Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 185

On a New Header
I chose the previous header of the Aurora Borealis because we were going into winter. Now that summer has arrived in Cincinnati, the solar flares from the Goddard Space Center’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is an appropriate selection. Click here to see their image gallery.

On Politics
Would the phone records controversy be such an issue if today was late September 2001?

Do you remember Monday’s metronome video? I appreciate the analogy that this resembles our political representatives. After all, the eventually fall in line with their marching orders in order to sound like one.

Fox News loves to bash both the liberal media and President Obama, yet, it given the latest flap regarding the phone records, they can’t bash both.

Speaking of Fox News, I see the rehired Sarah Palin (aka Nincompoop) as an analyst. In this past post I list reasons why Fox News is fair and balanced.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Local Laundromat employs social media coordinator
Curiosity Rover to explore massive Martian synagogue
Ghost of Alvah Roebuck enjoying Sears’ decline
Weird porno stops at kissing
Report: 250 million Americans still need guests on their podcasts this week
Narrow line of dust not being swept into dustpan without a fight

Interesting Reads
Columnists Thomas Friedman on whistleblowing
Links to articles about each US presidential elections from Adams to Lincoln
The mystery of the lost members of male birds
Spanish wines
Superman (Man of Steel) and theology
Infographic of One World Trade Center

On Potpourri
Too bad that the Philadelphia area has received so much rain for this weekend’s US Open. After all, softening the course generally lowers the scores – which doesn’t make me a happy camper.

Attention New Followers: Thanks for following. Another way of increasing stats is by interacting with other bloggers … especially those who reciprocate.

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

Happy Father’s Day weekend to the fathers who visit here, fathers of my readers, and to all fathers who have passed.

Have a good weekend … and I hope the only stormy weather you have is this song by Lena Horne. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

45 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 185

  1. Wet weather can play havoc with the Open as well.. specially if delays come in to play… some golfers having to play 36 holes in one day can make a big change in the scores… good players on form playing well and getting in 36 in a day can make a difference… but as you and I know… players playing badly and having to play 36 in a day, quickly disappear from the score board… oh well that’s golf…


    • Bulldog,
      Yesterday’s 3.5 hour rain delay created havoc in the schedule. After all, with such a large field, they were going off both sides in morning and afternoon sessions. It was after 4 pm when the afternoon group started … and they obviously didn’t finish. Hopefully today’s weather will be better … but some players must finish first, then go back out because they become the morning session.


  2. i’m good with the dustpan.

    as for the invasion of privacy thing, it’s funny how linsday graham was greatly upset that background checks for guns was an invasion of privacy, but he didn’t care one bit about the phone tapping. a weird guy.


  3. The new banner looks good, Frank — way to go. Like the weird porno headline. We’re on the same page about the phone records controversy. Hey, unrelated: have you ever had the 2012 J vineyard Pinot Gris? My sister served it tonight with dinner. Check it out. Excellent! We had it with grilled pork chops and green beans.


    • Lame,
      Green beans is a one of those tastes that is a little tricky with wine … so cheers to the Pinot Gris for hitting the spot. I haven’t had it, but I’ll keep it in mind! Glad you enjoy the banner. … enjoy your trip.


  4. Stormy weather indeed. Two people in our county lost their lives last night to the storm. One was electrocuted by a power line falling where he was standing and another was killed when a tree in his yard fell on him. They were dads, one a young father and the other an older. But I feel devastated for their families.


    • Twixt,
      Many thanks for the tip. Knowing how much you enjoy infographics, I thought of you when adding this … so fortunately, I’m online at the moment, and have fixed it! Thanks again.


  5. Your new header reminds of the last week of hot weather we experienced on the Eastern Shore. Yesterday’s stormy weather wasn’t as bad as predicted for us so I’m thankful for that, and always enjoy Lena Horne’s “Stormy Weather.” The dustpan cracked me up.


    • Marina,
      There always seem to be strange weather somewhere … but people have a tendency only to notice their own. Today is outstanding! … but I’m not sure what the weekend is scheduled to bring.


  6. You guys have really had some storms. (nice video – always liked her version)
    Superman. Now he’s the poster child for immigration marchers? People please. Let some things just be entertainment?
    Hope you get a chance to go play outside…or will humidity go up?
    Any case – have a great weekend!


    • Mouse,
      Absolutely with you regarding your Superman point!

      The recent storms stayed to my north, although we got some rain. Yesterday and today have given us low humidity and comfortable temps … awesome days!


  7. What a gold mine you’ve provided with RealClearHistory’s, U.S. Presidential Elections from Adams to Lincoln. I plan to start digging this weekend.


  8. Ghost of Alvah Roebuck enjoying Sears’ decline–interesting! 🙂 I look forward to reading more from your great links, Frank. I’m curious about the Superman and theology, and Spanish wines, in particular. And I hadn’t heard that the Nincompoop was rehired…as an analyst. I wonder if that will last! See you tomorrow for your cartoon…D


    • Debra,
      After I saw the Alvah Roebuck headline, it was a must use! Meanwhile, Nincompoop and Fox are meant for each other. I hope you followed my link to a past post about Fox.


  9. Frank, thanks. I love Lena Horn. And then I kept clicking on the other YouTubes that came up. I spent a whole lot of time playing one after another. It was great. Thanks Frank!


  10. Gorgeous old time video 🙂 It’s funny how it started, with the guy holding the sign. You can see him waiting, and then the director says ‘action’ and he puts it down 🙂 How cute!

    Interesting reads indeed!! And I didn’t know your header was solar flares. I didn’t know what it was, but didn’t realise that. Love it.


    • Words,
      Ah yes … besides a good song by a great singer, a wonderful scene as well! If you liked the solar flares, follow the link to the gallery for more interesting photos.


  11. Oh, I just love those old black and white movies. I would to stay up late at night to watch Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin on a 13 inch TV with rabbit ears. When I was a kid, I was totally fascinated by the singing and dancing and how everyone had perfect hair and skin. Another favorite was those Gidget movies with teeny tiny Sandra Dee 🙂


    • Teeny,
      Those old movies are priceless … so many good ones. Oh the days when they were a regular part of entertainment … thankful Turner Movie Classics still believes in them.


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