Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 337

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Cincinnati has a new major event this weekend, so I hope I get to report on Blink Cincinnati.

Last weekend our handbell choir played a good piece that is very melodic and peaceful (Draw Us In the Spirit’s Tether). To listen to a recording of the song (not by us), click here, then scroll down to find the Listen button under the paragraph, then click Listen.

Also last weekend I participate as a volunteer partner at a dance competition for the dancers with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. What a great event!

In case you missed it, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2018 nominees that will be on the ballot – and The Moody Blues received their FIRST nomination.

Thanks to those who are interested with our trips to care for the issues of an elderly aunt. The situation is stressful on multiple fronts, but we are going in the right direction. Meanwhile, the next 6 weeks are critical.

Because of the time involved with an aunt, yesterday was the first time I’ve played golf in many weeks … and the weather has been great for golf!

I like watching for statistical milestones. Comment #75,000 is approaching – Post #2000 could happen in 2018 – along with views #300,000.

In my posts featuring local murals, I encourage readers to visit Resa, the one who motivated me to post about the murals. Cheers to Resa for reaching a milestone: Post #1000 – visit it here.

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Not that I need another top-shelf example of the impact of partisan politics, but the Senate Judiciary Committee negotiated an agreement to issue a subpoena? Just another example of those elected following the party-first mantra.

I find it interesting when opponents of the president/administration of one party complain, but they stay silent when the president/administration of their party does the same.

While polls show the majority of Americans want to improve the Affordable Care Act, Congressional Democrats are pathetically silent with suggestions. For the record, being in the minority is not an acceptable excuse.

Vice President Pence’s actions at a recent NFL game were nothing more than a political stunt at the expense of the American taxpayer while doing nothing about the issue being raised and inflaming the situation.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion defines common cooking terms.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Side salad clearly made from hamburger toppings
Stunned family watches as grandma wolfs down sandwich in 33 minutes
Subway sandwich emits noxious honey mustard spray as defense against predators
Man explains to visiting father that “Flatbread means pizza”
Mom has stacked dinner party roster
Food Network production assistants prep Guy Fieri with dry rub

Interesting Reads
Armenians and strangers
The growing partisan divide in American politics
The hermit of Qadisha Valley
The town losing its language
Generation Z and big questions
(Images) From the longest-running photography competition

For your weekend entertainment, a song and video from many legends that have left us – but fortunately their music stayed behind for us to enjoy. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.


37 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 337

    • Pam,
      Who knows why the nomination of the Moody Blues took so far. The archives here demonstrate that I have brought that up on numerous occasions. Meanwhile, good point about the political parties – New flash … they only care about themselves.


  1. Congratulations on your handbell concert, dance activities, and playing golf. I hope all goes well with your aunt.
    I was thinking about you the other day when I saw a post about a new Leonard Cohen mural in Montreal. But when I Googled it, I discovered that there are actually two. Here’s the one I saw: ailyhive.com/montreal/montreal-leonard-cohen-mural-crescent-street

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  2. JUSTICE! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announcing the 2018 nominees that will be on the ballot – and The Moody Blues receiving their FIRST nomination!!!

    I propose that we include in our get-together at the Flora-Bama, the omnibus toast described in the read “Armenians and strangers.”

    Just curious, is the deal the Senate Judiciary Committee cut back in late July with President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to avoid being subpoenaed for a high-profile public hearing the following week, the example you are referring to of those elected following the party-first mantra?

    No splats.

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  3. Congratulations on being able to play golf in good weather and kudos of being a volunteer dance partner! I agree that Pence leaving the game was a planned stunt. I don’t follow football but it is sad that even that sport has separated us even more. Must check out Generation Z. Cheers!

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    • Betsy,
      Regarding the Moody Blues, I’m sure the nominating committee had a bias against a certain style of music … for example, both Yes and Electric Light Orchestra were also held out for many years … I think both went in the last year or two.

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  4. The Traveling Willbury’s are FAB! TY for the tune. Again, TY for the shout out! Street Art is a creative happening all can enjoy for the price of a bus ticket…. or even just a walk, which is awesome healthy.
    So, the Moody Blues received their FIRST nomination. I hope they get in. They are due. Have the Guess Who ever had a nom? I believe they are another overlooked band.

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  5. I don’t think you’re being fair to the Democrats, Frank: what you call their “being silent” comes in part from having already passed their version of a health care reform a few years ago (Obamacare, perhaps you remember), and in part because they know that without the support of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, no bill from the Democrats is even going to come up for a vote, so there’s little sense in wasting the time on a bill that’s not ever going to get to Congress. And even then, there were still some plans from the Democrats, like Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan.
    And I think you’re not being fair to Vice President Pence either. Sure, his walkout was a PR stunt, but you got to give him credit for performing his own stunts!

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    • X,
      Regarding Pence, it was an unnecessary PR stunt no matter who was or wasn’t involved. Regarding my being unfair to the Democrats, I don’t blindly support one party nor do I automatically disagree with a party because of a partisan preference. We simply agree to disagree.


      • Frank, X was being facetious about Pence’s PR stunt. Pence’s performance is symptomatic of the growing partisan divide discussed in the interesting read on the Pew poll. It is just plain poor leadership, divisive, and in his case, sycophantic.

        As shown in another of your interesting reads (the Italians losing their language), human beings are naturally provincial and partisan. Isolationism and intolerance of diversity are colliding with the reality of economic globalism. I can’t imagine the global economy reversing, it is too interdependent and complex. So when I ask myself which party embraces diversity and which displays intolerance, the answer is clear to me. This does not mean that I vote blind of individual differences. In fact, where I live there are very few Democrats who have any chance of local office.

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        • Jim,
          I agree with your take on Pence’s stunt.

          A global economy is unquestionable, and also growing. Interdependent complexity is a good description. Growing independence & nationalism is evident across the globe. The Spain/Catalonia divide is one current example. One side of my cringes at the thought as I think back to the causes of WW I.

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  6. I really enjoyed all the music you provided with this post, Frank. I was so delighted to learn of the Moody Blues nomination, and as you’ve remarked before, can’t imagine why it’s taken so long! I know rather well the strains of time and energy accompanying the care for an elderly family member, and also know how many people simply don’t support their family well enough (my judgment, of course) so I commend you and your wife for “being there” for her. I have extremely strong political views and opinions swirling these days, but as I am becoming more and more strident, I’ve taken a vow of silence on the subject. Let’s just say it’s a good thing you can’t actually read my mind! 🙂

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    • Debra,
      Thanks for the kind words about support our aunt. Her most immediate family that can help are two nieces, which are (unfortunately) 3+ hours driving time away. Nonetheless, we are making progress and in line with the established timeline.

      I understand your point about using silence toward politics in the current climate. I think the last election has strengthened my independence away from either party, I truly believe the majority of Americans won’t something done … as opposed to the my-way-or-the-highway approach of the far right and far left. Unfortunately, the ideals of the majority in each Congressional chamber don’t match the ideals of the majority of Americans. Hang in there!

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  7. Glad the Moody Blues got an invite finally, and you got out to play some golf. Hope the weather the next few weeks gives everyone a chance to get outside before winter’s lockdown in some parts.
    Politics. When did elected officials forget what “compromise” really means. I just give up. Maybe on a local/state level we can get more done.
    Fingers crossed with the aunt. May it all go well and as planned.


    • Mouse,
      Absolutely cheers to the Moody Blues for the nomination.

      Failure to work toward solving a problem has given way to my-way-or-the-highway in politics. Too much all or nothing. Unfortunately, my local and state are also goofy, but in different ways. Locally, my city council is highly partisan … pathetically so … then again, it emulates other levels. Republicans control everything in Ohio, and they fight amongst themselves by vetoing a Republican governor. Another sad state of affairs.

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