Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 189

On Politics
Regardless who is president and the parties involved, the Senate politicizing presidential appoints is a prime example of the level of unnecessary, self-serving, pathetic behavior.

I cringe when hearing politicians use phrases like “Americans want.” After all, outside of the ideologues, I confident that most Americans want Washington has not be able to deliver: constructive problem solving,

An area letter to the editor caught my eye this week. After a rabid Republican mistakenly stated the majority of Americans are Republicans, the writer when on to say that “people will always go with the stronger horse.” Yep, and that’s a reason why more and more people are shying away from Republicans.

Cheers to these moderate columnists for their excellent columns about the current Republican party: Kathleen Parker and David Brooks.

Liz Cheney, daughter of former VP Dick Cheney, announced she’s seeking the US Senate seat from Wyoming. She is also famous for saying that Nincompoop is “more qualified than Obama and Biden combined.”

I haven’t said much about the Trayvon Martin case. The event was tragic and unnecessary, and reasonable doubt dominated the trial. That said, politicizing the result is not a good idea. Meanwhile, I appreciated this column by Ruth Marcus.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • US border patrol increases staff by hiring cheap immigrant labor
  • Republican leader pressuring wife to try new political position
  • Heat wave doesn’t bother local contrarian
  • Employee at electronics store tells customer what he has at home
  • Man who couldn’t defeat George W Bush attempting to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict
  • George Zimmerman wins Florida State Lottery

Interesting Reads
Believing science or not?
Visiting WW I battlefields in France and Belgium
13 sites for creative inspiration
A book review about The Enlightenment Period
Why mosquitoes bite some people more than others
Reviewing train travel in Italy
Tips for treating sunburn from The Onion
For National Ice Cream Month, 12 strange ice cream flavors

On Potpourri
I first encountered Angela (Mind Margins) just prior to my time away in Italy. Upon my return, I noticed she wasn’t posting, so I figured just another blogger who stopped. Now she is posting about battling ovarian cancer. For those interested, start here – but beware, she is positive and determined.

With a heat wave blasting the eastern US getting, do you realize that heat is the top weather-related caused of deaths in the US? In addition, heat-related deaths are more than deaths from hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and lightning combined.

I’m hoping to get a cartoon post ready for Saturday.

Friday starts National Scrabble Week. Weekend celebrations include (Saturday) Moon Day, Space Exploration Day, National Hot Dog Day, and Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day; while National Ice Cream Day leads the way on Sunday, so that’s another chance to get some Graeter’s. (Read about it or where to buy it.)

Being in the last half of July, time is running out for celebrating Share a Sunset with a Lover Month. To send you into the weekend, here’s a song from the past for those celebrating International Blonde and Deborah Harry Month. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

61 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 189

  1. Re the Onions I like “Republican leader pressuring wife to try new political position”, but I think the winner is “Man who couldn’t defeat George W Bush attempting to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict”. You know what I think of American foreign policy and that one says it all.
    Will try to get to some of the other links, but slammed for time at the moment.
    But a bit of Blondie always acceptable 🙂


  2. Politics, yeah…get something constructive done, dammit. Don’t stand in the way all the time.

    The Onion is sometimes the best source of commentary on the news.

    I’m a Scrabble lover with ongoing games with family and friends.

    I always did like that Blondie song. But, she hasn’t left a deep lasting impression.

    Thanks, Frank. Your opinions are appreciated.


  3. Apparently, if they’d check the polls, the Republicans would see what Americans really want – all of them out of Congress, the hell out of DC and no longer ruining our country.


    • SDS,
      Entertainment value is one good reason for having the current edition of Republicans around. Let us not forget that they came into leadership after Democratic overreach lead them there.


  4. Read two very interesting articles here, all thanks to you
    why mosquitoes bite some people more, wow that was something, they don’t find me that interesting in spite of me being a blood group O
    didn’t know so many factors influenced their decision 🙂

    for the flavours In Ice creams , am all for trying out new flavours, no matter how gross they sound 🙂


  5. Graeter’s – is on my bucket list .. for NYC – just have to try it …. thanks for Blondie – one of my favorite tracks. It’s not only “America wants” – I think every country’s government, thinks they know what their people wants.
    Thanks for introduce Angela to me .. what a remarkable young woman.
    Have a fantastically busy weekend.


  6. Hard to beat this one: US border patrol increases staff by hiring cheap immigrant labor

    And yes to constructive problem solving. I hope they read your blog!


    • TBM,
      Unfortunately, I don’t think any from Congress read here. Oh well …. Glad you liked the border patrol bit. Enjoy your Friday at the pub!

      I’m currently watching The Open … and Scotland looks dry!


  7. Republican leader pressuring wife to try hiring cheap immigrant labor.

    Loved the op-eds this week.
    I am afraid, as much as I love ice cream those are just to weird for me.
    The whole why those terrible mosquitoes bite was interesting since the older I get the more those little nasties bite me and the worse my reaction is.

    My beloved late step-mother was the Scrabble queen of our family. We all studied to try to beat her, with one exception (my niece) we failed all the time.


    • Val,
      Much variety in the links this week.

      Cheers to your step-mother being the Queen! Meanwhile, I wish you had this hot weather … and thanks for the good combo! Good luck with the mosquitoes.


      • I was watching the news on that, women are not allowed to be members of that golf club. I would have thought that was illegal, then I recalled there are female only gyms so segregation is alive and well in the UK


        • Amazing that in this day and age, those types of rules at golf clubs still exist. Here, the course that hosts the Masters admitted their first female not that long ago … of course they pick a well-known personality! I wouldn’t be surprised if St. Andrews has that policy.


  8. I actually did a piece on the Trayvon Martin case (link for the curious: http://www.debelit.com/2013/07/was-geoge-zimmerman-trial-racist.html) but I can understand why you didn’t want to go near that. From my research (including me living about 20-30 minutes away from where it happened) it’s just a huge, heaping mess.

    I also have to tell you that, as a Republican, I’m disheartened by the Republican party. There are just too many loud voices to make the party seem credible anymore.


    • Peter,
      As you can see, I just returned for your post. Well done. I tried to look at the case with the facts … and yes, a heaping mess is a good description.

      You may not know, I am a register Republican, but consider myself as an independent moderate. If the course stays, I will undeclare, thus not vote in the next GOP primary.


      • I’m right there with you. The only reason I registered as a Republican was so I could vote in the Florida primaries. However, I’ve considered myself to be more of a libertarian at heart. Regardless, we can all agree on one thing: The GOP needs to check itself before it wrecks itself.


  9. Thanks for sharing your takes on politics every Friday. It will be interesting to see how the Republican Party treats Liz Cheney in her bid for the Wyoming U.S. Senate seat. I disagree with most of Cheney’s political views, but I’ve been impressed with her personality, debating skills, and career/educational background.

    Thanks also for the article “Why we don’t believe in Science.” It made my head feel better.


    • Tim,
      That science article caused me to bang my head against the wall. As for Liz Cheney in Wyoming, it doesn’t take many votes to win there, so her primary against the incumbent will be interesting.


  10. I can’t help but notice that, within the same post, you warned against the heat being a #1 killer, and also a mosquito magnet. I think it might be about time for a Cold post to help us ward off this malevolent heat!


    • Robin,
      Many would expect the heat our new area gets in the summer! I know a friend of the family from DC told me (years ago) that foreign diplomats considered DC in the summer a hardship assignment!


  11. We got a break from the heat with a nice thunderstorm this morning! Whew! and I sooo remember that Blondie song! 🙂


  12. There is just so much here, Frank! I think you’ve outdone yourself. And at a time when I am able to do some extra reading and catching up. I stopped midway to already look at the 13 Sites for Creative Inspiration. I’d like to spend more time on that one, as well as several others. Love Blondie, too!


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