Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 324

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Although we were at a dance event, we did get to see the Super Bowl ending. Plus, we recorded the game so we could watch the commercials and the halftime show.

It was great to see former president George HW Bush and Barbara at the game. The announcer got it right by describing Mr. Bush as “the strongest man on the field.”

Congratulations New England Patriots and your fans.

The Sweet Scarletts grapefruit we have had recently have been a step beyond outstanding!

Valentine’s Day is approaching … don’t forget your Valentine!

I will have a timely post this weekend – probably sometime during the last half of Saturday.

I am making progress on transforming the hand-written posts I did last month into electronic versions … and some even into drafts ready for posting here. It was interesting to read comments about writing posts with pen and paper.

Last week I mentioned Cincinnati’s mayor identifying Cincinnati as a sanctuary city. I mentioned the potential loss of federal funds. This week the White House says federal money to Cincinnati for roads, bridges, and other projects is officially in trouble. Now the mayor seems surprised. Hello … anybody home?

This one is so appropriate for the times: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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A Venezuelan recently told me that Donald Trump reminds him of Hugo Chavez.

President Trump can talk all he wants about “saying what I mean and meaning what I say” … but he’s forgetting an admirable and necessary trait  … tone!

As Republicans complain about a federal judge’s order to halt President Trump’s executive order on immigration, the same Republicans seem to have short memories about their approach of using the courts to stop various aspects of the Affordable Care Act … but I remember.

I like the White House’s continual point to the media because it is just a matter of time before that well dries up.

Cheers to columnist Kathleen Parker who ended a recent column with this rational words: “Whatever tiny ray of hope people held out in the belief that Trump ultimately would behave rationally — respectful of protocol, with caution and care, without haste and with wisdom — has been extinguished by a strategy of maximum chaos executed by shock and awe. With heads spinning, if they’re not rolling, most won’t know what hit them until it’s too late. It’s called distraction.”

I welcome a rollback of Dodd-Frank, but as long as they also repeal Gramm-Leach-Bliley … and I said that way back when – but I doubt if the Republicans have the backbone to do that.

I’ve never been a fan of retired Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer (who I seldom read) hit the right tone for me in this recent column. Too bad the House Democrats stayed attached to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

For deep readers from a conservative think tank: The Government’s Bad Arguments in Defense of Discriminating Against Immigrants Based on Nationality.

Former President Obama’s Five Faults of the Week
The comeback in the Super Bowl
The mundane nature of the Super Bowl’s advertising collective
The White House blaming the media
The need to rollback Dodd-Frank
Rising cost of cable and satellite television

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion offers tips for maintaining composure (important for many Democrats at the moment).

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Trained pony saves Billy Bob Thornton from fire as planned
Area friendship just a series of missed calls
Pretty lady playing hard to follow
Kid security guard brought in to pat down kid passengers
Study: Majority of humans happiest when rest of family still asleep
God pursues the great grandchildren of unsavory merchants and turns them into pillars of salt

Interesting Reads
The high costs of protectionism
The painting that fought fascism
10 forgotten battles that shaped history
Visit the European Southern Observatory
Where Americans live and their ancestral genetics

To lead you into the weekend, here’s another song from Asia. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

26 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 324

  1. I was delighted to read tonight that Trump’s travel ban has once again been thwarted. 🙂 I saw on Twitter that he expressed his rage in capital letters throughout, and with bad grammar. I thought your song pick very appropriate. Have a great weekend.

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  2. The sanctuary city scenario has taken an interesting turn in Philadelphia. Mayor Kenney has continued to express Philly will remain one and he isn’t concerned with the current threat of fed funding being taken back…but a new challenge has emerged from within. Some PA senators are pushing an anti-sanctuary bill which would withhold Commonwealth funding from cities continuing to have a sanctuary policy. He believes that is a much more serious concern. I would agree. I didn’t think this discussion would simply stop at the federal level…I would be worried if he thought that.

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  3. Three cheers for Kathleen Parker!

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” is the reason Trump’s supporters voted for him, and why they are now cheering his embarrassing behavior as president.

    Your support for rolling back Dodd-Frank and repealing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 has been noted and is under review. So is your concern for the potential loss of federal funds due to Cincinnati’s mayor identifying Cincinnati as a sanctuary city.

    No splats but “Study: Majority of humans happiest when rest of family still asleep” nicked me.

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    • Tim,
      I’ve been a long-time advocate of returning to Glass-Steagall, which would involve at least repealing the two laws that I mentioned. To show my consistency, I was against Dodd-Frank because of my desire to return to the old days of banking regulation.


  4. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl (as you probably know 🙂 ), but I’m glad you and Ms. Angle were able to see the end.

    I was happy to see the court’s ruling upheld on dt’s immigration travel ban. I guess now we’ll have to wait and see what happens when it goes to the Supreme Court. I’m also happy that our legislators are finally moving on his conflicts of interest and the Russian hacking.

    I’ll have to come back and read the articles. I just took a quick look at the one on Guernica (to make sure it was on Guernica).

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  5. You come up with the most intriguing (read: disturbing) images to intersperse in your posts. I saw that first one and my mind said, “I’m sorry, what?” Haha. And it only got better from there.
    I too enjoyed seeing Pres. Bush and the former first lady at the Super Bowl. That was a neat little unexpected treat.

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    • Betsy,
      I wanted to play off the hammer and nails comment within the text, so when I found the opening image, I had to use it. However, I probably should have used it as the second pic, and then use another opener. Oh well! 🙂 Hope all is well!

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  6. The list of mis-steps and mis-deeds from the agents of chaos are so numerous it becomes impossible to stay on top of them, so I will watch the Grammy’s tomorrow night–my Super Bowl–and feast on as much superficial fluff as possible. For one night I won’t pay attention to North Korea or Admiral Flynn and Putin. And I was very touched to see the Bush’s at the game. I loved the reception they received from the crowd, too. I look forward to your “Interesting Reads” this week. I should have time to enjoy each one.

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