September is for surprises

The summer comes to the end, and Winter is in the distance.

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The coming water famine

It would appear that the United States has run out of water.

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Testing bias

40% of 3rd graders in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools failed the state mandated “end of grade” reading proficiency test.

Here is a sample Section

Imagine for a second that you live in an apartment complex or public housing and you are trying to understand this example of fiction, and you have no idea what a hummingbird or a crane is.

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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts hits the showers

The LGBT activist Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts was soundly voted out of office by a 10% margin in the Democratic primary yesterday.

She was defeated by Vi Lyles, the former budget director and assistant city manager. She faces Republican Kenny Smith in November. Given the roughly 2:1 Democratic majority inside the city, it is very likely Vi will win the general election.

The job of Mayor is a part-time job that pays a minimal salary. Perhaps it is time to realize that Charlotte has grown into a big city and needs a substantial leader rather than a fringe activist like Roberts.

Unlike the HB2 debacle that Roberts triggered, there is no national coverage of her defeat. Her fight over HB2 and her inattention to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the resulting “riot” sealed her fate.

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Nancy Gibbs, Managing Editor of Time Magazine, was one of the speakers at the Chautauqua Week 8, themed on journalistic ethics in the digital ago.

There were several things about the Chautauqua presentations that disappointed us. The presentations were generally preceded with an announcement that the speaker would be available after their speech, but only to sell copies of their books.

In the case of Ms Gibbs, she didn’t do a presentation at all – she just sat down on stage with her close personal friend David Von Drehle, who is a former editor-in-large at Time. He now is a columnist for the Washington Post.

She spent 45 minutes on the subject of “fake journalism”, which was mostly a diatribe against Donald Trump.

She has just resigned her job at Time.

Business Wire: Nancy Gibbs Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief of TIME

She has a history with Chautauqua not mentioned in her bio

This image is from a book titled “Chautauqua’s Hostess: Winnie of the Wensley House“. Winnie Lewellen was the hostess for 30 years at the Wensley House, where many influential people stayed over the years.

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America’s Master Handyman has laid down his last hammer

Glenn Haege has died at the age of 70 from cancer. While many people will know him from national radio syndication, he was more known as a Detroit radio personality.

Detroit News

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Is Donald Trump riding the “9/11 thruther” train?

With the law passed by the Republican Congress to allow the 9/11 complicity lawsuit against the Saudi government, evidence is piling up of direct Saudi government involvement in 9/11

The NY Post carries a report detailing evidence gathered by the lawyers in the lawsuit directly implicating the Saudi government

Donald Trump regularly listened to Alex Jones, the ultimate 9/11 thruther – who extended his theories well beyond the known facts, but the facts are catching up with his theories.

Two Saudi government employees with direct connections to the eventual hijackers attempted to breach cockpit security and alarmed the crew enough that an emergency landing occurred in Ohio, but no action was taken against them. This happened in November 1999, two years before 9/11…

Now that the President is neither a Muslim nor an oil businessman, we might get the FBI, CIA and NSA to actually investigate and connect the real dots.

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The Equifax mess

The AP business writer is already picking up the vibes. The alleged breach of the Equifax may not be quite what it appears.

Media outlets are directing people to this web site:

The site is controlled by Equifax and was registered on August 22nd 2017, about 3 weeks ago. It has a search function to see if you may have been impacted by the breach.

It doesn’t matter what name on last 6 digits of a SS# – you will be offered the opportunity to enroll in their identity theft protection program in the next few days, regardless of whether your data was leaked.

My cousin looked more carefully and the legal documents as part of signing up for the complimentary identity theft protection problem includes agreeing to arbitration if you suffered a loss.

There was a time in a simpler America where your city had a local credit bureau who actually knew all of the people that lived in the town and would not be fooled by an illegal Mexican invader pretending to be you.

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Chicken and egg

Which comes first – do Democrats cause city governments to fail, or do cities fail and then elect Democrats?

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Freedom Park

Freedom Park is an urban public park just to the South of Uptown Charlotte. It was created as a tribute to the Americans who fought in World War II.

Freedom Park

As part of my recovery program, we started the day by making a lap around the soccer field at the local YMCA. Afternoon temperatures are now tolerable.

Having survived that test, we decided to visit Freedom Park. In 1976, President Gerald Ford visited Charlotte and gave a speech at Freedom Park. It was partly part of the Bicentennial celebration and partly a campaign opportunity for his failed reelection campaign.

Some pictures are in order:

Obligatory train picture


A scene Bob Ross could have painted

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Hugo Redux

In 1989, Charlotte NC was clobbered by Hurricane Hugo. Because hurricanes never track inland, 100 year old trees grew unmolested – spared from being tested by high winds. They were ripe to knock over, blocking major roads and downing power lines, some for up to three weeks.

Power companies rely on neighboring power companies to send in crews to deal with restoring service in big storms. Irma’s current track is aimed right at Charlotte. The National Weather Service estimate is for 50 MPH winds here. If this is true, presumably the storm will track up into Pennsylvania and/or New England. No power company East of the Mississippi River is going to have repair crews to lend out to Duke Energy

Since the track is so vague, at this point it doesn’t make any sense to try to outrun the storm, so for now we’ll just stay put and buy some cans of Spam and saltine crackers.

Charlotte already has gasoline supply issues because of the shutdown of the Colonial finished products pipeline because of the shutdown of refineries in Port Arthur during and after Hurricane Harvey.

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