Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 330

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Last week I finished leading a short (2-week) Sunday school class titled The Crossroad between Science and Religion. Two sessions are only enough time to introduce the topic – or as I said during the first class, “This week is the introduction to the Preface.” Nonetheless, I think the sessions gave attendees something to ponder.

I’ve been working on a slideshow that will accompany a handbell piece on Easter Sunday. The director loved it, so now it’s down to the fine tuning. I hope to find someone to take a video with the images and the music so we can post it on YouTube. If that happens, I’ll post it here.

March Madness continues as this weekend’s round will dwindle from the Sweet 16 to the Elite Eight to the Final Four. One local team remains (Xavier), so good luck Muskies. On the downside, my Bearcats ran into an explosive UCLA team that is very good.

This week we got the news of the passing of TV personality and producer Chuck Barris at age 87. I thought The Gong Show was a hoot – especially The Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.

Many readers enjoyed meeting Fiona. Big news this week as she reached 100 pounds (45 kg).

We were happy with the Season 23 debut of Dancing with the Stars. Looks like a strong crop of competitors this time.

My wife says “Thanks” for last week’s birthday wishes!

No Saturday post this weekend.

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From what I saw during the confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch impressed me. Sure he made statements I with which I disagreed. Yes, he followed the tradition dancing around questions. Too bad these hearings focus on political theater with the partisans preferring a court favoring their view over a genuine court for all Americans. Nonetheless, I stand against nominees in the name of playing “Last Judge Standing.”

The American Health Care Act (the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act) will eventually pass Congress because of the self-imposed pressure on Republicans.

Former President Obama’s Five Faults of the Week
The FBI not finding wiretapping evidence
North Korea’s failed rocket launch
People thinking Viking helmets had horns
Some professional basketball players believing in a flat earth
Dysfunction among Republicans

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides tips for home repairs. http://www.theonion.com/infographic/home-repair-tips-55167

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Mugger Chooses Man Whistling ‘Come On Eileen’
Newly discovered journal entries reveal Sacagawea’s repeated attempts to ditch Lewis and Clark
Toddler looking for sensible mid-ranged tricycle
God seeking to crack down on souls smuggling drugs into heaven
Part of man wonders what it would be like to fall through floor into downstairs apartment
Styrofoam cup from Omaha excited to finally see Pacific Ocean

Interesting Reads
The mind and false beliefs
Myths about mammals and their swimming abilities
A brief guide to the French elections
Partisanship, ideology, and generation gaps
A biography of an early patriot: Patrick Henry
(Video) Kinky snail sex
(Photos) Architectural awards for future projects

To send you into the weekend, here’s a 1984 hit … and oh I had a crush on this lady. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

31 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 330

  1. Good luck on your Sunday school class lesson “The Crossroad between Science and Religion.” I look forward to a full report on the attendee’s ponderations. Also thanks for your heads-up on the book “Evolution: Scripture and Nature say YES!” which I just started reading.

    You are correct that the American Health Care Act will eventually pass Congress, thus restoring freedom to 24 million Americans to resume using hospital ER’s as their primary access to health care.

    This summer I plan to visit the Washington, D.C. and New York City “Future Projects Awards 2017” winners.

    “A brief guide to the French elections” will assist in my political discussions with my French speaking relatives, who yesterday offered opinions related to your Electoral College post.

    At first glance “A biography of an early patriot: Patrick Henry” looks like it could have been written by Bill O’Reilly.

    A splat from “Styrofoam cup from Omaha excited to finally see Pacific Ocean.”

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    • Tim,
      The Sunday school course is done, so no good luck needed. In terms of the ACA, so will Dems step up to the plate to improve the law? Well, they’ve had 7 years of passing on that opportunity! Cheers to a splat!


  2. My husband has been watching so much college basketball, I’m surprised the balls aren’t dropping from our ceiling. But I guess it’s better than endlessly having the news on. I like CNN, but according to them, EVERYthing is “Breaking News.”

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    • Carrie,
      The election craziness drove me away from not only CNN, but much news. I still pop in from time to time, but I’ve gravitated to the calmness of CBS Morning Show. BTW – local news also seem to embrace the “everything is breaking news” mantra.

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  3. aFA:

    I am altering my original premise of combining only Onion headlines. Instead I am combining Onion headlines with items from your post, namely:

    “After AHCA failure, part of Congress wonders what it would be like to be named Fiona.”


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  4. It does appear both former and current NBA players have been afflicted with some fake news the Earth is flat. (Guys, the ball is round…just focus on that) I have to admit when I saw the story about the mugger picking out someone whistling “Come On Eileen” I thought the perp might be someone I know. That song is NOT their favorite – quite the opposite. “The Warrior” on the other hand…approved!

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