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.

May 17, 2018


     Whenever I see a photo from the civil rights era of young white boys and girls waving confederate flags and protesting the integration of schools, or just the integration of their lives, I wonder how they turned out. 

Did they grow up racists? 
Or did they find their way to equality via education or experience?

What do they think when they see these photos of their younger selves? 

Do they realize now they were not the brave ones in the photos?

 Did their hate grow in them because of their parents? Because of their peers? These three are protesting at Clinton High School, later blown up.

Was it the adults they saw on TV who taught them the lesson that all people were not created equally after all? 

Of course it is easy for me with my 2018 eyes and 2018 thinking to place myself on the right side of history. But who knows?

Had I been born in Selma or Millbrook or Centerpoint, what kind of a person would I have become? We are all somewhat accidents of birth, and can only hope to improve on what we were given.

The flip side...and the most important side...of this posting is a new book that shows the mug shots of Freedom Riders arrested for being on the right side of the war in Alabama and other hate filled states in the 60's, And how they look now. The NY Times has the story.

May 15, 2018

Sports Gambling in The Deep South! in Mississippi, not Alabama.

The Washington Post speculates there are five states likely to be the first to launch gambling on sporting events now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled they can.

     Alabama is not on the list, of course. 
     We hate gambling (except for the people who flock to the Porch Creek casinos and those who cross the state line to buy lottery tickets in just about every state around us.

Here's why The Post thinks Mississippi will be among the first:

"Last year, Mississippi lawmakers legalized sports gambling in the event that the Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey’s favor. Now that that’s happened, expect it to be up and running at the state’s 28 casinos by the end of the summer “if not sooner,” Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Association, told the Sun Herald. The state still needs to hold a public-comment session on the proposed sports-gambling regulations, which will take effect 30 days after they are approved by the Gaming Commission.
No matter when it happens, Mississippi almost certainly will be the first state in the Southeast to allow sports gambling. Louisiana, which has casinos, is the only neighboring state that has some sort of sports-gambling legislation on the table, but nothing is expected to pass until next year at the earliest unless Gov. John Bel Edwards calls for it to be discussed during a special session of the state’s legislature.
“Not only are we not going to get anything out of it, we’re going to lose money,” Louisiana State Sen. Danny Martiny said Monday after the Supreme Court’s decision. Gulfport and Biloxi, home to a number of casinos in Mississippi, are only about a 90-minute drive east of New Orleans."

Alabama has ZERO control, and gets zero income from them.


Alabama could rake in some significant income from gambling if they would negotiate with the local tribe to allow them to offer true casino gambling in return for paying taxes on the income they rake in at their state casinos. 

May 14, 2018

On TV: Handmaid's Tale etc

   I read this comment in a NY Times review of TV shows about Handmaid's Tale, and could not agree more.

"There is only so long, in a series about bondage and rape, that you can string out the cycle of raising and dashing hopes without numbing or traumatizing your audience."

Exactly what I said after the most recent episode. 


... or I am abandoning this show.

     That's what happened with Lost. The producers pushed me over the edge and I stopped being entertained. Bye Bye.

[On TV is an occasional posting here on, now online for eleven years]