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[The title of this post notwithstanding, this video has NOTHING to do with the election tomorrow.  I just felt like posting the music video for a song I enjoy hearing.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Black And White
Advice For #DumbDonald
2016 Mirror, Mirror
2015 Speaking With Forked Tongue
2014 The Code
2013 Eventually Formed
2012 Remember To Vote Tomorrow
2011 It Sounds Like Chaos Theory To Me

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The following is a copy of an editorial / opinion piece written in:  The Washington Post, a newspaper who’s motto is: “Democracy Dies in Darkness
[I am copying the editorial in full and without permission of the Post.]  You may find the original at their website: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-saved-155-lives-on-the-hudson-now-lets-vote-for-leaders-wholl-protect-us-all/2018/10/29/554fd0e6-d87c-11e8-a10f-b51546b10756_story.html?utm_term=.17f98bb84493
The title was:  “We saved 155 lives on the Hudson.  Now let’s vote for leaders who’ll protect us all.
The opinion piece was written by:  Chesley B. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III  (Mr. Sullenberger is a safety expert, author and speaker on leadership and culture.)
And is dated:  October 29, 2018
Nearly 10 years ago, I led 154 people to safety as the captain of US Airways Flight 1549, which suffered bird strikes, lost thrust in the engines and was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River.  Some called it “the Miracle on the Hudson.”  But it was not a miracle.  It was, in microcosm, an example of what is needed in emergencies — including the current national crisis — and what is possible when we serve a cause greater than ourselves.
On our famous flight, I witnessed the best in people who rose to the occasion.  Passengers and crew worked together to help evacuate an elderly passenger and a mother with a 9-month-old child.  New York Waterway took the initiative to radio their vessels to head toward us when they saw us approaching.  This successful landing, in short, was the result of good judgment, experience, skill — and the efforts of many.
But as captain, I ultimately was responsible for everything that happened.  Had even one person not survived, I would have considered it a tragic failure that I would have felt deeply for the rest of my life.  To navigate complex challenges, all leaders must take responsibility and have a moral compass grounded in competence, integrity and concern for the greater good.
I am often told how calm I sounded speaking to passengers, crew and air traffic control during the emergency.  In every situation, but especially challenging ones, a leader sets the tone and must create an environment in which all can do their best.  You get what you project.  Whether it is calm and confidence — or fear, anger and hatred — people will respond in kind.  Courage can be contagious.
Today, tragically, too many people in power are projecting the worst.  Many are cowardly, complicit enablers, acting against the interests of the United States, our allies and democracy; encouraging extremists at home and emboldening our adversaries abroad; and threatening the livability of our planet.  Many do not respect the offices they hold; they lack — or disregard — a basic knowledge of history, science and leadership; and they act impulsively, worsening a toxic political environment.
As a result, we are in a struggle for who and what we are as a people.  We have lost what in the military we call unit cohesion.  The fabric of our nation is under attack, while shame — a timeless beacon of right and wrong — seems dead.
This is not the America I know and love.  We’re better than this.  Our ideals, shared facts and common humanity are what bind us together as a nation and a people.  Not one of these values is a political issue, but the lack of them is.
This current absence of civic virtues is not normal, and we must not allow it to become normal.  We must rededicate ourselves to the ideals, values and norms that unite us and upon which our democracy depends. We must be engaged and informed voters, and we must get our information from credible, reputable sources.
For the first 85 percent of my adult life, I was a registered Republican.  But I have always voted as an American.  And this critical Election Day, I will do so by voting for leaders committed to rebuilding our common values and not pandering to our basest impulses.
When I volunteered for military service during wartime, I took an oath that is similar to the one our elected officials take: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  I vowed to uphold this oath at the cost of my life, if necessary.  We must expect no less from our elected officials.  And we must hold accountable those who fail to defend our nation and all our people.
After Flight 1549, I realized that because of the sudden worldwide fame, I had been given a greater voice.  I knew I could not walk away but had an obligation to use this bully pulpit for good and as an advocate for the safety of the traveling public.  I feel that I now have yet another mission, as a defender of our democracy.
We cannot wait for someone to save us.  We must do it ourselves.  This Election Day is a crucial opportunity to again demonstrate the best in each of us by doing our duty and voting for leaders who are committed to the values that will unite and protect us.  Years from now, when our grandchildren learn about this critical time in our nation’s history, they may ask if we got involved, if we made our voices heard.  I know what my answer will be.  I hope yours will be “yes.”
[Please vote on Tuesday 6 November 2018.  Just as importantly, help get out the vote!  Encourage you friends and family to vote.  If you know of someone  who needs assistance in getting to their polling place, please offer that aid.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Scary And Wonderful
2016 #AmnestyDon Hears The Polls
2015 Dare The Improbable
2014 All Together Now!
2013 This Road
2012 Profit
2011 God Is Personal
2010 Playoff Fever Gets the Best of Me…

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If something is presented as an accepted truth, alternative ways of thinking do not even come up for consideration.
   —  Ellen Langer
[To start off, #IncompetentDonald hasn’t made America great again.  He wouldn’t know where to start or how to go about doing it even if he really wanted to make it happen.  So, to now claim  he’s “done” it (made America great again), and now wants to be re-elected to keep it that way, is even more laughable.  (Yes, we haven’t even had the mid-terms and #DonTheCon is already running for re-election.)  It reminds me of “W” standing in front of his “Mission Accomplished” banner at the start of the Iraq war (1 May 2003).  We are still there (in Iraq and Afghanistan) over 15 years later…  If you are not in the 1% which the Republican tax cut greatly benefited, ask yourself: “Will I be better off without healthcare and with reduced Social Security and Medicare coverage?”  That is surely where we are headed if Republicans retain control of both Houses of Congress.  John McCain is gone.  Obamacare will go down if there is another Republican controlled vote to kill it.  The tax cut has already worsened the federal debt AND deficit, and despite their claims they will protect Social Security, Republicans are already targeting “entitlements” (SSA and Medicare benefits) in their rhetoric.   How long will it be before they are reducing benefits in their legislation?  America, it is long past time to wake up and smell the coffee.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Old Style Ear Candy
2016 Next Tuesday
2015 Wanna Trade?
2014 Brothers And Friends
2013 So Suddenly
2012 At The Center
2011 Live Long And Thinner
Got Health?
2010 SF Giants – 2010 World Series Champions!!!
52 – 54 – 56 – 58
2009 Diet Update
Pictures from Chicago Trip…

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People don’t seem to realize that doing what’s right is no guarantee against misfortune.
   —  William McFee
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
  —  Peter Drucker
[In 2016, #IncompetentDonald lost the popular vote by over 3 million votes.  It wasn’t enough…  Make a difference…  America needs your vote in November!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 Soothe, Inspire And Recharge
2016 Aren’t We?
2015 Cold Embrace
2014 Delightful
2013 Apprenticeship
2012 Curtain Rods
2011 A Living Force
2010 BART Rides – A Tipping Point

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Key Dates In California

Deadline for registering to vote for the General Election22 October 2018
Deadline to apply for vote-by-mail:  30 October 2018
Date of General Election: 06 November 2018
Regardless of which side you fall on in the coming election, ask yourself:  “What am I doing to make a difference for the country I love?”  Every vote(r) counts…  Be heard!  Register and VOTE!
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On This Day In:
2017 Both Odd And Exceptional
2016 Private Entrance
Camping Out In Camden
2015 Quality Government
A Handful Of Flics
2014 Just Another Brick From The Wall
2013 Artistic Demands
2012 Foundations
2011 Are We Devouring Yet?

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