May 5, 2016

Told you so..

Act 1

Recalling the April story about the woman who was booking a surprise birthday trip for her and her to Las Vegas from their home in Manchester, England, with a stop in Birmingham. Oops. She selected Birmingham Alabama instead of Birmingham England.

Act 2

My post of 4-28: Get the Birmingham (Alabama) Chamber of Commerce and City Hall to buy them tickets to Vegas, including a stop in Alabama's Birmingham, and show 'em a great time in the Magic City.

Act 3

"I think it is just a great chance for us to demonstrate to people in Birmingham, England and throughout the UK that Birmingham (Alabama) is a worthy tourist destination in its own right," said Tom Cosby, a retired Birmingham businessman.
Cosby is arranging the couple's trip with the assistance of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau and several of Magic City's popular tourist attractions.

Tonight at 10:00....

     It has been two years since The U.S. Park service settled on Alabama State University as the site for the third of three interpretive centers along the path of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, after first deciding on The City of Saint Jude. 
     So where's the Interpretive Center? 

Watch the report I produced this evening at 10:00 on CBS 8 or ABC Montgomery. 

May 2, 2016

MMMM # 537 The Liberal Media ----- and my kinda smart phone.

One of the flags Governor Bentley removed.
     Secretary of State John Merrill, widely speculated to want to be Governor or perhaps Lieutenant Govenor Merrill, spoke at a Confederate Memorial Day event and according to a Montgomery Advertiser story, took a shot at the "liberal media", saying they do "not understand our southern heritage and are not interested in what motivates us to be different and special."

"Part of that “difference” he said, is the way people in Alabama respond quickly to natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods.
“We don’t wait on the federal government to come and take care of us,” he said. “We take care of ourselves. That’s what we’ve been taught to do.”

While he also seemed to criticize Governor Bentley's action last year in removing four confederate flags...and the flagpoles too...he later said his comments were misunderstood, and he was not being critical.

Not too long ago, a too good for us 20 something off-air co-worker (now moved on) made a snide remark to me at a news meeting about the relatively simple small cell phone I carry. He asked if I lost it among the change in my pocket.
Ha ha ha. Are you here all week?
No.  I do not lose the phone because it is smaller than a paperback. (Look that up on your smart phone. Or ask Surly.)
And I am also able to have an actual conversation with a live human (not him) without checking my electronic umbilical cord every five seconds. I have a longstanding dislike for IProducts that goes back to their insulting marketing campaigns that may have appealed to fifteen year old geeks but were akin to General Mills calling people who eat a different cereal stupid and how could they not see the brilliance of Cheerios?
I am not a Luddite. (Ask her about that too.)
I have been a computer owner longer than I was not....and longer than he had been alive. I was "online" before color and photos were part of messaging/emailing. But enough.
Here's a Wall Street Journal column that expresses the joy of a phone without a zillion apps to help you make it through your cluttered day. The headline:

It's OK not to use a smartphone

 And it is.

PLUS: teens said to be addicted to cell phones.



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May 1, 2016

Sunday Focus: Power from The Sun


    Solar power advocates will be promoting solar power this week, celebrating the one-millionth solar energy installation.

      They claim one of the main impediments to more solar power is your power company. They say policies that could promote solar energy (and their own agenda) are blocked by traditional utilities.

Alabama has lots of sunshine...but little incentive to turn it into energy.

A new report from a pro-solar power environmental group ranks Alabama among ten sunny states that make it difficult for people to generate their own power via the sun. They title the report "Throwing Shade"

  In..."Hawaii (and) 21 other states across the country, the utility industry is challenging the laws, rules, and programs that have made solar a formidable clean energy contender. Investor-owned utilities see the recent rapid growth of rooftop solar--and all forms of homemade electricity, for that matter--as a revenue-killing, disruptive threat, particularly after a report last year from industry think tank Edison Electric Institute that both terrified and galvanized the industry."
                                        (From Throwing Shade)

     Another of the pro-solar power groups calls itself Solar Power Rocks, and it has page after page of info in support of solar power. Just read it knowing that it is paid for by the people who stand to gain through the use of solar power. Another group, The Solar Industries Energy Association they want you to pay for the "report" they offer to generate showing how much money you can save by using solar.

And the other side isn't taking it laying down. Alabama Power announced solar energy projects at The Anniston Army Depot and Ft. Rucker that only indirectly helps consumers. 

     The "story" is on the "news"| site run by the utility. Like the pro
solar-power sites linked in this posting, The Alabama News Center" is operated by a special interest, namely, Alabama Power, though that is not immediately apparent because the company name is grayed out on the site. 


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Apr 30, 2016

George Will on Trump

"A convention’s sovereign duty is to choose a plausible nominee who has a reasonable chance to win, not to passively affirm the will of a mere plurality of voters recorded episodically in a protracted process.
Trump would be the most unpopular nominee ever, unable to even come close to Mitt Romney’s insufficient support among women, minorities and young people. In losing disastrously, Trump probably would create down-ballot carnage sufficient to end even Republican control of the House. Ticket splitting is becoming rare in polarized America: In 2012, only 5.7 percent of voters supported a presidential candidate and a congressional candidate of opposite parties." (Will's complete column is HERE)

Will GOP Voters listen to him? Or is Trump the inevitable nominee and the inevitable loser in November?