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.

Congratulations to the Polk County Police Department!

Woman suffers heart attack during botched drug raid  | ajc.com.

Another triumph in the War on Defenseless Old People Drugs!

“These were considered high-risk warrants,” Dodd said. “These individuals are known drug dealers and they were looking at a lot of time in federal prison, so obviously, when we serve those types of warrants, we usually go in with guns drawn just to protect ourselves.”

Yeah, those 76-year-old women are deadly.

That’s our Roy!

Alabama Gov. Candidate Attacked for Belief in Evolution – Political Hotsheet – CBS News.

So, of course, Bradley Byrne begins the race to the bottom by saying that of course he doesn’t believe in the foundation of modern biology. Then St. Roy will attack him for any suggestion that the Earth is more than 6,014 years old. Then Tim James will say that he believes God actually physically sculpted Adam out of clay.

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.

Yes, that’s just what we need

Spurred by railway hub plans, McCalla residents seeking to create a city | al.com.

I, like many people, keep thinking, “You know, Jefferson County needs more cities. 35 just isn’t enough!”

So awesome

Police in Bessemer intervene in town hall spat between mayor, council president | al.com.

You have to love a town where the mayor and the city council president come so close to an actual fight in public that the police have to take a hand. A fight over video bingo games.

Beware the $5 counterfeiter bandit!

I stepped into a well-known fast food restaurant this morning for a quick breakfast. Little did I know that this fiend has apparently been going around distributing fake $5 bills. Or, apparently, that’s what the cashier thought was going on, as she summoned two managers to tell them that my bill was fake. One of the managers quickly assured her that this was not so. But as everyone knows, counterfeiters love to fake small currency, because they make their money on volume.

Sheesh.

The devil made her do it

‘The devil was at work’ » Local News » The News-Courier in Athens, Alabama.

At least, that’s her explanation for killing (and in some cases freezing) her 43 dogs. Her husband and her friends — none of whom seem to have done anything about the crimes before they happened — say she’s crazy. You think?

And now, the lawsuit!

Former Lipscomb police chief found not guilty.

He was accused of abusing the child of an “acquaintance”. I don’t know why he wasn’t convicted. Maybe he was actually innocent, though in the case of anyone from Lipscomb city government the presumption of innocence doesn’t really apply. Anyway, his lawyer says that he doesn’t know if the ex-chief will try to get his job back, but I’m sure somebody is going to get sued.

St. Roy of the Teabags

Trussville Tax Day Tea Party draws about 350 people | al.com.

Yes, St. Roy himself addressed the local teabaggers. A real meeting of the minds, there. Whoever the speaker is, the teabag brigade gets to hear rhetoric that is almost, but not quite, calling for the violent overthrow of the elected government of the United States of America, and Roy did not disappoint, breaking out the Thomas Paine and the Patrick Henry and comparing the present environment to the American Revolution. Because, well, he’s an idiot and so are the teabaggers.