Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 258

Biggest yawn of the week – Providing 3 new presidential candidates on the Republican side: Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee. Then again, additional candidates increases the odds of someone saying something stupid.

Several weeks ago I posted the graphic below showing our energy usage for the past year. Some of the reasons include LED lights in high-use areas, natural gas water heater and stove, programmable thermostat, and reasonable temperature settings.


I asked my wife what song the handbell choir is playing for the final Sunday before the summer break, and a hit from years ago. Here’s Morning is Broken. Enjoy. Do you recall the artist who made it a hit?

Meals: The Musical returns next week, thus I will announce the theme in the next Monday Morning Entertainment.

No Saturday morning post this weekend, thus neither Cartoons or Explore features. Not that I don’t have a post ready, but I’m falling more and more behind, so I don’t want to make matters worse.

To lead you into the week’s headlines from The Onion, enjoy either a review of the latest Avengers film or links to the latest Republican presidential candidates” Carly Fiorina (R-CA), Ben Carson (R-MD), and Mike Huckabee (R-AR).

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On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Head of National Potato Council declares US in midst of potato renaissance
Sports drink company putting first advertisement on the moon
Hotels now charging customers for looking at items in minibar
Tiger Woods & Lindsey Vonn blame breakup on hectic sex lives
Man frantically returns to website that just crashed his browser
Fetus going to pretend he didn’t hear loud argument coming from other side of uterine wall

Interesting Reads
Unnecessary health care
Pew Research Projecting Religions to 2050
(Video) Left brain and right brain
The fossil record: What it shows
Interpreting chickens communicating 
(Slideshow) 166 years of riots & protests in the US

Your Weekend Celebrations
(Fri) No Socks Day, Free Trade Day, Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Victory in Europe Day, Child Care Provider Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Red Cross/Red Crescent Day, Ovarian Cancer Day, Giving Sharks a Voice Day, Coconut Cream Pie Day, Have a Coke Day, Iris Day, Empanada Day, Time of Remembrance & Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War

(Sat) Birth-Mother’s Day, Moscato Day, Hurray for Buttons Day, Train Day, Butterscotch Brownie Day, Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Awareness Day, Windmill Day, Peter Pan Day, Root Canal Appreciation Day, Stay Up All Night Day, World Belly Dance Day, Archery Day, Lost Sock Memorial Day, Fair Trade Day, American Indian Day, Migratory Bird Day, Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day, Babysitters Day, Miniature Golf Day, World Belly Dance Day (For those, like Bulldog, needing an erotic belly dance)

(Sun) Mother’s Day, Shrimp Day, Lipid Day, Lupus Day, Mothers at the Wall Day, Clean Up Your Room Day

To send you into the weekend, here are the Stray Cats (including a young Brian Setzer) with Rock this Town. Do you remember this video? (If you can’t see it, try this.)Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

42 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 258

  1. You beat me to it, Cathy! 😉

    Omigosh are they a scrawny bunch of Stray Cats! Talk about going down memory lane!
    Going to be a busy week-end! Yummy Coconut Cream Pie, Butterscotch Brownies… Do you think Mothers got together to make Clean Up Your Room Day the same day as Mother’s Day? I’m thinking there are scads of moms out there who wish for that as a gift!!!

    Have a most marvellous week-end Monsieur Frank!


  2. This week, and specifically weekend, is graduation day for Jacob. So we postponed mothers’ day. There will be other years to celebrate that on time!


  3. i love Stray Cats–and Cat Stevens. I’ll try again with the “Meals” again this week, Frank, although it hasn’t been working for me. We’ll see how it goes. It is a big yawn, but I laughed when the candidates started announcing this week. It’s not a laughing matter, I know, but all I could think of was “what a circus!” I think we’re in trouble!


    • Debra,
      I imagine you 2 buzzers is due to time demands fogging your mind. 😉 … and I’m confident you’ll come through with flying colors.

      Meanwhile the presidential circus has officially begun. Too bad it’s only on one side of the aisle because a doubleheader would be a lot of fun.


  4. Indeed Cat Stevens [the clue* came later! ;-)] and did you know it was Rick Wakeman [YES keyboardist] who composed and performed the piano arrangement in this version?
    I loved the handbell version you shared.
    *Unfortunately I could not watch the video from this part of the world: the uploader made it unavailable in my country! …not very nice of them! 😉
    Happy Friday and weekend, Frank! 🙂


  5. Your read “The fossil record: What it shows,” led me to Kelsey Louma’s blog article, “Where are the Transitional Fossils,” which pointed out that “the number of transitional species is massive and it grows with each passing year. Given the rarity with which organisms are actually fossilized, the amazing thing is actually the completeness of the fossil record, not its incompleteness.”
    Kelsey Louma’s article also led me to find out about “The Human Origins Project,” a joint initiative of the National Geographic Society and the Turkana Basin Institute, which will utilize cutting-edge technology to become the largest and most informative multilingual resource available on the subject of human evolution.

    “Hotels now charging customers for looking at items in minibar” hit with a splat along with a question about the billing statement on one of my recent hotel stays?


    • Tim,
      Glad you enjoyed the fossil record article and that you followed the link. I will have to take note of your wording because given the rarity of fossilization, the record is not complete and the transition fossils are massive (although they most definitely exist and are most definitely growing).


  6. Love the vid! Camera tests went well today! Kim C. (our star). looked gorgeous.
    We start shooting on Thursday coming & my days will be a minimum of 14 hours…sigh…. but I will visit amap during the shoot. _Resa


  7. Love the cats (And think you are right: we are in for plenty of hsyterical/hysteria creating quotes and misquotes with all these candidates running.) Hope your weekend was fun…scrolling onward to see…(and to check out what’s on the menu this week.)


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