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Jan 16, 2019

Alabama Taxpayers Investment in The Confederacy.

"For its part, Alabama has spent more than $1 million over the last decade to maintain the First White House of the Confederacy as a monument to Davis.
Alabama taxpayers have also allocated more than $5.6 million to Confederate Memorial Park, which the state's all-white legislature established in 1964 as a "shrine to the honor of Alabama's citizens of the Confederacy."

From an EJI Report HERE

Many people have suggested placing these monuments into context by including materials to explain where and how they came to be, rather than let them stand as a memorial to the state's less than honorable past chapters. 

CBS: Hyundai/Kia Recall because of failed previous recall repairs.

Hyundai Plant--Montgomery, AL

The fuel injector pipe recall covers some 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima cars, 2012 through 2014 Sorrento SUVs, and 2011 through 2013 Sportage SUVs, all with 2-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. Also covered are many 2011 to 2014 Hyundai Sonata cars and 2013 and 2014 Santa Fe Sport SUVs.
The companies said owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by letter.

Detroit — Despite a government shutdown, Hyundai and Kia are moving ahead with a recall of about 168,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires. The problem stems from improper repairs during previous recalls for engine failures.
The affiliated Korean automakers have been dogged by fire and engine failure complaints from across the nation. They're both under investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has been trying to figure out whether initial recalls covered enough vehicles. But the agency is mostly closed due to the shutdown.
In addition to the recall, each automaker said it will do a "product improvement campaign" covering a total of 3.7 million vehicles to install software that will alert drivers of possible engine failures and send the cars into a reduced-speed "limp" mode if problems are detected.

 CBS Story

As Promised: The Stronger Zoom Moon Shots

65x zoom does make a difference! Here are my first moon shots with the new Canon Powershot SX70 HS. Just in time for the total lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) this Sunday, January 20th!

From Time &

When the Eclipse Happens

Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.
EventUTC TimeTime in Montgomery*Visible in Montgomery
Penumbral Eclipse beginsJan 21 at 02:36:29Jan 20 at 8:36:29 pmYes
Partial Eclipse beginsJan 21 at 03:33:54Jan 20 at 9:33:54 pmYes
Full Eclipse beginsJan 21 at 04:41:17Jan 20 at 10:41:17 pmYes
Maximum EclipseJan 21 at 05:12:14Jan 20 at 11:12:14 pmYes
Full Eclipse endsJan 21 at 05:43:15Jan 20 at 11:43:15 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endsJan 21 at 06:50:39Jan 21 at 12:50:39 amYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsJan 21 at 07:48:02Jan 21 at 1:48:02 amYes
* The Moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Montgomery, the entire eclipse is visible.

End the co-state Holiday for King and Lee?

(From the online petition)

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, These Two States Will Also Be Celebrating Robert E. Lee Day: Alabama and Mississippi.

Please sign this petition demanding that Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Mississippi all end Robert E. Lee Day immediately.

Let's be clear — Robert E. Lee was a traitor to the United States of America. After taking an oath to serve the country, Lee resigned from the U.S. Army in order to join the Confederacy's war against it. Known for his tactical brilliance, Lee was responsible for the death of over 700,000 combatants and civilians during the four-year war.

Those who laud Robert E. Lee as an American hero claim that he and the Confederacy were simply fighting for states' rights, and while there may be an inkling of truth to that, the fact is they were specifically fighting for states' rights to own black people as property.

The petition is HERE

Obit: "Sweet Home Alabama" Backp Singer.

"....she (Clydie King) called Ms. (Merry) Clayton and asked her to participate in the recording of “Sweet Home Alabama.” Ms. Clayton initially resisted, offended by the song’s lyrics. The irony was not lost on Ms. King, either, that two black women might contribute to a song seen by many as celebrating the conservative backlash against civil rights. But she persuaded Ms. Clayton to do the session anyway, and together their boisterous voices helped define what became a smash hit.........."

“That was a part of our protest, you know?” Ms. Clayton told Rolling Stone. “We couldn’t stand on the front lines, but we could certainly sing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ with all of our hearts and souls — a song that will live in infamy.”

FULL STORY: The New York Times HERE.

15 Years of Prohibition & The KKK

"...the Klan targeted the drinking of those they identified as enemies of “100 percent Americanism” — Catholics, foreigners and African-Americans — and often gained a foothold in white Protestant evangelical communities with its promise to put bootleggers and moonshiners out of business. If officers of the law could not or would not do their duty, the Klan vowed to step in, often with the support of the local government."

                                                               From an article in the NY Times this morning.