Daily Archives: February 27, 2007

Newspaper: "We’re just not very bright."

ABC News: Newspaper Says It Fell for Fake Gucci Ad

So what kind of newspaper takes the word of some guy that the two-page, semi-naked ad featuring him which he’s asking them to run is really from Gucci and should be charged to him? Because I think relatively few companies have the same person appearing in their ads and handling placing them.

(Thanks to Meryl.)

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Don’t fight in front of the Germans!

Industrial incentives questioned

Riley’s finance director isn’t happy that some members of the state legislature (including Pork God Roger Bedford) are questioning the use of a bond issue to raise a whole bunch of money, supposedly to lure a steel mill from a German company. Bedford insinuates that the bonds would “create a $400 million slush fund for Gov. Riley.”

Good idea

Black Belt roads eyed for upgrade

I don’t know that it goes far enough. The main points seem to be widening US Highways 80, 84, and 43. I’ve been critical in the past of the “Road to Nowhere” as I called it, a proposed extension of I-85 from Montgomery to somewhere vague in Mississippi. I think that the problem is that instead of east-west highways to nowhere in particular, what’s needed is more north-south routes.

Most the interstates in Alabama run basically east-west, with one primary north-south route, I-65 from Huntsville to Birmingham to Montomery to Mobile. (The other “north-south” interstates really run more northeast-southwest.) In the western part of the state (where I live) it’s a pain to get anywhere north or south, or really anywhere but Birmingham really. An interstate along the US 43 corridor (Florence to Tuscaloosa to Demopolis to Mobile) would be wonderful. But even a four-lane surface highway would help a lot.

The point being that unlike the Road to Nowhere, this would be a road to somewhere, to the Gulf Coast, to the second-largest city in the state. It would probably be a faster route from Birmingham to Mobile than 65, though the people down in Montgomery probably wouldn’t like that. Anyway, while it’s important for local development to have highway access, building highways that nobody uses is not a proper use of resources. I think a highway on the 43 corridor might get used.

Bettye, Bernie Beaten?

Arena backers on short side of aisle

They’re not definitively dead, but with two members of the five-member County Commission, and four of the nine-member City Council, against the MiniDome, there’s no give. They’d have to get the support of all nonaligned members of both bodies.