End of an era. →
Interesting article from Politico on one aspect of the last election that had not gotten much attention. The wiping out of Democrats from state houses in the South. The article focuses on Alabama in particular. Democrats led both houses of since reconstruction. Despite all outside assumptions about Alabama as solidly Republican this was somewhat of a counterfactual. To be fair, several of the...
GMAC has a bit of a problem →
The New York Times has an interesting article on the recent relevation that GMAC employees have been falsifying loan foreclosure documents. When the lenders are attempting to foreclose on these properties they must prove legally that these documents are what they claim that they are and that they have reviewed the documents. This is generally done through the use of a sworn affidavit. The...
Amazing news from Chile →
Was amazed tonight to see the thirty-three miners that were found alive after seventeen days. Mining is dangerous work and some risks are not always avoidable. However, I have not seen the likely cause of this particular collapse and it may have been avoidable. I was glad to see that these miners were able to make it to a safe room in the mine. Impressive to see that Chile requires these safety...
News from the Gulf of Mexico
Spending the past few days at the Gulf of Mexico in Orange Beach, AL. The wheather has been pretty good but the major question has been the oil. That has been somewhat mixed. The water seems clear for the most part but there are traces of oil to be seen. Along the beach you can see where the sand is stained from the oil. The waves crash along the beach and you can see the brown foam as the...
Dodd is afraid of Elizabeth Warren →
This article address the reluctance of Senator Dodd to have Elizabeth Warren appointed to the new consumer financial refulatory administration. The article discusses the actions but really does not get into the why. I have no incite into Dodd but see the obvious reasons he would do so. With a new agency there will be a slew of federal regulations to write that interpret the new statutes that...
Fugees divided on their choice for President of... →
A split among the Fugees on who should be President of Haiti. Waiting for Outkast to weigh in before I make my decision on who to support.
What makes for science in Alabama . . . →
Apparently a professor at the University of South Alabama has been researching the science of the booty call. Had no idea that Hugh Hefner had endowed a chair at a university. Not sure what they will studying next and not sure that I would want to post it if I did. This would be completely out of place on those google searches.
Alabama Football - Behined the scenes →
ESPN is doing a look behind the scenes of the Alabama program. I look forward to seeing the finished project. Expectations for the fall could not be higher and I hope they are right.
The end of the leak?
Today BP begins to seal the leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Hopefully things go well of course. After so many false kills in the past there is a certain skepticism that BP will get it done until they actually do. I will be down in Gulf Shores, AL next week for a little vacation. Should be a good trip with the family and will be interesting to see for myself how things have changed down there. ...
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Getting out of the nursing home
Interesting article about a young man living in a nursing home in Alabaster, AL. He suffered an accident and became a quadraplegic years ago. Now he lives in a nursing home at the age of 34. He wants to go back to school and get his degree in counseling at the University of Montevallo. In order to do so he will need a full time nursing assistance from the state Medicaid office rather than the...
The Gulf Oil Spill
Although I do not live on the Gulf of Mexico I have been following the spill closely in the news and watching the work as it has progressed. I have been to the gulf numerous times over the last twenty years and have fond memories of playing in the water with family and friends. Having something that has played so strongly in my memory under threat has been disconcerting. I can’t imagine...