Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 187

On Politics
Congress is having a difficult time with immigration reform because they cannot decide if the law is about letting people in or keeping people out. Meanwhile, The Onion dived into the controversy by providing tips for securing the US-Mexico border.

Interesting post by FactCheck regarding two senators comments about the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Immigration Report.

Regulars know that because Sarah Palin is synonymous with nincompoop, I seldom give her any time and effort. However, the following headline (written by a Republican) is worth noting: Sarah Palin’s Mind-Boggling, Incoherent Immigration Reform Critique

Wow – I finally heard some comments on the news about whether political groups qualify for 501 (C)(4) tax-exempt status … but this point still seems to be only a tiny blip on the radar.

Attention Millennials: Because you are large demographic group, take note that the current issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and retirement will repeat itself for you in the future.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Vatican County fair sets record for world’s largest communion wafer
Bananas sweep Primates Choice Awards again
Italy, Japan advance to G8 finals
Markets in turmoil as price of money skyrockets to $90 a dollar
Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to steamy, all-female prison
Nation celebrates What is, Technically Speaking, Progress

Interesting Reads
Healthcare and the states
Click through the 10 greatest idea in science history
Weird stuff blamed on climate change
Why Middle East monarchies survive
History of Peeing in Space

On Potpourri
I favor CNN in the morning. Last week they launched New Day (6-9 am), and it is interesting to see how they use a new set, new personalities, and less substance with hopes of increasing ratings. Personally, I prefer more substance.

For the first time, Wine Spectator is featuring South Africa as its July 2013 cover story. Given I appreciate my South African readers, I’ve enjoyed the WS articles.

Last week I mentioned the controversy involving the number of stripes on Cap’n Crunch. It seems he recently used a press conference to offer an explanation.


With the Paula Dean flap in full swing, I wish nobody used the n-word – including those who find it acceptable.

Time: The Musical returns with the Monday night/Tuesday post. The feature for Act 4 is Month, so get your songs ready with month, months, monthly, or a specific month in the title.

Similar to last week, here’s another pop song done with handbells. Enjoy.

A reminder that Friday starts Water Skiing Days, Sunday is Leap Second Adjustment Day, and time is running out to celebrate World Naked Bike Ride Month (for the northern hemisphere, thus a reminder to El Guapo).

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

To send you into the weekend, here a humorous video courtesy of Elyse. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 186

On Politics
The recent gathering of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference demonstrates what this group does not understand. After all, their speakers included Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and Sarah Palin.

It is interesting to watch Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dance between trying to be an immigration reform leader and a potential presidential candidate.

Although it will not happen, I would support amending the Constitution to change the terms of our elected officials: Representatives 3-year terms limited to 3 terms; Senators: 5-year terms limited to 2 terms; President 6-year terms limited to 1 term.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Dad can’t believe lawn didn’t get him anything for Father’s Day
  • Friends don’t understand how man gets depressed
  • Advanced (alien) civilization discovers inhabitable planet
  • Nation currently more sympathetic to demise of Planet Krypton than plight in Syria
  • Michele Obama seen walking family rhinoceros (the evidence)

Interesting Reads
Hospital CEO Bonuses and Obamacare
Sequester and spending on research
So Long, Herschel (the telescope)
A book review about statesman John Hay
The ethics of egg freezing
History of perpetual motion
The Death of Bill Nye

On Potpourri
Is anyone dismayed by the latest news that Capt Crunch is not a captain, but a commander? For those who did not know, US Navy captains have four stripes, but Commander Crunch only has three.

While on the topic of crunch, cheers to Nestle for their limited edition Crunch bars with Girl Scout cookies. Gotta love those Thin Mints.

Given the any flap involving celebrity chef Paula Dean, I never liked her show.

Here is some handbell music for those wondering if handbells can do pop music.

A reminder that Friday is National Flip-Flop Day, Saturday is Stupid Guy Thing Day (or is it Stupid Guy-Thing Day), and Sunday is Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornament Day.

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

Are you go to a wedding this weekend? After all, June is a popular month for weddings. I will send you into the weekend with this one from The Piano Guys. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.