Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 217

On Politics
My state (Ohio) is one of 15 states with a law against false political statements. Challenge to the law has reached the US Supreme Court has some interesting situations, such as Ohio’s Solicitor General arguing for the law that his boss (State Attorney General) wrote a letter about the law being unconstitutional. Given the high court’s rulings of money is a form of speech, I can see a ruling opening up the vaults for more deception – but time will tell. Here’s a story about the case from respected court writer Lyle Denniston, plus a synopsis with additional resources about the case.

Although I think columnist Charles Krauthhammer is a conservative crank, I enjoyed this column about campaign finance.

Here’s an interesting timeline with various milestones about bipartisan efforts.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Gas station clerk glad to see Pump 2 doing so well today
Fisher-Price designer would like to see 2-year-old try and choke on newest version
White male privilege squandered on job at Best Buy
Casinos getting people to play longer by telling them civilization destroyed
Man with no plans too exhausted to go out
Baseball catcher keeps signalling “I love you”

Interesting Reads
One person’s opinion on the next Ukraine
Surprise birth of the scientific method
Vietnam War Maps
Animated map about the North Africa campaign WW II
Book review about John Wayne

On Potpourri
I tried not to focus on the stats, but I can’t help noticing that the numbers here are tanking to pathetic levels. Is anyone else experience this?

Earlier this week I mentioned the weight of handbells. Think of handbells like a piano key, that is each bell is a single note. Here’s a link showing the weight and diameter of each bell by different manufacturers. You will notice that the larger bells can be aluminum or brass. (For non-US readers, 1 ounce= 28.4 grams, 1 pound (lb) = 454 g, and 1 inch = 2.54 cm)

If all goes as planned, Life: The Musical returns next week. I will announce Act 3’s theme on the upcoming Monday Morning Entertainment. Curtain time will be Wednesday, 9:30 PM (US Eastern)

A Saturday Morning Cartoon Classic is on the docket for tomorrow.

Here are your weekend celebrations

  • (Weekend) Satchmo Days, Fiddler’s Frolic, Nation’s Powwow, Interstate Mullet Toss, Mariachi Days, Pie Championships
  • (Fri) DNA Day, Plumbers Day, Malaria Awareness Day, Red Hat Society Day, Penguin Day, Zucchini Bread Day
  • (Sat) Arbor Day, Audubon Day, Do-Dah Day, Bob Wills Day, Eeyore’s Day, Hug an Australian Day, Dance Day, Go Birding Day, Animals in the Laboratory Day, Hairball Awareness Day, Help a Horse Day, Herb Day, Kids-and-Pets Day, Rebuilding Day, Pretzel Day, Intellectual Property Day, Richter Scale Day, Save the Frogs Day, Sense of Smell Day, Healing Day
  • (Sun) Babe Ruth Day, Mantanzas Mule Day, Morse Code Day, Mother-Father Deaf Day, Pinhole Photography Day, Morse Code Day, Prime Rib Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s a flashback to 1971 with headliners Blood, Sweat, and Tears and their hit Lucretia Mac Evil. Enjoy, have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

51 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 217

  1. My stats stink because I never have time to write anymore. Then again, I probably visit your page less often for the same reason. Usually I’m an anomaly, but perhaps not this time.

    On another note, I heard about the Supreme Court case re: lying in political ads, and I couldn’t help but wonder… is libel/slander not illegal in the US?


  2. “Man with no plans too exhausted to go out” is my fav onion. Also liked the war maps site, made me wonder about Erickson, it was right up his street, but is he?


  3. I don’t look at my stats all that often. I enjoy the company of those that stop by, and enjoy the sites I visit.

    I strenuously disagree with Charles K, but the man is brilliant. Even if he is usually wrong.


  4. So Frank, Saturday is Do-Dah Day. When’s Zip-a-Dee Day coming?

    My stats have been meh. I usually post once a week, but I’ve never been a reading or commenting machine. I generally comment on your site, but I’m very busy and I only have so much bounce in my bungee. One thing I have noticed is that my following, which has always been modest (and I’m fine with that), has doubled since November. Most of my new followers never comment or seem to read me. So why follow? And don’t get me going about the spambots. With 15 million bloggers on WordPress there must be a trickle down effect, but it certainly does not translate into increased stats. Another of life’s snore-worthy mysteries.


    • Lame,
      Would the lyrics suggest that Zip-a-Dee Day is everyday?

      I’m with you about the followers. Heck, I even try to reciprocate a visit with a comment, but the engagement doesn’t seem to get past “Thank you.” .. I think that many bloggers measure success by their number of followers.


      • I’ve never been either a stats slut or follows whore. I’d rather focus on writing the best posts I can. Hopefully my core followers will continue reading me and I’ll also acquire more quality thoughtful types amongst the ocean of oddities.


  5. Conservative crank… No comment ( smile). I am up for some prime rib 🙂
    I’m not posting nearly as much. My stats are zippo. Maybe everyone is blah and busy. I am reading less right now too. Your blog is always a good visit. Cheers!


  6. My stats are down, maybe cause I’m not blogging so much. I’ve noticed that a lot of other bloggers I follow on a regular basis aren’t blogging as much either. Maybe we’re all tired of blogging?


  7. Alright, Already! Your post today was chocked so full of interesting reads that I’ll be forced to rent my own golf cart when we play Stonelick GC just to carry along my growing file of afrankangle debate issues!!

    Also, I agree that things could get “verrdee interrresting” when the U.S. Supreme Court announces its decision on Ohio’s false political statements law. I see practical and historical points on both sides concerning whether it is, or isn’t, OK to use “the big lie” in political discourse and advertising without fear of prosecution.


  8. When I first started blogging – I used to look at stats all the time. Now – I don’t. It makes for a more relaxing experience for me.

    Frank’s Fan 🙂


  9. I don’t look at the stats, I suppose I don’t care enough. I hope those who actually read get something from the writing. Over time those who engage, I learn from and with many I form friendships with, that seems to me the best reward.

    It is so late right now, I have to come back for the rest of this. Want to read what you have offered up.


  10. My stats are up and down and around, okay not around, it just sounded good. I installed Google Analytics’ there a while ago, I am going to uninstall it now, I don’t need to know all the information it gathers. Plus I am just happy that someone takes the time to read what I have posted, and the bonus is always in the comments.


  11. Frank, have you been watching the remake of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” with Neil DeGrasse Tyson? I’m loving it, but I remember the original too! Episode 5 included Ibn al-Haytham as the originator of the scientific method, so I enjoyed your link to the article on him.

    Stats – I’m so busy finishing up the semester, I haven’t been paying attention, but generally they seem good considering how seldom I have been able to post lately. Like others have mentioned, I’ve lately been getting “followers” but not necessarily “readers.”


    • Lynn,
      Sadly, the new Cosmos hasn’t been on my radar. OK … I can blame the move, but I keep forgetting to set the DVR. Hopefully I can remember to do so after my wife finishes watching one of her shows.

      Regarding the spike in followers, I think the number of followers is the way many new bloggers are measuring success.


  12. Thanks for your lead note about Ohio being one of 15 states with a law against false political statements, Frank. I was blissfully unaware.

    For those who haven’t read the piece, the issue at hand was a political ad against a Democrat candidate who voted for Obamacare, claiming that he ” . . . had voted for taxpayer-funded abortion”.

    Having struggled through the linked write-up I am still a little at sea on the matter. I get that just the threat of a lawsuit under such law can be constrictive of speech, and therefore I think the SCOTUS is likely to quash such laws somehow. But if they should uphold the practice, It’s unclear to me whether the arbiter in such a case would be a jury or a judge. I think that matters. If it’s a jury, then any case is subject to jury nullification. Wow, what a can of worms that would be, eh?

    This is an important case.


  13. I stopped to read the “John Wayne” book review. I will undoubtedly read it. Loved the review. And I think I’d like to honor zucchini bread day! I would love to know a little bit more about the laws against false political statements. Judging only by what I hear, I thought any claim was fair game in politics. That’s sadly been my impression. Good for Ohio. I haven’t actually checked, but I don’t think CA is one of the 15. At least by my interpretation the “unofficial” slander gets pretty thick! Oh dear…more to research!


    • Debra,
      Good for the 16 states until the high court overturns it (which I think they will). The court’s trend is money is speech, so the deep pockets can say what they want because it is the voter’s responsibility to sift through the facts … Pathetic … simply pathetic!


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