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Read For Comprehension

The tropics are calm and I have been finishing little jobs around the apartments that I have wanted to take care of for an extended time. I have been dragged back to the keyboard by the media. Before writing commentary on something one should ‘read for comprehension’ the basis for the commentary.

1. Dr. Professor Senator Elizabeth Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012. A Senator serves for 6 years. She is not running for President, she is running for Senator in an election that takes place in a little over two weeks.

2. Trump was not the first politician to attack DPS Warren over the issue of her ancestry, it was Scott Brown in the 2012 Senatorial race. The issue of her race keeps being brought up by Republicans, and she used the route that Trump indicated was most authoritative to resolve it for her current election. She didn’t actually believe that Trump would make good on his bet, or that what she did would actually put the issue to rest. The Republicans don’t believe that reality, truth, or the facts matter, but maybe a majority of voters do. It would help if the media did. 😈

3. As was clearly stated in the announcement of the DNA results, the test can only show if someone has a Native American ancestor and only provides a range of possibilities for how long ago that ancestor lived. DNA cannot show membership in any particular tribe, as it only deals with with large groups. DPS Warren has not claimed membership in any tribe, and stated that individual tribes have the right to determine their own rules for membership.

4. As a former member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Board at a public college in New York State, I understand why colleges and universities track minority representation among staff and faculty. Many of these institutions are under court mandated hiring policies based on a history of discrimination. In Senator Warren’s case, she would have received a bigger hiring advantage for being a woman than a Native American as a law school professor. That advantage would not translate into tenure, and certainly not into an endowed chair, things she achieved. She had the publication credentials and citations to be among the top of her field. The entire ‘Native American’ listing was done by the EEOB at those institutions to make their stats look better, and yes, they would have done it based on nothing more that ‘my mother used to tell us that one of her great grandparents was a Native American.’

October 21, 2018   2 Comments

Oh Joy

A weird looking 747 landed at Eglin AFB today and dumped an orange mess on the tarmac which was met by the current governor of Florida, Batboy. Then the sky was filled with various and sundry helicopters to make it seem like Trump and Scott gave a crap about the people from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast who got creamed by Michael. They congratulated themselves on what a great job they are doing while people are still waiting for food, water, or some one who gives a crap.

Meanwhile, the guy from the gas company who was turning on service at one of the apartments said he and some friends are taking the supplies they bought for Michael, along with some chain saws up to the smaller towns in the more rural counties inland. Like all locals, they know that the little places like Wing, Baker, Holt will get ignored like always.

In other news, Trump hung a new painting in the White House. I prefer the earlier versions of the genre.

Professor/Senator Warren had her DNA tested. It showed what I knew it probably would – she has one or more Native American ancestors. Anyone whose family has lived in Oklahoma for several generations is almost guaranteed to have a connection to one or more Native American tribes. Naturally the Toddler in Chief denies his million dollar bet regarding the DNA. He’s a schmuck and a welsher.

October 15, 2018   3 Comments

Hurricane Break

Leslie finished a three week run beating up Portugal and the only thing stirring is an ‘area of interest’ in the Caribbean with a 20% chance of becoming a contender. I am mostly done with major work on the apartments and trying to get my house in order, so I Just Dropped In to see what has been going on.

I have been told by talking heads that Trump doesn’t want to seem like he’s ignoring the problems created by Hurricane Michael. Yeah, right, that’s why he is holding campaign rallies and playing golf while search teams and cadaver dogs are scrambling through debris on a corridor of destruction from the Gulf to the Atlantic. Ms Streisand has it right: Don’t Lie To Me.

When I was out shopping on Thursday and Friday I saw people loading up bottled water, 5 gallon gas cans, generators, and canned food in major quantities. Some were ‘church ladies’; others were deputies from Bay and Gulf counties. It was Friday afternoon that an alert went out that a center for food and distribution had opened at a middle school in Panama City. The Gulf Coast State College radio station (WKGC) is the only broadcast media facility still on the air in Panama City.

Where is FEMA? Where is the plan? These are Republican voters who just got smashed. When we got nailed by Ivan in 2004, the Shrubbery sent everything the government had to help out just before the election. WTF?!

SNAFU – which is why: I’m Not Ready To Make Nice… 😈

October 14, 2018   7 Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Leslie – Day 19

Post-Tropical Cyclone LesliePosition: 40.5N 9.5W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 35 mph [56 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Minimum central pressure: 984 mb ↑.

Currently about 125 miles [ 200 km] North of Lisbon, Portugal

This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 13, 2018   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Michael – Day 7

Post-Tropical Cyclone MichaelPosition: 38.0N 73.1W [ 4AM CDT 0900 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [065°] near 29 mph [46 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 275 miles [445 km].
Minimum central pressure: 983 mb ↓.

Currently about 185 miles [ 300 km] East-Northeast of Norfolk, Virginia.

Michael has transitioned to a powerful post-tropical storm. All of the warnings and watches have been cancelled and this is the final NHC advisory

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 12, 2018   No Comments

Remnant Nadine – Day 4

Remnant NadinePosition: 16.0N 39.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb ↑.

Currently about 1010 miles [1625 km] West of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

The storm was dismantled by the hostile environment that surrounded it. This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 12, 2018   No Comments

Hurricane Leslie – Day 18

Hurricane LesliePosition: 34.7N 20.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [075°] near 36 mph [57 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 95 mph [155 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 976 mb ↑.

Currently about 240 miles [ 385 km] Northwest of Madeira Island.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Madeira Island.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 12, 2018   No Comments

Tropical Storm Michael – Day 6

Tropical Storm MichaelPosition: 37.1N 76.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 25 mph [41 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 275 miles [445 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988 mb ↓.

Currently about 15 miles [ 25 km] North-Northeast of Norfolk, Virginia.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Cape Lookout, North Carolina to Duck, North Carolina including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina to Duck, North Carolina.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 11, 2018   No Comments

Tropical Storm Nadine – Day 3

Tropical Storm Nadine>Position: 14.9N 35.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1002 mb.

Currently about 740 miles [1190 km] West of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 11, 2018   No Comments

Hurricane Leslie – Day 17

Hurricane LesliePosition: 30.9N 33.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [070°] near 26 mph [43 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 90 mph [150 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 75 miles [120 km].
Minimum central pressure: 969 mb ↓.

Currently about 630 miles [1010 km] Southwest of the Azores.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Madeira Island.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 11, 2018   No Comments

Hurricane Michael – Day 5

Hurricane MichaelPosition: 32.1N 83.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 30 miles [ 50 km].
Minimum central pressure: 970 mb ↑.

Currently about 45 miles [ 70 km] South-Southwest of Macon, Georgia.

At 11AM CDT the core of the storm is approaching the coast between Panama City and St. Vincent Island. At 1PM CDT the storm came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, Florida with sustained winds of 155 mph and a central pressure of 919 mb.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Fernandina Beach, Florida to Duck, North Carolina including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Panama City, Florida to Keaton Beach, Florida.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina to Duck, North Carolina.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 10, 2018   8 Comments

Tropical Storm Nadine – Day 2

Tropical Storm NadinePosition: 13.6N 32.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [320°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 997 mb.

Currently about 560 miles [ 905 km] West of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 10, 2018   No Comments

Hurricane Leslie – Day 16

Hurricane LesliePosition: 27.9N 41.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [065°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 240 miles [390 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 30 miles [ 45 km].
Minimum central pressure: 978 mb ↓.

Currently about 1070 miles [1725 km] Southwest of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 10, 2018   No Comments

Tropical Storm Nadine

Tropical Storm NadinePosition: 11.6N 31.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb ↓.

Currently about 495 miles [ 800 km] West-Southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 9, 2018   No Comments