Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 102

On Politics
I never thought I would see the day when Democrats have more concern about decreasing spending than Republicans do about raising revenues.

It’s time for the Democrats to call the GOP bluff, thus fail to raise the debt ceiling. Let’s see if Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) is right.

Regarding Michelle Bachmann, as her campaign seems to be gaining steam, let us not forget that the key to winning an election is winning the center. Oh – I forget – That doesn’t matter in the Republican primary. I’m cheering for Bachmann! I said cheering, not voting.

Meanwhile, as Bachmann continues to capture Nincompoop supports, The Nincompoop continues on her quest to be the Tea Party’s Oprah – thus I’m anxiously awaiting the first issue of Sarah on the stands and the launching of Palinpalooza: the all-Palin all-the-time network.

Over in Capitol Hill’s House Chamber, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) completes his first six months without a jobs bill. To quote Mr. Speaker, “Where are the jobs?”

As Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continue to ask President Obama to lead, I ask, “Don’t we elect representatives and senators to lead?” Oh – I forgot – the follow their party!

Here’s an interesting website: Costs of War

On Potpourri
Cheerios recently turned 70! No wonder one of every eight box of cereal sold is Cheerios. Wow! It takes 3,115,524,416 Cheerios to circle our planet.

Loyal reader and commenter John loves cars, so here’s a link for John.

Doing my shoulder exercises continues to improve my shoulder, so I am to be able to golf this fall.

As the Cincinnati Reds continue not meet the expectations of many, much of what I wrote on this Opening Day post will explain their troubles.

The project is going well, but I miss my daily interactions with readers here and on the blogs of others. Even posting three times a week, I’m still not keeping up with responding to comments here. Thanks to those who keep coming back and for understanding my general absence. I encourage others to visit many of the fine bloggers in my sidebar.

On a final note, Fourth of July 2011 gives us a long weekend. As those of us with adolescent minds think of other variations of George Cohan’s Yankee Doodle Dandy, I enjoyed this video. Have a safe weekend!

On 17

Being a relatively low number, 17 is a frequently used. In our house, 17 is a special number in this house because both of us have birthdays on the 17th of different months. With that in mind, it’s time to learning more about 17.


  • Seventeen is the 7th prime number
  • 17 is the sum of the first four primes
  • 17 is the only positive Genocchi number that is prime
  • There are exactly seventeen two-dimensional space groups in plane geometry
  • Only divisible by two numbers: 1 and 17

In science

  • The atomic number of chlorine, thus its neutral atom has 17 protons and 17 electrons
  • On the Periodic Table, the Halogens are Group 17
  • Some cicada species have a 17-year life cycle between matings

Age 17
Depending on the state, 17 is the age of consent for purchasing M-rated video games, donating blood, obtaining driver’s license, renting or purchasing R-rated movies, and the age one can enlist in the armed forces with parental permission.


  • “17”, a song recorded by Rick James, Winger, Milburn, Shilina Ringo, Kings of Leon, and the Smashing Pumpkins, which took 17 seconds
  • Seventeen is a song by Ladyron, Jimmy Eat Word, Shaka Rock
  • 17/seventeen appears in numerous song titles: She’s Sexy + 17 (Stray Cats), At Seventeen (Janis Ian), Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks), 17 Days (Prince), 17 Again (Eurythmics)
  • “Seventeen” was the original name of The Beatles song “I Saw Her Standing There” which begins with the lyric “Well, she was just seventeen if you know what I mean.”


  • Number Seventeen (1932), Stalag 17 (1953), directed by Billy Wilder, and Try Seventeen (2002)
  • In the film Three Days of the Condor, the title character played by Robert Redford works in section 17 of the CIA


  • The title of Seventeen, a magazine
  • The number 17 is a recurring theme in the works of novelist Steven Brust. All of his chaptered novels have either 17 chapters or two books of 17 chapters each. Multiples of 17 frequently appear in his novels set in the fantasy world of Dragaera, where the number is considered holy
  • In The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the symbol for Discordianism includes a pyramid with 17 steps because 17 has “virtually no interesting geometric, arithmetic, or mystical qualities”. However, for the Illuminati, 17 is tied with the “23/17 phenomenon”
  • In the Harry Potter universe 17 is the coming of age for wizards. It is equivalent to the usual coming of age at 18
  • 17 is the number of Sickles in one Galleon in the British wizards’ currency


  • According to Leon Kass, 17 has some significant meaning (as yet not known exactly) in the book of Genesis
  • The number of the raka’ahs that Muslims perform during Salah on a daily basis
  • The number of surat al-Isra in the Qur’an
  • 17th pope was Urban I, whose pontificate was 222 – 230


  • Cincinnati Reds wearing #17: Tommy Harper, Billy Martin, Fred Whitfield, Terry Crowley, Tom Lawless, Joe Nolan, Chris Sabo, and Aaron Boone
  • Super Bowl XVII: At the Rose Bowl, Redskins 27- Dolphins 17, John Riggins MVP
  • MLB: One retired 17: Dizzy Dean (Cardinals)
  • NBA: two retired 17s; John Havlicek (Celtics) and John Pollard (Lakers)
  • NFL: no retired 17s
  • NHL: two retired 17s; Rod Brind’Amour (Hurricanes), Jari Kurri (Oilers)
  • Kingman won the 17th Kentucky Derby (1891)
  • NASCAR: 17 is currently driven by Matt Kenseth (18 wins); and previously the number of Darryl Waltrip (15 wins)

Seventeen is:

  • Described at MIT as ‘the least random number’, according to hackers’ lore
  • The number of guns in a 17-gun salute to U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Generals, and Navy and Coast Guard Admirals
  • the four-engine heavy bomber as flown by the USAAF and other Allies and known as “The Flying Fortress” and the B-17
  • The maximum number of strokes of a Chinese radical
  • The number of syllables in a haiku (5+7+5)


  • The designation of United States Interstate 17, a freeway in Arizona
  • The designation of U.S. Route 17, a highway that runs from Virginia to Florida
  • Seventeen, also known as Lock Seventeen, an unincorporated place in Clay Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio
  • 17th street Manhattan 17th Street forms the northern borders of both Union Square (between Broadway and Park Avenue South) and Stuyvesant Square
  • The 17th Street Canal is a drainage canal in Greater New Orleans, Louisiana that flows into Lake Pontchartrain
  • *17 is a downtown Houston restaurant http://www.17food.com/


  • 17 is considered unlucky In Italian culture
  • Roman numeral XVII
  • Also referred to as diciassette, Zeventien, sytten, On yedi, saptesprezece ani

Year 17 AD

  • Started on a Friday
  • Buddist calendar year 561, Holocene calendar 10017, Korean calendar 2350, Thai solar calendar 560
  • Emperor Tiberius sends Germanicus to the east in order to lead a military campaign against Parthia.
  • Beginning of a civil war in Germania
  • Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, builds on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, the city Tiberias in honor of Tiberius
  • An earthquake in Asia Minor destroys the city of Sardis

17 BC

  • Bengali calendar -609, Burmese calendar -654, Hebrew calendar 3744-3745, Byzantine calendar 5482-5493
  • Under emperor Augustus, Rome celebrates the Secular games, for which Horace’s hymn the Carmen Saeculare is commissioned

The 17th century

  • The Baroque cultural movement
  • The French Grand Siècle dominated by Louis XIV
  • The beginning of modern science and philosophy
  • The Ottoman, Persian and Mughal empires flourished, the Edo period in feudal Japan, and the violent transition from the Ming to the Qing Dynasty in China

US History

  • Ohio is the 17th state
  • 17th Congress met from March 4, 1821 to March 3, 1823 during the first two years of the second of President James Monroe’s administration
  • In 2008, Michigan had 17 electoral votes, but no state will have 17 electoral votes in 2012
  • 17th Amendment (adopted April 8, 1913) provides the direct election of US Senators
  • Andrew Johnson, 17th US President

World Leaders

  • Dagobert III served as the 17th King of France 23 April 711 715
  • Pope John XVII only served from May 16, 1003 to December 6, 1003
  • Ethelred II, aka Ethelred the Unready, was the 17th King of England and had two reigns (978-1013 and 1014-1016), the resigns were interrupted by invading Danish Vikings

On a Monday Morning Trek

Last week’s Monday Morning Entertainment featured The Muppets version of Bohemian Rhapsody. Knowing that the song is a favorite or many – and knowing that some regular visitors here enjoy Star Trek – so hey – why not combine the two ideas! Have a good week everyone.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 101

Regarding the debt ceiling vote, I’m tired of all the jicky-jack stuff. I hope the Democrats call the GOP’s bluff.

The last week’s US Open disappointed me. Nothing against Rory McIllory as we won far and square, but the USGA let me down. Although the USGA could not prevent the softening of the greens due to weather, there was a lot in their control that was very unlike past US Opens. Why the shallow rough? What happened to rewarding players for being in the fairway and punishing those who were not? A double-digit number of golfers finished under par! I am placing the USGA on one year probation for failing to live up to the standards of its own tournament, thus turning the 2011 US Open into a regular tour event.

Who in the right mind would want to read Bristol Palin’s memoirs? Better yet, why is the media covering her book?

Two good reads: Arab Spring and one on Homosexuality and the Bible

Professionally, I have accepted a several month project with a company and have already started. Although these types of situations are easy-come, easy-go for workers like me (meaning I could be cast aside in a matter of days), I will cut back my postings to 3 per week. The worst is this will also cut into my time visiting and commenting at my favorite places. So to all readers and writers, I ask for your patience and I encourage everyone to read the blogs in the sidebar.

On Corporate Sponsors

Corporate sponsorships are so much of life today. In the sports world, corporate sponsorships are found on arenas, stadiums, golf tournaments, college football bowls, and who knows how many more places. Wow – I miss the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl, which actually was one of the first to take the corporate road in 1990.

I image corporate sponsorship of highways in the future – especially toll roads. I can see it now – the next 100 miles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike sponsored by Home Depot. Save those toll receipts because for every 100 dollars in tolls, receive a $10 gift card from Home Depot.

Well – for the 2012 GOP race for the nomination, why not a corporate sponsor for each candidate! For starters, I have some below. Now many of you are far more creative than I am, so feel free to add some suggestions.

  • Mitt Romney – Waffle House
  • Rick Perry – Hair Club for Men
  • Newt Gingrich – Tiffany’s
  • Tim Pawlenty – Musak
  • Sarah Palin – The Money Store
  • Herman Cain – Little Caesar’s
  • Jon Huntsman – Mr. Clean
  • Michelle Bachmann – Coco Puffs
  • Rick Santorum – Preparation H
  • Ron Paul – Liberty Mutual