Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 315

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So far, the plays we’ve seen while ushering have been enjoyable. Definitely a variety of styles.

If it’s not already, Cincinnati will soon be in the national news because the jury is deliberating a case involving a police office shooting an unarmed black male.

Photo Credit: Andrew Evans

Photo Credit: Andrew Evans

The handbell piece we played last weekend was very well received. Here it is again.

My Italian cousin Gino has a good sense of humor. At dinner my cousins were asking us about chefs in America. After showing Gino this picture of Giada de Laurentiis, he raised his eyebrows, paused, then said, “Do you think she will cook for me and wash my underwear?”

I’ve made limoncello, orangecello, meloncello, gingercello, and basilcello. For this holiday season, I’m making cranberry-orangecello. It’s in the extraction phase at the moment, so I hope to have it ready for sampling when the family gathers for Thanksgiving (November 24th). For those who want to make limoncello, click here for my recipe.

I recently heard this story. Two guys hired a cab to pick them up, take them to a specific address, wait, then return them home. After the complete trip, the two passengers refused to pay – so the cab driver called the police to report not only the failure to pay, but the fact the two guys committed a robbery at a specific address and were now at a designated address. Book ‘em, Danno, and then give them a Darwin Award.

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This column about the election by a local sports columnist is worth the read.

The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Editorial Board offered these words: “This is a time to respect the will of the people and find a way to move forward as a nation. This is a time for civility. There’s been too much vitriol on both sides, and Americans must learn how to talk to each other again, treating fellow citizens with respect regardless of their differences. Without question, Trump was the more appealing candidate to the darker forces among us, but it would be a grave mistake to paint all – or even a majority with the same “deplorable” brush. … This is a time for healing …. This is a time for change and moving past the same old cynical politics …. This is a time for reflection …. We should all want President-elect Trump to succeed, just as we should all have wanted the same for President Barack Obama. That’s what patriotism means. That’s the key for finding our way again as a country.”

In a related note, I’m very proud of the readers here for many reasons – including the civil tone on my post following the election (the previous post). Thanks to all.

“Repeal and replace” is going to be a common phrase in the months ahead. There will be a time when we start hearing actual proposals. If we hear the insurance industry squealing about a proposal, that may be the one to use.

News of children in a Michigan school chanting “Build a wall” to Latino students is disturbing.

Some Things that Concern Me (listed in increasing importance)

  • Democrats acting like Republicans
  • The Nincompoop getting a cabinet position
  • A Republican Congress proclaiming a mandate, thus shoving an agenda down everyone’s throat
  • The loud, obnoxious portion of the electorate thinking they are in control
  • Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court

Now that the election is over, it’s time to return to the Supreme Court vacancy. Too bad the Republican Senate who proclaimed the Biden Rule aren’t following it. I was hoping for a divided government between the Senate and the White House so we could play a game of Last Judge Standing! Therefore, no nominees until the court is completely vacant …. Damn the results!

President Obama’s Five Faults of the Week
Hillary Clinton losing
A ganglion cyst returning to my leg
Sharna’s injury on Dancing With the Stars
Cleveland Browns not winning a game yet (but they are playing at the time of this post)
Donald Trump winning

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides tips for handling social anxieties.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Winning lottery numbers obvious in hindsight
Woman worried she’s doing bad job enjoying massage
New premium Uber service lets users commandeer any car
Bungled Apocalypse causes light drizzle over southern Ohio
Man praying job interviewer doesn’t ask any questions

Interesting Reads
Escape from Syria in a wheelchair
Successes in Finnish education
A different look at historic Route 66
Sightseer’s guide to Mars
Poverty and parties from Brookings with a state-by-state drop-down menu at the end.
The Beatles Final Concert
3-D printing and prosthetics
(Photos) Glasgow’s mural trail

To lead you into the weekend, here’s a popular oldie. Besides, I mentioned it in the Interesting Reads. Hope all is well with you, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

32 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 315

  1. So far, and I find it annoying to have to defend Trump, but loud, obnoxious and violent seems to describe the anti-Trump protesters. When scheming politicians, his colleagues, toppled our legally elected prime minister I was pretty peeved, but it would never have occurred to me that the way to deal with it was to get physically abusive.


  2. The protestors don’t want to accept the results of an election which did not go their way. Big babies they are, who must not be in favor of the democratic process after all…. or maybe they are classic marxism’s “useful idiots,” pawns of a larger, more ominous movement. Some professors at Ivy League universities—Yale, Columbia—have cancelled classes and postponed exams because students were too upset with the outcome of the election. At Yale last night there was a gathering of the community for a group primal scream!

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      • Sorry to have brought up something that wasn’t mentioned in the post, Frank. But there was something mentioned in the post that I have been avoiding to confront every time it occurs…so now I will ask: Why is it okay to demean Sarah Palin and call her an offensive name?


        • I know you agree that protesting is one thing, violent and damaging protesting is another … and what we are seeing in some places as a result of the election is ridiculous and unnecessary. I may not be happy with the election results, but I continue to accept it and try to take the high road as much as I can.

          As far as Sarah Palin goes, credit for nincompoop goes to Peggy Noonan … and Palin is far from “the best and the brightest” that Mr. Trump has vowed to get to serve.

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    • Kim,
      Gino has a wonderful sense of humor – glad you appreciated my story of him, plus the criminals. Regarding DT, I have my apprehensions, but I refuse to let drive my day. Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend!


  3. People definitely should not be using violence, but I can understand the fear that people of color, immigrants, and the LGBT community have.I feel it, too, and I wonder, too, if people I love will no longer be legally married. I am trying to accept what happened, but it is difficult–and you know, Frank, that I am the eternal optimist, so it must be bad. (Obama’s fault?) 🙂

    Enjoy all the yummy “cellos!”

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  4. If only all this measured, reasoned, civil approach about supporting our new president for the sake of the country could have happened during the eight-year Republican blockade of nearly everything Obama tried to do while in office. It’s easy to talk the talk when they are happy with the results.

    Out here in Portland (and I assume some other places), people are protesting. It’s civil but it’s persistent. And no one is armed. I wonder what the crowds would look like if Clinton had won?

    All that said, I need a break from all of this. I realized the emotional toll this election and its aftermath took on me, and it’s not pretty. I cried when Obama was elected and I cried when Trump was elected, but the emotions were as opposite as can be. I’m now engaging in singing and dancing therapy–rock and roll, Baby!

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    • Lorna,
      I refuse to justify the lack of civility by some today based on the lack of civility by others in the past. In other words, two wrongs don’t make a right. In the last few lines, the newspaper used a very important word … and they used it twice – SHOULD.

      As far as Portland’s events … yes unarmed … but throwing rocks? Burning? Damaging property? I can’t support that. … and especially can’t justify it with a what if statement.


  5. I must agree with Lorna and respectfully disagree with Cynthia. I fully expected many radical Trump supporters to erupt in violence and mayhem had Hillary won, not because I hate them or disagree with them, but because their behavior during pre-election rallies suggested as much and their bullying now that Trump has won further convinces me. What we have are a lot of people hurting deeply because of the import of the election results that has very little to do with being sore losers. AND, they are for the most part protesting peacefully, exercising their civil rights.

    Many of my students this week were deeply worried about their friends who will be targeted because of the rhetoric that has been going on for so long. So, please be patient and stop criticizing those for whom this election means the possibility of terrible changes in their lives, in all our lives. It is not about being a big baby – this is not a loss of a favorite sports team – this is a huge shift in the priorities of our country and we should make compassionate room for the grief and fear that many are feeling.

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    • Lynn,
      Peaceful protests are one thing, but peaceful doesn’t include burning, throwing rocks, and damaging property.

      Yes, if the results were flipped, the pre-election behaviors makes one wonder … but the bottom line is that we don’t know what would have happened.

      Yes, many are disappointed. Yes, many are fearful, Yes, many are apprehensive. But this is a time for calm because the energy may be needed down the road at the appropriate time.

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  6. Even though I did not vote for Trump, I, like his voters, do want President Trump to succeed. It’s just my definition of “succeed” is a bit narrower than theirs: I want him to keep the economy growing, protect the middle class jobs, and not start any wars, while his voters might also want to add stuff about the wall, immigrants, guns, gays, Muslims, and so on – and I don’t necessarily want him to succeed there.


  7. I just returned from a class at the Colorado State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute where I was in agreement with the instructor’s appeal to the senior citizens in attendance to give the Trump presidency a chance to succeed, but to be ready to hit the streets in protest at the first sign of the Trump Administration promoting the bigotry, bullying, and threats to the environment which characterized Donald Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign.

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    • Tim,
      Glad to hear from you in Colorado, and that you resisted the urge to leap into the near gorge. Yes, giving him a chance doesn’t mean blind acceptance, but it also doesn’t mean looking for the tiny crack. In other words, wait to chose wisely.


  8. The blatant abuse which has occurred since Trump was somehow elected is disturbing, and that Trump, your new President elect, has not called for calm in the streets and for the abuse to stop. God help my fellow Americans and your next four years.

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    • Catherine,
      Although their are demonstrations (and probably more to come), I don’t blame him for limiting his comments … after all, the demonstrations are against him. On the other hand, President Obama has asked for civility and has demonstrated acceptance.

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  9. I love the music you provided, Frank. For me, music is a refuge, and I’ve been streaming a lot of it this week. I very much appreciated the words from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s editorial board. I do hope there will be a way to learn to listen to “each other” and to move into a more civil discourse. The names being floated as cabinet members are really hard for me to stomach. Although this is the worst political outcome (from my perspective) that I’ve seen, it is by far not the only time I’ve been disturbed and alarmed. I have some young people in my life (a 20 year-old granddaughter) and she and her friends are very upset. It seems a worthwhile role for those of us to help younger people put all of this into perspective. When I’ve gained some, I’ll be happy to share it! I like to think I’m resilient!

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    • Debra,
      Cheers to not only your love for music … and another reminder of how we are on the same page with music. 🙂

      The paper’s editorial was a good one. The Cincinnati area has long been a GOP area … the suburbs are very red! .. and the editorial board leans right. But in this election, endorse Clinton. Their message in this one was spot on, and from my viewpoint, they hit a homerun toward the end with the word “should” … perfect!


  10. Thanks for the music, aFrank. I’m rocking’ as I type my comment. 🎼🎻🎸🎹🎤
    LOL … had a good chuckle from you dalmation pix. : )
    DWTS is winding down. Anyone you favor?
    I’m enjoying Laurie Hernandez. I think she cab be #1.
    She’s a highly disciplined young lady and a good dancer. It’s not surprising considering her gymnastics training.
    James Hinchcliffe is a great dancer too. I think he could come in #1 too. He’s a natural.
    Either one would be OK by me. I hope your enjoying the show.
    Isadora 😎

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