Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 424

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Welcome to the next-to-the last edition of OITS.

As a baseball fan, the baseball trilogy of beach walks was a lot of fun. I actually wrote the drafts last February as Spring Training was starting. I knew that non-baseball fans may not like them as much, but I felt the fans would love them.

The conclusion is officially mapped. Note the following:

  • Saturday (early) – My last attempt at fiction – and definitely something different
  • Sunday (evening) – The last Beach Walk (and a seemingly odd topic)
  • Tuesday (evening) – Agenda for the finale series
  • Thursday (evening) – The last OITS

After months of scrounging through my blog closet, being on the homestretch is starting to sink in to me.

In 2019 the top golf tour for aspiring golf professional was the Web.com Tour. I friend of mine asked me about the new tour name – Korn Ferry Tour. Being unfamiliar with the name, I pictured Corn Fairy.

I’m enjoying the book I’m reading: Leadership in Turbulent Times (Doris Kearns Goodwin), which focuses on Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.

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I know this will be hard to believe, but I missed another debate. Maybe I’ll catch the next one …. NOT!

Appears the impeachment trial will begin next week. I’ll pass in order to look for reruns of old TV westerns.

I have read past oaths regarding senators and an impeachment trial, but I am curious to see this oath because I know the vast majority of senators are lying under oath.

Last week I criticized Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) for making extra stupid remarks and then doubling down on them. Since then, he apologized. Sorry Rep. Collins, I don’t accept because your true colors clearly demonstrates you are a partisan hack and that you meant your foul words. After all, if you meant them, you would change your behavior.

To lead you into The Onion headlines, here’s one that left me speechless. For those who dare, click for yourself. https://www.theonion.com/excited-park-rangers-announce-lincoln-memorial-actually-1840896775

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

US plagued by widespread Website crashes after mouse gets into Internet
Area woman’s baseless hatred of Anne Hathaway reciprocated
Archeologists discover cave with earliest built-in shelves
Nation gathers around area man trying to parallel park
Landlord figures he can pass off uninhabitable shithole as ‘great for students’
Cereal too crispy, needs to soak

Interesting Reads

Thoughts about genetic engineering
Polarization in the media
Something to think about regarding Free Shipping
Visual Capitalist’s 20 best graphics of 2019
The decline of cash
(Pictures) The Nature Conservatory Photo Contest winners
(Graphic) 20 years of Internet giants 
(Graphic) The apathy vote in the US

To send you into the weekend, here’s a classic made famous at Woodstock. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

60 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 424

  1. I can’t believe we are in the homestretch . . .

    As for the debates, I missed them too. Excepting for reading about how Warren accused Bernie of calling her a liar on national TV. Good to see they are behaving themselves.

    Collins apology? Why did he even bother? Please.

    As for the Lincoln Memorial . . I had NO idea!

    Okay . . mashup . . .

    US plagued by widespread hatred of Anne Hathaway trying to parallel park.

    Great music capper!

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  2. Man oh man… you’re really doing this, eh?
    As you know, I don’t do American politics, so needless to say, I don’t watch anything – I get my news from you, Frank. What the hell am I gonna do after February 4th?

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  3. Hubby had the swearing in on TV yesterday and it was so disturbing I asked him, a) please turn that trash off, 2) turn the volume either wayyyyyy down or off. He opted to turn volume down, then he lost interest and put a cute Youtube video of birds on for some of our cats who love to watch TV. I have to take pictures of this, it’s just so cute. I prefer the birds, thank you!
    Honestly where do you come up with some of the stuff you do? Stupid is as stupid is. I dared to follow the link about Lincoln and as I read I asked, “Who would even want to think of this shit much less write it?” What is wrong with some people?
    Still cannot believe you are winding down, Frank. You will be missed, you know.


    • AmyRose,
      I used to have news on in the background – but these days, a morning show and the evening news is sufficient for me from the TV.

      As far as the “stupid” stuff … well … it’s all satire – and The Onion is one of the best when it comes to satire …. The Onion has been a long-time staple for me here, after all, satire helps us laugh at ourselves.

      Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend.

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      • I did not mean to offend, Frank. I have a way of saying what I think and sometimes …. Just yesterday for example at the hair salon as I was paying, a woman next to and behind the reception desk had had a pedicure and fell asleep. Everyone let her sleep. She was older …. Anyways I have this habit of saying things out loud and when this woman coughed an ugly nasty cough (YUCK! gross!) I muttered, “nasty”. My hair stylist heard me by saying he did. I was a bit embarrassed hoping this older woman did not hear me. The look my hair stylist gave me he agreed. But …. I didn’t even realize I said that word out loud. See? This is what happens when you hang with cats all day long ……

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  4. Gee Frank. As we get down to the final few each becomes a little more important. The Lincoln Statue being a female was not the shocker. The shocker was who the heck is the father and how could a bunch of marble Lincolns be conceived with no one knowing. There are lights on all night. Do the park rangers sleep on the job? See when you are gone obscure stuff like this is going to be lost forever. Sigh.

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  5. Feeling disheartened and soiled by Donald Trump, I have followed your lead and put “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin into my public library queue.

    I look forward to your fiction work tomorrow, something my wife and I especially think you excel at, and should continue to develop.

    Again reaping benefit from your eclectic blog, I find that Korn Ferry is a management consulting firm known for its “headhunter technology” that is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and as of 2019 operates 104 offices in 52 countries and employs 8,678 people worldwide.

    OK, I admit it’s the free shipping that makes me order the extra items I don’t need!

    A splat from “Archeologists discover cave with earliest built-in shelves.”

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    • Tim,
      Not surprised you added the book to your list. You will enjoy it. Interesting on how show arranged the book.

      In terms of the fiction, warn Mrs. MB that it is very different from my others. Actually, a bit unusual. Nonetheless, happy for the splat news.


  6. Thank you for Richie Havens. It’s sunrise as I read this and note. I am sorry you’re leaving the World of Blogs, Frank. Your absence is going to leave a little hole in cyberspace that I don’t think anyone else can fill. On that note, I’m going to check out some of the stories (before I get too maudlin).

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    • Robin,
      And good morning to you. Enjoy the sunrise, then I will watch mine later. Thanks for the kind words. Our connection is one of the longest here, and I’ve appreciated it very much. Thanks for your genuine kindness. Meanwhile, still several weeks to go!

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  7. That’s a good book. Gave it as Christmas presents to a couple of people (I know, odd but some still read print versions HAHA)
    Also got a chuckle out of this on “US plagued by widespread Website crashes after mouse gets into Internet” as I didn’t know anyone actually noticed – or that the blog had impact HAHAHAHAH. (Have a great week, Frank)


  8. Two thoughts on interesting reads.

    It ought to be terrifying that two momentous trends are converging relative to the concept of money. With the gold standard left far behind, cash is going digital at the same time that the GOP has flagrantly embraced deficit spending. Money is, more than ever, an illusion. It is nothing more than behavior training, similar to knowing which side of the road to drive on. When trust in government breaks down, money ceases to work. (See Venezuela.)

    Voter apathy is, I submit, a glaring symptom of a broken system. In the process of primary competition, each candidate becomes associated with commitments (free college for all, e.g.) that are unlikely to ever become law, and that turns people off from voting for them. I think people would be more likely to vote if they had a ranked-choice voting system.

    Thanks, as always Frank, for sparking my remaining brain cells!

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    • Jim,
      I always not only appreciate your thoughts, knowing that someone actually reads some of the links I gather make me more than very happy! In terms of voter apathy, I don’t know the answer. Heck, I can see that a ranked-choice system would turn off voters – but certainly not people like you and I who prepare to food. I recall having dinner regularly on a cruise sink with an Aussie couple. He bragged about Australia’s 99% voter participation. (Well, the law requires voters to vote or be fined. I see that as more ignorance to the ballot box – so I don’t know the answer.


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