Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 370

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Yippee – I finally had a good golf round on league night!

Pronouns: The Musical is continue its trek this weekend featuring songs with Me in the title. Curtain time is Saturday at 1:00 am (Eastern US). Special thanks to Maitre d’ Dale for her outstanding effort.

As I look at my drafts, I believe only 5 beach walks remain in the queue. That would mean 24 this year – compared to 15 last year.

Because of multiple requests, I drafted a cutting-the-cord post, which I hope to publish next week. Thanks for the suggestion!

Because of our recent spring vacation to the western US, the wildfires in that area are more meaningful to us. A reminder to the able and willing to donate to their favorite charity that helps affected families.

The recent news about making design plans for producing guns at home with 3D printers is troubling on multiple levels. I imagine this issue will make it to the Supreme Court, so hold on to your hats!

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OMG … a Religious Liberty Task Force? This administration is more than loony! I doubt if the task force members will read my past post on the topic.

Not long ago I made a statement about the US being on a trail toward a civil war. At the recent Trump rally in Tampa, the treatment of CNN’s Jim Acosta is a good example … and President Trump supports and encourages this behavior.

While a friend of mine was complaining about the media’s coverage of President Trump, I kept saying, “He brings it on himself. He brings it on himself. Keeping quiet isn’t in his DNA. He brings it upon himself.” … and my friend conceded.

Do you remember the days when the majority of Americans respected Rudi Giuliani?

Besides a dysfunctional White House, Congress and government organization could use an overhaul. As a longtime advocate of now is the time to reorganize, here’s an interesting commentary about an effort.

As I’ve said before, Stephen Colbert’s monologues keep me sane during these goofy times. This week he chronicled this evolving explanation.

Russia didn’t interfere in the election.

OK, they did.

But nobody in the Trump team met with the Russians.

OK, they did.

But it was just about adoptions.

OK, they offered us dirt on Hillary.

But there was no collusion.

Collusion is not a crime.

But collusion was just a little crime.

Since when are crimes illegal?

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, I’m going to break from tradition to lead you to an awesome video. Thanks to Philosopher Mouse who lead me to this video treat that is cooler than James Dean ever thought.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Total idiot resorting to tribalism decades before climate catastrophe makes it necessary
Man keeps having same experience where he shows up to work naked
Experts warn transitioning too quickly from work to vacation could cause decompression sickness
Flight attendant licks her lips as traveler approaches gate with large suitcase
Music compels weak man to dance

Interesting Reads

Migration to Europe
Can school commit malpractice?
Curse of the open-floor plan
Evolution of human intelligence
Presidents and the military: 70 years apart
The good smell of rain
(Photos) Flora and fauna of Socotra

To send you into the weekend and continuing the summer theme, here’s another classic by Don Henley. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

45 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 370

  1. Wow – enjoyed reading this post FA and I am not just saying that! I am decompressing from a busy few days and scrolling the reader led me here –
    Haven’t heard The Onion mentioned in some time and that was a pretty funny section.
    Whew -‘such a dense post to chew on so just want to add that I think the boys of summer song should be shared later – maybe next month – sniff – not ready to wind down summer yet

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    • Yvette,
      This is my normal Friday offering … after all, this is 370th edition. The Onion is a normal section in this series, as is a smattering of short thoughts about politics and other stuff, interesting reads, and a song. Always something for everyone. I invite you to go back one post for a my rare venture into fiction.

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      • Okay – I will be back – I am
        Logging off –
        But want you to know I am
        Glad we are having a season of connecting right now – it really is nice getting to know ya more – and whew – that is a lot posts

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        • Thanks so much frank –
          I need sunshine ☀️ so much! I am used to saying that in March – but hardly ever (maybe never) in August –
          Thanks for the well
          Wishes and nice nite !


    • Patti,
      Because President Trump enjoys inciting his followers and he lacks any effort to expand his tent, it just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Sad – very sad – and cheers to another Colbert follower.


  2. I want to start a task force. Imma call it Lovers Of Liberty. People will be able to remember it easily as per its acronym. And yes! I remember when Rudy was referred to as Mayor of America. Wow . . feels like another life time ago.

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    • Marc,
      After I had already written the point about Rudy, I stumbled across an article written by a conservative writer about his sad fall. Meanwhile, your LOL task force – well, as long as your appointing the members and not this administration!

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      • I think Rudy is the perfect example of that old saying about all politics being local. Because his tenure played well inside the time it played. He followed Dinkins and he turned the city around, and that’s what he was hailed for. But as with any leader, there were lots of misses that never got talked about because of his hits. He did one hell of a job leading New York through an unimaginably dark time and gained national attention for it. But I never thought he was Presidential, not even back then. If he would have ‘retired’ to his next life and shied away from the national spotlight, he would still be held in high esteem today. So really, his was a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’.
        And I appoint the members of LOL. Indeed!

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  3. Hello Frank, you know I don’t usually comment on these weekly political posts, though I usually read them – BUT! That awesome video was completely nuts. I had, still have, no clue why he was doing it – but I was riveted!! (And yes, unless something radically changes very soon, a civil war in the states seems almost inevitable to some of us out here. Sadly!!)

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    • Pauline,
      Hooray … someone watched the video! Why the event? – Because he can! I too wondered why, therefore wish it would have shown more. Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun! Meanwhile, I see these weekly posts as a sandwich …. 3 sections: nonpolitical, political, nonpolitical – therefore a smattering of stuff that delivers something for everyone. Hope to see you at the theater for Act 3!

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  4. The religious task force, 45’s constant pep rallies, attacks on the press–I keep hoping the country is going to wake up. Oh, and I think Guilianni is just crazy.
    I don’t watch Colbert’s show, but I always enjoy the clips I see.

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  5. Who knew we needed a Religious Liberty Task Force? Loony indeed! Another great post to start the weekend. Glad your golf game was good. Cheers! Oh, I had watched the video on the Mouse’s blog and could not keep my eyes off of it! Amazing!

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    • Jo,
      This administration seems to be taking looney to a new level … and who knows what’s next! Meanwhile, my golf game has been erratic enough that I don’t expect it to last – but I did enjoy having a good round! Thanks for endorsing the video!


  6. Particularly liked this week’s OitS, Frank. And you are most welcome – I’m glad I have not been hailed as the resident Pain in the Ass.
    I had seen that video before – it is amazing how it climbs aboard, for sure!
    Boys of Summer… what’s not to like?

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  7. ME??? I was using your pronouns wheel, and HIM was next. Oh well, ME it is, and I have my HIM tune ready to go for the future! Me… me… hmm.. me?
    Happy you had a good golf, and this is a very enjoyable OITS.

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  8. I am leaving town tomorrow for a few days north with my son and his family, but I will definitely try to “weigh in” on the musical post this weekend. I really have fun with it. I admire how you can challenge a friend regarding Trump, “He brings it on himself,” and keep you calm. I’m afraid I just haven’t attained that yet–although I’m working at it! I get so infuriated that I lose my audience. LOL! I know it…

    Lots of good reads this week, Frank. Thank you. I am always interested in what you post! 🙂

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    • Debra,
      When dealing with Trumpians, don’t go down the tempted rabbit hole. Try the line I used … another one, “I’m talking about President Trump – so stopping using Obama, Clinton, FDR, Woodrow Wilson, or any other person as a distraction or a reason not to answer the question or face the facts.


  9. Glad to hear that Stephen Colbert is helping keep you sane. Also hoping my fear is misplaced that a growing number of people in the U.S. are finding frightening ways to answer the last line of his monologue.

    The awesome video delivered.

    No splats. The first one came close but scared me too much to register as a splat.

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  10. Frank, I remember loads of criticism of other presidents by the press. That’s their job and allows our democracy to exist. I’m glad you were able to persuade your friend that Trump brings it on himself. Now only 62,979,879, er…make that just 62,979,878 others to convince. *Sigh*

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    • Monika,
      It’s not that I tried to convince him, I just kept saying the same thing no matter what nonsense he was saying. Keep in mind that instead of the press, think about the listeners. That is, many are more biased than the press ever thought to be. Take your pick – those that automatically give approval or a free pass – and those you automatically dislike or disagree.

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