On Dead Monday

How was your weekend? Come on now, time to fess up and tell!

We got some ballroom time. My sister-in-law was in town, but since I was fighting a cold, I stayed home and watched President’s Cup golf and football. One of my favorite college teams continues to do well while the other is going in an unexpected downward direction.

Cincinnati received almost 4 inches (10 cm) of rain since Saturday evening. Meanwhile, as we transition into another season, that means I’ll be attacking leaves for the next 6-8 weeks.

Frappe, pierogies, angel food cake, desserts, fluffernutters, and teddy bears give some of the reasons to celebrate this week, so get your calendar.

  • (Week) Metric Week, Fire Prevention Week, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mystery Series Week, Carry a Tune Week, Nuclear Medicine Week, Customer Service Week, Fall Astronomy Week, World Rainforest Week, Organize Your Files Week
  • (Mon) You Matter to Me Day, Frappe Day
  • (Tues) Face Your Fears Day, Pierogy Day, Fluffernutter Day
  • (Wed) Top Spinning Day, Emergency Nurses Day, Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day, Chess Day, Dessert Day (Yes!!!)
  • (Thurs) Sight Day, Angel Food Cake Day, Coming Out Day

Enjoy the warped humor of Monty Python to start your week. Have a safe week!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 197

On Politics
Interesting that Tuesday’s government shutdown coincided with Yosemite National Park’s 123rd anniversary.

As the shutdown neared and ever since, it is interesting to see politicians dodge answering questions more than usual.

A reminder to Congress: Whenever pointing a finger at someone, three are pointing at you.

I wonder if federal workers in Tea Party districts are standing with their representative?

I continue to say the shutdown is a battle between Republicans.

Republicans are offering Democrats an interesting choice: Defund health care or fund everything else.

“If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price, and that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.” – Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)

From http://dictionary.law.comfelony“1) a crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison, as distinguished from a misdemeanor which is only punishable by confinement to county or local jail and/or a fine. 2) A crime carrying a minimum term of one year or more in state prison, since a year or less can be served in county jail. However, a sentence upon conviction for a felony may sometimes be less than one year at the discretion of the judge and within limits set by statute. Felonies are sometimes referred to as “high crimes” as described in the U.S. Constitution.”

“America was designed by geniuses so it could be run by idiots.” —Anonymous

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
US Government of the verge of full-scale government hoedown
Company more like family whose members are desperate to join better family
Student reporter hits it out of the park with five accurate sentences
Fantasized argument getting pretty intense
Disgusting shower liner has another three years left in it

Interesting Reads
Quinoa
A book review about Woodrow Wilson
Congress, border sheriffs, and immigration bills
Actual science controversies
From Nicholas Kristof (NY Times) on the shutdown
Madame Weebs takes a bite out of Congress (language alert)
The Onion explains how health insurance exchanges work 

On Potpourri
Ever wonder what tacos, smiles, flutes, noodles, balloons, vodka, and cinnamon rolls have in common?

Did you know that Julius, Leonard, Arthur, Milton, and Herbert were known as Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Gummo, and Zeppo?

For me, baseball season is officially over.

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I saw this and immediately thought of El Guapo.

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While in Quebec City, it was interesting to observe reactions when I asked locals about Le Clown. Some bowed, while others brought food, drink, and gifts. Some screamed as they ran away in terror while others simply laughed. smirked, and muttered “Le Clown” and something in French. (They must be the anarchists.)

Reasons to celebrate this weekend

  • (Weekend) Storytelling Weekend, Fallen Firefighters Weekend
  • (Friday) Improve Your Office Day, Taco Day, Ten-Four Day, Vodka Day, World Animal Day, Smile Day, Lee’s Denim Day, Cinnamon Roll Day, Balloons Around the World Day, Toot Your Own Flute Day
  • (Saturday) Card Making Day, Cephalopod Awareness Day, Smile Day, Do Something Nice Day, Apple  Betty Day
  • (Sunday) Change a Light Day, Mad Hatter Day, Diversity Day, Noodle Day

Catching up has been difficult, so if I can get it together, a Saturday morning cartoon feature returns on the next post.

To send you into the weekend, here’s a jazzy song from a rock band during my 70s college days. Enjoy Blue Collar by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On a Duet Monday

How was your weekend? Come on now, tell us about it.

Mine included time on the ballroom floor, watching football, having dinner and playing Uno with friends, volunteering in the inner city, playing free money at the casino (we didn’t win), and walking around a part of downtown Cincinnati that is having a rebirth.

As I mentioned on Friday, I’m phasing myself into a blogging break, so I’ll return midweek for that dose of satire to recharge your week.

Here are your reasons to celebrate each day. By the end of the week, I will post of list for the rest of September because I don’t want you to miss celebrations during my blogging break.

  • (Week) Line Dance Week
  • (Mon) Teddy Bear Day, Chrysanthemum Day, Wonderful Weirdos Day
  • (Tues) Swap Ideas Day, Sew Be It Day
  • (Wed) National Day of Service & Remembrance, Hot Cross Buns Day, No News is Good News Day, Odd Day, Libraries Remember Day, Make Your Bed Day (hey Moms, use this), and Happy Birthday Viveka
  • (Thurs) Video Games Day and Chocolate Milkshake Day

To help celebrate September’s Piano Month while getting your week off to a good start, enjoy this outstanding, unique, must-watch piano duet.

Have a good week!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol 191

On Politics
Congress has been in session this week, which means little-to-no good things to say.

Lauren Green’s (FOX News) interview with Reza Aslan is a good example of why I don’t watch FOX News. Watch for yourself.

Why Washington continues to ignore infrastructure is beyond any good reason.

The Onion recaps 25 years of Rush Limbaugh.

Gotta love the news headline Way Too Much Weiner.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Congress fiercely divided over completely blank bill that says and does nothing
Vatican quickly performs damage control on Pope’s tolerant remarks
“Congratulations” typed in Facebook Comment bar reconsidered, then deleted
Report: Ape neurology much like banana-obsessed humans
Tiny advisor who lived in president’s ear dead at 83

Interesting Reads
Countries that will replace China
Taking National Review’s science to the woodshed
Chicago’s Great Ferris Wheel (by Jim, a visitor here, so tell him I sent you)
Weekend habits of highly effective people (Thanks to Tim)
Interactive map for WW I’s western front
The cost of not following doctor’s orders
Verifying death

On Potpourri
July is gone, but we had a great month of gasoline savings as we saved $3.35 per gallon on 20 gallons, then $1.00 per gallon on 24 gallons, and $0.90 per gallon on 22 gallons – which is slightly over $100 savings.

August is upon us, so it starts with International Clown Week (1-7) – as if Le Clown needs reasons to celebrate.

Friday (Aug 2nd) is International Beer Day and India Pale Ale Day – as if TBM needs a day to go to the pub. Saturday is National Mustard Day, Watermelon Day, while Sunday is National Chocolate Chip Day. (Yes, another reason for Graeter’s!)

Saturday also celebrates Coast Guard Day, so here’s a salute to the men and women serving!

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Thanks to participants in Time: The Musical – Act 5. Hopefully, Act 6 occurs in mid-August.

My wife and I recently received praise from each of our dental hygienists about improvement in our gums, which we and they say is due to using these picks.

I have planned a cartoon post for Saturday.

To send you into the weekend, let’s go full circle as I started it here last week and then featured them as open Act 5 … and I still don’t understand why they aren’t in the Rock and Hall of Fame – yet Boy George is. May this weekend fulfill your wildest dreams. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 188

On Politics
No matter the issue, Congress gridlock continues to be a battle between ideological obstinance and inability to make tough decisions, thus kicking the can down the road.

It’s the House bill or nothing on immigration (Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark, title of his Op-Ed in the July 11th Wall Street Journal)

The current Republican brand of obstructionist continues to serve as an example of our Congressional attitude. Robert Reich helps make my point; plus this one from columnist Michael Tomasky adds to the twist.

In a Wednesday speech about immigration, President Bush (an immigration reform supporter) stated, “But we have a problem, the laws governing the immigration system aren’t working. The system is broken.” I understand his point, but I ask this question: Which is ineffective, the law or the implementation?

As different countries offer Edward Snowden asylum, I like this offer: The Onion offers a swift, painless death to Edward Snowden (Click to read it)

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Report: 79% of sincere thoughts played off as jokes
  • American Dental Association recommends making your gums hurt really bad once a day
  • Area man loses all control of face while thinking
  • Lovers lost in fog
  • Terrifed Johnny Depp unable to remove Tonto makeup
  • CIA interrogator apologizes profusely after asking questions about touchy subject
  • Pregnant wife has no idea which Jonas brother she married

Interesting Reads
Obamacare delay: The winners and losers
Infographics: Inside Fireworks
Ohio and the Civil War
An inexpensive summer wines from Portugal
Columnist Peggy Nonnan on writing of a great address
Mountain gorillas of Uganda
Beer-flavored ice cream (for National Ice Cream Month)

On Potpourri
Interesting how the networks are cancelling more television shows not based on ratings, but on demographics that drive marketing. Older demographic groups lost Harry’s Law last year, so this year’s cuts include Body of Proof, Monday Mornings, and Red Widow.

I dislike the way baseball players are selected for the upcoming All-Star Game, which is just another reason to hate MLB Commimssioner Bud Selig.

Our house had quite the rain downpour on Wednesday: 3 inches (7.6 cm) in 30 minutes.

Yesterday was one of the few days I missed a post. Oh well, I just ran out of time, which also means I’m learning not to panic or force a post.

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

Looking at the weekend ahead, don’t forget these celebratory events: Simplicity Day (Friday), National French Fries Day (Saturday), Gruntled Workers Day (Saturday), Bald Is In Day (Saturday), Embrace Your Geekness Day (Saturday), and International Nude Day (Sunday), which happens to be the end of Nude Recreation Week.

In honor of the World Piano Competition in currently in Cincinnati, here are The Piano Guys to send you into the weekend. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.