On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 192

On Politics
As Republicans continue their push to stop the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), here’s a good one. I don’t know the exact quote or the actual person in Congress who said it, but this one says a lot to me: (From my recall, but it’s close) We must defund Obamacare before people start to realize its benefits.

While Congress has an approval rating in the teens, I recently saw a poll that over 50% of the people approve of those representing them. Yep – this shows we are getting just what we’ve asked for.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Heroic plastic surgeon gives small-breast starlet a chance at normal life
Dolphin spends amazing vacation swimming with stockbroker
Fans flock to Lollapolooza to see all the biggest brands
Footage of Neil Armstrong playing sax on the moon clearly fake
Two people who went to same college ruin evening for the group
Royal baby spits up on great-grandmother

Interesting Reads
Columnist Kathleen Parker on Congress
Dolphin social memory
Apps ahead of us
Driving the interoceanic highway through Peru
Some classic humor from Archon
The winner’s gallery from National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 
See Snoring Dog’s painting of Endangered Species

On Potpourri
Congratulations to Tim, a local friend and everything-marching-band enthusiast, for making the 30,000th comment on this blog (yesterday).

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Besides Saturday marking the start for Elvis Week and being National Garage Sale Day, Saturday is the day celebrating S ‘mores, the Smithsonian, Skyscrapers Appreciation, and Duran-Duran. Why the latter? Other than because they can, I don’t know.

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I’m a baseball fan and one against players using Performance Enhancing Drugs. On the other hand, the latest suspensions by Commission Bud Selig are rooted in his head-in-the-sand stance in the 1990s. He’s pathetic!

Count me in as one looking forward to seeing the movie The Butler. Wow – his eyes personally saw 12 US Presidents, and meet 11. Amazing! Here’s an interesting article about his (Eugene Allen) funeral.

Sorry, no cartoon post this Saturday.

To send you into the weekend, here are two short videos from Cincinnati. Last weekend the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) held Lumenosity for the first time. Basically, it was a CSO concert held outside in a renovated city park in the shadow of their indoor home, Music Hall – which this time served as a backdrop for a light show.

Enjoy the show and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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