7/1: We will replay the Mattle’s interview at 8AM, electronic bingo is back and the SPLC is coming after me…

Guests today:

  • 7:00 AM – Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong on salsa and the costs of immigration reform
  • 8:00 AM – State Rep. Mike Ball on Sue Bell Cobb and judicial elections

Great service available for the 4th…

If you have too much sparkling wine or red, white and blue beer while celebrating the country’s birth this weekend, you might be eligible to have your car towed home for free.

AAA-Alabama and wrecker services across the state will offer the Tow-for-Life this weekend for the second consecutive Fourth of July holiday weekend.

‘This is a very dangerous time of year to be on the roads,’ said AAA-Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram. ‘We want to do everything possible to prevent people from drinking and driving, and this service should certainly help keep impaired drivers off the roads.’ The free tow, with certain conditions, is available to anyone starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and ending at midnight Monday.

To receive the free tow, call AAA-Alabama at 1-800-222-4357 and ask for Tow-for-Life. The call taker will ask for the driver’s name, home address, telephone number and location of the vehicle and driver. The vehicle must be in operating condition to qualify for the free tow.

This just in, Sen. Larry Means was for sale…

A former state senator on trial in Alabama’s vote-buying case told VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor last year that he’d like to help him with a gambling bill and “would probably need a bunch of help” in his campaign.

“There is nothing I want to do more than help you,” Larry Means told McGregor on a call recorded by FBI wiretaps March 22, 2010. Means added that he was facing a tough Republican opponent in his upcoming election.

“I’m going to probably need a bunch of help,” Means, a Democrat from Attalla, told Mc-Gregor.

“You’ve got me. … Whatever it takes for Larry to come back, that’s what we’re going to do,” McGregor assured Means.

Prosecutors on Thursday played for jurors McGregor’s phone calls as he searched for support in the days leading up to a March 30, 2010, Senate vote on a bill that could have allowed his bingo casino to stay open. Many of the calls focused on trying to win the votes of Means and former Sen. Jim Preuitt, R-Talladega. In another call, a supporter of the bill, Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, sought a donation from McGregor just hours before the vote.

Nothing new here.

McGregor lawyer Joe Espy after court said the conversations show nothing criminal. “You could have taken the telephone calls between him and Senator Larry Means and him and Senator Quinton Ross and played them in any civics class in any high school in the state of Alabama and it would have been a good lesson in politics. There was not one thing that was wrong with it,” Espy said.

That is the freaking problem.

The AEA was involved as well..

McGregor asked AEA chief Paul Hubbert if he would not oppose Preuitt in his election. McGregor said Preuitt, a Republican from Talladega, indicated to Coker that he wasn’t “comfortable” voting for a bill that would benefit AEA. The bill steered much of the proceeds from bingo to education, and AEA had opposed Preuitt. McGregor said Preuitt indicated he would become comfortable, “if Dr. Hubbert will commit to be neutral” in his race.

Hubbert told McGregor that he would think about it and get back to Coker or Preuitt, but his priority had to be the state education budget.

Means and Preuitt did not vote with casino owners on a March 3 procedural vote, called a Budget Isolation Resolution, that would bring the bill up for debate. Means didn’t vote and Preuitt voted no. Preuitt and Means ended up voting for the bill when it passed the Senate.

Here is a twist… Country Crossings, now Center Stage, is to reopen today….

Officials with the Center Stage Alabama entertainment development have announced they’re reopening the facility Friday.

Jeff Rubin, an official with Center Stage Alabama, said Thursday the development will reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, which will include the opening of two restaurants called the John Anderson Cafeteria and A. D-licious Barbecue.

Rubin also said the facility will include as many as 500 to 600 new electronic bingo machines.

“We’re very excited about bringing first-class entertainment and obviously bringing back jobs to the Wiregrass,” Rubin said.

How is this even possible?

What is next…

Houston County District AttorneyDoug Valeska said he had not seen any of the electronic bingo machines, and has declined to go look at any of the machines.

“If they open up, we’ll see what happens,” Valeska said. “I would expect just like before the attorney general would send in individuals to make the determination on whether they are slot machines or bingo machines.”

According to a statement from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, the various constitutional amendments on the subject of bingo allow only the traditional form of the game of bingo.

“The Alabama Attorney General’s Office has had numerous conversations with legal counsel to Center Stage on its potential reopening with new gaming machines during which time we have reiterated our position on the type of gaming activity allowable in Houston County,” said Attorney GeneralLuther Strange in the statement.

The statement also said the Alabama Supreme Court has said local authorities cannot legalize any variations from the traditional game of bingo. The local amendments do not legalize bingo as a business, the statement said.

Here we go again.

4th of July will turn your kids right-wings nut

Attending one Fourth of July before age 18 increases the likelihood of identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent and voting for the Republican candidate by 4 percent. It also increases voter turnout by 0.9 percent and boosts political campaign contributions by 3 percent.

Democrats hate America?

Our findings are significant: one Fourth of July without rain before age 18 increases the likelihood of identifying as a Republican at age 40 by 2 percent, the share of people voting for the Republican candidate at age 40 by 4 percent, and the share of people turning out to vote at age 40 by 0.9 percent. The evidence is consistent with childhood experience having foundational effects less susceptible to adult political  influence.

Don’t call political opponents “dicks“…

Time Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin quickly apologized Thursday for calling President Obama “a dick” on MSNBC’s political gabfest, “Morning Joe.”

“I thought he was kind of a dick yesterday,” Halperin said after asking on-air if the producers had a seven-second delay commonly used in broadcasting.

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough quickly tried to prevent the comment from airing to viewers.

“Oh my God. Delay that,” Scarborough said after Halperin made the offending comment

Scarborough gave Halperin the go ahead to make a possibly offensive comment and promised the delay function would be used if needed.

“Take a chance, have faith,” Scarborough said.

Later in the program, Halperin apologized for his remarks, which were not, in fact, delayed.

“Joking aside, this is not a pro-forma apology. It’s an absolute apology. Heartfelt to the president and to the viewers. I became part of the joke but that is no excuse, I made a mistake and I am sorry and I shouldn’t have said it. As I said I apologize to the president and to the viewers,” Halperin said.

I have a feeling this may have had a different result had it not been Obama.

The Decatur Daily criticizes a Democrat?

Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb’s announcement Wednesday that she would resign let down the 634,000 people who voted for her.

She will leave the bench 17 months before her term expires.

In her 2006 campaign against the incumbent, former Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, Cobb attracted volunteer hours and campaign contributions that could have gone to other candidates.

Cobb said she’s resigning to spend more time with her 15-year-old daughter. But if Cobb’s resignation is connected to the trial, her past supporters have even more reason to feel betrayed.

Others praise Sue Bell Cobb (D-id not finish) as a fighter…

She is a fair-minded jurist who knows the law. We wish she would reconsider Wednesday’s announcement and continue to fulfill those roles on the state Supreme Court. She will be missed.

Cobb is stepping down before the end of her term, she said, because she wished to spend more time with her family, particularly her elderly mother and teenaged daughter.

Other factors played into the decision, Cobb added.

One is the extreme budget pressure being applied to the courts. By her reckoning, the state has added $66.3 million worth of new responsibilities to be covered by only $18.8 million in new funding.

Even without going over the spreadsheet in minute detail, it’s easy to see that cash-strapped Alabama is leaving gaping holes in its criminal justice system. Crime labs are closing, including one in Calhoun County. Local courthouses across Alabama have less money and manpower to prosecute accused criminals. Jails are stuffed to capacity. The likelihood is that criminals will slip through these holes in Alabama’s legal system fence and do very bad things to innocents.

Alabama’s chief justice has responsibility over the state courts, and who could blame Cobb for wishing to wash her hands of this bricks-without-straw mandate from state government?

Who could blame here? Voters who voted for her to do that job?

Fighters fight, fighters don’t quit.

Two fun E-mails:

Agree or we will try to destroy you?

It started like this….

I tripped and fell upon your site . . . trust me when I say, I certainly do wish I had those 5 minutes back in my life!  You are a contemptuous jackass, cowboy!

And, I am just curious . . . Were you actually debating immigration reform and other matters with guys named ‘Ronnie’ and ‘Bob Farmer’ who get some of their arguing points from The Sand Mountain Reformer?  I would laugh were it not the truth, and therefore, just sad and embarrassing!!  I strongly urge you, sir, to either move away from our great state of Alabama, or at the very least, keep your mouth shut . . . we already have enough racism in this state to last us a lifetime and then some!

Scott Weatherton
Montgomery, AL

Now for threats, after I said I felt sorry for Scott…

Nope, the real empathy is with yourself . . . your site is currently being investigated by the federal court system!  Good luck, cowboy!!  Sincerely!!

I am not new to investigations from vengeful public entities….

Enjoy your current . . . oops, your continued ignorance!  I just happen, sir, to know some folks ’round this state and feel . . . well, I guess, an empathy for fellow Alabamians as I was born here first and foremost myself!  SO, I thought to at least contact you regarding such!  Take care, my friend . . . my fellow Alabamian!!

That didn’t really answer the question….

Laugh now underneath your mask, smart ass . . . Poverty Law is about to get started as well . . . !

I care for those from our great state . . ALL of them!!  Heck, even ol’ ‘Cotton Tom’ was actually indicted for shooting and killing an African-American, but he “had the charges dismissed” . . . And, Howell Heflin was his nephew!  And, I know those ‘outside-of-our-homeland’ investigators are not!  I once lived in Colorado and California with my employment as a court consultant, Mr. Jackson, and traveled to all of the 48 contiguous states due to such . . . and know, firsthand, how they view us down here as ‘dirt farmers’ or typically worse!  The very idea the ‘Obama backlash’ was worse here than in most states will cost us dearly!  Of course, sir, I know and understand the argument of the Feds NOT doing their job regarding immigration and we must stand up for our employers, and most importantly, our American employees!  We do not have the resources for this unconstitutional (see recent GA headlines, Coach) and racist legislation!  These ignorant conservatives have screwed us over once again (due to their laziness and mostly greed – they FEED OFF of our ignorance – Wake the hell up, sir!) . . . and trust me, the very reality we have not opened up our Constitution, gagged ALFA & rewrote our state Constitution, will be the death of us!  But, hey the groups I speak of as far as investigations . . . They, and even others, reveal themselves when they want to . . but, hey . . . up on Sand Mountain, heck the South WILL rise again someday, right, cowboy?!?! (smile)  Your ignorance and pride will be your final downfalls, Mr. Jackson!  Have a good evening, sir!

So the Federal courts and the SPLC? Sounds like someone doesn’t understand free speech.

Dale Jackson curses!

Does WVNN have a policy regarding use of profanity on the air by WVNN local on-air personalities? I listen to Dale Jackson from time to time in the mornings, but after hearing both “damn” and “hell” from him within the span of about five minutes this morning (during his segment with Dr. Jess Brown), I’m not much inclined to do so in the future.

I fully recognize Mr. Jackson’s right to use profanity as he deems necessary if he’s unable to express his ideas without doing so, and I completely understand that I have the choice to switch to another station if I prefer not to expose myself and my family to gratuitous profanity. I thought it might be useful to WVNN management to understand the opinion of one local listener.

Welcome to the show, jackass.


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