Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Made it to Milwaukee today in less than optimum time due to an hour long (at least) traffic stoppage just after Joliet and continuing to 355. Turned out to be a crash between a couple of tractor trailers which need the huge semi type tow trucks. Stopped then in Elk Grove Village at a Portillo's for Italian Beef sandwiches and then on to Wisconsin.
During the long traffic jam we were constantly surrounded by huge trucks, ahead, next to, and behind.
Up on the overpass as traffic moved into downtown Milwaukee were two young men with a sign and a flag. The sign said, "We support the police, Blue lives matter." In reference to the 5 policemen ambushed and killed last night in Dallas.
We're heading to Milwaukee for the triennial convention of the National Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Ferdie can't go with us so he checked into Kennelwood this morning. He was ok until he walked into the main lobby. Then he turned around and headed for the door, wanting to go back home.
I brought him back to the front desk and he just turned and looked longingly at the door.
To be honest he is treated real well at Kennelwood. Everyone who works there knows him and calls him by name. As we walked back to his room staff people came out of their areas and called out, "Hi Ferdie!" Ferdie's staff person told me, "Everyone knows Ferdie." So he's in good hands. It's not home but he will be loved.
Late last night the House passed 7 internet security and government reform bills in The Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act.
This should make it easier to sanction poor performance and bad behavior by government employees-cracking down on employees who spend time watching pornography on their official computers to investigating how much time certain designated federal workers spend promoting labor organizing within their office instead of working on the mission of their agencies. It will also improve the security of federal information by providing agency directors the authority and flexibility needed to effectively counter cyber security threats without triggering a collective bargaining negotiation.
The Illinois stopgap budget agreement will allot 25 school districts gain more funding than others. Surprisingly, Collinsville will be one of them and will gain 1.08 million. I'm surprised to learn Collinsville Unit Ten is considered Impoverished.
Education funding had been the main sticking point in budget negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders. But in an 11th-hour deal, they agreed on a plan that adds an additional $361 million to K-12 funding over what was spent last year.
The measure also sends an extra $250 million to districts that serve a high percentage of low-income students through a new “equity grant,” as well as $80 million for early childhood education. Of that, Chicago Public Schools stands to gain about $131 million, while the rest is split among other impoverished districts across the state.
As of yesterday morning 100 mattresses and 55 ladders have fallen off vehicles onto St. Louis highways. Mattresses really fell in big numbers recently, maybe due to the time of year when people are moving or...college people graduating and moving from apartments. How else to explain mattresses being moved in ways that have them falling off.
Katie's Maryland neighborhood has a 4th of July bike parade for kids. They decorate their bikes and ride en masse through the streets. Drew and Jake were headed for the starting area when they came across this:
Katie wrote on Facebook: "Just a normal day in the neighborhood."
We were watching the 4th of July patriotic concert from Washington DC last night. Named a Capitol Fourth, the show is televised each year and ends with the DC fireworks display. Last night it was so foggy out there that the fireworks were disappearing as they went up and what was left was a mass of red. Then all of a sudden there were images of perfectly clear fireworks. Wow, we said, they must have put a camera on the fireworks in a different location to make them so clear.
But no. It turned out PBS suddenly was broadcasting fireworks which they later admitted, were from previous years. To viewers it was obvious the fireworks weren't the live ones not only because of the fog, but that the capital building had no scaffolding around it. It has been in process of exterior renovation for a couple of years.
PBS finally admitted that they used old fireworks but not until there was a huge outcry on Twitter and other places. This morning a droll joke from Washington's news radio station, WTOP, "And check out our full gallery of (real) fireworks, fun here".