Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 123

On Politics
Two weeks ago here my representatives take on the GOP field, “I think all of them are great.

Congress is currently not in session and we are doing fine without them.

Just before Christmas, Republicans in both Capitol chambers extended unemployment benefits – yet there were no cries of Socialism.

Here’s a timely quote from a letter from the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Under the leadership of GOP Speaker John Boehner in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senator Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate, Republicans in Congress are doing everything in their power to stop the growing size and scope of the federal government and reverse the damage of the Democrats’ socialist-leaning agenda.

Speaker Boehner described President Obama’s appointment of Richard Cordrey an unprecedented power grab. Interesting … and did the Republican leadership call a foul when President Bush circumvented Congress in appointing John Bolton as our UN Ambassador?

This perked my interest for further study – Faith-based lobbying and advocacy groups spend about $390 million a year.

On Headlines from The Onion
Capitol Building Haunted by the Spirit of Killed Legislation
Navy Seals Discovered Bin Laden Gained 300 Pounds
New FOX Reality Show to Determine Next Ruler of Iraq
Blue Ivy Taken by Evil Witch Who Gave Beyonce Her Singing Voice
Obama Spends Wednesday Doing Some Urging and Some Calling On
Kentucky Senior Finds Human Thong in Driveway

On Potpourri
Reading various annual reports of other bloggers has put me in a funk. No more boasting about milestone hits by me.

I miss Nonnie’s posts at Hysterical Raisins. Hope she’s just taking a break, thus ok.

The work project is cutting into my posting and reading time, so I will do want I can and ask for patience for other bloggers – especially since I won’t be visiting their sites as often. Meanwhile, I hope to make my rounds this weekend.

As a longtime Cincinnati Reds fan, I’m happy for Barry Larkin’s election into the Hall of Fame. He is a native Cincinnatian and only played for the Reds in his 19-year career. His brothers were also above average athletes.

It’s winter and Tuscan Bread Stew (Ribolitta) is one of our cold-weather favorites. We use this Rachel Ray recipe, but many options are available for the creative.

Here are two captivating art sites: one featuring street art and the other paper art. Thanks Kay.

Late in 2011, I linked a variety of my favorite videos of the year. Amazingly, I can’t believe I forgot this one in the humor category. Guapo and Les will love this one.