On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 40

On the Loud Mouths
The other day while at my car dealer, Glenn Beck was on the customer lounge’s tube. I watched a little bit and wondered – Why does anyone watch this buffoon? Even worse, what companies are paying advertising time and what is their target audience?

Here are a few reasons why Kathleen Parker and David Brooks are two of my favorite columnists: They are intelligent, they make sense, and both the left and the right don’t like them. Here’s a recent Parker column about the way the White House is handling the loud mouths.

On What Politicians Do
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is the representative from an adjacent district to me. Being in the Cincinnati metro area, Mr. Boehner is a frequent news item. I’ve made my share of criticisms of him, and this Cincinnati Enquirer article confirms my thoughts – John Boehner’s main priority is his party – not his country or his constituents.

It’s sad to say, but he aims his time and effort to his party, his political action group, and his special interests. Even worse, his chief lieutenant (Eric Cantor, R-VA) is following Boehner’s lead and Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and her #2 (Steny Hoyer, D-MD) are do the same thing. Here’s the evidence.

On an OchoCinco Deed
I may be a Bengal fan, but I’m not a fan of Chad OchoCinco. On the other hand, I commend the way he stepped up and got the job done to achieve a sellout – thus last week’s game was shown on local television. With his help, 1200 tickets were given away. Good job Chad.

On Church and State
The wall between church and state has been getting weaker the past 20 years or so. Plus, the case on the Supreme Court docket may continue the trend. Nonetheless, here’s an interesting dialogue between a Republican and a Democrat in the biweekly column: “Common Ground” in USA Today.

On the BCS
Upper division college football is the only sport without a legit national champion. I’m not a fan of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), so the creations by the Global Sports Fraternity team is priceless. I posted their episode of a BCS meeting earlier this week (click here) before the second episode (shown below). Again – priceless!

11 thoughts on “On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 40

    • Jacob,
      Boise is an interesting situation. I’m a believer that they deserve a shot, although they are a cut above in their conference. Too bad they don’t play in the Mt. West. Also too bad they can’t load their OOC … but that has it’s dangers. Unfortunately, the big boys won’t accept going to play on the blue turf. But I like them
      Thanks for the comment.

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  1. Hi ‘Frank,

    Thanks for sharing another great dose of interesting commentary. You have a unique writing style, and I’ve come to appreciate your worthy coverage of different topics so skillfully, yet in a, with apologies to Fox news, fair and balanced manner.

    Enjoy a safe/relaxing weekend.

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    • Al,
      Thanks for the kind words. I’m a moderate by nature so it’s easy to pick on both of the sides – yet being respectful is an important quality of life. Interestingly, it seems I’m now using these Opinion Shorts as a Friday feature … actually unexpectedly … actually your visits have got me thinking that way. Many thanks …. and thanks for commenting.

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    • Al,
      Thanks for the kind words. I’m a moderate by nature so it’s easy to pick on both of the sides – yet being respectful is an important quality of life. Interestingly, it seems I’m now using these Opinion Shorts as a Friday feature … actually unexpectedly … actually your visits have got me thinking that way. Many thanks …. and thanks for commenting.

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  2. You said, “The wall between church and state has been getting weaker the past 20 years or so.”

    To me that is a baffling statement because it appears to me that there has been a successful effort to remove Christian references from the public square. It is true that the Bush and Reagan administrations were more influenced by their personal beliefs and by religious groups. But I see that as a normal influence of a constituency not a power grab by organized religion. Despite that, I think that the practice of religious display in public is waning.

    But the trend does not concern me as my opinion on the subject is very close to Cal Thomas’, which he describes in the link you provided. Keeping religion in government and politics only gives politicians the ability to use religion for their own ends.

    I say this as a devout bible thumper. 😉

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    • Thersites,
      My comment about the trend about the wall weaken over time is not about preference or religious affiliation, but more about an observation based on the highest court. No way do I consider myself an expert or even knowledgeable enough to quote the cases, but I’ve read several articles on the trend. It will be interesting to see how the court rules on the current case.

      Personally, I like the wall, but I also understand how things change over time for a variety of reasons. Although I like the way, the question is to what extent.

      Thanks for your insight.

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  3. My favorite Guy and Show is Chris Mathews, His Hardball has both sides and The weekend show often has David Brooks and david Brookes on it, I enjoy listening to both of them, I also like The Situation room with Wolf Blitzer with the very funny and insightful Jack Cafferty.

    The amazing thing about the Beckster was when he was on CNN he was as anti Republican as he was Anti Democratic Party. Whe He was very sick he had a video where he said our Health care System was the worst in the world. (I think you or Tim posted that video at one time) Now he thinks that it is great.

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    • Larry,
      When it comes to radio and tv, let’s face it, the person has to have a personality as part of their schit .. thus sell more ads, etc. Take Jim Cramer in the financial world as personality is used to draw an audience … and many of the political people are the same. Shortly after the presidential election I posted election winners and loser … and I had Limbaugh as a winner. Not that I like him (as I actually don’t), but the next 4 years gives him can’t rant material.

      Agree, I too like Jack Cafferty’s insight too. Thanks for the comment.

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