Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 303

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Memorial Day (Monday) gives the USA a 3-day weekend. Here’s an interesting essay published by the Brookings Institute.

Also regarding Memorial Day, this week I heard an outstanding interview with the producer of an independent documentary about the soldiers who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Besides the trailer below, here’s a link to the movie’s website.

On this Memorial Day weekend, a salute to all fallen veterans of all countries who fought for freedom.

The Zika virus: For real or an overblown concern? Guess we’ll find out.

Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars ended this week. Wow – what a surprise because we think this was one of the best casts ever. Champion Nyle DiMarco was good, but his story was compelling and inspirational (he’s totally deaf)… plus he probably got a lot of votes from the ladies. No doubt in my mind, Paige Van Zant was the best dancer.

Act 7 of Colors: The Musical featuring Brown provided a surprise number of hits. Two more acts to go. I will make the advance announcement someday mid-week for Act 8 on the Hear Ye page.

No Explore post this weekend.

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Modernizing infrastructure is an election-year issue – meaning that after the election, it greatly decreases in importance to the policy makers. This article (from the BiPartisan Policy Center) offers a new model for modernizing US infrastructure.

Finally – after 7 years of complaining, has finally written a health care alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and is done without repealing the ACA. That point alone is worth congratulating Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

Last week I mentioned about the away-from-the-center movement of both parties. Earlier this week I read this interesting column by Joe Scarborough, who looks at today’s movement through the lens of key Founding Fathers.

In terms of conversations I’ve had with people, the number of people who proclaim they can’t/won’t vote for Clinton or Trump outnumber the number who say they support Clinton or Trump.

This week’s aFa Power Ranking for Donald Trump’s running mate: 5) Chris Christie, 4) Jeff Sessions, 3) Bob Corker, 2) John Kasich, 1) Newt Gingrich NOTE: For the record, I had Bob Corker on this draft list before his Monday meeting with Mr. Trump.

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To lead you into your weekly dose of satire, The Onion provides journalism style tips for all writers.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Congressional Compromise Legalizes The Study Of Stem Cells From Mothers On Death Row
Sixteen deer placed in small room and challenged to not copulate
Belt looks weird on child
Voyager probe badly damaged after smashing into the end of the universe
Fact unpatriotic
Heroic Police Officer Talks Man Down From Edge Of Purchasing Subway Footlong Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Interesting Reads
The new digital economy
The shocking 1976 wine tasting event
Is pornography a health crisis? 
A population of three
Heroic cave divers
(Photos) A gallery featuring ruins
(Video, 4.5 mins) A brief history of religion in art

Here’s a two-fer to send you into the weekend. The first is a leftover from Act 7 that certainly is a crowd please … and the second is a song from a legendary rock star. 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. 303

  1. I look forward to your takes on the health care alternative put forth by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and the article “Bridging the Gap Together: A New Model to Modernize U.S. Infrastructure” from the BiPartisan Policy Center.

    The Pew Research Center read “Issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide” by Aaron Smith blew up my golf bag and left me none the wiser.

    My parallel universe self received a splat from “Voyager probe badly damaged after smashing into the end of the universe.”


    • Tim,
      I heard part of an interview with Rep. Sessions … but not the entire conversation. Interesting. Meanwhile, good there was a splat but sorry to hear about your golf bag.


  2. I’m bummed I missed the DWTS final. I’ve been setting the DVR this season, but I forgot to tape the final. Argh. We were looking at a condo, and I completely forgot. But I agree–I think Paige was the best.


  3. Chicken Teriyaki, huh? I do love the Onion! I hadn’t heard anything about the healthcare alternative. I’m glad you posted the information and I’m really interested in the Joe Scarborough article, too. There’s at least a week’s worth of reading here, Frank. Good stuff!


  4. The Piano Guys really got me bopping too. I enjoyed the gallery of ruin photos. Wish I’d known about this competition earlier; I could have sent in a photo of the inside of our house before hubby started on the renovaions. 😀 Happy Memorial Day, Frank. I enjoyed the video of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Very moving indeed.


    • Sylvia,
      You certainly started with ruins … but you well on your way for them being part of the past!

      Glad you watched the video about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The interview was fascinating, so I had to promote the film. Cheers to your love for The Piano Guys – and that video is just good fun to watch!

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  5. So sorry I’ve been away. I’m moving, just like Carrie. 🙂 Everything has been really chaotic. Let’s hope that Zika isn’t horrible. I see all candidates as problematic in terms of what they can accomplish once anyone wins the office and some worse than others, Frank. Thanks for the cool tunes. I hope you are well.


    • Amy,
      Oh my … moving is so stressful … (we moved 2 years ago) … good luck!!! ,,, and hang in there! Meanwhile, to most of us, this election is problematic on so many levels!


  6. Thank you, Frank, for including the link to the Brookings Institute essay on war by Phil Klay. I almost skipped it, thinking it would be just another platitudinous paean to the virtues of military service for the holiday. Instead, I found the best and most incisive analysis of morality in war I’ve read since John Keegan’s The Face of Battle. It is truly remarkable and probably ought to be required reading at the service academies, but I somehow doubt that it will. Klay speaks truth deserving of every citizen’s attention on this Memorial Day.

    For those who did miss it and are willing to spend some time thinking about morality and war, here is the link again, for convenience:


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    • Jim,
      You are one of my readers who enjoys the Interesting Reads … and because of your military experience, your praise for this article is extra special. I selected it because I heard an interview with the author.


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