Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Is Donald Trump Going to be the Next President?

Can an overly tan, combed-over, thrice divorced, casino-owning businessman whose companies have filed for bankruptcy four times, really be elected President of the United States?
Seriously, I'm not worried. According to Nate Silver's website fivethirtyeight.com, The Donald is mostly interested in keeping the attention on himself, almost at any cost. This is why he says the things he says, such as:
* "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created, I tell you that."
* “It’s freezing and snowing in New York. We need global warming!”
* “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest—and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure. It’s not your fault.”
* “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day."
* "While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct." ( a tweet by the Donald)

And that's just a few I found in 5 minutes of searching! While there are going to be people who think these kinds of comments are funny or cute or somehow endearing, the vast majority of Americans, Republicans included, understand that you cannot spew this kind of mindless, self serving, uninformed bloviating when you're dealing with foreign governments, trying to avert wars, and working to make America respected again in the world. So, no, in my opinion, Donald Trump will NOT be President of the United States. In fact, he won't even get the nomination.
Cue the funny tshirts!

Monday, September 14, 2015

September is National Honey Month!

September... the end of summer, the start of fall. Bittersweet times. But made much sweeter because September is National Honey Month! We all have heard about the worrying demise of the honeybee, so this is the perfect time to tell you what you can do to help our bees. Here are some things you can do:

1. Plant bee-friendly flowers and plants in your yard or in containers. Bees aren't fussy, they'll get their pollen from the lushest yard or the smallest balcony. The Honeybee Conservancy suggests planting single flower tops such as "daisies and marigolds, rather than double flower tops such as double impatiens. Double headed flowers look showy but produce much less nectar and make it much more difficult for bees to access pollen."

2. Plant 3-season flowers. The Honeybee Conservancy advises: "Plant at least three different types of flowers in your bee garden to ensure blooms through as many seasons as possible. This will provide bees and other pollinators with a constant source of food. For example:
Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing spring blooms. Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer. For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers."

3. Limit or eliminate entirely the use of pesticides, which can be dangerous to bees.

4. Buy local honey, and support local beekeepers. Support locally grown organic fruits and vegetables farmers.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Don't Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19!

This year, 2015, is the 20th year we'll be celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day. This fun event was created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, in 1995.

Here's some pirate jargon to get you started:

Aye - yes
Bilge-sucking - insult
Blow the man down - command to kill someone
Booty - treasure
Cleave him to the brisket - to cut across the chest, from one shoulder to the lower abdomen
Heave Ho - give it some muscle and push it
Jolly Roger - pirate's flag including white skull and crossbones over a black field
Man-O-War - pirate's ship outfitted for battle
Scallywag - mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue
Scurvy dog - the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult
Shiver me timbers! - comparable to "Holy Crap!"
Son of a Biscuit Eater - insult directed towards someone you don't like
Three sheets to the wind - someone who is very drunk. One sheet is mildly drunk and four sheets is passed out.
Walk the plank - punishment in which person walks off a board jutting over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit to Davy Jones' Locker.
Yo Ho Ho - cheerful exhortation to demand attention
(source: Pirate Treasure Now)

And did you know...at certain Krispy Kreme locations around the country, you can get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut just for speaking pirate! And even better, if you're in full pirate garb, they'll give you a DOZEN Krispy Kreme doughnuts! That's pretty good! Check their website for details, and check with your local Krispy Kreme to see if they're participating.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Queen Elizabeth Sets a New Record

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning UK monarch On this day, September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II set history by becoming the longest reigning UK monarch, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Just for the record, according to the BBC, at 5:30 A.M. (British Standard Time) she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes. Here's a picture of her coronation, in 1953:

Image from BBC
Here are some facts about Queen Elizabeth II and her lengthy reign:
* She has met 12 of the past 13 U.S. presidents (she never met Lyndon B. Johnson), starting with Herbert Hoover.
* She has visited 128 countries, but not Madagascar, Cuba or Peru
* She has visited Canada 27 times
* Her full name at birth was Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, and titled Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York
* When Elizabeth became Queen in 1952 the population of the UK was 50 million. Today it is more than 63 million.
* The Queen’s title varies depending on where she is. In the UK she is: ‘Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.’

So let's all say a hearty hip hip hooray to Queen Elizabeth II! Long may she reign!