Archive for August, 2012

Really, why bother given that:

  • At most, only nine states are really in play and that will be the only states that the campaigns will bother with.
  • The New York Times says that the campaigns are zeroing in on just 1.4 million voters (the amount of votes actually cast should be somewhere around 120 to 130 million).
  • On a recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NBC news anchor Brian Williams stated that the network’s election experts believed that this national Presidential election would come down to just twelve counties.  Twelve!  In the whole freakin’ country!

Everyone can talk about “red” states and “blue” states all they want.  But the fact of the matter is that a state like California has millions of Romney/Republican supporters.  And a state like Texas has millions of Obama/Democrat supporters.  An election system where their votes don’t matter is seriously flawed in my opinion.

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Mayor Bell, $10,000 for a study to see if Birmingham can be a home for sports teams displaced by a natural disaster? Mckayla is not impressed.

Birmingham has some good things going for it, such as new greenspace locations such as Railroad Park and the new baseball stadium being built downtown.  But one of the problems I have with Birmingham is that they sometimes seem want to scheme their way into some sort of prestige and/or prosperity.  The most extreme example of this was when Birmingham put together a committee to make a bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.  That went nowhere, but that doesn’t mean that the scheming has stopped.  The latest scheme involves a study commissioned to determine if the city could be a suitable home for professional sports teams displaced by natural disasters.

Yes, not to make an actual bid for a sports team.  Just to be a place that a professional sports team can swing by and play a week or two if they want.  You know, because sports teams are so often displaced by natural disasters.  And it must be very practical to have all the logistics and support in place to host a sports team that may never come, you know, just in case.  (Maybe we could provide phones enclosed in glass to each professional team, with a sign “In case of emergency, break glass and call Birmingham.”)

I wish the city would just be okay with not being a big deal (particularly in the sports world, which they seem fascinated with).  But if we are going to think this way, perhaps I can throw out a few ideas of my own for possible areas of study!  How about:

  • Study to determine city’s odds of becoming host of a displaced Oscars ceremony – Why just limit ourselves to sport activities?  Why not big events as well?  California is eventually going to have that big earthquake.  But that’s no excuse to cancel Hollywood’s big party.  We already host the awesome Sidewalk Film Festival.  What better place for the stars of Tinseltown to gather than the Magic City!
  • Study to determine if Birmingham can be a suitable location for NASA’s next mission – Just look at all the publicity that the Mars rover landing got.  But missions to Mars are not cheap, and with budgetary concerns on everyone’s mind, NASA is having to cut back.  Landing a rover on Birmingham has got to be cheaper than landing one on Mars.  And Birmingham could use some of that sweet sweet publicity.  This is what people like to call “win, win”.
  • Study to determine if Birmingham can be an alternative voting location on Election Day – This country will be once again electing a President in November.  It’s important.  But say election day comes and there’s a freak early snowstorm in Maine or something.   What to do, what to do?  Hey, way not bring those folks down here!  (How do we get them down here you may ask?  I don’t know, helicopter?  I’m the ideas guy darn it, it’s someone else’s job to work out the logistics!)  They get to vote, and we get the tax money when they stop and get their barbecue from Dreamland, which they will not be able to resist.

There has to be hundreds of dumb ideas that the city can dump $10,000 on to study.  C’mon Birmingham, just send me a check and let me “study” just one!

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Can we still believe?

In an earlier post, I stated some of the questions I would like Mitt Romney to answer as part of his campaign.  But I also have questions for our current President.  So in the interest of fairness:

  • How does the President’s anti-terrorist/foreign policy differ from Mitt Romney’s?  Sometimes the way they both talk, you would think it was vastly different.  But when I look at it on paper, it looks largely the same.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so, so does the New York Times: “But once the incendiary flourishes are stripped away, the actual foreign policy differences between the two seem more a matter of degree and tone than the articulation of a profound debate about the course of America in the world today.
  • As one (Obama) who is considered a Constitutional scholar, I would like to ask Obama to justify his “kill list” and the assassination of American citizens for ANY reason.  Further, I wish I could ask him (or any President) about the risks they see that has led to increasingly more extreme policies supposedly in the name of protecting this nation.  Sometimes I wonder if it has so much to do with the way our society will often misplace blame (because if we get attacked, it’s would not be Obama’s fault, but I don’t think that’s how it would play out in the media) that the actions a President takes is more about CYA (or more what would play best politically as CYA) than what would actually be in everyone’s best interest.  (On the other hand, maybe this is like “Men In Black” stuff, that there are always people who want to wipe all life in this miserable nation and the only way we can get on with our happy lives is that we don’t know about it.)
  • I would also ask if he feels that he has lived up to his promise of being the most transparent administration in history.
  • I would ask him if he thought everyone’s problem with the Guantanamo prison was its physical location?  You can’t close it?  Fine.  Then make Guantanamo a place that gives it occupants their due rights.  That includes ending indefinite detentions.  There is nothing inherently wrong with having a prison in Cuba.  By the same token, just simply moving Guantanamo stateside does nothing to solve the problem.  So saying Congress prevents you from doing anything about Guantanamo is a cop-out.  Just fix it there then!  (The fact of the matter is that Obama really just wanted to get rid of the symbol of Guantanamo, not its flawed principles.  The dirty little secret is that many Democrat Congress members voted against closing Guantanamo not because they support the policies of that prison but because they didn’t want the injustice of Guantanamo moved to U.S. soil.)
  • Obama ate an ice cream cone with a spoon?  Really?  Really?  REALLY?

Really.

Oh good grief!

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