Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 377

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Pronouns: The Musical is continue its trek this weekend featuring songs with They in the title. (Not an easy theme.) Curtain time is Saturday at 1:00 am (Eastern US).

With wireless available in all our hotels, I admit not totally disconnecting during the blog break.

Although I jumped way ahead to the Croatian National Park, I did it for Robin’s Walktober celebration. I still have to post a series about the western national parks tour we took last May-June (which I will start this Sunday night).

The previous post (Walktober walk) was a round-number milestone – post #2100. For those who enjoyed the walk through Plitvice, I hope you watched the two videos that I mentioned directly under the map. Both are wonderful!

While away, baseball’s regular season ended – and another predictably painful one for Cincinnati fans.

There are 3 tiers (levels) of professional soccer in the USA: top-level MLS (20 teams), NASL (6 teams), and lower-level USL (33 teams). Although Cincinnati is in the lowest tier, of the 59 teams, Cincinnati’s was fourth in attendance – probably a reason why the franchise will move up to MLS next year.

We are enjoying catching up on Dancing With The Stars through recordings. This season has some very good dancers. However, the last elimination was very unfortunate. What are voters thinking?

While strolling through Trieste (Italy), we encountered a new experience – a flute orchestra. Fascinating! I recorded a 90-sec clip, and I’m curious to see if this works. (Then click the video after it appears)  As a back-up plan, I found this YouTube video.

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Given several prominent election races at home, I did NOT miss the barrage of political ads on television.

I continue to hear certain people rebuking Nike products because of Nike’s use of Colin Kaepernick as a spokesperson. What these people don’t know is that Nike’s target audience is not old white guys who vote Republican and wear New Balance shoes bought from Kohl’s, Target, or WalMart.

Glad that I was gone during the Supreme Court appointment process. The way I see it, both Republicans and Democrats have painted themselves into a predictable partisan corner only to predictably flip-flop in the future – and the partisan flock will merrily follow along.

Regarding Judge Kavanaugh, I don’t want to judge someone on possible indiscretions during teen and college years. I was already against the nomination, but not for the same reasons as the Democratic loyalists. Then again, each party only agrees with my view of the Supreme Court when it is convenient to their position. These two past posts explain my viewpoint. (Feb 2016 & June 2016)

Although we learned about the political climates in various countries on our trip, my wife and I were politically cautious with our fellow travellers – but we sensed the majority are not happy with President Trump.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, this scoop by The Onion about Donald Trump, Jr. made my laugh.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

  • Mom still raving about butternut squash ravioli she tried 13 years ago
  • Annoyed movers weren’t expecting client to have belongings
  • Sweatshop worker doesn’t even want to know working conditions of place he company gets fabric
  • Nurse’s tray all scalpels
  • Sex shop bathroom key attached to 18-inch double dildo

Interesting Reads

To send you into the weekend, here’s a pleasant song by the Doobie Brothers. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

24 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 377

  1. Cincy,

    Yes and yes to the idea that these Nike protesters do not have a clue. And what is up with the people who cut up or throw out their Nike stuff? Moronic if you ask me.
    I was dubious as to Ford’s accusations initially, but really . . who would ask for the firestorm she had to endure? Her inability to remember certain details isn’t unusual either, given her age. Heck, I wouldn’t remember most if any details of things that happened when I was fifteen. And no, keeping a calendar of your whereabouts doesn’t mean you are absolved. Again, not sure what happened. None of us are outside of these two individuals. But as far as Kavanaugh is concerned, his credibility was called into question. First strike. Some of the things he did during the Bush administration is a second strike. He shouldn’t have been nominated.
    You’re right, both sides regale in the short term victories without looking at the big picture consequences.
    I won’t be watching the World Series, except to hope (against hope it seems) that the Dodgers or Brewers can knock off the Red Sox.

    Love the Doobie Brothers!

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  2. So, you know your link worked 😉 Fun to catch such a rehearsal, indeed.
    I have a friend who decided to get off FB until the midterms are done… It is a zoo down there, isn’t it? I’ll stay in my own crazy circus, thank you very much… it’s just a tad better…
    Found a fabulous site for songs… I am ready for Tonight 😉


  3. These last two and a half weeks to the mid terms are gonna be brutal. I remember when ‘spin’ was bad but the out and out lies punctuating ads these days is shamefully immoral. If I didn’t know better I’d say we’re trying hard to duplicate the fall of the Roman Empire. *Sigh* Thanks for sharing a spot of fun with the Doobies. I’ve got my song ready for Pronouns, just hoping no one else has it. 😇


  4. Flutes and Doobie Brothers! I’m enthusiastic about both! I would find it interesting to “talk politics” with fellow travelers, primarily to simply hear perspectives from people outside my traditional circles. On the other hand, how great to be away and to have a break from all the poison. I’m looking forward to the Pronouns this weekend. I don’t have my song yet. 🙂


  5. I can understand that you did not miss the political ads. I am so weary with all the ads on TV and in the mail. I want the midterm election over. But I am not hopeful, especially after the recent Supreme Court vote. As you say, this one claim is not why he was a bad choice.


  6. Thanks for the Pew Research Center read on migration paths into Europe, where I learned that the Austrian federal government, led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (the new president of the Council of the European Union who’s website I follow regularly) is a coalition between the populist right-wing Austrian People’s Party (OVP) and the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO). Not surprising that Austria is expected to push the EU hard to toughen their stance on immigration!

    FINALLY someone gets it about Nike’s use of Colin Kaepernick as a spokesperson!

    No splats.


    • Tim,
      Sorry to say, but Austria is not the only country in the EU swinging to the right. I’m curious to see if the EU is together in 5 years. Glad you appreciated my explanation of Nike & Kaepernick.


  7. I’m not happy with Kavanaugh confirmation either. I didn’t quite find either Ford or Kavanaugh fully credible – Kavanaugh’s testimony felt like he knew he’d done the things like what Ford had accused him of doing, and maybe more than once, but was incensed that anyone would think that he’d ever go for that 53-year-old lady.

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