Archive for August 15, 2006

No Hearing In District 54 Contest

August 15, 2006

Here’s the news report:

A mix-up over who was supposed to serve on a committee caused the Alabama Democratic Party to delay a hearing Tuesday on the challenge of the apparent primary victory of an openly gay candidate for the Legislature. . . .

More than 100 supporters of Todd and Hendricks, mostly from Birmingham, were waiting in the auditorium of a Montgomery office building Tuesday for a Democratic Party subcommittee to hear the appeal when party vice chair Amy Burks announced the hearing was being postponed, probably until next week.

“We are unable to continue until a proper committee is formed and assembled,” Burks told the grumbling crowd.

An attorney for the party, James Anderson, said appeals are supposed to be heard by a committee made up of five members of the State Democratic Party Executive Committee and that due to a mix-up over who was supposed to serve there were not five members ready to hear the appeal Tuesday.

Kathy was there, and has more details, including this:

I talk to a source who does not wish to be named who says that Joe Reed, head of the legislative black caucus, was initially appointed to serve on the subcommittee. That sounds questionable, given that he strongly supported Ms. Hendricks in the runoff. It becomes even more questionable when I hear that Ms. Hendricks’ check for the contest filing fee bounced, and Mr. Reed covered it. This presented a conflict of interest (no sh*t), so he couldn’t serve on the committee, and supposedly there wasn’t enough time to replace him.

The delay is regrettable, but worth it if the alternative was having an interested party on the committee. What a sham that would have been! So the suspense continues.

NCAA v. NFL

August 15, 2006

The debate rages at espn.com.

Pat Forde and Ivan Maisel both say college ball rules. Peter Pasquarelli offers twenty reasons the NFL is better. To me it’s a no brainer: NCAA football kicks the NFL’s butt.

Pasquarelli says the Super Bowl alone makes the NFL better. No way. I’ll take the bowls any day. Pat Forde is totally correct:

That’s right. I’m defending the BCS. Well, not exactly. I’m defending the lack of a playoff. Better yet, I’m going to let West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez defend it for me.

“In Division I [-A] football, every game is a playoff,” Rodriguez said. “Once you lose one game, you’re mostly out. If you lose two, you’re definitely out. We got 12 playoff games. Teams take that approach. That’s probably why there’s so much interest. You stub your toe, you can never get back in it.”

Those ugly December games when Peyton Manning plays one series and sits out, as if it were August? In college football, games in August are played as if they’re in December.

Think about how many times a year you will sit on the edge of your seat, oblivious to all the world, watching a BIG GAME played in either college or the pros. It’s about ten to one in favor of the former. Just last year, was there even one NFL game that could compare to Ohio State v. Texas? Or Notre Dame v. USC? Or Texas v. USC?

And I disagree with this argument from Pasquarelli

Unless Playboy is going retro on us, and reprising one of those “Girls of the Big Ten” or “Girls of the SEC” photo spreads that used to run regularly this time of year, you don’t see much skin from college cheerleaders. As for the NFL, well, have you ogled the Raiderettes lately? Or just about any other NFL cheerleader unit? Case closed.

Whatever. NFL cheerleaders are pathetic. Perkily dancing around and yelling “Go Team” even though you have no idea who is winnning is fine for a college student. But those NFL cheerleaders? It’s just sad. They are adults, shouldn’t they have real jobs by now? And the war paint make-up can only do so much, at some point it just gets scary.

None of them mention it, but I think chants are a big reason college whups the pros. What does the NFL have comparable to “Roll Tide!” Never mind “Wooooo Pig! Sooie!” And “Hotty Totty, Gosh Almighty, Who The Hell Are We? Flim Flam, Bin Ban, Ole Miss By Damn!”

Don’t get me wrong, I like the NFL, but nowhere near as much as I like college football. What I worry about is the college game becoming more like the pros. I am still really upset that Nebraska chucked the option for the west coast offense. And don’t get me started on instant replay and overtime. College football is best as college football.

Alvin Holmes For Governor!

August 15, 2006

He isn’t running for governor, and all I know about the guy is what I read in the paper this morning. But this is enough to get my vote:

The Christian Coalition of Alabama claims allegiance with heaven, but a Montgomery lawmaker on Monday told the group’s leader to go some place warm and fiery.

Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, responding to the group’s annual political questionnaire, asked the Coalition President John Giles to first answer questions about casino-interest money the group received and other matters.

“Until you answer these three questions, Go straight to hell,” Holmes wrote.

Holmes signed the letter “Peace be with you.”

Bwahahahah, I say again, Hahahahaha. That.Is.Awesome.

Oh yeah, here are his three questions:

Holmes said he wanted the coalition to:

Reveal its sources of income.

Disclose if it received any money from Ralph Reed or convicted lobbyist Michael Scanlon to lobby against gambling in Alabama.

Explain why the group opposed a bill that would require nonprofits to reveal sources of income if they do election advertising.

In case you are unfamiliar with the CCA, their philosophy is pretty simple. Christians must vote certain ways on certain issues. If a legislator does not vote in those particular ways, he is exposed to the faithful as a bad Christian, or no Christian at all. To accomplish this, they send out questionnaires to legislators, asking them how they would vote on certain issues. They also keep track of votes and compile a scorecard. High scores go to legislators who think like the CCA: Pro-choice, pro-death penalty, anti-gay, anti-tax, anti-immigrant, anti-“trial lawyers,” anti-gambling, anti-constitutional reform.

Naturally, lots of folks find the CCA’s absolutism and their mingling of God and government disturbing. But even more troubling is the CCA’s refusal to disclose their financial backers. There have been allegations that they took money from gambling interests and other unsavory characters. And their rabid support for pro-business issues makes me wonder who is really calling the shots. Perhaps the whole thing is just a sham. Religion used to dupe the trusting.

In light of this, Alvin Homes’ statement is very refreshing news.


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