On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 14

On Dancing with the Stars
Season 8 has started, but not without concerns. Since when is the jilted Melissa (from the Bachelor) is a star? Yes, preshow injuries opened the door to her shrewd publicist; yes both being ABC shows helped; and yes she’s hot – but sorry, she’s not a star.

Building chemistry is part of is process, so is pairing Julianne with her beau (Chuck Wicks) fair?

On Eating
Interested in any of these food delights: Chocolate-covered bacon, Pizza with gravy, a hotdog encased in French fries, a Twinkle-wiener sandwich, or anything else that is a heart attack in waiting? Well, Jeanne Moos’s CNN report introduced me to this site for the healthy-eating challenged.

On the Golfer
Last week I posted a human-interest story on golfer Erik Compton. For those who don’t know, after starting with two under-par rounds, the weekend wasn’t as kind; yet he finished +3 (44th) and earned $16K+.

On Politics
Meanwhile, Columnist David Brooks, a moderate conservative, offers suggests for the Republican Party.

I firmly believe most people don’t mind government spending; but want the spending to be efficient. Taxpayers for Common Sense reports 8,570 disclosed earmarks worth $7.7 billion. For a full list, click here.

On Useful Sites
For those seeking clarity to political comments and concerns, I’ve added these two sites as Resources: Annenberg Fact Check and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

On Facebook
Although I’m not on Facebook (well at least not yet), the Koobface worm is creating a stir. Here’s a CNN report.