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A Blue Moon

December 31, 2009

It’s become a sadly rare occurrence when Politico has an article actually worth reading.  Usually it’s the spout of GOP talking points and inane articles on Karl Rove’s resolutions for Obama.  Really?  Who the hell really cares about Karl Rove and his opinions anymore?  Mr. “Permanent Republican Majority” Rove?  He should be relegated to the same bleacher section as Tom “Dancing with the Stars” DeLay and he should have his cowbell and foam finger taken away.  But once in a blue moon, they’ve got a pretty good read.  Like this one.  Very good points on the utterly blatant hypocrisy coming from certain Republicans. 

As an aside, I would be seriously annoyed if I were from Hawaii.  My state is exotic and foreign sounding to you mainlanders?  Really?  You know what is foreign sounding to me?  South Carolina.  You all elected a governor that completely disappeared for days to “hike the A.T.” and still has a job today.  You know what else is foreign?  Vermont.  Why, oh why would anyone choose to live where it gets to any temperature that starts with a minus sign?  That’s not right. 

Aside from being a good beer, a blue moon is also a pretty cool event because it happens less often then the Olympics (since the Winter and Summer Games have alternated to happen every 2 years).  In fact, the last time we had a blue moon on New Year’s was 20 years ago.  Because the lunar calendar, made up of the moon cycles, is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar, every 2 to 3 years, we get an extra full moon.  That extra moon is called a “blue moon.” 

As you might expect, there is a lot of different references to these moons in various historical writings, from 16th Century Christian pamphlets to the Farmer’s Almanac.  And now you know why “once in a blue moon” as a saying is out there. 

Have a good New Year’s, be safe, and here’s hoping 2010 is a better year for all of us.

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