Mar 19, 2017

Not Your Imagination!

Gallup: Nearly Two in Three in US Say Winter Was Warmer This Year.
The early Spring blooming trees bloomed in February, and now that Spring is starting tomorrow morning, it almost feels anticlimactic.

According to NASA and the NOAA, 2016 had the warmest global surface temperature in modern record keeping. These trends appeared to carry over into the 2016-2017 winter, and a majority of Americans reported feeling the warmth. (Gallup report.)

Sunday Focus: The Trump Budget Effect

  Last month Governor Bentley was appointed co-chair of the Delta Regional Authority.
     He praised the agency in the news release from his office:

“I’m truly honored to be selected to serve in this capacity by my fellow governors, and I’m excited to partner with Chairman Masingill in leading the DRA’s initiatives.”

"Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority serves as a federal-state partnership that works with local development districts, utilizes market-proven processes to grow economic outcomes and enhances the quality of life of the residents in the Delta region."
   Now President Trump proposed budget defunds the agency (and the Appalachian Regional Commission that performs similer work), and Bentley's new position too. 
     And that's not the only impact in the state that handily voted for Trump.
     Meals on Wheels and grants to local arts and cultural festivals will be cut along with the funding for The National Endowment for The Arts and the National Endowment for The Humanities. Click on those links to see examples of their grants in Alabama.
     Yes, there will be additional defense spending that may have an imact where there are military posts or defense contractors. 
[PLUS: The effort to restore some Amtrak service in Alabama likely goes away under the proposed Trump budget.]


[Sunday Focus is a regular feature of ---celebrating ten years this Fall.]

Mar 18, 2017

RIP Chuck Berry.

    Few people can claim the title "Father of Rock and Roll, but Chuck Berry was one of them. He died today at the age of 90.

     One of his classic hits had an Alabama mention---"Reelin and Rockin":

"This song is sung from the perspective of a railroad worker in Alabama trying make a few bucks and get through the workday. At the end of the day, the workers are on the tracks playing dice when the foreman warns them that a train is coming. The words "Let It Rock" do not appear in the lyrics, but they indicate that the train coming through represents Rock And Roll"

                                                                               From songfact dot com
 Hear the song HERE.

Saturday Data: Flock Flux

     The Alabama poultry business is waiting for the other shoe to fall...and hoping it will not.

     State officials had already banned the sale or trade of chickens from backyard flocks because of the report of bird flu in north Alabama and in Tennessee, but it's the humongous industrialized poultry operations that are reacting to limits on exports of Alabama chickens announced on Friday. 

The Reuters News Service broke the story:

"U.S. trading partners on Friday limited shipments of poultry from Alabama, a top producer of chickens for meat, over bird flu concerns as the state's wait for federal confirmation of two suspected cases stretched past a week."

How important is the story to Alabama's economy? Consider this
from the ALFA website:

Alabama ranks third in broiler production behind Arkansas and Georgia. Alabama's layer flocks produced 2.1 billion eggs in 2004, resulting in cash receipts of $288 million. Alabama ranks 13th nationally in total egg production with more than 9.24 million layers in inventory on Dec. 1, 2004. 

[Saturday Data is a regular feature of The website will celebrate it's 10th anniversary later this year,]

Mar 17, 2017

REALLY Groupom?????

From an online Irish heritage message:
"Groupon is (again) selling Irish t-shirts bearing derogatory, stereotypical statements that deliberately equate our culture with drunkenness.
You may remember that last year a rebel son of Eire purchased Walmart's entire stock, then returned them after St. Patrick's Day
celebrations. The most offensive green one this year: "Drunk Lives Matter." Really?

What happened to Irish music, poetry, literature, dance and the contagious welcoming Irish spirit?"

from County Mayo when our poor Irish-Catholic tenant farmers
were being ripped off by their land agent named BOYCOTT.

Whomever started this thread has an excellent point, but Gropon is FAR from alone. Amazon has 'em. So does ebay and other sites.
There is NO reason the Irish people should be slammed like this. 
It is like racism by ancestry.  

It's BACK!!!!

Who can forget The ALABAMA LEPRECHAUN?

Nobody, apparently. AOL.COM (Huh? They are still around?) relaunched it today for St. Patrick's Day.

Here it is.