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Archive for February, 2008

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Friday, February 29th, 2008

Will February
never end? Bonus day brings
a leap of trouble.

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mark of the sharpie

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Trusty pen betrays
without warning. How do you
get ink out of pants?

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mystery machine

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

We can’t pretend to
know the universe when we
don’t know others’ hearts.

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Heads up: ’60 Minutes’ on Siegelman? Here

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

In case you missed the broadcast — and apparently Huntsville and Mobile did — check out the 13-minute report from “60 Minutes.” It uncovers some odd doings behind the conviction of former governor Don Siegelman. Plus, you can watch him rake the yard in the big house.

Karl Rove has denied any involvement, and Alabama Republican Party Chairman Mike Hubbard called Jill Simpson (who named Rove in her CBS interview) a liar.

Lingering questions:

  • Did Simpson knowingly omit details in her congressional testimony?
  • Why won’t the Justice Department share its files on the case?
  • Why did Rove skip testifying before Congress? And why didn’t Congress compel him?
  • Did the prosecution’s star witness write out his testimony? If so, why wasn’t it shared with the defense?
  • And finally, was Siegelman’s crime bribery, politics as usual, or just being in the enemy party?

CBS: Did Ex-Alabama Governor Get a Raw Deal?

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words fall through me

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Falling slowly, eyes
that know me. I can’t go back.
It’s time that you won.

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Weight and See: Song of the mouth

Monday, February 25th, 2008

‘The Biggest Loser: Couples’ recap, episode 8

biggestloser.wadeonbirmingham.com
By Ginny

The “Biggest Loser” contestants are all sent home. Nine-way defeat? Nope, just shore leave for our intrepid dieters.

Out in the wild, Roger Shultz of Enterprise has to decide everything on his own. (No more Bama Slammer cohort Trent, sniff.) Will he listen to Mr. Blue Bob on his shoulder, or follow Br’er Rabbit into the briar patch?

Everybody’s got a laughing place, after the jump …

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creaks and gasps

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Age has funny way
of catching up to you at
least convenient years.

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up the academy

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Best Pictures often
fail to match hype. Let’s throw an
awards cavalcade!

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torn

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Work awaits, and yet
compels me not. All kinds of
distractions persist.

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cacao connection

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Not everything can
be fixed, but chocolate can
work sudden wonders.

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Heads up: ’60 Minutes’ on Siegelman? Yes

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Update: Watch the full report from “60 Minutes” broadcast on Feb. 24.

This time for sure: “60 Minutes” will air its investigation of whether former governor Don Siegelman was targeted by GOP strategist Karl Rove. A main source, Republican attorney and operative Jill Simpson claims she was asked by Rove to photograph Siegelman in a compromising position with an aide (shades of l’affaire McCain). Rove denies any such campaign.

Siegelman’s conviction for bribery has drawn criticism from 52 former states’ attorneys general, hinting that it, too, was the result of more Republican dirty tricks.

Here’s a sneak peek of the story, which airs at 6 p.m. Sunday on CBS 42 (opposite the Oscar lead-in, Barbara Walters):

Bonus video: Reporter Scott Pelley shares inside info, after the jump …

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learned, burned

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Hard lessons come to
us, whether awake or just
going through motions.

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outfidel

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

It seems to me you
lived your life like a cigar
in the wind. Cough cough.

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Heads up: It’s reigning men

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

larry langfordOnce upon a time, Mayor Larry Langford wanted to give computers to all the good little boys and girls across the kingdom city. So he gathered up a million dollars to distribute through his charity. Only the bad ol’ charity instead gave $10,000 to Langford, $28,000 to his buddy John Katopodis and another $30,000 to untrained computer technician/Playgirl centerfold/gay porn star Ryan Idol.

This ain’t a fairy tale, but the sordid details from depositions [Langford | Katopodis] in a lawsuit filed by HealthSouth against Katopodis, who ran the charity in question created by then Fairfield mayor Langford. Today, the Birmingham city council tabled any further action on buying cheap laptops for schoolkids — also to be run by Katopodis — until answers appear.

No wonder, as Katopodis has had quite a history with HealthSouth and unsubstantiated claims, but thanks to his friendship with Langford, has no problem asking for more public funds for his buddy Frank Stuart Sr. and his shady outfit Stuart Consulting Group.

Should Langford be judged by the company he keeps? The questions he evades? The public dollars he casually tosses around? Or the hubris that flies in the face of the holiness he promotes so fervently?
Birmingham News: Suit challenges Langford’s first computer charity

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a credit card offer or two

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The mysterious
stranger who once lived here still
receives his junk mail.

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