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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bedbugs, Personal Injury Lawyers, Mosquitoes, Plague are more popular among Blacks than Trump.

Donald Trump has a serious problem. His entire candidacy has been made possible with the support of elements of American society that have present and historical animus towards the Black community. New data from Public Policy Polling indicates that African Americans are fully aware of this reality.

Trump believes that he can get 95 percent of the Black vote by 2020. According to a poll from Public Police Polling that was previewed on the Rachel Maddow Show last night, Donald Trump’s ambition may fall into the “delusions of grandeur” category.

According to the data, Bedbugs, Personal Injury Lawyers, Mosquitoes, SPAM emails and even the Bubonic Plague are more popular among African Americans than Donald Trump. The poll took place August 26-28 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.3. And while PPP has not yet released the official results, the graphic provided by the Rachel Maddow Show suggests that the Bubonic Plague’s performance against Donald Trump is outside the margin of error.

It may appear to some that Trump is shifting to attract Black voters, to others, Trump’s shift has been both condescending and disingenuous.

Some commentators speculate that Trump’s rhetoric on “helping the Black community” was never designed to reach African Americans; rather, it was an attempt to convince White, women voters that he wasn’t the racist everyone suggested. This is particularly salient when you consider Trump has yet to make an appeal to the Black community in a Black community.

Trump has gained ground among Independents according to new polling data. Whether this can be attributed to his shift to and focus on the Black community, we cannot determine. However, we can be sure–based on the results of the PPP data–his approach certainly did not appeal to the Black community.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Beaver In New Mexico's Old Town

Hikers along the Rio Grande, just a few blocks from downtown, frequently catch sight of Beaver while exploring  Albuquerque's wild life.
I have seen my share in the last thirty years.
Now you can see beavers up close in Albuquerque's Old Town:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was an odd sight at Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza Thursday morning when a beaver made it far from the river in one piece.

“It was just one of those mornings that was kind of like, ‘this is an unusual occurrence,'” Kris Nielson said, who works at Gabby’s Homemade Soaps on the plaza.

Nielson arrived at work to find a beaver curled up under the stairs outside her shop. So did Richard Padilla, who works at Old Town T-Shirt Co. just around the corner.

“I went to look, but I didn’t want to get too close,” Padilla said.

The beaver — described as weighing 50 pounds, if not more — was far from water.

“I have no idea where he tried to come from,” Nielson said.

“The river’s down about three or four blocks from here,” Padilla said.

Word of the creature got around Old Town fast, and Jason Pollack was one of several people to come see for himself. He owns DEJA VU REFINERY on the opposite side of the plaza.

“It’s been seen before by other people, so I think it lives around here,” Pollack said.

Pollack got to the beaver just in time to see Game and Fish officers tranquilize and trap the beaver. He was then loaded into a truck and taken away.

Game and Fish told KRQE News 13 the beaver will be relocated to the part of the Rio Grande closest to Old Town, so near Central.

But how did the beaver make it this far into the city?

Rather than trekking from the Rio Grande across Rio Grande Boulevard, it’s likely he took the storm drains, then got lost. Or, perhaps, he was looking for food to plump up for the winter ahead.

Both Game and Fish and the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department told KRQE News 13 that wildlife sightings in town are very common.