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Archive for June, 2007

What’s Next for Argo?

Posted by ALmod on June 25, 2007

The first thing I missed was the groundbreaking.  Turns out that it was quite interesting.  One person emailed me and said that she got a chance to tell Troy King exactly what she thought of him.  Of course, this was in the context of the events in Argo.  Troy King had been contacted before about the situation here, and his office responded by saying that he wouldn’t get involved.  Months later, he’s speaking at an obviously politically motivated event in support of a group that is fighting against a vote of the people.  Needless to say, Troy King hasn’t made many friends in Argo.  (Scott Beason got off easy in that he flew slightly under the radar for most people.  If he plays dumb, he might still have a political career after the next election.)

I told my email-pal that she’d experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  There are many people in this state that would love to tell Mr. King exactly what they think of him, and most of them have probably never even heard of Argo.  I still consider it somewhat poetic that the leadership of Argo would wish to associate themselves with the ethically -challenged King.   Next thing you know, they’ll be shaking hands with Hank Sanders in a photo op.

Apparently, there were a couple of little old ladies that got to tell some of our fearless leaders what they thought of them.  Councilwoman Cheryl Lee decided to get involved and got an earful as well.  Our leaders aren’t used to heavy opposition.  The most we usually see at council meetings is five or six wearing t-shirts, but those are on Monday nights, when normal people have stuff to do.  This was a Saturday, and it turns out that folks have more free time on that day of the week.

Then this happened.

Being Internet-challenged during my away time, I was of course the last to know.  I hadn’t expected that.  I had expected the case to be tied up in the Supreme Court for several months.  Kudos to Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb on the swift dismissal.  I recommend she use that in her next campaign– Sue Bell Cobb, Defender of Civil Rights!

A friend was able to get me a copy of the court document.  The Town of Argo has been ordered to pay all court expenses.  This is where I’ve been concerned.  One way or another, the people of Argo are paying for this court process.  If we aren’t paying out of one citizen’s pocket, we’re still paying in tax dollars.  Not cool.  We’re spending additional tax dollars that shouldn’t have been spent in the first place to pay for TWO lawyers and court fees.  (Technically, we’re paying for more than two lawyers, but I’d rather not get into that.)  Meanwhile, the lawyers we’re paying for are being paid to argue against each other and inevitably force the town to do its job and work in the interest of the people.  It would have been much less expensive on our part to just hold the election and THEN proceed with any legal contest.  At least the will of the people would be known at that point.  For all we know, legal contest wouldn’t have been necessary as the measure would have been voted down.  No muss.  No fuss.

If the reckles behavior of a representative (appointed or elected) brings unnecessary substantial cost to the taxpayer, can that representative be held personally liable?  It is a question you might just see brought up in the very near future.


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I’m BA-ACK!!!

Posted by ALmod on June 25, 2007

Well, I’ve been noticeably gone for a week.  I got home and realized that I never did mention that I had a vacation of sorts planned.  My father recently moved to Foley, and we went for a week-long visit.  No Internet.  No politics.  Just good clean beach fun and something that I don’t get to see much at home…  green grass.  I’d almost forgotten what a healthy lawn looks like, as my own lawn is crunchy and brown.

So what did I miss?  Well, there was quite a bit going on.  I came home to a full email inbox and several messages on the answering machine.  Apparently something interesting happened in Argo, because everyone from a state representative to a newspaper reporter to a lawyer to my best friend and fellow Argonaut has been contacting me!  But I’ll get to that later.

For now, I’m going to sit back and get caught up with current events. I’m going to post a bit on my own blog, on Between the Links, and on The Gun Toting Liberal.  Speaking of the GTL, I should have mentioned before I left that the site has a great new look, so you should check it out.

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Friday Funny – Making Light of Little Water

Posted by ALmod on June 15, 2007

The Birmingham News and its editorial staff aren’t exactly well-known for their comedic genius, but ever so often, something oozes through the cracks.

Today, they manage to make light of the drought restrictions, high sewer rates, AND punching Lowell Barron all in one piece.  It’s just part of the craziness that comes from living in Alabama.

Click here to read it.

Regarding drought restrictions, I’ve wondered for some time why they don’t just say that everyone can only water on Tuesdays and Thursdays rather than the confusing even number/odd number system.  And does that neighbor reporting system take into account those of us who use our own ground water to irrigate?

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It’s a BIG Problem

Posted by ALmod on June 14, 2007

When you can create a PAC such as this, we have a problem.

At least Dan is honest in his motives.

Posted in Alabama Government, Laugh It Off, Scandal | 1 Comment »

Troy King Supports Argo Leadership?

Posted by ALmod on June 14, 2007

As well as Scott Beason?

According to the website and claims from those receiving fliers, the two of them are set to make an appearance at the groundbreaking ceremony for Argo’s new municipal building.  (Read:  The latest attempt by Argo’s leaders to divert attention from the fact that they are fighting a vote.)  Argo leaders are still fighting a losing battle in court and have just dedicated $750K in debt to a new municipal building that they may not need a few weeks from now.  I can’t figure out if they’re trying to show that they’re promoting progress or if they’re intentionally placing Argo deeper in debt and draining the treasury in an attempt (and a bad one, at that) to stick it to Springville.

Considering the questionable ethics of Argo’s leadership, including the possible hire of one council member’s husband as the new police chief at their meeting tonight, it’s not surprising that they’d want to schmooze with their ethical kindred– Attorney General Troy King.  So King will now be throwing his weight behind a government that fights the democratic and republican processes.  I’ll have to send this one over to Dan to add to his list.

As for Scott Beason, I knew he had gone a bit loopy when he voted for the 62% raise, but I didn’t realize that he was politically suicidal.

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Interesting Search Terms

Posted by ALmod on June 8, 2007

According to my site stats, these are among the most common search terms that bring people to my site:

  1. trash service in trussville
  3. alabama senators fist
  4. mr pickles ron paul
  5. thomas jefferson boobs

Some things I really don’t want to know.

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Posted by ALmod on June 8, 2007

On the one hand, I can’t condone physical violence.  On the other hand, this was Lowell Barron, and I’m tempted to make an exception.  Overall, I’m wincing at the fact that the people in Montgomery who are supposed to set an example for the rest of us act just as much like children (if not more so) than those in D.C.  I really can’t decide whether Senator Bishop deserves jail time or a medal.  At the same time, I keep thinking that if you’re going to have a fight, make it more interesting.  I want wrestling masks and chairs thrown through the air.  This is the same senate that really hasn’t given me anything all session.  You’re getting a 62% raise that I didn’t get a say about.  You can at least provide better entertainment value for me for what I’m paying you.

Posted in Alabama Government, Laugh It Off, Scandal | 2 Comments »

Don’t it always seem to go…?

Posted by ALmod on June 6, 2007

Yes, I’m posting another Scott Stantis cartoon. I think a lot of people have this approach to outsourcing.

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Mr. Pickles goes to New York

Posted by ALmod on June 6, 2007

Finally, we get to see Ron Paul interviewed by (sadly) the most to-the-point journalist out there, comedian Jon Stewart.  Unfortunately, Viacom has been rather picky about what they allow to be viewed on YouTube, so I don’t know how long this clip will last.

I like that Stewart touched on the fact that Paul would cut many government services, including health care.  That might be something that some supporters should consider.  But I like that Paul came back and explained that, after creating a generation dependent on these services, we would have to have a slow withdrawal, and there are much bigger fish to fry before we even touch these programs.

Posted in Elections, Entertainment, Laugh It Off | 1 Comment »

The best picture EVER!

Posted by ALmod on June 3, 2007

This picture just makes me feel good.  Enough people to fill a parking garage who are willing to make themselves vulnerable and expose their flaws to the world.  A number of words come to mind, from “freedom” to “natural” to “unity” to “trust” to “beauty” to “praise”.  I’m completely awe-struck.  And I have to say it…  I can’t help it…  We won’t see another picture like this for many moons.

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