Oct 19, 2017

The Wall Update

The Washington Post:
CADELL CONSTRUCTION CO., Montgomery, Alabama. ($344,000 for concrete wall, $320,000 for other wall)
Its tan concrete wall is thick at the bottom and narrows considerably toward the pointed top. The other, also tan, has metal poles on the bottom, a metal plate in the middle, and concrete block on top.
The general construction company founded in 1983 says its projects include U.S. embassies in Beijing and Kabul, Afghanistan, terminals at Houston’s George Bush International Airport and renovations to the Denver Mint.


Scene at Alabama News Network today, October 19, 2017.

Top: the beautiful view from our tower cam on Harrison Road looking West towards the sunset. That's I-85 on the left, headed towards I-65.

Above and left: some birds visit the grassy area under our tower in Montgomery. Canada Geese?

What are Americans Unhappy About? Guns? Crime? N. Korea? Nah


August 2017 September 2017 October 2017
% % %
Dissatisfaction with government 20 18 20
Race relations/Racism 7 12 14
Unifying the country 6 8 11
Healthcare 17 6 7
Situation in North Korea 4 6 5
Economy in general 6 6 5
Immigration 7 11 5
Unemployment/Jobs 7 4 5
Lack of respect for each other 3 2 4
Crime/Violence 3 3 4
Guns/Gun control <1 td=""> <1 td=""> 4
Issues mentioned by at least 4% of respondents in October 2017 are shown.

 The full results HERE.


Oct 18, 2017

Media Extra. Ellen To The Rescue.

     The security guard at the hotel from which a sniper shot up a concert in Las Vegas had been missing in action for a while...but he showed up in decidedly friendly territory this afternoon. The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
     He knew Ellen would ask only friendly questions, and she did, as Rolling Stone reported:
"Thank you so much for being here," DeGeneres said at the end of the interview. "I know you've had so many people asking for you to tell the story and talk about this and I understand your reluctance because you just want this to be over. You're talking about it now and then you're not gonna talk about it again. And I don't blame you, because to relive this over and over again… We just wanted to celebrate you."

So I guess that's it. He goes on Ellen and no more questions. Right.

      I am sorry he went through a difficult situation, but there are questions about his actions that will continue to be asked. Ellen is a great entertainer. But she is not a journalist.

Alaska became part of the United States

150 years ago today, Alaska passed from Russian to U.S. hands for a fee of 7.2 Million Dollars. Here's the actual check.

On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward.

Oct 17, 2017

The Wall

An 1899 photo of the Arizona/Mexico border.

    A Montgomery Construction company is one of several building life-sized samples of President Trump's wall along the u-S Mexico border.
     When Caddell Construction was named one of the six finalists, they would not talk with us at Alabama News Network citing security issues.
     Now the wall samples are making it impossible to keep the various designs secret. The Washington Post has a story that shows two wall segments....but does not identify which company built them.
     The Post story says Homeland Security asked the companies not to place any ads on the wall segments---though that was a way to pay for the wall that was suggested by the ladies on The View, reported Mediaite:

 They suggested that the wall be covered in advertisements, kind of like a NASCAR jumpsuit. Breitbart had ad space, as did a generic bail bond company and, of course, Trump Steaks.
     The sample wall segments are to be 30 feet long and between  18 and 30 feet tall. Each company will build two segments, one made of concrete, the other of other materials.
      How will they test the segments? How about asking the various U.S. military special forces to try to get over it (no explosives, please), or hire some of the Mexican border crossers, offering citizenship to those who make it?

CBS reported on Texas Republicans who oppose the Trump wall in March.