Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 194

On Politics
After allowing several major airlines mergers, the Justice Department is balking at the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. What a crock, well, unless they tend to order the others to breakup.

A good article about why Americans hate Congress.

Now this stat from a recent poll emphasizes partisanship: 29% of Louisiana Republicans polled blame President Obama on the Federal government’s poor response to Hurricane Katrina (2005). 28% blame President Bush, and 44% are not sure who to blame. (For foreign readers, President Obama was elected in Nov 2008.)

A friend of ours said he wishes President Obama would come out against eating yellow snow so he can hear FOX News defend eating yellow snow.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Washington’s Hobby Lobby Lobbies to Strengthen Hobbies
  • San Andreas fault feels terrible about what could happen
  • Riotous chanting Iowa State Fair Crowed Gathers for Annual Deep-Frying of Virgin (I love the accompanying pic)
  • Researchers Discover Female Frogs Prefer Mate Who Knows Way Around the Cloaca
  • Elmore Leonard, Modern Prose Master, Noted for His Terse Prose Style and for Writing about Things Perfectly and Succinctly with a Remarkable Economy of Words, Unfortunately and Sadly Expired this Gloomy Tuesday at the Age of 87 Years Old

Interesting Reads
The autobiography of George Orwell (a book review)
Alex’s post about the annual eclipse of Venus
About Mussolini (a book review)
Brief history of lobotomies
Microbakeries
Global divide about homosexuality
The Onion’s Point-Counterpoint about bellyrubs

On Potpourri
Security detaining David Miranda was big news from the UK this week. I suspect he intentionally routed his plans through London with hopes this would happen.

This week’s post about hot sauces received interesting reactions. For anyone interested, here are two sites selling many of these hot sauces: chiliworld.com and hotsauce.com.

Last week I posted about an Ohio school district’s take on evolution and creationism in the science classroom. Thanks to Tim, here’s a collect of essays from the New York Times around a question: Should Creationism Be Controversial? The comments are interesting as they are filled with both hope and ignorance.

American football season is about to start. As a physical sport, it has received much criticism in recent years. Here’s an interesting article from the opposite perspective.

Our first handbell choir rehearsal was earlier this week. Interestingly, we received news that we get to be the first to play a new piece. Yep, we’ll play a world premier by a big-named composer in handbell music!

Sorry, no Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend because of a prep-time shortage.

It’s on to the weekend. In the spirit of El Guapo adventurism, here’s a longboard coasting down a small hill. Enjoy the ride, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Satire Bits: Vol. 32

This week I did my first bout with leaves, so it will be a recurring event through late November or early December. Meanwhile, the we’ve had good fall weather and the Reds are ahead in the playoff series that is in progress. Let me set the stage for our mid-week dose of satire.

Yesterday I posted my thoughts of the book The Faith of Scientists. Long-time visitors here know that the interchange of science and theology is high interest to me. Plus, everyone knows of the battle involving evolution.

For your mid-week dose of satire, I searched The Onion’s archives on the evolution-creation issue, and surprise – there were enough for a post. Enjoy and have a good rest of the week. Any favorite?

Evolution Textbook Hidden Under Mattress

Area Musician Wants “Evolution is a Theory, not a Fact” Sticker for Guitar Case

Trilobite Reports Evolution Going Great

Evolutionists Flock to Darwin-Shaped Stain

God Introduces New Bird

Creation Museum Acquires 5,000 Year-Old T-Rex Skeleton

Sumerians Look on in Confusion as God Creates the World

Eons of Darwinian Evolution Somehow Produces Mitch

Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity with new “Intelligent Falling” Theory

Evolution to Begin Thursday

Person Believes in Evolution, Except for the whole Triassic Period

God Admits Humans Not Most-Impressive Creation

TV Listing – Nova: The Kansas Edition

Pat Robertson Says Pie not Delicious