Happy 4th of July!
We have been without power for over 24 hours so I am just beginning to get a sense of the horrific damage. I did see shingles, insulation, and other debris raining from the sky yesterday, a bizarre and unsettling sight, but we certainly missed the brunt of the storm.
What is your story this morning?
Portugal doesn’t want to become “the Alabama of the European Union,” says Carlos Moedas, Special Economic Advisor for Portugal’s opposition Social Democratic Party.
Addressing the nation’s economic austerity measures, Moedas indicated that the country could become the European continent’s Florida, but said, “If we just keep on cutting and not doing the [...]
It’s Friday, the SEC Championship game is tomorrow, football talk is in the air, and time for me to unburden myself of something that has bugged me for a week. Time for Friday fun.
Birmingham News reporter Kevin Scarbinsky wrote in Sunday’s News:
This was a small part of a larger article, but someone at the News made it a bigger deal by putting a teaser on the front page above Sunday’s masthead, “In close games, Saban only average.”
Folks, it just doesn’t follow that great teams will necessarily have great records in close games. When really good teams win games, they tend to win by bigger margins – because they are really good teams. When really good teams lose games, they tend to lose by smaller margins. Very good teams tend to have good won-loss records, but their records in close games tend to be not as good.
First, this town was known for seeking $375 million in economic stimulus funds, then a novel tax avoidance plan and now for seeking to control and tax most of rural Cleburne County, according to the the Cleburne News. Subsequent reporting from the Anniston Star, shows the wheels maybe falling off [...]
As a reporter, it was always fascinating how much the people in charge and the people with power were supposedly up to no good. Not in the decently frequent but relatively mundane forms of malfeasance and general governmental stupidity I spent an awful lot of time checking out, but in the dreamed up ways that usually belligerently anonymous callers would go on and on to me about.
For example, there was the gentleman who assured me that they would zone in a crack house — no, literally — as soon as they annexed his virginal neighborhood. Presumably next to the new firehouse. They come in pairs, you see.
Then there was the woman who demanded that they had given her a $20 Wal-Mart gift card in a drawing but had not bothered to put any money on it — just to mess with her poor old soul. I asked her if she had called the people she won the gift card from before talking to me and asked if they had activated it. She had not.
And then there was the man who discovered a conspiracy theory — probably reaching to the White House and beyond — connected to their malevolent placement of a pole near some property he owned. I wish I could flesh out that theory for you, but he cursed me out 15 minutes into the conversation because he did not think I was taking the pole seriously enough, concluding before he hung up that even though he had called me he “would not wipe (his) damn ass with (my) damn paper.” I can only assume that since then the war has continued. A lot like Terminator. Except with a pole. Continue reading “LETTERS TO DIXIE: No sale”
As youngsters, Mom’s older brothers had a marvelous opportunity to leave their rural farm and travel north to Birmingham to watch Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees play an exhibition game at Rickwood Field. (Let me interject that we have some unusually [...]
According to the Randolph Leader, last Wednesday, the town’s former mayor, was sentenced for misappropriating a wrecked city owned dump truck and a member of the town council was sentenced for enticing a minor for immoral purpose. While the councilman’s sentence may seem light (a plea bargained 5 year split sentence consisting [...]
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