Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 127

On Politics
As Democrats and Republicans continue to point to the other for dividing America, I say the political rhetoric from each is leading the way in that endeavor.

I find it interesting that those promoting the way free markets work blame President Obama for rising gas prices.

The House of Representatives recently extended unemployment benefits without the cry of “socialism” from their base. Amazing!

Here’s a good example why I the far right drives me nuts. Four of us (3 talkers and 1 listener) are discussing European countries we visited. One person describes what she saw in Russia, and the listener suddenly says that she needs to tell that to President Obama. Huh? I turned away and entered another conversation.

A friend of mine (and Romney supporter) is not worried about his latest slide in the polls and feels Santorum is the leading candidate for the VP slot.

On Headlines from The Onion

  • Palm Tree Fires Warning Coconut
  • Annual Valentine’s Day Stoning of Happy Couple Held
  • Biography Shows Einstein Developed Theory of Relativity because He Wasn’t Smart Enough to Invent Microsoft Word
  • Shiny, Wiggling Object Attracting Interest among Fish Community
  • Shitload of Math Due Monday

On Headlines from the Campaign Trail

  • New Breeding Program Aimed to Keep Moderate Republicans from Extinction (The Onion)
  • Congressional Republicans Introduce Bill to End Handouts to Lazy Squirrels (Wear Your Cape)
  • GOP Voters: Can We See What it Looks Like with Huntsman and Perry Again? (The Onion)
  • Romney Would Team with McDonalds to offer Health Care McVouchers for the Poor (Wear Your Cape)
  • Obama Begs Voters not to make his Daughters Switch Schools (The Onion)

Interesting Reads

On Potpourri

A 2012 Dolts of the Year Nominee: Pat Robertson for saying President Obama’s policies are for people who want a dictatorship. Besides politicians, any other nominees?

FYI: Forty years ago this week (Feb 17), President Nixon started on his first trip to China. With that in mind, here is a good read from columnist David Ignatius.

The Jeremy Lin story in the NBA is fun. Interestingly, he has an economics degree from Harvard, which has more US presidents than NBA players as alumni.

Baseball is in the air as Reds pitchers and catchers report to training camp this Sunday.

To me, the passing of Whitney Houston serves as a reminder that the most important decision in life is whom one chooses to hang around.

FYI: I will be posting a surprise tomorrow.

Life continually hits us with unexpected news. I never met Judson, the owner of 3td Stone from the Sun and Canton Crazy Cuts (CCC) whose sites are in my sidebar, but he commented here. For anyone appreciating NFL history, CCC is fabulous! Early this week I learned he passed away several weeks ago of a stroke at age 47, thus leaving with 3 kids. RIP 3rd Stone, and thanks for being a class act. Here’s an interesting read about losing an Internet friend.

To send us into the weekend, here is an interesting song from Austria courtesy of xandi at World Music that caught me interest. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.