Category Archives: Economic desperation

Uh… thanks?

The Associated Press: Turkish PM visits troubled Greece, backs arms cuts.

Considering that they’ve been fighting longer than anyone except Iraq and Iran, I’m not sure that if I was Greek I’d be that wild about Turkish support. But that’s just me.

Note that the PM of Turkey is named “Recep Tayyip Erdogan”. If you rearrange the letters of this name, you get, “A Cad Eyeing Property”. Nobody tell the Greeks this.

Troy versus the oil company

AG: BP Trying To Get Alabamians To Give Up Right To Sue Over Spill | TPMMuckraker.

So, Alabama’s only Attorney General, Troy King, in between bouts of trying to shield bingo parlor operators from prosecution, is going after BP for the company offering lowball settlements to everyone on the Gulf Coast for how the company sort of poisoned the entire Gulf of Mexico with the oil rig fiasco. BP, meanwhile, is likely already funnelling money to Luther Strange, the Business Council candidate for the Republican AG nomination. Troy is, in this matter, right (that almost never happens) and I find myself on his side. I feel dirty.

Who says there’s no good news?

Operation Rescue facing ‘major financial crisis,’ may shut down – Breaking News from the Press-Register – al.com

The Great Recession would almost be worth it just for that.

The Tuscaloosa News is going to lose its shirt

TideSportsExtra set to launch Monday | TideSports.com | The Tuscaloosa News | Tuscaloosa, AL

This is not going to work.

Maybe he can sell one of his suits

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford can’t afford to pay lawyer, judge says – al.com

Crazy Larry, who makes $45,000 a year as mayor and has another job with Budweiser, will get his lawyer paid for by the court, meaning by the taxpayers, who are also paying for the prosecutors and for the judge.

We’re number one! Whoo!

Colonial BancGroup, 4 Other Banks Shut – ABC News

Colonial, based in Montgomery, is the largest bank failure this year. And you thought Alabama couldn’t create havoc with the economy.

The Birmingdome of Roads

Alabama Department of Transportation sets first public meeting on three plans for proposed Finley bypass – al.com

Birmingham City Councilwoman Maxine Parker said she grew up hearing her granddad and other men in her Collegeville community talking about the Finley bypass.

They’ve been talking about this since 1968! They’ve built something like a hundred miles of interstate in Jefferson County alone since then, and they still haven’t gotten beyond the preliminary planning stages on this. I would guess — I wouldn’t want to call the people who have run Alabama over the years racist or anything — that it has something to do with the community that it would serve.