On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 32

On the Freed Journalists
Watching the reunion of the two freed journalist reunite with their family touched me. AS CNN’s John Roberts said, “There’s not a dry eye in the house,” I too had a tear. But then to hear some Republicans complain about President Clinton; wonder why him instead of the Secretary of State; complain about the negotiation process. That’s pathetic.

On Congratulations and Well Done

  • To the Swedes who helped broker the deal to free the journalists
  • To Sonia Sotomayor on her approval to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • To the readers of this blog for generating the 10,oooth hit in a tad over 11 months … thank you!

On My Senator
George Voinovich (R) is one of my senators from Ohio. He’s a moderate Republican and one that has gone against his party in the past; including yesterday’s Sotomayor vote. Interestingly, in a recent interview he to a shot at his own party; after all, moderates aren’t the most welcomed members of the GOP tent. This recent Kathleen Parker column provides take on the comments.

On Senator McConnell
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the Senate Minority Leader. As one of the leaders charging Sonia Sotomayor with using bias in rulings by providing no judicial evidence. Sadly, 30 senators followed his lead. Thank you for demonstrating partisan bias.

On Speaker Pelosi
Responding to a question about her lack of popularity with the public, Speaker Pelosi responded by saying it’s more important to be liked that trusted. According to Politico, her trusted rating is 24% – about the same has her approval. How about that!

On Wingnuts of the Week
I appreciate John Avlon’s Wingnuts of the Week report on CNN where he honors extremes from the left and the right. Here’s the latest.

On the Bengals
All this news about the tight ends within 24 hours: The starter tears his Achilles tendon (out for the year), #3 sprains an ankle, #2 is knocked out, has a concussion, and some wonder if he’ll ever play again.

On My Evolution and Theology Journey
I’ve finished my reading (actually a 4-page bibliography) and essentially completed my first draft, which goes out for reviews and feedback soon. At this point, I will simply say that I learned a lot!

On a Trivial Note
In case you were wondering, in John Maier’s song Say, Say what you need to say is said 38 times. Nice song, but that line does get old.

On Two Farewells
I was a regular reader of the American Heartland Bar & Grill blog. Out of the clear blue they not only stopped blogging, they took down the site.  Thanks for what you did and you are missed. It was a sad moment for me to remove the link from my list. Best wishes and good luck.

But the next one was a bombshell and a sign of the times. Hal McCoy covers the Cincinnati Reds for 37 years and is in baseball’s hallowed Hall of Fame. Thursday, the Dayton Daily News said that they will cutback Reds coverage in 2010. Sports fans should read his farewell message. Thanks you Hal McCoy for your dedication to Reds fans.

On a Musical Note
With racism so much in the news of late, this is good musical montage. What a hoot!

6 thoughts on “On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 32

    • 3rd Stone,
      Yes, tough news about Hal McCoy – but he is so gracious in the linked post.

      I didn’t see the Daily Show’s take you mentioned, thus I have to seek it. Thanks for the tip and the comment.


  1. Hi Frank,

    I was overjoyed when Laura Ling and Euna Lee were released.

    I cried when I watch Laura Ling described them walking into a room and seeing former Pre Bill Clinton. I cried — because I would have wanted Bill Clinton to come and get me if some deranged government locked me up.

    But it also reminded we that that is what the essence of America is — all for one, and one for all.

    I wish the non-thinking Republicans would get that when it comes to healthcare reform.

    I am very proud that we now have Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – it’s a small but very important step in America towards America’s potential.


    • Paulette,
      The Ling & Lee release was a touching moment and an all-for-one moment – which simply is what ticks me off about the partisan comments around this event.

      I don’t mind political descent, but only in a time & place … an obviously not with every issue. They sound like a kids argument … yes she did, no I didn’t, yes she did …. blah blah blah.

      Oh well … thanks Paulette your always appreciated comments.


  2. Frank,

    I’m glad someone said it, I could not believe that this beautiful and touching moment for the Ling and Lee families was chosen as an opportunity for political posturing. It does not matter who got them back, the fact that they were released and returned to their families is the real and only story. If Sly Stallone was dressed up as John Rambo and carried them back in WWII chopper I would be just as happy…possibly more since this would make Rambo a real person.

    I would love to hear more on the evolution and theology reading you’ve been doing Frank.


    • Rad,
      Yes … a touching moment and the partisan stuff was pathetic. Like Paulette said, it was an all-for-one moment. I wanted to tell the partisans, “It’s time to grow up.”

      On evolution and theology, it was a very interesting journey and I’m sure the thoughts will make it into the posts … but not yet. My process alone is a post … hmmm … now that one I could do early. I’ll think about it.

      Thanks Rad … have a good weekend.


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