Mar 2, 2015

MMM--- #485 -- Bill O'Riley, Brian Williams, and Mike Hubbard

     Everyone seem to think that Brian Williams is toast at NBC, that he will never return to the anchor desk because of allegations that he was not just a liar, but a serial liar.
     There have been similar allegations about Bill O'Reilly, and a NY Daily News columnist writes that Williams must be held to a higher standard than O'Reilly, who he describes as

"...nothing more than an opinionated talk-show host who also writes books."

     Speaking of calling names, the editorial board of the three largest newspapers in Alabama has some sharp words for The Speaker of The Alabama House.      
     They say Mike Hubbard must go, after emails released on Friday showed him begging lobbyists for favors (like a job), and then begging for information so he could show his new bosses he was actually doing something for his considerable salary.

"the hubris of it all is enough to make one retch."

The editors argue that...

.... innocent until proven guilty does not absolve one from the consequences of such serious charges or shield one from public censure. Once charged, politicians (like police officers, teachers, corporate leaders or public employees) may face suspension or firing. Their stature is diminished among friends, neighbors, peers, the public. 

  They say Hubbard should either step aside,or be removed as speaker by his fellow House members.
     Hubbard's original trial on ethics charges was originally set to begin tomorrow, but the date was changed.
     Nonetheless, the editorial calling for his dismissal sets the tone for a session starting on Tuesday that may be part legislative meeting and part judge and jury.

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Mar 1, 2015

Head Transplants

This article suggests the first attempt on a human head transplant is less than two years away.

Sunday Focus: Least they forget...

Montgomery's Dexter Avenue has never looked so good.
     A huge amount of time, money, and effort is being expended to take advantage of the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma and, later in the year, the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus Boycott. 

     The First Family will be in Selma on Saturday to mark the Bloody Sunday anniversary.
Par of The Alabama Civil War Memorial
    But two other events are conspiring to cause Americans to doubt much has changed in the First Capitol of The Confederacy, to make them wonder if
Alabama is still the Alabama of the last century.

  • The first is the Roy-Moore led battle against the Federal Government. He says even if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same sex marriage, he will ignore that ruling in his own decisions as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • The second is a plan by The (Alabama based) League of The South to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Assassination of President Lincoln in April.

A Demopolis paper happily spread the news, though it was wrong about Seward's death and "LEE DEFEATS GRANT".

     Lincoln's death was celebrated in Alabama in 1865. The newspaper in slave-center Demopolis reported the "GLORIOUS NEWS" of Lincoln's murder, the editors writing that they "hope that it may be true".
     And to this day Lincoln is defamed. The President's Day celebration in the state is specifically for Washington and Jefferson, not Lincoln. And now the League honoring" John Wilkes Booth's service to our country" will be another sign that for some Alabamians, the Civil War never ended.

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Feb 28, 2015

Entire First Family will be in Selma

     President Obama is bringing his wife and children along for his visit to Selma next week.           
     He's taking part in a commemoration of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.
     95 members of Congress and many many others will be there too.

Big Hyundai Elantra Recall

     The cars involved to NOT appear to have been made at the only US Hyundai plant, in Montgomery.
     That plant started assembling the Elantra late in 2010, and the cars being recalled predate that time.

Saturday Status: A (Barely) Alabama Woman wins BIG

     Her home is on a dirt road in Silas Alabama, just a few miles East of The Mississippi line, but she can afford to move just about anywhere now. 

     Tamar Howard, has won the Publisher's Clearinghouse 5k a week for life prize....and the right to name someone who will inherit the prize for their life too.

     It was a Mississippi TV station that was on the scene to videotape the surprise presentation.

     For the record, Silas has a population of just a few hundred---452 to be exact. And the average income is well below Ms. Howard's new worth:

The median income for a household in the town was $20,882, and the median income for a family was $25,833. Males had a median income of $27,955 versus $18,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,074. About 16.5% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.1% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.
     I suspect the income figures will be up dramatically in the next census, if she stays there.

       She supposedly had no advance notice, but really? Someone shows up unannounced outside a rural Alabama home, horn blaring, and nobody shoots anyone?