On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 28

On Debt and Tough Choices
I rely on columnists like David Brooks for being one of the voices of reason – something the any partisan-heavy columnist cannot give. Given our long period of consumption, the hoards of dollars of personal debt, a growing deficit at the federal level, and the delusion that either party has anything meaningful to say or do, this recent Brooks column about the touch choices ahead hit the nail on the head. Are our elected officials willing and able to step up to challenge? I very, very much doubt it.

On Letterman and Palin
David, you blew it first with the joke, and secondly with a lame apology. After the flames continued to roar, your Monday apology was more sincere and direct. All of this because you and/or your staff didn’t do their homework.

Governor, one response for this one was all that you needed … just one. Failure to do so continues to foster the impression that you do not have a grasp on national and global issues. If you want to be on the national stage, lay low, study,run Alaska the way that got you noticed, and study some more.

On Hate
The amount of hate on the news, thus in society and throughout the world these days continues to amaze me. Take your pick: Rush Limbaugh, Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn, Jeremiah Wright, Wiley Drake, too many politicians on both sides of the aisle, and countless of others – and many in the name of religion. Here’s a wonderful column by John Young (Waco Tribune-Herald) about Christianity and Islam. We have so far to go and so few people seem to be willing to learn. Remember this post about learning?

On Evolution and Religion
My ongoing and personal study of this topic continues to be both interesting and enlightening. I finished Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution by John F. Haught, and am now reading another book by Haught – God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution. I’ve also discovered the next book in line: Can You Believe in God and Evolution? A Guide for the Perplexed by Peters and Hewlett.

On My Struggling Cincinnati Reds
So far in June, team batting .194 w/ 8 HRs. Since Votto went on the DL, scored 41 runs in 14 games. Take away the 9-run game, they averaging 2.46 runs/game in the other 13. (Thanks Cincinnati Enquirer)

On Angels and Demons
I enjoyed this engaging thriller as it moved much faster than The Da Vinci Code. Scenes of Rome are great reminders for those of us who have visited the Eternal City.

11 thoughts on “On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 28

  1. Hi Frank,

    I agree that Letterman blew it with the joke but I thought he did the right thing in apologizing. How many comedians would have even taken that step to admit they were wrong and apologize to someone they’d made fun of. I was so dissapointed with The Da Vinci Code movie (the book was great) that I’ve been holding off on seeing Angels and Demons. Good to hear that it moved at a faster pace. I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Rome but I can live vicariously through Robert Langdon.

    I also don’t think any elected officials are willing to stop the gravy train that is consumer debt. It all starts with educating the public about the perils of massive amounts of consumer debt especially when combined with minimal income. Banks still make so much money from fees and interest that any official who tries to turn off the revenue stream would be commiting career suicide (the big banks also contribute large amounts to many campaigns). Making money more readily available will not help most people as they will end up right back in debt, education is the way out of this. How does the saying go, “Give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he can eat forever…” something like that.

    Sorry for the long comments, you just have such great information in your posts and I always feel the need to speak on each topic lol

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    • Rad,
      My wife is the avid fiction reader and read both Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. She enjoyed the latest movie too.

      Letterman blew it twice, but at least stepped up to the plate yesterday. Will be curious to see if he stays away from any Palin jokes.

      Good points about debt. Heck, I’m not sure if politicians are willing to make any tough decision!

      Always good to hear from you, so don’t worry about long comments! … and thanks for visiting and the kind words.

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    • The amount of play this has gotten is amazing. In some way, a sign of the times featuring reality television. This morning I read a report some operatives want to keep this going. Oh yes … special interests and vanity strikes again.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I agree with Lester in that the whole Palin/Letterman thing was ridiculous. And speaking of ridiculous, you are right, the Reds offense has been nothing short of atrocious lately. Perhaps they’ll move a pitcher for a big bat sometime soon…though I doubt that – they seem to be content to perpetually play for “next year.”

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    • Chris,
      Media seems to be focusing on Cleveland’s Mark DeRosa. He would help this lineup; and his hitting style should match well with GABP. Meanwhile, the Reds front office remains mum … if anything, giving the impression that no moves will happen.

      Thanks for the comment. Go Reds.

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  3. Hello Frank! I am not much into the Palin/Letterman talks. But I enjoyed watching Angels and Demons. It’s really better compared to the first novel-turned-blockbuster film The Da Vinci Code. The suspense is really awesome!

    By the way, I am Kevin, from the Philippines and its my first time to visit your GREAT blog. Its nice and I really enjoy reading. Keep it up!

    PS: Please contact me if you agree with links exchange. Thank you Frank!

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    • Welcome Kebby!
      Thanks for confirming my thoughts on Angels and Demons. The suspense was there and it kept me guessing.

      Don’t worry about not commenting on Letterman/Palin because many think it shouldn’t have received as much publicity as it has. Besides, this post included other topics!

      Thanks for visiting and hope you return!

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