Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 362

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Many thanks for the kind words about my writing in the latest beach walk (#24). I plan another beach walk to go up Sunday night (Eastern US).

The last handbell choir rehearsal of the season was earlier this week. After playing for a service this weekend, we break until August.

Our last ushering assignment of the season at the Playhouse was also this week. Murder For Two is a unique, enjoyable who-dunnit play with two actors: one playing the detective and the other all the suspects. Definitely not serious, it is very musical and a bit of Vaudeville. The actors were great, but it simply wasn’t my style.

As technology changes, devices also change or even replaced. The Museum of Endangered Sounds is an online place attempting to store replaced sounds. It’s a fun place to visit, so I’ll put the link in the Interesting Reads list.

My Cincinnati Reds were the first baseball team to lose 20 games this season. I wonder which will happen first: The last team to lose 20 or the Reds to win 20. The race is on!

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To reinforce a statement I made last week about Trump-Clinton-Obama, keep in mind that President Trump needs a villain in his messaging – a boogie man. As long as they continue to fill that role, he will continue to campaign against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Ohio had a primary election earlier this week. It’s sad that so few voters turn out for non-presidential year elections … and Ohio had primary races for governor and senator!

2016 was a presidential election year. In my county, 56,372 people voted in the primary – but 100,859 voted in the November general election. Meanwhile, 25,100 voted in this week’s primary.

My county is so Republican that Bozo the Clown could win an election if he was designed Republican on the ballot. However, I found this interesting: of the 139,110 registered voters, 8.3% are Democrats, 33.72% Republican, and 57.93% are Nonpartisan. On the other hand, in this county, are number of registered Nonpartisans must vote Republican – which also means that are NINOs – Nonpartisan in Name Only.

FYI: Individual states determine voter registration rolls. For primaries, Ohioans register as Democratic, Republican, Green, or Nonpartisan on Election Day. Nonpartisans can’t participate in party primaries, therefore receive ballots with containing on Issues for voting. (My ballot only had two issues on it, and no people.)

Advice for Democrats – Before the fall election, Leader Pelosi (D-CA) should announce that if the Dems gain control of the House in 2018, she will not seek or accept the Speaker’s chair.

Cheers to Saturday Night Live for last week’s outstanding skit that included many of the characters in President Trump’s news circle. For those that missed it, click here.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides tips for treating bed bug infestation.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Amazon fires warehouse worker who took unauthorized breath
Construction crew arguing over who gets to use the fun tools
Kroger recalls 35,000 pounds of ground beef that may contain CEO
50,000 chicken breasts recalled after leaving factory without getting a little kiss goodbye
One-adventurous salmon can’t believe she ended up moving back to birthplace, having a bunch of kids

Interesting Reads
A perspective about infrastructure
Bulls, DNA, and beef
Baghdad: the new Partytown
Picasso, creativity, and genius
Why analog still exists despite digital
(Interactive) Museum of Endangered Sounds
(Photos) Awesome images of a stormy sky

To send you into the weekend, enjoy this classic by Cat Stevens. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

44 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 362

  1. I too think it is so lovely that you share and enjoy ballroom dancing with your wife. It is such a beautiful and healthy activity. Actually, a very good friend of mine met your soul mate having both joined a ballroom dancing group, they went on to become great dancing and life partners.
    Such a beautiful way to meet. I enjoyed your article Frank, I am surprised the election turn out was low, I would expect it to be much bigger this time around. Hoping all these young people coming of age will get out and let their voice be heard at the polls this year. We really need to clean the swamp, this time for real.

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  2. You knew I’d read The Brookings Press “A ‘people first’ perspective on infrastructure: Delivering access” and put it in my golf bag.

    I’m with you down the line on folks not turning out to vote in the primaries.

    I liked the New Yorker Magazine cloud photo “Texas, June, 2014” for reasons similar to your heron photo.

    I’m preparing to eat my hat in anticipation of enjoying ‘Origin’ which I started today.

    A splat from “Kroger recalls 35,000 pounds of ground beef that may contain CEO.”


    • Tim,
      Always good to hear that a splat occurred. Yes – I anticipated you would dive into the Brookings article. Thanks for looking at the photos! … good luck with Origin.


  3. Good luck with your final handbell performance until August. I agree with the others that it is wonderful that you and Ms. Angle share so many interests/activities.
    It is sad that so many people do not vote.

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  4. Lovely, Frank. That you and Mrs. Right Angle do so many things together yet also have separate activities, I firmly believe is the secret to the success of your many years of bliss.
    That, and no kids to come in and bugger things up… 😉


  5. Voters have seemed to forgotten that primaries are where they decide who the candidates are, and that boisterous (read obnoxious) base is wherein lies some of the problems about who the voters face in November. No wonder we roll our eyes at the ballot. Ugh.


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