Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 98

On Politics
The purpose of Sarah Palin’s bus tour is to draw attention to her. After all, Sarah is all about Sarah. Long live the nincompoop! By the way, the media and their obsessive coverage of Palin’s bus tour is equally pathetic – and, unfortunately, a sign of our obsession with media-driven pop culture.

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) poorly handled the situation with reporters. I know he is a live wire, but the interview I saw was at the nincompoop level.

Another week goes by without a jobs bill from House. To quote Speaker Boehner (R-OH), “Where are the jobs?”

Economist Bill Reich writes this interesting perspective about the debt ceiling.

I enjoyed the Wall Street Journal column about the 2012 GOP contenders for the presidency

I learned more about John Huntsman (R-UT) by reading his WSJ op-ed.

To learn about Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), see John Avlon’s column.

If someone rationale emerges from the Republican primary, does that mean they must appease others in the party by selecting one of the goofballs as a running mate? Hey – that strategy worked well in 2008!

On the Potpourri
The situation around Ohio State football created a lot of buzz this week. QB Terrelle Pryor is out of control and should leave the university. These things are obvious about former coach Jim Tressell: he’s a good coach and a poor administration with questionable character. That given, he wisll coach again.

Thank you Shaq for your years in the spotlight and the HOF waits for your arrival.

This story about baseball manager Sparky Anderson tells us more about him as a person.

I appreciate this Bill Tammeus post about prayer and political correctness.

It’s a good day when grocery store has free frosted Lofthouse cookie. It’s a great day when you return to the store and get a second flavor.

Earlier this week, another Playing for Change video came onto the scene. I didn’t know about the project, but learned about it on Wednesday’s Today show. Ironically, while watching the story, I saw it posted on Kansas Mediocrity as I was checking out the site. Enjoy and have a safe weekend.

37 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 98

  1. Did you hear about how Elizabeth Hasselback went off on Palin on the View?

    As far as Tressell goes, I think it will be a while and he may have to settle for a D-3 School.

    Absolutely a great piece on George (Sparky) Anderson

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    • Larry,
      Didn’t know that Hasselbeck words about Palin … of course I really don’t care about Palin. Her narcissistic behaviors are designed to put money in pocket. Glad you enjoyed the Sparky piece. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. I need to check the nincompoop’s itinerary, see if she’s coming anywhere near here. If she does, you’ll know – the national news will report how she was delayed with 8 flat tires, sand in the fuel tank, and a Diet Coke/Mentos bomb in the toilet. Not that I would ever do ANYTHING like that. Now excuse me, I have to go get some Mentos….. 😀
    I loved Wiener’s responses, highlighted on Jon Stewart. “Congressman, is that a picture of your privates?” “I can’t be sure.” So….. just how many pictures of his privates DOES Wiener have, and why can’t he keep track of them? 😉
    And on a close-to-home for both of us, Lance Cpl. Peter J. Clore, 23, of New Philadelphia, Ohio as killed in Afghanistan on May 28. That makes 3 Ohioans in the last 6 days. I may grouse about Ohio from time to time, but this state does give far more than it’s fair share for this country’s security.
    Have a good Friday! 🙂

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    • Good Morning John,
      Thanks for the addition of the soldier from New Philadelphia. That kind of news is never easy.

      Meanwhile, the Weiner story is a gold mine for comedians! Just saw this one and thought of you … well, knowing you would appreciate it.

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      • I think it was Colbert, who claimed it had to be Wiener’s … um … “member”, since it was obvious he was hard-left in more ways than one! 😉
        And I’m MAD at you! }:( You didn’t tell me they had a Pinto rally in Dayton last weekend! Well, to be honest, I don’t really care, but my wife is mad at you, so I’m mad at you. (It’s a married thing, right?) 😀

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        • Let me get this straight – Someone (your wife) that I’ve never met, yet proclaimed her sainthoodness, if made at me for not telling you about a Pinto rally that I didn’t know about in a location 50+ miles from me. On the other hand, given the above, I can understand why you are mad … so …. did the rally end in a fire?

          BTW … and I gave you a Stooges video and get no thanks in return. Tell your wife she should be made at you for that because he has taught you better.

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        • Aw, come on, you KNOW I always appreciate the “Stooges love” you send me! 😉 Besides, the wife didn’t know about the rally until after I told her – and I just found out yesterday! 😀
          But I do have to chew on you for one point. No, the rally did NOT end in a fire, and trust me, the Pinto’s great rival, the Chevy Vega, was identical in layout. It was only random chance the Pinto got into trouble first. Matter of fact, the Vega and Pinto were intriguingly identical – 2.3 litre 4-cylinder, 4-speed manual or 2-speed auto, same driveline layout, within fractions of an inch of each other in length, width, wheelbase, the whole lot. Makes you wonder if maybe the Chevy engineers and Ford engineers might not have visited the same restaurant – or bar!
          While I loved my Vega and was indifferent to the Pinto, it had a heck of an engine. It went on to power Tempos and Rangers, and with a turbo, powered Mustangs, T-Birds, and Cougars. Not to mention its’ widespread use in Europe. There was even a race series that used the engine with a 16-valve head in an open wheel race car (like an Indy car, but smaller). Of course, it was a German engine, built in Cologne. And the Germans know how to build GREAT engines!

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        • Ah ha …. now the rest of the story comes out. I’m vindicated!!!

          Can’t discuss much about car engines as I don’t know much. Insert the key – engine on – drive to the next location.

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        • Yeah, but a Pinto engine in a Mustang? That’s gotta be a BIT impressive. ‘Course, in the 1970s, it was a Mustang engine in a Pinto. Sorry, Pinto GT. Sorry, Mustang II. 😀 (The Mustang, in the 70s, used the Pinto chassis, Pinto body with a few minor mods, and a V-8. To this day, collectors refuse to count the 70s models as “real” Mustangs.)

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        • I’ve never owned Ford stuff, either. Never had anything but GM like yourself, with a notable exception of a love-hate relationship with a 1990 Subaru. It was a lot like English cars – wonderful when it ran, a real pain in the butt when it didn’t. But oh, to blow the doors off a Mustang on the expressway, then pass a cop, only to have the cop pull the Mustang over! (Yes, I was a little poop! 😉 ) If the parts hadn’t been so dang expensive, I might still have it!
          (The Pinto came with my wife – a package deal. 😀 )

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        • Very good … I got you to write/say “Ford” … something that was difficult for you to do at one time. See how therapeutic this site can be. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend.

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  3. That debt ceiling issue is just crap. Both sides, and even the Tea Partiers (deep down), know it has to be raised for the reasons stated in that article.

    I wish Dems would just call their frickin’ bluff this time.

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  4. I liked the conclusion of the prayer and political correctness – that its good we still have the freedom to fight about these things.

    Someday – when we are doing that “good fighting” – I would like to see a meaningful debate on the entire issue of public/ceremonial prayer. Why do we even have it? In most faiths prayer is a private/in-group communication or communion with God. Why does government start meetings with it or invoke it at ceremonial times? How did matters of religion become interwoven as the “create focus” moment of public meetings, and should it stay that way?

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    • Beagz,
      Now there is an interesting question. What is even better is it is coming from someone with a theological background. Oh my … sounds like a conversation for the dogs to ponder! Thanks for commenting.

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      • Frank, believe me – the beagles have heard many a theological question in this house! I think we as a society and Christians as a subculture are unclear and sometimes unsure of what prayer is, or what its purpose is in the life of Christ following.

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        • Beagz,
          Sure the beagles have heard many theological questions, but have you heard their discussions? 🙂 This topic would be a good post featuring the pet clan. Have a good weekend and thanks for commenting.

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        • Ya know, Frank, we could always get a debate going. A dog’s eye view of religion versus a goat’s gatherings of God? Blackjack vs the beaglez? 😀

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        • Ha ha ha – Get ready for a lot of howling! You should probably know the beagles think of church largely in terms of fellowship dinner!

          Frank, their discussions are always a little interesting. That’s why I’m glad I go to church early Sunday – all they do is lay around watching talk shows and fighting over whether to watch Fox News Sunday (belle) Meet the Press (Buddy) or The Week with Christiane Amanpour (Briscoe). The Cosette sits on the remote and they take a nap.

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        • Beagz,
          Love the info about the Sunday morning fight for the remote … of course controlled by Cosette. 🙂 Now John is thinking about a debate involving the beagles and Blackjack (a goat). Oh my …. I’m at a loss for words.

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        • Belle and Buddy can sit on the same couch without fighting? Watching Fox and MSNBC? Methinks they are spending more time napping than watching TV. (No DUH – they’re DOGS! 😀 )

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        • I’m pretty sure all the beagles – even Belle – would say – if they had to vote on intellectual ability between the couch and Palin — our couch would be President. (and it wouldn’t quit halfway through).

          For a while I thought she might be some kind of media savant who says amazingly dumb things so everyone will pay attention and say her name over and over — but the more I listen the more I realize she is just a dumb narcissist.

          She reminds me of Lina Lamont in “Singin’ in the Rain” — So stupid she even believes her own fake studio publicity.

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        • Beagz,
          Everyone with any common sense knows that the the question was from Katie Couric in a disguise aiming to deliver a “gotcha moment” by the lamestream media. 😉 Love Bill Mahler statement – something like “She’s on a vacation … from what? She doesn’t work. Todd doesn’t work, and the kids don’t go to school.” Thanks for commenting.

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  5. thanks for the link to the story about sparky anderson. i don’t really follow the game anymore (but i always watch the world series), but i still enjoy reading baseball stories, especially about people i remember.

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    • Nonnie,
      As a long-time Reds fan, Sparky is a legend … both as a manager and a personality. I appreciated this article because it focused on him as a person away from the game – the part of him that we fans didn’t really know – the George. Simply wonderful. As you well know, many of our politicians could use a positive article about the real them outside of the fray. But then the challenge would be to truthfully portray themselves. 😉 Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. I echo your sentiments about Bill Tammeus <=== the good; and, also echo your sentiments about Sarah Palin <=== the bad. Have a great weekend, Frank.

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    • Al,
      Wow – your opening line is the first time I’ve ever seen Tammeus and Palin mentioned in the same sentence … and on the day after she has rewritten the Paul Revere’s role in history. Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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    • Bruce,
      The bull analogy is very fitting. Given the way his early dance stumbled, I’m not sure what to think. oh well … either time will tell or it may pass by. Thanks for visiting.

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    • Bruce,
      No problem … it was a hunch. What initially caught me was how his “defense” seemed too incoherent. Oh well … one would hope Washington could move on … fat chance of that! Thanks for returning.

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