Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 277

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Cheers to your efforts of making Act 3 of Dance The Musical a success.

In the next and last act for Dance: The Musical, Act 4 provides the biggest challenge of any musical act.

  • Songs must feature the name of a dance in the title
  • Waltz, Macarena, and Hokey Pokey are acceptable examples … BUT ….
  • No dance can be used more than once
  • No children songs
  • Info is on the Hear Ye page
  • Performance time: next Tuesday at 9:30 pm (Eastern US)

I will probably have an Explore post this weekend.

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Wouldn’t you know it. Kim Davis (the Kentucky County Clerk) finally made a good decision, and then screws it up when she added a disclaimer line to the marriage license. The lady doesn’t get it and I think she’s getting lousy legal advice. Meanwhile, The Onion got their word in by doing this profile on her.

In terms of the second Republican Debate, yep – I followed my same format as before: deciding not to watch, then get some information from a variety of talking heads. The day after I watched both CNN and Fox News … and I came away with the same conclusion about these two networks – There’s no way they were talking about the same event – although the difference wasn’t as vastly different as after the first debate.

I discovered (from NPR) the amount of talk-time for each candidate in the second debate. The data supports my idea that the “debate” is the wrong term. Although the evening’s rules naturally skew the results.
TalkTime2For the interested, here are various FactChecks from the event: PolitiFactsWashington PostCNNFox NewsAssociated Press

To lead you into this week’s satire, here’s The Onion’s help to parent when talking to children about death.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (Combos welcome)

  • Juggler’s Medication Wears Off Halfway Through Routine
  • Report: 92% Of Americans Would Have Gotten Over Ex By Now
  • Report: Oyster Cracker–Wise, Nation Doing Pretty Good
  • Google Engineers Invent New Body Part To Strap Gadgets Onto
  • Weather Report: Upturned earthworms imminent
  • Gender Guessed Correctly On Second Try

Interesting Reads
Pope Francis and the Vatican: Who changes who?
The blind hiker
China’s growing middle class
Africa’s population boom
(Video) Connection in and through dance (Thanks Lame)
Headless chicken
(Photos) Autumn in Alaska

Here is another two-fer to lead you into the weekend. A leftover from Act 4 (I was surprised it wasn’t used) and a rock classic. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

66 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 277

  1. I did watch the debate. All three hours of it. The first ten minutes I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding.” It was more like a teenage reality show than a presidential debate. But it definitely provided entertainment. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing…


  2. I watched the debate in terror that any of these blithering right wing loons reeking of self-serving patriotism might be elected commander-in-chief. I equally loathed each and every one of them. I think they would all drive this country deeper into the sewer.


    • Resa,
      I agree … stressful on the candidates, the campaign workers, news reporters, and the voters. Keep in mind that I’m in a swing state, thus I’m already seeing ads and the Ohio primary isn’t until March! … and then the election the following November. … Crazy and very painful.


  3. Oh, you know I thought of “Moondance.” I did and then I forgot! That’s one of my all time favs, Frank. That’s a great one. I hope that one makes it to your collection even though no one suggested it. I haven’t watched the debates either although I’ve seen some video and recap. It seems entertaining in some ways…I mean if they weren’t running for President. 🙂


    • Amy,
      Before using Moondance here, I added to Act 3. Other compound words that many initially forgot were Moondance, Flashdance, and Riverdance.

      In terms of the debates, let’s face it … the host network wants ratings (both Fox News & CNN achieved that) … but one of the ways to get that is by the questions asked. … so I can see the entertainment value – especially when someone as unpredictable as Donald Trump is on stage.

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  4. “Pope Francis and the Vatican: Who changes who?” sent me scrambling to read my last National Geographic Magazine.

    “(Photos) Autumn in Alaska” sent me scrambling to read my last Atlantic Magazine.

    The BBC article “How will a population boom change Africa?” went into my golf bag.

    Concerning Wed.’s debate, it convinced me that you were correct to register as an Independent rather than stick with the GOP and try to reform it from within.


    • Tim,
      To the best of my knowledge, in our state one registers as a Dem or Repub … but not as an Independent. Therefore, I declare Independent because I’m not registered as a D or R. Meanwhile, glad you were able to find some good reads here … plus please consider cleaning your golf bag.


  5. First to the pictures of Denali, these could almost convince me to take a trip to Alaska. Then, the wonderful love stories, Dance and Love who could ever question? But the story of the Pope, you know I love this Pope he is a humble and lovely man.

    I watched the debate, of course I did. I think it was an early birthday present.


    • Val,
      You caused a joyful grin this morning. I saw you Like, but no comment – then I reminded myself that you were reading. Glad to know I was able to come through this morning.

      The dance story is good, so many thanks for seeing that one.

      The fall pics from Denali were wonderful. If you ever make it to Alaska, don’t forget stopping by Wasilla for afternoon tea with The Nincompoop. 😉

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  6. I had a two-hour commute Wednesday. I listened to the debate during the drive. I’ve never heard so much wackiness. The candidates show that they are nimble and capable of playing to the CNN structure and ridiculous (dangerous) format and rules. They are aces at that and the whole set of them are made for each other.


  7. 3 hours for a debate was over the top for me. Don’t get me wrong, I like the concept of presidential debates — give all the contenders a chance to speak, in neutral territory…. confine them in one room…. lock the doors… walk away, whistling… live out a peaceful existence… Anyway, where was I? Ah, yes, recaps are definitely the way to go.

    As for Pope Francis, being in both the Northeast and working in the non-profit world, everyone is all abuzz around here regarding his visit next week. Personally, I am a huge PF fan, and the more I learn about him, the more I like him. The National Geographic article was spot on, and a great read.


    • Alisha,
      I appreciate your take on the debate … especially since I didn’t watch … and don’t plan on starting to watch them anytime soon. Meanwhile, I also find Pope Francis to be an interesting person, and hope his trip to the US and Cuba goes well.


  8. Will this weak/week never end?
    Wait. That was not SNL on CNN? Impressed anyone managed to watch the whole thing. (Yeah, pictures on the 10 dollar bill – that’s certainly important to me…Heard it was the TV Adams’ Family Chris C. suggested as a joke. Yeah, what a “debate”/network money maker) Fact checks the next day are always my favorite…even more fun when the fact checkers are checking the other fact checkers.
    Cautiously I ask, Hokey Pokey is a children’s party dance, isn’t it? – Roller skate rinks and drunk adults make adult acceptable? (Joke, Mr Producer, joke)…off to scout dancing of the bars/stars
    Halfway Americans doing pretty good to invent earthworm’s gender guesses. (Sorry – best I can do still being brain dead between the campaign pageant show and the Bronco’s game)
    Have a great weekend, Frank!


  9. I did not watch the debate. I agree with lameadvertures–I also loathe all of them. I had seen the Onion profile of Kim Davis before. 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend! We’re having our big holiday dinner tomorrow night–so I’m busy cooking here.


  10. i loved the Onion’s take on how to explain death to children. That was laugh out loud funny! I will be out of town next week and it’s very unlikely that I’ll be able to stop by Tuesday evening. But if I can, you know I’ll come prepared. 🙂


  11. Once again – good decision on not watching the rebublican’t debate. The 1st hour was nothing but bickering. The rest of the time was mostly non-answers to questions asked. Or – if there was an answer – there were no real details or specifics.


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