Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 140

On Politics
Because of the failure of the Congressional Super Committee to reach an agreement, some in Congress are squawking about the approaching automatic, across-the-board budget cuts. I say, “Tough nuggies, you had your chance, so let it roll.”

Regarding a campaign ad regarding President Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Gov. Romney said, “I repudiate what they’re thinking about.” Mr. Romney, well done!

Follow the sequence. President Obama announces support for gay marriage. Since then, there is no change in his approval/disapproval rating and no change in the head-to-head matchup with Gov. Romney. So why did he make the announcement? As I said last week, campaign dollars!

Given the recent JP Morgan/Chase $2 billion loss, it is interesting to hear pundits use it as an example of why Dodd-Frank regulations isn’t working – interesting because Dodd-Frank is not in full effect. I may not be the biggest supporter of that law, but I hate politicians and their talking heads lying!

Because I believe the financial sector is the foundation of our economic system, I yearn for the days of regulation and commercial-institutional bank separation. Here’s an interesting column about regulation.

It’s only fitting that the Government Accounting Office (GAO) would publish a study about the study they did regarding Federal studies. You may have heard that on the news, but here’s the actual GAO report of the study about the studies regarding Federal studies.

On Headlines from The Onion
Same Homeless Man Always Begging for Change on United Flight
Authorities Place Alabama Resident in Foster State
In Bipartisan Spirit, President Obama Makes Deal to get Kicked in the Balls
Metric System Thriving in Nation’s Inner Cities (a U.S. Joke)
Guitar Music Fad Runs Course

Interesting Reads
Sexuality Issue and a Church Softball League
Interesting story about a physicist turned pastor and his interest in the interchange between science and religion
Citizens United and the Court
Columnist David Ignatius about an Economic Boom
Although the link is a book review, I chuckled at the 1957 picture of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield

On Potpourri
This season’s (13) Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) has been very entertaining. With next week’s finals, a winner is difficult for me to predict. I tend to favor Katherine Jenkins, but who knows. Any thoughts?

Meanwhile, DWTS season 14 is going to be an All-Star edition featuring past contestants. Given it will air during the race for US President, the thought of ABC seeking Blood of Nincompoop is appalling.

Starla (Montana’s representative here) and Eleanor, (aka E-Tom, the crazy woman with the bling) asked for it, so here it is – a private video of our handbell group playing the crazy piece with percussion. I don’t think we played it as well as this the Atlanta group I featured here, but for a volunteer church group, we did ok. Yep – I am the guy separated by two people from my wife. Oh, if that’s not good enough, you’ll have to return to this post for a better hint.

Barring an emergency, I will have a classic cartoon post tomorrow. Hint: It’s a Looney Tunes character.

To send you into the weekend, here’s a video El Guapo introduced to me months ago. Gotta love the parody lyrics. Enjoy. Have a good weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.