Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 351

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Challenge Update: I will publish my post on Tuesday 6 February at 9 PM (Eastern US) … challenge participants publish after that and link to that post.

On the early morning of this week’s Super Blue Moon’s eclipse, Cincinnati had many clouds. A friend of mine (who is south for the winter) told me that he watched the shadowed moon fade away behind the horizon, then turned around to watch the sunrise over the opposite horizon only several minutes later.

Cincinnati has a unique food battle going on – a Burger Battle of the Boy Bands. In short, Nick Lachey (98 Degrees), is a Cincinnatian, plus he and his brother (Drew) have a restaurant. A few blocks away is Wahlburgers, owned by the Wahlbergs (Donnie was in New Kids on the Block). Here’s an article about the battle.

This weekend is the Super Bowl – big deal. We’ll probably have the game on, but without any festivities. Personally, I hope the Eagles win.

PS: More BLINK posts this weekend.

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I knew before making the decision that I would be missing the most unbelievable, the greatest, the most-watched ever State of the Union (SOTU) speech – but I continued my streak of avoiding the occasion because I hate watching the behaviors of our elected officials. Stay seated and remain quiet during the speech seems like such a small, yet reasonable request.

The SOTU is the US President delivering an annual Constitutional obligation. Although I don’t watch, I support it. On the other hand, I despise the fact opposing party have a rebuttal. The record clearly shows I also didn’t support the Republicans rebuttal after President Obama’s SOTU – and yep – I don’t support the Democrats doing the same. SOTU is the President’s address to Congress and the nation … PERIOD.

If I would have watched the SOTU, these bingo cards would have made the event more fun.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides an infographic about the myths and facts about Dreamers and the Dream Act.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Woman apologizes to therapist for monopolizing conversation
New acne-free treatment ships teens to remote island for remainder of puberty
Perfect girlfriend blames self for everything
Flustered mathematician unable to recommend good number
Brad Pitt stumbles across old cardboard box with Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in it

Interesting Reads
Europe’s earliest written language?
Dark money and politics
About the Cincinnati murals
The contradictions of Gaudi
Demographics, America, and the future
Anti-evolution in India
(Graphic) World’s most nutritious foods
(Photos) National Geographic’s Best Adventure Photos of 2017

To send you into the weekend, here’s one of my favorites by John Mellencamp. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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34 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 351

  1. Yeah. Big whup on the Super Bowl. Which may or may not be on the tube…
    Woot! Working on my “If” in my mind. Probably will end up something totally different when the time comes!

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    • Dale,
      Ah ha … No Canadian station paying for the television rights … after all, a steep price. Has it always been that way?

      Cheers to preparing your IF post. Not sure how many I’ll have, but at least there will be two of us.

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        • Do you know how often I do it myself? 🙂
          I had a great idea last night – and it is miraculously STILL there, so I will jot down a note, go freeze my arse outside (windchill of -7F) for a walk with the Zekemeister, come back in and warm up with a cuppa hot chocolate (I made Jamie Oliver’s mix and still have not tried it) and maybe write the whole thing. Or do my accounting. Ugh.

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        • I know, right? That does not happen very often! Same thing when walking. I’ve taken to recording my idea when it pops because the rest of the steps taken towards home make the words in my head disappear…

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  2. I didn’t watch SOTU because I can’t stand to listen to him–and in his case it doesn’t mean anything anyway.
    We are in Eagles territory here. I don’t care about sports, but my husband will be watching the game. One bet here that I like is between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The losing museum loans a piece of art to the winning museum. 🙂

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    • Merril,
      Cheers to you for you for not watching! I know this isn’t what you meant, but as a speaker, he’s lousy.

      Thanks for sharing the bet between the two museums. That’s awesome … and in a great spirit! … I’m pulling for the Eagles.

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  3. Forget the Lachey and Wahlburger wannabes! Given your street cred on the subject which Cincinnati burger is currently your No. 1, King of the Hill, Top of the Heap?

    I plan to clean out my fridge in favor of the world’s 100 most nutritious foods.

    You bet I’m following the money!

    Millennials. And now I know.

    Go Big Green and Silver!

    No splats.

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    • Tim,
      Because I haven’t kept up with the burger situation in our time, but Gordo’s leads the pack … I also have confidence in Zola’s … plus I want to return to 915.

      I know you have an eclectic taste in foods, so I’m not surprised. But I also know you’ll over-think it.

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  4. I’ll be reading a good book with a fire going while hubby watches. I plan to make a healthy version of wings. I like the commercials and the halftime show with Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids. ☺️
    but, football, nah.

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  5. I didn’t watch SOTU. I never do. The Mellencamp tune is a good one. I don’t really watch the Super Bowl, but I might catch a few bits checking for the Half Time Show. You have a fab weekend, too, and I am interested to read your Tuesday Challenge!

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  6. You missed the greatest SOTU speech in the history of SOTU speeches! Every single person in the world watched! Everybody loved it! Well, okay . . you didn’t watch. And neither did I.

    I always wanted to try a Wahlburger’s burger. They look quite good.

    The Super Bowl can please he here already! I am up to HERE with that Eagles song, seeing as how I live deep in the heart of this frenzy. I’m an hour outside Philadelphia but you wouldn’t be able to tell these past couple weeks. All these people ‘wit der attitudes and green jerseys! Yes, I was being parochially petty with that statement, lol.

    “New acne free treatment ships cardboard box with Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in it to flustered mathematician,”

    Have a great Friday, Frank!

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    • Marc,
      I think the only people who didn’t watch SOTU are the ones who commented here saying as such … that means the audience must have been HUGE!

      I’ve never had a Wahlburger’s burger, but the article’s author actually preferred Lachey’s … so of the too, that’s the one I’m most likely to try … but who knows – I may go for both – but not on the same day.

      I can imagine the hype in Philly … after all, that’s excitement that I haven’t had in almost 30 years … and to think there are still some NFL cities that haven’t experienced it!

      Cheers to that combo. I also can see the flip version of shipping box with mathematician’s head frustrating Gwyneth Paltrow.

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  7. I didn’t watch the SOTU address either. It was Obama’s fault that I would rather watch a previously recorded episode of The Blacklist. I do agree on the rebuttal nonsense. This is like having a constitutional event like free elections and then having another mandated event put on by a dictator. Makes no sense.

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  8. I watched about half of the SOTU. I always record it because on the west coast it is just too early to sit down and watch. We haven’t even had our dinner at 6 PM and I like to actually enjoy my dinner! LOL! I watched just enough to tell me that I didn’t need to stick it out! But I am very interested in the Millennials and how they are going to lead in the coming years. I scanned the article and will read it closely. After years of working with this generation at the university, as well as a nephew and some young family members, I have a lot of hope!

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    • Debra,
      LOL … Good job at not spoiling your dinner. I couldn’t watch … just couldn’t … and to think he’s Cincinnati bound today! YIKES!!!! Run for the hills! Cheers to your faith in Millennials.

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