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McKinney/Christopher state school board tilt: 'My, what big teeth you have, grandma' or 'Ain't nobody in here but us (GOP) chickens.'
The Scott McClellanStory: 'I Hardly Know Me Anymore.' Saps, sighs and video snakes.
May 29, 2008
To sleep, perchance to dream: Politician puts public before self.
Wine and Time ... and the Things We Do. By Mike Gibson. Keeping the Faith Through the Heat. "... here is a list of some charmers that I plan to keep around until at least the middle of the college football season."
Fine. The budget was not killed by the Senate, but by those who filibustered it to death.
May 27, 2008
Bulletin: U.S. Supreme Court rules 7-2 for Chastang. Win may be academic, however. Governor says ruling sounds victory for Alabama, state's sovereignty.
But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the session?
A 38-year-old planning consultant and author, with a Ph.D. in urban planning, is running for mayor of Fairhope.
Three gavels for Tennessee, says Wall Street Journal of demise of 'merit selection' of judges and restoration of their direct election by the voting public.
May 26, 2008
State Sen. Lowell Barron: Look no farther than your nearest GOP senator for blame on failure of education budget.
May 25, 2008
Fuel crisis not all bad: "... do we really need to have a 6,000-pound S.U.V. take a 100-pound high school student across town to buy a Diet Coke? Do we really need cars so big that they have flat-screen televisions for the children in the back?"
With June, the month of brides, almost upon us, time to consider the diamond engagement ring scam.
May 23, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Session not special unless Senate passes education budget; 2010 Showdown; Double-dipping' Trojan horsemen?; The ever passing plate; Back to basics at GOP gala; 'Way too early,' says Tyson; McMaken eyes retirement?; The Lowe-down; Van Antwerp's future.
If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on the energy drinks before diving in to this one. Fun & Games.
May 22, 2008
Steve Flowers: State Senate lands no punches, produces no sausage this year.
At Table: Carrabba's Italian Grill. "Although I would have preferred to order another chicken dish, or even Carrabba’s delicious lasagna, I
acquiesced to the pressure of my friends and ordered the Beef Brasato."
Wine and Time ... And The Things We Do. By Mike Gibson. "... for all of the unknown factors in our wonderful world of vino, I stand firmly with the local wine store where the consumer shares the journey with another passionate palate."
Reel Time: What's bitin' now? By Grey Cane III. The few days when the winds have laid or the water has cleared we’ve had some nice trout reports from Gaillard Island and the Bender Reef, as well as the Cane Reef and the Zundel's Wharf Reef.
The News Media: "After much soul-searching, it is time to confess. Yes, we're out to get Larry Langford. The scandals? We made it all up. All lies. Every single word."
Trailing the Vine: Vino E Grappa. I selected a 2004 Chateau Lamothe de Haux, for $21.95, (a bronze medal winner) and a Domaine de Couron 2006 Viognier (the Viogniers are all the rage now) for $12.95.
Siegelman supporters not happy to have Eddie Curran at pep rally for the ex-governor. No longer undercover, Jill Simpson spotted in audience, too. Scott Horton moderating. Could that be Mark Fuller behind Ms. Simpson?
At Table. Felix's Fish Camp. "While there is an abundance of seafood restaurants in the bay and coast areas, there is a dearth of really good ones. In the opinion of many, Felix’s Fish Camp is an exception. I tend to ..."
Wine and Time ... and the things we do. By Mike Gibson. "While in New York, I was lucky enough to serve some pretty impressive folk (or I was told that I should be impressed – I’m really not that good with celeb-spotting). Perhaps the most memorable one was ..."
The Political Round-Up: Oh, momma, can this really be the end?; Go with the flow; Water Street Landing lives!; Buffkin on board; Just one thing; Work force summit set; GOP, Dems sked gala's; Corte declares for Fairhope Council; A tip at the tail end.
Hartselle man develops system that effectively cuts gas costs to $1.25 per gallon.
Poll: True or False. The city of Mobile strikes the right balance between essential and non-essential spending in delivering municipal services. What about the city of Fairhope? Daphne? Spanish Fort? Prichard? Foley? Orange Beach? Gulf Shores? Dauphin Island?
May 11, 2008
Poll: Grading Gov. Bob Riley, the state Senate and the House of Representatives.
At Table: Tamara's Bar & Grill. Baldwin County may actually be the birthplace of fried small vegetables, and one should continually monitor their progress. (MBT welcomes Amyur Pooka to its ranks. Pooka originates in the East (the Eastern Shore, that is), but he is likely to appear virtually anywhere food is served.)
Wine and Time ... and the Things We Do. What we write about, when we write about wine.
Steve Flowers: Alabama Senate -- Second verse, same as the first.
At Table: Brunet's Cajun Restaurant. I have not abandoned Mobile restaurants and hope to get back to them soon. My current obligation (quite unexpected) may keep me on the road to and from Louisiana for a while longer.