Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 232

On Politics
The nation is watching the Senate race in Kentucky. Although I’m in Ohio, I get a ringside view because Cincinnati TV stations air campaign ads for the northern Kentucky viewers. One thing for sure, each side is pointing out the outside money of the opposition.

As some Republicans are quick to say I told you so regarding the predictable chaos in Iraq after the primary withdrawal of the US military, I ask, Would ISIS be a factor if Saddam Hussein was still in power?

If the Arabs aren’t willing to fight ISIS on the ground, I say, Get out of there!

Congress continues its mantra of preferring second guessing and criticizing over taking responsibility and decision making.

I know Congressional Republicans have been a continual roadblock for President Obama, however, I wonder how often the White House (and possibly Congressional Democrats) have been equally obstinate.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Absentminded nation catches itself turning to its leaders again
More cities using text-based alerts to warn Americans if they are in range of NFL players
Majority of Americans back Obama’s ISIS plan, but doubt it will work
Study: Liberals, Conservatives smell different
Report: Laura’s divorce threatens razor-thin Democratic majority in family
Reclusive deity hasn’t written a new book in 2,000 years

Interesting Reads
For Democrats fearing loss of controlling the Senate
California’s 100-year drought
A pro sports team helps a last wish
Unhappy medical doctors
Guten-free: Fact vs. Fad
The Crackpot Test & Index

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On Potpourri
I find it interesting that the state of Kentucky is getting some push-back about public funding of Ark Encounters, a theme park run by Answers in Genesis (AIG), the head organization of the Creation Museum. I said this was a no-no over a year ago, and stand by that today. After all, AIG prospective employees must “have read and can support the AIG Statement of Faith.”

Another season of Dancing with the Stars (DTWS) is under way. Several immediately seem to be a cut above the rest, but time will tell who develops. OK, DTWS fans, which of the pros do you think is my favorite?

My golf league goes longer than most, thus able to enjoy playing in late-summer weather. Two weeks to go and my team is in the hunt.

Because I used this week to ease back into blogging, no Saturday Morning Cartoons this weekend.

Thanks for another great collection of tunes for Life: The Musical. As always, I get the pleasure to listening to all the songs – although the omission of this one surprised me … and I dedicate this song to my friend at Lame Adventures who would never embrace this song.

Your weekend celebrations

  • (Weekend) Clean Up the World Weekend, Hummingbird Celebration Weekend, Octoberfest Zinzinnati
  • (Fri) Talk Like a Pirate Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Trademen Day, Citizenship Day, Brothers Day, Butterscotch Pudding Day, Slimey the Worm Day
  • (Sat) Big Whooper Liar Day, Eat an Apple Day, Coastal Cleanup Day, Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Red Panda Day, Gymnastics Day, Idaho Spud Potato Day, National Rum Punch Day, Farm Safety Day
  • (Sun) International Day of Peace, Worldwide Day of Play, Alzheimer’s Day, Miniature Golf Day, Pause the World Day, Gratitude Day, Pecan Cookie Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s one more work song – the 1982 hit Workin’ for a Liven by Huey Lewis and the News. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

58 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 232

  1. I almost forgot it’s talk like a pirate day and one of the local pubs will give me a free rum punch if I dress like a pirate. Need to buy an eye patch and forego a shower. That should work. Have a great weekend!


  2. Ah Frank, it takes “two to tango” ~ my way of acknowledging both politics and DWTS. Have a beautiful weekend and excited to read that your golf team could end up with it all!


  3. Frank, Frank, Frank. “I wonder how often the White House (and possibly Congressional Democrats) have been equally obstinate” — really? Do you thnk Dems could get together enough to be that obstinate? Remember Will Rogers — I don’t belong to an organized political party, I’m a democrat!”


  4. Frank, even though I am by nature country music averse, I almost posted “Take This Job and Shove It” but I thought it might violate the rules (yes, I saw in your response to List of X that it doesn’t). I guess I was too tired from working at The Grind to figure that one out for myself. Last night my political consultant, Milton, told me, “We’ll get rid of ISIS and then we’ll get Vanilla ISIS.”

    Have a great weekend!


  5. Given your preference for divided government, I was surprised by your inclusion of, and the conclusion expressed in, the read: “For Democrats fearing loss of controlling the Senate.”

    “Majority of Americans back Obama’s ISIS plan, but doubt it will work,” is important.


    • Tim,
      I prefer divided gov’t in this climate … otherwise it’s shove-it-down-everyone’s throat. Otherwise, why did my inclusion surprise you …. and how can the statement about ISIS be important?


  6. oh, i’m going to miss those little cute hummingbirds when they fly to where ever they fly to…i did not know they are very territorial with their feeders. who would think such tiny things could be so vicious trying to keep other rival hummingbirds away from the feeders. i agree with Sylvia, everyday is gratitude day…or at least we should make it a practice. cheers!


  7. Better late than never they say. Having taken a day off from everything I find myself sadly behind, everything. I enjoyed the reads, all of them. I have to agree with Elyse on this one Frank, the Dems haven’t had the wherewithal to ‘obstruct’ and what would they obstruct? The shut down of the government, well that might have been a good thing don’t you think.


        • Other than the 41 times the House has voted to repeal the ACA what else Frank, have they sent for a vote? What other work have they done the Administration has ‘obstructed’ or been firmly entrenched on the other side on?


        • The House’s treatment of the ACA is ridiculous … but all I’m asking that when it comes to negotiations, could the WH be a roadblock. After all, like we say in dance, it takes two to tango.


        • And all I am asking is for an example. My observation of this president and his administration is he has consistently extended the olive branch and consistently been rebuffed. He has all too often given away far to much and then had to give away more. So no, I don’t believe we have a ‘two to tango’ situation in this case.


        • You are right Frank, all we can see is what is out there. I suspect though we see pretty much the truth of it. I don’t believe there is much more than what we see. I suspect this administration wanted so badly to try to work with those who had no intention to work with him, he would have done damned near anything to compromise, including compromise the agenda he ran on. Which he did.


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