Daily Archives: June 18, 2008

Well, that’s surprising

Hoover’s Mayor Petelos appears on Fox Business Network to discuss alternative fuels – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

I figured that he would suggest running power plants by “burning Mexicans”, but it’s all ethanol and stuff.

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Everybody gets all bitchy

Birmingham council tempers flare as group struggles with proposed 2009 city budget – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

BMLL was there, too, and complained about the bitchiness.

Mayor Larry Langford chastised the entire group for failing to respect each other. “It’s just like it is at the council meeting,” Langford said. “It’s just gotten real tiring.”

Really tiring, Larry. You are the Mayor, you must set a good grammatical example to our young people.

I don’t really know what all this means

GAO: Air Force made ‘significant errors’ in awarding tanker contract – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

Here’s the GAO press release. (PDF)

What I think happened is that the Air Force gave the contract for building a new refueling tanker to Airbus, which was going to build it in Mobile, because Richard Shelby was doing his thing. And then the Democrats took over Congress and Washington’s delegation did its thing, plus the economy went into the toilet, as did the dollar, and the government was looking for a way out. But this may be unduly cynical.

The Troll’s Den

I was in a different courthouse than Scrushy yesterday, so I had to settle for getting a picture of Jeff Sessions’ Birmingham office. It’s probably not very clear, but there is cracked paint next to the Senate seal. Also, Shelby has a worse office with no seal, but I have been told that his real office is in Tuscaloosa.

I take it all back

Mayor Larry Langford promises $50,000 to the Birmingham Public Library for computers- al.com

Hey, money for libraries! Yay! Though I guess it’s not surprising that it’s computer money, private funds donated as part of the Laptopia Initiative. How about some money for books?

Is this really necessary?

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford proposes hiring more workers, tearing down dilapidated buildings faster- al.com

It’s not a rush job, you know. The buildings aren’t going to get any less dilapidated just because you have to wait a few weeks before they get torn down.