Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 358

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Cheers – the day has finally arrived – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct the Moody Blues this Saturday!

Did you watch the special musical event honoring Elton John? I enjoyed it!

Readers provide very interesting comments on the previous post about Lead and Follow. Thanks for the surprises!

It appears my invitation to the Royal Wedding got lost in the mail.

After playing for Easter services, no rest for the handbell choir as we are back playing at a service two weeks later. Here’s the next song on our agenda: Enjoy Song of Celebration (Arnold Sherman).

Need a laugh? This is a good read from a fellow blogger who occasionally visits my little corner of the world.

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I appreciate this comment by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright: “We should be awake to the assault on democratic values that has gathered strength in many countries abroad and that is dividing America at home.”

Count me in as one who thinks the latest use of chemical weapons in Syria was by the rebels who don’t want the US military to leave.

Interesting announcement by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WS) about leaving Congress at the end of his term this year. I noticed something important in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in his comments about Speaker Ryan. … his speakership has yielded one significant accomplishment after another for his conference, his constituents in Wisconsin, as well as the American people.” Yes, I’m one who notices the order. Nonetheless, best wishes to Speaker Ryan for a positive future as he earn millions.

Congressional Republicans amuse me by pushing for a Balanced Budget Amendment after voting for the tax cut and a spending bill that increases the deficit and debt. What a hoot!

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion explains how trade wars work. 

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Fender introduces new line of sympathy and bereavement guitars
Oat farmer seriously thinking about getting into barley
Unstable couple playing with fire by organizing game night
Retired Pope Benedict promises to donate soul for ecclesiastic research
Cows go extinct

Interesting Reads
An interview with a retiring Republican Congressman
The era of fake video is now
Bots and Twitter
Molly Ringwald revisiting The Breakfast Club
Relating male organ size to extinction 
(Photos) A trip to Antarctica
(Photos) A story of Sri Lankan tea-making

To send you into induction weekend, here’s another Moody Blues classic. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 107

On Thoughts and Prayers

  • To starving people throughout the world, especially Somalia
  • The people of Syria fighting for freedom

On Politics
Even though it was for one vote, a tip of the cap to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) on her return to Congress. Simply wow!

About the balanced budget amendment: The Constitution is a set of basic rules for American governance – thus not a political vehicle for a policy preference. Republicans are not only using it to promote their agenda, the amendment does nothing to solve the problem at hand. Nothing!

There is no doubt that Congress will attempt to tackle some form of tax reform. The following result will not surprise me: a lower tax rate with less deductions meaning higher taxes paid. This is a way to raise revenues while telling the public they cut taxes. By the way, this is right out of the President Reagan playbook.

President Obama said, “This deal got done because of the American people.” Sorry Mr. President, don’t pass the national embarrassment off on us.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “The deal negotiated with leaders of Congress is a victory for the American people.” Huh?

In his passionate plea before last Friday’s vote, Speaker Boehner included a bit about jobs. I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 30 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?”

Interesting Reads

Interesting Headlines I Saw this Week
Drink wine to avoid sunburn
Blood clot kills Xbox addict
Giant rat kills predators with poisonous hairs
Sarah Palin’s solon to get show
What lives in your navel?
Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home
100 year old reports a lifetime of lousy health choices

Thanks to the Onion for the following:
New documentary focuses on the life of Eva Braun’s late husband
Democrats, Republicans celebrate pitfall for common ground
Social Security reform bill encourages Americans to live faster, die younger
Banks introduce 75-cent surcharge for using Word Bank
Drunker Ben Bernacke tells everyone at neighnorhood bar how screwed US economy really is

On Potpourri
Cincinnati’s streak of 17 consecutive days of 90+ degrees ended Wednesday. Considering the streaks in Oklahoma and Texas, we’re lucky.

The question about my Cincinnati Reds: Are they underachieving or were they overrated?

Congratulation to my oldest niece and oldest nephew for their first full-time job after college.

See these awesome images of Milford Sound in Fiord National Park (New Zealand)

To send you into the weekend, here’s a promo video about Milford Sound. So in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good works, and stay in touch.