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Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Quinlan Castle

Kevin Boyd

Happy Halloween! Have fun storming the castle!

A special holiday treat, after the jump …

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true horror

Friday, October 31st, 2008

People getting thrown
out of work, out of their homes.
Trick or treat, indeed.

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Heads up: Former Commissioner Buckelew pleads guilty

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Mary Buckelew After 16 years of service on the Jefferson County Commission, Mary Buckelew has gone down in disgrace. She plead guilty Tuesday to one count of obstruction of justice.

Buckelew lied to a grand jury about receiving $4,000 in designer shoes, a purse, a spa treatment and more, all to influence her vote on sewer bonds and swaps.

For eight years, she served as commission president. In 1997, Governing magazine honored her as a Public Official of the Year. Now, she’s expected to lead prosecutors to bigger targets in the ongoing investigation of the county’s poorly managed sewer system.

She joins a growing list of convicted commissioners: Jeff Germany, Chris McNair and Gary White.

Meanwhile, Jefferson County has considered declaring bankruptcy over the $3.2 billion owed in interest alone. How deep is the financial hole, and how deep is the corruption that led us here?
Birmingham News: Former Jefferson County Commissioner Mary Buckelew pleads guilty

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where did the year go?

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Quite suddenly, it’s
cold and there’s Christmas shopping
to be done. No time.

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the crooked road

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The broken asphalt
skewers the dirt fields on its
journey to somewhere.

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death to pundits and attack ads

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Just seven days till
this election nonsense is
over. Oh, thank God.

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the tempo of fall

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I just sat down, and
now it’s time to head out to
another meeting.

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Vote 2008: Alabama newspapers endorse Obama by 2-1 margin

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2008Alabama may be a solid red state, with polls predicting a 20-point John McCain victory come Election Day, but the newspapers have endorsed Barack Obama by a more than 2-1 by a 5-3 margin by a 2-1 margin. [See third McCain endorsement by the Opelika-Auburn News, added Oct. 28, and sixth Obama endorsement by the Selma Times-Journal, added Nov. 4.]

Of the eight nine 10 newspapers that have published endorsements in the presidential race, five six support Obama, two three support McCain, and one endorsed neither. Before the cries of “liberal media bias” ring out, keep in mind that most of these same papers endorsed Republican George W. Bush in the previous two elections.

See what the editorial boards had to say …

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ponderings on mid-life

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

It was then his life
had spun out of control, a
hopeless wreck of dreams.

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uncool beans

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Sitting in Starbucks
makes me smell like burnt coffee
long after I leave.

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the eerie quiet

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

After the crater,
an unspoken wake begins,
to pay our respects.

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Wade’s 101: Haiku retrospective 11

Friday, October 24th, 2008
  1. yin and yang
    Much is given, much
    is asked. Somewhere, the harvest
    matches the hungry.
  2. pastoral inhabitants
    Farm roll call: goats, cats,
    peacock, chickens, puppies, cows,
    llamas, pigs and worms.
  3. composed at a keyboard
    Can we break grip of
    technology’s distractions?
    Are we not machines?
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like a bomb went off

Friday, October 24th, 2008

The next day, bodies
were everywhere. Another
layoff claims 14.

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something’s amiss

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Tension. It sits in
the air like a panther on
the prowl in the dark.

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too many directions

Friday, October 24th, 2008

The phone rings. The files
pile up. The project changes.
All on a Tuesday.

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