Spare an Economy? After the crushing economic recession of the past two years, business in Birmingham is finally starting to recover. According to a recent article in The Birmingham News by Martin Swant, Birmingham banks have started giving more loans to local businesses, indicating that the local economy on the whole is starting to grow again. Much of the economic recession can be attributed to reduced spending. Reduced spending means reduced demand and, therefore, reduced supply. Birmingham businesses seeking loans indicates that they’re ready to test the waters again and, maybe, get the economic engine purring again. For now, unemployment remains high and most people are feeling the pinch pretty hard. But, with lending on its way back up, the everyman might start looking up again too.
Surveying Stupidity: In light of the Tucson shootings, politics in America are starting to be reexamined. In the heart of this sudden upheaval of consciousness we find none other than that love-her-orhate-her political darling from the frigid north, Sarah Palin. In 2010, Sarah Palin created a website called Take Back the 20 to focus on winning 20 Democrat-held districts. Each district was marked with a gun site. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, one of the victims of last week’s shootings, was one of the “targeted” Democrats. One of Palin’s aids insisted that the marks were “surveyor’s marks,” conveniently forgetting that Palin called the marks “bull’s-eyes” in one of her own Twitter posts. Nice attempt at backpedaling, but next time try not to back up into your own past mistakes. As of writing, Palin has yet to make a public statement. We all wait with bated breath.
A Company of Heroes: Major Dick Winters, the WWII company commander whose stories served as the inspiration for the HBO series Band of Brothers, died last week at 92 according to Ron Todt of the Associated Press. Major Winters remained an inspiration for his men long after the battles that made them into brothers. Historian Stephen Ambrose interviewed Major Winters for his 1992 book, Band of Brothers, which served as inspiration for the HBO series. Major Winters remained a leader for much of his life and even wrote about it for American History Magazine: “If you can find that peace within yourself, that peace and quiet and confidence that you can pass on to others, so that they know that you are honest and you are fair and will help them, no matter what, when the chips are down.”