Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 344

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I’m not even close to being a Star Wars fanatic, but I get to attend a Cincinnati premier of the new film.

OMG – The Moody Blues are going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Cars, Bon Jovi, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, and Dire Straits. Congratulations to all!

Our handbell choir continues focusing on music for the busy holiday season. The next solo piece is The Huron Carol: a tune many of you will recognize. Click here to listen.

Until I saw this, I didn’t realize President Trump sang Christmas carols.

A refreshing thought. While watching the Army-Navy football game, I noticed that players don’t bring attention to themselves after a play.

Cheers to the professional golf’s decision to stop issuing penalty strokes based on information from the television audience.

For those enjoying the beach walks, I only have 1 0r 2 left.

I worry about what the Supreme Court will rule in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

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On one hand, Doug Jones (D) defeating Roy Moore (R) for the Alabama Senate seat gives hope to humanity. On the other hand, the fact that a high percentage of voters supported Moore makes my hope very tepid.

I applaud this line from this ABC News Editorial: A nation can have a healthy, functional democracy only if its citizens are willing to go beyond the interests of their tribe and work for the common good.

For many years on these pages I warned that the political climate was not good for times when one party controls Congress and the White House … and I believe Democrats would be doing the same thing if the roles were reversed.

It didn’t take much time for some Democrats to seek the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). But I ask this question: Would Democrats have done the same thing if Minnesota had a Republican governor?

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides an infographic comparing shopping at a retail store and a thrift store.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Man with 3 kids going to make great father someday
Study finds controlling, possessive behavior most pure expression of love
Department of Labor response team seals off toxic workplace environment
Line of lizards winding out door outside National Geographic casting office
Frustrated wildfire spends hours stuck in L.A. traffic
Recording Academy reminds aging musicians to die before December 15th to be included in 2017 Grammy tributes

Interesting Reads
Views of gender differences
Debating USA’s role in the world
History of mince pies
The first Scrooge
Why dogs cock their heads
(Interactive) Compare your view on gender equality with others
(Photos) Wonderful images from space

To lead you into the weekend, it’s got to be the Moody Blues. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

30 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 344

  1. I immediately thought of you when Moody Blues FINALLY received the committee’s recognition! Very exciting, and although long overdue, somehow all the greater celebration! I don’t know where you found that video, but it’s hysterical! And I agree with you that the Democrats would undoubtedly be just as obnoxious if in the majority along with President…but selfishly, I’d be fine with that! LOL!

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    • Debra,
      Although I still wonder about the “What took so long?’ question, at least the Moody Blues officially get the nod. As you know, I’ve been making the point for some time … and have discovered as yourself who believe the same thing.

      Meanwhile, the singing video is a lot of fun … but the creator has too much time on their hands. 😉

      In terms of the Dems and the GOP, you know that I’ve been favoring a division of power for a long time because I knew that the climate would be more like shove-it-down-your-throat mentality.

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    • Jo,
      Just returned … interestingly, it was a private holiday outing for a company (which had two theaters). My neighbor’s son-in-law got him two tickets. His wife didn’t want to change her hair appointment, so he asked me.

      Meanwhile, I fear we are in for a longer stretch of tribalism – well, unless a unifying factor (usually something tragic) comes along.


  2. I liked “The Huron Carol” arrangement – Best Wishes to you and yours that your assigned notes go in the right places tomorrow.

    I took the Pew Research Center gender test and, sadly, learned nothing. The space photos cheered me up though.

    I said it before, and I’m saying it again: THIS is how the Moody Blues marching band show should have started! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_J-hmyAS6c

    A splat for “Department of Labor response team seals off toxic workplace environment.”

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