Daily Archives: July 4, 2007

I’m really starting to enjoy this

Second councilman faces charges- al.com

Another Lipscomb city councilman has been charged with impersonating a police officer. What’s more, this one, David Horn, is also the city’s volunteer fire chief. Impersonating a cop, save for the purposes of satire, is completely against the fireman code. I guess that doesn’t apply to volunteers.

Anyway, the story goes that a Lipscomb resident made the mistake of going to City Hall to discuss fire protection. (Or, knowing Lipscomb, fire “protection”. “Hey, nice house here. Be a shame if something was to happen to it.”) Long story short, Horn flashed an honorary badge he’d gotten from the sheriff and threatened arrest.

After he was set free on bail, Horn was then arrested again, this time by Mountain Brook police (on break from their usual duties of strictly enforcing the city’s rule against Driving While Black) for third degree domestic violence for an altercation with his estranged wife.

The story summarizes:

The impersonation charge against Horn is the latest development in an ongoing probe by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation has resulted in four felony charges against Councilman Gaston Randle. The investigation has also revealed that Mayor Simon Speights is a convicted felon and may be ineligible to hold office.

Authorities are also investigating Speights driving a stolen car.

Remember, this is in a small town of about 2500 people. The city government alone is responsible for a higher crime rate than most large cities.

There are certain problems with this

ESPN – IOC gives 2014 Winter Olympics to Russian resort – Olympics

From Wikipedia…


Sochi has a surprisingly warm climate for the latitude; winter temperatures rarely fall much below freezing. The average summer high temperature ranges between +26 °C (78.8 °F) and +32 °C (89.6 °F) with occasional extreme heat in some interior locations exceeding +40 °C (104 °F).


The resort has the warmest climate in Russia, averaging +7 °C (44.6 °F) in January and February, and boasts many sanatoria and mineral baths. There are also tea plantations, the most northerly in Europe… In late 2005, the Russian Football Union announced that it was planning to establish a year-round training center for the country’s national teams in Sochi. The city’s warm climate was cited as one of the main incentives.

IOW, they’ve managed to put the Winter Olympics in the only warm place in Russia.

There are always positives

Lack of rain cuts into bug population- al.com

No rain = no mosquitos. Makes sense. There aren’t many mosquitos in the desert, after all.