Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 139

On Politics
Looking back at the Arab Spring, it’s interesting to notice a different US position in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Libya, and Bahrain. Is that because of national values or national interests?

I about choked to death last week when I watched John McCain explain how the most important factor for selecting a potential vice president is the VP’s ability to step into the position if necessary. At the time in 2008, both my wife and I were undecided voters leaning to McCain, and it did not take long for his decision to lose our votes.

Gov. Romney says he deserves credit for the recent success of US Automakers. Really? On well, he will flip on the issue if the companies start to falter.

President Obama’s statement about gay marriage caught me a bit off guard. I’m not sure it will get him votes, but he may lose votes from independents over 50. No, it wasn’t a diverse from the economy. So I figure his reason must be campaign money.

As many rush to fix on VP Biden’s statement about supporting gay marriage as a key reason President Obama made his statement, I say the administration planned the Biden’s statement to gauge the next step.

As if we don’t have enough of these types on Capitol Hill, Indiana Republicans voters nominate (through their primary process) a self-proclaimed, non-compromising obstructionist. Good news is, there still is a general election.

On Headlines from The Onion
Half Sleeve of Oreos Lost in Home Fire
Man Confidently Strides through Beaded Curtain without Parting
Paula Dean Sponsors .05K Walk for Diabetes Research
Loophole in Curse Lets Archeologist Off the Hook
Nation’s Moms Invent New Recreational Drug to Worry About
Lone Wolf Gets Rookie Partner

Interesting Reads
A short read about modern genetics
Emergency Rooms and the Health Care Gap
Water: A Wonder of the Universe
Unemployment Rates and Government Cuts
Vampires, Spirituality, and Danish Teens

On Potpourri
I claim not to write fiction. Any idea why I wrote the following last Saturday morning?

It was a normal Wednesday night on Trinniberg. On one side of town, Hanson went to the well one more time to give a rousing sermon about Alpha and the liaison. At the same time at El Padrino’s Café, Bodemeister, a local gemologist, finished discussing with Dullahan his perspective why daddy nose best – so it was time for him to finish this monthly short story for the Union Rags – “After eating a daddy longlegs, and being the optimizer that he is, the sabercat responded to Indy, his bartending friend, “Before I take charge Indy, I’ll take another.”

At this weekend’s services is our final handbell ring of the season. One of the two we play includes the “singing bell” technique, which involves moving a one-inch dowel rod about the rim of various big bells. (Explanation is similar to moving a finger along the rim of a wine glass to create a “singing glass”. Click here for the video of song with the technique.

My recent post about zinfandel received spam from Zinfandel Burger with a URL about custom sexual aids.

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

To help with readers with the the email avalanche from WordPress, I disabled the following comments by email option.

Because we traveled to the microscopic world this week, let’s travel into the weekend with a smile of place to visit. Have a good weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.