Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 142

On Politics
For those wondering why Mitt Romney continues to appear with egotistical-blowhard Donald Trump, here’s the reason – campaign money.

Speaking of Mr. Trump, he has boastingly proclaimed that he would be the best choice for vice president. Now that’s funny, but it won’t happen – well, unless Mr. Romney wants to accept defeat.

I respect columnist George Will, but this attempt to compare the amount Procter and Gamble spends in product advertising to the campaign spending is another prime example of comparing irrelevant facts in their attempt to make a point – especially when it comes to the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling. Well, unless Mr. Will can convince me of the connection between household products and the freedom of voters. (My past post on this topic)

On Headlines from The Onion
Man at Gym Just Watching TV
Gravedigger Did Quick Once-Over to make sure Everyone Buried before Locking Cemetery
Bed Bug Feels Bad for Area Man, but a Bed Bug’s Got to Eat
Needy Mom Calling with Birthday Wishes
Nabisco Tentatively Adds Hummus to List of Approved Ritz Toppings
Area Man Winded after Lengthy Wendy’s Order
NASA Shuttle Bus Delayed

Interesting Reads
The Challenge of Cosmic Mysteries
Obama Administration Spending
A video poem by Nia to music
Graphic Comparing Two Big-Name Companies
Republican Keynesians by a Republican Economist
The Human Brain and Time

On Potpourri
Do you want more hits on your blog? Thanks to Elyse, here are ways to attract Homeland Security to your blog.

May ends as my second best month ever – but well behind the top month (about 20%).

Cheers to Nia, a visitor here, for this poem supported by appropriate music.

NBC’s cancellation of Harry’s Law shows that decisions are based on advertiser desires, not ratings. For those that don’t know, cancelled the show because it did not appeal to advertiser’s desire targeting 18-49.

A cartoon post will go up for your Saturday morning.

To send you into the weekend, enjoy the beautiful images to the sounds of Loreena McKennitt. Have a safe weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Satire Bits: Vol. 18

In my euphoria of finally playing acceptable golf, last night I published the wrong post – that is this post was supposed to be yesterday, and yesterday’s post today. Oh well, stuff happens.

Cheers everyone to the latest dose of satirical headlines from The Onion. Do you have any favorites from these morsels of humor?

Alabama’s School System’s Lone Textbook Falling Apart

County Fair Judges Blown Away by Local Heifer

Cops Cleared on Corruption Charges after Implicating Decorated Police Dog

Study Shows Mosquitoes Don’t Need to Bite Us

Nickname Persists in Spite of Surgery

It’s Easy to Tell What Area Man Will Look Like as Skeleton

Urban Planner Stuck in Traffic of Own Design

Bus Passenger Believes She Lives in a World Where Curried Shrimp is Odorless

Errant Keystrokes Produces Character Never Seen Before by Human Eye

NASA Announces Plans to Put Man on Bus to Cleveland

Anxiety-Ridden Man Rightly Ashamed of Every Single Thing He Does

Man to Give Another Cologne a Try

On Animals and Wine

I’ve mentioned before that our church as a wine-tasting group. As I like to say, fun and fellowship are the group’s purposes with wine as our vehicle. To commemorate our last event, I did a post that provided a list of wines labels around numbers (our last theme). I just so happens that I keep adding to that list as I discover others, which has been fun.

Another wine group event is approaching, and we are doing another quirky theme: Animals. I know this is not a complete list, but it’s a good start. Enjoy. Do you know any others?

Feathered Aviaries

  • Cardinals: Cardinal Zin, Cardinal Point
  • Cranes: Crane Family, Crane Lake
  • Ducks: Duck Pond, Duckhorn, Cold Duck
  • Eagles: Eagle Rock, Screaming Eagle, Eagle & Rose Estate, Eagle Vale
  • Geese: Spruce Goose, Goosecross
  • Hawks: Hawkstone, Hawk Crest, Redhawk
  • Extras: D’Arenberg Laughing Magpie, Phoenix, Ravenswood, Smoking Loon, Black Swan, Thunderbird
  • Rex Goliath 47-lb. Rooster, Little Penguin

Ungulates: Hoofed Mammals

  • Bulls: Dancing Bull, Turnbull Old Bull, Bully Hill, Concha Y Toro
  • Deer: Antler Hill, Reindeer Ranch, Stag’s Leap
  • Elk: Elkhorn, Elk Cove, Elk Creek
  • Goats: Goats Do Roam, Goats Do Roam in Villages, Bully Hill Love My Goat
  • Horses: Wild Horse, Flying Horse, Iron Horse, Silver Horse, Tall Horse, Horse Heaven Hills (H3), Horse Play, Horseshoe Bend, Colt’s Foot
  • Moose: 3 Blind Moose
  • Sheep: Bighorn, Ram’s Gate

Canine Mammals

  • Coyotes: Wild Coyote
  • Dogs: Bad Dog Ranch, Dog Point, The Dog and Oyster, Dog House, Fog Dog
  • Foxes: D’Arenberg Feral Fox, Flying Fox, Fox Meadow, Three Foxes, Foxhorn, Foxglove
  • Wolves: Wolf Blass, Grey Wolf, Wolf Gap, Howling Wolves

Feline Mammals

  • Cats: Cat Pee on a Gooseberry Bush, Fat Cat, Gato Negro, D’Arenberg Cenosiliacaphobic Cat, Killibinbin Scaredy Cat
  • Panthers: Panther Creek

Miscellaneous Mammals

  • Bats: D’Arenberg Fruit Bat Shiraz
  • Bears: Grizzly Republic
  • Llama; Funky Llama
  • Monkeys: Monkey Bay, Monkey Business
  • Otters: Otter Creek
  • Rabbits: Rabbit Ridge, Dancing Hares, French Rabbit, Las Liebres

Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish

  • Frogs: Frog’s Leap, Frolicking Frog, La Petite Frog, Frogtown Cellars
  • Lizards: Lucky Lizard, D’Arenberg Leaping Lizard, Dragonette
  • Snakes: Blacksnake Meadery
  • Toads: Toad Hollow
  • Turtles:  Chocalatier Chocolate Turtle Wine, Tortoise Creek
  • Fish: Blue Fish, Fish Eye, Blue Fin, D’Arenburg The Broken Fishplate, Clown Fish, Madfish


  • Crabs: D’Arenberg Hermit Crab
  • Spiders: D’Arenberg Money Spider
  • Oysters: The Dog and Oyster, Oyster Bay

On a Monday for Tuesday

For a Tuesday edition of Monday Morning Entertainment, I hope everyone had a safe weekend. Did you take some time to reflect and remember military veterans?

The three-day holiday weekend in Cincinnati has been hot and muggy. Nonetheless, our weekend included a variety of events, along with some relaxation to stay cool. Here’s our weekend through images (unfortunately they were done quickly). How was yours?

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Have you ever tried solving a Rubik’s cube? Is it a challenge or a frustration? To all puzzle solvers, this quick entertainment will get your attention. Have a good week.

On Memorial Day 2012

In the U.S., Memorial Day marks society’s start of summer. Interestingly, when I started school back in the day when we walked to school uphill both ways, Labor Day and Memorial Day served as bookends to the school year.

Initially known as Decoration Day, a day to honor the fallen Union soldiers from the Civil War, it eventually became a day to remember all American soldiers who died in any conflict.

I grew up in a small town during following World War II. With that war fresh in the minds of the adults, their memories were fresh and close to the heart. Many of these veterans are no longer with us, and those that remain are in their upper 80s and 90s. My dad served in Europe as an 18-year old whom left high school – and he passed away two years ago at 84.

From rural small towns to the urban neighborhoods, the impact on many aspects of daily life by America’s Greatest Generation is great. As we saw these soldiers as heroes who remained humble, our veterans serving in Vietnam never received the honor and respect they deserved. Perhaps that is the reason today’s troops are more appreciated.

The video is honors all serving in WW II, but this day is for all who died while serving in any conflict. Being that blogs are international in scope, I also know the Americans were not the only ones fighting. While Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday, may today also be a day to remember anyone who fought in any war any where.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 141

On Politics
Does anyone have problems with the following: Two married (to each other) members of Congress, one represents a California district and the other a Florida district.

One way to bankrupt Social Security is to refuse to fund it. Thanks Moe.

If Mitt Romney wins the election and Democrats control one side of Capitol Hill, will the Democrats become obstructionists? You betcha.

If Mitt Romney wins and the Republicans control both Capitol Hill chambers, who will control the agenda: the president or Congress? Is there any doubt!

American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein, states, “When you look at the data, including voting records, and using the football field analogy, the Democrats have moved left, to probably their own 25 yard line. President Obama’s probably around the 40, and the Republicans have moved behind their own goal post.”

Regarding this week’s post about my view of partisanship and gridlock, here is an interesting follow-up article from the Washington Post. Thank you Tim.

I heard Gov. Romney’s education speech this week. It was just another example of how education is a every-four-years issue. Here’s the text.

On Headlines from The Onion
Baseball Player Asks Manager Where Bats Come From
Computer Hacker Denied Access to Social Life
Irishman Blows Pot of Gold on Whiskey
Pushy Hermit Crab Girlfriend Wants to Move In
Alien Still hasn’t Gotten Around to Listening to whole Voyager Golden Record
Dying Chevron Executive Excited to Become Oil One Day

Interesting Reads
A post with seven bad lawyer ads
Impressive solar eclipse images from space
Myths about Independent Voters
The speaking level of politicians through the Ages
Blame for Polorization

On Potpourri
From my spam files, this week I received a Viagra comment on my About page stating “Wonderful post.” Is there something I don’t know?

Friday (May 25th) is National Wine Day in the U.S. Being that I have international readers, I declare it International Wine Day. So, Cheers, Salute, L’Chaim, Salud, A tes amours, Cin cin, Opa, Serefe, Skål, Slainte, Santé, Na zdorov’ya, Kippis, Proost, Sagliginiza, Terviseks, Afya, and many more – Well, I hope I got these right, and feel free to add more in the comments.

Congratulations to football star Donald Driver and his professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd (Australia) for winning Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars. As a faithful watcher of the show this cast was not only one of the best, it was very likeable.

Early this week marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado striking Joplin, Missouri. I think it was great that President Obama spoke at their high school graduation. Meanwhile, here is an interesting post written shortly after the tornado by a person from Joplin.

No cartoon for tomorrow – but there will be a post as we in the U.S. head into our official start of summer – the three-day Memorial Day weekend; which also means the next Monday Morning Entertainment will be a Tuesday edition.

To send you into the week, below is some new music and original video from a reader here – Lynn (Composer in the Garden). If you enjoy this, go to her site to see if it is still available at no cost.

Have a safe weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On 59

Why a tribute to 59? Well, sometime in February I turned 59, so that’s a good enough reason for me. For tributes to other numbers, see Category > Numbers in the sidebar or click here.  Meanwhile, here’s more about fifty nine than you ever wanted to know.

In Language

Fifty nine is the same as padesát devět, vijftig negen, cinquante neuf, cinquanta nove, femtio nio, LIX, and more.

In Mathematics

  • Fifty-nine is the 17th smallest prime number and an Eisenstein prime
  • Since 15! + 1 is divisible by 59 but 59 is not one more than a multiple of 15, 59 is a Pillai prime (who would have guessed this)
  • Divisible by 1 and 59
  • Square root equals 7.68114574786861, but 59 squared is 3,481

In Science

  • The atomic number of praseodymium, whose neutrally charged atom contains 59 protons and 59 electrons
  • Messier object M59, a magnitude 11.5 galaxy in the constellation Virgo
  • 59 Sagittarii is a giant bright star in the constellation Sagittarius
  • The New General Catalogue object NGC 59, a magnitude 12.4 spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus
  • The Saros 59 for solar eclipse series lasted 1280.1 years (from June 1031 BC to July 249 AD) and contained 72 solar eclipses
  • The Saros 39 for lunar eclipse series lasted 1298.1 years (from March 729 BC to May 569 AD) and contained 73 lunar eclipses
  • 59 degrees C = 138 degrees F; but 59 degrees F = 15 degrees C

In Entertainment

  • Beethoven’s Opus 59 consists of the three so-called Razumovsky Quartets
  • 59, an album by Puffy AmiYumi
  • The 1960s song The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) was popularized by Simon & Garfunkel and Harpers Bizarre
  • The 59 Sound, an album by The Gaslight Anthem, includes thia song of the same name
  • 59 by the 1990s
  • 59 is a song by djTAKA from beatmania IIDX 2nd Style and Dance Dance Revolution 4thMIX
  •  59th Emmy Awards (2007) with ABC getting the most nominations
  •  59th Academy Awards (1987) with winners including Platoon, Paul Newman, and Marlee Matlin

In Sports

  • No retired 59s in the professional football, basketball, baseball, and hockey
  • Car 59 has only raced in 18 NASCAR races – never winning, never finishing in the top 10, and only finishing the race 4 times
  • Satchel Paige became the oldest major league baseball player at age 59
  • 59 is a the lowest golf score in a single round on the PGA Tour, achieved by Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos, andStuart Appleby and on the LPGA Tour by Annika Sörenstam

In Geography

  • The designation of Interstate 59, a freeway that runs from Louisiana to Georgia
  • The designation of US-59, a highway between Minnesota and Texas
  • The Queensboro Bridge in New York City is also known as the 59th Street Bridge (Feelin’ Groovy)
  • Central Park South is on 59th Street in New York City
  • 59th Street Manhattan
  • 59th Street Manhattan forms the border between Midtown Manhattan and Uptown Manhattan. It bisects Columbus Circle and forms the southern boundary of Central Park between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West, plus it has this subway stop.
  • 59th Parallel South does not intersect any land
  • 59th Meridian East is also known as the Herman Cain Meridian because it goes through Uzibeki-beki-beki-bekistan

In Travel

In Business

  • 59 Diner in Houston
  • Art of 59 – Handcrafted pedals from Luxemburg
  • Marina 59 Boatel is a fleet of abandoned boats renovated by artists in Rockaway, NY
  • Art Room 59, a gallery and gift shop in Fife, UK
  • 59Fifty is a line of New Era hats
  • 59 Productions (a media production company in the UK)
  • Five Nine, an amateur radio magazine published in Japan

In 59 AD

  • Started on Monday
  • Nero (aka Mr. Nice Guy) ordered his mother, Agrippina the Younger, killed. Since she survived the planned shipwreck, Nero ordered her executed and then ruled her death as suicide

In 59 BC

  • Caesar makes the Acta Diurna (Daily News) the world’s first public daily newspaper, which contains details of official decrees and appointments; births, deaths, and marriages. Even sport results—the outcome of the gladiatorial contests and chariot races at the capital – but no odds on upcoming gladiator matches by Jimmy the Greek
  • Caesar marries Calpurnia in Rome
  • Modern Florence, founded.
  • Pharaoh Ptolemy XIV of Egypt born
  • Prince He of Changyi, former Emperor of the Han Dynasty of China, died


  • The last minute in a given hour, and the last second in a given minute
  • Approximately the number of days in two lunar months
  • The number on a button commonly worn by feminist activists in the 1970s; this was based on the claim that a woman earned 59 cents to an equally qualified man’s dollar
  • In amateur radio, a perfect voice signal report
  • Art Project 59’s ’59 Seconds Video Festival'[2] at 59 Franklin Street, showed 59 videos to 59 different audiences, each 59 seconds long and incorporating the number 59
  • The number of the French department Nord
  • John Swartzwelder wrote “59” episodes of The Simpsons cartoon series
  • The TI-59 was a programmable calculator
  • Television channel 59 broadcast from Indianapolis, IN and Ghent, WV.
  • The 59th Congress served in 1905-1907 during the fifth and sixth years of the Theodore Roosevelt administration