Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 342

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Fiona, Cincinnati Zoo’s mega-star, has this major article in the New York Times Sunday edition.

The Kennedy Center Honors are this week, but the telecast is December 27th (9-11 pm US Eastern) on CBS. For me, this annual event is must-watch television! The 2017 honorees are Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Norman Lear, and Lionel Richie.

If you enjoy “Oh Come Emmanuel”, you may enjoy this handbell piece that we are playing next week. Very interesting rhythms  – and not easy! –  but at least it’s not like the late-October monster. Click here to listen.

Congratulations to Jordan Fisher and partner Lindsay Arnold for winning Dancing With the Stars. He was outstanding from the very start. To our eyes, his technique was over-the-top good. Here’s his Week 1 Tango. (The dance starts at 1:30.)

Cincinnati is lucky to be home to two top-level college basketball teams Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. The rivalry between the two schools that are only 3.5 miles (5.6 km) apart is intense – and this weekend is the annual meeting known as the Crosstown Shootout. Go UC! … but this is the only game of the year where I hope XU loses.

Here’s the beginning of an interesting local story.

Suliman Abdul-Mutakallim was shot in the back of his head, as he walked home, carrying food for himself and his wife. Authorities say he was an innocent and unsuspecting victim. After two teenagers pleaded guilty this month at separate court hearings and were sentenced to prison terms, Abdul-Mutakallim’s mother, Rukiye, offered to hug them. Javon Coulter said she could. Rukiye wants to visit them in prison regularly and help them become better people. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Just learned about a company named d.light.  Very interesting products! This is a way to help the people of Puerto Rico and other places without electricity. Click to see their products.

Saturday I’m posting a collaboration with an artist. Hope you stop by.

My little corner of the world is approaching several milestones, including 75,000th comment. I wonder who will get the recognition.

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Brilliantly said by Michael Gerson (Washington Post): Not only do we have tribal politics in this country, we also have tribal morality.

2108 is an election year for Ohio’s governor. The four top Republican candidates were in my area recently for a forum. Here’s the way the Cincinnati Enquirer started the report: The Republican nomination for Ohio governor might come down to who loves President Donald Trump more. And who’s least like current Republican governor John Kasich.

I continue to think Roy Moore will win in Alabama.

Two weeks I mentioned writing my Congressional Representative and Senator because their party like to claim, “It’s a mental health issue” when it comes to mass shootings. I asked what the Republican Party has done about mental health issues (purposefully without mentioning gun control.) My Representative responded: 1) Without answering my question. 2) Stating the issue with the Air Force files on the most recent incident has been corrected, and 3) focusing on gun control.

In terms of the plan for the tax cuts, interesting how the effects of the debt is less important to those who previously said the debt is of utmost importance. Ah yes – the nature of politics.

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

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Buick introduces new self-buying car
Nutella briefly entertained as lubricant
New historic evidence suggests most Pilgrims sailed back home to celebrate first Thanksgiving
Smithsonian acquires rare photograph where whole family looks really nice
Substitute teacher can tell he’s filling in for real asshole

Interesting Reads
Can machines become moral?
26 words we don’t want to lose
Ocean’s most-dedicated mothers
Digital privacy upcoming in the high court
60 years after Brown v. Board of Education
(Images) Bumper stickers for subway riders
(Photos) Random photos of the week

For your weekend entertainment, I continue the stretch of Fab Four songs. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

18 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 342

  1. Good morning Frank! The handbells were very lovely! I certainly don’t want any self-buying cars and I won’t be using Nutella as a moisturizer any time soon — way too sweet for me. ;). Looking forward to your artistic collaboration. Happy weekend!!

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    • Brigitte,
      Good evening. (Yes, it took me a while to respond). Because Nutella is too sweet for you as a skin moisturizer, I wonder if vegemite would be a suitable substitute. Thanks for listening to the handbell piece … interesting styles within it! … It terms of the collaboration, I will say it is with a painter.


  2. Unfortunately the “26 words we don’t want to lose” are already lost for me.

    WOW, the random photos of the week bowled me over, especially the Zimbabweans, the Kashmiri Muslim women, and the Hasidic Rabbis.

    I continue to dread that Roy Moore will win in Alabama.

    Keep the Beatles coming!

    “Buick introduces new self-buying car” drenched the rest.

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  3. Ooh, ooh, I hope mine is the 75,000th comment! Wow, that’s a lot of comments. You’ve been around quite some time here in blogland.

    That’s a pretty amazing story about Suliman Abdul-Mutakallim. We need more people like his mother in this world. Maybe then there’d be less violence.

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    • Carrie,
      Nope … you aren’t the 75,000th. At the rate regulars are dropping out of sight like flies, I’m hoping it will hit by the end of the month. 😉 … It all depends, could be the next post 😀 … could be 3 posts from now. 😦

      Glad you commented on the mother. Amazing … and yes, the world would be a better place if more people followed her lead.

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  4. So you made me do something I’ve never done before: Find every dance (except for the Disney one) that Jordan did on DWTS. I never watch that show (my jam is “So you think you can Dance”), but I watched all of Jordan’s dances because I remember seeing him in Hamilton. He is a superb dancer. Thanks for a nice respite from all the bad news. Also, unfortunately, I think you’re right–Roy Moore is going to win. God help us!

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    • E-Tom,
      Oh yes … Jordan is an excellent dancer … youth and coordination are on his side. 🙂 Glad you took the time to watch him! Meanwhile, Roy Moore winning would be another sad commentary on voters.


  5. Unless you are deliberately withholding your responses to the comments being made then probability says you have the highest odds of making the 75,000th comment.

    And I can absolutely see you allowing a visitor to have all the glory. 🙂

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    • Yahooey,
      I wouldn’t deliberately withhold comments. Just haven’t gotten around to comments on this post because of a work schedule and other pressing items. … and yes … I will give a visitor the glory … after all, 40-50% of the comments are mine. 🙂

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  6. I look forward to the Kennedy Center Honors every year, too, Frank. I think the arts are my best chance of getting through this season of political chaos and ugliness. If Roy Moore wins tomorrow, and I think he will, I will need to find a way to block out the news for a while. Too much!

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    • Debra,
      At the time I write this, Alabama polls are still open – and I continue to think Roy Moore will win. But I have good news for you. As a fan of the Kennedy Center Honors show, it doesn’t seem President Trump attended!


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