Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 138

On Politics
Newt Gingrich, the self-proclaimed presumptive Republican nominee, has suspended his quest with his campaign in debt. Now there’s a bold idea.

President Obama has the right his chest regarding the decision and success regarding the attack on Osama bin Laden. Stating the Mitt Romney would not have made that decision is a stretch. Meanwhile, Gov. Romney taking a cheap shot at former President Carter was unnecessary. As the Republicans complain about the politicization of the issue, too bad the GOP chose not to say, “Congratulations Mr. President. Now let’s talk about the economy.”

Will Cain is a conservative commentator that makes enough sense to at least make me think.

A tip of the cap to these interesting reads by bloggers who visit here: See his post and see her post.

On Headlines from The Onion
Wind Farm Cause Local Warming
New Toyota SUV Holds Eight Passengers and Their SUVs
NASA Announces Plan to Put Man on Bus to Cleveland
Romney Courts Hispanic Vote with Animated Sombrero-Wearing Parrot
VP Biden Unveils New Health Initiative to Make U.S. Women Hotter
Cocky Attempt to Operate ATM in Spanish Backfires
New Visa Talking Credit Card Urges Buyers to Go For It

Interesting Reads
What is a Political Ad? (A 3-minute video interview by John Avlon with David Frum)
The Deep Job-Lose Hole in the US
Taxes and Employment by makes-sense economist Bruce Bartlett
Graphic comparing Gross Domestic Product of New York City to Selected Countries
Mosquito Control 
Mastering the Margarita
Bird Watching near the Argentina-Brazil Border (article and slideshow)

On Potpourri
My lawn is a bit soggy because Monday-Tuesday we had 3 inches of rain!

This week I got to sit in the premier box at a short concert of the combined Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. Nice seat, but not the acoustics were so-so.

See this interactive source map for materials in a computer.

We have only one more time of playing handbells at church before breaking for the summer, which also means one more rehearsal. Meanwhile, golf leagues have started for both my wife and I.

I have a classic cartoon post planned for tomorrow. Hint: It’s a Looney Tunes character.

We started the week with babies to the music Tunak Tunak Tun; so let’s end the week with this high school students enjoying themselves to the same music. Have a good weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

37 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 138

  1. For me the last truthful President was when Carter held office. What was the cheap shot Romney took? Carter was a decent man, and unfortunately his decency, micromanagement, and application of Christian principles doomed his presidency. Since WW2, under Carter, we lost the fewest soldiers to war, and did not have to spend so much treasure on war. Carter got that Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel that still holds today, or the Middle East would have been in total flames years ago. If Romney shoots at Carter, he is a loser.


    • Randel,
      It’s interesting how public perception of a president masks other factors: Nixon’s Watergate versus his foreign policy. Reagan’s tax increases vs. Reagan’s tax cuts, and we could go on .. but in terms of Carter, perception being that nothing good happened. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Hi,
    “Wind Farm Cause Local Warming”
    Love it.

    “Romney Courts Hispanic Vote with Animated Sombrero-Wearing Parrot”
    I like this one, as regardless which country you are living in Politicians the world over all do stupid things to get votes, and I can easily picture this parrot in my mind, and it is hilarious.

    “New Visa Talking Credit Card Urges Buyers to Go For It”
    Anything to get people spending again.

    It is raining here today, but it’s nice, and the weather is a bit cooler now as well, I have a lot to do today so it suits me fine.
    I wonder why the acoustics were not too good in that area, you would think that they would be better, very strange.

    Loved the video, full and energy and a lot of fun as well. 😀


    • Mags,
      I was surprised that the wind causes didn’t cause local breezes or local cooling.

      I just went to weather.com to see your weather … but another pleasant streak is around the corner! Our current humidity is more like our normal July or August! A strange weather year for us continues.

      Cincinnati Music Hall is a grand venue built during the hay-day of German immigration in Cincinnati. Actually one of the largest concert halls of its time – and still one of the largest homes for symphony orchestras. Although prime site line to the stage floor (thus above the patrons) is also under the second deck – so the quality sound is a bit sheltered. Although the box is to the front right of the stage in this picture, see the second deck will help you get the idea. Thanks for commenting from OZ.


  3. This is my fav: Romney Courts Hispanic Vote with Animated Sombrero-Wearing Parrot

    Because if Romney had thought of it first we’d be seeing it on TV!


    • Elyse,
      I can see that parrot on a commercial! Meanwhile, I practiced during this comment – a-Lease, not Elsie … a-Lease, not Elsie. … a-Lease, not Elsie. 🙂 Thanks for being comment #10,297.


      • I’m always happy to be odd, as in the number.

        And do not call me Elsie. I will take my revenge and while you are real and truely knowledgeable about science, I will not go quietly into the barn with (or as) Elsie the cow.

        Some day I will learn when to hold my tongue or my typing. Arrhghththghgthtre


        • Elyse,
          I have to admit the error – well, at least until I saw your comment on a post elsewhere – and then WOW … thus I appreciated your pronunciation guide it that comment. Besides knowing the correct way, I will continue to practice because I don’t want to be on the receiving end of a bounty. Thanks for stopping by.


  4. I enjoyed the “his” and “hers” tip of the cap. I read both and enjoyed their points of view. But these weren’t my favorite Onion headlines…that may be because it’s after midnight and my sense of humor has already gone to bed! I’ll try again later 🙂 Debra


  5. I do miss following the American political election. I’m a political junkie. Do you think Newt will really step away or is this some type of plot?


    • TBM,
      Newt could keep himself in the news, but it wouldn’t matter because support for him is (at best) marginal. I enjoy presidential elections, but this one has put me in a hum-drum mood. Oh well .. thanks for stopping by.


  6. I used to think your American Presidents were honest but ever since you’ve had Bush Senior and Bush Junior and this current one in charge, I’ve had to change my opinion xx


    • Spiced,
      They are constantly playing an angle, probably always have and probably always will. Meanwhile – it’s Kentucky Derby weekend, so if here, I’m sure you would dress in your finest and have a delightful party! Thanks for visiting.


  7. Enjoy your last handbell concert of the season. It sure did bring back a lot of good memories for me :+) Golf how nice that you and your wife are able to enjoy this together. I’m always glad when I can enjoy interests with Navar as we sure have fun together. Life is Good. The dance video was fun always a good thing to jump up and do a little dancing! :+) I was a little confused with the computer map but that’s not surprising. Hoping to do a post next week somtime to link to your blog. I’m thing of the link of your interview with Steve and also a link to your post of the Spam museum. At least those are my thought today. Hope you have a good weekend.


    • Starla,
      Yep … one more rehearsal and one more playing event … then done until sometime in August. As for golf, my wife and I played together in a couples league for many years … but then we went to separate men’s and women’s leagues that actually play at the same course on the same night. On the computer map, I believe that is the source of materials that compose a computer (and its parts) from the the raw material’s point of origin, and then where it gets moved in the journey. Have a good weekend!


      • Thank You! That’s interesting I may have to look at the map again as I type on my lap top. My brother when we were growing up would take everything a part to see how it works phones,radio’s and later in life computers. I think he learned a lot by doing that.


        • He has cronic pain issues so his life is difficult. He loves computers he built me a computer that’s like a rocket ship. He’s very smart. He use to fix cars at one point he was self taught. He must of been good at it because he was always really busy.Thanks for asking.


        • AH ha …. so he stayed with his gift of working with his hands! Thanks for sharing the part about his chronic pain though, which must be extra difficult for a person enjoying and depending on their hands.


        • Yes he has RSD and the pain nerve damage was to his writst. Life has been very difficult for him, but he keeps busy because he has lots of varried interests.


    • August,
      Welcome first-time commenter and thanks for the kind words. I would say that I tend to be more graceful with politics than not – although this year’s Republican primary did test my patience. Nonetheless, thanks for stopping by and I hope you drop by again.


  8. A concise, interesting summary, as always, Frank!
    And I’m looking forward to going through the interesting reads links.

    Despite the acoustics, how was the performance at the show?


    • Guapo,
      The show was very good. With both orchestras sitting together, that’s a lot of players. A local girl performed as a soloist. Wow – She may be one that I can say in time, “I remember when she played at age 14 … ” Plus the conclusion was one of my favorites, the finale to Firebird Suite. Thanks for commenting and some Firebird for you!


  9. I have not been on WordPress for several days now (almost a week!) and so I only have just now seen your mention of my post! Thanks for the link, I’m very honored!!


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