Brainstorms 8/24/2017

Ferrin Cox

Thursday, Aug 24,2017

We are going to skip – for now - the heated debate over taking down historic statues and/or President Trump’s comments following the recent deadly riots.

Navy ships colliding – 2nd ship from the 7th fleet to be in a collision (with fatalities) in recent months – Navy is announcing an investigation  - it is needed. The latest was the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain – ten missing or dead. The USS Fitzgerald was the victim of a collision two months ago. Seven sailors died in that mishap. The ocean is a mighty big place and we should be able to play around out there without bumping into each other. Oh, it seems that when these things happen it is the U. S. ships (and crew members) that get the worse end of the deal.

The USS Indianapolis, a WWII heavy cruiser was sank by two Japanese torpedoes on the night of July 30, 1945 and has been found. History buffs will recall the important part this ship had in the atomic bombing of Japan to end the war. The ship went down in 18,000 feet of water within minutes of being struck, taking many sailors with it. Of the almost 1,200 sailors on board, three hundred went down with the ship. Those who “survived” were in the water and at the mercy of sharks for several days.  Many, many of those who got off the ship became prey of the sharks. Less than 25 percent of the original crew survived. If you ever talked with one of the few who did survive you probably heard some bitter comments from a man who felt his Navy and his country fell down on their duty by not rushing to their aid immediately. It was wartime and the other side of the story is that no one knew the ship had sank until a stray bomber happened to be in the area and saw people floating in the water. However, it is easy to understand the bitterness of people who were helpless to help themselves as they saw their friends and fellow sailors die on an hourly basis for four days running.

The Republican run-off election for the right to serve out the remnants of the Jeff Sessions U S Senate seat will feature former Judge Roy Moore and Luther Strange, the man appointed to the position by former Governor Robert Bentley after Sessions resigned. Moore led in the first round and some experts even wondered if Big Luther would actually make the run-off, but he did. Others project that Moore’s core/base supporters are basically the limit of his votes in any election. The candidate who prevails in the September voting will face the Democratic nominee in December – all for the right to serve out the last year of the term – and as the very junior Senator in Washington. The nation’s junior senator is not exactly the strongest voice in Washington so don’t expect miracles from the ultimate winner.

We give our readers something to ponder about the above election. At least twice we have heard complaints about the options voters have in this Senate race. Of course it is unlikely either of the complainers liked the choices the first time around. However the point here is that each of them was thinking it might be best to vote for (and elect) Roy Moore – just to get him out of Alabama and no longer a potential candidate for Governor. They have each assumed he would be lost in the sea of strong, seasoned politicians in D. C. and his voice would be just another 30-second blip on the evening news - however outspoken and dedicated to his principals he happened to be.