On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 29

On Three Celebrity Deaths
Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson were gone within days. The best comment I heard was from Al Roker, who was quoting someone else – Death comes to three groups: the elderly, the suffering, and the unexpected.

On the President
One of the concerns I’ve had about President Obama all along is this – is he try to do too much? Is doing more important than doing well? I’m one of the independent moderates any candidate needs, which is also the group that political pundits carefully monitored. The numbers are showing the drifting away from President Obama has begun. Here’s a good column WSJ’s Peggy Noonan.

On Governor Sanford
Although many want to pipe in with their opinion of Governor Sanford (R-SC), I say that whether or not he resigns is a matter for South Carolinians to decide; thus not me in Ohio – just as the Iran demonstrations are an internal Iranian issue.

Meanwhile, while a congressman, Governor Sanford was highly critical of President Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal, as was Newt Gingrich. At his recent press conference, the governor asked for forgiveness. In a 2007 radio interview with evangelical leader Rev. James Dobson, Mr. Gingrich asked for forgiveness for his infidelities. Although both are understandable, there’s one more side to forgiveness – shouldn’t both  men publically forgive Mr. Clinton?

On Congressional Shorts

  • Cheers to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-FL) for praising President Obama on being a positive role model for fathers and family values.
  • Boo to Speaker Pelosi for continuing to lead in a partisan fashion; and of course denying it.
  • As Congress continues the health care debate, here are two headlines that truly state the issue at hand: Can Democrats Win Help Care? Can Republicans Steal Health Care? … Yet many still wonder why Washington has difficulty solving problems.
  • What’s worse than listening to a partisan legislator on a talk show? – Having two partisan legislators on the same talk show at the same time.

On a National Museum
Luke Chandler’s A Bible, History and Travel Blog brought this to the attention of his readers (post) that an Italian team has made an interactive virtual version of the Iraq National Museum. The Introduction itself is worth seeing as it leads viewers to the 8 halls of that world. Check it out!

2 thoughts on “On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 29

  1. On forgiving Clinton – We’d have to look back and find the complaints by Gingrich and Sanford and determine whether the bulk of the complaints were actually about Clinton’s infidelity or about his lying under oath (Perjury) to Congress.

    If the former, I’d say that they should forgive Clinton’ if the latter, they shouldn’t.


    • Jonolan,
      Interesting point. Given the choices, I would imagine we can find both … well, if we dug enough. Nonetheless, granting forgiveness is an important quality as shown by Pope John Paul II by forgiving the guy who shot him.

      Thanks for visiting.


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