Dec 5, 2016

MMMM # 562 --A Trio of Authors at NewSouth

      A Sunday gathering at NewSouth Books in Montgomery featured several authors signing their new volumes, snacks, and great conversation.
Author Kendal Weaver

     Former Associated Press writer Kendal Weaver is out with Ten Stars, about Alabama native Marine General Gary Cooper.

Author Robert Kane

     Also with a military theme, Robert Kane, who's book "So Far From Home" tells the story of the British and French pilots who died while training for WWII service.
    The pilots who died in Montgomery and elsewhere in The South were buried in the same section of Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, as seen below.

Author Frye Gaillard

   And Frye Gaillard newest volume-- Go South To Freedom--- is a children's book that tells the story of slaves escaping from their masters and linking up with Native American tribes to fight against the Confederacy. The book's illustrator, an author in her own right, Ann Kent Rush, was also there.

New South Publisher Randall Williams

The NewSouth Bookstore is located at 105 S. Court Street in downtown Montgomery, at the corner of S. Court and Washington.


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Dec 4, 2016

From The Washington Post...

"Alabama might be the most obvious national championship pick in recent memory because it excels at everything."

The full story is HERE.

Sunday Focus: Woops.

AP Reports:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama secretary of state says an error that prompted the reprinting of nearly three million ballots cost the state $450,000.
Secretary of State John Merrill on Friday announced the final cost for the reprint. He said the exact cost was $459,690.80.
Merrill says an employee made a transcription error in a proposed amendment aimed at shoring up funding for the state park system.
The original ballot left off language to prevent the Alabama Legislature from diverting money generated by Alabama’s state parks for other government purposes. The amendment also allowed the state park system to hire more private entities to operate more hotels and amenities in the state.
The amendment was approved last month.
Merrill said the employee who made the error no longer works in the office.
     Everybody makes mistakes. I know I do. But when you're talking about the language going out on millions of ballots, don't you think they would have had a second set of eyes look for errors?

     Has the employee who "no longer works in the office" been transferred to another state job?   
     Are they changing procedures to make sure it doesn't happen again? Where did the extra half a million come from?

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Dec 3, 2016

Global Warming and Twisters.

A new report from Columbia University researchers adds no new evidence to show climate change (i.e. global warming") is at fault, but it doesn't dismiss it either.

“Something’s up,” (researcher) Tippett said. “The tornadoes that do occur are occurring in clusters. It’s not any increase in the (total) number of tornadoes.”
Marsh said until Tuesday’s outbreak, (11-29-16) there had been 830 tornadoes all year , which was below the previous low for that date of 920. The normal number through late November is closer to 1,300. While 2011 was one of the busiest tornado years for the size of twisters that Tippett studied, 2012 was one of the quietest, he said.

Dec 2, 2016

Media Extra: Least Ethical workers? Media.

     60 Minutes and Vanity Fair have funded a poll of the modern workplace...and among the results: The most unethical workers are in the media:

     Needless to point out, but it is not great news when you are ranked less ethical than Banks and Pharmaceutical Companies.

Dec 1, 2016

Obit: Georgia State Senator Roscoe Dean and "The Ballad Of George Wallace"

About the record--from the publisher.

Published on Sep 24, 2014

Weird and Wonderful Records

Back in the sixties, the governor of Alabama was a controversial figure called George Wallace. He was enormously popular in the South mainly because he was demonstrably opposed to racial integration of any sort and swiftly became the voice of racial hatred in the country. He did, however, have a few friends, one of which was somebody called Senator Roscoe Dean who thought so much of George that he felt compelled to put his thoughts on record.

     Roscoe Dean died this week, and Georgia Coastal Courier columnist Tom Crawford wrote a great column about Dean, a man from "a time when politics was a lot more fun to write about."