Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 216

On Politics
The Senate Conservative Fund (SCF) has endorsed the primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). To counter SCF, Sen. McConnell (who has a nasty side to him), vows to attack all their endorsed primary candidates: “I think we are going to crush them everywhere. I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

Cheers to Congress for not being in session.

I’m looking forward to voting in the May 6th Ohio Primary. The ballot is short and not many people will vote, but I will officially make my statement at a new precinct.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Determined restaurant patrons tough it out on chilly patio
Parent surprised cruel teen daughter hasn’t pushed classmate to breaking point yet
Biologists confirm God evolved from chimpanzee deity
Area man mystified by layout of adjacent town’s grocery
Last living California Raisin dies of prostate cancer

Interesting Reads
Misery among MDs (Thanks Mouse for this, and thanks Carrie for approving)
Science and the word theory
Dog sex
Ten biggest earthquakes
Interactive map of U-2 boats in WW II

Bonus Reads: The week marked the Titanic’s 102nd anniversary, so here’s a collection of related articles.
Fascination with the Titanic (Smithsonian)
The Departure (Titanic-Titanic)
A news story before the movie (Newsday)
Queenstown: The last stop (Real Clear History)
A letter: a first-hand account (Telegraph)

On Potpourri
Earlier this week I saw a review of the book Why Science Does Not Disprove God. Although I am Christian, I absolutely agree – plus add this – science cannot prove God either.

As many we watching this week’s Blood Moon, snow clouds blocked Cincinnati’s view. Here’s an article from National Geographic about lunar myths from around the world.

Upon seeing a recipe with marshmallow earlier this week on a blog, I couldn’t resist asking if they used natural or synthetic marshmallows in the recipe. The blogger kindly responded synthetic – but all its ingredients are natural.

The grocery store headline from The Onion (above) reminds me how the growth (in size/space) of grocery stores over time. Cincinnati-based Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery retailer, recently published these stats regarding their average store size
1930s: 2,000 sq ft
1960s: 12,500 sq. ft
1980s: 42,000 sq. ft.
2000: 53,000 sq. ft.
2013: 61,000 sq. ft (their largest store in our area is 123,000 sq. ft)

This week marked the 35th anniversary of The Beast, a classic and the world longest wooden roller coast found at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati. After watching the report below, anyone wanting to take a ride can click here.


In my musical events hear (such as Life: The Musical), I enjoy listening to the songs readers submit … thus encourage others to do so. Many thanks to all!

The Easter weekend means the handbell choir playing. Three songs this year, but here’s good recording of cheerful tones of Enduring Joy.

Given a major holiday weekend, the Saturday Morning Classic Cartoon series resumes next weekend.

Here are your weekend celebrations

  • (Fri) Golf Day, Pet Owner’s Independence Day, Amateur Radio Ray, Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, Animal Crackers Day
  • (Sat) Auctioneers Day, Amaretto Day (Yes!), Husband Appreciation Day, Garlic Day, Hanging Out Day, Record Store Day
  • (Sun) Spring Astronomy Day, Look a Like Day, Plum Pudding Day, Food Day, Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day, Lima Bean Respect Day, Go Fly a Kite Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s a flashback to when I was in elementary school – the year is 1964, and the hit is Glad All Over by the Dave Clark Five. Enjoy, have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

39 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 216

  1. I made the mistake of clicking on the “Dog Sex” link. That was probably something I didn’t need to know…

    I’ve ridden the Beast roller coaster before. Kind of freaked me out as all wooden roller coasters do. Kept worrying it would break–a rotted piece of wood or something. 😉


  2. Oh I have lots to read now, which will be perfect for our drive to Quebec and back. As for the blood moon it was raining so we could not see it either, very disappointing. I rode a wooden roller coaster when I was in my teens at the CNE in Toronto, it was the most terrifying ride ever, so never again. It doesn’t help that I am also scared of heights.

    Happy Easter to you and your family Frank.


  3. First off, thanks for providing cover for me playing golf today by being able to report to my wife that I’m celebrating – GOLF DAY!

    Glad to hear that you plan to check out your new voting precinct in the May 6th Ohio Primary. I look forward to you sharing with me what the key issues are, along with your suggestions on voting positions I might consider.

    Sure enjoyed my first read of “Science and the word theory,” that is, the parts of it I could understand. I plan to fully tap into your science background by having a copy of the article in my golf bag with questions circled when we play Stonelick GC.


    • Tim,
      Enjoy Golf Day … but you are carrying too many things in your golf bag. In terms of voting, if you recall, we live in different towns in different counties, thus will face different issues.


  4. We have made several visits to Cedar Point near Sandusky. It is harder to do now. Age makes everything hurt more.

    Earlier this week, we watched the Dave Clark Five program on our PBS channel. It was an interesting walk down memory lane. I liked that band very much.


  5. The Dave Clark Five really made me feel ‘Glad all over’. 😆 I was wondering why they didn’t have any trousers on, and then when I saw the close up of Dave playing drums, I realised that they must have been wearing tight light-coloured jeans. 🙂 Enjoyed the hand bell rendition too. Hope it goes well. Happy Easter to you and yours.


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  7. I find it really convenient that Hanging Out Day and Record Store Day land on the same day, since there is a cool vinyl shop in town. As for Garlic Day and Husband Appreciation Day sharing the same day? Not so much . . .


  8. Wow, 123,000 square feet sounds massive for a grocery store. Then again, I’ve gotten used to smaller stores since moving here. I’m probably going to be in for culture shock when I go back to the US in June. Kroger, here I come! Happy Easter, Frank!

    Hugs from Ecuador,


    • Kathy,
      I’m sure you realized how they’ve changed over time, but they are getting bigger because they are offering more. Nonetheless, probably an American way of doing business. Happy Easter to you!


  9. I really loved the Dave Clark Five when I was young. I think somewhere in my piles of old records I probably have a couple of 45’s. You’ve made me want to go through the stacks and see if I do still have them. And I watched the video…that’s the closest I will ever get to riding the Beast. I can’t imagine I wouldn’t pass out! I loved watching people who enjoy the adrenaline rush! 🙂


  10. As you know, Frank, I often have difficulty relating to the issues you discuss here, coming from a different culture and a different language. Many times, the cultural references are beyond me… and the politics are always foreign territory. But this time I got a good laugh reading “Biologists confirm God evolved from chimpanzee deity”, and wish to be among the first to congratulate those scientists.


    • Shimon,
      Thanks for reacting to that headline because I reacted the same way … and have been a bit disappointed that it didn’t get more reaction here … so thanks for making me smile!


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