Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 299

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Wow – time is creeping up on the celebratory edition of Opinions in the Shorts.

My wife has been gone all week as she was one of 5 long-time friends now in 3 states went to Florida for a week. Believe it or not, I didn’t do a lot of dancing this time. We will refresh the upcoming waltz formation routine when she returns.

Happy Easter to my friends who are Orthodox Christians.

Because of the revenue-driven aspect of college sports, instead of NCAA, I think they should embrace a new set of initials – NCIC ….. National Collegiate Industrial Complex.

House of Cards is currently in Season 4. Any ideas how many years the season will run?

Thanks to George (The Off Key of Life) for posting this video that has many lessons.

Colors: The Musical resumes next week with Act 6 featuring songs with purple, indigo, and violet in the titles. Curtain time is Tuesday, May 3 at 9:30 PM (Eastern US)

  • Purple, Indigo, or Violet must appear in the song title
  • No forms of the any of those three words (as purples, purplest, etc)
  • No compound words containing any of the three keywords
  • No shades of any of those three colors
  • No duplicate songs

There will be a Saturday Explore post this weekend.

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Donald Trump (R-NY) admitted that his campaign-trail personal has been fake, so he’ll now pivot to a more presidential personality. Although I knew all along that much was an act, the pivot insults me even more than he already has. If the change results in more support, this is even a sadder commentary on the American public.

I expected Trump’s big night this past Tuesday, so next week’s Indiana primary is big – although the Cruz-Kasich strategy is goofy.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announcing his running mate shows he knows Indiana’s importance.

Looking ahead to the Republican convention, what if a delegate decides not to vote, and those designed to set in choose not to do so? I introduce you to Rule 29.

To lead you into your weekly dose of satire, The Onion offers ways the GOP can stop Donald Trump.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Brita unveils new in-throat water filters
Report: Only 893,000 news stories to go until 2016 election over
Pope Francis proclaims happiness cannot be downloaded
Psychiatrist cures patient
Pigeon waits for walk signal before crossing street
Experts warn climate change will increase incidences of stepping into puddle and getting whole goddamn foot soaking wet

Interesting Reads
5 ways Americans and Europeans differ
A Brazilian city’s love for the Confederate Flag
Rotifers, genetic engineering, and sex
Different religions and their view of God
Farm animals in the style of Rembrandt

To send you into this weekend, enjoy this easy listening song from Michael Bublé. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

26 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 299

    • CC,
      Today, she took a ride on one of those fan boats in the Everglades … and they loved it! I’m sure Many saw that article about the flag in Brazil, but I’m trying to get it to others. Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. The Cruz-Kasich strategy is goofy…that just made me laugh. It’s all kind of a joke, isn’t it? But then, it isn’t!! Oh, it’s frightening to me because it’s anyone’s guess how it will all turn out. The fact that it’s kind of acceptable for Trump to have all been an act is pretty telling. How low can we go as a country? Time for some music, yes! Thanks for the video, Frank.

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  2. How nice that your wife is able to hang out with long-time friends. I’m sure they’re having a wonderful time.
    I can’t even get into Trump, Cruz, and the rest.
    As far as fictional presidents, however, we have two episodes to go on the current season of House of Cards. We love it. (I agree though it can’t keep going on.) We will probably finish it up over post-Passover pizza and wine this weekend. 🙂


  3. Vowing to follow your advice to remain calm, I still quake hearing you say that Donald Trump’s pivot might result in more support from the American public.

    I just returned from my five day “Indiana Trail” golfing tour, which included venues in Kokomo and Columbus. The golfing was outstanding, the politics grim. Thank goodness my brother-in-law’s car had Sirius XM radio where the P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) show provided sanity to the political morass surrounding the state’s upcoming all-important primary election next Tue.

    The color purple provides fertile fields for the jazz idiom.

    “Brita unveils new in-throat water filters” was a splat.


  4. Trump claims he’s going to be more presidential, but I’m still waiting to see it. After his latest attack on Clinton and his mocking John Kasich’s eating habits, I’m not holding my breath. Then again, to me it doesn’t matter how ‘presidential’ he becomes. His character has already shown what lies beneath, so anything else is a sham.


  5. I am believing it more and more that Trump is a distraction. In the beginning I heard someone mention that he a Hillary had a go relationship. If he becomes the Republican nominee that kind of means we’ll have our first woman president.


  6. The interesting read on the differences between Americans and Europeans confirms my understanding. We are unusual, and I attribute that to a cultural meme that started with our frontier origins a mere 16 to 8 generations ago. I think the notion that people’s fate and condition are largely self-determined underlies and drives conservative politics to an untoward degree. Modern life is complex and most people, I submit, are blissfully unaware of how interdependent we are until bad things (inevitibaly) happen. In a way, the video clip on aging demonstrates quite well how this works.


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