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.


26 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 348

    • Cindy,
      I too have been a fan, and have mocked the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for excluding them – so I cheered at the news of an April induction. Then again, Ray’s death is untimely with that. Cheers to you being a devotee!


  1. I’ve mentioned that I heard the Moody Blues frequently while in college, but I didn’t actually know the names of the people in the group, so I didn’t realize one of them recently died. I’m playing the song for my husband now. 🙂

    dt’s latest outrageous remark on immigration is reprehensible. I still can’t believe he’s the president. I’ll stop there.
    Oprah’s speech was inspiring.

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    • Merril,
      Hope hubby enjoyed the morning song by the Moody Blues. Definitely one of my favorites.

      I learned about the latest immigration quotes after publishing this post. As you know, I take the very high road on these pages – but I think you will appreciate my simple take: A shithole comment is simply by a shithead.

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  2. The passing of founding Moody Blues band member Ray Thomas lends me to thank you for first introducing me to that group’s musical artistry.

    Being a man of science, you understand why this morning I replaced one of the Golf Magazine swing change articles in my golf bag with a hardcopy of “A New Way to Find the Tree of Life’s Missing Branches.” Exciting stuff!

    The fact that I had I never heard of Mensa International is an indication of why I wasn’t selected to be a member.

    “Trump has been in office 1 year and has already fixed global warming” (Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin), followed by your next two entries, and Trump’s statement yesterday that Haiti and (some) African nations are s***hole countries, combine to make my promise to be patient more difficult.

    A splat from my writer wife over “7-year old unable to maintain cohesive storyline while playing with action figures.”

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  3. Tim,
    Glad I was able to influence you with the Moody Blues many moons ago. At least you didn’t stuff another article into the golf bag – therefore replacing one is a good thing. On the other hand, an important point to remember – no more than 14 clubs.

    Another splat is quite the feat! In terms of the latest immigration comment, see my reply to Merril (above).


  4. Always enjoyed the Moody Blues and was glad to see them as inductees. Ray Thomas will have to see the induction from afar. DT is a disgrace is about all I can say. I hope Oprah sticks to giving away cars. Don’t think I can handle another narcissist in that office. Enjoyed the post, Frank. The grasshopper was a little creepy though.

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  5. Listening to the song while I write this comment! I remember it, and yes, it’s very sad he won’t be at the induction. I’m sure week deserved extra homage will be paid. I adore the series of grasshopper (or is it a locust?) images throughout the post. Looking forward to the Reykjavik post!

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    • Resa,
      The Moody Blues unnecessarily waited too long … so very sad indeed. I stumbled across the grasshopper series, and immediately decided I had to use it! Glad you enjoyed it … after all, you are the first person to verbalize support for it!


    • Carrie,
      Almost at 2000 – and I still don’t know what I’m going to do for it. I had a wonderful blog party for #1,000, but I doubt if that will happen again. I still recall one blogger telling me, (and I paraphrase), “And you achieve milestones by writing.” …. That has stuck with me.

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  6. I was very sorry to hear about Ray Thomas, and I do share your appreciation of the Moody Blues. I have been to so many concerts and live performances, but never had the opportunity to see them perform! You provided me the best chuckle with I”n case you missed the announcement, Mensa International is moving its US headquarters to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC.” What a week it has been!

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    • Debra,
      Wow … I would have never imagined that you haven’t been to a Moody Blues concert! Good news is that they are still out there. (I think Ray actually stopped touring 2 years ago). Meanwhile, I’m glad you enjoyed the Mensa reference because I wasn’t sure anyone caught that one! You just caused a great smile.


    • Cayman,
      Marvin’s survival surprised many Here. Actually a sizable number question it. I think it was a power play on his part with the owner. People can say what they want about Mike Brown, but one of his greatest qualities can get in the way – but it is a quality that anyone would want from a boss or higher manager – and that is loyalty. Meanwhile, Marvin’s staff will be about 50% new.

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      • Brown is certainly the outlier when it comes to major league sports. It’s funny but the AFC North is a great place to be as far as job security is concerned, what with Tomlin, Harbaugh and Lewis all having been on the job for quite some time. Leave it to the Browns to hedge that average some . . .

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        • Never realized that about the AFC North … great point. Regarding Brown, I have no doubt that he’s changed since Marvin arrived. Although the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I can see the Bengals changing when he passes on the reigns to his daughter. Then again, time will tell.

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