Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 121

On Politics
Although more and more people are giving a hoot with Newt, the political screen is so boring that I am reading less and less about it each day.

Senator McConnell (R-KY) recommended a voluntary millionaire’s tax. Now that suggestion actually caused me to laugh!

Thank you Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) for verifying my early claim about the more you talk.

Wow – An interesting choice of words in this opinion of the GOP from a German publication! Thanks Moe for finding this.

It is sad to say, but perhaps it is time for the sun to set on the United States Postal Service, thus passing on its role to the private sector.

On Headlines from The Onion

  • “I Trained My Pet Mouse to Jump through My Stretched Earlobe,” Says Man Who Doesn’t Have Checking Account
  • Family Fans Out to Cover More Ground at Buffet
  • High Unemployment Linked to Increasing Number of Face Tattoos
  • U.S. Citizens Form Massive Special Disinterest Group
  • Please Stop Calling Me Big Baby,’ Says Glen ‘Pencil Dick’ Davis
  • Osprey Devours Lion in Massive Food-Chain Shake-Up

On Interesting Reads

On Potpourri
Happy to say that we saw Wicked for the first time – and it’s amazing how the story gets you to pull for the Wicked Witch of the West.

While watching the CBS Evening News, I noticed reporter Dean Reynolds and wondered something that happened to be true – he is the son of the late Frank Reynolds of ABC News.

See this interesting Tire Art (thank you Kay).

For those fans of NBC’s Harry’s Law, Karen Olivo, who plays the young, stern, attractive lawyer attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Thank you readers for making November 2011 tie as a the third highest month for visits.

Our good friend’s battle ended Thursday morning, and now she is in a better place. I thank her for the many moments that she and her family touched our life. Prayers and strength for her family in the days ahead, and thanks to everyone here who pulled for her. This one is for you, my friend!

23 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 121

  1. I don’t think the post office can go away, if only because they are the carriers of the gov’t. Can’t see Uncle Sam using FedEx to deliver tax refund checks, Social Security, or any other official documentation…
    bu I often wonder why the post office doesn’t go toe to toe with fedex and ups…

    Sincere condolences for your friend. As you say, a better place…


    • Guapo,
      I imagine the USPS discussion will get more interesting in time. Of course, a key would be the willingness of an alternative to step up. Interestingly, the USPS actually contracts with one of the private companies.

      Thanks for the condolences. It’s amazing how fast life can change. … and thanks for commenting.


  2. so sorry about your friend, frank. i hope she is at peace now, and i hope her family can find some.

    thanks so much for that speigel article. that is going to be the subject of tomorrow night’s post at the raisin.

    i don’t like maureen dowd, but she was pretty spot-on regarding newtie,

    those tires (or should i say tyres) are amazing. how long before tire sculpting is a new reality show?


    • Nonnie,
      Oh my my … getting you an article for your use is quite the resume builder for me. 🙂 Meanwhile, the tires are quite stunning. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to include them in a post.

      Thanks for the thoughts on my friend. I had quite the empty feeling yesterday in thinking about her and the family. Simply too young to be taken away. Yet, I have no doubt that she is at peace.

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. I read the Der Spiegel article. The Germans seem to have a firmer grip on reality than the GOP contenders. Great article! Gotta remember though, that sometimes us Germans do go off the deep end.


  4. Frank, thank you for posting the lovely guitar rendition of “On Eagles Wings.” Also for sharing the great post on teachers; both my parents were public school teachers but it was more manageable for them in those days. I swore I would never become a teacher because of all the work I saw them do outside of school. But here I am, teaching :->


    • Composer,
      The video was a last minute addition, which also means I didn’t search far and wide for ideas. But this is one fits – as does the one by Celine Dion that Meesh provided in her comment.

      As you are well aware, most people don’t see a teacher’s work beyond 185 school days … and I thought Atom’s post captured some interesting thoughts to others to ponder. Thanks for visiting and sharing.


    • Spinny,
      Welcome back for your wonderful trip to Central America! This is a tough week to select favs from The Onion – but I enjoy the last one about the food chain.

      Thanks for the condolences. It was a tough loss, and one that took her quickly … but time is a great healer for us left behind.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.


  5. I think I need to look up how to join that special-interest Disinterested group. Maybe tomorrow, if I can work up the interest.
    Remember that poem about “I am no longer there”? Your friend has not reached an end, so long as she is remembered. Celebrate her existence, no matter how hard it might seem – memories burn brighter when supported by laughter and smiles. (Trust me, I know all too well.)
    Best wishes for your friends’ family, and for you, my friend. May the weekend bring you a little peace.


    • John,
      Oh my – that’s a great comment about the Disinterested interest group. Very good!

      Right on about memories – and something that I strongly believe. Well said John! … and thanks for sharing.


    • Nick,
      Linking your post was a no-brainer in my mind. Many thanks for the condolences, and I know that tomorrow’s visitation and Monday’s funeral are going to be difficult. But her friend here now have the task of supporting her husband. Thanks too for commenting and hope you return.


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