On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 33

On Woodstock
Last week was the 40th anniversary of the greatest ever celebration of music: Woodstock. I was in high school in 1969, thus lived the era and its music. Woodstock conjures many mental images, but the picture on the album cover of the couple standing and cuddling in a blanket is a classic. Last week NBC had a report on the couple and the photographer 40 years later.

On Pictures to Awe
Many of us appreciate quality photography and the uniqueness that images provide. The image gallery of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is an amazing place. See for yourself.

Another interesting NASA site is Earth Observatory with their Image of the Day. I’ve added both this and the Hubble site to the Potpourri links in the sidebar.

On Albie Pearson
Albie Pearson was the 1958 AL Rookie of the Year and also a member of the original Los Angeles Angels. Given a 9-season career with 3 teams, the rookie award, and a one-time all-star, Pearson is not enshrined in Cooperstown, but he is a hero to many. Now an ordained minister, Pearson took a chance and created a home for needy children:  Father’s Heart Ranch in Desert Hot Springs, CA – a much greater achievement than baseball. Here’s the story.

On Senator Kennedy
First he missed the confirmation vote for a Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and then he didn’t attend his sister’s funeral. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) must not be doing well. I simply want to say Best Wishes to the senator and his family, and Thank You for your years of service.

On Cheney and Bush
Last week former Vice President Dick Cheney revealed the split he had with President Bush. I can’t recall how months ago, but this story stimulated me to recall a David Brooks column where he mentioned the policy change from Bush-Cheney to Bush-Rice. Thank you David Brooks for preparing the way. Here’s Washington Post article.

On Town Hall Attendees
Listening to the talk hall cranks shows a lost sense of perspective on an important issue. This is not to say that the Democratic perspective is the best – actually far from it. But too many of these people display their ignorance by spouting gibberish. Unfortunately for most of America, Republicans are taking little to no interest in discounting the nonsense and working toward a meaningful solution.

On Bingo the Bee
Let’s end this post with a difficult moment for a mascot. Bingo the Bee does his thing after each homer, but this time … well see for yourself.

6 thoughts on “On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 33

    • CCC,
      The Albie story was a good one. I’m a sucker for positive people stories like his on the news.

      Woodstock was a huge, cultural event … and like anything else, there’s always positives and negatives. In this case, I really enjoyed the story about the photographer and the couple on the album cover.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  1. You said, “Unfortunately for most of America, Republicans are taking little to no interest in discounting the nonsense and working toward a meaningful solution.”

    Could this be because of the fact that Republicans have been shut out of the drafting process and stiff-armed when they tried to contribute? It seems to me that the fault lies with the Democrats.


    • Thersites,
      Unquestionably, the Dems using a bully pulpit is also part of the problem – as is the obstructionist stance that many in the GOP are taking. Both are counterproductive toward a meaningful solution – thus why I (in the past) have started I wish the center would take over to work toward something meaningful. Then again, would be center have enough votes to pull it off?

      Much of legislation is the art of compromise. Although a sizable majority, the Dems shouldn’t expect to get 100% … and the GOP, a definite minority, shouldn’t expect to get 50% or even more.

      Again, yep … the Pelosi bully pulpit is an issue, but that’s not new news here. But I haven’t heard much out of Republicans other than ‘no’ and various distortions. I was counting on Sen Grassley (R-Iowa) to help, but he’s starting to echo the town hall cranks.

      Thus, for starters, I challenge Republican candidates to take a stand against Medicare, against Medicaid, against hospital funding, and against funding free clinics. In others words, take a stand for your constituents.

      Sorry for the lengthy response. Thanks for the visit.


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