Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 364

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Cincinnati has been in an odd weather pattern since November. Not only did winter start 6 weeks earlier than normal, it lasted longer. So spring started later than normal and was short. It’s mid-June and we’re experiencing July-August weather. I do not embrace high temperatures with high humidity – but I realize it is more comfortable here than the saunas to the south.

Hope to visit two temporary exhibits that are in the city this summer – one featuring the Chinese Terracotta Army and the other about chocolate. Would either interest you?

My cybersecurity service (WebRoot) provided with wonderful article about phishing in social media. I placed it here because it is worth reading.

I saw this headline: “2018 is our generation’s 1968” … wow …. I don’t think the author (nor the generation) understands 1968.

My publishing schedule will be a bit abnormal next week. I’ve prepared a 4-part series around the topic of the US as a Christian nation. I will post 4-consecutive days starting Sunday night (9 pm US Eastern). For beach walking fans, the next walk will be this Saturday (not the normal Sunday).

Some advice for the golfers complaining about the US Open. Although I may question some of the pin/hole placements, for future Opens I suggest you don’t apply to play.

We saw the movie Solo. It’s a little long. Star Wars fans will love it. It’s more about the Hans Solo, but not much good vs. evil. No endorsement here, but it’s OK for a rainy or too-hot day.

Here’s a oddity. One of our friends is a twin, who will soon marry a twin – and it just so happens both (really all four) were born on the same day – actually two hours apart.

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I believe First Lady Melania Trump’s recent visit to the border was sincere. However, her choice of clothing was a case of bad judgment – not an intentional message.

Mr. Trump, if the people implemented a Zero Tolerance Policy, you would not have lasted a week.

When Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015, Senate Major Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised the Senate would pass a budget instead of passing continuing resolutions. Well, it hasn’t happened yet!

With all the statements being made about the Mueller investigation, I find it interesting that the actual investigation has released little (if any) information. Meanwhile, whatever the results, I hope each party accepts the results and moves on!

Everyone knows President Trump thrives on lying, exaggerating, blaming, mocking, forgetting, denying, deflecting, contradicting, confusing, taking credit, and shirking responsibility. Incredibly, he is the best-ever, most incredible president to accomplish this things.

It appears President Trump will be meeting with Vladimir Putin soon. Mr. President – when will you be meeting with the leader of Iran?

For those who listen, Rudy Giuliani is the perfect spokesperson for President Trump. He fits in with the parade of others the White House trots out to media.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides tips for getting the most out of life.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Coworker following World Cup goes all-in on tenuous family connection to Portugal
Ants having some kind of party inside crack in pavement
Sexy woman can tie banana peel into knot with tongue
GE releases new flickering light bulb for abandoned sanitariums
MIT researchers create ‘psychopath’ AI by feeding it reddit data

Interesting Reads
Distractions are good for the brain
Today’s Western European Christians
Mulling over Artificial Intelligence applications
Key weapons of the War of 1812
What T. Rex could not do
(Photos) World Cup murals

To send you into the weekend, enjoy James Taylor singing in the summer season for us in the northern hemisphere. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

25 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 364

  1. The Terracotta Army was in Philadelphia. I thought about seeing it, but we never did. Chocolate always interests me, but it would depend on the actual event. 🙂
    I read a piece in the paper today–the author thinks Melania’s jacket was meant to be a distraction because it’s not like the designer clothing she normally wears. This whole administration is tone-deaf, as well as being awful, so who knows?

    That is funny about your twin friends!

    Happy Solstice, Frank!

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  2. Merril,
    I wonder how many exhibits have come to town that I said I wanted to go, and then it’s gone! Meanwhile, with more news about Melania’s jacket, I continue to wonder – especially since she seems to try to keep herself above the insanity. Happy Solstice to you as well!


  3. For opposite reasons, I liked the reads “Just Keep Swimming: How to Avoid Phishing on Social Media” by Austin Castle and “Why getting distracted can be a very good thing” by the BBC’s David Robson.

    None of the pin/hole placements at this year’s U.S. Open were a problem for the golfers who left their approach shots below the hole. Same was true for Retief Goosen in 2004 when he won by keeping his ball below the hole in spite of the Shinnecock Hills GC being proclaimed “lost” for the final round.

    Especially were honed-in political comments in today’s post. Thanks for speaking out and for refusing to accept normalization. And by the way, what ARE the administration’s plans for meeting with the leader of Iran?

    My wife and her two sisters have from experience declared “Coworker following World Cup goes all-in on tenuous family connection to Portugal” to be a splat.

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    • Tim,

      As far as I know, the administration doesn’t have plans to meet with Iranian leadership. I ask the question because of who he has met.

      Keep in mind that although I speak out against the current White House does not mean I am a Democratic lock for 2020,

      Three splats on the same headline is quite the feat.


  4. I wouldn’t say that Mueller investigation is yielding little information. He has already indicted something like 15 people, with some of them already having pled guilty, and the charges, i believe, are public.
    I think that counts as information, don’t you think?

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    • X,
      Charges are public, supporting reasons for them is not public. Therefore we don’t know how the people are linked and others involved. Therefore, I stand by my statement.


  5. Thanks for James Taylor. I enjoyed the song. 🙂

    As for Melania, I would like to give the benefit of the doubt, but she had several opportunities to remove the jacket (change the optics) after it showed up on social media. As I understand it, she’s too old for the jacket as well (it’s something meant for the much younger generation) and it’s not in her typical price range. And there’s the all-important question: who wears a jacket in Texas in the summer when it’s probably 107°??! It’s all about poking the liberals, I think, and providing distraction after distraction. Whatever the case, she made a statement, as First Ladies do, whether she meant to or not.


  6. Not a big Star Wars fan. Darth Vader . . yes. And when they make a flick devoted to the Dark Master, I am there. I found it interesting that Woody Harrelson is in the Solo movie. I guess everyone has tried their hand at one of these Star Wars installments though, so why not?

    Ugh! The author of that statement as per 1968! How???!!! I just can’t . . .

    Hey, no kickball scores? 😉

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    • Marc,
      Harrelson did well in the Solo movie. Regarding a Vader-based movie – I saw why not! I didn’t watch any World Cup this past week because there was some fresh paint down the street to watch dry.


  7. You’ve interested me in your four-part series, Frank. I’ll be very curious to see where you’re taking us. I think last week just about burned me out on politics. I know myself well enough to know that I can’t really stay away, but it would be a good idea if I did. LOL! I need new coping strategies if I’m going to try to keep up. I don’t have any movies I’m too interested in right now, but I came home from the library yesterday with a huge stack. Many more than I can read without multiple renewals. I think that was my subconscious way of saying that I need to unplug! We are enjoying some cooler than expected weather right now, and I’m going to enjoy it for as long as it lasts. And I’d like the Chinese terra cotta army. That was an exhibit I wanted to see while it was here, and I just couldn’t. Enjoy!!

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    • Debra,
      The four-part series has started. It was fun to research, but difficult to determine how to present it. I decided on a very structured format, although it may frustrate some readers – and I will be very measured on my responses – which could also frustrate some. Time will tell how it turns out.

      Regarding the Terracotta Army, we did see it, so I have something to say about it in the next OITS. Probably a feature post in the future. Meanwhile, good luck with your coping strategies. Mine are simple – 1) don’t trust anything the president says – 2) blow off the partisan rhetoric by both sides – 3) Rely in patience because time will take care of it – 4) Laugh with Colbert.


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