Monday, February 8, 2021

Monday Musings - February 8, 2021


1. Well, here it is--the second Monday of February 2021. It is the Monday after the Super Bowl. There are 46 Mondays remaining in the year. 

2. The tax man cometh! April 15th is just two short months away and I get to pay for all of the stimulus checks that others received.

3. The Super Bowl, wasn't. Kansas City failed to board the jet and didn't show up to play their game.  They demonstrated a lack of defense, and the offensive line failed to protect Mahomes. Tom Brady won a record 5th MVP and the Bucs beat the Chiefs 31-9. 

4. The predicted snow for the weekend thankfully failed to materialize. I have come to expect the forecasts to be wrong. That is a dangerous situation.

5. The week ahead could be a bit tumultuous with the Impeachment Trial in the Senate to provide comedic relief. It is a classic case of trying to close the barn door after the horses have escaped. Yet, inciting an insurrection is not a protected act under the Constitution.

6. Today in History. On February 8, 1943, Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, leaving the island in Allied possession after a prolonged campaign. The American victory paved the way for other Allied wins in the Solomon Islands.

Guadalcanal is the largest of the Solomons, a group of 992 islands and atolls, 347 of which are inhabited, in the South Pacific Ocean. The Solomons, which are located northeast of Australia and have 87 Indigenous languages, were introduced to Europe in 1568 by the Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendana de Neyra (1541-95). In 1893, the British annexed Guadalcanal, along with the other central and southern Solomons. The Germans took control of the northern Solomons in 1885, but transferred these islands, except for Bougainville and Buka (which eventually went to the Australians) to the British in 1900.

SoftBank Turns $11 Billion Profit, Helped by DoorDash - The Wall Street Journal

Rollout of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Halted in South Africa - The Wall Street Journal

Impeachment Case Aims to Marshal Outrage of Capitol Attack - The New York Times

France’s Latest Covid Measure: Letting Workers Eat at Their Desks - The New York Times

Biden says Trump administration’s handling of pandemic was ‘more dire than we thought’ - The Washington Post

Four skiers killed in Utah, bringing U.S. avalanche death toll to 21 this season - The Washington Post

Monks and nurses join nationwide protests against Myanmar coup - Reuters

Transports of delight: Chinese get a taste of home for Lunar New Year - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

  • “As the years pass, if you have let yourselves absorb the spirit and tradition of this place, you’ll find the 4 years you’ve spent here living in your memory as a rich and important part of your life. Oh, you’ll have some regrets along with the happy memories. I let football and other extracurricular activities eat into my study time with the result that my grade average was closer to the C level required for eligibility than it was to straight A’s. And even now I wonder what I might have accomplished if I’d studied harder.” (May 9, 1982)

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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