May 25, 2018

Birmingham Traffic

     As you know if you have driven through Downtown Birmingham recently, the Transportation Department is redoing Malfunction Junction, the interchange of I-59 and I-65 that has bedeviled drivers for decades. 
    To accomplish the work, the city and state are closing a stretch of I-59 across from the Civic Center each night with this predictable result:

     A string of brake-lights snakes through Birmingham on I-65 Northbound Thursday Evening.

     The work to replace bridges and ramps on the I-59/I65 Interchange has caused a different kind of traffic nightmare for drivers in Birmingham.

(Thanks to my friend Jerry Eason for letting me use his perch above the city for these photos!)

May 23, 2018

Trump Tweets

A judge has told the President "No, you may not block" citizens from following and replying to your tweets:

           The NY Times reports:
The..."complaint argued that Mr. Trump’s feed amounted to a “digital town hall” where not only did the president and his aides communicate information but members of the public — by replying to Mr. Trump’s tweets and others who responded to him — exchanged views with one another. By blocking particular people from viewing or replying to message chains because they had expressed views he did not like, it argued, Mr. Trump had violated their First Amendment rights.


BUT in an editorial the paper acknowledges

The N.F.L. Kneels to Trump

Native Americans' in The Civil War

"Indian communities defied the logic of racial segregation; their very existence belied whites’ insistence that there were two races, never to be mixed. In 1924, the Virginia legislature passed the Racial Integrity Act, which outlawed interracial marriage, in part by reclassifying American Indians as “colored.”

In a NY Times column today. Read it HERE (pay all)

May 21, 2018

We're Almost Not Here!

"Humans only add up to about one ten-thousandth of the life on Earth, measured by the dry weight of the carbon that makes up the structure of all living things, also known as biomass."

Read the story HERE

May 19, 2018

Sunday Focus: A Texas Police Chief on the Latest U.S. School-Gun-Massacre City

 From a NY Times story:
In his Facebook post, which had elicited more than 16,000 reactions as of late Saturday, (Houston, Texas Police) Chief Acevedo said the days after the shooting were a time for “the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction.” He specifically called out “the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing.”
“I will continue to speak up and will stand up for what my heart and my God commands me to do, and I assure you he hasn’t instructed me to believe that gun rights are bestowed by him,” he wrote. “The hatred being spewed in our country and the new norms we, so-called people of faith, are accepting, is as much to blame for so much of the violence in our once pragmatic Nation.”

Is your city school next?
Your church?

(Sunday Focus is a regular longtime feature of, now in its 11th year online)

May 18, 2018

Lesson Plan

You send your kids to school, and one of the things they learn is how not to die.

from a N.Y. Times column.