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July 31, 2008
Charles Krauthammer: The Audacity of Obama's Vanity. Has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?

At Table. Roshell's. By M.B.T. Gastronome. Commenting several weeks ago on my favorable review of an oyster po-boy at The French Loaf, my acquaintance suggested that I try a Roshell’s po-boy, considered by him to be one of the best in Mobile.

July 30, 2008
Five little mistakes that led to huge catastrophes.

America has 'sad difficult things to account for,' apologies in order, Obama tells cheering journalists.

July 29, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Solomon in Exile or Gone With The Wynne?; Byrne out of Rodney Dangerfield's shadow; Obama straight up; Shaw fund raiser set.

Washington teeing up 'the rich' for big tax hike in 2009, according to the Wall Street Journal.

July 28, 2008
Mobile Gas sold for $61.50 per share.

Why no outrage? Through history, outrageous financial behavior has been met with outrage. But today Wall Street's damaging recklessness has been met with near-silence, from a too-tolerant populace, argues James Grant.

Geologist forecasts global cooling for next 30 years.

July 27, 2008
At Table. Wintzell's Oyster House - Fairhope. By M.B.T. Gastronome. Glancing around the crowded restaurant, I quickly spotted two political dignitaries.

July 26, 2008
The Order of Myths: A Mardi Gras story in black and white. The New York Times reviews Mobile native Margaret Brown's documentary of Mardi Gras in Mobile and decides  "... Ms. Brown has a beautiful grasp of gray." Brown's father, Milton, said Mobilians can see for themselves Thursday, July 31 when the film screens at the Saenger in downtown Mobile.

He ventured forth to bring light unto the world and said 'let there be light.' And there was light. Obama a blessing to all his followers. By Gerard Baker of The Times of London.

July 25, 2008
The Political Round-Up: A challenger, like the first robin of spring; Lunch Break, Part 2; Dow's 'Gang of Four;' Shelby's new chief of staff; Dollars, dollars everywhere, nary a one
to save.

At Table. Old Bay Steamer. By M.B.T. Gastronome. A good friend and his lovely bride from the frozen north were spending a few days at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear.  Weary of hotel food (and prices), they ventured into downtown Fairhope and settled in at the Old Bay Steamer for dinner.

Bogus Maureen Dowd column making the internet rounds -- Claim: The bulk of donations to the Obama campaign come from a few wealthy foreign financiers. Status: False.

July 24, 2008
Step right up, folks, and see Boeing's amazing, flying propaganda machine. Fueled entirely by hot air. You'll be shocked, you'll be stunned and stupefied and (heh, heh, if we've played our cards right) you'll be duped.

David Bronner, who can crunch numbers with a single calculator, to the rescue: Before Jefferson County gets flushed, state pension czar offers to buy distressed sewer system "if the price is right."

Steve Flowers: Polls not sanctified, eternal truth.

Scott Horton and Harper's continue examination of Justice Department under Bush.

San Francisco's immigrant sanctuary policy: From Flower Power to killer kiddies?

July 23, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Beasley takes a Bronner candidacy seriously; Political indigestion; The Lowe down; Twinkle is not the man in charge; Downtown deeds.

At Table. Ruth's Chris Steak House. By M.B.T. Gastronome.
'I remember the first steak I had at Chris Steak House on Broad Street in New Orleans. Must have been about 1969. I recall that steak as being ...'

Birmingham: Once magic, then mean, now just plain loony.

Pardon me, please.

July 22, 2008
State Sen. Hank Sanders: From 'can't lose' to 'can't win.'

Advisers suggest property tax increase, 40-year sales tax extension to bail out Jefferson County Commission financial blunders.

July 21, 2008
You can go home again or playin' possum with Steve
Nodine. By Quin Hillyer.

At Table. Veet's. By M.B.T. Gastronome. It was slightly more than three months ago that I first ate at Veet’s Bar & Grill on Royal Street. During that initial review, I mentioned the Friday buffet and my intention to give it a try. Today was the day and I was ..."

July 18, 2008
Steve Flowers: VP picks more important in this year's presidential race; race won't be the same without Tim Russert.

July 17, 2008
Your Turn. Alabama’s low taxes did not happen by accident. A Democratically-controlled Legislature and Democratic leadership have brought about such low taxes in Alabama. By state Sen. Lowell Barron.

At Table. Cafe Royal. By M.B.T. Gastronome. On the way out, I picked up a card promoting the Café Royal Sunday Jazz Brunch Buffet.

July 16, 2008
Poll: Who, locally, has had the greatest impact on the Mobile area since 1960?

July 11, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Davis cap set on governor, not Cabinet; Wine, women and politics; Voters, not courts, to make Belle/Manzie call; Dems to open HQs; GOP honors Druhan; Is there a doctor in the house?

July 10, 2008
New 'saltwater fishing car tag' approved to help preserve state's marine resources.

Shelby announces proposed funding for various transportation projects in Mobile, Baldwin and the Wiregrass. 

July 9, 2008
Steve Flowers: Whither Gov. Bob Riley, perhaps the least lame duck of modern Alabama political times?

At Table. China Doll Seafood Restaurant. By M.B.T. Gastronome. 'I have heard comments like, “It is absolutely wonderful." "There is nothing else like it.” “Once you go, you will find yourself going back again and again.”'

Boeing Wins New Shot at Air Force
Tanker Award, Congressmen Say
Defense Department to assume responsibility for competition from Air Force.

Gates to discuss decision during press conference this afternoon.

Mobile County Commissioners react to decision.

U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner comments on decision.

July 8, 2008
At Table. A Potpourri. By M.B.T. Gastronome. Some quick hitters on making the restaurant rounds recently.  

July 7, 2008
Your Turn: Attacking John McCain's military service an odd, sad, silly political strategy. By Pete Riehm.

July 5, 2008
The mercurial Barack Obama, fast enough to play tennis with himself.

July 4, 2008
Who's your favorite founding father? Favorite founding fathers aplenty. (Courtesy of © 2008 Press-Register).

July 3, 2008
At Table. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q. By M.B.T. Gastronome. "While in Prattville, I usually try to eat at Fat Boy’s Bar-B-Que Ranch on the creek in Prattville. However, since I was already at the Legends at Capitol Hill, it was more convenient to eat a late lunch in east Prattville.

You choose the presidential candidates' running mates.

Does it really save gas to roll down car windows instead of running the AC?

Why we need movie reviewers.

July 2, 2008
Shelby to Gates: Tanker needed now.

IRS increases mileage rates.

Steve Flowers: More distaffs on staffs.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: Keep those calls and letters coming.

July 1, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Dems to decide for whom the Belle tolls; MADA money & 'ghetti dinners; Organizing Obama; Obama as Bobby K, McCain as Everett?; Gill net sunset; Hanging 250 in 301; Friday's garbage.

Lights go out in Georgia for Shane McBryde.

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