Monthly Archives: December 2008

Respect their authority

Birmingham city councilors demand authority in dome spending, selection –

They’re upset that an out-of-state design firm was chosen (because so many domes have been built in Alabama?) and that no local or minority firms were selected to help. The latter is probably a legitimate point, though my understanding is that local subcontractors are usually chosen later in the process. BMLL is on the BJCC board and thinks that the council is being silly, and that if they’re upset it’s their own fault for not coming to the meetings.

Really, it’s sponsored by the website


If I could come up with $1.2 million, I could sponsor a bowl. Maybe I could start a fundraising campaign.

Ooooh, marijuana!

Birmingham’s embattled City Councilman Johnathan Austin has no plans to resign over 2003 marijuana charge –

Not to step on Loretta‘s turf or anything, but this is insane. People are trying to get this guy (appointed to fill William Bell’s seat) to resign for the horrible crime of possessing a whole half-ounce of marijuana! Meanwhile, the mayor is walking around with 101 federal counts on his head. And do you really think Larry Langford has never smoked pot? Exhibit A:


Yeah, that guy never did any drugs. Nor did any of the sterling citizens on the city council, who are debating if a half-ounce of pot rises to the level of “moral turpitude”. And of course, the guy himself is saying that what he did was terrible, and it wasn’t really his pot, it’s was a friend’s, and he wants to show that you can overcome the horrifying effects of knowing a pot user by joining the Birmingham City Council.

As usual

Birmingham council postpones mayor’s plan to pave downtown streets, citing need for financial information –

As usual, the council seems to be pretty reasonable about this, wanting to make sure that the money BMLL wants actually comes in before they spend it. What with the recession, that makes sense to me. As usual, BMLL was apoplectic and thinks that it would be incredibly embarrassing not to do this right now. This time, he thinks that we’ll be humiliated if the Davis Cup comes to town and there are potholes. Does he know that the US Open is held in New York? What would New York be without potholes?

Really, that’s all?

Poll: 23 percent say Cheney worst vice president ever –

Dick Cheney is, without a doubt, our nation’s worst vice president. He is also our best vice president. Because none of the others did anything or had any power or authority whatsoever.

Basically, they’re doomed. DOOOOOOMED!

Jeffco’s choice: receivership, bankruptcy or deal –

There just isn’t nearly enough money to even make payments on the debt, much less pay it down. ( ‘”I don’t think anybody, including the creditors, expect Jefferson County to pay this back,” said Andreas Rauterkus, a University of Alabama at Birmingham professor of finance.’) So either they declare bankruptcy, or they convince their creditors to make a deal with smaller payments, or turn over the system to somebody to try to make money from it somehow. Everything sucks.

In that they actually know something about science

Obama science choices break from Bush – White House transition-