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>Bits and pieces (no pun intended, John)

January 25, 2010

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Just a few items that might interest you.

*Fox News has pretty much ignored the earthquake in Haiti, devoting about 5-7 minutes per hour to the tragedy when it first happened. Story. They also did not participate in the Hope for Haiti Now telethon.

No surprise, as we already know they don’t care about the underprivileged here in the United States, as they support denying health care to the uninsured.

*The IPhone will be available through Verizon (probably)in the near future.

*John Edwards has a sex tape. No one wants to see it, but there is some curiosity because he is said to be “physically very striking” and people say, “Whoa,” when they see his…well, when they see the tape. (the tape is not at the link, just the story)

*New Orleans is headed to the Super Bowl!!!

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Trail of Tears, Happenin’s and more…

September 7, 2007

Steve Jobs responded to pressure from “blogs, through emails and with phone calls” from angry customers after dropping the price of the iPhone yesterday. Enough so that he is giving a $100 store credit to previous purchasers. Ah, the power of blogs. But I am not claiming that my blurb had any influence, more likely tech bloggers like Kevin Tofeljkontherun iphone

Anyway, good save, Steve. Oh, wait. Steve, we did notice that you still get to keep the hundred bucks.

Things to do next week.

Monday: Bessemer Neighborhood Association meeting. Bessemer Neighbors

Wednesday: Eat at The Bright Star in Bessemer, and while there, purchase “A Centennial Celebration of The Bright Star Restuarant”, and get it signed by owners Jimmy and Nicky Koikos. The Bright Star

Thursday: Angela Davis discusses “Leadership and Democracy.” Alys Stephens Center. Free admission. “It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a public personality, I am remembered as a hairdo.”

And further down the road:

This is a little bit disturbing. The Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has been issued a permit to hold a rally in Athens on September 15 to protest immigration policies. On that same day the annual Trail of Tears motorcycle ride (always the 3rd Saturday in September) will bring around 150,000 motorcycle riders through town. Trail of Tears Remembrance

I am all for free speech, and I wouldn’t think there would be a conflict here (nor do I think motorcyclists, particularly those on this ride, would be sympathetic to Klan causes) but why schedule a Klan rally on a day of remembrance that carries a degree of peacefulness and calm with it. (I understand that “calm” and “150,000 bikers” may not seem compatible, but you get the idea). And the bikers will probably outnumber the Klan members by about 30,000 to 1.

Klan rallies should be scheduled on days and in places where the public is not likely to cross paths with them. They wanted the court house, they got the city hall, but they should have gotten a different day.

And in my quote worth saving category: in response to the theft of copper from an Alabama Power substation, where a thief used a power saw to cut through several main power lines (interrupting power to 2,800 customers in Forestdale), Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian said, “It would just make my day if a char-grilled suspect showed up at one of our local emergency rooms.”

>Trail of Tears, Happenin’s and more…

September 7, 2007

>Steve Jobs responded to pressure from “blogs, through emails and with phone calls” from angry customers after dropping the price of the iPhone yesterday. Enough so that he is giving a $100 store credit to previous purchasers. Ah, the power of blogs. But I am not claiming that my blurb had any influence, more likely tech bloggers like Kevin Tofeljkontherun iphone

Anyway, good save, Steve. Oh, wait. Steve, we did notice that you still get to keep the hundred bucks.

Things to do next week.

Monday: Bessemer Neighborhood Association meeting. Bessemer Neighbors

Wednesday: Eat at The Bright Star in Bessemer, and while there, purchase “A Centennial Celebration of The Bright Star Restuarant”, and get it signed by owners Jimmy and Nicky Koikos. The Bright Star

Thursday: Angela Davis discusses “Leadership and Democracy.” Alys Stephens Center. Free admission. “It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a public personality, I am remembered as a hairdo.”

And further down the road:

This is a little bit disturbing. The Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has been issued a permit to hold a rally in Athens on September 15 to protest immigration policies. On that same day the annual Trail of Tears motorcycle ride (always the 3rd Saturday in September) will bring around 150,000 motorcycle riders through town. Trail of Tears Remembrance

I am all for free speech, and I wouldn’t think there would be a conflict here (nor do I think motorcyclists, particularly those on this ride, would be sympathetic to Klan causes) but why schedule a Klan rally on a day of remembrance that carries a degree of peacefulness and calm with it. (I understand that “calm” and “150,000 bikers” may not seem compatible, but you get the idea). And the bikers will probably outnumber the Klan members by about 30,000 to 1.

Klan rallies should be scheduled on days and in places where the public is not likely to cross paths with them. They wanted the court house, they got the city hall, but they should have gotten a different day.

And in my quote worth saving category: in response to the theft of copper from an Alabama Power substation, where a thief used a power saw to cut through several main power lines (interrupting power to 2,800 customers in Forestdale), Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian said, “It would just make my day if a char-grilled suspect showed up at one of our local emergency rooms.”

Jamaican Elections, U.S. Elections

September 6, 2007

Wouldn’t you just hate to have purchased an iPhone a week or two ago and open the paper this morning to see that the prices have dropped $200? Just $399 now for the 8GB phone.

“We want to put the iPhone in a lot of stockings this holiday season” Steve Jobs said.

I think he’s feeling the heat from HP which also announced yesterday two new cell phones, the iPAQ 600 and iPAQ 900. The phones look great, but as of now, no carriers have been announced, so what good are they?

Fred Thompson, the newest official presidential candidate, lived the first 10 weeks of his life in Alabama, but nobody in the town of his birth (Sheffield) seems to know…or care. On Jay Leno last night Jay held up a bumper sticker that read “Fred Thompson: Cause Giuliani is too hard to spell.”

Add to that “Cause Romney is too hard to believe.” “Cause McCain is too hard to comprehend.” “Cause (insert republican name here) is too hard to trust.”

The Jamaican elections are over, and with little violence (any violence surrounding elections is too much, and I think several people were killed, but it was nothing like what could have been).

There has been a change in leadership with Bruce Golding assuming power as the new prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which also captured a slim majority of seats in the legislative body. Portia Simpson Miller, the People’s National Party (PNP) leader and current prime minister, will step down.

60.4% of eligible voters cast ballots, and only about 3,000 separated the winning party from the losing party. The JLP depended on young people to carry them to victory. One would suppose this would mean a more progressive government, but hold on. The number one problem, by far that the government will have to deal with is crime. Social progress is probably way down on the list of priorities.

News reports in our country indicate that young people here are becoming more active politically than in the past few years, and I suspect this will bode well for the democrats. 77% of 18-29 year olds think their generation will make a difference in the 2008 election, but does that mean 77% of them will vote? No…that would be unprecedented. The previous high was in 1972 when 55.4 % of that age group voted (the first year that I voted, by the way).

I hope that each “progressive” who reads this will make an effort to engage young people as the election nears, encouraging them to become involved and to vote. There are many opportunities (Over the Mountain Democrats , Alabama College Democrats , Alabama Stonewall Democrats (no web site, but email me and I will put you in touch) , Alabama Democratic Party (from here you can link to various county Democratic groups) and more for young people (and us more seasoned people as well).

Speaking of Stonewall Democrats, I just received this notice:

Just a reminder that we’ll be meeting again next Thursday (September 13th) at Los Amigos, 3324 Clairmont Avenue (next door to the Piggly Wiggly) in the back dining room at 5:30. Joe Turnham, Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party will be our guest speaker. Please feel free to invite friends who would like to join our group or learn more about Stonewall Democrats.

>Jamaican Elections, U.S. Elections

September 6, 2007

>Wouldn’t you just hate to have purchased an iPhone a week or two ago and open the paper this morning to see that the prices have dropped $200? Just $399 now for the 8GB phone.

“We want to put the iPhone in a lot of stockings this holiday season” Steve Jobs said.

I think he’s feeling the heat from HP which also announced yesterday two new cell phones, the iPAQ 600 and iPAQ 900. The phones look great, but as of now, no carriers have been announced, so what good are they?

Fred Thompson, the newest official presidential candidate, lived the first 10 weeks of his life in Alabama, but nobody in the town of his birth (Sheffield) seems to know…or care. On Jay Leno last night Jay held up a bumper sticker that read “Fred Thompson: Cause Giuliani is too hard to spell.”

Add to that “Cause Romney is too hard to believe.” “Cause McCain is too hard to comprehend.” “Cause (insert republican name here) is too hard to trust.”

The Jamaican elections are over, and with little violence (any violence surrounding elections is too much, and I think several people were killed, but it was nothing like what could have been).

There has been a change in leadership with Bruce Golding assuming power as the new prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which also captured a slim majority of seats in the legislative body. Portia Simpson Miller, the People’s National Party (PNP) leader and current prime minister, will step down.

60.4% of eligible voters cast ballots, and only about 3,000 separated the winning party from the losing party. The JLP depended on young people to carry them to victory. One would suppose this would mean a more progressive government, but hold on. The number one problem, by far that the government will have to deal with is crime. Social progress is probably way down on the list of priorities.

News reports in our country indicate that young people here are becoming more active politically than in the past few years, and I suspect this will bode well for the democrats. 77% of 18-29 year olds think their generation will make a difference in the 2008 election, but does that mean 77% of them will vote? No…that would be unprecedented. The previous high was in 1972 when 55.4 % of that age group voted (the first year that I voted, by the way).

I hope that each “progressive” who reads this will make an effort to engage young people as the election nears, encouraging them to become involved and to vote. There are many opportunities (Over the Mountain Democrats , Alabama College Democrats , Alabama Stonewall Democrats (no web site, but email me and I will put you in touch) , Alabama Democratic Party (from here you can link to various county Democratic groups) and more for young people (and us more seasoned people as well).

Speaking of Stonewall Democrats, I just received this notice:

Just a reminder that we’ll be meeting again next Thursday (September 13th) at Los Amigos, 3324 Clairmont Avenue (next door to the Piggly Wiggly) in the back dining room at 5:30. Joe Turnham, Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party will be our guest speaker. Please feel free to invite friends who would like to join our group or learn more about Stonewall Democrats.