Monday, December 6, 2021

Monday Musings - December 6, 2021


1. It is the first Monday of December 2021. The year is sliding to a conclusion and there are but three Mondays remaining in the month.

Patrick's Snow Village 2021
Glen Burnie, MD
December 5, 2021
2. Happy St Nicholas Day! Most Americans don't remember this holiday which is very popular in Europe. Did you put your boots outside of your door last night?

3. Family NFL Report

    Cowboys (8-4) defeat Saints (5-7) 27-17

    Ravens (8-4) lose to Steelers (6-5-1) 19-20

    Washington (6-6) defeats Raiders (6-6) 17-15

4. Snow Village weekend. Although I did not set up a village this year, Chris and I went to Patrick's and helped put the finishing touches on his annual edition of the Snow village. It was fun and then I was able to watch a frustrating Ravens team lose to the Steelers.

5. From the Washington Post this morning: About 1 in 420 Americans has died of covid-19, according to official data. And we’re still averaging more than 1,000 deaths per day.

6. It is with sadness, but in recognition of a life well lived that I note the passing of former Senate leader and three-time Presidential candidate Bob Dole at 98.

7. Today in History. On December 6, 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of an impressive monument to the city’s namesake and the nation’s first president, George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress decided that a statue of George Washington, the great Revolutionary War general, should be placed near the site of the new Congressional building, wherever it might be. After then-President Washington asked him to lay out a new federal capital on the Potomac River in 1791, architect Pierre L’Enfant left a place for the statue at the western end of the sweeping National Mall (near the monument’s present location).

Coronavirus vaccine demand grows in U.S. amid omicron concerns, booster eligibility expansion - The Washington Post

Return to Iran nuclear deal remains an elusive prospect - The Washington Post

The most-vaccinated big counties in the U.S. are beating worst of the coronavirus - The Washington Post

Inflation, Falling Unemployment Prompt Fed Pivot - The Wall Street Journal

China Seeks First Military Base on Africa’s Atlantic Coast - The Wall Street Journal

China threatens countermeasures if U.S. boycotts Beijing Olympics - Reuters

Protest against coronavirus restrictions turns violent in Brussels - Reuters

Bob Dole, war hero, longtime U.S. senator, presidential candidate, dies at 98 - Reuters

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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