Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday Musings - February 25, 2019

1. Unbelievably, today is the last Monday in February. This time next week it will be March!

2. Being sick sucks. Giving it to your spouse sucks more because the house continues to be sick and miserable for additional days.

3. The sin of sexual abuse by priests has been hanging over the Catholic church for too long. Something must be done, maybe the Pope is ready to take accountable action, finally.

4. The 2020 Presidential Olympics are underway already. It is going to be another long election season with likely little being accomplished in Washington to move our country forward.

The Neighborhood at Sunset
February 24, 2019
From Radio Flyer
5. We are going to hear a lot about it, so here is the definition of Democratic Socialism, which is very different from pure Socialism. "Democratic socialism is a political philosophy that advocates political democracy alongside social ownership of the means of production, with an emphasis on self-management and democratic management of economic institutions within a market or some form of decentralized planned socialist economy." - Wikipedia

6. Radio Flyer took to the air last evening and captured the late winter view of the neighborhood at sunset after a weekend of gray skies and rain.

7. Why do I enjoy spaghetti westerns so much? This weekend I watched parts of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" as well as"The Alamo," "Guns of the Magnificent Seven" and "The Magnificent Seven Ride." I do so enjoy the Magnificent Seven music.

8. Chris and I walked our yard yesterday and viewed the ravages of the winter and the rains. We have a lot of work to do to bring the lawn around for the year ahead. 

9. History Today. On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout. The dreaded Liston, who had twice demolished former champ Floyd Patterson in one round, was an 8-to-1 favorite. However, Clay predicted victory, boasting that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and knock out Liston in the eighth round. 

Today a Bonus History:

10. History Today for Yesterday. On February 24,1836, in San AntonioTexas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army.


Pope Francis Ends Landmark Sex Abuse Meeting With Strong Words, but Few Actions - The New York Times

Two bodies recovered after Amazon cargo plane crashes into Texas bay - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

  • I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace, to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
    — Quote by Ronald Reagan during his Address to the Nation on National Security (March 23, 1983)

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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