Most speak of today as an historic one. Trump will officially be impeached by the House of Representatives.
After the first of the year, the trial will take place before the Senate. The odds are Trump will be found not guilty. Not because he is not. It will be that the Republicans control the Senate and have the votes to “exonerate” him. A result lacking in truth.
There is some historic value to the day. However, I consider it more a solemn one. Impeachment is heavy stuff. Sufficiently solemn that it is sad. Joy does not attach.
Trump deserves the black mark history will place on him. The U.S. does not deserve what he has done to it.
Strange weather Key West is experiencing. It is raining every day! Not the time of the year for Key West to be getting dumped on. Summer and early Fall is Key West’s rainy season.
These days it rains in the morning, afternoon and evening. Never know which. Sometimes all. I had dinner last night at La Trattoria. When I was ready to leave, it was pouring. I sat at the bar and waited a while. The rain finally stopped.
It was 3 blocks to my car. I made it one block. As I crossed Southard, it began raining again. Just like that poured!
I got soaking wet.
Key West sits in Monroe County. The County has an excellent Sheriff. Rick Ramsey. He has been Sheriff many years. By the book, a straight shooter.
Captain Penny Phelps has been a member of the Sheriff’s Department many years as her rank denotes. She was in charge of the Detective Division.
She screwed up and lost her job. She has been made to turn in her badge and gun. Her years of service could not protect her wrongdoing.
A suspect was being interviewed for a 2017 murder. A black man. Phelps told a subordinate to interrogate the suspect and act like a racist cop in an attempt to pressure the black man to confess. Her actual words were to act like a “white racist cop.”
Audio picked up her directive.
Tomorrow, a big day at the Key West Airport and for the City of Key West.
American Airlines has added a new direct round trip Key West to Dallas-Fort Worth to its flight list. All year long.
First flight tomorrow. The 124 passengers scheduled to arrive will be met with a water cannon salute, music, and a party of Key West citizens in welcome.
The flight arrives at 3:30. Anyone wishing to participate should arrive at 3:15.
PBS’ Samantha Brown recently visited Key West and certain other lower keys. Brown is in her third year doing a 30 minute travel show for PBS. Samantha Brown’s Places to Love.
The show will be aired on PBS in January. Date and time not certain yet.
The Florida Keys News yesterday reported the film will show Samantha doing a food taste in downtown Key West, spending time learning about Key West’s past and present authors while participating in a literary walking tour, show a sunset and song with Howard Livingston, learning about lionfish, and visiting the Marathon Turtle Hospital where she will participate in the release of a now healthy sea lion back into its ocean home.
A good and a bad sometimes attaches to an event. It has as regards Cuban/American relations.
Five years ago on 12/17/14, Obama and Raul Castro agreed to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. An historic event. It followed 60 years of open hostility.
The Obama-Castro reconciliation lasted 2 years. Till Trump became President. Trump has destroyed the relationship. Today it is as if the 2 nations had never come back together.
Trump has spent roughly as much time undoing detente as Obama spent constructing it. Relations today are at their lowest ebb since the end of the Cold War. Such has made it difficult once again for visits to take place and economic assistance provided.
One of the reasons for Trump’s actions against Cuba involve Venezuela. Venezuela supported Cuba for many of the 60 years the U.S. and Cuba were not on friendly terms. Though Venezuela has all kinds of dire problems today, Cuba refuses to turn its back on its friend of many years. Trump is anti-Maduro and insists Cuba must abandon its relationship with Venezuela.
Man flew for the first time. December 17, 1903. The place Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful air flight in history. The plane stayed aloft 12 seconds and traveled 120 feet.
Amazing! Even more amazing is how far the world has come with air flight. Man on the moon, outer space in the beginnings of its development.
Justice does move slowly. Especially in southern states where black justice is involved. Even to today.
Black man Curtis Flower was arrested 23 years ago and charged with perpetrating a quadruple murder. He has been tried 6 times since. Each trial resulted in a hung jury or a reversal in his favor on appeal.
Authorities have kept Flowers in jail for 23 years hoping to obtain a conviction against him that would stick.
In each trial, the prosecutor had intentionally excluded persons of color from sitting on the jury.
Excluding black persons under such a situation from jury duty and keeping a man in jail for 23 years without obtaining a conviction both no no’s in the law.
A court finally admonished the prosecution for their wrongdoing. Flowers was released after 23 years on $250,000 bail.
Some form of justice finally done.
It is uncertain whether Flowers will be tried again.
A surprising fact. College enrollments in the past 8 years are down. Dramatically. At the same time college loans have skyrocketed. Even more dramatic! And nonsensical.
More women attending college today more than men. A “stunning” revelation.
In the Fall of 2011, 20.14 million students were enrolled in colleges. Today, 17.97 million. Such represent a 10.8 percent drop, 2.17 million students.
At the same time, student loans surged 74 percent. Does not make sense! Student loans went from $940 billion to $1.64 trillion. A trillion dollars plus! Something stinks.
Profit colleges are taking the biggest hit. The Harvard, Yales. Since 2010, enrollment is down 56 percent. From 1.64 million in 2010 to 750,000 today.
Since 2011, male enrollment has dropped 13 percent while female enrolment has increased 19.4 percent.
Two reasons suggested as to why the declining numbers.
Young people go to college to get a degree which would make it possible to earn more dollars over the course of their lifetime than those who did not attend college. Not true any more. Persons holding bachelor degrees are working in McDonald’s and Popeyes.
Many of the young are reluctant to attend college if they are going to be faced with overwhelming college loans to pay following graduation.
Trump says the economy is good. Wall Street says the same thing.
The economy is good for the rich/wealthy. Not for every day persons.
The proof is in the pudding. Facts speak.
Look at auto loans and home mortgages. Two things the lower economic class are sure to do.
Auto rejection loans (rejection the operative word) are up 8.1 percent this past October from October last year.
Mortgage and mortgage refinancing applications approvals are down dramatically from 2018.
People cannot meet bank “loaning standards.” The standards have not changed in recent years. Peoples’ cash flows have. One reason, earnings have remained static too long.
Moody’s warns the only way banks can get back into the auto and home loan businesses big time is to change “loaning standards.” In other words, loan to those with “spotty credit.”
The banks will do it. They are in business to loan money to make money. They will worry about customer paybacks a couple of years down the road. First things, first.
The problem, and an obvious one, is it could be the 2008 bank financial disaster all over again. Such was the result of banks loaning money to most people regardless of their ability to pay back. The game got its start in 2006 when the banks would loan mortgage money to anyone, bundle loans, and then sell them to investors. A new trading product.
The banks made a ton of money in 2-3 years. Then disaster befell them. People could not repay the mortgage loans. Millions lost their homes in foreclosures. Banks were in trouble. The government had to bail the banks out. No one bailed the people out.
Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou last night. One of my better shows I thought. You can find it archived if you are interested.
Tonight Syracuse/Oakland. I try not to think about the games any longer this season.
Enjoy your day!