Monday, January 6, 2020

Monday Musings - January 6, 2019

1. Well, it is the first Monday of January and the first of the year 2020. The whole year lies ahead of us. 

2. The Christmas lights are mostly removed for the houses in the neighborhood. It is sad to see them depart and to put a period on the Christmas Season.

Corks Ready for Sale
3. What do you do with over 700 wine bottle corks? Try to sell them on EBay of course. 

4. Family NFL Results. None of the family teams played this weekend. The season is over for the Steelers, Redskins and Cowboys. The Ravens had a first round bye in the playoffs. 

5. Youth basketball has become my main Sunday activity these days. We had two games yesterday which resulted in split results meaning a win and a loss. The important thing is that both boys played strong games with Jax scoring almost as many points as the other team and Ethan dominating the boards with rebounds. Both boys made dramatic three-pointers.

6. Foreign policy cannot be accomplished using a transaction-based approach. Given the frequent change in our governments, it is an area where America has always struggled to find consistency. The latest activity with Iran only serves to highlight the inconsistency and dangerous approach that the U.S. displays in foreign policy execution. 

7. Today in History. On January 6, 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.


Iran Pulls Back From Nuclear Deal as Killing of Iranian General Upends Mideast - The New York Times

It’s Not Just Software. Boeing Finds New Potential Risks on 737 Max - The New York Times

At Least 5 Dead and 60 Injured in Pennsylvania Crash, Officials Say - The New York Times

Maduro government stages de facto takeover of Venezuela’s National Assembly - The Washington Post

In fire-ravaged Australia, climate denial goes up in smoke - The Washington Post

Iraq wants foreign troops out after air strike; U.S. urges leaders to reconsider - Reuters

Rain brings brief respite in Australian bushfire crisis - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

Ladies and gentlemen, during the official departure ceremony in Washington, I said with regret that on this visit I had little chance to see America. I feel, however, that I did understand what is important about the American people, and that is their enormous stock of good will. Let me assure you that Soviet people, too, have an equally great stock of good will. Putting it to good use is the most noble and responsible task of government and political leaders in our two countries. If they could only do that, what is but a dream today could come true - a lasting peace, an end to the arms race, wider ranging trade, cooperation in combating hunger, disease and environmental problems and progress in insuring human rights and resolving other humanitarian issues. May the coming year become an important milestone as we move down that road.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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