Monday, August 17, 2020

Monday Musings - August 17, 2020

1. It is the third of five Mondays this month. The month is over one-half complete and September is rising on the horizon. Nighttime lows are dipping into the 60s.

2. The Orioles continue to have a winning record. The season is over one-third complete and the Orioles are 12-9. I never would have believed it. The lost a close game yesterday to the World Series Champion Nationals, but continue to be one of the better teams in the American League. 

3. Google is playing with the interface that I use to create this blog. It has resulted in uneven fonts and problems with the images. For the time being, I have reverted to the legacy software.

4. The rain made the lawn very wet. Hopefully the grass will grow thicker and more dense than it has been during other years at the time.

5. I have one newspaper delivered to me each week. I wondered this morning why it was in my neighbor's yard rather than my driveway. I almost did not notice it in the grass. Thankfully, it was double wrapped and dry. 

Odenton, MD
August 12, 2020
6. Check out the New York Times article below about how the Trump campaign is deceptively editing the words of their opponent to foster fear and misunderstanding. I have a new motto for our country: Make lying wrong again!

7. There is something about the way dogs look at us. Sometime, they just make us laugh. This is Rex, Patrick's dog. He just seems to look through us into our souls when we are near him. He is a cutie but all muscle. When he jumps to greet me, I have to be ready.

8. Chris and I went shopping for lamps yesterday. I can report that the retail establishments in this area are fully open and that everyone was observing physical distancing and wearing masks. Welcome to the new normal.

9. Today in History. On August 17, 1969, the grooviest event in music history–the Woodstock Music & Art Fair–draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll in upstate New YorkConceived as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” Woodstock was a product of a partnership between John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Their idea was to make enough money from the event to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock. When they couldn’t find an appropriate venue in the town itself, the promoters decided to hold the festival on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York—some 50 miles from Woodstock—owned by Max Yasgur.

Trump Says He is Considering Pardon for Leaker Edward Snowden - Reuters

Trump Ads Attack Biden Through Deceptive Editing and Hyperbole - The New York Times

Pelosi to Recall House for Postal Service VotePelosi to Recall House for Postal Service Vote - The New York Times

U.S. coronavirus death toll hits 170,000 ahead of fall flu season - Reuters 

Italy closes nightclubs as coronavirus cases rise among young - Reuters

‘A national crisis’: Millions of disconnected students are being left behind - The Washington Post

Al-Shabab gunmen storm a beachside hotel in the Somali capital, killing 10 - The Washington Post

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

We need a rebirth of the American tradition of leadership at every level of government and in private life as well. The United States of America is unique in world history because it has a genius for leaders - many leaders - on many levels. But back in 1976, Mr. Carter said, "Trust me." And a lot of people did. And now, many of those people are out of work. Many have seen their savings eaten away by inflation. Many others on fixed incomes, especially the elderly, have watched helplessly as the cruel tax of inflation wasted away their purchasing power. And, today, a great many who trusted Mr. Carter wonder if we can survive the Carter policies of national defense. 

"Trust me" government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man; that we trust him to do what's best for us. But my view of government places trust not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties. The trust is where it belongs-in the people. The responsibility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their elected leaders. That kind of relationship, between the people and their elected leaders, is a special kind of compact.
(Acceptance of the Republican Nomination for PresidentJuly 17, 1980)

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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