Good Thursday morning, everyone…
Weather: The remnants of Hurricane Isaac are still drifting back down through the state, and the storm could undergo a sex-change operation of sort — there’s a chance the storm could regenerate in the Gulf of Mexico, in which case it would be renamed Nadine. Whether that will happen is still up in the air, but for today it’s more widely-scattered thunderstorms, with highs in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s. The same holds true for Friday. A cold front comes through on Saturday with more storms and cooler temperatures.
God makes a comeback. The Democratic National Convention had something seldom seen in today’s world of tightly-scripted campaign events: a floor fight of sorts. Delegates voted to restore mentions of God to the platform, which had been stripped from the official document (as compared to the 2008 platform). In a voice vote that had to be taken three times to determine if two-thirds of those voting were in favor — and which opponents lustily booed — the party restored mentions of God. In the same vote, it also restored support for recognizing Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, a stand the party took in 2008 but which had been deleted this year. The reversion back to the old language came about by personal intervention by President Obama, according to multiple news reports. Republicans, led by nominee Mitt Romney, had hammered the Democrats ever since the omission was discovered Monday.
Clinton in the spotlight. Former President Bill Clinton was in his element Wednesday in Charlotte, as he presented the nominating speech for Obama. Veering away from the TelePrompTer and his prepared remarks many times, Clinton appealed to independent voters and tried to re-ignite the fire that helped elect Obama four years prior. And in a pattern that Clinton is famous for, his speech ran well over its time allotment — a repeat of his convention debut in 1988 when he was booed for going too long. This time, though, attendees cheered Clinton from start to finish. Tonight Obama will give his acceptance speech at the Time Warner Cable Arena, which was not the original venue; his speech was scheduled for the much-larger Bank of America Stadium, but was moved because of the threat of bad weather. Detractors claim that the speech was moved instead because the party had trouble filling the outdoor stadium.
Sports: Saban tees off. The Alabama head coach gave reporters an earful during his weekly press conference — not because of what they had said about him or his Tide team, but because Saban thought they were underestimating this week’s opponent, Western Kentucky. Bama is currently a 40-point favorite over the Hilltoppers. (Disclosure: this writer is a WKU alumnus.)…. High school football: It’s Week 2 of the AHSAA season, and Gardendale gets an early start tonight when it takes on Woodlawn at Lawson Field in Irondale. Our NJN Game of the Week is Springville at Hayden, to be played Friday night…. Baseball: Atlanta pitcher Mike Minor had a no-hitter going for six innings, but finally gave up a hit in the seventh in his 1-0 shutout of Colorado. Chipper Jones scored the lone Braves run on an error. The Braves picked up a game to pad their lead in the NL wild card race; they are three games ahead of St. Louis and four clear of the Dodgers.