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Monday, December 26, 2016

The Writer's Life 12/26 - Mind-Boggling

In an op-ed piece in today's NY Post, Deroy Murdock presents shocking figures concerning the Democrats' losses since President Obama took office: Senate seats slipped from 55 to 46, down 16 %. House seats fell from 256 to 194, down 24 % (Democrats ran the Senate and House in 2009. Next year, they will control neither). Governorships slid from 28 to 16, down 43 %. State legislatures (both chambers) plunged from 27 to 14, down 48 %. Trifectas (states with Democrat governors and both legislative chambers) cratered from 17 to 6, down 65 %. Two similarly-themed blurbs further illustrate Murdock's points. In the past six years New York has lost 846,669 in population, more than any other state. Many of the departed were replaced by immigrants. As of 7/1/15, 191,369 have left the state, a net loss of 1894 measured against those who moved here. In another liberal state, Connecticut, population 3.6 million, 30,000 have abandoned the state.

Rapper Troy Ave, real name Roland Collins, was shot while seated in his Maserati in his native Brooklyn. Fortunately, the bullet only grazed his head. He's been out on bail for his connection to the shooting death of  his bodyguard in May at the Irving Plaza club in lower Manhattan. He should be laughing all the way to the bank, not traveling a path to an early grave. It's mind-boggling.

RIP George Michael, 53, killed by lifestyle. At least he pleased millions in his short life. He entered the mainstream as a member of Wham with the catchy Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, and broke big as a solo artist, winning a Grammy in 1989 for his album Faith, which has sold at least 25 million copies, according to Wiki. Eight of his singles hit #1 in the USA. He won three Brit Awards (Best British Male Vocalist twice), four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards (British/Irish), three American Music Awards, and two Grammies from eight nominations. What I remember most about him is the effect he had on female colleagues at the Exchange. His demons are now at rest.

It was great to be running the floating book shop after a two day holiday break. My thanks to Lorraine, who purchased a thriller, and to the young man who arrived as I was packing up and drizzle was falling, and who overpaid for Knightmare on Wall Street: The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets by Edgar Perez & the erotic novel Just One Night by Kyra Davis.
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