Re: Quickies I worked in his first campaign for POTUS. I met him for the first time at a rally just outside of Boston in the fall of '75 and joined his campaign weeks later. I got to spend a lot of time with him, his family, Jody Powell, Tim Craft, and Hamilton Jordan in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey as the primaries unfolded and on into the General Election. I was only 18 when this saga began and it was a very heady time when it ended just a few months after my 19th birthday with him winning the '76 election. "Memories for a lifetime", as they say. I was a very lucky kid.
"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." - Bullwinkle Moose
Re: Quickies I cast my vote yesterday. I dropped off my mail-in ballot at one of the early voting sites which happens to be my regular polling place. There was one man who was walking out as I was walking in. There were two poll workers wearing visors behind a table, one of whom took my envelope, looked it over, stamped it, handed it back, and directed me to deposit it in the ballot box. That was it. Oh, she handed me my,”I Voted” sticker. I didn’t feel unsafe in the least from any angle. And this is Trump Country.
There are several Biden signs in the neighborhood, including ours, and so far I haven’t seen any bullet holes in any of them. *g* Seriously, though, as conservative a community as this one is , I have never felt ill at ease even when expressing my pro union, progressive views. It is often met with ridicule, usually good natured, but never venom.
Re: Quickies We spent about 45 minutes pouring over the AZ ballot today, sifting through months of newspaper clippings detailing the positions of the non-partisan candidates.
The partisan candidates were relatively simple. In the past I would spend time comparing the credentials of the various candidates and voting for the most qualified. These days, pretty much anyone in my state who self-identifies as a Republican is immediately disqualified, as far as I'm concerned.
Re: Quickies 'It was a pretty good shaker': 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Pacific Ocean prompts short-lived tsunami scare for Alaska, Hawaii
Steve Kiggins USA TODAY
Published 11:54 p.m. ET Oct. 19, 2020 | Updated 1:22 a.m. ET Oct. 20, 2020
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake jolted Alaska's southern coast on Monday afternoon, triggering a tsunami warning for The Last Frontier and a short-lived tsunami advisory nearly 2,500 miles away in Hawaii.
The quake struck in the North Pacific Ocean just before 1 p.m., about 67 miles southeast of Sand Point, a town of about 900 people off the Alaskan Peninsula, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. The tsunami warning was downgraded about two hours later to an advisory that stretched until about 9 p.m. before being canceled.
“It was a pretty good shaker here,” said David Adams, co-manager of Marine View Bed and Breakfast in Sand Point. “You could see the water kind of shaking and shimmering during the quake."
A magnitude 5.2 quake was reported 11 minutes later in roughly the same area, according to the earthquake center. Wave levels reached 2 feet along Alaska's southern coast, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.
About six hours after the first temblor, the tsunami center issued an advisory for the state of Hawaii but stressed that a "major tsunami" was not expected to hit the islands.
The advisory was cancelled about two hours later.
The size of the initial quake was originally reported as a 7.4, but later revised to a 7.5, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He said an earthquake of that size, in this area, is not a surprise.
“This is an area where the Pacific Plate is subducting underneath the North American Plate. And because of that, the Pacific Plate actually goes underneath the North American Plate, where it melts,” Caruso said, noting that’s why there are volcanoes in the region. “And so we commonly have large, magnitude 7 earthquakes in that area.”
A 7.8 earthquake in July also prompted a tsunami warning for Alaska's southern coast that sent some residents inland for higher ground before an all-clear from the tsunami center.
Re: Quickies (CNN) - Rush Limbaugh says his lung cancer is terminal
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show radio host, is battling stage 4 lung cancer and said Monday he's had a setback in his prognosis.
"The scans did show some progression of cancer," he told listeners of his radio show. He later added: "It's not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction." The 69-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer in February.
Limbaugh said his doctors changed his medications in "hopes of keeping additional progression at bay for as long as possible." Prior to this week's update, he said that cancer "had been reduced, and it had become manageable."
"It's tough to realize that the days where I do not think I'm under a death sentence are over," Limbaugh said. "Now, we all are, is the point. We all know that we're going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it."
As disgusting a human being he is, I wouldn't wish this prognosis on anyone.