Thursday, December 11, 2008

    Is this airport "monument' worth over $400,000?

    Via Urban Review. The total cost is projected to be $416k, but there's talk that it may get up to a half million dollars. Worth it?

    Don't want to nitpick too much; I'm guessing the signage is part of the larger, $105 million Airport Experience renovation the airport just kicked off, which is scheduled to be completed in 2012. And of course, every airport needs a sign or two. But could this really be worth a half-mil? Really?

    Friday, December 5, 2008

    St Louis-area senators propose cell phone driving ban

    One more step to swerve-free roads? Uh, maybe?
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pre-filed bills this week to banish cell phones from Missouri roadways.

    Reps. Joe Smith, a St. Charles Republican, and TD El-Amin, a St. Louis Democrat, have nearly identical bills that would ban drivers from using cell phones unless the phones have hands-free devices, like a Bluetooth receiver.
    Now we just need the book reading, shaving, make-uping, txting, radio listening, fellow passenger and karaoke bans. Then, finally, our roads will be safe. Except, of course, for the bad drivers out there.

    Not sure how effective a $25-$50 fine's going to be, either, or how wise it is to be pulling the PD off the busy task of, you know, keeping us safe and putting them on cell phone patrol. Isn't cell phone use a problem when it's endangering others? And if that's the case, isn't there already a law on the books for that? I would be interested to see how often reckless cell phone use was prosecuted under that particular statute, and whether the new law would do more to decrease prosecutions so premised or would, instead, do more to generate a new stream of funds for the big g-o-v. 

    Anybody have an insight on this?

    Thursday, December 4, 2008

    St. Louis: Hey, let's name a street after the President-elect

    You've seen the school. You've heard about the mountain. And now, coming to one of St. Louis's busiest thoroghfares: Barack Obama Boulevard.

    The bid to designate the street for Obama is apparently being led by Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett, an early Obama supporter who is listed as the lead sponsor of the board bill.

    Signing on as co-sponsors are four other aldermen — all Democrats — who have parts of Delmar in their wards.

    If they are successful, the street would be “honorarily” designated for Obama, though for all practical purposes — like maps and most street signs — it would likely continue to be known as Delmar.

    Where will you see the markers? Here's the map:

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008

    Report: STL Truth Squad Bob McCulloch being pushed for US Attorney

    Remember this?

    This is what I guess you'd term one of the "Change" moments of the Obama campaign, inasmuch as most Missourians thought that using state power against citizens for political purposes was a thing of the past. 

    Well lo and behold, Change is making a comeback! Sen. McCaskill is reportedly wants to make him a federal prosecutor.
    Post-Dispatch gossip queen Deb Peterson has the scoop: U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is said to be pushing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch for the position of local U.S. Attorney, a presidential appointment.

    McCaskill, as Peterson points out, knows McCulloch from her days as the top prosecutor across the state in Jackson County. And, of course, she has the ear of president-elect Barack Obama after emerging as one of his top surrogates in the campaign.
    A single incident does not define a career, but this one was pretty bone-headed; with a final margin of only 3,903 votes separating Barack Obama from John McCain here in Missouri, the fallout from this absolutely radioactive report could be one of a few events that swayed the election here. It was the talk of the McCain office for several days and was the subject of countless phone calls I fielded from citizens and citizen-bloggers alike.

    But that a man who recently and publicly threatened the rights his citizens would be given the honor of protecting their rights in a federal capacity is an joke that deserves a response. Some places to start:
    • The Obama Transition Team (link)
    • Claire McCaskill (link)

    Monday, December 1, 2008


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