’s Trial by Media: King Richard.

As a native Louisianian who lived ten years in Alabama, I must say that Gallion’s book proves unequivocally that Alabama is every bit as corrupt as Louisiana; and that if you are not part of the connected cabal or machine that rules the state—you might as well consider yourself subjugated, much like the former slaves sold at auction and dominated for decades after under the oppressive Jim Crow regime; and thereafter, to this day. In that vein, it makes one seriously question living in the Dirty South with sane hopes of a better life for themselves and their families.

I applaud Tommy Gallion for his courage. The book finishes with a fine essay on why every American should be weary of the corrupt forces fighting sitting President, Donald J. Trump, and that we must all try and be more vigilant in fighting corruption at every level of government. Hopefully he will live to see the changes he so desperately hopes to see for not only his pellagra-ridden home state, but also for the embattled United States of America, a country still worth fighting for.

Christopher E. Warner

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19 Comments on "READING IN THE RAIN"

  1. Page and Palette is out.

  2. You are jealous that you can’t get in on the lucrative deals.
    Join the Republican in the county and get in on the payoffs
    Right now it is in making money off of changing zoning. Next commercial development. Then more taxes to hire friends in local government. Then the government contracts. All so yummy
    Which line are you going in to get your share?

  3. We get it. Alabama is crooked. Fairhope is crooked. But the elections have just been held and we got these crooks for another term because they WON the election
    What can we do?

  4. Ok if we read the book we will see how crooked the politicians are
    If we call theirs hands they will just laugh at us and brand us as kooks

  5. Hey Ripp
    I got a robocall from Fairhope telling me to stay off the road and anyone “caught “ on the roads will be asked to return home
    First, we are not children being told to go to our rooms
    Second, I have yet to see the power line people out working
    Third, if we have to go out and take care of our families we will and the city can go to hell. This is Wednesday night and I have not seen the electric people fixing wires. I will wait until tomorrow to see Daphne had their guys working g salty Thai morning. What the hell were our Fairhope Powder Puff Power people doing?

  6. Hello I would love to get a copy of Chris Warner’s book about the rapscallions running our state govt. Where is it available?

  7. Catalyst and Scott Boone is evil | September 18, 2020 at 10:35 pm |

    All the new houses the city cannot bleep
    Up with. The council is owned by the developers and the old residents have to pay for the upgrades. The council has been bought and owned. May they burn in hell

  8. Catalyst had to change its name because of you Paul. Damn yuu for wasting a well known name

  9. Heard the mayor resigned……
    unbelievable to leave the city in crisis mode. Does not show leadership or strong character. Can anyone confirm this?

    • Well, I know Sherry was at the Utilities Bldg the day after the storm and she was coordinating clean up efforts and getting the power back on. I was impressed at how fast the city got the lights back on.
      Sherry – a strong leader

  10. Ripp you haven’t posted in a week
    What is wrong?

  11. Hats off to the old mayor and new mayor. They stepped up in the crisis.

  12. Ripp must be on vacation. No new posts more replies in a week

  13. Post another blog!

  14. Ripp
    Are you in hiding?

  15. Ripp, where are you?

  16. It has been awhile, Paul.
    Are you OK?

    • Francis Ripp | October 2, 2020 at 8:17 am |

      Was down with power over a week and internet even longer as well as overwhelmed with tree damage and helping others with all kinds of problems should be back on track Friday Oct 2

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