The New and Improved BIRMINGHAM THREAD

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  1. little cletus

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    Also Cornelius Suttree mr P's is phenomenal, but if you ever want to mix it up New York butcher shop in cahaba heights makes a great sandwich too
     
  2. PrinceWimbley

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    Dave's just tastes like DiGiorno to me.
     
  3. Barves2125

    Barves2125 "Ready to drive the Ferarri" - Reuben Foster
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    Meet the money behind the effort to keep Alabama in the liquor retail business

    If you thought this Bill was not going anywhere; that it would die or get killed like it always has, you need to think again!"

    Bob Leavell is concerned that a measure to close Alabama's state-run liquor stores might gain traction. The former Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) Administrator under Governors Folsom and James now happens to lease property to the state to facilitate its retail liquor operations.

    He'd like for things to continue uninterrupted. After all, the State of Alabama is a heck of a reliable tenant. Property owners who lease to the state have a good gig...one worth protecting.

    We've seen all the recent arguments from the current ABC administrator, ABC employees, the state employees union, shadowy social media outlets and even "Alabama's Moral Compass," ALCAP, telling us why we need to keep the ABC in the retail liquor business.

    Whether you agree with their "government-control-is-better" narratives or not, they aren't the most powerful force shaping the issue.

    Monied special interests drive most political action in Alabama. Keeping the state in the liquor business is no exception.

    "It benefits every person that owns an ABC store to see this legislation killed," writes Leavell in his April 27th letter.

    Letter to ABC Lessors re SB115

    In fact, neither "alcohol" nor "liquor" is even mentioned in Leavell's letter sent to around 170 similarly situated lessors.

    Efforts to move the State of Alabama out of the liquor distribution business have constantly met bipartisan opposition even from those regularly campaigning as champions of "limited government."

    The first effort this session failed to gain traction when four Republicans joined Democrats in opposing a bill that would effectively close ABC's retail liquor operations. The sponsor of the legislation, Senator Arthur Orr, was subsequently able to pass the legislation by a voice vote under a promise to make changes before the entire Senate.

    Even when a number of senators, including all the Democrats, switched their votes to support the measure on the second attempt, Republican Senators Jabo Waggoner and Clyde Chambliss maintained their opposition.

    Leavell asks lessors to do two things: Send $2,500 each to pay for a lobbying firm, Tom Coker & Associates, and contact their respective senators.

    In case you were curious, many of the folks facilitating those conversations and lobbying are not exactly political lightweights in Alabama. Tom Coker served as an aide to U.S. Senators Howell Heflin and Jim Allen. He lists Alabama Power Company and the Alabama Hospital Association among his many clients.

    Change is hard in Alabama. Entrenched financial interests are a big reason why.
    http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/05/meet_the_money_behind_the_effo.html#incart_river
     
  4. TheFreak55

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  5. Jax Teller

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    We went to Innisfree after dinner the other week when I was down there. Kickball is pretty big down there now huh? Seems like 90% of the crowd were kickball teams.
     
  6. Barves2125

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    The article said he called her three days after and has a habit of doing so with victims. One of the absolute stupidest things I've ever heard.
     
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  7. wes tegg

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    People who go to Innisfree and people who participate in kickball are pretty much one-in-the-same.
     
  8. TheFreak55

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    I stopped at the asking for the phone number part. Read a little more and he asked for a date and a hug? Thats hilarious and she thinks Avondale is a safe neighborhood?
     
  9. wes tegg

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    It is.
     
  10. Jax Teller

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    I had no idea, it's just where my friend took me after dinner.
     
  11. TheFreak55

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    This isn't the first time something like that has happened down there
     
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  12. wes tegg

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    Right, and that doesn't mean it is unsafe.
     
  13. ramszoolander

    ramszoolander Ferrous and Fabulous
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    Avondale is safe.

    It would be 200% safer if the cops that are on duty at Avondale would actually do their jobs and walk beat instead of staring at girls' asses the whole night in front of the brewery. Makes me rage so bad I don't go down there as much.
     
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  14. wes tegg

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    They employ off-duty cops to do their security, so many of them actually are doing their job.

    South Avondale/Highland Park is the neighborhood with everything south of the train tracks. Its crime index is comparable to Homewood's.
     
  15. ramszoolander

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    FYP. Are the guys off-duty and in uniform? If so, I hate that shit. They did that in St. Louis, too. Should be rules against being in-uniform for non-formal functions where you're getting paid.
     
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  16. Barves2125

    Barves2125 "Ready to drive the Ferarri" - Reuben Foster
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    Ehhh I understand your sentiment but I have to disagree. I think the mere appearance of uniformed officers helps. That said, I would like to see the area they're "securing" be a little more broad than just the entrance.
     
  17. je ne suis pas ici

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  18. ramszoolander

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    I guess the point I'm making is that officers should be doing beats there anyway.Bell and all the City Council know that this is where the money is now so its stupid if they're not going to recognize that with a substantial show of force
     
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  19. Long Ball Larry

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    We need cops in unis, walking the street while twirling a billy club like in the good old days.
     
    #220 Long Ball Larry, May 5, 2015
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  20. Barves2125

    Barves2125 "Ready to drive the Ferarri" - Reuben Foster
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    I agree with that. There should be on duty officers patrolling the area as well as uniformed officers working at/outside the venues.
     
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  21. One Two

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    Best place in Bham to buy refurbished/used lawn care equipment? Like mowers n blowers and stuff.
     
  22. Cornelius Suttree

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    I'll be signing autographs at Mr. P's tomorrow, sometime between 2:30 and 4 if you want one
     
  23. gus_chiggins

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    Went to Parkside(?) Saturday night. P cool bar
     
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  24. TheFreak55

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    Just because you won a daily Fan Duels fantasy baseball game once doesn't mean anyone wants your autograph
     
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  25. One Two

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    Which one of you cunts is this?

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  26. Long Ball Larry

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    I took my wife, mom, and mother in law to Brightstar for Mother's Day lunch.
    That place absolutely kills it on Mother's Day. It seats 300 and was slam packed all day.
    Got there at 11:00 and didn't wait :smug:
     
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  27. Barves2125

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    Those bangs are suspect enough. To the gallows with him.
     
  28. Long Ball Larry

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    His cuff roll game is also atrocious.
     
  29. Stone Cold Steve Austin

    Stone Cold Steve Austin Tickler Extraordinaire
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    Not even real Bama Bangs. Those are the Wal-Mart version of white trash, grease plastered bangs.
     
  30. Barves2125

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    Looks like 70% of the males in the 2004 Hewitt-Trussville yearbook.
     
  31. Tommy Callahan

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    Bright Star has to be Bessemer's only redeeming quality at all
     
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  32. DriveByBBQ

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    Ya'll get those Wilder tickets yet?
     
  33. Long Ball Larry

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    They're already on sale? How much for good seats?
     
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  34. wes tegg

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    That's exactly how it was when I was there Thursday night. They've clearly responded.
     
  35. wes tegg

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    I'm going to be out of town. :/

    $50-$300. The most expensive are ringside, include food/drinks and signed memorabilia. I'd consider them if I were going to be in town.
     
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  36. ramszoolander

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    Haha should I tell my bro-in-law he's in the lucky 30%?
     
  37. Barves2125

    Barves2125 "Ready to drive the Ferarri" - Reuben Foster
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    I'd check out his old yearbooks first.
     
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  38. Rusty Shackleford

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    Simmons sporting goods is there too which is pretty good.
     
  39. Tiffin

    Tiffin Florida is a penis.
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    Thought they went on sale Thursday?
     
  40. mal630

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    Ringside is only 300? A lot for birmingham but it would be awesome. I'm not going to sit ringside at a boxing match in my life otherwise most likely.
     
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  41. DriveByBBQ

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  42. TheFreak55

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    Anybody know anything about a Tesla showroom being put in at the Summit
     
  43. Long Ball Larry

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    Got my Wilder tix.
     
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  44. Barves2125

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    Just that they are/were hiring a couple weeks ago. Generally, storefronts like that are just used to display information about the company, sell a little merchandise, and facilitate test drives at dealerships.
     
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  45. gus_chiggins

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    Where did you get them?
     
  46. DazedandContused

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    Going to Garth Brooks that night
     
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  47. Long Ball Larry

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    My buddy got 6 together. They were $50 a piece. Not exactly sure where they are.
     
  48. gus_chiggins

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    That's about what I'm looking to pay. Do you know where he got them from? Stubhub?
     
  49. Long Ball Larry

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    Sorry, not sure.

    Edit: alabamatitlefight.com
     
    #250 Long Ball Larry, May 14, 2015
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