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.