I think it is amusing how our local Canada geese honk faster and faster as they come in to land on the water. I suppose their cousins back East do the same.Alan
Do they, I wonder? Or could it be doppler effect? I'll have to ask our ornithologist son when I see him this weekend. Maybe they do it to let one another know exactly where they are as they land, for safety reasons?
Elizabeth Warren is the US president we need, but can’t have – this time [Click] I like it! And I will quote in toto the currently first letter, which will probably require splitting up.—Alan================================By “juliameg:”Elizabeth Warren has shown enormous political acumen in not pushing forward her bid for the White House this time around. Instead she has consolidated her support base, political position and public profile all necessary to provide a solid platform from which to launch from.This presidential election was all about exposing the rotted carcase of the the American Dream - its crass politics, its broken civil society and the gross dysfunction of the voodoo capitalism that successive American governments have allowed to take over the global economy.So we have an election where a narcissistic, trashy television celebrity is competing with a paid up member of the establishment with a very cosy relationship with corporate America who just happens to be a woman. The result has been to expose all the septic worms that have been wriggling around in the can of the American Way of Life for a very long time.Hilary Clinton looks to win - if she doesn't then something is seriously rotten in the States. But she has had to face the facts that her politics were questionable and that there is definitely a need for change. Bernie Sanders was the one to establish that narrative - Elizabeth Warren will be the one who will be in the position of developing the mechanisms to bring about the change.Hilary Clinton will be a caretaker presidency, a woman as president preparing the way for Elizabeth Warren to be elected in four years time. Here's hoping that she stays on message.
Illinois governor making very serious attempt to buy the government [Click] Sounds like a serious problem, Bill—hope he falls flat on his face!—Alan
What is your definition of "serious problem?" Between gerrymandering and the Illinois GOP's organizational inadequacy outside its geographic base, the chance of them controlling either house is zero. In fact, that's not even remotely the goal. What Raumer is trying to do is simply flip enough seats that the Democrats no longer have a supermajority that can potentially override his vetoes. From where I sit, in an area where the Republicans rarely bother to run a candidate, it's hard to judge his changes.I see he's also funding the Republican candidate in the special election for State Comptroller. Hard to know how that will turn out. Thanks to Raumer the Republican has a big cash advantage that could finance TV ads (which I don't see). But it's not clear now much that will matter in a downballot election. The late Judy Barr Topinka won two years ago, but she was one of the state's most popular and widely known Republicans.
An article in today's Tribune commented on how so much of the media coverage of the Cubs vs. Indians world series and how long it has been since either won ignores the White Sox victory in 2005. It had been 88 years since the White Sox won a World Series -- longer than the 86-year drought those other Sox broke the previous year. Of course, it's been 108 years since the Cubs actually won a World Series.I suppose one factor may be that for many of those years the White Sox were serious contenders (as were the Indians), although they only won the pennant in 1959 and 2005. While the Cubs were, in the words of the song, "last in the National League."
And I somehow forgot to quote the last two paragraphs of that article:"Many White Sox fans said that the ‘05 World Series run to the AL pennant and sweep of the NL champion Houston Astros in the World Series felt like a dream."In retrospect, given the hazy memory some have of it 11 years later, maybe it was. At last check, the Astros aren’t even a National League team."
California voting--extra preparations [Click]Has a new political balance been developing? [Click] The article is not unrelated tothis one. [Click]Trump's Graying Army [Click] This describes a tribe into which the author would presumably place me, but what a weird bunch in so many ways!--AlanP.S.: Of course I suppose I am atypical in not knowing diddly about major league sports...
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