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A Blip in History

by Art Helms

The word “blip” is defined as “a sudden temporary problem in the normal progress of something.” A single fire alarm blip may be simply a signal that the battery is low, or it could be an early warning that requires more attention, especially in the wee hours of the morning. Deep slumber weighted eyelids can cause that blip to be ignored, sometimes with tragic consequences.

On Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, such a blip showed as a “Time” news article, entitled “How Will Al Franken Make a Difference in the Senate?” This blip is one that should be considered a wake-up signal.

In short form, this blip would read “The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously declared Al Franken the winner of the longest contest for U.S. Senate in the state’s history on June 30 . . . So at long last, Senate Democrats can celebrate the milestone they have dreamed of ever since the start of the last election campaign: a presumably filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the U.S. Senate.”

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