Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 372


Pronouns: The Musical is continue its trek this weekend featuring songs with Him in the title. Curtain time is Saturday at 1:00 am (Eastern US). Similar to the last act (He), Him is challenging.

As fires ravage the western US and flood waters run rampant in the east, a reminder to all who are able and willing to donate to a disaster relief fund of your choice. Charity Navigator rates charity based on performance, financial health, accountability, and transparency.

We were in downtown Cincinnati last weekend with friends, and I like this black and white picture that I captured.

Because I was off work at 2 pm and rained damped much of Thursday, we went to the movie theater to see Crazy Rich Asians. A sit-back-and enjoy type of movie. There is plenty of fun, interesting characters, beautiful scenery of Singapore, and opulence.

This was strange. I am prone to motion sickness, especially when spinning – therefore I avoid fast-turning dances like Viennese Waltz. My wife read a strange factoid that placing an earplug in one ear suppresses motion sickness – so we tried it at a dance lesson. Oddly enough, it seemed to work.

College football season is not far away. I foresee a long season for my teams (Oh how they’ve fallen). Meanwhile, I wish Texas and Oklahoma would leave the Big 12 for whoever wants them.

Congratulations John Howell for being the 80,000th comment! The next milestone will be August 28th – celebrating 10 years for my little corner of the world!


Democratic senators who meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and then give me a fair hearing – therefore saving the fight for another day.

The Left and the Right have more in common than they realize – especially when it comes about carrying to those in their party that are more to the center. Other than wanting money and votes, the Left and the Right want nothing to do with their respective moderates – so I provide this article written by a disgruntled Democrat.

I watched and listened to Omarosa’s interview on Meet the Press. I didn’t give Omarosa much credence when she was a member of the Trump administration, and my view hasn’t changed just because she’s written a tell-all book that criticizes President Trump. I’m not saying there are no truths in her story, I still question her credibility; therefore will not automatically embrace her thoughts just because I don’t support President Trump.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides a historical timeline regarding studies on the effects of coffee.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Christian pornographer refuses to film sex tape for gay couple
Caterpillar in pupal stage for past 3 months going to be pissed if it turns out to be moth
Unhinged man with jackhammer slips into construction site undetected
Surgeon pretty bummed about losing patient, but it’s not like they were good friends or anything
Orca mother carries around dead calf for two weeks as warning to all who would defy her
Elderly woman spends day in park feeding pigeons dismembered husband

Interesting Reads

14 words defining the present
America’s “nones” and religion
Elephant’s way fighting cancer
What Americans want via reform
A transformation face transplant
Beer in Mesopotamia?
(Photos) Abandoned Russia

To send you into the weekend and continuing the summer theme, here’s a rocker from the past that also serves as a shout out to my Canadian friends. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

28 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 372

  1. Your posts always brighten my spirits. Like you, I am not rushing to believe–well, really, to even listen to–Omarosa. I have never been impressed with her for positive qualities like insight, honesty, community service. So why applaud the obvious: She does not like Trump. I was going to do a headline combo, but nothing can surpass the first one about the Christian pornographer. Is it really a spoof?!

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    • Kerry,
      I enjoy college football, even though (even in a good year) my teams only cause a ripple (not a splash). My undergrad is from Bowling Green and my Masters (and my residence) is Cincinnati. Good luck to your Nittany Lions.


  2. Cincy,

    I didn’t realize you could do that with an earplug, Imma have to try it. One of the reasons I don’t do long road trips is, I can’t deal with not driving . . and I don’t dig driving, so there’s that.
    As for these tell all books, I just think it’s so low brow. I refuse to read someone’s account of something they stood for but no longer stand for. I mean, whatever.
    Georgia is my pick to win it all. If pressed, I would say Georgia vs Penn State in the title game. Nick Saban gets this one off . . .

    Have a great weekend!


  3. You’re right “Him” will be a toughie and I’ll try to behave for Dale’s sake. Omarosa and her former boss deserve each other. They continue to play Reality White House. Could they go to the same place as Texas and Oklahoma? Umm…asking for a friend. And make sure none of them get a rose? Like right now?

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  4. I thought I had commented on this one… apparently not! Love, LOVE your black and white photo.
    I stay away from “Tell All” books like the plague… especially ones that involve these clowns…


  5. The well-written article “The Democratic Party left me behind — and I’m not alone” by columnist Saritha Prabhu of ‘The Tennessean,’ leads me to wonder what circumstances would bring Prabhu to ‘make perfect sense’ of the country re-electing Donald Trump in 2020?

    No Onion splats today, but in your reads I learned the ’14 words defining the present’ and what The Brookings Institute research concludes is ‘What Americans want via reform.’

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    • Tim,
      Much to your dismay, I still believe the Democrats are in charge of determining the fate of President Trump’s re-election … of course that statement assumes he makes it that far. Otherwise, even though this set recorded no splats, at least you found some good reads.


  6. I just read the story of the face transplant! Wow! That’s an incredible read! I have a National Geographic sitting in my ever-growing “to read” pile and I think it has this article, but I hadn’t read it. I just read it from your offering. Amazing!

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