Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 203

On Politics
Last week, Sarah Palin spoke about Pope Francis, “He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” Newsflash to the Nincompoop – Jesus was one of the most liberal people ever! However, she did justify her comment with “… unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media.”

Martin Brashir’s (MSNBC) comments regarding Nincompoop were not only unprofessional and unnecessary, they weren’t worth his time.

Whereas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) isn’t sure Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) GOP brand will sell across America, I don’t believe Gov. Perry’s brand will sell.

Even though Republicans currently have some momentum, I don’t think they can handle it. Here’s columnist Kathleen Parker’s take.

With the Senate changing a rule, the fact that not that long ago roles were reversed, which means what each party says is also reversed. That probably means they did the right thing.

Hmmmm … Senators Graham (R-SC) and McCain (R-AZ) were against Susan Rice becoming Secretary of State, but favor her stance regarding Egypt over Secretary of State John Kerry’s, who they supported for the cabinet post.  (A read here)

Sorry, Mr. President, I disagree. You say the healthcare rollout mess is not about politics, but I say Washington is about politics 99% of the time, and your comment does not fall within the 1 percent.

Although I continue to separate issues regarding healthcare.gov and the law itself, I did notice a spin change from the website will be fixed by November 30th to the website will be working much better by then. To me, the spin is reminiscent of Baghdad Bob’s clueless rhetoric.

Cheers to The Onion for discovering President Obama’s plans for fixing the Affordable Care Act.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Scientists theorize sun could support fire-based life
  • Store manager impressed by new trainee’s ability to ignore customers
  • Man who drinks 5 Diet Cokes per day hoping doctors working on cure for whatever he’s getting
  • Siblings patiently waiting for day they’ll be close to each other
  • Area woman thinking about doing that thin where she’s mean to other women she meets for no reason
  • Mariana Trench once again voted worst place to raise a child

Interesting Reads
A view about moderate Islam
Fish and oral sex
Famines and gender ratios
How superstitions work
Images of insects covered in dew
Images of if they were alive today (Thanks Elyse)

On Potpourri
Given the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, information about November 22, 1963 has been more than bountiful. Interestingly, overshadowed in the news that day was the death of two other famous people: Aldous Huxley (author, Brave New World) and C.S. Lewis (intellectual writer of Christianity)

Here is my 2008 reflection about the Kennedy assassination.

A potential holiday gift for the hard-to-buy person – a WTF stamp (courtesy of The Onion Store)

Say it ain’t so, but someone wants to remake It’s a Wonderful Life.

Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Filipino people. If you can, support relief efforts through the agency of your choice

Dancing with the Stars has been a good season. I always enjoy seeing non-dancers progress, but I don’t like seeing the audience vote causing better dancers to leave.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should resign and start a consultant agency specializing in damage control for celebrities.

Here are your weekend celebrations

  • (Fri) Start Your Own Country Day, Cranberry Relish Day
  • (Sat) Fibonacci Day (past post), Family Volunteer Day, Aura Awareness Day, Cashew Day, Jukebox Day, Eat a Cranberry Day, You’re Welcome-giving Day
  • (Sun) Brownielocks Day, Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day, DB Cooper Day, Mother Goose Day, Espresso Day

Sorry, no Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend, but there will be a post – a new, occasional series called Take 5. Stop by this weekend for the inaugural post.

Let’s celebrate going into a weekend with a song from my youth. Warning: the ending is a bit monotonous. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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71 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 203

  1. Yep, you’re right–Martin didn’t need to go there. His going there will never make the Nincompoop see the light about the falsehood of the things she says. I actually know people who know her and are egging her on in “the name of Jesus.” It is awful!

    You’re right that it’s politics regarding the ACA facilitation, and I don’t see it ever ending. Sigh!

    Thanks for the great song. I remember this well. Cheers!

    • E-Tom,
      Hey hey hey .. she has risen from the depths of her writing! ;) … Does WW still recognize you?

      Oh my my, because you know people who are egging her on, do they know the use of “Nincompoop”? Tell WW I said hello … hmmm … I got an idea … changing your name to BB.

      • Barely–WW is enforcing a break after the book launches before I start on the second one. He’ll get no argument from me. I’m fried!

        As to knowing people who know the Nincompoop, it is a long story, listed under the title: “When good Christians, with a lot of power, go bad.” It’s awful–just awful and all part of that Dominionism stream. They have all become Nincompoops. It is one of the reasons WW and I have become so disillusioned with the Church. Sigh!

  2. Have the conspiracy theories of Kennedy’s death now come to an end or are they still on going.?? I do agree with the Dancing with the Stars comment, I do hate to see good dancers loose their spot because of more popular people who are not progressing as they should…

      • LMAO on that product too. My sil is an exec sec. I think I might have to get her one. Will see how my holiday budget. I already got her a gift. And – I still have lots of nieces & nephews to elf around for.
        Can’t wait to see the other product you suggest as a holiday gift!

  3. Ah, a Nincompoop reference that again, reinforces her name – to her own admission!!??!-who is questioning someone who actually is one of the first Popes in a while to dare live in the present? Tsk, tsk. She will ride the money train as long as she can. In the meantime – maybe consider actually learning something useful to the American people? I can shoot, too, but I can’t see Russia from my back door–guess that’s why they didn’t pick me. :(

    As to the politics? Interesting, that. Transparent, too. Just saw Skakel was released today. No coincidence on the date there, either. (But I’m not expressing an opinion as to his release, I can’t say I’ve followed it other than seeing some movie about it, so that doesn’t count.)

    • Deborah,
      … and is she ever riding the money train! … and yes, interesting timing on Skakel’s release. Other than that, I really don’t know much beyond the broad facts of that case.

  4. as for “it’s a wonderful life,” i think it’s a sequel, not a remake, which is better but still bad. i can honestly say right now that i won’t watch it. just yet another example of hollywood’s inability to come up with anything new.

    i’ll go with mariana trench. happy friday.

  5. Good good Friday to your aFA. Forgot about the Three Dog Night harmonies, and it was nice being transported back a few years. Gotta get me some of them bell bottoms trousers though….way cool….like you! See you tomorrow!

    • Raye,
      Oh yes …. those bells where quite the rage! Yep – quite the harmonies … and one of my favorites at the time. I saw them in concert when they we’re very popular! Cheers to your weekend!

  6. Oh you always give me smiles, chuckles, & laughs. Love visiting your blog! :)

    I wonder how many countries are being developed as I comment here – like all the folks who wanted their states to secede.

  7. Okay lets talk……we’ll trade you guys Rob Ford for Sarah Palin. Deal? Its on the table for 24 hours then we’re going to Disney for Goofy.

  8. my brain turns to mush when politics and space stuff turn up…but “Sun impressed by siblings working on cure for whatever impressed man who drank 5 diet cokes per day!” i’ll take one WTF stamp please. :lol: too funny! and love the extra side things to check!?!!!

  9. “Siblings patiently waiting for day they’ll be close to each other”–good thought as I work myself up to the whole family gathering for Thanksgiving. :-) Good reads,once again, Frank! Good old Nincompoop! I saw the interview, too. My chin kept hitting the floor!

  10. You should think about doing an occasional piece called “Nincompoopery” highlighting some of the dumbest political statements of the month. I don’t think you’d a lot of bother finding entries!

  11. You know, I should probably NOT admit this…but I have never seen the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” – I heard them talking about the sequel on the radio, on the way to work the other morning – they were BASHING the mere idea of it…am I missing a good movie, Frank?

    • Hood,
      It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic old movie and great for the holidays. One of the networks shows it now, thus full of commercials, so see if you can get it elsewhere … heck, you may have a friend who has it. Definitely a good story, and the happy ending chokes me up a bit.

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