Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Another Super Tuesday

Here we go with another day of primaries, the results of which will help shape the future for Trump and Hillary who are looking to take a decisive advantage after today's elections in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The Cruz-Kasich alliance will misfire as Trump's momentum grows stronger and the desperate RNC fights for its survival. Trump will never be presidential, will take Congress away from the Republicans, and hopefully put things back in the hands of the people. Stay tuned as the day unfolds ...

    At the Republican National Committee's spring meeting, the divide between those who would accept Trump as the party nominee and those fiercely opposed to it was on display. Despite Trump's advantage in delegates, his opponents argue that it is not too late to stop him, an effort that relies on the complex system of rules for choosing convention representatives. Those rules have led Trump to call it a rigged nominating process.

    Party conventions have faced those accusations before, with one of the most famous examples occurring in 1960. Former President Harry Truman resigned as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, calling the event "a prearranged affair," fixed to give the nomination to John F. Kennedy. Although Mr. Kennedy arrived in Los Angeles as the front-runner, having won each of the seven primaries he entered, his selection was not a done deal. He didn't reach the necessary vote total for the nomination until Wyoming, the final state scheduled in the roll call, pushed him over the top. The political jockeying continued to the very end, with the convention floor briefly taken over by non-delegates who had slipped into the hall to support Adlai Stevenson, the Democrats' nominee in 1952 and 1956. The top Democratic Party official said the protest was "the best answer to charges of rigging for Jack Kennedy." - New York Times

Bernie from the block

This pic was taken last week in Brownsville Brooklyn where I started my teaching career at age 20 in 1963.

Let's go back to the summer of 1959. My friend Sherry and I have been Besties (BFF) since our days at Lincoln High in Brooklyn where I was a cheerleader. On a picture perfect day, when we were 16, as Sherry and I sat on the esplanade that runs along Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, two boys passed by stopping to talk (flirt) ... ah... sixteen and serendipity. One of them was Carl Weiss - our connection instant. Carl was one year older and the captain of the rival football team at Madison High - but who cared as we feel in love for the first time. Carl went to school with someone who would later run for president ... Bernie Sanders. Carl is also the father of someone famous - film producer, screenwriter, actor, and director Rob Weiss. None of us like Bernie for president - or for that matter anyone else. We are all of the opinion the problems can't be fixed.

Chernobyl Disaster

Thirty years ago today, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine released far more radioactivity than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan did, forcing the resettlement of more than 350,000 people. The final stage of the cleanup may begin next year.

April 26, 1986

Ukraine marks 30th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster  
BBC - April 26, 2016

Chernobyl Disaster

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The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred
at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian SSR.

April 26 - Richter Scale Day

An earthquake can cause another nuclear event like the Chernobyl Disaster.