Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 154

On Politics
Being out of the country during both political conventions and being away from the political ads (which Ohio leads the country) was a great vacation in itself.

The politics around the recent attack at the US Embassy in Libya demonstrates the lowness of the current state of politics.

Congressional Republicans are correct. The slow economic recovery shows that their obstinate policies haven’t worked.

Ohio is a battleground state for the state, and this poll shows how well informed Ohio voters are. A recent poll asked Ohio voters who they thought deserved more credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden: Obama or Romney: 63 percent Obama, 31 percent weren’t sure, and 6 percent said Romney. Republicans answered 38 percent Obama, 47 percent weren’t sure, and 15 percent Romney. Although it is probably a good example of bad polling, I wonder about the correlation of these results with most people in Ohio being Ohio State Buckeye fans.

Why did Gov. Romney’s pledge to keep “In God We Trust” on coins?

Because I missed the GOP convention, fortunately Jay Leno captured this.

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On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Prevent Identity Theft by Changing Identity Every Three Years
Hand-gliding Putin Leads Flock of Birds
Man Halfway Down Waterslide Remembers It’s 9-11
Homeless Man has No Idea What to Do with Visiting Parents
Woman Dumped on 15-Week Anniversary
Supreme Court’s New Agent Already Getting Them Better Cases

Interesting Reads
About ZZ Top’s Beards
Charts about “Are we better off than four years ago?”
A story about the pen
Political divisions between and within
Finnish educational reform

On Potpourri
I will post Saturday, but it won’t be a classic cartoon post – it will be my 1000th post so it’s time to celebrate! The post is getting its finishing touches, so invite your friends to visit and comment. Party starts between 8-9 AM (Eastern US).

Interestingly, throwing a party for myself and all the self-promotion I’ve been doing is so not me.

Many of you are aware of John Erickson, the one who comments on many blogs but didn’t have a blog … until now! Visit John to say hello.

Cheers to the life of Neil Armstrong who passed away while I was vacationing. He spent many years living a private life in the Cincinnati area. Given his private nature, his choice of burial at sea didn’t surprise me.

I know this is old news, but baseball player Melky Cabrera’s 50-day suspension is one thing, but his attempted cover-up method earns his a Dolt of the Year nomination.

Baseball announced my Cincinnati Reds will open the 2013 against an American League team. To me, just another reason to dislike MLB Commission Bud Selig.

Headline: Bristol Reacts to Levi’s Baby News … I say “Who Cares!”

In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch … and here’s some music in advance of tomorrow’s celebration!