On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 52

On the White House, Republicans, and Health Insurance
Recent news has President Obama inviting Republicans to bring their ideas to the table. Here are the problems I see with this step.

  • Of course is it a fight for bipartisanship or a ploy to blame the other side?
  • President Obama is admitting the previous process shutout Republicans
  • Even if the White House and GOP find common ground, getting Speaker Pelosi (the one controlling legislation) to buy in is another matter
  • Republicans will probably still vote no.

On the other hand, many voters see the current partisan tone as a negative, so now there’s a race to see how can demonstrate bipartisanship.

On Senator Shelby
Until earlier this week, Senator Shelby (R-AL) was intentionally medaling the federal appointments process to prevent approving appointees because he wanted certain pork for his home state. Since this a prime example of what many citizens do not like about Washington, here are three thoughts:

  • Senator Shelby is pathetic
  • Republican senators not calling him out are pathetic
  • Democratic senators who did the same thing during the Bush administration are pathetic

On the Super Bowl Commercials
As a whole, I found the commercials during the Super Bowl to be a very mediocre crop. Go Daddy doesn’t get it, the ETrade baby is not as funny, and Budweiser and Coke seems to be cutting back. No need to slam Hyundai for being normal, yet I praise Doritos as the product winner.

On a Fund Raiser for Haiti
The earthquake in Haiti has tugged on a lot of heart strings … but in this case, G-strings. Marilyn’s, a strip club in Toledo, recently raised $1000 in their Lap Dance for Haiti promotion.

On 2010 Bearcat Football
The past several seasons have been successful for the UC Bearcats, but they announced the 2010 OOC schedule. OUCH! … a 1-3 start is a good possibility …. at Fresno, Indiana State, at NC State, Oklahoma.

On Studying Climate Change
Our Commerce Secretary announced plan for NOAA to set up a new group to study climate change. Here is a novel idea – Study all the data without political or economic interests and then reporting honest, unbiased conclusions to the public.

On No to this Stimulus
About an hour after posting about social security, I read a bipartisan proposal in USA Today that Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Hatch (R-UT) have to boost the economy. Well, it’s obvious that they didn’t seek my advice.

On Missing the Bush Administration
Someone posted a “Miss me yet?” billboard in Minnesota with a picture of President Bush. Although I’m disgruntled with the current administration, I politely say no.

On Toyota
Their recent recall situation continues to be a PR nightmare. Let’s see – the company has formed a quality committee to closely examine the situation. What happened to your focus on quality as part of normal operations? Their focus on the crisis and not the problem is unbelievable!

Of course, Congress cannot resist looking into the matter with its own special committee, thus another opportunity for grandstanding!

6 thoughts on “On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 52

  1. My favorite commercial was the casual Friday one. Pretty funny stuff. I don’t know why they followed it up with the Dockers’ (I believe) pants commercial where they weren’t wearing pants. Took away the effectiveness of that ad, which isn’t right considering the hefty sum they spent on the spot.

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  2. I wasn’t thrilled overall with the commercials either, but I really don’t give them as much thought as I do the game itself.

    I heard about the fund raiser for Haiti. It’s definitely different.

    Yep, Cincy hosts Oklahoma on September 25, and then the Red River Rivalry the following week. They have Florida State without Bobby Bowden at home in 2010. Air Force is another team they play, too.

    Also, Oklahoma has scheduled games against TCU, Ohio State, Tennessee, LSU, Notre Dame in the coming decade. No one can say OU doesn’t schedule good OOC teams.

    Have a good weekend buddy!

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    • David,
      That’s one heck of an OOC schedule for OU in 2010. Good luck to your guys, well, expect when they play here.
      Have a good weekend!

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    • CCC,
      The fact that you can’t recall a game commercial just questions why companies are spending so much for the gimmicks. For instance the P&G ads saluting Moms might be getting more bang for the buck.

      Thanks for commenting.

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