On July

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A new month means a new dose of trivia and celebration notices.

July starts the second half of the year.

The Roman Senate changed Quintillis to July in honor of Julius Caesar

July “birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lily.

July birthstone is the ruby.

July’s Zodiac signs are Cancer (until July 21) and Leo July 22 onward).

July is, on average, the warmest month in most of the Northern hemisphere and the coldest month in much of the Southern hemisphere.

July starts on the same day of the week as April every year, but starts the same as January in leap years.

During a common year, no other month ends on the same day as July, but during a leap year, January ends on the same day of the week as July.

July is the month to celebrate independence in Somalia, Belarus, United States, Peru, Argentina, Algeria, Venezuela, South Sudan, Bahamas, Colombia, Belgium, Maldives, and Vanuatu

July is the month to increase awareness for Bereaved Parents, Bioterrorism/Disaster Education, Hemochromatosis Screening, Herbal/Prescription Interaction, Group B Strep, Women with Alopecia, Juvenile Arthritis, Cleft & Craniofacial, Cord Blood, Fireworks Safety, Social Wellness, Purposeful Parenting, Cell Phone Courtesy, and Tahiti and Her Islands.

July is the month to celebrate Air Conditioning Appreciation, Family Reunions, Freedom From Fear of Speaking, Blueberries, Grilling, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Horseradish, Nectarines & Garlic, Recreation & Parks, Watermelons, Picnics, Pickles, Bison, Baked Beans, Foreign Languages, July Belongs to Berries, Hay, Culinary Arts, California Salmon, Independent Retailers, the Sandwich Generation, Blondie and Deborah Harry, Mobility, Women on Motorcycles, Eye Exams, and Anti-Boredom

July is the month to seek the outdoors for Family Golf, Doghouse Repairs, Smart Irrigation, Hitchhiking, Picnics, Wild about Wildlife, Tennis, and Just Be Outdoors.

July is the month to beautify wheelchairs, prevent eye injuries, share a sunset with your lover, make a difference with children, get along with your ex, and read an almanac

Have a good month of July!

On a Laughing Monday

Our weather this weekend in Cincinnati was hot and muggy with a chance of pop-up storms … definitely not my favorite weather pattern. Nonetheless, how’s your weather? Did it interfere with your weekend? What did you do?

With my sister-in-law visiting this weekend, we spent a lot of time with her and my father-in-law, but we still got some dancing in.

A WordPress-related question to ask. I haven’t been receiving email notifications regarding your new posts. Are any of you having a similar problem?

Celebrations for your week

  • (Week) Great Circus Parade Week, Take Charge of Change Week, Freedom Week, Canned Lunchmeat Week, Prevention of Eye Injury Awareness Week, Freedom Week, Be Nice to Jersey Week
  • (Mon) Descendants Day, Leap Second Time Adjustment Day, Please Take My Children to Work Day, Ice Cream Soda Day (surprise, Graeter’s has outstanding sodas)
  • (Tues) Second Half of the Year Day, Postage Stamp Day, Zip Code Day, Canada Day, Build a Scarecrow Day, Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, Gingersnap Day
  • (Wed) I Forgot Day, UFO Day, Chicken Wing Day, Anisette Day
  • (Thurs) Superman Day, Compliment Your Mirror Day, Plastic Bag Free Day, Stay out of the Sun Day, Chocolate Wafer Day, Eat Beans Day

My recent use of clips from the Carol Burnett Show have been well received, so hey – here’s another one to start your week. One of the trademarks of the show was how the cast got other cast members to laugh … and if they did, they wouldn’t let up. Enjoy Vicki Lawrence laying it on Carol Burnett. Have a good week

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 226

On Politics
I saw this headline: Religious Conservatives to Judge Top Republicans. Really? I thought that was a given, not news.

The Congressional hearings regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to demonstrate that politicians are more interested in politicizing the event than reforming the organization.

As chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has regularly demonstrated that he is a partisan ass.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) filing a lawsuit against President Obama regarding use of Executive Orders supports my growing disdain for each party … especially Republicans

To help bring stability to the party, I have a suggestion for the Republican party: Nominate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as your 2016 presidential candidate.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Pigeon wishes just once it could complete head movement smoothly
Man had no idea what to do with good mood
Magical office worker able to turn everything he touches into more work for colleagues
Anthropologists classify 43 new species of Weirdo within subway ecosystem
Area man wonders, If humans evolved to be social creatures, then why didn’t any come to my party

Interesting Reads
Heroes: Military, politics, and policy
Retrospective of a river on fire
A young-adult’s view of religion and homosexuality
Chaos and billiards

Bonus: Photo Galleries of the Ugliest Dog Contest
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On Potpourri
This post is later than normal because we were hosting a good friend for dinner.

I know the US advanced in the World Cup, but to me, there was a difference between the American and German teams. Nonetheless, it’s the first time the US has advanced in consecutive World Cups.
A busy weekend ahead for me.

I’m aiming for the return of Saturday Morning Cartoons on the second weekend in July.

Your weekend celebrations
(Weekend) Watermelon Seed Spitting Days, Water Ski Days
(Fri) Bomb Pop Day, Happy Birthday to You Day, Decide to Marry Day, Orange Blossom Day
(Sat) Backyard Campout Day, Body Piercing Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Tapioca Day
(Sun) Gnocchi Day, Log Cabin Day, Almond Butter Crunch Day

To send you into the weekend, enjoy Real Real Gone – one of my favorite Van Morrison songs. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Life: The Musical – Act 6: Teens

The Story
Life: The Musical is an original aFa production is a journey featuring songs of about life. Each act features an aspect of life as a theme with music supplied around that theme.

LifeTheMusicalProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Life 
Act 2: Born
Act 3: Names
Act 4: Young
Act 5: Dream

Act 6
Life … the time for the living to live. One’s life among others starts when one is born. Shortly thereafter, we are given something that stays with us no matter where we go – a name. Immediately, we are nourished so we grow physically, mentally, and emotionally from babies into young children … and that’s when we start to dream about our future life. Growth never stops, so from children we move on as teens. Submit a song with any of the following in the title: teen(s), teenager(s), teenage, or any specific teenage year.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a treat to welcome a true Hall of Famer … One of the Fab Four … Let’s starting cheering and get ready to sing along because right here on this stage is Ringo Starr with Your’re Sixteen.

On Satire Bits: Vol. 100

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Welcome to the 100th edition of Satire Bits. Nothing special, just the same old drivel.

Hope your week has gone well so far.

  • My eye vision is the same, and I’m waiting for the call to schedule my next test (and I don’t understand the delay)
  • Even with the eye problem, my golf game has been good.
  • Life: The Musical – Act 6 is the next post featuring songs with teen(s), teenager(s), teenage, or a specific teen year in the song title – Curtain time is Wednesday, 9:30 pm (US Eastern)

For your mid-week dose of satire, I dived into the depths of The Onion archives looking for treasures regarding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – a federal agency is responsible for “protecting  the public health” regarding food products, cosmetics, and medical drugs, vaccines, and medical devices. I’ve even included some with a caption below the appropriate image (all from The Onion). Any favorites? Do you have an ideas on topics for future Satire Bits? Have a good rest of the week.

FDA prepares nation for switch to digital food format

FDA approves prescription placebo

FDA reports half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories

FDA reports half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories

 

FDA and Dr. OZ clash over apple juice

FDA: Lucky Charms no longer a complete breakfast

FDA deems new drug as safe as anything can be in this crazy world

FDA official states, “Just eat the damn vegetable”

FDA official states, “Just eat the damn vegetable”

 

FDA deems human clones safe for consumption by other human clones

FDA order recall of all panther meat just to see if anyone eats panther

FDA cancels bacon recall after finding US population already at it all

FDA approves salmonella

FDA approves salmonella

 

FDA recalls all food except grapes

FDA okays every drug pending approval, takes rest of the year off

FDA call concrete breast implants “structurally sound”

FDA approves prescription placebo

FDA approves prescription placebo

 

FDA reports new sleeping pill causes dramatic weight gain and missing cats

FDA approves depressant drug for the annoyingly cheerful

FDA approves new drug for treatment of social anxiety

FDA approves new drug for treatment of social anxiety

 

 Except for the opening images, all images are from The Onion.

On a Flashing Monday

Hot and muggy occupied Cincinnati this weekend … so, how was your weather? Did you get a chance to enjoy the weekend?

Although our Sunday was low-key, our weekend included two nights on the ballroom floor, looking at tiles for a back-splash, a trip to our new town’s historical society, and some errands. Not being a soccer fan, but interestingly, I only saw the last 90 seconds of the USA-Portugal match.

Looking ahead to this week, two items of note. First, the next edition of Satire Bits is the 100th in the series. Following that post, Life: The Musical continues with Act 6: Teens, which will feature songs with teen(s), teenager(s), teenage, or any teenage year in the song title. Curtain time is Wednesday, 9:30 pm (Eastern US).

Celebrations for your week

  • (Week) Camping Week, Deaf & Blindness Awareness Week
  • (Mon) Public Service Day, Widow’s Day, Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornament Day, Baby Boomer Recognition Day, Let It Go Day, Pecan Sandy Day
  • (Tues) Celebration of the Senses, Fairy Day, Columnists Day, Creamy Praline Day
  • (Wed) Color TV Day, Beatles Day, Catfish Day, Day of the Seafarer, Strawberry Parfait Day
  • (Thurs) Hand Shake Day, Canoe Day, Chocolate Pudding Day

Not that long ago, your week started with a scene from The Carol Burnett Show. Because readers responded so positively, here is an outtake from the same show. Enjoy and have a good week.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 225

On Politics
The Republican response to this week’s news about the capture of the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi attack is a perfect example of the question I asked several week’s ago: If Republicans asked President Obama to fart, and he did, would they complain?

Glenn Beck has said his share of stupid things, but I this may be his best: He warned the American people that President Obama is about to snap, thus react by sending conservatives to internment camps … .and sorry to say, yes, people actually listen to this man.

In the NRA Lobby

In the NRA Lobby

Seeing this inscribed at the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters is not surprising. Because the Second Amendment is not lengthy, it is interesting to discover that they left off the beginning: A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,

Earlier this week the US Supreme Court set the stage for overturning Ohio’s Truth in Campaign Ads law – something that President Obama agrees with doing. What a shame on both counts!

I appreciated this quote by a local resident in his published editorial: The moneyed interests (from outside the state) have no interest in Ohio as a state, or the people, thus just want that voting seat to further their agenda, even if it is harmful to the people of Ohio. (John Apanites, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 15, 2014)

I like this statement from conservative columnist George Will. Here is a question for Republican presidential aspirants: Given the absence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, and given that we now know how little we know about “nation-building” and about the promotion of democracy in nations that need to be “built,” and given that Saddam Hussein’s horrific tyranny at least controlled Iraq’s sectarian furies, and given that Iraq under him was Iran’s adversary, and given that 10-year wars make Americans indiscriminately averse to military undertakings — given all this, if you could rewind history to March 2003, would you favor invading Iraq?

To House Republicans. You continually point the finger at the Senate for not acting on all the legislation you sent them. A word of caution – Purposely sending legislation that won’t get acted upon is at least just as pathetic – and maybe more so.

This image is appropriate in many ways.

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To lead you into The Onion’s headlines of the week, this one is fitting: Resigning House Leader Reflects on All the Accomplishments He Thwarted

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
New PS4 feature allows user to close eye and imagine really fun game
Study: More men opting to be in room when wife conceives baby
Employee executes daring 3:30 pm escape from the office
Aunt enters ninth year of raving about Wicked
More corporations using tag-and-release programs to study American consumers

Bonus Onions Regarding the World Cup
Teams to Watch
Players to Watch

Interesting Reads
Columnist David Ignatius look at the Middle East through a historical lens 
10 to-knows-about Brazil while watching the World Cup
An immigration infographic
SR-71: The Blackbird spy plane
The mystery of hiccups
The Bird-Poop Spider

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On Potpourri
The recent 20th anniversary of OJ and the white Ford Bronco brought forth many “where are they now” reports. But the most compelling question NBC answers: What happened to the white Ford Bronco? 

Two tidbits about next week: 1) The next Satire Bits will be the 100th in the series, and 2) the next act of Life: The Musical may be next week (thus announced Monday).

My less-than-a-year old phone suddenly died, thus I cringe of losing all the dance videos of steps.

My beloved Graeter’s ice cream will be advertising on Food Network and the Cooking Channel.

I’m getting closer to the return of Saturday Morning Cartoons – but not yet.

Your weekend celebrations

  • (Fri) Flip-Flop Day, Vanilla Milkshake Day, Midsummer (in Finland & Sweden), American Eagle Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day. Productivity Day, Refugee Day, Ugliest Dog Day, Flitch of Bacon Day
  • (Sat) Peaches & Cream Day, Hollerin’ Contest Day (contest at Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina), Go Skateboarding Day, Daylight Appreciation Day, Polar Bear Swim Day, Handshake Day, Global Orgasm Day for World Peace (Southern Hemisphere), Cuckoo Warning Day, Pet Fire Safety Day
  • (Sun) Chocolate Eclair Day, Smurfs Day, Stupid Guy Thing Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s a hit from 1970 – and one with a distinct bass line. Enjoy Green-Eyed Lady by Sugarloaf. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.