Author: Rob Holbert

Don’t expect Facebook to cover City Council

My daughter recently ran into the kitchen to tattle about some alleged incident involving her older brother’s finger, a nasal cavity and imminent threats of unwanted contact. Before she could finish filing her complaint he hollered, “Fake news!” from the living room. I’ll admit I laughed. During my vacation last week in the rain-free Florida Keys, I was surrounded by family members, a couple of whom seemed positively gleeful about President Trump’s current fight with “the media.” Much like my son, they parroted the kinds of complaints coming out of the White House that “the media” unfairly attacks “everything”...

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The fatiguing prospects of two August elections

I’ve had more than a few conversations lately with people expressing concern that the close proximity in August of the United States Senate special election primaries and Mobile’s municipal election might somehow suppress voting in one or both. In most of these discussions the person I spoke with expressed fear that going to the polls Aug. 15 to cast a vote in the U.S. Senate race would somehow sap the strength of Sandy Stimpson supporters and keep them from voting the following Tuesday. Perhaps this odd fear is just one sign of “Jonesaphobia” — defined as the completely rational...

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FOX10 wins stand on open records

It was a short-lived showdown when WALA-TV decided to sue the Mobile Police Department for refusing to release its policy on body camera usage by officers, but the station’s quick victory should serve as a good example for all local media outlets. WALA had sought to get a copy of MPD’s body camera usage policy since last September, with no results. Two weeks ago the station filed suit against MPD, resulting in the department doing a 180 five hours later and making the policy available to the public. The argument that a police department policy would not be a...

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Don’t buy into ‘Same Jones’

Perhaps one of the more interesting parts of former mayor Sam Jones’ announcement last week that he’s running to get his old job back was the conversation Greater Nazaree Baptist Church Pastor James Parrish relayed to build excitement for his candidate. In the conversation, a friend quizzed the pastor about his support for a second Jones tenure in City Hall. “I told him Sam Jones would improve our parks and recreation facilities for all communities. He said, ‘How do you know?’ He did it before. I told him Sam Jones would strengthen and develop his infrastructure and make sure...

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‘Dad Bods’ and ‘Dad Jokes’ on Father’s Day

It’s not easy being a dad these days. Everywhere you look there are references to the “Dad Bod” or “Dad Jokes.” Watch a commercial or sitcom and dad is the idiot who can’t figure out anything, then stands there smiling sheepishly as some snot-nosed kid or smug wife shows him how to screw in a light bulb or properly spread mustard on his sandwich. The days of “Father Knows Best” are long gone. In all the ‘50s sitcoms everyone expected Dad to be able to fix all of their problems. Often good ol’ Dad would let everyone struggle a...

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