Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 119

On Politics
The latest Mitt Romney side-step/misstep started less than 10 miles from my house during his Cincinnati visit.

I admit it: I found the Herman Cain ad with the smoker amusing, especially since it sparked many parodies.

Recently seeing Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) reminds me of this question: Are the House Ethics Committee and Senate Ethics Committee oxymorons?

Congratulations Congress on reaching the single-digit approval level! That’s ok Senator McConnell (R-KY), just keep blaming President Obama. Oh wait … Ohio’s 9th Congressional District has the answer: Send Joe the Plumber to Congress! Oops, I meant Sam I am, but does he like green eggs and ham?

If I understood Speaker Boehner (R-OH) correctly, no agreement by the Super Committee is unacceptable and any increases in tax revenues is a nonstarter. Of course his answer to the “cake or ice cream” question is, I want the whole damn buffet and the ability to determine what’s on it.

By the way, I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 42 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?” Meanwhile, I’m getting tired of these reminders.

Interesting Reads

On Headlines from The Onion

  • French Teacher Forces Student to Inform Her of Bathroom Fire in French
  • Genetically Modified Shrieking Broccoli Toned Down
  • New Decoy Website Launched to Lure Away All Moronic Internet Commenters
  • Comatose GOP Candidate Drops Out of Race due to Sex Scandal
  • QB Eli Manning Announces Second Down is His Favorite Down

On Potpourri
Thoughts and prayers to victims of Turkey’s earthquake and Thailand’s floods.

Thanks for the feedback this week on a possible new theme/layout/template for this blog. Time is tell what happens, meanwhile, it’s back to the original.

Hip, Hop – Hooray! A new annual rainfall record for Cincinnati!

I continue to maintain that the bias of the listener is a major (but not the only) contributor to media bias. FOX News is about as fair, balanced, and predictable as a fight between Popeye and Bluto. Nonetheless, see this article about FOX News by Bruce Bartlett. Then again, the comments following the article are not only interesting, and support my point.

I have not played night golf in over 10 years, but this past Tuesday was an interesting twist to an already difficult game. Trying to hit a ball without normal depth perception is an interesting challenge – let alone a ball that does not travel as far. Nonetheless, we had fun.

An Oregon kindergarten was using a pit bull to teach how to avoid dog bites. Hmmm…….

I do not actively look for artists, but sometimes I stumble across interesting treasures that continue to show the creative human ingenuity. See this work by Alex Queral. Thanks to Kay for the discovery. For those who like storm photos, click here.

It’s Halloween weekend, so enjoy this awesome animation. Many thanks IzaakMac!

It’s time for me to take a break from my daily routine here, just a break for 7-10 days. Although I am in a minor cyberfunk, nothing serious, a break is good – but it also means I could miss the debut of a long-awaited blog – simply one of those a person can look back and wonder, “I remember _ when _. I wonder if _ remembers me?”

Y’all come back now and enjoy this great commercial.


On a Clooney Movie

This is the last day in the series of different themes/layouts that I’m considering. I appreciate the feedback and included images of the others below the post (including the original).

Not all that long ago, George Clooney decided to film a movie from the site of his roots: Cincinnati. Ever since the filming, the area has been anticipating its release. Last weekend we saw Ides of March, billed as a political thriller about a Democratic candidate in the Ohio Primary.

A few days after seeing the film, a Letter to the Editor appeared proclaiming the movie as nothing more than political propaganda for the Democratic Party, thus left the movie and sought his money back.

Although George Clooney movies generally have a political edge, Ides of March can’t be near any Michael Moore movie, Citizen United’s Hillary: The Movie, or even Sarah Palin’s self-promotional endeavor, The Undefeated.

I provide some recommendations for those considering Ides of March.

  • If you are concerned about this movie being a propaganda prop, don’t go!
  • If you can look at the movie’s twisted view of the political arena, go!
  • If you can enjoy it as a movie with a story, go!
  • If you enjoy close-up views of Clooney and Ryan Gosling, go for your eye candy!

To me, the movie was OK, but could not give it a 10, an A, or whatever top rating. Sure, I was interested in seeing the Cincinnati scenes and keeping a watchful eye for two extras that I know. Nonetheless, it was entertaining – although the credits state, “Filmed on location in Michigan.”

Sample 2 (Chateau)

Sample 1 (iTheme2)

Original (MistyLook)

On Blocks of Granite

Not all that long ago while poll results were hailing Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) as the front-runner, I calmly suggested, “Keep her talking.” She did, fact-check observers did their job, thus down in the polls so goes. With that in mind, is there any surprise to the latest news that her New Hampshire team has imitated Elvis and left the building? I appreciate the paragraph below from the New Hampshire office’s statement.

The manner in which some in the national team conducted themselves towards Team-¬NH was rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel. But more concerning was how abrasive, discourteous, and dismissive some within the national team were towards many New Hampshire citizens. These are our neighbors and our friends, and some within the national team treated them more as a nuisance than as potential supporters.

Meanwhile, today is a day with another new theme/layout. What do you think? The images below are of Possible Sample 1 and the Original. Meanwhile, tomorrow will show the third (and hopefully the last) sample.

Sample 1


On a Green Joke

Over the next few days I will have short posts to test a different templates/themes. I would appreciate your feedback. An image of the original look is below the video. Meanwhile, thanks to Herman Cain for this latest interesting exchange about green energy. I wonder if his campaign site will link me again.

Moderator: If you could reserve one energy related policy decision from the last three years, what would it be? And what would you have done differently?

Herman Cain: If I could have reversed one related energy policy over the last three years, what would it have been?

I would have allowed the American people to decide what kind of light bulbs they want to put in their homes. America believes in choice.

Green energy is a joke. You ought to be able to pick what kind of light bulb you want. That’s why we call this Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Previous Theme

On a Note to Sport

Well … another end of the world proclamation has come and gone. Is two in one year a record? Otherwise, hope you had a good weekend. My weekend highlights included ballroom dance at the studio, a 4-hour handball techniques workshop, and dinner with friends.

For whatever reason, many Americans picture the British as stiff and serious; however, Benny Hill, Monty Python, and others provide the opposite impression. Then again, we have of tendency to think of our northern neighbors as those crazy Canadians; yet I imagine they could identify some the anal retentives in their midst.

And then there are the Australians – who some say make the Canadians look tame and sane. Then again, maybe it’s a positive aspect of their culture that knows how to keep a perspective in life.

For your Monday Morning Entertainment, do you know the name Rolf Harris? He’s an Australian legend that now lives in England. In this video he leads the audience in a song they love. (Thanks Don.) Crazy as it sounds, I recall this tune when it was a hit in the US. Enjoy and have a good week.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 118

Well, all good things must come to an end, and with that I announce this is my last post. I’ll explain at the end.

On Politics
I continue my streak of not watching the new GOP debate series. Meanwhile, some pundits are predicting Newt Gingrich will lead the next anybody-but-Romney wave.

Last week I watched Meet the Press and observed Herman Cain making too many contradictions.

Hooray for Social Security recipients getting their first COLA raise since 2009.

Sorry Senator Rubio (R-FL), I do not believe the public would not have tolerated aggressively sending US troops into Libya.

Those waiting on the Super Committee results, prepare for a 7-5 vote as the GOP decides how they cast their votes.

In 2012, many independents will cast a vote opposing someone over supporting a candidate – thus setting up the winner to misread the mandate.

As Election Day 2011 approaches, I continue to believe that elected judges at any level should not run attached to a party, should not receive a party endorsement, and should not receive party support.

There is no doubt in my mind that Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor supporting Rick Perry and referred Mormonism a “cult” and “nonChristian”, is using religious bigotry to promote politics. Does he not reject candidates based on religion?Read his column in the Washington Post to see.

Interestingly, this NBC poll shows that the percentage of likely GOP primary voters in two early primary states whom seemingly agree with Rev. Jeffress: South Carolina (53%) and Florida (42%).

In accordance with our state constitution, Ohio has redrawn its district boundaries. The result is both legal and pathetic.

I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 41 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?”

Interesting Reads
Pew Research study about which candidate gets the most negative press – get ready for a surprise
US Debt Accumulation by President
Tax Policy Center about 9-9-9
Tax Reform Thoughts
A Google Interactive about What Taxes Pay For
Super Committee and Backroom Deals
Kathleen Parker on Success and Failure
A short Then and Now video about Occupy Wall Street

On Headlines from The Onion
Republican Coma Candidate Dominates GOP Debate
Nation’s Dogs Dangerously Underpetted, Dogs Say
Leaf Hunting Season Begins
Smooth Jazz Musician Forced to Listen to Own Song Over and Over While on Hold with Time-Warner
New Co-op Airline Offers Cheaper Fares if You Help Fly the Plane

On Potpourri
What is next for Libya? Will Syria change?

We were supposed to play a round of night golf, which I have not done in double-digit years. Unfortunately, too much rain postponed the event until next week.

Mentioning the rain, Cincinnati needs about 1.2 more inches to have the wettest year on record. Wonder if we’ll get before the end of October!

The recent news about the wild animals in Zanesville, OH is disturbing in many ways. It now is apparent that Ohio laws are lax, but for what reasons? How will the party in power react? By the way, that is the party proclaiming less regulations and individual freedoms.

I prepare Goggle bookmarks on the Google toolbar. Unfortunately, Google no longer supports their toolbar on Firefox. I then tried Google Chrome only to discover that its use of Google bookmarks is cumbersome and inefficient.

And now to explain my announcement. Those of you that were fortunate enough to read this on Thursday are much luckier than others who may not get the chance. After all, Harold Camping has recalculated the rapture and the end of the world to be Friday, October 21st. So, why am I getting a prostate exam Friday morning?

Meanwhile, to those left behind, have a good weekend and may the words of Garrison Keillor stay with you: Be well, do good works, and stay in touch. 🙂 … I just could pass this one up. See ya Monday.

On an Unexpected Day

October 2, 1971 was a beautiful fall day on the Bowling Green State University campus. It was my freshman year and classes were probably in their third week, plus I had arrived early to audition for the Falcon Marching Band (which I made).

The football team was off to a surprising 2-0 start and the first league home game was on this day as the Broncos of Western Michigan came to the flatlands of northwest Ohio. The home Falcons dominated the Broncos that day (23-7), so expectations we sky-high near the end of the game because arch-rival, the “school up north” (Toledo) and their well-over 20 game winning streak would be coming to town soon.

As the game was nearing its end, we band members are readying ourselves to take the field for the traditional post-game concert. As I was racing onto the field, a student photographer unexpectedly approached me and asked me to raise my hands and horn in victory. He took a few pictures and that was the end of it.

My roommate was an avid photographer, thus told me that the BG News (the campus newspaper) archives all the pictures taken, and then sells them for a reasonable fee. Eventually, I found the picture and purchased it, along with a few others.

Move ahead about 18 months to spring 1973 (my sophomore year). It was a pleasant spring evening, so I decided to attend an outdoor concert performed by the symphonic band. Once there, I learned that the marching band’s recorded album of this season (1972) arrived. A friend showed me a copy and there it was – an artist had transformed the picture taken of me on that day into a drawing serving as the album cover.

Of course, some said “no way” as my glasses were removed, but I had the original as evidence – And to this day, that photograph resides inside that album cover.