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Archive for May 16th, 2007

Bloggers, MSM, Lawyers, & Activists: Your Dreams Have Come True!

Posted by ALmod on May 16, 2007

The Town of Argo issued a press release to several local newspapers last night. It will probably pop up tomorrow morning. You’re going to love this.

Argo’s leadership states that it has no intention of scheduling a vote at this time and will in fact fight it all the way to the Alabama Supreme Court. Never has it been so obvious that a group of leaders are so opposed to the intentions of the people they serve. To boot, they’re using the town’s treasury to pay court fees and attorney fees to fight the townspeople, yet they state that scheduling a vote would be a waste of town resources.

This should anger people all across this state. No, this should anger anyone who believes in the democratic process and the principles on which this country was founded. That includes people all around this country and even outside this country. And it has. I’ve taken no less than 20 calls this morning. So many in fact that I was late in posting this. Jackson beat me to it. I’ve gotten calls from members of the press, local politicians, French Canadians, and Argo citizens who begged me to write about this. Some stated that they’d either been wavering in support or had been on the other side of the issue until the town leadership’s last two actions.

As Jackson pointed out, this could very well result in legal or ethics charges being brought against the town leaders. A few people are already in the process of contacting the district attorney’s office for an official opinion.

I hope Albert Jordan is enjoying this. I’ve heard it described by several people as a lawyer’s dream come true.

I sincerely hope that they do take this to the Alabama Supreme Court. They’re likely to make BIG news that way, and gain even more outrage from the public as a town leadership holding its citizens hostage. The ACLU loves this sort of thing. Maybe we’ll even be featured on The Daily Show.

I get the idea. Drag it out as long as possible and make some slight improvements so that there’s less to complain about. Trouble is, you’ve addressed a minor complaint that only concerned a few and replaced it with a major complaint that shakes up anyone who believes in a free democracy. Our forefathers and our modern day sons and daughters have fought and are fighting for the very rights that the town leadership seems to think are trivial. Somehow, I don’t believe that a public park and a zoning board are going to make up for that.

If you believe in the right of these people to vote but have been hanging out in the background thinking yourself safe, I urge you to start taking a more active role. You are not safe. If their rights are denied, yours will be next. You will be less free tomorrow than you are today. Speak out. Step up. You are not alone.

Specifically to the people of Argo, I want to say this. The petition was only out there for a week. It wasn’t heavily pushed, and it gained over 350 signatures from just those who made an effort to sign it. Even more people are out there who never got an opportunity to sign the petition and wanted to. I know you are scared, but you are not alone. If we all stand up together and quit hiding, it will be overwhelming. They won’t be able to ignore us. It won’t require you to spend any money or rearrange your busy schedule.

The annexation supporters are giving away t-shirts to support their cause. A donation is requested but not required. If you’ll email me, I can get you one. Wear it, and show your support. Better yet, wear it to a town council meeting or other public event. Stick a piece of duct tape over your mouth while you’re at it. Sport a pair of toy handcuffs (or even the fuzzy variety). You don’t need a permit. I’d even recommend using your wallet to demonstrate to local businesses that we mean business. There are plenty of diners, gas stations, contractors, and pizza joints outside of town without having to spend money toward destroying the democratic process. In fact, if a business displays or has their employees wear one of the t-shirts I’ve just mentioned, I’ll happily endorse them and send business their way. Just let me know.

UPDATE: Capstone Report links to this post in OUTRAGE:Town squelches public’s right to vote.

UPDATE: Birmingham Blues links to this post in Argo Leadership Goes To War With Its Citizens.

UPDATE: My string of posts about Argo have been submitted to the Alabama Bloggers Carnival.

UPDATE: The Birmingham News covers the press release in their article Argo wants petition for annexation reviewed.


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How do computer viruses spread?

Posted by ALmod on May 16, 2007

Click here to find out.

Yes.  These people do exist.

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Blogging the GOP Debate

Posted by ALmod on May 16, 2007

Brian has a wonderful take on the GOP debate from last night.  Great reading.  I highly recommend it.

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