Friday, July 31, 2009

Most over hyped words and phrases in politics

Have you ever noticed some of the over the top language thats used in politics? My top five favorite over hyped words and phrases are listed below.

5.Its a tie between wingnut and neocon. These words are used to describe most conservative republicans by democrats.
4.Kooks is a term used by republicans to describe most democrats. By the way kook is short for keepers of odd knowledge.
3.One side always trys to convince the other one that they have no chance of winning the next statewide and presidential elections.
2.This one is summed up in one word. HATE. You will often hear democrats say I hate republicans and all that they stand for and vice versa.
1.But the best one of all is without a doubt the phrase. YOU MAKE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH! I have seen this phrase used numerous times in recent days when debating Obama's healthcare plan on popular political blogs in Nashville. By the way if you "really" get sick to your stomach over a political disagreement. Then maybe you should do something else with your life.

So there you have it. Those are my top five most over hyped words and phrases in politics.

Mr Turnbow(aka Mr Wonderful to MOST women)

What in the name of John Ford is going on here?

First we had a state senator from Memphis get blackmailed last week by one of his interns for having sex with her. Now comes word that prosecutors in Montgomery, Al are investigating a former employee at the state legislature who was caught trying to bring a TWO POUND BLOCK of MARIJUANA into the building in late '06. He was allowed to keep his job after that incident and would still be employed there today if he hadnt been arrested for trafficking crack cocaine earlier this year. This former employee was also arrested in 2008 for being involved in a gang style shooting in south Montgomery. The obvious questions that pop into your head when you hear this are who in the world let him keep his job after the '06 incident and why was he was he not terminated after his 2008 arrest? But the biggest question of all is who was he taking that TWO POUND BLOCK of MARIJUANA too in the legislature in late 2006? This reminds me of the story my ex girlfriends grandmother used to tell about not sitting on the front row at her church every Sunday. She'd always say she sat near the back because if the lord came back while she was in church she didnt want to be near the people in the building most likely to split hell wide open.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Move over Memphis......

it looks like Birmingham will be getting a new Mayor this year as well. Lobbyist Al Lapierre cut a plea agreement with the Justice Department this morning to testify against Birmingham, Al. Mayor Larry Langford(D). He will plead guilty to tax fraud and conspiracy charges and agree to pay back taxes from 2003 to 2006. He will admit to serving as the "bag man" for Montgomery banker Bill Blount. Mr Blount would apparently give the money to Lapierre which totals about a quarter of a million dollars. Mr Lapierre would then give the money to Mr Langford once Jefferson county contracts were directed toward businesses owned by Mr Blount. Mayor Langford is in the middle of his first term but it looks like he won't make it to his third year in the Mayor's office. His trial is scheduled to start next month on the 31st. Ive met the good Mayor a few times through my job and he is a pretty charismatic figure. Its ashame he didn't put that charisma to use for the good of the city.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DTV and healthcare reform

You remember those ads last year that the government ran claiming that digital TV would provide you with more channels? I don't know about other areas of the country but most people in north Alabama can no longer get the Nashville and Birmingham stations that they were getting prior to the DTV switch on their old analog sets. The same thing is happening to people in rural west Tennessee and north Mississippi. Most of them can no longer receive the Memphis stations that they were receiving prior to the June 12 switch. The folks in rural west Tennessee and north Mississippi are only getting the station in Jackson and the folks in north Alabama can only get Huntsville now. The government essentially lied to all of us in those ads. Thats why the notion of turning our healthcare system over to the government is so scary. If they could make a mess out of the dtv switch then just imagine what a mess they'll make running healthcare in this country.

It just keeps coming

The you know what hit the fan tonight in Tennessee when it was revealed that a GOP state senator was being blackmailed by the boyfriend of the woman involved with the senator. Paul Stanley is the senator involved and he is currently in his first term in the state senate after serving briefly in the state house. Oh and he's from Memphis. I guess there's something in the water over in Memphis that drives politicians over the edge. It seems like everytime a political scandal breaks in Tennessee. Memphis is somehow involved. The female in question was apparently an intern for him for a brief period.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More fun stuff about the Don!!!!!

Did the Don(aka ex Alabama Governor Don Siegelman) and his assistant Nick the stick(aka Nick Bailey) have a gay affair? Thats what local Tuscaloosa crackpot and current employer of Nick Bailey, Stan Pate is claiming. Mr Pate gave investigators a sworn statement claiming that Mr Bailey told him that the feds threatened to reveal illegal drug activity and sexual contact between Bailey and the Don if Bailey didnt cooperate with investigators. I frankly wouldnt believe a word that comes out of Pate's mouth when it comes to politics. He's a close allie of Roy Moore. That tells you all you need to know about him. This story though about the Don just keeps getting crazier and crazier. Considering the fact that he's out of prison and his co-conspirator in his case Richard Scrushy is a truly despicable excuse for a human and that its well known even among democrats in Montgomery that Siegelman had severe moral problems while in office. I would stop this nonsense and move on with my life if I was him.

You have to love this country!

What do you want to bet that men spent more time today trying to find the nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews on the internet than they did researching what is going on in Congress right now? Birmingham sports talk show hosts Lance Taylor and Ian Fitzsimmons were literally panting like little boys today over the video and their pal Chris Vernon in Memphis wasn't much better. I met Erin Andrews once in person when I was stuck at the Charlotte airport waiting on a flight. I'll be honest she's not all that in person. She was nice and she gave me a signed pic of her. But she just didnt have the face that you see on TV.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Huckaboom's coming to Freed!!!!

Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee is going to be at Freed Hardeman in Henderson, Tn on December 4 of this year for Freed's 45th annual banquet dinner. If you donate $3,000 or more at this dinner you can have your picture taken with the former Governor. This is also the first and probably the only time you will ever see Freed Hardeman University allow a baptist minister on campus too give a speech.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another democrat elections administrator is let go

Former pharmaceutical sales rep Michele White(R) is now the new elections administrator in Chester County, Tn. She replaces the longtime administrator Carolyn Thomas(D). The vote went down along party lines.

Is BRAC indirectly helping the Bama and Tennessee GOP?

Phil Williams(R) defeated Jenny Askins(D) yesterday by a 61% to 39% landslide margin in a special election in the Huntsville area. This seat had been held by the democrats for over a decade. This win by the GOP now puts the margin in the Alabama State House at a 61-44 democrat majority. It also gives the GOP the most seats they've ever had in the Alabama State House. I havent looked into this much but I wonder if the BRAC realignment is helping the GOP in these special elections this year in the Tennessee Valley. The GOP also won a state senate seat last month in Huntsville that the democrats had held for ten years. There is another special election for a state house seat coming up in a few months on the Tennessee side of the state line which was also vacated by a democrat. This open State House seat used to be a very reliable democrat seat but last November the GOP nominee for the seat scored an unusually high 45% against a non controversial democrat. Fayetteville, Tn has made a concerted effort in recent years to recruit a lot of the BRAC families to move to their city because Tennessee doesnt have a state income tax and its close to Huntsville. Did their efforts pay off? Is that why we've seen a sudden spike in people voting for the GOP in this area? We shall see.....

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sad news for one Bama GOPer

The mother of Cullman County Commissioner Doug Williams passed away last week. Wanda Williams was 70 years old at the time of her passing. Doug Williams is in his second term and is the top recruit that the state GOP was hoping to get to run against State Senate Majority Leader Zeb Little(D) next year. No word if this will have any effect on his potential run for the senate next year. I know that Wanda was very helpful to him in his last election in '06.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chicken and the egg

Some of the know it all crowd in the Nashville blogosphere was once again making fun of everyday people, today. This time though it wasnt over guns but chickens. I don't know how the process works at other companies but let me share with you for a moment how Tyson and Koch operate their chicken houses. They sign a contract with some farmer. They bring out somewhere around five thousand chickens to his or her farm and put them in two chicken houses. They supply you with all the cartons and machinery and they come out once a week to pick up all the eggs you have gathered for that week. The money is pretty good as well. You earn about $150 a day on a normal pick up rate. But thats where the good ends and the bad begins. The smell at these chicken houses is absolutely unbearable, especially in the dead of summer like we are in right now. If you don't wear a mask in these places you will develop serious health problems. They will also flog humans when you walk through their house. Thats why you carry a stick with you to keep them off you. You also lose a certain amount of chickens everyday. At a normal contract farm you have about 15 to 20 die on you everyday. They either die from a lack of oxygen or they will suffer fatal internal injuries from other chickens repeatedly pecking on their backs. Koch and Tyson supply each farmer with an oven that is put about fifty yards from the chicken house. You pick up the dead chickens by hand and record the number that have died on a form. You then take them to this oven outside,toss them in and burn their bodies. Its not a nice picture as you can imagine. Thats why I don't blame these people in places like Nashville who have a few laying hens on their property. Its a much cleaner atmosphere to have them at your home than where these eggs at the stores are mass produced at.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Slugburger Festival

This weekend Corinth, Ms. is having their 22nd annual slugburger festival. It runs from July 9 to July 11 in downtown Corinth. They pretty much shut the whole downtown area down for those three days. For those of you who havent had a slugburger before. Its kind of like a boca/veggie burger. Oh and by the way its not actual slugs.

Oh please let this be true!!!!!!!!!!

There are numerous rumors floating out there this weekend that the legendary pro wrestler Jerry Lawler will annouce this week that he's running in the special election for Mayor of Memphis this fall. Lawler ran for this position back in 1999 and came in third that year behind Herenton and Joe Ford. His son Brian Lawler, who by the way goes by the name "grandmaster sexay" in the wrestling world(don't you just love pro wrestling?) was arrested just last week in front of a gas station in Jackson, Tn at 2am one morning for being under the influence of alcohol. All of this comes on the heels of one of "uncle" John Ford's brother's announcing late last week that he may run for this seat as well and even Mayor Herenton got in on the craziness by hinting he may run in the special election to replace himself. Say what you will about Memphis, but they sure know how to make an election entertaining!