Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 292

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Last Saturday I watched much of Justice Scalia’s funeral. I’m amazed by the strength of his son – Paul, a Catholic priest – in leading service and delivering the homily at the funeral for his father. He brilliantly wove theology and life together … a WOW … what a beautiful church! (Click for Google Images.)

That once-every-four-years day is approaching. Here’s an explanation of why February gets the extra day in a leap year.

This blog passed on odd milestone earlier this week … 66,666 comments.

Here’s is your chance to make Cincinnati Chili.

Last weekend I saw a great video segment on HLN (CNN companion station) presenting both sides of the argument regarding Apple unlocking the iPhone of a deceased terrorist. Unfortunately, I can’t find it!

Last Friday I took my wife and her sister to the airport so they could begin their week of cruising for the fifth consecutive year. Yep – my Bachelor Week is nearing the end. For my week, I had three things to accomplish: 1) Takes them to the airport, 2) pick them up at the airport, and 3) have the house cleaned when they return.

Some wonder, want did you do? I ballroom danced, wrote a few blog posts, stayed up later but not sleeping as well, did my volunteering (dancing with seniors, dancing with Downs, and ESL tutoring), danced again, attended handbell rehearsal, had a dance lesson, participated in our Lenten journey small group, painted walls in one area, danced some more, attended a group dance class, did the usual Wednesday laundry, prepared the tax materials to our accountant (delivery is based on his schedule), cleaned the house, worked on designing a wall project, and squeezed in  some time to dance … so I can work on leading.

For Act 3: Yellow of Colors: The Musical, readers brought forth quite the array of over 30 songs! A tip of the cap to all! Special thanks to Dale for excellent Maitre D’ work … plus keep your eye on the Hear Ye page.

There will be an Explore this weekend about a person, place, or thing …

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Interesting time – Data out of California indicates a growing number of registered independents.

A question for Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). How do you implement your vision if Republicans control one or both of the Capitol Hill chambers?

My post (On the Court) earlier in the week regarding a forthcoming nominee to the US Supreme Court created interesting comments – and some were very predictable. Therefore, I pose these questions: How different would my post have been if a conservative justice other than Justice Scalia died? How different would the post have been if a liberal justice died?

Whereas Republicans as Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) use past quotes by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Vice President Joe Biden (D-NY) to justify delaying the confirmation process of a Supreme Court nominee, these are prime examples of the positions politicians take is a matter, place, and convenience – thus they are willing to wear the others shoes when it fits the narrative that meets their needs at that time. I take the contrary view – I oppose McConnell and Grassley today as much as Schumer and Biden then. As a matter of fact, I can say they are flat-out wrong.

My senator (Rob Portman, R-OH)  responded to my contact with a form letter containing an unacceptable answer. Good job at working to lose a supporter during an election year.

The candidate from my state, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) , made a faux pas comment on the campaign trail this week. A big deal to some, no more than a blip for me. Personally, his signature to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio was much bigger news.

Although Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is declaring himself the alternative to Mr. Trump, his road to the nomination is the most difficult.

I enjoy when the morning news recaps comedic comments from the late-night hosts regarding the presidential candidates. After all, laughing is so important.

Although the Republican field is dwindling, one aspect that is important to me is noticing who supports each of the candidates … especially when the field was larger.

Oh my … The Onion reported a leather-clad Ted Cruz campaigned at a fetish club. (Beware of image)

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To lead you into your weekly dose of satire, The Onion provides timely tips for hosting an Oscars party.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Pizza slice has only one pepperoni
Caffeine bracelet acts as coffee substitute
Takeout burrito shielded from cold as though it were week-old newborn
Nation’s elderly hit hard by closing automatic doors
Vatican City residents rally to save St. Peter’s Basilica from development

Interesting Reads
Global smartphone ownership and Internet use
The GOP nomination and the party rules
Columnist David Ignatius on a high-tech military (Thanks Tim)
Another reason for the Easter Island mystery
Naming elements
Design plans after the Great Fire of 1666
(Pictures) Corners

It’s a 2-fer to send you into the weekend – a leftover from Act 3 and one with an appropriate title for the upcoming night to celebrate Oscar. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor – Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

33 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 292

  1. “A big deal to some, no more than a blip for me. Personally, his signature to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio was much bigger news.”—Yes, I agree. The kitchen comment–well, whatevs. He was referring to a time in the 70s. But taking money away from women’s health? Big, big disappointment, Governor Kasich. They keep saying the funds will be funneled to “other clinics,” but what are these other clinics? Where are these other clinics that will provide the same low-cost, high-quality care to women (and often their partners) when needed? Grrr.

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  2. In conjunction with the blog milestone it should be noted on one evening this week the New Jersey lottery daily number was 666. As for losing the recording of a basketball game in its final moments that for me would be an act of equally devilish proportion.

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    • Bruce,
      In terms of the basketball game, no big deal because it wasn’t one that I was that rapped up in. Several years ago it happened with three holes to go on the final round of the US Open – my favorite golf tournament … and both TVs were recording … Not a happy camper! Dang … I should have bought that Lottery ticket … but did the devil win? 😉

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  3. Yes.. the only way I follow the American political thing, is through Late Night TV!!!
    Awww… thanks for the mention. Just trying to live up to the title given me…
    I may have to somehow work around the March 8 song submission… I’ll be contacting The Producer to ask if I can make some sort of arrangement as I shall be enjoying a Cuba Libre or three on the beach…

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  4. How would your post would have been different if another justice (conservative, moderate, or liberal) had died? It wouldn’t have mattered. Your long held view that divided government at all levels is best for the common man, would have led you to write in support of restoring SCOTUS to its previous 4-4 gridlock with a swing vote that tilts slightly right.

    I agree with you and your reader that Gov. John Kasich’s signature to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio was much bigger news (but still consistent with) his reference to “women coming out of their kitchens” to work for his campaign.

    Thanks for the ‘Orange Bowl March’ by Henry Fillmore. I plan to listen to it later today as I drive to Bowling Green, OH, where your euphonium part still echos across the campus.

    HEY, give senator Rob Portman, R-OH, a break for his unacceptable form letter response to your contact. He’s dealing with the frightening possibility of running for re-election in Nov. with Donald Trump at the head of the GOP national ticket!

    “Pizza slice has only one pepperoni” grazed my chin.

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    • Tim,
      Glad you appreciated the Fillmore march, which expands the genres within Act 3 … as did a bit of Prokofiev.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here regarding my questions around the SCOTUS nominee. However, I won’t answer comment on your answers yet.

      in terms of Senator Portman, I was solid in his camp over his component, and that decisions has gotten under my skin. Save a safe trip.


  5. As usual, thank you for such a wide array of interesting things to read! I also smiled at your activities for the week. I think it would be kind of fun if my husband and I separated for a week each year! Maybe I’ll make that suggestion. 🙂 We watched the movie “Trumbo” last night and I wish everyone could watch that movie before deciding on where to place their valuable 2016 vote for President. If you haven’t yet seen it, Frank, I think it’s one you would particularly find interesting. It did make me think of the Apple vs. FBI conflict. There’s a bit of a reach to my thinking the movie relates, but I think you’d see how I connect those dots. And I ask the same question as George…watching the debate this week, Kasich is so much more appealing than the others. I will probably vote for the “other team,” but I did think that Kasich raised the bar and should be taken more seriously than the others. There is no way I could talk politics on my own blog, however. I find that when I begin to speak on these topics, I mostly screech! 🙂


  6. Fabulous reads, the Great Fire is my favorite though. I wanted to read the GOP, but the link wasn’t working. Easter Island was interesting, this one just adds to the mystery you know.

    Your Governor, he didn’t just defund Planned Parenthood you know. That bill was all encompassing. It defunded HIV testing, support for victims of Domestic Violence and host of other much needed services in your state. Such a terrible bill, such a horrifying choice.


    • Val,
      Many thanks for letting me know about the link. It’s working now!

      I’m fully aware of the bill signed by my governor, however, I continue to appreciate his high-road approach in this campaign, so I’m taking the high road regarding my opinion of him. I won’t people to get a more firm opinion of him before I weigh in.


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