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  1. Alabama Congress: A Waist of Time

    Dr. Steven Taylor, a friend of the Matt Murphy Radio program, and author of Poliblogger wrote a great editorial this morning in the Mobile Register in regards to the general waste of time the recent Alabama Special Session was:
    Indeed, in the special…

    Trackback by Matt Murphy's Mind — Sunday, July 31, 2005 @ 11:08 am

  2. Dear Steven,
    I posted on your columns and Lanoue’s in BNews. On this article I wanted to also note that the Legislature pasted the Budget on one year tricks that will create more problems in the future most reprsented by the 6% raise in the general fund that does not have enough money in the future to pay this large of a raise. The Governor wanted a 4% raise with 2% in reserve only if we had the money. We need Constitutional reform and electoral reform.

    Comment by Mark — Sunday, July 31, 2005 @ 1:31 pm

  3. Agreed on all counts.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, July 31, 2005 @ 1:33 pm

  4. Steven, I agree on your point that it’s ridiculous to boycott Aruba–taking the legislative “wisdom” to it’s logical extreme, we ought to also boycott Montgomery and Birmingham. Below is some information from FBI crime statistics I used a few weeks ago in comparing the risk in going to Aruba to almost any college town that a girl like poor Natalee Holloway might be going to.


    Accord to FBI crime reports here (these are college towns with over 100k population–and I know most of crimes happened off campus–I haven’t been able to get crime stats limited to campus yet. Nonetheless, we are comparing apples to apples because the Aruba numbers include the entire population, not just crimes in tourist areas. Also, since when do bad people limit their evil to one part of town–they go where the most vunerable victims can be found. )

    in 2004, in Athens-Clarke County, GA (Go Bulldogs!), there were 514 violent crimes, 7 murders and 61 forcible rapes.

    In Atlanta, (�I’m a rambling wreck from Ga. Tech….�), 1n 2004, there were 7,926 violent crimes, 114 murders and 267 forcible rapes.

    In Baton Rouge (�Geaux you Tigers!�), 1n 2004, there were 2,444 violent crimes, 47 murders and 79 forcible rapes.

    In Birmingham (Touchdown Samford!), 1n 2004, there were 3,261 violent crimes, 61 murders and 240 forcible rapes.

    In Montgomery (AUM, Ala. State, Huntingdon), 1n 2004, there were 1330 violent crimes, 25 murders and 108 forcible rapes.

    In Nashville (Vandy), 1n 2004, there were 8,597 violent crimes, 58 murders and 391 forcible rapes.

    In South Bend (fightin’ Irish), 1n 2004, there were 762 violent crimes, 10 murders and 71 forcible rapes.

    Now, how about Aruba? According to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, “Last year the island of 72,000 had one murder and six rapes.�

    Keep up the good work, poliblogger!

    Comment by Bart Harmon — Sunday, July 31, 2005 @ 4:57 pm

  5. Chillin’ ‘Round the Horn…

    At the Poli Blog: Stupid Legislature Tricks. Do we really need to say more?

    Trackback by ryanVOX — Sunday, July 31, 2005 @ 8:20 pm

  6. Birmingham 2005 so far
    Murders 83 out of population of 250,000 (city)
    Aruba 2005 1 murder
    Holloway was 23.9 times more likely to be murdered in her home town.

    Comment by bryan — Tuesday, September 13, 2005 @ 3:39 pm

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