Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 385

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The final act of Pronouns 2: The Musical is this weekend featuring songs Self in the title. Acceptable words are Self, Itself, Herself, Himself, Myself, Ourselves, Yourselves, Themselves, and the original theme – Its (but not It’s). Curtain time is Saturday, 1 AM (Eastern US).

FYI: There will be a very important music announcement before introducing the opening act!

Given the way the holidays fall and my posting plans, this is the final OITS for 2018. Plans are to return the first Thursday/Friday in January.

Cheers! – Although limited, my wife returned to the dance floor last weekend. Simply some dancers are easier on the feet than others. For the other dances, I search for partners.

Friday is the Winter Solstice for those of us in the northern hemisphere. To those that embrace the day, a beautiful video for you.

As reported here, we cut the television cord this past July. At this point, neither of us regret the decision.

Cheers to Cincinnati for its high rating as a city for beer lovers. Here’s the list: Ranking the best US cities for beer drinkers

I must put in a plug for one of my favorite television special shows of the year is on December 26th – the Kennedy Center Honors. For me, this is a can’t miss event. It’s on CBS, so check your local listings.

Hooray for me! Only one more post to get in the queue, and then the rest of 2018 is ready to go. So yes, I’ll be posting – but nothing heavy. Looking forward to 2019!

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It appears President Trump is not going to sign the spending bill, which will lead to a government shutdown – a shutdown he is willing to own. Then again, saying he is willing to own it, admitting he said it, and taking ownership are similar to being on different planets.

As we know, President Trump loves to take responsibility for something good, but skirts responsibility or blames others for bad news. He used to boast about the rising stock market. For some odd reason, he hasn’t said much this year. Our portfolio is moderately conservative. Since our high in late January 2018, our value is down 7.7%.

I think of four governors: Christie (NJ), Brownback (KS), Walker (WI), and Bevin (KY). All were ushered in with a wave of populous conservatism. All eventually suffered high negative ratings – and only popular with the uber conservatives.

Upon hearing the news about the Texas judge declaring The Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) unconstitutional, my contrarian ways quickly had two thoughts. 1) This puts giddy Republicans in a bind, and 2) because the Act withstood two constitutional challenges at the Supreme Court level, that means the law passed by Republicans that changed the ACA should be reinstated until Congress enacts a replacement.

I close 2018 with my latest thoughts about 2020.

  • 99.9% chance of Republicans re-nominating President Trump (down from 100%)
  • 65% chance of President Trump being re-elected (down from 80%)
  • 0% chance of President Trump getting my vote
  • 25% chance of Democrats nominating a candidate that gets my attention

In the spirit of Christmas, this is the perfect gift for President Trump because I know he doesn’t have one.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines and 2019, here’s a double feature. The Onion made me laugh with this reminder of anniversary involving President George W. Bush; plus, important information regarding the 8 most notorious criminals in US history

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Everything reminds man of her
Petco employee stocks gerbils by register for impulse buyers
Mortician always keeps hammer at tableside just in case one comes back to life
Scientists still decades away from deciphering wireless bill
Optometrist Sets Pressure Of Air Puff Test Way Higher For Asshole Patients
Excited shopper decides to wear new butt plug out of store

Interesting Reads

A brief history of politics and the papacy
Rome’s vestal virgins
Ancestors drilling holes in our heads
(Graphic) 40 years of the music industry
(Photos) Abundance
(Graphic) The global economy in one chart
(Photos) Tis’ the season around the world (this is enjoyable for the holiday spirit)
(Video) Watch the creation of beautiful art at the World Street Painting Festival

To send you into the weekend and toward 2019, enjoy Perfect with an unexpected duet. The looks on the faces are genuine and priceless! In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

26 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 385

  1. Lovely post, Frank. That first video is sublime. The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of a beautiful season and the end of my grandmother’s and husband’s. Somehow they fit together. I always search for the positive around the sad.

    The second video I cannot see. 🙄😑

    Looking forward to the last act. Don’t hog all the “Its” videos!!

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  2. Good news that your wife is on the mend, allowing you two to get out there and ‘cut a rug’ together!

    Your political comments explained my gloom from the wording of Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis’s resignation letter yesterday to President Trump.

    The read “Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales” gave me the courage to announce in public that I plan to purchase two CDs from the Slate.com Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2018.

    Having let down my guard from recent Op. Shorts Onions, a splat today from “Scientists still decades away from deciphering wireless bill.”

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    • Tim,
      When I found the music sales graphic the other day, I immediately thought of you. Thanks for looking at it. Glad it played a role in serving as a distraction leading to a successful splat.

      As the wheels coming off the Trump administration, it’s a sad day in Mudville when one has to rely on enough sensible Republicans in the Senate to shed party loyalty in order to step forward to do the right thing.


  3. Whoa…two fabulous videos-thank you very much! As for the ACA and it’s chances with the Supremes, I have my doubts (and accompanying worries) with the two newcomers. Congrats to Cincy on for it’s higher than Denver beer rating. Well done!
    P.S. I have 3 songs ready for tomorrow; we’ll see what mood wakes up to see which one I post.

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  4. 25 percent chance the Democrats find someone of value. You’re being generous, I think. Hard to believe in a country like ours we can’t find two worthy people willing to serve, with no ghosts in the closet. But here we are.


  5. Frank,

    Love the Winter Solstice song, very meditative. And good on you guys for dumping TV and not looking back! And cheers to Cincy for loving their tasty suds! And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    PS- I wonder how Puig is gonna do in his new home? Should be entertaining if nothing else . . .


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