Winter doesn't want to let go.... and the longer it lasts when the legislature is in session, the crazier the bills that are introduced. The latest is to limit senators to two six-year terms. Folks that'd be 12 years of dealing with the consequences of senators pushing the agenda of their biggest contributors or their own fuzzy misunderstanding of reality. Life is too short to put up with radical ideologies from either party for that long. Here's an idea to protect us from legislators - limit each session to 30 days and only allow them to introduce two bills. Or make them live only on their senatorial salaries for as long as the session lasts. Here's a project for you - watch for the dates of the full and new moon phases and compare those dates with the wierdness of bills introduced. Some psychologists say there is no connection between phases of the moon and increase in erratic behavior..... but Law Enforcement Officers, EMS people and those who work in psychiatric units and Emergency Departments would argue differently.
OK - here is the table of the daylight hours and images of the moon's phase each day of the upcoming week. Keep track of bills and who introduced them and see if any of the introducers are loony or full blown lunatics. (Catch the reference to Luna? It means moon in both Italian and Spanish.)
|Date||Sunrise||Sunset||Sun hours||Days until Spring|
|Wednesday, February 25, 2015||07:06 AM||06:12 PM||11:06||23|
|Thursday, February 26, 2015||07:04 AM||06:13 PM||11:09||22|
|Friday, February 27, 2015||07:03 AM||06:14 PM||11:11||21|
|Saturday, February 28, 2015||07:01 AM||06:15 PM||11:14||20|
|Sunday, March 01, 2015||07:00 AM||06:16 PM||11:16||19|
|Monday, March 02, 2015||06:58 AM||06:18 PM||11:20||18|
|Tuesday, March 03, 2015||06:57 AM||06:19 PM||11:22||17|
Fiirst quarter, Wednesday the 25th at 11:14 AM.
First quarter to 96% of disk showing.
Remember to check the moon phase with the date the silliest bills are introduced in the Nebraska Legislature.
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Nebraska history items for this week....
Nebraska will celebrate 148 years as a state on March 1st with a very quiet party.
1793 - The department heads of the US government met with President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting.
1836 - Samuel Colt received U.S. Patent No. 138 (later 9430X) for a "revolving-cylinder pistol."
1901 - The United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
1913 - The 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
1919 - Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline of 1 cent per gallon.
1933 - The aircraft carrier Ranger was launched. It was the first ship in the U.S. Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier.
2005 - Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms. He was white.
1987 - The Tower Commission rebuked President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
1993 - Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.
2009 - The Pentagon reveresed its 18-year policy of not allowing media to cover returning war dead. The reversal allowsd some media coverage with family approval.
1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
1922 - The Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
1951 - The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting Presidents to two terms.
1982 - Wayne B. Williams was convicted of murdering two of the 28 black children and young adults whose bodies were found in Atlanta, GA, over a two-year period. He was black.
1990 - The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1849 - Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1953 - In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
1983 - The final episode of "M*A*S*H" aired.
2013 - Benedict XVI resigned as pope. He was the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and the first to resign voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.
1932 - The 22-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped. He was found dead in May.
1961 - The Peace Corps was established by President Kennedy.
1974 - Seven people were indicted in connection with the Watergate break-in. The charge was conspiring to obstruct justice.
2003 - Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured by CIA and Pakistani agents near Islamabad. He was the suspected mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
1917 - Citizens of Puerto Rico were granted US citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act.
1985 - The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus that allowed possibly contaminated blood to be kept out of the blood supply
2011 - Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2.
1998 - President Clinton introduced the first balanced budget in 30 years.
1845 - Florida became the 27th state.
1931 - The "Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem. The song was originally a poem known as "Defense of Fort McHenry."1991 - Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. The scene was captured on amateur video.
The rest of the US is still much worse off than Nebraska - No change here from last week.
Meetings this week:
Sunday at 9:00 AM service at the Alvo Methodist Church
Monday, March 2nd at 3:00 PM the Alvo 125th Group will meet at the Fire and Rescue Station
"Weather forecast for tonight - dark." - George Carlin
"On cable TV they have a weather channel - 24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window." - Dan Spencer
"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." - Napoleon Bonaparte