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Archive for the ‘Local Government’ Category

You stay classy, Paepcke!

Posted by ALmod on October 29, 2009

Anyone who reads my blog knows I’m not a Langford fan.  And I think the guilty verdict was deserved.  Heck, Langford’s own defense pretty much consisted of “Langford did it, but…”  There are no buts.  Langford did it and admitted it.  It’s nice that you think he’s a swell guy in spite of that, but it boils down to the fact he did it.

Now all that being said, let me direct you to this writeup by Kyle Whitmire, who (along with John Archibald) covered the trial spectacularly.  Now once you’ve read that, watch the video of Langford’s reaction, and then pay attention to the second reporter and the question he asks.  That reporter was NBC 13’s Jon Paepke.

Now, it’s quite obvious to anyone who isn’t a moron that Paepke wasn’t asking a serious question.  That was a kick in the nuts and berries that you’d expect from a blogger or pundit– not a professional news reporter.  Grow up.

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The Stantis Cartoon You Didn’t Get to See

Posted by ALmod on October 29, 2009

Thank you to Matt Murphy for posting it, and of course to Scott Stantis for drawing it.

Scott Stantis, The Chicago Tribune

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Larry Langford Isn’t the “Big Fish” for the Feds

Posted by ALmod on October 21, 2009

Many people have asked…  If this isn’t a case of political persecution, then why hasn’t Bettye Fine Collins been indicted yet?  That’s a good question.

Well, let’s set aside the whole fact that the FBI has been for some time up to their eyeballs in public corruption cases.  Typically, it’s in your better interest to start with the “smaller fish” and see if you can cut deals so that you can catch your “bigger fish.”  And some smaller fish have been pursued before they went after Langford.  But there are still fish in the water– many, many fish.

Langford is a big fish, but he isn’t the big fish.

My gut is telling me that something very big is about to come crashing down on J. P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs.  The number of times those names have been brought up in the first two days of testimony alone is telling.

EDIT: I forgot to include Lehman Bros. in the names being brought up in this trial.

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BFC doesn’t like the new JeffCo tax bill.

Posted by ALmod on August 13, 2009

Color me shocked.

It’s not exactly the way she wants it to be– shoved down everyone’s throat and/or at the same rate.  So of course she’s stamping her feet.

Whine & Gripe #1 – It’s not fast enough, and it doesn’t collect enough.

“The bill reduces the amount we collect,” she said. “It’s going to be a new tax. So that means it can’t go into effect immediately. There are certain ordinances that have to be drafted and adopted.”

It’s more than you were going to get and faster than you were going to get it.

Whine & Gripe #2 – The voters shouldn’t have a say.

Additionally, she said, the county might lose the tax entirely if voters rejected it in a referendum.

And it should if they do.  I’m sure that this whole attitude that the voters shouldn’t get to decide will go over well in the next election.

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I’ll let you insert the watch pun here.

Posted by ALmod on August 4, 2009

I came up with roughly 30 in the last five minutes (including the one I used last time) or so and I couldn’t decide on one, so you’re welcome to take your pick for the title of this entry.

I didn’t exactly have enough time to dedicate to a full entry last night, so I’ll elaborate a bit this morning on particularly why I found the watch propaganda interesting.

  1. Time is running out for Langford.  (I couldn’t help myself.)
  2. Langford is supposedly so poor that he’s unable to cover his legal fees, or so he tried to argue to get his trial pushed back.  So I’m going to go out on a limb and say he didn’t pay for it.  So that leads me to #3…
  3. Birmingham taxpayers just paid in some form (either from the council or the mayor’s discretionary fund, both taxpayer dollars) for their mayor to tell them just how “wonderful” he is.
  4. I’ll let the reader be the judge as to whether or not the mayor deserves credit for most of what the flyer touts as being his work– including projects that haven’t happened yet and at least a couple that, if I remember correctly, are not fully funded for the future.  (It’s hard to keep up with Langford budgets and spending plans.)

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Birmingham Blush

Posted by ALmod on August 4, 2009

Larry Langford has come up with an idea to turn Birmingham pink for October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  He’s spending $5000 on pink lightbulb covers and other changes that will give Birmingham a blush.  While I’m sure it’s the thought that counts, that money would be better spent by donating to UAB for cancer research or for the free mammograms that the mayor is lining up.  Plus, isn’t Birmingham having budget woes?  And they’re spending $5000 on a light show that really does nothing for nobody?  I know the mayor is into showing off, but a pink tie would have done just fine and not cost the Birmingham taxpayers a single dime.  (I’m sure he has one already.  He has a lot of clothes, you know.)

Now, lining up free or even discounted mammograms for women is another matter.  It actually does something helpful, and it’s a wonderful idea by the mayor…  Only it’s not really his idea.  It’s far from original.  Several groups already do this every year, so while the mayor is welcome to set up locations within the city or donate money to the cause, it’s not an idea he can take credit for.  In fact, unless I’m mistaken, there were free/discounted mammograms offered in the Birmingham area last year.

Of course, this could be a moot point, since the mayor could very well be watching his light show from prison.

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You can almost feel the trial drawing near…

Posted by ALmod on August 3, 2009

If the propaganda littering Birmingham City Hall is any indication, Larry Langford REALLY needs you to like him right now.  Yes, YOU could be a juror.

EDIT: Now with pictures!

Posted in Alabama Government, Jefferson County, Laugh It Off, Local Government, Scandal | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

A Question for LaLa

Posted by ALmod on July 16, 2009

How do you have a groundbreaking for construction of a domed stadium when no plan or design has been approved?

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A Quorum, Indeed

Posted by ALmod on July 2, 2009

It took jurors so little time to find Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford’s buddy John Katopodis guilty on all counts that I didn’t even realize they were done.  I’m so used to slow trials, that I went out and had a late lunch.  I didn’t even bother to look at the news, so I heard from my husband when he got home from work.  Smart jurors.  Now if we can just hurry up and get Langford’s trial in gear before he can do even more damage to Birmingham.

Leave it to Scott Stantis to call it like it is…

Scott Stantis, The Birmingham News

Scott Stantis, The Birmingham News

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Langford Reasoning

Posted by ALmod on June 10, 2009

Could someone please interpret?

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford on Tuesday delivered gifts to City Council members – HP Mini laptop computers and accessories he said should end any complaints that his office withholds information.

I don’t get it.  I have a laptop and two desktops, and I still can’t seem to get any real information on things like where he gets his numbers for budget proposals and what address he really calls home.

By the way, who is this new company acting as a liaison regarding your city employee’s health benefits (and doing a very poor job with it, if I might say so)?  Why would you reason that charging civil service employees twice as much for their healthcare (which now covers roughly 25% less) is a viable substitute for a pay raise (which is why they had the previous benefits to begin with)?  By the way, as a reminder, those employees typically make a lot less working for city government than they’d make for the same work in the private sector.  Their benefits are supposed to be the selling point that helps the city compete for these employees, but after a quick search, I’ve found cheaper healthcare packages that cover more if you purchase it on your own.  (That’s with the City of Birmingham paying absolutely NOTHING!)  So what’s the middle man for?  Is that information on your new laptops?

What does having a computer and/or Internet access have to do with it?  And for that matter, wouldn’t this sort of thing be considered a sort of bribe to get the council to bend to your whim a little easier?  Doesn’t Birmingham have enough budget issues without presenting taxpayer-funded presents to the council?  Why can’t it be just as simple as asking the mayor to provide information, and he provide it?  And what is with Langford’s laptop obsession?

In the meantime, don’t hand me a ream of printer paper and call it a textbook, Larry.

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