Back To The Old Oak Tree….

Going back in time today to when I was a boy under the large oak tree in the front yard of the family home.

It was there when a boy sitting on the lawn under the large oak that I would read books. I first learned of James Bond thanks to Ian Fleming under those large branches that swayed to the gentle breezes.   The other day it dawned on me I had not read Fleming since my youth.

So James ordered the first one in the series (1953) and Casino Royale arrived today. God Bless Amazon!

With rain in the forecast for tonight and Saturday I think I will slip away to that tree in my memory and turn the pages.

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Has Handled Email Mess “Poorly, Maybe Atrociously, Certainly Horribly”

The front page of my paper, and above the fold. That is where the action is and what pushes the news cycles today.

Once again there is a story about Hillary Clinton and the email mess.  This time the story speaks to the concerns of Democratic leaders.  As a liberal blogger I share the concerns registered by so many across the country about this matter.

Bottom line is Hillary Clinton is causing the party a world of hurt.

Interviews with more than 75 Democratic governors, lawmakers, candidates and party members have laid bare a widespread bewilderment that Mrs. Clinton has allowed a cloud to settle over her candidacy — by using a private email server in the first place, since it was likely to raise questions about her judgment, and by not defusing those questions once and for all when the issue first emerged in March.

Yet many Democrats worry that this newly contrite tone is too little and too late to quell questions, and that it may not last — given that her responses up to now have been so varied, and her irritation with the issue so thinly veiled.

“They’ve handled the email issue poorly, maybe atrociously, certainly horribly,” said Edward G. Rendell, a former governor of Pennsylvania and a supporter of Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. “The campaign has been incredibly tone-deaf, not seeing this as a more serious issue. She should have turned over the email server at the start, because they should have known they’d be forced to give it up. But at this point, there’s nothing they can do to kill the issue — they’re left just playing defense.”

Where Will A Hurricane Erika Make Landfall?

There are many reasons I might be called a nerd.  Just last weekend I was told about the reasons being a nerd is so in fashion these days.

One of the reasons I may be a nerd has to do with my fixation of weather phenomena  such as Tropical Storm Erika that forecasters are keeping an eye on as it heads to Florida. Weather radar is something that fascinates me and there is rarely a better time to get to enjoy it over a prolonged period than when a hurricane comes a’knocking.

This weekend there is a real chance that Tropical Storm Erika becomes a powerful hurricane that makes us all pay attention.

For now there are the computer models and best projections to be mindful of, but in just hours there will be a better capability to judge where landfall might take place.

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