Alabama Thank You

Alabama Special Senate Election 2

Election Results

Doug Jones, a Democrat, won the special election on Tuesday to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general. Mr. Jones aimed to create a lead in the urban counties that include Birmingham and Montgomery, and across a band of largely black counties. Strong support for Roy S. Moore, the Republican, was expected in rural, mostly white parts of the state.

I will leave the punditry (of which there will be much from many) to others except for these three observations.

  1. The election results underscore how polarized the country is around partisanship and what that partisanship purportedly represents.
  2. The sexual harassment and assault allegations against Moore were the lightening rod and tipping point in this election. By a wide margin, the U.S. public, according to Pew Research, view recent reports of sexual harassment and assaults as more reflective of widespread problems in society rather than acts of individual misconduct. Majorities across all demographic and partisan groups – including men and women in both parties – hold this view.
  3. The Alabama Supreme Court today (April 19, 2017) upheld the decision that removed Roy Moore from his position as chief justice for egregious violation of the Canons of Judicial Ethics. That this removal from office was not more prominent in a race for the United States Senate is baffling.

With that said, Thank you Alabama!

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Alabama We’re Watching and Listening

Alabama Special Senate Election 2017A special election for the United States Senate in Alabama is scheduled for tomorrow, December 12, 2017, to fill a vacancy in the Senate arising from the resignation on February 8, 2017, of Jeff Sessions, to serve as U.S. Attorney General. The winner of this election will fill the seat for the remainder of Sessions‘ term, due to end on January 3, 2021. Read more at Wikipedia

Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn’t vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore. The Alabama Republican said he’s already cast his ballot, and that he chose a write-in candidate. He went on to say that he has no reason not to believe the women who have come forward, adding that where there’s “a lot of smoke, there’s got to be some fire somewhere.” Asked about Trump’s support of Moore in the same CNN interview on Sunday, Shelby said, “I do believe the Republicans can do better.” If Moore is elected, Shelby said, “the Senate … will have to seat him, and we’ll see what happens after that.” He added that an ethics review on Moore if he is elected, is “already being contemplated.” “The Senate has to look at who’s fit to serve in the Senate,” he said.

It is ironic that most polls show Moore with an average advantage of 3.5 points given that Congressional leaders are struggling to get ahead of the wave of sexual harassment allegations that are engulfing their institution. A Poll Is Not a Vote provides further insight.

Alabama, we are watching and listening.

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This is Good!

Salvation Army Bell RingersWith the holiday season in progress, Christmas inching towards us, and chaotic world pronouncements clanging out of rhythm with the Salvation Army bell-ringers, I am reminded of a story that helps put my understanding in perspective and brings a bit of peace.

Please enjoy The African King and His Good Friend

And may your holiday season unfold in joy!

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Three Branches Two Houses

Campaign Finance ReformMany of us know that there are three branches of the United States government: Executive, Legislative, Judiciary; and that there are two Houses in (legislative) Congress: Senate and House. Many of us don’t know the roles and responsibilities of each. The famous jurist and former Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, opined in a court ruling, ‘Your freedom to swing your arm ends where the other man’s nose begins.’

Regarding the recently passed Senate Tax Bill two insights will be helpful for us each to inform ourselves. The first is the Legislative Process: How a Senate Bill Becomes a Law. This ten-page document was produced by the U.S. Senate.

The second is an article, CIO Journal, published by The Wall Street Journal, and sponsored by Deloitte that appeared this morning about the federal tax code, its process, and some of its implications. It states, ‘Given that the details of the overhaul of the federal tax code are still greatly in flux, pending negotiations between the House and the Senate, it’s impossible to say just what the final bill’s impact on the economy will be.’

It has never been more important for each of us to be informed.

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Vicki Mills Birthday

Happy Birthday Vicki!

December 5 is the 339th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of the year. Some interesting events occurred on this date.  In 1492 Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic). In 1901 Walt Disney was born.

Your horoscope provides some possible planetary influences.

And then, of course, there are the current events of the day.

Historic photographs taken today provide another glimpse at the day in modern history. My favorite is 2 of 20. Thomas Edison as he appeared in the Newark railroad station, Dec. 5, 1929, waiting for the train to take him to Fort Myers, Fla., where he will continue his experiments in the production of rubber from the common goldenrod and other plants. Edison was preceded a few weeks ago by many of his laboratory assistants, who are now busy in Florida setting up equipment and laboratory apparatus.

Wishing you a wonderful day in all its dimensions and that the year to come will be the best ever!

Vicki at 60

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Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

Trump and KushnerTrump said, ‘I don’t know him very well,’ speaking of his son-in-law and White House Senior Adviser.

Satire from The Borowitz Report

Fortune, The Many Roles Held by Jared Kushner


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The Ship

My friend, Kathy, whose message this morning reminded me of the grieving we go through at the loss of a loved one. Hopefully, this expression brings an altered perception and peace.


The ShipThe Ship – There is No Death
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the
morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand
and watch her until at length she is a speck of white
cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with
each other.
The someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!”
Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she
was when she left my side, and she is just as able to
bear her load of living weight to her destined harbor.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at
the moment when someone at my side says, “There!
She’s gone!” there are
other eyes watching her
coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad
shout, “There she comes!”
And that is dying.
Author Unknown
Delivered by Dick Runyeon
Closing Comments – Marge Mills Memorial Service
Saturday, January 8, 2000
Nashville, Tennessee
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