Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 158

On Politics
I’ll take “No” to watching the VP debate.

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) recently stated that Earth is 9,000 years old, creation happened in six days, and “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” He can believe whatever he wants and can serve in Congress; but why is he a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology?

Here’s some advice for election debate watchers. Beware of giving the speaker too much credit for conviction in the answer. After all, it may be loaded with inaccuracies. Last week I provided links to four fact-checking articles regarding the first debate. They are very good reads.

I’m looking forward to the end of this election. Besides campaign 2016 just around the corner, although it is nauseating listening to politicians and their limited information, it is more frustrating hearing statements by voters who are clueless due to their bias, lack of knowledge, or both.

A CEO sending an email to his employees saying he will layoff personnel if the election goes a certain way is another prime example of this disgusting election.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Millions of Excited Americans Gather to Watch Series of Short, Elaborate, Rehearsed Speeches
  • David Blaine Stunt to Push Public’s endurance to Limit
  • Area Man sitting quietly in Darkened Bedroom until Roommate’s Party Ends
  • CDC Mix-up Results in U.S. Children Receiving 1.2 Million Tequila Shots
  • Reince Riebus Forced Back into Ancient Puzzle Box after being Forced to say his Name Backwards
  • Mr. Autumn Man Walking Down Street with Cup of Coffee, Wearing Sweater over Plaid Shirt

Interesting Reads

On Potpourri
As a life-long Cincinnati Reds fan, I am distraught over the way the season ended. Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants.

Port wine is a wonderful dessert drink, so I wish I served as a judge for this contest. Fonseca, a port brand, produces Bin 27 – and has the Bin 27 Cookie Rumble inviting people to submit recipes for the best cookie to go with their port. Enter via the contest’s Facebook page.  Nonetheless, I publish this post with my Bin 27 in hand.

I also like ginger ales and ginger beers. I store relatively close to me recently opened that has quite the variety of this tasty treat; thus a bought several to get me started.

Do you hear about this softball-sized eyeball found on a Florida beach.

Another classic cartoon character is in the plan for Saturday morning.

Congratulations Le Clown, the blogging, French-Canadian superstar, for retiring your jersey.

This weekend is our handbell choir’s first appearance of the new season. We’ll play a pleasant, upbeat version of Give Thanks for two services. Hear the piece here.

In a recent performance, the Ohio State University Marching Band did a tribute to video games. As a retired marching band member, this one is fun to watch (although the audio is so-so). Have a good weekend! In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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81 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 158

  1. Thanks for the shoutout, Frank! I just saw the news about that eyeball and now I’m sad for whatever poor creature lost it. I also vote NO on watching the debate, although Mr. Weebles tuned in to a bit of it. And Paul Broun should be banished from politics with that sort of medieval garbage he’s spouting.

    Also, I like ginger ale too, it’s hard to find good ones. I will have to try these. From now on I’m just going to consider you as my Beverage Guru.

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    • Weebs,
      Hooray for another person purposefully not watching the debate! Meanwhile, Rep Broun simply causes me to shake my head.

      Me as you beverage guru? Oh my … I honored. Then again, I know we both love red wines and ginger ale! How about port? Limoncello? BTW – more ginger ale notes coming in the future because this store offered many brands.

      PS: I have to stay around the house today because of a wine delivery that I have to sign for. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

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      • You already provided your limoncello recipe, which I still have to make, but I’m pretty sure it will be tons better than the bottled stuff. Port is a drink I’m not very familiar with, I’ve only had sips of it here and there. Looking forward to your next reports!

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        • Weebs,
          I thought so about limoncello, but wasn’t sure. BTW – small bottles are good holiday gifts. Ports are wonderful after dinner … and with many desserts. Meanwhile, how to report on more ginger drinks next week.

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  2. It sounds like the election campaign is turning nasty. Whenever it gets you down, just console yourself that the political situation in Australia is only worse. Did you hear this week that our Speaker has had to resign over lewd and vile text messages he sent regarding female genitalia? He was a political traitor who has fallen on his own sword. But he’s still on full pay of course. If only our election was as soon as yours! xx

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    • Spiced,
      Sad to hear that US politicians don’t have the exclusive rights for falling on their own sword. BTW – I really do appreciate your Aussie politics updates! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I think I found the perfect substitute for the VP debates. I’m watching Jeff Dunham on Comedy Central. It’s the same premise – a bunch of dummies up on stage regurgitating someone else’s words – but these guys are FUNNY! 😉
    While I like the idea of forcing Priebus back into his ancient box, can we modify the guy sitting in the dark to be doing so until the elections are over? 😀
    Did you hear the doctor who cloned Dolly the sheep died? Guess that keeps us safe from the zombie sheep apocalypse, or something like that.
    Happy Friday!

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    • John,
      Woo hoo!!!! Another person skipping the debates out of disgust. Gotta love your adjustment to the Onion headline regarding the elections. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Meanwhile, I didn’t hear about the cloning doctor, but shouldn’t we now be worrying about the zombie sheep apocalypse? Thanks for commenting.

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    • Mouse,
      Cheers to you for not watching the debate! Regarding the ginger ale list, those were a couple of the ones at the store. Next time, I will be buying other brands – thus more reports are to come! 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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  4. I was disgusted by v.p. bidens demeanor and laughing. Really ..I think people who lost milatary family or Israel would really want to smack the crap off his face.Ryan so classy and respectful. Ya can’t wait for this fiasco to be done.

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        • This is the thing. I don’t care Democrat or Republican. To watch any politician get up to debate and are so arrogant to think they don’t have to bother giving the American people a respectful debate with other the other candidate or feel they don’t need to explain anything in detail over terrorism is fowl and disgusting to me. Having watched both debates I can tell you (Obama and Biden both) were disrespectful to all American people by their demeanor. Again, don’t care what political party … I deserve more (as an American) and better from my President and V.P.

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        • All I’m saying is that I can’t recall you saying anything positive about the current administration, thus your dislike and preferences come are very clear … just trying to keep you on your toes.

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        • You are right, I don’t see anything positive about this administration. Has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican. I absolutely disagree with this Presidents ideology. I also dislike the direction the highest office has been taken un-professional (in my opinion) should make all Americans angry when our President and V.P are have no-interested, bored or laughing thru debates. Call me crazy but last I checked it is OUR white house (American people) and the administration reports to us the American people. 🙂 I don’t care if it was an Republican administration or Democrat behaving this way. I am embarrassed by it all. No worries you keeping me on my toes. I hope I keep others on their toes. 🙂

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        • You bring up an interesting point about all politicians at all levels. They are elected to represent all people … that is all people over a party and over an ideology. Oh well … now I’m dreaming.

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        • I happen to watch Justice Scalia on Pierce Morgan last night promoting his book about the constitution. So cool and interesting about the workings of the constitution I would say a huge percentage of people don’t understand the constitution or it’s original text. when asked the biggest blunder anyone brought in front of them he said “Al Gore forcing the issue of the Bush/Gore election. he said “not a wise thing to do and proven since after election by all Florida counties Bush still came out ahead.” But Gore forced an issue that the Supreme Court need not be involved. Very interesting interview.It gave me hope that our constitution will remain in tact.

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        • He advised the original text and meaning can .. and should. However, amendments are our right as Americans. Very interesting facts…

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        • Are you sure that its not Justice Scalia’s interpretation of the founding father’s intent … after all, I don’t believe Mr. Scalia met with them.

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        • Well like he said each Justice as their own personal interpretation of the founding father’s intent. Some more left some more right. Although agree upon the foundiing father’s knew exactly what they meant to convey.

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        • So if the court majority agrees on the interpretation, does it make the interpretation correct? … and the opposite too.

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        • I thought Scalia when asked by interviewer Do any of the Justices personal beliefs ever creep into their decision making. He answered “100% NO in all his years he has never once believed that occurs regardless if in favor or against his interpretation.” Myself I am proud of our constitution and find it is deeply important to keep in tact and as original text. My belief…. 🙂

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        • As Scalia advised there is a reason for everything in the Bill of Rights and Constitution with for-thought. Super interesting.

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  5. It seems appropriate, funnily enough, that the quote from Paul Broun would be included in a post with headlines from the Onion. The CDC “headline” had me choking on my coffee cause I was laughing so hard.

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    • Ginger,
      Even if the Republicans replaced Rep Broun on the committee (which I don’t think they would), I wonder what the odds are that the replacement either is a creationist, thinks they need to be a creationist, or choose to be a creationist because they don’t know. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. First, thanks for the mention in “Interesting Reads”. Appreciate it.

    Re the Onions, I think my winner probably is “David Blaine Stunt to Push Public’s endurance to Limit”, although I’m not sure if this shouldn’t be past tense as my limit has already been reached with these stunts.
    I also liked “Millions of Excited Americans Gather to Watch Series of Short, Elaborate, Rehearsed Speeches” and I’m with John on “Area Man sitting quietly in Darkened Bedroom until the elections are over”.

    Re the VP debate, I didn’t watch it either but I saw some polls afterwards which showed Biden ahead of Ryan, who was ahead of Biden, and they both were behind each other. So you know what that means. Do you? I don’t.

    On the same subject a couple of tweets you might enjoy

    Bill Maher @billmaher
    Hello 9 1 1? There s an old man beating a child on my tv

    Joe Mande @JoeMande
    Whoever is tickling Biden’s feet needs to stop it.

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    • Fasab,
      Cheers to your pick of David Blaine as your Onion winner because I was hoping someone would pick it! Gotta love the Joe Mande tweet as it caused me to chuckle several times this morning. Many thanks for sharing!

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  7. Many thanks for the hugely entertaining Ohio State University Marching Band video. I look forward to you sharing your thoughts with me on the design of the show and specifically which video games were included.

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    • Tim,
      Glad you enjoyed the band video. Heck, I was wondering if anyone would watch it! And the fact that the one known as Mr. Marching Band giving the show a thumbs up is a plus! Hope you listened to the handbell piece as well. Thanks for commenting.

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  8. Frank,
    Thank you for the shout out… And I would like to thank Madame Weebles for my introductory comment line. But I will never thank her again. You’ve read it here first on A Frank Angle. Got this, Weebles?
    Le Clown

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    • Le Clown,
      The pleasure is mine to mention your achievement. But I must be honest, I have something for the future. 😉 Meanwhile, oh no … you laid down the gauntlet to Weebs right here! Wow … I’m honored! Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Tina,
      Cheers to another nonwatcher! I read your post and “measured restraint” is a great descriptor. Too bad others prefer partisan harshness over measured restraint. Well done … and thanks for commenting here.

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  9. I was on the plane during the debate, I feel a bit distraught because of this. I am an addict. I wonder if there is help for this.

    Reince Riebus Forced Back into Ancient Puzzle Box after being Forced to say his Name Backwards.

    My favorite. Love the Onion.

    Port is not my favorite, both my sons love it though so I always keep it handy for after dinner treat.

    Loved your interesting reads this time, didn’t have time to read them all but am going to return to them later this evening.

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    • Lisa,
      I guess that is another world-wide rule of guidance! Here’s one I saw from another blogger: “I won’t engage in political talks with people I don’t know. You can argue with buffoons and too many people who want to argue politics are buffoons (on both sides of the political aisle).” Thanks for commenting.

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  10. love mr. autumn.

    you have my sympathies for the reds. i’ll be biting my nails tonight watching baseball in the bronx.

    i don’t know if it’s fair to call the election disgusting as much as the participants. i think our population is becoming less educated, thus more tolerant and appreciative of mud-slinging followed by the denial of slinging while the mud is still wet on our hands. if someone we like says the sky is green, we’re willing to accept it. that’s sad.

    time to take italian lessons. no, they’re not much better. time to take british lessons. oh, wait, never mind.

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  11. As always, an excellent wrap up.
    From the Onion, can’t we export David Blaine’s job? And the Reince Priebus headline is my pick for the best.

    Sorry about your Reds. Now I just need someone to beat the Yankees.

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  12. The headlines were slightly nuanced compared to most weeks, Frank. Maybe that’s the mood of the country. I listened to the whole debate while alone driving in the car…so no visuals or distractions. It was entertaining…which as a statement in itself, brings me pain to say. The truest statement said is that “it is more frustrating hearing statements by voters who are clueless due to their bias, lack of knowledge, or both.” I’m growing wearier by the day. I look forward to reading your links, Frank. Hope you have a wonderful weekend…and I am indeed sorry about your Reds. We have a friendly rivalry with my cousin in Northern California. He is entirely too smug about the Giants! 🙂

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    • Debra,
      Listening to any debate would give an interesting perspective – especially because it would be easier for the listener to focus on the words.

      Oh – sorry that my Reds weren’t able to deliver you an opportunity to needle your cousin. 😦 Oh well … but glad you enjoyed my one line about frustration. Have a good weekend … and hope you got to see the Shuttle! Thanks for commenting.

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  13. Sounds to me like a lot of people would just like to get this election over with. I understand, especially with the polls so close and the stakes so high. I tend to agree with MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews’ view that historically the American political system, as created by the U.S. Constitution and practiced by our two party system, has never been particularly bi-partisan, but in reality boils down to a winner take all affair. I’m very nervous about what could happen to the direction of our country as a result of Nov. 6, and I join the athletes, musicians, actors, students, and presenters who in the past have sweated it out before a big game, performance, academic test, or business sales meeting.

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    • Tim,
      I’ve said this before, and will most likely say it again in the future. No matter who wins the presidency, hope for four years of divided government. Otherwise, the chance of overreach are very high. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  14. If only: “Reince Riebus Forced Back into Ancient Puzzle Box after being Forced to say his Name Backwards” —

    But the House is filled with folks who are on committees whose fundamental purpose they disagree with. They are in f’ing charge of them. This makes me nuts! No wonder we’re going to hell in a handbasket. Hell is the only thing these fundamentalists talk about.

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    • Bryan,
      Welcome first-time visitor. How did you find my little corner? As or me, having broad interests is important. Thanks for visiting and commenting … plus you are welcome to return.

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  15. A quick note on political signs touting either party–Romney/Ryan or Obama/Biden – the phrase on these signs that say “Vote Democratic” or “Vote Republican.” C’mon, folks, are we really that clueless that we still vote for one or the other as a party and not what each person stands for?

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  16. Toss up between:
    Area Man sitting quietly in Darkened Bedroom until Roommate’s Party Ends
    and
    CDC Mix-up Results in U.S. Children Receiving 1.2 Million Tequila Shots
    , but leaning toward the latter. 😆 Love them!!

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