Monday, August 23, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

"This summer is sure to be a Summer of Economic Recovery." The White House, June 17, 2010.

Riiiiight! More like the summer of "economic wreckovery".

So Soupsters, how are you enjoying the "dog days"?

According to wikipedia, the term "dog days" (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. Dog Days can also define a time period that is stagnant or marked by dull lack of progress. Hmmmmm. That sounds about right.

The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog), was responsible for the hot weather through its close proximity to the sun during the summer months. Everyone knows dogs are extraordinarily smart, so it's not surprising the brightest star is called "Dog Star".

The Romans (cat lovers, no doubt) sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius because, according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813, this period was believed to be an evil time
"when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, Quinto raged in anger, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies".
So I suppose things could be worse--my wine hasn't soured...yet!

It's the Fecal Finger of Fate!

Isn't it deliciously ironic that Obamerde, who's been busy flushing our economy down the toilet (when he's not working on his golf game), is spending the waning days of his Summer of Wreckovery on the shores of a pond full of poop?

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