Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ABC's Nightline comes to Anniston

The story focuses on a charity fashion show and touches on feelings about presidential politics.
The report has not aired, but is online.
The link is here.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Wall-E on the bailout

The editorial board's description of what Congress is about to do:

Update: Now we need a ta-daaah do-over.

A Marxist tidal wave?

A reader writes:
Anyone at the "page" willing and capable of debunking the article cited below such that a simple mind can understand? Some alarming flags have been raised/created by having read same? Hopefully someone can address the article with facts to refute it quickly. Would appreciate an article soon on the "page" since it would be very timely considering the "Bail Out Legislation" being penned as of this date."

The American Thinker story is here.

It concludes:
Barack Obama ... no matter how he describes himself, has been a radical activist for most of his political career.That activism has been in support of organizations and initiatives that at their heart seek to tear the pillars of this nation asunder in order to replace them with their demented socialist vision. Their influence has spread so far and so wide that despite their blatant culpability in the current financial crisis, they are able to manipulate Capital Hill politicians to cut them into $140 billion of the bailout pie!
God grant those few responsible yet remaining in Washington, DC the strength to prevent this massive fraud from occurring. God grant them the courage to stand up in the face of this Marxist tidal wave.

Where to start in the face of a "Marxist tidal wave?"

Having played so many unsuccessful cards against the Obama candidacy, his opponents are getting nervous. The usual hot-buttons have been hit - faith, patriotism, race, soft on war and crime. None have worked as well as in previous election cycles. Obama also bested a formidable political machine during the D primaries; it too tried a few of these tactics. It seems many Americans are well past guilt-by-association ploys, red-baiting and the like.

Still, points to the American Thinker for gamely pushing on. I'm sure if the author's side loses in November this sort of hit job will become commonplace. Recall that 1992's election produced the "Arkansas Project," where a millionaire sunk millions into the smearing for a Democratic president.

Friday, September 26, 2008

A personal story re Larry Munson

Today's editorial tribute to Georgia football announcer Larry Munson reminds me of a story.

I was interning at CNN Sports in the mid-1980s. Through my bosses there I got a job as a go-fer as a sportscasting camp. One job was looking after the guest speakers - setting them up in the green room, fetching coffee and snacks, and generally making them comfortable.

I recall meeting Larry Munson in the parking lot on his day to speak with the sportscasting wannabes. I introduced myself, told him how much time we had before he spoke and then asked if he needed anything on that early Sunday morning.

He turned to me and said in that same voice that thrilled UGA fans, "A cup of coffee. My Gawd, I need a cup of coffee." It was a magic moment.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thursday in The Star

You can find these stories in Thursday's Anniston Star:

A memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Pentagon will be dedicated there Thursday. Jacksonville's Pearl Williams, whose son was killed there in 2001, is going to the dedication. Nick Cenegy will have this story.

Nathaniel Owens, a local attorney, will be inducted into the Sewanee Athletic Hall of Fame in Tennessee. Owens was the first black varsity athlete at the school. Dan Whisenhunt has this story.

Megan Nichols looks at the make-up of the new Anniston City Council. There's a new mayor and at least two new city councilmen. What direction does the new council want to go?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Wednesday in The Star

Check out these stories in Wednesday's Anniston Star:

There's been a challenge filed against Anniston council runoff candidate David Reddick, claiming he didn't file finance records on time. He says he didn't meet the expense threshold to have to file a report. Megan Nichols will have this story.

Cotton farmers statewide are getting ready to harvest around the first week of October, but even as crop conditions appear to have improved from the drought, the cost of production versus profit is driving some farmers to give up on the legendary crop. Mike Faulk will check in with some local cotton farmers to see what their thoughts, and plans are.

Derek Raulerson will be a new face on the Jacksonville City Council. Nick Cenegy profiles the new council member.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will kick off Knox Concert Series Thursday night.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Tuesday in The Star

Check out these stories in Tuesday's Anniston Star:

A judge’s move to dissolve the McClellan Joint Powers Authority may delay redevelopment efforts at the former fort.Title insurance companies could be avoiding selling policies at McClellan because of perceived instability at the former fort. Megan Nichols will have this story.

John Fleming's column looks to the Wiregrass in this election season - could the reliably Republican region be leaning back to the left?

The Jacksonville and Lincoln city councils meet.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Thursday in The Star

Check out these stories in Thursday's Star:

We'll have part four of the series on TCE - this part examines the potential impact on drinking water in wells near the Anniston Army Depot.

Dan Whisenhunt looks at the numbers of minority employees of the city of Oxford. This was a topic that came up during the Star-sponsored candidate forum.

Nick Cenegy looks into how a write-in campaign works, as Ray Bryan says he will mount one for the circuit court judgeship.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Wednesday in The Star

Coming Wednesday in The Star:

Michael Bell reports from the Gulf coast as evacuees from Hurricane Gustav breathe a big sigh of relief, happy to be heading home soon.

Graham Milldrum checks in with the evacuees staying at the shelter at Grace Baptist Church in Oxford.

We'll have a profile of Anniston's mayor-elect, Gene Robinson and a profile of circuit court judge candidate Brenda Stedham.

Part three of the TCE series looks at what it is like to work around it and what is being done to keep workers at the Anniston Army Depot safe.