Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 402

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Oh my my – After 51 years as a franchise, the St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup. What an improbable and incredible run they had since January. For me, a Blues fan for 51 years, I’m stunned and elated. I loved this tribute column in a St. Louis paper.

Congratulations to tennis pro Rafael Nadal for winning the French Open for an unbelievable 12th time. Cheers to golfer Rory McElroy for winning the Canadian Open – his sixth national open win.

I think we lost many images from our recent cruise. However, I’m confident that I will have enough for a series of posts.

Hoping for a time for the next act for the Weekend Entertainment Series. Next act will be Elton John – tentatively set for Saturday, 22 June at 1:00 AM (Eastern US)

Has anyone seen Rocketman – the Elton movie?

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A citizen’s group in Ohio is considering a ballot initiative to close the gun-show loophole for gun sales without a background check. It will be interesting to see if the Republican legislature flinches.

Shortly after Joe Biden (D-DE) announced his 2020 candidacy in early April I had a list I called Biden’s Dilemma. I’m amused how much they have played out over the past two months.

President Trump recently announced a new military sale/deal with Poland that is huge and fantastic. I believe Poland is in the list of Eastern European countries with leadership leaning toward Russia.

If Fake News is not enough, at least now we have Fake Polls.

To lead you into this week’s satirical headlines, The Onion provides a pros and cons list regarding impeachment.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Bored 4-year-old mixes things up by watching movie she’s only seen 97 times
Area pedestrian obsessed with crossing the street
Child promised he can go right back to video game after giving dying Grandfather one last hug
Panic rapidly setting in as man realizes he has no plan for ripe avocado
Local teen invents masturbation

Interesting Reads

Real news about fake news
Building to last
Biggest disaster in music history
Robotic farmers?
Technology and service delivery
(Graphic) Retirement plan participation rate
(Photos) Beautiful Buddahist temples

To send you into the weekend, here’s another classic song I enjoy in the winter at the Flora Bama). In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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On August 2014

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.

In non-leap years, no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, but in leap years February starts on the same day of the week.

August and November end on the same day of the week every year

August (then called Sextilis) was the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar

August (still Sextilis) became the eighth month around 700 BC by King Numa Pompilius, but it had only 29 days

Julius Caesar added two days to August (still Sextilis) in 45 BC

Sextillis renamed August in 8 BC to honor Augustus

August’s birthstone is Peridot, a greenish said to have magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares … plus bring power, influence, and a wonderful year to the wearer.

August’s birth flower are Gladiolus and Poppy … meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage, and family

August’s Zodiac signs are Leo (ending August 22) and Virgo (starting August 23)

Moon for August as multiple names: Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon

Only two Shakespeare plays mention August: Henry VI Part I and The Tempest

Anglo-Saxons called August by the name Weod-monath (weed month)

August is also called Augustus (Afrikaans, Dutch), Gusht (Albanian), Avqust (Azerbaijani), Kolovoz (Croatian), elokuu (Finnish), Αύgoustos (Greek), Ogos (Malay), Awissu (Maltese), Thang-Tam (Vietnamese), Awst (Welsh)

August is a month-long holiday for many Europeans

August and February are seasonable equivalents in opposite hemispheres

August is the month to increase awareness of Children Eye Health & Safety, Bystanders, Traffic, Immunization, Psoriasis, Child Support, Motor Sports, Minority Donors, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Children Vision & Learning, Pet Immunization, Cataracts, Romance, and Studious Behavior

August is the month to celebrate Black Business, Panini, Goat Cheese, Catfish, Indian Heritage, Breastfeeding, Dirty Harry, and Peaches

August is the month to appreciate American Artists, Water Quality, Tomboy Tools, Neurosurgery Outreach, Audio, and Inventors

August is the month to participate in American Adventures, American History Essay Contest, Truancy Prevention, Don’t be a Bully, Get Ready for Kindergarten, What Will Be Your Legacy, Mutt-i-grees Rescue, Win with Civility, Happiness Happens, Midnight Moon Parties, and Plan Ahead for Halloween

Take time to celebration these anytime in August. Did you listen to any of the August songs? If so, which?

On Celebrating Foolishness

Today’s music for your background: Real Real Gone (Van Morrison)

Foolishness is a noun

Foolishness’ word origins in 12th century Old English words dysig, stunt, dol; 14th/15th century Middle English words folish, foolish

Foolishness synonyms include absurdity, absurdness, asininity, baloney, brainlessness, bull, bunk, bunkum, carrying-on, claptrap, crap, craziness, daftness, dippiness, dottiness, drivel, dumb trick, fatuity, fatuousness, folly, flapdoodle, fool trick, foolery, garbage, hogwash, hooey, horse feathers, idiocy, imbecility, impracticality, imprudence, inadvisability, inanity, indiscretion, insanity, insensibility, irrationality, irresponsibility, ludicrousness, lunacy, madness, mistake, nonsense, nuttiness, obliquity, courage-vs-foolishness-24476poppycock, preposterousness, rashness, recklessness, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, simplicity, stupidity, tommyrot, triviality, twaddle, unreasonableness, unsoundness, unwisdom, unwiseness, weakness, witlessness, zanniness

Foolishness in other languages includes aptallık, bêtise, dåraktighet, dwaasheid, follia, idiotice, stupidaggine, tontería, typeryys

An act of foolishness is a folly

Foolish talk is stultiloquence

Sayings about Foolishness
Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness. (Sophocles)

First Love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. (George Bernard Shaw)

Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced. (Alfred North Whitehead)

A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed. (Unknown)

There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again. (George W Bush)

Purpose of this Foolishness

As we celebrate his birth today
Many of us have something to say.
He danced naked on a bar
And drove for a sandwich from afar,
So many cheers to El Guapo with a thunderous hooray.

Happy birthday to a one of the blogosphere’s good guys – the master of Friday FoolishnessEl Guapo! For your birthday, I sense you would enjoy this ride.

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