Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 320

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Oh yes – classic federal government story. My wife and I applied for a special program. The first available “interview” in Cincinnati was September 2017. So we decided to drive 4 hours (each way) because they had interview openings in December. Well, all they wanted was to take our fingerprints and tell us basic information, which took 10 minutes for each of us.

Had to laugh at this rerun scene from Everyone Loves Raymond.

I still love this vintage television commercial for the season. After all, I used to say that the Christmas holiday wasn’t official until I saw this.

The next post will be about John Glenn. Meanwhile, this story saddened me because it can be applied to many people – but Mr. Glenn in this case.

The Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday causes me to change my posting – so I’m not sure about the next OITS. At this point, I’m hoping to have a few Explore posts between those two days.

Wow … Congress actually demonstrated that bipartisanship is possible with the 21st Century Cures Act. Then again, maybe it was time to use their once-a-year allotment.

As a whole, I am not impressed with President-elect Trump’s cabinet selections. It will be interesting to see which nominees meet resistance from enough Republican senators.

The partisans on both side of the aisle continue to amuse me with their predictability.

Potential conflict of interests involving Mr. Trump’s business remains on my radar.

When will Mr. Trump abandon his on-stage schtick?

Here is The Onion’s 2016 Year in Review.

President Obama’s Five Faults of the Week
Brown spots on bananas
Too many Canada Geese
A dysfunctional Congress
Aliens disguised as squirrels
Cleveland Browns playing in London next season

To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion offers this tips for hotel etiquette.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Nation comes to a halt to watch crane move massive concrete tube
More realistic meat substitute made from soy raised in brutally cruel conditions
Universe feels no connection to guy tripping on mushrooms
Eighteen dead in Kansas town after tornado siren set to “Vibrate”
First nap doesn’t take

Interesting Reads
Fake news leads to a guide to facts
Better sleep in a stressful age
A look at observing teachers
The South Korean President who stepped down
Education in Singapore
The 1952 killer fog in London: An explanation?

Instead of using a popular classic to send you into the weekend, here’s a high energy song that I’ve used in previous years. Not only do I enjoy the Trans Siberian Orchestra version, I marvel at the skill level of the Raleigh Ringers. Enjoy! Hope all is well with you, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

16 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 320

  1. Lots in this post, Frank. I don’t have time to go through all your links now, but I did check out the London fog–and Derrick’s link. Interesting! Also, the John Glenn article. I just don’t want to get started on Trump.

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  2. Dream on if you think Mr. Trump will abandon his on-stage schtick or cut (any of) his potential conflict of interest business ties once he takes the oath of office (remember his income taxes?).

    I’m hoping a breakfast on me will entice you to reveal, cabinet position by cabinet position, why you’re not impressed with President-elect Trump’s selections?

    The Fake News article was useful as I ponder which news sources to frequent the next four years. Not so with the two education reads which left untouched why K-12 learning is “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

    JSYK I’m considering a New Year’s Resolution to reduce my predictability.

    No splats, but the Onion’s 2016 Year in Review made up for it.

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    • Tim,
      In terms of breakfast to go through a pick-by-pick examination of the Trump cabinet … nope … my holiday time is too short plus discussing it with a partisan from either side of the aisle is futile.

      In terms of reducing your predictions, time will tell … and just in time for our paper’s first examination of bracketology (a worthless use of space).


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