Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 119

On Politics
The latest Mitt Romney side-step/misstep started less than 10 miles from my house during his Cincinnati visit.

I admit it: I found the Herman Cain ad with the smoker amusing, especially since it sparked many parodies.

Recently seeing Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) reminds me of this question: Are the House Ethics Committee and Senate Ethics Committee oxymorons?

Congratulations Congress on reaching the single-digit approval level! That’s ok Senator McConnell (R-KY), just keep blaming President Obama. Oh wait … Ohio’s 9th Congressional District has the answer: Send Joe the Plumber to Congress! Oops, I meant Sam I am, but does he like green eggs and ham?

If I understood Speaker Boehner (R-OH) correctly, no agreement by the Super Committee is unacceptable and any increases in tax revenues is a nonstarter. Of course his answer to the “cake or ice cream” question is, I want the whole damn buffet and the ability to determine what’s on it.

By the way, I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 42 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?” Meanwhile, I’m getting tired of these reminders.

Interesting Reads

On Headlines from The Onion

  • French Teacher Forces Student to Inform Her of Bathroom Fire in French
  • Genetically Modified Shrieking Broccoli Toned Down
  • New Decoy Website Launched to Lure Away All Moronic Internet Commenters
  • Comatose GOP Candidate Drops Out of Race due to Sex Scandal
  • QB Eli Manning Announces Second Down is His Favorite Down

On Potpourri
Thoughts and prayers to victims of Turkey’s earthquake and Thailand’s floods.

Thanks for the feedback this week on a possible new theme/layout/template for this blog. Time is tell what happens, meanwhile, it’s back to the original.

Hip, Hop – Hooray! A new annual rainfall record for Cincinnati!

I continue to maintain that the bias of the listener is a major (but not the only) contributor to media bias. FOX News is about as fair, balanced, and predictable as a fight between Popeye and Bluto. Nonetheless, see this article about FOX News by Bruce Bartlett. Then again, the comments following the article are not only interesting, and support my point.

I have not played night golf in over 10 years, but this past Tuesday was an interesting twist to an already difficult game. Trying to hit a ball without normal depth perception is an interesting challenge – let alone a ball that does not travel as far. Nonetheless, we had fun.

An Oregon kindergarten was using a pit bull to teach how to avoid dog bites. Hmmm…….

I do not actively look for artists, but sometimes I stumble across interesting treasures that continue to show the creative human ingenuity. See this work by Alex Queral. Thanks to Kay for the discovery. For those who like storm photos, click here.

It’s Halloween weekend, so enjoy this awesome animation. Many thanks IzaakMac!

It’s time for me to take a break from my daily routine here, just a break for 7-10 days. Although I am in a minor cyberfunk, nothing serious, a break is good – but it also means I could miss the debut of a long-awaited blog – simply one of those a person can look back and wonder, “I remember _ when _. I wonder if _ remembers me?”

Y’all come back now and enjoy this great commercial.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 65

On the Saving Rate
I find it interesting that after 30+ years of having an average saving rate of 2% or less, (even negative in some years), American savings rate is currently 6%. Is this a new economic standard?

On a Washington Rangel
After a long tenure in Congress, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) seems to be willing to fight ethics charges. Then so be it, so take him down! Oh – that’s right. This is an example of wolves watching the henhouse. Too bad that we can’t take them all out!

On to Amend or not to Amend
I find it interesting that many Republicans use “the Constitution says” for the basis of their argument. By the way, many in this group want to repeal the 14th Amendment. In other words, they want a Constitution interpreted in the way they desire.

On a Clueless Bias
I recently heard a radio host complain about the tired old song of the aging Democrats as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Barney Frank, and others. Do you think he mentioned Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions, Jim Bunning, and an ever-waffling John McCain? Here’s a link to the ages of our Senators.

By the way, here’s an interesting column from David Broder regarding Republican leadership in the Senate.

On the NL Central
It seems the St. Louis Cardinals came to Cincinnati to show that they remain the team to beat. In a short series, given their top three pitchers and the middle of the order, they are good. To have a chance, I still say get to their bullpen; but, no way that will happen when 1 though 4 in the order go 6 for 47 in a series, .187 team batting average – and Marlin’s ace Josh Johnson is on deck. The Reds are one game out with 47 to play, thus a long way to go. I stand by my prediction of this past Tuesday.

By the way, Brandon Phillips comments do not explain fielding errors, mental errors, base-running errors, and poor hitting. Yet, I salute the Cardinals for the way they played.

On Two Baseball Tidbits
Here’s two things I didn’t realize in baseball.
Umpires have different uniforms. The plate umpire for the game determines the uniform for the others on the umpiring crew.
1981 was baseball’s strike year. I knew the Reds had the best overall NL record, yet didn’t make the playoffs. I didn’t realize that the Cardinals had the second best overall NL record that year, and they too didn’t make the playoffs.

On Too Much Publicity
Here’s a question – Who is more pathetic: Levi Johnston or the media who continue to give him the unnecessary publicity that he craves?

Have a safe weekend!

On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 38

On the October Opener
The first Monday marks the start of the Supreme Court. Those pointing to the addition of Justice Sotomayor as a swing in the court aren’t even close. No question – Justice Alito replacing Justice O’Conner is the most recent philosophical swing.

Meanwhile, USA Today had a few interesting articles on the first Monday.

On Bauchus Health Care Reform
Seems the Congressional Budget Office says the Baucus Plan, the one from the Senate Finance Committee, is the only one the CBO says won’t increase the deficit. So is it cuts or taxes? Here’s the CBO report.  The Washington Post has this interesting interactive.

Meanwhile, I’ll ask these questions: Does the plan leave anyone uninsured? If so, who? Does the plan work to maintain or lower costs? Will anyone with a salary below $250,000 face additional tax increases?

On the Rangel Ruckus and Rove
Although somewhat partisan, Congressman Rangel (D-NY) needs to be proven guilty. If so, then immediately resign. Since I can’t imagine that all the charges are face, he should resign and move on with his life. Of course what House members don’t get that the issue is about ethics, not political affiliation. Meanwhile, ALL 565 members of Congress should be audited!

So Karl Rove has written the people are abandoning Democrats. Moderates to Karl – Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean these people are embracing Republicans.

On the Noble Peace Prize
This morning’s announcement about President Obama winning the Noble Peace Prize. First of all, congratulations Mr. President. Secondly, the immediate partisan responses are pathetic.

On Dancing with the Stars
Now that several weeks are in, it’s time to look to the finals. Make no doubt about it, but (as a whole) this year’s female class has been much stronger since the opener.

  • Contenders: Aaron Carter, Natalie Coughlin, Jonna Krupa, Mya, Donny Osmond
  • Possible with Improvement: Mark Decascos, Kelly Osbourne, Louis Vito
  • Biding Time: Michael Irvin, Chuck Liddell, Melissa Joan Hart
  • Gone: Tom DeLay, Ashley Hamilton, Macy Gray, Kathy Ireland, Debi Mazar

Another interesting oddity this year is that 4 of the fan favorite professional dancers are gone: Edyta, Tony, Cheryl, and Maksim.

By the way, I enjoyed this Macy’s Stars of Dance clip with the USC Marching Band.

On Sports Shorts

  • Wow … The Detroit Tigers may have achieved one of the greatest chokes since the ’64 Phillies.
  • I continue to wonder about the bias and the rationale behind college football polls.

A Musical Sendoff into the Weekend
I’ve been fortunate enough to see Blue Man Group twice, a concert tour and a theater show. Awesome!