Daily Archives: July 20, 2007

No, not FEMA!

Lawyers discouraged tests of FEMA trailers

So, they had reports that the emergency trailers used by Katrina refugees (hey, whatever happened to those guys, anyway, I haven’t heard anything) were contaminated with dangerous levels of formaldehyde. But the agency’s lawyers (proud graduates of Regent University Law, no doubt) told them not to investigate.

How high are the levels we’re talking about? About 1.2 parts per million, in one case. That may not seem like a lot, but an acceptable 15-minute exposure is .1 PPM. FEMA’s guy says that most of the trailers aren’t that bad.

Gee, thanks

Federal numbers for Louisville in city’s book- al.com

For some reason, the numbers for federal government offices in area code 502 instead of for 205 were printed in the AT&T blue pages of the Birmingham phone book. A spokesman says that if you have to talk to someone in the government offices you should call information (which charges) or go online.

This is increasingly wonderful

DA tries to force out Lipscomb’s mayor- al.com

The Bessemer DA has gone to a judge to get Simon Speights — if that is his real name — removed as mayor of Lipscomb. He says that there is case law that Speights can not be the mayor, that even if his civil rights are fully restored that he’d have to run again. Not that anybody ever seems to run for mayor of Lipscomb, it seems to just be inherited by whoever the senior member of the city council is, or elected by the city council.

And who, you may ask, is the senior member of the city council who will inherit the position? Why, none other than Gaston Randle, who was indicted three times in a single week a month or so ago and who started this whole mess.

(Full disclosure: the Bessemer DA is a family friend.)