Roger Richardson has filed papers to run in a special election next spring for the state senate seat that Alabama Congressman-elect Parker Griffith is vacating. Mr Richardson is a professor at the historic black college of Alabama A&M and he's a pastor at a black majority church in Huntsville. The Alabama GOP bigwigs are already lining up behind Mr Richardson. The district takes in most of the minority neighborhoods in and around Huntsville. So its not a surprise they would try to find a credible minority such as Mr Richardson to run in this district. But what is a surprise is that he's also a pastor. Hmm..I wonder if him and Jeremiah Wright have ever met? His bio says he's lived in Indiana and Kentucky.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The arrest of the Illinois Governor raises a good question in my opinion. Who's REALLY the bigger threat to this country. Is it some unemployed teenage boy roaming around the middle east shouting allah akbar or is it certain politicians in this country?The amount of politicians arrested in this country in just the last few years is staggering. The charges have ranged from bribery to threatening to murder an undercover FBI agent. Four of five county commisioners in Birmingham, Al who served between 1998 and 2002 are now in a federal prison. Former and current Mayors in Atlanta,Detroit,Birmingham and Jackson, Ms. either went to prison or their currently under indictment. We had a State House Speaker in North Carolina sent to prison for bribing a fellow State Rep in a bathroom at an IHOP. Over a dozen politicians have been arrested in Tennessee on bribery. Over a hundred pols in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have gone down as well in recent years. Prominent trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs and a few former politicians in Mississippi went down for bribing a judge earlier this year. We have had numerous Congressmen and a US Senator go down on corruption charges. Alabama has seen everyone from a former Governor and Secretary of State to low level State Reps go down on corruption charges. The list just seems endless. When you add on the mess Congress helped create with the economy and mortage crisis. It just makes you wonder. Who is REALLY the biggest threat facing this great country?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The corruption mess in Illinois could very well exist in Tennessee if things aren't changed soon. Now I know we had the Waltz scandal but that was mainly a bunch of homegrown crooks in Memphis behind that scandal. I'm referring to how the state picks its attorney general,state judges, secretary of state, comptroller and state treasurer. The way people are picked to run those offices now is a recipe for disaster. Their mainly chosen by a group of insiders and thats wrong no matter if they have a D or R beside their name. Now I don't have any inside info on this(Im just speculating) but how do we know a few attorneys over the past ten years havent bribed members of the judicial selection commission to send their name to the Governor for a statewide judicial post? Why do prominent attorneys in democrat party politics in Nashville keep getting appointed as state attorney general? Why not appoint the democrat prosecutors in Benton County, Lake County, Moore County or Ed Bryant to that post? I think we all know the answer to that. We can only hope and pray nothing illegal has gone on. Also how does former Governor Don Sundquist's(R) top aide end up as the only candidate for State Comptroller this year? Is there not a good everyday GOPer in Jackson,Memphis or where ever thats more qualified for this job than Mr Wilson? Again I have no inside info of any wrongdoing but Im just stating that the way candidates are chosen in Nashville today. Can lead us down a path of people in both parties offering bribes(if it hasnt happened already) to be chosen for one of these particular jobs. Thats why its my hope that the new GOP majority in Nashville will let Tennesseans pick their judges the way Alabama chooses theirs and they will also make the attorney general,comptroller,treasurer and secretary of state into elected positions as well. If that is done then you will be transferring control of these jobs from GOP and Democrat insiders to the people and thats the way it should be. Sure we may end up with an Al Gore global warming alarmist or a Roy Moore type. But at least it'll be done in an open and bribe free arena.
Friday, December 5, 2008
When I was watching the news last night about the "Big 3" going to Congress to testify yesterday. They showed a segment of one of the Big 3 auto execs showing off their new hybrid and electric cars. The guy said these cars will be the wave of the future. When I heard that, it reminded me of that show from the 80's called Max Headroom. I remember watching and reading all the TV crtics back then on Entertainment Tonight and in USA Today brag about how Headroom was going to be the type of show that would flood the airwaves in twenty years. But here we are twenty years later and I know of no show out there today thats even remotely similar to Max Headroom. Anyway on too the more serious point about this bailout. I hear car dealers,union leaders and auto execs screaming for immediate help but lets look at something for a moment. Bill Heard went under a few months ago and the cities they had a dealership in are still going along ok today. Other car dealers who have better ETHICS came along and replaced the void left by Bill Heard in Nashville and Huntsville and nothing happened. The sky didnt fall,the sun still comes up and so on and so forth. Also look at the cities who had garment factories leave them after NAFTA. Did they take a hit? Sure they did but you know what. Those cities got up and dusted themselves off and moved on. Savannah, Tn for example lost two plants because of NAFTA but that city is as good as its ever been. They went out and found other industries and everything is as good as it can be today. My point is, of course good everyday americans will be hurt in the short term if these companies and car dealers go down in a few weeks. But you know what in the long term, all of us will be better off if we let these unethical car dealers and arrogant auto execs and union leaders go under. The blue collar guy will find other employment and the fools at the top will be tarnished forever and thats the way it should be. But of course it won't happen....
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Instead of having a normal Christmas Party like they usually do. The Hardin County Democrat Party has instead decided to have an appreciation dinner for John Wilder and Randy Rinks at the Pickwick Inn tomorrow night(Dec 4)at 7 pm. Oh and "appreciating" isnt free either. It costs a cool twenty bucks to get in. One can only hope the money isnt going to Rinks and Wilder. Rinks runs a lucrative real estate business and Wilder is a millionaire. But who knows, when you consider some of the foolish things Tennessee's Democratic leaders have done recently. It wouldnt shock me if Rinks and Wilder walked out of there tomorrow night with every penny.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Birmingham, Al. Mayor Larry Langford(D) was arrested this morning in Birmingham by the FBI along with a lobbyist and a Montgomery, Al Banker. Their currently being held in the federal courthouse in Birmingham on numerous federal charges related to bond deals that have Jefferson County, Al on the verge of filing for the largest governmental bankruptcy in this countrys history. Mayor Langford has only been the mayor for a little over a year. These charges however relate to the time when he was the County Commission President of Jefferson County. This also continues a disturbing trend of deep south Mayors being arrested on corruption charges by the Justice Department. Jackson, Ms Mayor Frank Melton is on the verge of going to trial in Jackson on corruption charges and longtime Memphis, Tn Mayor Willie Herenton is rumored to be on the verge of being indicted as well. You also have to consider another factor in all of this. The three Mayors I just mentioned are all black democrats and their indictments were sought by US Attorneys that were appointed by President Bush. What will the President Obama led Justice Department do with these three men when they take over next month?