Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 9

On Politics
I had a hard time getting past William Kristol’s Will Obama Save Liberalism, but I successful read it the next day; only to discover an interesting nugget at the end.

Senator McCain proclaims he won’t be a rubber stamp for the President. Oh really! Are you expected to be? Does your party apply any pressure to its members in either chamber for rubber stamping its agenda?

Sometimes in life its best just to sit back, be quiet, and let others have their way; after all, give them enough rope and they usually hang themselves. I wonder if Capitol Hill Republicans considered the idea after get smacked in the November elections. Bob Herbert had a stinging opinion on the GOP’s current behavior.

On the stimulus plan, have greater respect for the 11 House Democrats going against the grain than the entire House GOP — yet I’m hopefull that both sides in the Senate will be less divided.

Since AIG is paying bonuses, no more bailout money … None!

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins delivered a wonderful sermon at the National Prayer Service the day following the inauguration, and here’s the text.

I’m touched by my honorary membership in the American Hearland Party.

On Sports
Many regard Ray Guy as the best punter ever, but he’s not in the HOF. Here’s a great post about him, which includes a few other names from that era.

Now that NCAA hoop season is finally into league play, sure seems that the big basketball schools have borrowed a page from BCS football: play as many home games against lesser competition as much as possible. How many nonconference games do they need? Oh I forgot … it’s all about the money.

On Films
Last weekend we saw Oscar nominated Frost/Nixon. A must see for boomers! Frank Langella does very well portraying Nixon’s qualities: brilliance, calculating, controlling, & paranoia.

On Stuff
Have you ever thought about this question: What does life ask of us? With that thought in mind, see this nonpolitical column by David Brooks.

I enjoy using iGoogle for daily pictures as the National Geographic Picture of the Day, Places to See Before You Die, Most Sacred Places, Funny Cat Photos, and my favorite – Moon of the Day. Also with iGoogle, my settings automatically and frequently change the banner – It’s interesting.

Seems Cindy McCain interviewed with Dancing with the Stars, and then hubby nixed the idea, which is not being mavericky.

We love soup in the winter, and discovered a wonderful cookbook (with soups) for pressure cookers: The Pressure Cooker Cookbook (Taula Patsalis). Best of all, we found the book at our local Half Price Books.

Here’s a good one: a list of 10 things we should say more often.

From Things to Ponder Gadget
If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?