Monthly Archives: March 2010

But is it far enough?

Larry Langford’s prison assignment about 500 miles from Birmingham | al.com.

They’re sending him to Ashland, Kentucky. That’s just about as isolated as you can be in the eastern US. Of course, we’re dealing with a thoroughly dangerous man here… Actually, it’s minimum security.

Roy not winning, whatever he says

Public Policy Polling: Byrne, Moore lead the way for Republicans.

Of course, he’s still in second, and right there in runoff position.

The fact that Moore is the most well known and liked of the GOP candidates but still trails is a sign that many voters like him but don’t necessarily think Governor is the position he’s best suited for.

Also, it’s evidence that many Alabama Republicans are loons.

More or less true

Lawsuit claims former owners stripped Bruno’s of $290 million | al.com.

But extremely difficult to prove, or if is proven, to actually win a case on. Essentially, Lone Star Funds stripped Bruno’s of cash, as said above, and then sent it into bankruptcy. This ended a cycle of repeated leveraged buyouts that turned a once-thriving regional chain into a shell of its former self. But don’t take my word for it:

Regional grocers have been frequent targets for leveraged buyouts, with Bruno’s itself being bought that way once before. (The first purchase, by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., also led to bankruptcy.)

Observers of the industry say that even though supermarkets have razor-thin profit margins, they’re attractive because they take in so much cash.

“There’s a cash flow, and some of the expenses you can control and reduce quite a bit,” said David Livingston, a supermarket consultant based in Pewaukee, Wis.

The savings usually goes to pay down debt and into the pockets of the buyout firm, said Page, the Indiana professor.

But reducing expenses usually means fewer employees and less investment in stores, which tends to turn off customers. “I can’t ever say that the situation got better at the store level,” Livingston said.

Trust me — in Bruno’s case, nothing got better.

“I’m winning, but it’s a secret.”

Former Chief Justice Roy Moore says he leads Republican gubernatorial polls | al.com.

"We found out that ALFA did a poll where I am leading 42 percent," Moore said. "Byrne got 17 percent and James got 15 percent."

And now, the paranoia sets in:

Moore said those results weren’t released publicly, “but no one wants to acknowledge that I’m leading.”

But fish don’t have feet!

Court takes up ban on fish pedicures – washingtonpost.com.

It’s been a while since I had a good fish post… Anyway, the fish are performing the pedicures, not getting them. The fish eat dead skin from people’s feet. The practice is banned by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology — a notorious band of nanny-state zealots — apparently because it’s gross, or as they say “unhealthy”. I could see how it would be bad for the fish

Please, just for comedy’s sake

Lawyer for Larry Langford asks federal judge to leave Langford free as he appeals conviction | al.com.

Though I have to admit, just the appeals process looks to be a hoot and a half.

For example, Rasmussen said evidence of Langford’s generosity should have been admitted at trial. Coogler limited the testimony of defense witness Ocie Oden, who wanted to testify about gifts — clothing and cash for his church — that he received from Langford. He did tell the jury about one suit Langford gave him because he remembered the name brand of the suit, Oxxford.

Coogler did not allow testimony about other suits because Oden could not remember what store they came from. Langford’s generosity had nothing to do with the charges lodged against him, prosecutors contend.

Artur Davis can suck it.

Alabama House delegation unanimous in voting no on health care reform | al.com.

This is a disgusting betrayal of his constituents and of the principles he once claimed to hold, not to mention many of his House colleagues who put their jobs on the line to vote for this bill. All in the name of a hopeless chase for the Alabama governorship in which all he’s accomplished is to piss off the Democratic electorate, including me. Not only will Ron Sparks be getting my vote in the gubernatorial primary, if Davis gets the nomination (which I no longer think he will) I’ll be voting Libertarian in the general.