1 week 1 day ago
WE WILL MISS YA GUNNY
Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:
It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.
There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. "This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine."
There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That's what he wanted most of all.
Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.
1 week 3 days ago
When we told you about the City winning funding for several Restore Act projects, we detailed out one of those projects, a working waterfront that will secure our bluff and protect the fragile environment on our waterfront. Since that posting people have been asking when we will get the money and how soon our projects will start.
We don’t expect to get funding until closer to the end of the year at the earliest. There is a lot of red tape to be navigated yet, and we must submit more specific plans for each of our projects. This intervening time is important. We had the vision that won us the funding. Now we can use the time to hone in on our vision with detailed specifics. Still, we want to keep you informed of what these projects are and update you throughout the process.
One of the Restore Act projects for which we received funding involves addressing our most urgent problems with the sewer system. We will receive $10M to go toward major rehabilitation measures of our sewer system. This will involve the complete replacement of the 4 main pump stations (North Section Street, South Section Street, Thompson Hall and Doghouse Pumping Stations), and rehabilitation of the major gravity outfall lines. We will utilize effective engineering solutions that have the least impact on the environment. An assessment team will perform system mapping, videoing, line inspection and cleaning, and point repairs. The system’s Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment will be upgraded to ensure system reliability. Portable generators will be purchased to provide continuous facility operations during power outages. The old clay collection lines will be rehabilitated with Cured-In-Place-Pipe Liner.
This project will protect the water quality of Mobile Bay, and modernize our system. The project is intended to reduce pollutant loading and improve discharges to Mobile Bay by reducing the number and frequency of sanitary sewer overflows from Fairhope’s public sewer system.
2 weeks 11 minutes ago
What political baggage? LAGNIAPPE
Posted by Rob Holbert | Apr 4, 2018 | Damn the Torpedoes, by Rob Holbert |
In Baldwin County, Chris Elliott is running for State Senate District 32, to replace the retiring Trip Pittman. Elliott is currently a county commissioner, which is a natural springboard from which to launch an extended stay on Goat Hill, but Chris has one particularly big problem — his 2016 DUI.
I know, getting a DUI isn’t that big a deal politically, but it’s the way Elliott handled his that turned into political Samsonite. He initially issued a press release apologizing and saying, “There are consequences for my decisions and I will face these consequences.” His story was that he’d had a couple of drinks at a charity event, ran a light and then refused the breath test, but he’d be taking his lumps and not trying to fight the consequences.
But it turned out Elliott actually did petition the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for a hearing on his license suspension for refusing a Breathalyzer, and then ended up taking the matter to court. Elliott’s lawyer even argued that Chris shouldn’t lose his license because he would suffer “irreparable harm and damage by the suspension of his driving privileges. He will be unable to work and serve in his elected capacity as a Baldwin County commissioner.”
In other words, his elected position made him too important to be hammered with the usual 90-day suspension every other Joe Blow would get. ALEA apparently felt the same way and cut his suspension to 45 days for no particular reason they would explain. Making matters even more bizarre, Elliott really ended up only having a 29-day period when he couldn’t legally drive.
Elliott never dealt with reports he had lied about where and how much he was drinking the night of his DUI, and despite it being Fairhope Police Department policy, none of the on-duty officers assisting in Elliott’s arrest had their body cameras on at the time. In the end it sure looks like Chris Elliott sought and received special treatment. That attitude probably makes him perfect for Goat Hill.