Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 23

On Health Care Reform
Having affordable health care available to all is the humane thing to do. Of course the major question is HOW to accomplish this goal. Government funded proposals concern me because of this question: What does government do well at running?

Ok … let’s give government well earned props for creating red tape, spending wastefully, and protecting people against themselves; but what does the government do effectively and efficiently? On the other hand, the need for the people is there. Ah yes – the ol’ catch 22.

On Colin Power about Rush
I appreciate Colin Powell’s response when asked if Republicans can “continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?”

Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?

On Republican Recruiting
Now that moderate Senator Specter has left for the Democrats, here’s a story from Politico about the GOP recruiting other Republican moderates for upcoming races.

On Senate Moderates
Can moderate senators from both parties work well enough together to form a coalition? Frequent readers of this blog know that I’ve been calling for to happen in order to keep both the left and the right in check. Here’s the latest from Real Clear Politics about my request.

On John Edwards
It seems former presidential candidate John Edwards’ all-about-me attitude is very real.

On Jails, Prisoners, and Populations
If a population doubles and the crime rate remains the same, doesn’t the number of prisoners double? Not that the population of Hamilton County Ohio (Cincinnati) has doubled, but the jail is packed, and voters rejected funding a new jail. According to the sheriff, the county has released 8,500+ prisoners so far this year. Although a lot can be done with statistics, that is an alarming number.

As Dancing with the Stars (Season 8) approaches an end, it seems to be following a script I mentioned weeks ago. Now with the finals, we just don’t know how viewers are voting. On March 18 (after the first elimination) I previewed the field, so see how I did.

On the Reds at Home
Since the opening of Great American Ballpark (2003), the Reds home winning percentage is below .500. And yes, despite a good start this year, the trend continues in 2009.

Hats off to the Reds pitching and defense for having 4 shutouts in a 6-game span!

On Louisiana Senate Race
Seems adult entertainer Stormy Daniels is considering a run for the U.S. Senate. Here’s the Draft Stormy site.

On Those Holders
If you saw Stormy, you may empathize with big-busted British women whose bras cost more. Yes, this has created an outrage.

On Genesis
To continue my religion and evolution education, I’m currently reading Storms Over Genesis (William Jennings). So far, interesting – and yes, failing into my personal theology. Here are three sites promoting the relationship between religion and science: