Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 343

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Hooray for us. The out-of-town aunt’s house is sold and closed! Simply a monumental accomplishment considering where we started.

Last weekend’s Supermoon was awesome. Love this collection of images from USA Today.

Savannah Guthrie: “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the recognition that they have behaved badly? And I don’t know the answer to that.” … I say if you love Matt Lauer as a friend, he needs you – so be there for him.

We had a new experience last weekend: Watching a holiday parade of horse-drawn carriages.

The IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics, but Russian athletes can complete without a country. In my opinion, that’s pathetic.

Last week’s Crosstown Shootout was ugly as Xavier convincingly dismantled my UC Bearcats. Oh well … a team not playing well and getting outplayed doesn’t deserve to win. Congrats XU!

The college football committee got the four playoff teams right.

Although PBS dismissed Garrison Keillor for misconduct, I plan to continue using his quote at the end of this post.

Congratulations to Jim Wheeler for being the 75,000th. He was touched by the fireplaces display I had for him. The next milestone will probably happen in early 2018 as I’m 21 posts away from post #2000.

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Current tax bills are a prime example of Republicans being so desperate to accomplish something, they are willing to sell out their philosophy.

Regarding President Trump’s recent proclamation about Jerusalem, I didn’t listen to him, his surrogates, or other partisan talking heads – but I was all hears when listening to Middle East expert Aaron David Miller. Here’s his article about the announcement.

Wall Street’s positive reaction to possible changes in tax policy has nothing to do with changes to people and everything to do with the effect on corporations.

The reason I believe Roy Moore will win the Alabama Senate race can be summarized in one word. Any thoughts?

In the era of declaring Fake News, Chris Wallace (Fox News Anchor) wrote this interesting editorial.

The 4 lines I most commonly hear by President Trump supporters for any situation: Having Hillary would be worse. Look at Hillary’s crimes. He’s better than Obama. It’s Obama’s fault. Nothing like having ready-to-use lines for any occasion.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion captures royal scandals over time.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Cartoon character translated seamlessly into noodle
Son’s friend seems like the type who always gets nosebleeds
Steven Spielberg recalls coming to blows with ET on film set
Negligent oaf sloppily packs away board game without so much as a thought to future players
GOP leaders celebrate passing point of no return

Interesting Reads
Gene therapy brings hope
About a remote Norwegian island
Myths about the brain
Jobs and automation
A symphony from broken instruments
Hedy Lamarr: Inventor
A solution for pack rats
(Photos) Royal Society photo winners

For your weekend entertainment, let’s climb into the way-back machine for some early Beatles. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

25 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 343

  1. Wait a minute. I have built an entire support system for the past eight years with the simple principle, it’s Obama’s fault. It is a ready-made line I cherish and covers everything. In fact, it is a retroactive cause celeb starting with original sin. Even my ability to use the phrase is Obama’s fault so what is wrong with it? (my question is Obama’s fault as well)

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  2. No splats but I enjoyed the photos and ALL the articles.

    Thanks for the video of my favorite Beatles tune sung non-mixed down just like in Liverpool before the boys gained fame and fortune.

    Pathetic is too mild a term for the travesty of the IOC allowing the doped up Russian athletes to win (steal) medals in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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    • Jo,
      Thanks on the congrats with the house sale. It was quite a journey – and most importantly – our aunt is happy about it. In terms of President Trump’s Jerusalem decision, to the “why” question, I answer “Because he can” … PLUS …. It’s really about his ego because past presidents have talked about it, but not done it.


  3. Congratulations on selling the house, Frank! I’ll be in a similar position come spring and I will remember your success when I get frustrated. And, yes, I think the college football people got it right, too–I’d’ve spit nickels if Ohio State had been chosen!

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    • Kerry,
      Good luck with your situation next spring. We worked hard … fortunately we were able to take the bull by the horns. 3+ hour drive each way complicated the process, but we still got it done. Good luck! … stay focused and determined.

      In terms of Ohio State you will appreciate how I took a couple of fans to the woodshed. They stated, “But they are Big 10 Champs?” … I quickly pounced on them by pointing to last year, and just kept pushing … more like relentless.


  4. My cynical self was chastised and my optimism made a slight resurgence Tuesday with the Moore defeat. I thought of you, Frank. I’m a little scarce these days because I’m dealing with my own Russian hacking! “They” got to me through one of my on-line banking sites…I’ll mention it in a post when I’m back up for air. So I’m trying to play catchup with my favorite blogs. Hope all is well with you, and thank you for the link to the Middle East expert. I will definitely be reading it. I have also stopped listening to T and relying on experts to give me a more accurate picture, and I’m following some international news from the Middle East via NPR, and I welcome other reading. Thank you!

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    • Debra,
      Aaron David Miller is a good one – a great resource! The situation simply is more than a sound bite!

      Sorry to hear the news about the hacking your are deal with. I can’t imagine … and hope I never have to deal with it – but we never know because it can happen to anyone. Good luck … and glad to hear you’ll be sharing what you’ve learned.

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