Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 348

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While I’ve been noting various milestones, I discovered another one as last weekend I surpassed 75,000 visitors. Meanwhile, on my march toward the 2,000th post, this is #1,994 – but I don’t know what I will do for the 2,000th.

For those enjoying the Iceland journey, Saturday will bring a post about Reykjavik, while Monday night/Tuesday may deliver a post with important travel tips.

Congratulations to the University of Alabama for winning the college football’s coveted title. That was quite a game! To Georgia players and fans – Hold your head high!

I was saddened at the news of the passing of one of the founders of the Moody Blues – Ray Thomas – and to think just months before the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I will close this post with one of the songs he wrote – a song that captivated me at my first Moody Blues concert.

John Dickerson joins CBS: This Morning (my morning show preference) – but I never realized his mother is journalist Nancy Dickerson (now deceased).

In case you missed the announcement, Mensa International is moving its US headquarters to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

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One of Ohio’s Senate seats (held by Sherrod Brown – D) was in play for a Republican gain this fall, but their leading candidate suddenly dropped out due to his wife’s health issues. I’m not a fan of Josh Mandel, but people taking shots at him during this time is unnecessary and pathetic. Meanwhile, the party filled the slot by convincing a fellow Trumpian to abandon his quest for governor in order to enter the Senate race.

Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes created quit the stir. Regardless of the political aspect, she successfully delivered a strong message.

“Trump has been in office 1 year and has already fixed global warming.” (Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin)

To me, this statement summarizes President Trump’s views of immigration policy: He doesn’t know what he wants.

The steady stream of stories about Immigration and Custom Enforcement actions against people who are illegally in the US, but stay out of trouble and contribute to society continues to bother me. I’m guessing “bad hombres” is code of any illegal, not just bona fide criminals.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion offers the worst potluck contributions of 2017.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
7-year old unable to maintain cohesive storyline while playing with action figures
New evidence suggests ancient Egyptians only ever visited pyramids when friends were in from out of town
Vacuum got something really big under couch
Spider sitting on shower wall cannot wait to see look on man’s face
Pile of dirty clothes on bedroom floor starting to mix with pile of clean clothes on bedroom floor

Interesting Reads
A commentary and historical look about the future of work
Dealing with mosquitos
Countries without governments
Myths and truths about pirates
PT Barnum’s attractions
Sequencing the tree of life
(Video) A 2-minute celebration of black female photography

To send you into the weekend, he’s the song I promised early – and Rest in Peace, Ray Thomas. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.