Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 412

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No concert this weekend. Actually, the next artist taking the stage must change due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances. James Brown (the Godfather of Soul) will be rescheduled. Next up: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Journey. Date TBA (possibly 28th Sept).

This weekend our handbell choir starts the season with a fun rendition of Children of the Heavenly Father. For those interested, listen to a studio recording here.

Benevolent Impalers (my football fantasy team) rolled to 2-0 record with a convincing victory over a personal rival (a friend since my first day in college) who is also a perennial power in this league. I remained cautiously concerned because no team has ever made the playoffs with only two wins.

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Allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh recently surfaced. Contrary to many others, I refuse to judge the man on the merits of college-days behavior.

Although I haven’t watched any of the Democratic debates to date, plus I don’t plan on watching any in the future, columnist Maureen Dowd (New York Times) offers this interesting perspective.

Not only does President Trump wants to ease air quality standards, he wants to block states from setting clean air standards. Hmmmm …. Seems the Republican call for “States Rights” is not surprisingly silent.

An obvious contradiction. Polls show that Americans want fuel-efficient vehicles. Yet, in practice, Americans purchase many large SUVs and trucks. Wonder how that correlates with partisan voting.

How’s this for logic? Socialism offers free health care for all. Joseph Stalin was a Socialist. Stalin killed millions. Say no to Medicare for All.

To lead you into this week’s satirical headlines, The Onion provides a timeline of capital punishment in America.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Huge box of extra organs left on curb outside hospital
Adoption agency gives couple who waited long time an extra kid free of charge
“Flatbread means pizza,” man explains to visiting father
Nike recalls sweat-wicking shirts that pull gallons liquid directly from wearers’ bodies
Philadelphia to become DirectTV, Pennsylvania after cream cheese manufacturer loses naming rights
Grizzled beer can used as ashtray watches another headstrong 12-pack come and go through patio

(My Combo) Headstrong grizzled man waited long time to pull extra cream cheese from huge box

Interesting Reads

Spreading misinformation
Why big data continues to get bigger
Losing at Waterloo
Why school buses are yellow
How Americans view China
(Graphic) World economy by countries on one chart
(Photos) EyeEm Photo Awards

To send you into the weekend, my favorite video by The Cars. R.I.P Rick Ocasek. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

77 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 412

  1. This is great stuff, Frank.

    Firstly, stay away from anything Miami Dolphins. They just released the top 100 for college football and the Dolphins . . did not make it.

    Something about Kavanaugh irks me, but I agree with you.

    I am in love with how Maureen Dowd writes.

    Trump messing with Cali? Say it ain’t so!

    Joe Stalin played shortstop for the Reds, didn’t he?

    Yankees clinched the division. Which isn’t supposed to excite us Yankees fans, but seeing as how they ain’t done it since 2012(!!!???!!!) . . I’m kind of stoked.

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  2. You know Frank, since Ric O. passed, you’ve been on my mind so seeing the video at the end made me cry. I feel so bad over it when I haven’t really thought of him nor The Cars in a long time. But after careful thought and a running dialogue with Marc, I see he represented so much of my early life that was filled with wonder and innocence. He was a trailblazer in being just who are without apology. Susannah

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  3. Now we need to know the why for the change. That was rather cryptic of you.

    That Maureen Dowd article was a great read. And the politics south of the border scares me.

    I dunno, Frank…
    Great post!

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  4. I have a big fear of Socialists. I don’t want to be marginalized for the good of the many. Quite frankly many of the many aren’t worth it. I agree on judging behavior but our PC world says you must pay for your sins even if you were young and stupid. Happy weekend, Frank

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  5. I also have little patience for the debates, Frank. Clever or impulsive or impertinent repartee is not a prerequisite for a good president. In fact, I think it may be a drawback. I am dismayed that those leading the polls are the most extreme. We should recognize, I submit, that regardless of who gets the nomination, none of these extreme schemes like free college for everyone is going to happen under a constitution structured to require political consensus in passing laws. Personally, I like Michael Bennett for his excellent track record in working both sides of the aisle and avoiding the limelight. I think it was Lincoln who said that it’s surprising how much you can get done if you don’t mind who gets the credit.

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  6. Nice video at the end, Frank. There were a number of deaths this week that surprised me and made me sad. Cokie Roberts being another. I started reading the NYT Dowd article but it started making me anxious. It’s been a bad Trump week for we Californians. Hope you have a great weekend and it’s great that bell choir has started once again. 🙂

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  7. There’s no contradiction between wanting our cars to be fuel efficient but buy big SUVs and trucks. It’s the same idea as wanting to lose weight but continuing to eat pizza and burgers: we just want pizza and burgers more than kale and exercise.


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