Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 352

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Thanks to those participating in the IF Challenge. It was a spontaneous idea that was worth doing. Poems, reflections, and a short story provide good reading! I’ll keep the challenge page (tab) up at least until mid-week.

  • A special toast to the two non-regulars here who joined the fun!
  • A tip of the hat to Dale and Merril whose posts brought along a few others.
  • Special thanks to Dale for interacting with commenters!

If all goes as planned, my Tuesday night post is another meager attempt at fiction. As some say, write about what you know.

Here’s a worthy 30 seconds – Fiona in a Super Bowl commercial! … but I think it only ran locally.

Last week I mentioned Lachey’s – a local sports bar/eatery owned by Nick and Drew Lachey – a few days later they announced its closing.

I’m hoping to have another BLINK post this weekend – well, if I finalize it.

Congratulations Philadelphia Eagles and their fans on winning the Super Bowl.

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The US stock market had a tough week – but after predictably taking credit for the gains, President Trump predictably remained quiet.

Last week I stated why I don’t the State of the Union. This Los Angeles Times column made a lot of sense to me.

Although I didn’t watch the SOTU, I know enough not to believe this description of the speech: The SOTU was moving. It was reasonable. It was bipartisan. And it worked. (Mark Thiessen, Washington Post) … After all, in his Cincinnati speech this week he referred to Democrats as “un-American” and “treasonous”- and said it with conviction!

Not that there’s a shortage of strange quotes from President Trump, but I like this head scratcher; “Now we fulfilled far more promises than we promised.”

… and this one from his Cincinnati speech: “I am non-braggadocious.” (Yep – Everyone already knew President Trump is not boastful and arrogant.)

I yield to a great American orator.

President Trump has smart lawyers. Considering his propensity for lying and contradiction, their recommendation to not meet with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller because of a perjury fear is sound – and unfortunate.

The current criticism of Justice Department agencies is both dangerous and hyperpartisan – and then I see this head-shaking assessment of U.S. Attorneys.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides step-by-step instructions on how to run a successful crowd-funding campaign.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Minneapolis shocked to discover thousands of Super Bowl attendees left without seeing rest of city
American Airlines announces it will no longer try to match seatmates by interests
Determined circle of friends diligently traces back how they got onto this conversation topic
Oxiclean reveals new stain-removing fabric scissors
Popsicle reintroduces beloved “Plain” flavor
Local goose finally lands spot at tip of ‘V’

Interesting Reads
Life magazine … in Afghanistan?
Wealth, status, and an insect
Pizza instead of cereal
Fossils and spiders
Journey across Antarctica
(Images) 15 photos of Queen Elizabeth II through the years

To send you into the weekend, a touch of soul whose title describes the current US government. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

38 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 352

  1. The “If” challenge was lots of fun and I love that each and every entry was different. Very cool.
    You know me… sticking my nose in all over the place 😉
    Yay Eagles! I honestly do not follow football all that much but I always take for the underdog – unless a team I really like is playing 😉
    I’d combo it but just took a commercial break. It’s OLYMPIC season! Back to the team figure skating… ciao for now!

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  2. Thanks for the challenge, Frank. And Dale is definitely the person to have around for support and to bring in people!
    You know my feelings on dt and gang. I can’t even joke about him and his enablers anymore–every day there is something new.

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    • Merril,
      Dale promoted the event, but more importantly for me, she loves to interact with visitors – especially here when I have an event. I think of her as my Official Maitre d’. 🙂 … But hey, thanks for participating … especially because others came along from your post!

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  3. Loved your humorous take on the state of things your side of Pond.. They are not much better this side either Frank..
    I loved the last choice of Song.. 🙂 There is indeed a Long Chain of them..
    Have a Peaceful weekend Frank.. Take care..

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  4. “Oxiclean introduces plain flavor,” . . . that one is for all those peeps who need the warning labels on Tide Pods . . .

    As for Trump’s SOTU, I tried watching it on demand but it seems that Comedy Central hasn’t added it yet . .
    That’s a GREAT commercial!
    Yes, congrats to Eagles fans.

    Love the music spill!

    Have a great weekend Cincy!

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  5. “Chain of Fools” – a perfect song for this more than imperfect administration. The blood boils.
    Great Super Bowl game, even though I’m from NE and of course love the Patriots. Sunday’s game showed powerful players using their smarts as well as their athletic abilities. Well-played, all around.
    So important for us to speak up and disclose the ‘wrong’ that we see in our government.
    And so important to find and seek and shine on the positivity of those around us, as you do.


    • Pam,
      The Super Bowl (unlike most of its past games) was loaded with offense. Unfortunately, I missed most of the game because I was at the airport (a family member coming to visit). Only saw part of the first quarter and the last 2 minutes – but I understand it was high on entertainment value.

      Glad you not only enjoyed Chain of Fools – but also endorsing the way I used it. 🙂

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  6. “Chain of Fools”–couldn’t be more perfect! LOL! I absolutely marvel at some of Trump’s non-sequitur statements. Some of them are pure gold and should be collated in a book for safekeeping. After I took my granddaughters to the Reagan Library they asked me if Trump would have a library one day. I think I laughed…and then tried to recover enough not to completely poison the well!

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    • Debra,
      I can’t believe you didn’t tell your granddaughters that the Trump Presidential Library will be huge – the most fantastic library ever – simply the best – and better than all the other libraries combined.


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