Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 47

On the Sugar Bowl
Since I knew that the odds for winning the game against Florida, I was simply hoping for a respectful showing by my UC Bearcats. Well, my simple hope turned into a nightmare, thus arming the naysayers. UF simply had more good players. Nonetheless, the team still had a memorable season. Congratulations Gators!

On Double Standards
The Christmas Day airline incident reminded us of terrorism’s ongoing threat, the importance of efficient and effective airport security, and the role that each of us have in the process. Meanwhile, the spoken voices tell us so much more. The many of the Obama critics on this issue were blaming the Clinton administration for 9-11. Those defending President Obama were point to the Bush Administration for 9-11. Does anyone besides me and other nonpartisans see what is wrong?

On Airport Security
I do enough travel to understand the routine at airports, yet I have questions. Is TSA a security program or a job program? Although it is a mammoth undertaking, is Washington truly concerned about protection?

The situation demonstrates the continual disconnection between various government agencies when it comes to security. No matter the political party, Washington prefers rhetoric or achievement. I found this profound comment by columnist Maureen Dowd.

If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?

On a Pathetic News Cast
I just watched a Today show news brief whose second topic was about finding Elin Woods skiing in France followed by news about Rush Limbaugh leaving the hospital. I know that the show’s format includes news reports to precede the news brief, but having Woods and Limbaugh as number 2 and 3? That’s pathetic!

On Hospitalized Rush
Whether it’s his arrogance, politics, twisted truths, misuse of facts, or overall mocking of people who deserve better, there’s not much I like about Rush Limbaugh. I don’t listen to his show nor do I have much respect for his flock of ditto heads. Nonetheless, when I heard the news about his hospitalization, I had thoughts about his successful recovery. You see, unlike many partisans, I also know that he deserves respect as a human being.

Upon his hospital release, the bombastic one with a huge ego had a news conference and said the following: “I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. I got no special treatment other that what anybody else that would have called 911 and had been brought in with the same kinds of symptoms.”

Hey Rush, the national debate is NOT about health care reform – it’s about health insurance! Let us be reminded that the people living by his words are the same people who mocked late Senator Ted Kennedy’s cancer care as the best money can buy.

On a Steelers’ Blast
Pittsburgh Steelers LB LaMar Woodley recently proclaimed that the Cincinnati Bengals would “lay down” in this Sunday’s game against the Jets because “No one wants to see Pittsburgh in it.” One question for LaMar – Why did the Steelers put themselves in the predicament of relying on others instead of getting the job done yourself?

On the Latest Banner
Have some similarities to my previous head is one of the reasons I choose the current banner. I also added a Past Headers page to serve as a reminder of this blog’s history – so check it out.