Monday, August 2, 2021

Monday Musings - August 2, 2021


1. And so it has arrived, August. Today is the first Monday of the eighth month of the year. There are 21 Mondays remaining in the year. 

2. July was a great month and I am sorry to see it go. From now on the daylight gets shorter and the nights cooler. Autumn is standing in the wings ready to take center stage. 

Finnegan in the Saddlebag
Elkridge, MD
July 31, 2021
3. The Orioles are 9-6 since the All Star Break. That is a solid winning record. They are flirting with not being the worst team in the American League and until they lost yesterday they were the 28th best team in baseball. 

4. Patrick got a new motorcycle and brought it over to take Chris for a ride. Finnegan liked it so much that he wanted to try to go for a ride on it by staying in the saddlebag. Don't worry, he did not close him in the bike. 

Lake Kittamaqundi
Columbia, MD
August 1, 2021
5. As a way to celebrate the new month, Chris, Finnegan, and I went for a walk around Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia. Although we knew it was going to begin raining about noon, we were able to complete the walk and did not even feel a raindrop. The rain did arrive later in the day and it rained a great deal.

6. According to some in the family Autumn begins on Thursday with the first pre-season NFL game. Well, everyone has their definition of the seasons; however, I am still clinging to Summer.

7. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is upon us. I found an article describing things we should know about this variant. It is from Yale Medicine: 5 Things to Know About the Delta Variant. My take is that we who are vaccinated are being required to mask up again to protect the lives of the unvaccinated. 

8. Today in History. On August 2, 1990, at about 2 a.m. local time, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq’s tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait’s defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those that were not destroyed retreated to Saudi Arabia. The emir of Kuwait, his family, and other government leaders fled to Saudi Arabia, and within hours Kuwait City had been captured and the Iraqis had established a provincial government. By annexing Kuwait, Iraq gained control of 20 percent of the world’s oil reserves and, for the first time, a substantial coastline on the Persian Gulf. The same day, the United Nations Security Council unanimously denounced the invasion and demanded Iraq’s immediate withdrawal from Kuwait. On August 6, the Security Council imposed a worldwide ban on trade with Iraq.

Chile Workers at World’s Biggest Copper Mine Vote to Strike - The Wall Street Journal

Oil prices fall on worries over China economy and higher crude output - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

During the last 200 days, you've provided your countrymen with an example of representative democracy at its best. Those of you in the Republican leadership in the face of extraordinary pressures have forged a political unity that has rarely been equaled in Washington, and you did it first and foremost because you believed you were acting in the best interests of the country. And those of you here today who are members of the Democratic Party had the personal strength to put principle above partisan or special interests, and yours has been a special courage.

I think we can all agree that today our bipartisan coalition is becoming a strong and vibrant one. But I think we can also agree that we'll need this strength and vibrancy, because the challenges we must face together are by no means over. The struggle against government's irresistible urge to grow and grow is a continuing one. The fight to control the Federal budget is just beginning. But on this front, I think we can be very clear: There will be no falling back, no call for retreat.

Remarks at a Meeting With Congressional Leaders Following Passage of Federal Budget Reconciliation and Tax Reduction Legislation - August 5, 1981

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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