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10 Powerful Books That Will Blow Your Mind

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

Some books can fundamentally expand your thinking and potentially change your life. Here are ten non-fiction works that do just that. None can be accepted on faith. All must be read with an active mind.  (There are, of course, many other books that could qualify. Feel free to offer your suggestions. They may become the subject of another post.)

The Hot Air President

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

President Obama gives good speeches. He talks a good game. He verbalizes thoughts of hope and change. He told us that he’d be a new kind of President, and change Washington. He has delivered on that promise–he is indeed a new kind of President. He’s the Hot Air President.

What’s Wrong with Southern Education?

Can the South’s History Save American Education? (Part I Of A Series)

When fingers point to the South, they tend to point in the same direction: backwards.


Intellectual Property Is “Evil”-And Businesspeople Should Oppose It

A Q&A with Houston Attorney Stephan Kinsella

193712_10150106745438181_7721245_o(Stephan Kinsella, a patent attorney in Houston, Texas, is Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF). A registered patent attorney and former adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law, Kinsella has published numerous articles and books on IP law, international law, and the application of libertarian principles to legal topics and has lectured all over the world on these topics. He received an LL.M. in international business law from King’s College London, a JD from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, and BSEE and MSEE degrees from LSU. Kinsella has made an international name for himself as a leading exponent of libertarian theory and as an outspoken critic of patents and intellectual property. He recently spoke with BAMSouth.com Publisher Jack Criss from his home in Houston about why he believes the concept of intellectual property is one of the most dangerous threats to freedom and progress in the world today.)

Dekalb County Economic Growth: Cooperation and Competition

by Jonathan G. Banes

BAMSouth.com Contributing Correspondent

Dekalb County, Georgia serves as one of the largest counties in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metroplex, with a population estimated over 700,000, as of 2012. As such, Dekalb, like many municipalities, must both cooperate in enticing businesses and capital to Georgia as a whole as well as compete with other surrounding counties, principally Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Rockdale, and Forsyth among others, for businesses and government agencies to relocate their headquarters or operations.


Carr Added As Commissioner

GEORGIA—Chris Carr has been confirmed as the new commissioner of Georgia Department of Economic Development effective Nov. 1, 2013.

Carr worked in the office of Sen. Johnny Isakson. He started in 2004 and became chief of staff in 2007. His previous positions include stints at Georgia-Pacific, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and with Alston & Bird in Atlanta. He received his law degree and Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Georgia.

“The board’s approval of Chris Carr is an important step in this process that allows us to seamlessly continue the work of bringing good jobs to Georgians. I trust that Chris will be a great partner for me and for the entire state when it comes to achieving my goal of making Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business,” said  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

—-Steve Massey, BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist/Writer (GA)

Details About Mannington Mills Expansion

by Steve Massey
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

In a follow up to the BAMSOUTH.com news about Mannington Mills expansion into Georgia which adds another facility to the state, Governor Nathan Deal released further plans for the planned expansion.The new facility will be expanded into Madison County nears Athens and will add 219 jobs in the next few years.“This expansion is coming to fruition thanks to cooperation from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Madison-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Power,” said Russell Grizzle, President and CEO of Mannington Mills, Inc. “With the approval of Governor Deal, we were able to put together an aggressive plan that will allow Mannington to expand and grow in the state of Georgia. We are grateful to them for helping to make this vision a reality and are especially excited that we are expanding domestically, adding jobs and investing in the U.S. economy.”

The company has been expanding by acquisition since 2008.

Author Takes America Apart…In Attempt To Unify

Review by Jack Criss
BAMSouth.com Publisher

Towards the end of Charles Murray’s latest book released early last year, “Coming Apart: The State Of White America, 1960-2000,” he writes, in summarizing some key closing points, “A large part of the problem consists of nothing more complicated than our willingness to say out loud what we believe.” (more…)

Florida Author Tells “Complete” Story Of Music Legend And Son Of South Gram Parsons

Interview Conducted and Written by Charles Bailey
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

(Gram Parsons: privileged son of the South. Country-rock icon. Member of the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers. Esteemed solo artist. Doomed. Overdosed at 26. Body snatched. Body burned in Joshua Tree National Monument. Later recovered and ultimately interred in Metairie, Louisiana.

Discovering Dixie: Contradictions, Myths, History…And Reality

by Jeffrey Cavanuagh
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

In this, the premier edition of our new online magazine devoted to covering Southern business and culture, it is fitting, I think, to first place the American South – from its culture and people to its businesses and economic potential – into a global context. After all, to paraphrase an old saying, the journey of a thousand miles may start with a single step, but if you don’t know where you’re coming from you’ll inevitably get lost while getting to where you’re going to. (more…)

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