Opinions in the Short: Vol. 144

On Politics
As a person who enjoys following politics, especially presidential elections, the 2012 campaign bores me.

Cheers to former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for recently criticizing their own party.

This video cracks me up. Too bad I don’t have one for each party. Thanks Kay.


On Headlines from The Onion
Aroma Therapist Fails to Factor in Own Falafel Breath
NASCAR Discontinues Having Kids Wipe Up Skid Marks During Races
Governor Too Embarrassed to Say which State He Leads
Failed Musician Comes Crawling Back to Hometown
Lost Nature Guide Completely Blanks on What’s Edible
Nation Concerned that Tiger Woods only has One Red Shirt

Interesting Reads
WSJ Off-Duty 50 Guide to Summer
Cranky neighbors with too much time on the hands in Denver
A project honoring a Vietnam War vet every day in 2012
Health Care and Constitutional Chaos
The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian

On Potpourri
Given Zannyro’s problem with Ninja Squirrels, here’s a solution – squirrel recipes.

I’ve never heard of rhubarb syrup, let alone adding it to drinks. Here’s how to make the syrup.

Do you remember seeing the iconic photo from the Vietnam War of the naked little girl crying from the napalm? See turned 40, thus here’s a very interesting article.

On the site honoring a different Vietnam Vet, Day 1 honored a visitor here named John from The Daily Gaff.

A classic cartoon post will go up for your Saturday morning.

PS: Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the dads, although some of us rely on memories. Plus, Father’s Day means its US Open golf!

A few weeks ago I honored Wile E. Coyote. Since then, I found this tribute for everyone to enjoy. Have a safe weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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36 thoughts on “Opinions in the Short: Vol. 144

  1. This was wonderful. I was thinking of Father’s Day, and my dad loved Wylie Coyote. He had a special affection for the guy who kept getting up again.

  2. Hi,
    Nothing really grabs me from the Onion today. :(
    I did read about the little girl from the war, a very good story and well worth the read if others haven’t done so.

    Yes I noticed it was Father’s Day after i started doing the blog rounds this morning, our Father’s Day here in Oz is the first Sunday in September, which is the start of our Spring. :)

    Enjoyed the video and I do love that song. :D

    • Mags,
      Thanks for encouraging others to read the Vietnam War story. Good to know about Aussie Father’s Day, something I never thought about. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Excellent set of thoughts and links.
    The Wile E Coyote tribute occassioned much laughter in the Guapo household.
    Or, as my girl said when she realized what song the video was synced to, said, “That’s just wrong.”
    But she said it while laughing.

  4. Governor Too Embarrassed to Say which State He Leads..yes but mostly the state is embarrassed by the association
    saw that vietnam war article..great thought provoking read but i sometimes wonder if people really get the message…in most cases they don’t .
    guess every one wants their own scars to teach them

    • Soma,
      Zing … Excellent on the governor and the state. Great point about the Vietnam article. I one who believes that history repeats itself because the people involved haven’t lived the past, thus they don’t have the scars from the prior learning experience. Thanks for commenting.

  5. I’ve read the story about the girl who suffered so much in the war organised by Henry Kissinger. I’m so glad she has been able to turn her life into a masterpiece when nothing but death and destruction was her future. xx

  6. That health care article is the best piece of writing I’ve seen yet on the Affordable Care Act. I reckon if Obama’s legal team had been that well spoken, the court case would have gone much differently. Thanks for the link!

    • Twixt,
      The administration’s court team was pathetic at best. Then again, did it really matter? Were minds already made up before the hearings? Glad you enjoyed the article and thanks for commenting.

  7. Hi Frank So Many interesting links this morning. I look forward to checking a several of them out including the squirrel recipes. I wonder if it’s similar to a rooster recipe?
    “:Aroma Therapist Fails to Factor in Own Falafel Breath” ick
    “Nation Concerned that Tiger Woods only has One Red Shirt” poor Tiger
    It looks like blue sky and sunshine here today. :+)

  8. Frank, thank you for the link to the Vietnamese girl’s story. I clearly remember seeing that photo when it appeared in newspapers and my reaction to it. The article was fascinating as well as the “resolution” of the story. Deeply moving and transformative, thank you for sharing this.
    On a lighter note, I have always loved Wile E. Coyote :-)

  9. Good post, great videos, love the stuff about the Vietnam War. My Onion fav is “Nation Concerned that Tiger Woods only has One Red Shirt”, but I’m not sure why.

  10. For some reason no one’s videos are visible tonight…sun spots? I saw an interview of the girl in that iconic napalm photo. She is an amazing woman, isn’t she? “Lost Nature Guide Completely Blanks on What’s Edible.” That’s the best! Have a good weekend, Frank. I hope you can get some dancing in :-) Debra

    • Debra,
      Glad you were able to find some gems in this post. BY the way, hope you saw my suggestions about the videos on the Secret Squirrel post. Thanks for visiting.

  11. The Onion was especially good this week. Thanks for the link to Kim Phuc’s story. I read an interview with her some years ago so it was good to hear she has found a way to incorporate her experiences into a life she is comfortable with.

  12. I’m sorta relieved that this campaign is boring. I was a little sad that I moved right before a presidential campaign since I’m a political junkie and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. I am sorry that you are bored though.

    • TBM,
      The current political climate has created many “shaking my head” moments … and who knows how many more times it will happen during the election campaign. Plus, there’s also a high degree of predictability. Oh well … I appreciate your sympathy. ;) … Thanks for visiting.

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