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TomSlick's Journal
TomSlick's Journal
March 30, 2020

Bragging on a local school district (and my niece).

My niece is working as a teacher's aide in a nearby rural school district while she completes her schooling. Today was the first day after spring break. Of course, the schools are closed.

A lot of the kids in this district are on free or reduced-costs meals. There are many that the meal they get at school is the only real meal they get during the day.

The school staff met this morning to pack lunches. My niece then boarded a school bus. The bus driver drove her usual route with my niece delivering meals to the kids along the route. The school equipped her with gloves and a mask.

The staff are kept on the payroll and the kids get meals. A win/win. She might be safer at home but the kids would go unfed. I'm proud of my niece and the school district.

On Edit: The kids are being fed breakfast and lunch - just like they would if they were at school.

March 26, 2020

A disturbing e-mail from the Army today.

I looked for another post on this but didn't find one. If I'm repeating someone else, I'm sorry.

I received an e-mail today from the Army G-1, the head of Army personnel. The e-mail was sent through the Defense Finance and Accounting System (military pay) system and appears to have gone to all retired Army personnel.

The e-mail was asking for retired Army medical personnel (doctors, nurses, medics, etc.) to volunteer for recall to active duty if needed. My assumption is they are looking at how to staff the field hospitals going up across the country. The e-mail said the Army is looking for medical types but would like to hear from any other retirees interested in recall. I can see a use for medical services types (the people who actually run hospitals), engineers, and maybe MPs (for hospital security). I cannot see much need for retired judge advocates, so my conscious is clear (so far).

Understand that the Army is big on planning before the need arises. I did not read the message as offering to start recalling retired folks - just putting together a list. Nevertheless, someone at the Army staff level thinks this cheese may get binding.

March 6, 2020

A humble proposal concerning posting in the Democratic Primaries forum.


We're essentially down to Biden and Sanders. One of these guys is going to be our candidate. Whichever ends up our nominee, he will need all our support.

At this point, the supporters on neither side will convince the other. There is nothing to be gained by pissing-off the other side than re-electing Trump.

Please - please - read your post before hitting "Post my Thread." If your post is going to piss-off supporters for the other guy, don't do it.

March 4, 2020

As an old guy raised in the south, I can't decide if I'm amused or just pleased.

It turns out that a lot of white southerners (like me) were waiting to see how African Americans in South Carolina voted to decide for whom they would vote.

We were waiting to be told by AAs how to vote. The arc of the moral universe sometimes takes interesting bends.

March 4, 2020

MSNBC calls Arkansas for Biden.

I can't remember the last time I voted with the winner in any Arkansas vote.


March 1, 2020

I'm in for Joe.

Some days ago, I decided to base my Super Tuesday vote on how VP Biden did with the AA vote in South Carolina.


Per exit polls, VP Biden took 60% of the AA vote in South Carolina. His favorability among AA voters in South Carolina swamped the others.

Monday is the last day for early voting in Arkansas. I will be standing at the county courthouse at 8:00 to vote for Joe.

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About TomSlick

I'm a lawyer primarily representing clients who are being sued. I am a retired Army Judge Advocate. Nothing I post here, including any comments about legal topics, should be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.

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