Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 7

On Life
I very much enjoy Jeanne Moos’ segments on CNN. Her quirky, yet personal approach to issues and stories bring many smiles. A humorous look at events is helpful in life. I recently saw this timely quote that supports her work.

Think of what would happen to us in America if there were no humorists; life would be one long Congressional Record (Thomas Masson)

The world would be a better place if people adopted the closing to Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac as a personal mantra. I’ve mentioned this quote before, but it keeps coming up in my mind: “Be well, do good works, and keep in touch.”

For the stimulating thinking through pictures, I added the Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind to my personal favorites.

Much of the country is receiving a cold blast of winter. And to think I attended (in its entirety) the coldest NFL game on record to date.

Speaking of the cold, people citing this cold snap and other recent short-term weather events to go against global warming are just as pathetic as those using short-term weather events of summer to promote the issue. Sorry, let’s make that pathetic and ignorant.

Looking for a good soup this weekend? Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup) is our favorite. Hearty and yummy!

Between the winter blast, my one trip to New Orleans, and the devastation from Katina, the images in this poem touched me this week.

On Politics & Government
An open message to our national Senate and House of Representatives elected to serve the country: To congressional Democrats, one thing: Don’t bully, listen. To congressional Republicans, one thing: Don’t whine, find common ground.

Instead of seeking re-election in 2010, Ohio Senator George Voinovich (R) will retire. In my view, we Ohioans will lose a good senator; one who is more moderate than many of his Republican colleagues and one will has gone against the party (and even the president) on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, the odds are will give us a more-partisan replacement.

On the topic of Congress, the Library of Congress’s legislative page (Thomas) is awesome!

For those who don’t like lawyers, hope you read this George Will column about litigation.

People like Bernie Madoff aren’t worth much space on this page. One question though: How and the heck did the SEC ignore the flaming arrows pointing at the guy?

Has anyone noticed the number of “Bs” in the news? Bernie (Madoff), Barack, Biden, Bailouts, Banks, Bush, Blagojevich, Burris, BCS, Bin Laden, Bill (Clinton), Bernanke … but no Boris Badenov. Sure would be great if someone could pull a rabbit out of their hat …. Presto!

On Sports
I enjoy seeing a great player have a career with one team.

The greatest championship run ever?  Try topping Kenyon College winning the D-III swimming and diving championship every year since 1980. That’s 29 straight and counting!

It Takes All Kinds

 

From Things to Ponder gadget
If quitters never win, and winners never quit, than who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead”?