Monday, March 15, 2021

Monday Musings - March 15, 2021


1. It is the third Monday of March and it is also the Ides of March! Beware the Ides of March!

2. I was reflecting that is is nice not to have to read Twitter every morning to understand what the lead story on the news would be.

3. If it is March, it is March Madness!

4. Yes, on this date in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated. 

5. What is the definition of a perfect day? Drinking wine with friends at a winery and then sleeping all the way home--it gets no better than that. I didn't actually mean to sleep, it just happened that way since I was not driving. It made the trip go faster!

6. Does anyone else thing ewe are spending too much time on "Tell All" stories? Do I really care about an internal family squabble (even if they are Royals?) or an unruly dog? 

7. Do you feel stimulated this morning? All I know is that I hope this stimulus package actually stimulates the economy. The last one didn't seem to do the trick. Most forget it was a $2.2 Trillion relief act passed by Republicans and fraught with pork during March 2020. 

8. Today in History. On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all.

Using the phrase “we shall overcome,” borrowed from African American leaders struggling for equal rights, Johnson declares that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.” Johnson reminds the nation that the Fifteenth Amendment, which was passed after the Civil War, gave all citizens the right to vote regardless of race or color. But states had defied the Constitution and erected barriers. Discrimination had taken the form of literacy, knowledge or character tests administered solely to African Americans to keep them from registering to vote.

“Their cause must be our cause too,”Johnson said. “Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.”

Chinese Factories Burn in Myanmar’s Deadliest Weekend of Protests Since Coup - The Wall Street Journal

Year of Living Remotely: When 365 Days Went ‘Poof’ Into the Cloud - The Wall Street Journal

On Mexico’s Border With U.S., Desperation as Migrant Traffic Piles Up - The New York Times

Fauci Says Ending Mask Mandates Is ‘Risky Business - The New York Times

U.S. and Iran warily circle each other over reactivating nuclear deal - The Washington Post

Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism - The Washington Post

China will remove capacity limits of entertainment venues in low-risk areas of COVID-19 Reuters

Recovery bets support stocks as Fed comes in focus Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: ``We the People.'' ``We the People'' tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us. ``We the People'' are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which ``We the People'' tell the government what it is allowed to do. ``We the People'' are free. This belief has been the underlying basis for everything I've tried to do these past 8 years.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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