Alabama News Stories
(Arranged in descending chronological order.)
Former Libertarian Attorney General
candidate working in Iraq.
Two Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
workers commit suicide in four days.
Scuba divers fight law that
prohibits taking artifacts
Alabama bureaucrats prove they can be as vicious, petty, and
arrogant as those anywhere else. This is a perfect case for jury
nullification of a terrible law.
Former LPA officer kills business associate,
Story #1 Story #2
Alabama Libertarian survives 100
Dick Clarke worked on the Sophocleus campaign in 2002.
Moore associate to run for Ala.
Smoking ban mulled by Montgomery
Lew Rockwell, President of the Mises Institute, was [mis]quoted
for this article. You'll see what I mean if you read it.
Last survivor of Tuskeegee Syphilis
Experiment dies at age 96.
Diver's arrested for recovering
artifacts from Alabama River.
More outrageous behaviour, courtesy of the Alabama Hysterical
Alabama tax collections increase
"State tax collections in
November were 8 percent higher than November 2002, the second
straight month for revenues to exceed last year's pace,
according to a report released Wednesday by the Alabama
Department of Revenue."
Government revenue goes up every year, and yet they complain
about having to cut spending. Yeah, right. Are we supposed to
believe they are really cutting anything? If they have MORE money
to spend, how can they not have enough if they are spending LESS
Hogtied and Abused at Fort Benning
The author asks a good question--what ARE these soldiers being trained to do? And who will they be doing it to?
Unions targeting Alabama auto plants
"Alabama Gov. Bob Riley sent a terse rebuke to the UAW after hearing the union might be pushing to hire laid-off Big Three employees for the expansion at Vance. The state gave Mercedes $253 million in tax incentives and training funds to get the plant built. 'I've got the governor of the state calling me, he's upset,' Gooden said. 'He said We didn't give tax incentives for Michigan people to come down and take our jobs.'"
Constitutional reform will be back
This ugly monster will rear its head again.
"Samford University President Thomas Corts, who has served as chairman of the grassroots organization since it began in 2000, said he still plans to be intimately involved with ACCR after stepping down as chairman. He agreed that the new movement's strength is its growing popular support....The 2-1 rejection of the tax plan may suggest that many Alabamians are not reform-minded, but a recent survey of 1,000 residents by the University of North Alabama shows that 66.7 percent of those polled feel the constitution needs to be reformed."
Mayor scolds worker for writing negative review of "Gods and Generals"
Mayor Dow of Mobile has been at odds with Southern heritage groups in the past, but this time he's at odds with the SPLC.
Chukker forced out of business by City of Tuscaloosa
Early-closing laws and the threat of an imminent eminent domain action conspire to close Tuscaloosa's most historic bar.
DHR takes son of Guatemalan teen
Another outrage, courtesy of your state government.
"According to DHR documents and the Hendrixes, Marta has been banned from talking to unapproved family and friends, including the Hendrixes. She was prevented from attending the church of her choice. Her time with her baby has been gradually reduced to just two 2½-hour sessions a week, they said. Most important, the Hendrixes said, Marta has been denied an interpreter and did not fully understand why any of this was happening to her."
Troopers' use of camera nets arrests
The city said the cameras were just for "monitoring traffic." LIES! They're spy cameras.
Strip traffic camera follows pedestrians
Is anyone paying attention to this stuff? I told you this would happen.
Anti-tax rally held to counter Riley's, university's efforts
Despite overwhelming support from the University for Riley's rally, it was all for naught. Riley's tax went down to ignominious defeat in November, and the failed effort squandered most of his political goodwill among conservatives. In short, he blew it. That's what you get for listening to idiots like Susan Hamill.
Alabama Troops Killing Time in
"'I don't see
personally what good we're doing the people of Iraq,'
said Sgt. Thomas Bennett of Charlie Company. Bennett, who lives
in Double Springs, said he expected the 877th to help 'clean
up what we tore up' in Iraq. 'I didn't expect to be
sitting around here looking for (something) to do,' he said.
Alabama Troops Injured in Attack in
Get US Out of Iraq! Bring the troops home!
"A mortar attack in Iraq
injured six members of the Alabama National Guard's 1165th
Military Police Company, family members said."
Riley tells landowners to shut up
and pay up.
"Riley told Bowden he's
not worried that landowners facing a higher tax bill would sell
their land and go elsewhere, as one lady at another event
claimed. "I thought about it, and I said, 'where they
going to go?'" Riley said. "
UA Provost gets raise to
I guess the state needs more money so they can pay for more
useless (and expensive!) bureaucrats like this.
"The University of
Alabama’s new provost, Judy L. Bonner, will receive a
$200,000 annual salary, an increase from the previous
provost’s salary of $176,844. "
Riley aide calls Alabamians "stupid."
These arrogant SOB's need to be taught a lesson.
"Why is the plan doing so poorly? ‘The people of Alabama are too... stupid to know better,’ said David Stewart, Riley's chief policy wonk, showing his frustration with the polls."
"Loud Mouth" law professor trying to tax Tennesseans
Not content with stumping for taxes in Alabama, Susan Hamill is at it again, this time in Tennesee. These people won't be content until we're all taxed like Massachusetts.
"The loud-mouthed tax law professor from Alabama laid it on the line: 'The only way to look at tax policy is — 'Are we morally doing the right thing?'"
Downtown Tuscaloosa due for a
Like the product of another federal project, this project is
going to blast local businesses off their downtown properties
with the ruthlessness of an A-bomb. A must-read!
“It's bull, and I
don't like the idea," said Ronnie Harless, owner of Auto
Trim and Tire on Sixth Street. “They just spent a $3
million facelift on the federal courthouse on Greensboro
[Avenue]; it's ridiculous" . . . .“It's a big
money project, and they're doing this for the doctors and
lawyers. They need to look at the business downtown. We stay
covered up with customers."
Pentagon balks at cost of raising
They sank 'em, so they should bring 'em up, right?
"The Pentagon is balking at
providing $600,000 in congressionally earmarked funds for the
continued recovery of artifacts from the Confederate sea raider
Alabama, which lies at the bottom of the English Channel,
officials report. A spokesman for the Mobile-based CSS Alabama
Association contends that the Pentagon is required by law to
provide the full $600,000 for the coming fiscal year, which
begins Oct. 1, but is offering to pay only
Meanwhile, the war, or occupation, or whatever it is in Iraq is
costing $3.9 BILLION a month!
Alabama legislature adopts
statewide smoking rules
How many of you had any idea this had happened? Not me, until I
read this. What else don't we know about?
"The days of smoking anywhere
you please in Alabama are coming to an end, but some local
officials say residents won’t see much of a change now that
the state Legislature has passed the law. Alabama is the last
state to pass legislation restricting smoking in public places
like hospitals, schools, theaters, museums and day-care centers,
but most of these places already ask patrons to take their butts
Tuscaloosa Puts Public Records
This is a good idea that, as usual, the government is screwing
up. If you read carefully, you will see that they make you open
an account, and then charge you 25 cents per page to print out
the documents on your own printer, using your own paper! A
fee that makes sense when you are using the government's
printer and paper becomes outrageous when you are using your own
resources to reproduce public documents. Typical.
The Riley Tax Offensive
Who's paying for these ads? Riley? Paul Hubbert and AEA? The
The Secret Tax
If you're not already paying this one, you will be soon. What
the hell is a federal court doing ordering the state to go to
annual appraisals? This is the first I have hear of fedgov
involvement. A few months ago, the word was that Riley ordered
the annual reappraisals as a way to generate more tax
"Morgan County is switching to
annual property appraisals, and the latest reappraisal will raise
at least an additional $5 million a year, county Revenue
Commissioner Amanda Scott said Monday. The county is among 10
designated by the Alabama State Department of Revenue to begin
annual appraisals by next year. Scott said a federal court order
requires that all 67 counties conduct annual appraisals by
Alabama social workers will wear
bulletproof vests for some home visits
Your government--spending money to solve problems that don't
"Cost estimates for the
equipment range between $100,000 and $200,000. Some of the
department's 1,400 child welfare social workers will also be
trained by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation in handling
confrontations with crystal meth producers and other drug users.
No child welfare workers have been injured yet, Fuller
Alabama Libertarian Helps Kill
Matthew Givens was a key player in the fight against Montgomery
County's occupational tax. He is running for Montgomery City
Council, Dist. 2, and I can't think of a better
Alabama Libertarians Cheer Death of
"Killer" Ballot Access Bill
This would have effectively ended the possibility of a
third-party challenge to the Demopublicans.
Appeals court says Ten Commandments
monument should be removed
Moore carefully declined to answer when I asked him whether he
would defy the federal courts if he lost all the appeals and was
ordered to remove the monument. If that day comes, we will see
what Roy Moore is made of.
"The Southern Poverty Law
Center, Americans United For Separation of Church and State and
the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of
three Alabama attorneys, who said they had to walk past the
monument every time they entered the court building and that it
infringed on their First Amendment rights." Poor
ALFA to Oppose Riley Tax
The Big Mules over at ALFA finally had the good sense to see what
Riley's plan is all about. This is very good news. Next to
the AEA, ALFA is one of the most powerful groups in the
"'Alfa made it clear early
in the process that they were opposed to putting any more money
into education, or Medicaid or any of the other state services
threatened by the fiscal crisis,' Azbell said."
Good for them!
Repent Sinner! Thou shalt go to hell for greedily wanting to
keep your own hard-earned money! So says this former IRS
agent turned tax-crusading law professor. Where's Drew
Carey when you need him?
Riley Disses Black
This is going to really hurt his tax package's chances of
"Rep. Alvin Holmes,
D-Montgomery, said the Black Caucus would meet Thursday to decide
whether it would support Riley’s tax plan but he said the
veto hurt the chances of blacks voting for it. 'The governor
double-crossed the Black Caucus,' he said. 'He knew there
was an agreement that both bills would pass simultaneously. The
governor showed no respect, no integrity and no principles. ...
He acted as a snake in the grass.' "
Republicans Turn On
This is outstanding! And isn't it big of Azbell to admit we
still have the freedom to speak out against Riley's tax plan?
I guess that new Alabama Dept. of Homeland Security isn't up
and running yet--they'd put a stop to that.
"Former state Republican Party
Chairman Roger McConnell of Mobile is planning a meeting Saturday
in Montgomery to organize grass-roots opposition to Republican
Gov. Bob Riley's tax plan...."
"Riley's press secretary, David Azbell, said,
"Certainly we expect groups all over the state to meet for
and against this plan - that's the freedom of assembly we all
Overspending Cause of State Budget
USA Today confirms what I said in my article: Overspending, not revenue
reductions, is the cause of Alabama and every other state's
revenue crisis. Starve the beast.
"To make ends meet, some
states have removed thousands of low-income adults from Medicaid
and reduced benefits for others. Many states have raised college
tuition, cigarette taxes and other narrowly targeted fees. Six
states have increased sales and income tax rates, and several
more may do so this week. But one thing has remained constant
throughout the crisis: State spending keeps growing.
Shock and Awe
Riley and his hordes plan to pull out all the stops with an
all-out campaign of fear and deception to win voter approval of
the largest tax increase in Alabama history.
"Although neither O'Connor
nor anyone in the Riley administration will say it, Brown
believes Riley's strategy is going to have to include fear in
the last month or so of the campaign. And by fear he means
telling voters what will happen if the plan doesn't pass,
such as closing schools, ending football and band and not
offering college scholarships, nursing homes closed and prisons
When this federally-subsidised porker sinks with a school-bus
full of kids, it'll be a disaster.
"The last ferry was small,
capable of carrying three or four cars, said Nazareth Major, a
Gees Bend quilter. This one is much larger. The idea of school
children crossing that vast lake-like river terrifies Major,
whose two youngest children attend school in Camden.
'Don't you put my children on that ferry,' said
Major, who also does not swim and is not quite sure whether
she'll ride the boat herself."
Confederate Monument Restoration
It's about time. Siegelman put it on hold, and Riley started
it back after finding out the state was spending $3,000 a month
on renting a scaffold, but doing no work. This is the only thing
I can think of that Riley has done right.
Faith-Based Taxes In Alabama
Following the lead of the odious Susan Hamill, Bob Riley says
Jesus would raise your taxes. Christopher Manion says
"The nature of charity –
its very substance, its essence, its content, and its eternal
worth – lies in its voluntary nature. No one said it better
than Mother Teresa: 'Our sisters are not social workers. They
receive Christ every morning in the Blessed Sacrament, and then
go out into Calcutta and find Him in the gutters.' No
bureaucrats need apply. The Christian nature of charity requires
freedom and gratitude on both sides: the recipient says
'thank you for your gift,' the giver says, 'thank YOU
for letting me help a brother in Christ.' If it’s
mandatory, it isn’t charity. Period."
UN Influence in
The UN plans to turn Alabama back into a [useless]
"Morgan was asked: If all the
comments received from the people were negative, opposing the
management plan, would the plan be abandoned? His answer:
'No, the comments will be taken and duly noted.' This
management plan is required by the U.N. Convention on Biological
Diversity. Why is this plan being implemented in Alabama, and
throughout the United States, when the U.S. Senate did not ratify
the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity? "
The House Never
And neither does Alabama's most powerful lobbyist.
"One powerful figure who is
not in either deck and won't ever be in a deck, according to
Pate: Paul Hubbert , chief of the state teachers union and widely
recognized as the state's most powerful lobbyist. Hubbert
does not have his own card, Pate said, because he holds them all.
'Dr. Hubbert is the dealer, you see and the house never
Dick Armey plans to campaign against Riley's tax plan. I love
"Armey and Riley both retired
from the U.S. House of Representatives in January. Riley became
governor of Alabama and Armey became co-chairman of Citizens for
a Sound Economy, a conservative, grass-roots lobbying group that
advocates lower taxes and less government. "I love him like
a brother," Armey said Wednesday, but he said Riley's
$1.2 billion tax increase goes against everything he stood for
during 18 years as a Texas congressman...."
Riley Creates Alabama Homeland
I feel safer already. Ugh.
"I've ordered this
department's staff to immediately begin the process of making
our state safer against a terrorist attack, and if we ever suffer
such a terrible tragedy, ensure that we're fully capable of
responding," Gov. Riley said. [Editor's note: If
terrorists succeed in an attack, shouldn't the Ala. HSD be
disbanded for failure to achieve it's stated goals? My guess
is that they would ask for more money instead.]
Two Views of Bill
Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch (anti-Pryor)
Terrence Jeffrey, Human Events
Pryor, despite his appeals to "federalism," is an
unabashed advocate of state power. He defended Alabama's
ludicrous anti-vibrator law, Northport's car theft ordinance, and many other
intrusions into the rights of citizens. He may not like the
liberals in Washington, but he merely wants to use the power of
government to accomplish his own ends, not reduce or eliminate
that power. He is no friend of liberty. May his nomination go
down to defeat!
The Legislature rushed through a lot of crap on the last day. It
will be months before we hear about all the implication of the
stuff they passed, probably without reading it. Well, at least
now no one can burn a cross in my yard--wait, that was already
illegal. Oh, well.
"The Legislature voted to
remove outdated segregationist mandates from Alabama’s
constitution, make cross burning a crime, and provide an
automatic recount if Alabama has another disputed election like
last year’s race for governor. The Legislature, busily
acting on bills until midnight Monday, also made it a crime to
execute retired greyhounds, as occurred in Baldwin County, and
kept Alabama from having a second shutdown of its court system.