Daily Archives: July 30, 2008

This is gonna suck! (Again)

Shaye, Lynne on for ‘Foundation’

So, the people who used to run New Line Films are unemployed and want to start up a new production house. Since New Line’s biggest hits were the Lord of the Rings films, they think, “Huh, trilogy, beloved by millions,” and come up with Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books. Which are great, but hardly filmic, since they mostly consist of talking while all the action is offscreen.

A few years ago, someone else was working on a Foundation movie, and I said that was gonna suck too. Never happened, thankfully. The idiots who were making that were concerned that Asimov was, gasp, “intellectual”.

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Sharks of north Alabama!

Or not:

Alabama conservation official says dead shark definitely planted’ in Lake Guntersville- al.com

Well, that’s too bad. It does seem unlikely that a shark could travel upriver, past numerous dams, all the way to Lake Guntersville, which is on the Tennessee, which runs into the Ohio, which runs into the Mississippi. But it would be cool if it did. It would certainly liven up the waterskiing.

I have no idea whether this is a good idea

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford suggests leasing vehicles to update aging fleet- al.com

It seems like a sensible enough proposal, but like Langford’s archenemy Valerie Abbott, I wonder why he couldn’t have mentioned this during the budget season.

This parking lot is clearly a danger to people who are falling-down drunk!

Councilman Joel Montgomery sues lot owner over 2007 fall- al.com

Birmingham City Councilman Joel Montgomery has sued the owner of a parking lot where he said he fell last year, resulting in a broken nose, a fractured vertebra and a public intoxication arrest.

Montgomery’s suit said he was injured on April 7, 2007, when he was walking in Five Points South, did not see a wall and fell 3 feet to the pavement in a parking lot.

The suit contends J.H. Berry and Co., owner of the lot at 14th Avenue South and 20th Street, should have warned people about the danger.

Montgomery, of course, now says that he wasn’t drunk, he just “had a few drinks”. Yeah, that’s what they all say.

Who cares? Kill him anyway!

Convicted murderer serving life says he, not Thomas Arthur, killed Troy Wicker Jr. in 1982- al.com

Oddly, Troy King doesn’t have anything to say, but one of his assistant AGs — I don’t know if this is one of the unqualified ones or not — says that this guy “lacks credibility”. Now, seeing as he’s a murderer (killed another inmate over a carton of cigarettes), I would have to say that he does, indeed, lack credibility. However, that is not to say that he’s necessarily lying, and to accuse Arthur’s attorneys of feeding him information is way over the line. Let’s add that the AG’s office has also refused to cooperate in allowing DNA testing to confirm Arthur’s guilt, because it’s much more important to execute someone than to actually make sure that you’re doing justice. Arthur’s surely guilty of something.