Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 406

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Summertime is definitely here. After a long streak of rain, we could use a good dose of water from the sky. I don’t care for this hot, muggy weather.

This Weekend Concert Series returns with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Because of the way these artists have mixed and matched, songs must be credited two at least 2 of the 4 musicians. Solo songs are not acceptable. Stage time is Saturday, 1 AM (Eastern US).

Norah O’Donnell debuts Monday as the anchor of the CBS Evening News. I wish her well and look forward to watching. On the other hand, I recall feeling bored watching Katie Couric’s heralded debut.

I enjoyed the IMAX film about Cuba, so I encourage others to see it if/when it comes to a local theater near you. Future locations and dates are not listed. Here’s a link to the film’s website, which includes a list of current theaters. The trailer is below.

Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer Team for winning the World Cup.

I’m a baseball fan, but All-Star Game bores me – so if I watch it, I only see snippets.

Earlier this week I substituted in my old golf league. It was good to see people I haven’t seen in 4-5 years. As we were sitting around after golfing, a few were complaining about Nike and Colin Kaepernick. I couldn’t resist the chance to use my explanation: “I hate to tell you but Nike isn’t marketing to anyone at this table. Their target market isn’t old white guys who generally vote Republican and wear New Balance shoes they bought from Target, WalMart, or Kohls.” Some nodded, others laughed, and the majority were speechless.

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I’ve mentioned the Biden Dilemma (my term) several times since I initiated the thought. Here’s the original thought.

  1. His age
  2. Voters may be looking for a fresh face (as they did with Jimmy Carter (1976), Bill Clinton (1992), George W Bush (2000), Barack Obama (2008), and Donald Trump (2016)
    Not Left enough
  3. If nominated, the party will force him left, that is forcing him to be who he isn’t (Similar to what happened to Hilliary Clinton (2016), John McCain (2004), and Mitt Romney (2008)
  4. His tendency to say the wrong thing at the wrong time
  5. Kate Smith Syndrome – Anything in the past can be placed into today’s standards and context
  6. Ties to the Republican Boogie Man: Obama

Although there is a long way to go, if Joe Biden does not get the Democratic nomination, I would not be surprised to see a strong independent candidate enter the presidential race.

On July 4th, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) declared his independence from the Republican Party. This action may cause him to lose his committee seat(s) and will unquestionably threaten his re-election. Consider this as a prime example of member of Congress doing the right thing to the expense of losing their position.

While the Republicans can’t do anything more about health care than criticize Single Payer and Obamacare, the Democrats also continue to miss the mark by not addressing the issue – including improving Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act).

To lead you into this week’s satirical headlines, The Onion lists pros and cons for sharable electric scooters.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Area man always thought he’d squander his life differently
Fork section of cutlery drawer overrun by invasive soup spoons
Craftsman confirms new hammer backwards-compatible with previous generation of nails
Weary, cynical woman knows better than to bring a tomato plant into a world like this
Area 8-year-old formally rescinds hunger complaint following mother’s insulting banana offer
OSHA special ops team raids local office after receiving intel of expired fire extinguisher
God orders all followers to swallow cyanide capsule in preparation for voyage to Alpha Centauri

(My Combo) Cynical 8-year-old orders weary man to swallow nails

Interesting Reads

The mission of Apollo 11
Plants and climate change
About Einstein
For those who like quirky
Chernobyl: fact and fiction
Demographics and the US political parties
(Photos) New UNESCO World Heritage Sites
(Graphic) Housing by countries over time
(Infographic) History of life

To send you into the weekend from hot and muggy Cincinnati, here’s one of my favorite heat songs. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

40 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 406

    • Ray,
      Touche … and if our roles were reversed, I would say the same. Heat & humidity is a matter of as compared to what. Worst I’ve ever felt was mid-August in Houston. Gads that was horrible. Good luck with the storm blitz on your doorstep.

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      • Houston’s heat and humidity is about like ours. We are a little more “goopy,” then they are. We are the land of 5 showers a day in the summer. Thank you. We are pretty well prepared and the latest NOAA forecasts are a little encouraging. Current situation… outer bands are hitting. 10-15 mph wind with rain spitting.


  1. You’re right about Nike and Kaepernick. Not only Nike doesn’t really sell it’s product (overpriced sneakers) to older people, getting older people outraged about their product will help Nike sell more of their product to the young people.

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  2. I would say summertime is “hear” 🙂 from the storms we’ve been getting, along with the phone alerts–tornado alert last Saturday, flash flood alert yesterday. . .It’s hot and humid here now, too.

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  3. I sent the read “For those who like quirky” to the I.U. basketball crazy relatives in Indiana. They took it personally!

    Speaking of personal, the Real House Prices graph spoke to the challenge my nieces and nephews scattered around the world are facing while trying to make ends meet.

    A splat occurred while pondering “Craftsman confirms new hammer backwards-compatible with previous generation of nails.”

    Speaking of pondering, I’m doing that while scratching my head over the final paragraph of the read ‘Demographics and the U.S. Political Parties.’

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    • Tim,
      To me, the final paragraph is saying the Dems are moving left whether the party likes it or not.

      I’m thrilled any time I get a splat – although I find it difficult to predict the one delivering the direct hit.

      As for your Indiana relatives, they’ll get over it.


  4. Cincy,

    I’m not uber familiar with CSNY, hmmm.

    As for the All Star Game, I watched snippets as well. I actually watched more of the HR Derby, which I only did because of Vlad Guerrero Jr. And holy batman, he did not disappoint.

    Biden is just too old, I think. Ten years younger and he wins, I think, without needing to go left in order to appease the party. But I know one thing. If Trump wins in 2020, certain members of the democratic party are gonna have some explaining to do.

    Remarkably, the Yankees are not willing (thus far) to give in to the Madison Bumgarner trade demands that “begin with Clint Frazier”. They’re looking at other options.

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    • Marc,
      A friend of mine is a lifer Red Sox fan, and he is already conceding to the Yankees. Maybe they should go for Vlad Jr! Great point about the Dems explaining if they lose. The current plan has them missing another layup.

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      • My son texted me last night and made an interesting point. He said the Rays and Yankees feels like the bitter rivalry that the Sox and Yanks used to be. It makes some sense, seeing as how Boston and New York are mirror images. The Rays are the small payroll darlings who are looking to knock off Goliath and the teams really don’t like each other.

        Vlad Jr is special. I watched that kid hit during the Derby. He doesn’t just hit the baseball, he pulverizes it.

        I would love to see a legit third party candidate, but alas, not getting my hopes up.

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  5. Love muggy in Cinci. You will be getting some rain shortly. (maybe more than you want) Have a good weekend, Frank. Biden also suffers from the demographic profile you described to your golf buddies. (180 degrees from Nike targets)

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  6. Interesting reads as always. I am cheering for Joe but I fear he will have a struggle against another old white guy. Thanks for the clip from “Cuba” – would love to see it and visit Cuba. Stay as cool as possible. Humid is normal for us.

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  7. This week’s video selection is always a guarantee to move but not necessarily from a oversized truck from one of the back doors.
    P.S. The good news about watching baseball is you can get by with seeing an inning here or there and still ‘figure it out’ with no loss. Happy weekend. I’m with you on the heat and have begun the countdown until the official start of Autumn (71 if you’re inclined to track as well).

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