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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Waiting for Carnival...

Cruise Ship Speculation Continues ( - link)

..."Cruise fanatics, businesses and city leaders have been waiting on more details ever since Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said on Sept. 3 that a cruise ship is returning to the vacated terminal for the first time in four years.
Celebrations have been on hold while the administration's legal team works to finalize an agreement with Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line. The agreement is expected to be finalized this week, according to Stimpson spokesman George Talbot. 
The City Council, which is expecting the final agreement before the end of the month, wants to take some more immediate action. On Tuesday's agenda is an item to rename the cruise terminal on Mobile's waterfront."...

Having taken a few of the Mobile cruises, which were a lot of fun, I am really glad the city and Carnival have gotten this deal worked back out.  The loss of the cruise ship was a big blow to Mobile tourism and with the recent sudden cancellation of Bayfest it is more important than ever for Mobile to have a replacement tourist activity.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Startup Bills in the Alabama Legislature

"Alabama Senate moves to help small businesses raise startup money through crowd funding:
MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama Senate is trying to give people a new way to raise money to start small businesses.
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FILE -- In this photo taken Feb. 4, 2013, State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, talks with reporters in Montgomery, Ala. Alabamians trying to start small businesses in a tough credit market may soon have a new method that will allow them to raise small amounts of capital from many Alabama investors. Known as “crowd funding,” the process has been used for years to generate money for political campaigns, artistic projects and charities. It will become a legal way to raise capital for small businesses in Alabama if the Legislature approves a bill in the next session starting Jan. 14. Orr, the bill's sponsor, said the Alabama Securities Commission asked him to introduce the bill because small business people need a different way to raise money. “It's difficult for start-ups to get bank loans and other traditional financing,” he said. (AP Photo/Phillip Rawls, file)
APThe Senate voted 31-0 Thursday for a "crowd funding" bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur.
The legislation is backed by the Alabama Securities Commission. It would allow someone trying to start a small business in Alabama to use social media and advertising to find small investors who live in the state. It is limited to raising $1 million, and it is restricted to Alabama businesses and investors because of federal regulations.
The proposed legislation is an option for people trying to start small businesses in a tough credit market, Orr said.
His bill now goes to the House for consideration. House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said Thursday he favors the bill because Alabama needs innovative ways to give small businesses access to capital. But he said he has not had a chance to gauge support in the House."



This is one of two bills I know of that could help startups.  The other has been pushed along for a couple of years and would provide an investment tax credit for investments in small/startup enterprises.

I, for one, hope both can pass this year.

Monday, February 18, 2013

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Favorite - Dark Chocolate truffle....Mmmm

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Monday, February 4, 2013

2 local businesses chosen to compete for grant |

2 local businesses chosen to compete for grant |

"Two Tuscaloosa companies are among 13 start-up companies that have been selected for the 2013 Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition.
The companies are Thrupore Technologies, a nanotechnology start-up that provides superior catalysts for chemical manufacturers based on advanced materials science, and Zambooki (, an Internet and Web service company that helps individuals and businesses find contractors for various projects..." (Click Link to see complete article)

--Staff report

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Fact-Checkers Howl, but Both Sides Cling to False Ads" -

Maybe THE most important issue for future elections:  How to provide some accountability for truthfulness (or a lack thereof) to the American electorate?

Fact-Checkers Howl, but Both Sides Cling to False Ads -

'via Blog this'

"In his very first television advertisement last year, Mitt Romneyhighlighted the nation’s dire unemployment crisis, its record number of home foreclosures and the rising national debt, and showed video of President Obama delivering this arresting remark: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”  There was one problem: the quotation was taken so wildly out of context that it turned Mr. Obama’s actual meaning upside-down. The truncated clip came from a speech Mr. Obama gave in 2008 talking about his opponent, Senator John McCain of Arizona. The full quotation? “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ ”, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking Web site, rated the advertisement “Pants on Fire,” its most deceptive rating possible, but it achieved what the Romney campaign had hoped: people started talking about the sluggish economy and how Mr. Obama’s campaign promises had fallen short. And it set the tone for the campaign that followed, which has often seemed dismissive of fact-checkers.
“We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Neil Newhouse, the Romney campaign’s pollster, said this week during a breakfast discussion at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., that was sponsored by ABC News and Yahoo News. He said that fact-checkers brought their own sets of thoughts and beliefs to their work, and that the campaign stands behind its ads. 
Every four years there are lies in campaigns, and at times a blurry line between acceptable political argument and outright sophistry. But recent events — from the misleading statements in convention speeches to television advertisements repeating widely debunked claims — have raised new questions about whether the political culture still holds any penalty for falsehood. 
Brooks Jackson, the director of, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, said that at various points this year both sides have blithely gone on repeating statements that were found false. “They don’t care,” he said, “because it gets votes.” The increasingly disaggregated media ecosystem, the diminished trust in traditional news organizations and the rise of social media had made it easier than ever to inject questionable assertions directly into the media bloodstream — and to rebut them.
But while there is arguably more fact-checking now than ever — and, thanks to the Web, more ways to independently check what candidates and campaigns say — verdicts that a campaign has crossed the line are often drowned out by dissent from its supporters, who take it upon themselves to check the checkers...(cont.)"
*A version of this article appeared in print on September 1, 2012, on page A14 of the New York edition with the headline: Fact-Checkers Howl, but Campaigns Seem Attached to Dishonest Ads.

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