Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 223

On Politics
Interesting how a group of people proclaim they want to return to the original intent of the Constitution, but also want to amend it.

Many political pundits got what they wanted with the resignation of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Shinseki). Meanwhile, the systemic problems within the organization are deep and entrenched.

For as long as schools have been serving lunches, the educational system has had the chance to teach about nutrition … and they miserably failed. Given that “Kids Eating Healthy” has been First Lady Michelle Obama’s focus during her time in the White House, the cause has been politicized because that happens in Washington. Columnist Kathleen Parker recently wrote this interesting piece.  (Thanks, Tim)

President Obama issued an executive order regarding reducing carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants. It terms of the cost analysis of the order, was it even given? From my archives, here’s a post about environmental costs.

Tp politicians on both sides of the aisle: You can disagree with the solution, but that doesn’t mean you must deny the problem.

Although the exchange regarding American Bowe Bergdahl is odd in numerous ways, I await more information … but I can say that if President Obama is required to notify Congress, he should have.

Something to contemplate: If the Republicans asked President Obama to fart, and then he did, would they complain?

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Scientific community baffled by man whose waist 32 with some pants, 33 with others
Survey: Most common deathbed regret is never spraying fire extinguisher
Hockey team counting on goalie to step up on offense
Bounty launches beginner series for people new to paper towels
Man updates little monologue recited when extended relatives ask how he’s doing

Interesting Reads
US States and immigration since 1990
Columnist Ruth Marcus about Tiananmen Square
The German manufacturing: A model for the United States?
Leonardo da Vinci’s application letter

With events in Turkey in the news, here are two interesting historical articles
A look at Turkey through history
A year after the protests in Turkey

On Potpourri
June 6th is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. There aren’t many WW II vets left, and many less will be around for the 75th anniversary. So, I wonder … once they are gone, how will the people of the world remember not only D-Day, but WW II?  Will the lessons stay with society? I like this column from David Ignatius.

Health Update: Since Tuesday’s eye episode, I’ve had a blood test and an ultrasound on my major neck arteries, so now I await the results. Thanks to all for your concerns!

I’m due for a new header.

Life: The Musical returns next week, so I’ll announce the theme on Monday.

Sorry, no Saturday Morning Cartoon post again. :( … but I’m not giving up! :)

Normally, our handbell choir has already started summer break by now, but not this year. This weekend we our playing during the service at our denomination’s southern Ohio assembly (convention). Given this weekend is Pentecost, our director selected an interesting piece associated with wind. Here’s a good recording of Windscape (start 30 seconds in), and given its over 7-minute length, it can serve as background when reading other blogs.

Your weekend celebrations

  • (Weekend) Horseradish Days, Lemonade Days, Positive Power of Humor and Creativity Days
  • (Fri) Donut/Doughnut Day, D-Day Anniversary, Drive-In Movie Day, Russian Language Day, Yo-Yo Day, Be-Bop-a-Lula Day
  • (Sat) Daniel Boone Day, Do-Dah Parade Day, Drawing Day, Pencil Day, National Trails Day, Turtle Races Dy, VCR Day, June Bug Day, Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • (Sun) Upsy Daisy Day, Oceans Day, Race Unity Day, Caribbean-Americans HIV Awareness Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s a chance to sing along … well, for those old enough (like me) to remember this 1965 hit about Mrs. Brown’s daughter … Enjoy Herman’s Hermits. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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41 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 223

  1. Most common deathbed regret is never spraying fire extinguisher? Really? Then these people interviewed have lived very satisfying lives. I hope when my time comes, I’ve fulfilled myself to the point that is the one regret. Yay.

  2. I loved that video. Peter Noonan looks like all the boys at my 7th grade dance (which was still three years away!). That awkward, hands at their side, sheepish look. Wonderful!

  3. When the vets of WW2 have passed, the meanings of the war will fade, and at some point, history will probably repeat itself. It may not even take that long. Many countries seem to be starting to embrace rabid nationalism again, and rewriting their histories, like Hungary and Japan.

    • Guapo,
      I feel similar … otherwise, history would not continue to repeat itself. For whatever reason, humans tend to learn more from their own experiences and valuing less the experience of others before them.

  4. I was definitely a Hermans’ Hermits fan, and sing it with plenty of accent. :-) I am going to quote you, “Something to contemplate: If the Republicans asked President Obama to fart, and then he did, would they complain?” That about sums it all up, Frank! :-) I’m eager to read about the school lunches and Tiananmen Square, for sure. You have some good ones included this week. (But you always do!).

    • Debra,
      I’ve got the feeling you song along with this video! ;) … Oh yes, use the contemplation quote with others. The solution-problem statement can be thrown at either side! … Enjoy the two articles.

  5. Are you okay, Frank?! I hope all is well with your health. Excellent week in review. I like your statement to both sides of the aisle: just because you can’t agree on a solution doesn’t mean you can deny the problem. Get some rest.

    • Amy,
      The eye issue is very strange (I liked to the post where I explained what happened). I know now that the condition can come and go without a timetable … but I’m trying to stay calm. :) … Glad you enjoyed the statement and it is applicable for numerous issues.

  6. Upsy Daisy day, I have no idea what that means, but it does sound positive. Glad to hear tests are being done quickly for you, hope all turns out well. Enjoy your weekend.

    • Catherine,
      “Upsy Daisy” is probably most often associated with lifting a baby … and lesser so, with waking someone up.

      I hope to hear something about the results today … even if so, I imagine nothing will done until after the weekend.

  7. No day for me this week. Loved the video!

    Your thoughts this week Frank, yes on the Top Politicians it does seem the problem starts with denial, or does it?

    Keeping this one open for a bit so I can come back and read your picks for the week, no time right now. I’ll let you know what I think, you are always so good with these.

  8. I’m sorry you’ve been having health issues, Frank. I hope it turns out to be Nothing Serious. As for the VA, I worked for the VA for over ten years back in the 70′s and 80′s. The same problems existed then as now. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    I might have to see if I can get out for a hike tomorrow since it’s National Trails Day. :)

    • Robin,
      Thanks for sharing your VA experience. I imagine the red tape is probably even longer today! Thanks for the best wishes on the eyes. It’s very odd. Enjoy the hike … oh, I know you will.

  9. Watched a bit of the D-Day commemoration Frank. Very moving. I think in the UK these men and women will be venerated for time immemorial. They flashed a split screen of Obama and Putin and everybody cheered – guess the little people have more of a clue about peace than our leaders. Have a great weekend.

    • GFB,
      One would hope WW II would become ingrained in all future generations … and I have no doubt that the little people have a better sense of it all that leaders. Cheers to the vets in the UK!

  10. “If the Republicans asked President Obama to fart, and then he did, would they complain?”—Yes, yes I believe they would. ;) (Thanks for giving me my favorite line of the week!)

  11. Your VA opinion has me wondering whether a majority of U.S. citizens favors turning over medical care of all active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families, to the civilian medical system?

    For pollution to be controlled in the U.S. you’re correct that the key question is: “Should the White House continue to control the EPA?”

    The music of Hermans Hermits was a favorite for many of us during a simpler time.

    • Tim,
      Reforming the VA is essential … then again, so is reforming most of the processes in government. Integrating the VA with the civilian system is what Congress is working on …. but it will probably come with a price tag as a highway and a bridge to nowhere.

  12. Saw that lunch piece and thought it was great, too. Sensible stuff shouldn’t ever be out of style.
    Bounty’s offering classes? May have to sign up!
    Appreciate the D Day note. Acts of courage and determination by all involved. It made a difference.
    Would that some of those posturing in DC and in politics would soberly pause and consider (without cameras!) and then look at themselves. Sacrifice for the good of others. Doing what’s right despite personal cost. We all owe those that hit that beach that.
    Thanks for the laughs, Frank – Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Reading while listening to beautiful ‘Windscape’.
    It is really sad but we will eventually forget D-Day as we have so many others… I still remember listening in disbelief my grandma saying “eat all of your food, you never know when hunger or war may break”. I was a child then with no memory of war of famine. Hopefully humanity is maturing and won’t repeat the same mistakes…
    Have a great weekend, my friend!
    ps: medical results will come out clean, says the oracle!!! :-)

    • Marina,
      Your grandma knew war and famine, which shaped her life … same with my parents and grandparents. If humanity repeats the mistakes, I hope it’s after my life.

      The oracle is correct as both results were clean :D … but the problem still exists. :(

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