Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 6

Politics
During the automaker hearing and subsequent discussions, members of Congress slammed executive compensation. Since members of Congress get an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA), I wonder if they would forgo their COLA and any raise until they operate the federal government at a budget surplus for two consecutive years? Ah yes, the dilemma of practicing what you preach.

Wow – sitting president’s age twice as fast as the rest of us. Now that’s pressure.

It appears Norm Coleman will be known as the one losing to a wrestler and a comedian. For Coleman’s sake, I sure hope Joe the Plumber doesn’t move to Minnesota after returning from his journalism stint.

I find Ann Coulter to be much more obnoxious than Rush Limbaugh.

Pondering

SUV and truck sales are rising. Isn’t it amazing how quickly people forget? Here’s a good article on rising gas prices.

Is anyone troubled by the fact that Russia has cut off natural gas to much of Europe?

Sports
Congratulations to Florida on winning the mythical national championship game. By the way, the game has nothing to do with which conference is better.

Although the UC Bearcats didn’t play well in the Orange Bowl, I give credit to Va. Tech for getting the job done. Congratulations Hokies!

Since I have a warm spot for nonBCS schools, great job Utah! Too bad voters are too ignorant and/or too biased to notice. Wonder if they even watched? Here’s a great article by Dan Wetzel.

OUCH, said this proud MAC grad whose conference was winless this bowl season. Didn’t that also happen last year?

Sports fans like good stories about community involvement by players. Here’s a new site to see, and check the Athletes on Board link.

Shout Outs
To be in a commercial and listed as a sponsor by Basic Bloganomics is an honor.

I’m looking for to an upcoming exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center: On Race: Are We so Different? It runs here from mid-January to late April. Checkout the exhibit’s site; including its virtual tour!

It will be worth a few minutes to view MSNBC’s The Week in Pictures.

If you didn’t see it, CBS News did a great piece on how Brad Pitt aged in his latest movie.

Let’s hear it for the guy who used a blow torch to melt the ice on his porch. It sure takes all kinds to make this world go around.

10 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 6

  1. Yeah, the whole BCS thing left a bad taste in my mouth. It’s cool that President-elect Obama is a fan, but I’d like him to fix the economy before he gets involved in a college football playoff or digital TV for that matter.

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    • Having the Prez say something may help the process, but I can’t see it happening … too many $$$ at work. Such a shame too. Besides, the BCS doesn’t need gov’t too screw it up!

      Thanks Ryan … enjoy the NFL this weekend.

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  2. Funny how we forget things when prices come down isn’t it? We all griped about gas prices when they were higher and started flocking away from the large vehicle markets, but now that they are at the lowest point in 4 years, we go back to our wasteful ways again.

    Love the cost of living question to congress, since they are instilling such language into many of the rescue packages they are pushing out the door. Good for the goose…

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    • Frag – We are a fickle bunch in ever so many ways. Unreal. I’ve been maintaining that most of the SUV owners were not old enough to drive during the oil embargo of the late 70s; thus hadn’t experienced the effect of fast increases.

      To go along with our fickleness there’s the congressional double standard. Isn’t life grand!

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  3. “By the way, the game has nothing to do with which conference is better.”

    Exactly. Florida was the better team, but I’d have a better time trying to convince my wallpaper than SEC fans(including some rival Tennessee fans) of that.

    “Since I have a warm spot for nonBCS schools, great job Utah! Too bad voters are too ignorant and/or too biased to notice. Wonder if they even watched?”

    I’d like to see those same SEC fans answer to this. So if the SEC is SO much of a better conference, how come Utah beat the very same school that got Florida in the BCS Title Game in the first place? They maybe the best conference, but they’re not head and shoulders over everyone else like most of their fans believe.

    Nonetheless, Florida outplayed the Sooners to win the BCS Championship. Congrats Florida.

    As far as the BCS goes, it is what it is. It isn’t going anywhere anytime soon either.

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    • David: I was thinking about you last night, and knew the Sooners were in trouble as soon as they didn’t cash in on the first half opportunities. Hey … great season though.

      Florida is good, no question … yet there are numerous SEC fans who need a dose of reality. There’s no question that the SEC is a good conference, but they, like all the others, have their ups and downs too.

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  4. >Gas prices will be well over $2.00 a gallon soon. In Central Fl we have gone from 1.53 to 1.82 since Dec 31
    >Totally agree with you about Ann Coulter,
    >Great observation amout Norm Coleman. i never thought of that.
    >Saw that Utah finished 2nd with 16 first place votes from the AP, so some have noticed.

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  5. I’ve always found Ann Coulter to be much less obnoxious than Rush Limbaugh, personally. She’s not nearly as (blatantly) arrogant; she’s right more frequently; and she is more relevant as time progresses – not less relevant, as Limbaugh seems to be.

    That’s just my opinion, and opinions are like assholes – everyone’s got one, and most of ’em stink. For more opinions and general commentary, check out my blog: Observe Constantly.

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    • Noel … thanks for stopping by!

      On thing for sure, everyone has opinions, but they are either informed and misinformed … which is totally different from agree and disagree.

      Between Ann and Rush, the most obnoxious may simply be the one last heard.

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