Earlier this past week on the pagan calendar the feast of Lammas was celebrated. From wicca.com:
At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to celebrate the first harvest of the year, and recognize that the hot summer days will soon come to an end. The plants of spring wither and drop seeds to ensure future crops. Grains are ready to be harvested and the fruits are ripe for picking. We can give thanks for the food on our tables.
Lughnasadh means the funeral games of Lugh (pronounced Loo), referring to Lugh, the sun god. However, the funeral is not his own, but the funeral games he hosts in honor of his foster-mother Tailte. For that reason, the traditional Tailtean craft fairs and Tailtean marriages (which last for a year and a day) are also celebrated at this time.
As autumn begins, the Celtic Sun God enters his old age, but is not yet dead. The God symbolically loses some of his strength as the Sun rises farther in the South each day and the nights grow longer.
The Christian religion adopted this theme and called it ‘Lammas ‘, meaning ‘loaf-mass ‘, a time when newly baked loaves of bread are placed on the altar. An alternative date around August 5 (Old Lammas), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Leo, is sometimes employed by Covens.
A different way to look at the world than most of us are accustomed to.
Wow – I can hardly keep up anymore, can you?
1) Facing a possible veto override the current president signed a bill imposing sanctions on what country in particular?
2) The current president reacted to the defeat of the ACA repeal by threatening to stop making CSR payments. What are CSR payments?
3) Trends in NYC show what major crimes could be headed for historic highs or lows in this year?
4) Last weekend started with what now former White House aide being sent home from the airport rather than returning to the White House upon returning from a trip?
5) The first income tax law was signed into law on August 5th, 1861 to help fund what emergency of the time?
6) In a not too surprising move, the Justice Department announced it would investigate what university admission policies for discrimination against whites?
7) “America’s toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court in what major western US jurisdiction?
8) Hackers at the DEF CON convention in Las Vegas last weekend were able to break into what systems within moments?
9) How could a quiz not mention what historically short termed ‘communications director’ who was removed Monday after being hired ten days earlier?
10) “Take me out to the ball game!” NJ Gov. Chris Christie had a confrontation with a critical fan at a MLB game in what city?
11) A true turning point in history, August 6th, 1945 saw the introduction of what awesome weapon into war?
12) Another major breaking story of the week revealed that the misleading original story of Trump, jr.’s meeting with Russians was dictated by who?
13) The NJ assembly approved a law saying that no governor could use what if they were shutdown to the public?
14) Probably the big news of the week, Special investigator Robert Mueller is now using what in his ongoing investigation?
15) Inmates in Alabama used what substance to alter a cell door number fooling a rookie guard to make an escape?
16) In a major blow to the nuclear power industry, two power companies abandoned the building of new nuclear power plants in what state?
17) “We’re too disorganized to collude with Russia” claimed what major White House insider as a defense against collusion charges?
18) Hey, did you remember this guy’s birthday Friday? He was born in Hawaii and Kenya 56 years ago.
19) In transcripts released last week our current president begs what other world leader to quit saying he won’t pay for constructing a wall between the countries?
20) Next Thursday is the 143rd anniversary of what Iowa born president?
BONUS: The current president was reported to describe the White House by what one word?
“I have not enjoyed Donald J. Trump as a president, but I am looking forward to him as a defendant.” Andy Borowitz – — me too, Mr. Borowitz!
2) Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies
3) historic lows
4) Reince Priebus
5) the Civil War – the tax was not enforced however
6) affirmative action
7) Phoenix, Arizona
8) voting machine systems
9) Anthony Scaramucci
11) the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima
12) the current president
13) public beaches
14) grand juries
15) peanut butter
16) South Carolina
17) Jared Kushner
18) Barack Obama
19) Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico.
20) Herbert Hoover
BONUS: a “dump”
The guy who claimed he would be too busy to golf or take a vacation is now on a 17 day golfing vacation.