Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 416

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Impressive concert activity last weekend with The Guess Who and friends! So many wonderful songs! Using Day 2 to transition into Bachman Turner Overdrive was perfect.

Announcing a Schedule Change: The next concert will feature The Godfather of Soul – James Brown. The date has not been finalized, but it will be either November 16th or 23rd.

Readers may recall my recent post celebrating Walktober (I featured a walk in a Cincinnati park along the river). Robin has hosted Walktober for many years, and I have proudly participated in most of them. She always ends the celebration with a post featuring all participants. I invite everyone to read it here and encourage everyone to visit other walkers – especially because this may be Robin’s last.

My fantasy Benevolent Impalers delivered a major thumping last weekend. Coupled with an upset, we are now in a 3-way tie for first at 7-2.

Speaking of football, I liked this one from The Onion. Click to see it.

This week I had jury duty in County Common Pleas Court. Tough duty – I didn’t have to report Monday, Tuesday,  and Wednesday – but got the call for Thursday – got seated – guilty – home. Well, it was a slam-dunk case that shouldn’t have gone to trial.

The voting fans have taken over Dancing With The Stars. With 50% of the score from the judges and 50% from the fans, fan voting is skewing the results. The show will either have to change the voting format or go off the air.

The handbell choir is playing a fun piece at this Sunday’s service. This piece includes many techniques, rhythms, and chimes. To listen, click here (then click the Start button).

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2019 is considered not a big election year with zero regular seats are up for grabs. However, it is an election year for Kentucky Governor. Given that Cincinnati is a border city, candidates on both sides bombarded with ads – including the Trump loyalists.

By the way, President Trump won Kentucky by over 30% in 2016, Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican who is unapologetically a Trump supporter, is losing by 0.4%. Predictably, Gov. Bevin complained about “thousands” of voting irregularities. Sound familiar?

The number of of Trumpian loyalists and their fervor continues to amaze me … and they accept whatever narrative their leader uses. Also, I liked this one for a letter in the Cincinnati paper: … the president himself has succeeded in pulling Americans down to his level. Not long ago on a past issue of OITS, a reader stated (I paraphrase), If we re-elect Donald Trump, we deserve what we get.

I regularly watch CBS This Morning, but I had to use the Mute button when during the interview with Donald Trump, Jr, who was their promoting his book.

Here’s an interesting point about the 2020 presidential election. For the Democrats to win, they must 1) maintain all their 2016 states, 2) flip Pennsylvania & Wisconsin, and 3) flip one other big state as Florida or Ohio. In can be done, but every Democratic candidate may not be able to accomplish that. Meanwhile, the latest poll from The New Times & Siena College supports my thoughts.

Although I’m not in this profile of swing voters, this article is interesting.

Is the House Intelligence Committee similar to the House Ethics Committee? After all, both are oxymorons.

To lead you into this week’s satirical headlines, The Onion provides a timeline of studies on the effects of red meat.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Elite preschool boasts 95% of graduates go on to kindergarten
Patron scans cocktail menu for drink with fewest unfamiliar ingredients
Exterminator composes self in driveway so kids won’t know he saw cricket die at work today
‘Ooh, Right In The Bean Bag,’ Says Wincing Surgeon Through Every Step Of Vasectomy
NYC opens $500 million decoy subway station to catch turnstile jumpers
VISA introduces new preloaded debt card

Interesting Reads

Politics and the holiday dinner table
Life in an alien ocean
Having one time zone for the whole world
From the revolutionary world of the seedless lemon
(Photos) Images of Australia’s past
(Graphic) China’s economy the past 70 years
(Photos) Pics from Mexico’s Day of the Dead

To send you into the weekend, here’s one of my all-time favorite songs. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

42 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 416

  1. What a fantabulous concert – and Canadians to boot 😉 I think Resa and I could have gone on for days…

    I’m behind on reading Robin’s post for Walktober. I read most of the participants’ but I need to check if I missed any… Might be her last? Ahhh darn…

    I love this tune.

    My combo:
    Patron scans Exterminator Right In The Bean Bag, saw cricket jumpers

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  2. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Frank, and for participating in most of the Walktober events. 🙂 I’m enjoying the interesting reads (although I did skip the one about politics at the holiday dinner table because we’ve solved that problem by not bringing up politics, no matter what, and the person who does gets bombarded with all the bell and buzzer sound effects everyone can make). I find it so strange that we’re living in an age of Onion headlines. It must be so difficult for them to come up with stuff.

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    • Robin,
      My pleasure delivering a shout-out for Walktober … and I love the sound effects idea for the dinner table! Regarding The Onion, I think the current situation makes it easier for them to come up with headlines – especially the political ones because politicians give them so much material. Because of the international audience here, I purposely try to stay away from them in my collection. Besides, I think working there must be a hoot – and the Today show confirmed that with a Today show segment some time ago.


  3. Decoy surgeon graduates preschool with exterminator cricket patron…
    Hooray to JB concert!
    Sounds like a fun handbell piece and great way to send us into the weekend!
    I’ll certainly go check Robin’s post… hope it’s not the last one…

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    • Jo,
      Yep – Jr as a book on the market, therefore is making the rounds on various talk shows. I sincerely doubt he’ll appear on Colbert. I can’t even imagine even leafy through the book at a store!


    • Sylvia,
      Regarding the book, I won’t even give it a glance through if I see it. The short time listening to him on TV was enough. Glad you enjoyed the handbell piece. In terms of difficulty, it is a level 3 (out of 5). Fun piece to play, and we played it well Sunday morning!

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  4. Sure enjoyed the photos from Champlain Belvedere which I hope to visit next May when I’m in Québec Province.

    Tough duty for sure getting selected for a jury. I’m still not over my last gut-wrenching experience.

    No doubt Trump is trying to make the U.S. an oligarchy (Rudy in the Ukraine). Definition: “A power structure that allows a few businesses, families, or individuals to rule. … Three of the most well-known countries with oligarchies are Russia, China, and Iran. Other examples are Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and apartheid South Africa.

    Have emailed your “Politics and the holiday dinner table” read to my sister in Virginia in preparation for our Thanksgiving visit.

    “VISA introduces new preloaded debt card” was a 9.37 splat.

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    • Tim,
      Good news is that the trial is that it wasn’t even close to gut wrenching, but going to trial was a desperate attempt by the defendant. Our deliberation was less than 5 minutes. I’m sure you will enjoy your trip to Quebec – and cheers to a splat.


  5. Frank, thanks to your interesting read, I realized that I didn’t know how seedless fruit reproduces! Spores!

    Hope you don’t mind if I offer an additional read. I came across an article about ranked-choice voting. The author said this about it:

    Is it so profound that it can fix American democracy? Maybe. If you believe the biggest problem in American democracy is partisan polarization (as I do), ranked-choice voting is proven to counteract some of the “I win by making you lose” zero-sum logic of our current election style, incentivizing compromise, civility and moderation, and leading to more diverse candidates.

    Intriguing? I thought so

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    • Jim,
      Value-ranked voting is intriguing, so thanks for sharing – and I’ll be taking a closer look at your article. I believe (but not sure that) California has been using it. No primaries – but all candidates on the same party. If this leads to civility, I imagine the parties will figure out a way to screw it up.


  6. I’ve been reading about the way the public is voting on DWTS. I used to watch many of these shows, with particular interest in The Voice and Idol…that kind of show. But we stopped watching because I was in such disagreement with the voting public. The best musicians were not the ones advancing. I’ll be curious to see what DWTS does after this season and the controversies.

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  7. I see you’re on a frog and insect kick this week. I approve. That first pic is adorable.
    I must say, I’m glad that the trial you had to do jury duty for was an easy one. I’ve never had to do jury duty, thanks to always having small people at home to care for, but, I suppose, it may be an interesting experience some day.

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    • Betsy,
      Knowing that you notice the images I use in this series, glad you enjoyed this set. After all, the selection process takes time! Regarding jury duty, this was my fourth call – and I’ve been seated 3 times! One of the 3 was in a federal case (other 2 state/county/city cases). The latest shouldn’t have gone to trial – the defendant was hoping for a miracle. BTW – if you get call, you probably can file to be dismissed because of caring for your kids.

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