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New junior US Senator out-Trumps Marsha Blackburn

In the persistent battle of 'who loves Trump more',

"Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) announced on Thursday that he’s hired thirteen former Trump administration officials to work in his office."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-senator-stocks-office-with-13-former-trump-staffers/ar-BB1dbltG

New junior US Senator out-Trumps Marsha Blackburn

In the persistent battle of 'who loves Trump more',

"Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) announced on Thursday that he’s hired thirteen former Trump administration officials to work in his office."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-senator-stocks-office-with-13-former-trump-staffers/ar-BB1dbltG

I just KNEW Joe would try to take care of those kids!

I hadn't seen this earlier. But I KNEW Joe wouldn't be able to sleep nights, knowing the pain that those kids and their parents are going through. Over 500 kids, still waiting to be reunited with their parents.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-immigration-biden-idUSKBN27E322?fbclid=IwAR0jKrFjfTLkjru7Ea8h96Pq7oAf3ZQcfB-wItPksK9L0YNBOj-wB_hLZDU

Crickets from the church pulpit

My wife is LDS, and hadn't attended a church service in nearly a year. She really wanted to attend this particular service, so against my better judgement I drove her and attended with her. We live in a very rural area in Tennessee, so its a very tiny congregation (maybe a dozen families, spread out).
All of this confessing, to lead up to my disgust that there was not a single word concerning the attack on our nation's Capitol! No message from the Church's Prophet and First Presidency. The LDS Church supposedly holds the belief that the Constitution is a "divinely inspired" document, but offers no statement admonishing its members to uphold it.
The Salt Lake Tribune had this to say;
"Top officials in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declined to comment on Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, a siege that included a banner copying the “Title of Liberty” used by the Book of Mormon’s Captain Moroni.". https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/01/06/reaction-capitol-assault/

I'm sure that the Mormon Church isn't the only church with nothing to say this morning. Much like the Republican party, worrying more about losing members of their congregations, than losing their integrity.

Tennessee is first in nation, but nothing to cheer about

"Tennessee is first in the nation for average new daily cases per capita over the last seven days, and the margin between first and second is substantial."
https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2020/12/17/tennessee-now-st-us-new-daily-covid-cases-per-capital-last-days/

The darkest blues song ever written, and I just learned

that there is a powerful vintage video to go with it. It honestly leaves me shaken. The Reverand Gary Davis --
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Bow hunting should be viewed with the same horror as bull fighting, cock fighting or dog fighting

Most animals shot with bow and arrow escape the hunter and die of blood loss or starvation - a painful, unnecessary death. I'm not a fan of hunting, but this form of hunting in particular should be banned. A recent news item is especially distressful.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/17/canada-carrot-deer-arrow-sticking-out-of-head

The first openly gay Cabinet Secretary will be in the line of succession

I'd heard that Mayor Pete, Biden's pick to be Secretary of Transportation, will be the first openly gay Cabinet Secretary. I looked up where that Cabinet member would stand in the line of succession to the Presidency. The only chart I could find was the current line of succession, with Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary in the 14th spot (but since she's foreign born, not eligible).
So I assume that means Mayor Pete (soon to be Mr. Secretary Pete) will be the first openly gay person to stand in the line of succession to the Presidency!
(I've never learned how to include an image in these posts, so I can only provide a link)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession

Neanderthal skulls reveal evidence of semi-aquatic lifestyle

An interesting short article that explains how a bone that develops in the outer ear canal of people that spend a major portion of their lives swimming and diving, provides fossilized evidence that Neanderthals may have been a semi-aquatic species.
https://www.the-scientist.com/reading-frames/did-human-evolution-include-a-semi-aquatic-phase--67306

America needs to learn table manners for the Covid vaccine dinner

As excited as I am that the US may soon start distributing a vaccine, I had to wonder how long poorer nations would have to wait. The image of irresponsible Americans running around maskless, then being the first at the vaccine dinner table, leaving the scraps for the poorer dinner guests, is not an image that we should be proud of, but one which fits us far more often than we would like.
I did come across an NPR article that described how several EU nations and others are working on the problem of getting vaccines to our poorer nations. Of course, America is habitually absent.
"...several of these countries, including Canada and the U.K., recently joined an international initiative to help distribute the vaccine more equally around the world and to help bring vaccine to countries who can't produce or purchase it themselves. (The U.S. hasn't yet joined the agreement.)"
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/11/05/931397094/poor-countries-fall-behind-in-race-to-reserve-covid-19-vaccine
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