Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 224

On Politics
From the partisanship-clouds-the-issue file, some Republicans say that the only thing that can explain Bowe Bergdahl’s release is that US negotiators are working for Al-Qaeda.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) loss in the primary shocked the US political landscape. Oh boy … and I wonder what the Democrats in that district are saying now? Meanwhile, Mr. Cantor will probably triple his salary.

David Brat (R-VA) is the one who beat Cantor. When asked about his stance about raising the federal minimum wage, he responded, “Um, um, um, I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one.” … now that’s an interesting response by an economics professor.

Problems in Washington are many and obviously deep and problematic, but I’ve narrowed it down to two … Nope … not Obama and Biden … Not McConnell and Boehner … Nada to Pelosi and Reid … and surely anyone named Bush or Clinton … Nope – not any combination of the previously named, nor even the lobbyists. The two biggest problems are the Democratic and Republican parties!

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Parents at graduation to celebrate child’s last accomplishment
Residents plagued by roving pack of feral celebrities living in Hollywood Hills
Cable companies announce they are just going to take $100 from everyone
Man nothing but lumbering golem of reward cards
Child entertained for 5 minutes by plastic toy that will take 1,000 years to biodegrade

Interesting Reads
The last interesting centrist
Interesting article about climate change from a conservative paper (the title is worth a peek)
Foreseeing the digital future in 1982
The answer to Does Size Matter?
Mathematics: patterns and structures
Photo gallery of Detroit’s faded beauty

On Potpourri
Regarding my eye issue, although problems still exist, I can honestly say my issue is better than it was last Friday.

Another unexpected crazy week in the books also means a delay in the next Saturday Morning Cartoons.

The music for Life: The Musical – Dreams was outstanding! Many thanks, thus I invite all to return to the post to listen. I even added a song in the comments for everyone! (Click here for the great collection)

Your weekend celebrations

  • (Weekend) Banana Split Days, Superman Day, Duct Tape Days
  • (Fri) Blame Someone Else Day, Work at Home Father’s Day, Poultry Day, Kitchen Klutz Day, Lobster Day
  • (Sat) Dollars Against Diabetes Days, Bourbon Day, Blood Donor Day, Juggling Day, Knit and Crochet Day, Magic Circles Day, Missing Mutts Awareness Day, Pig Callers Day, Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • (Sun) Global Wind Day, Family Awareness Day, Father’s Day, Husband Caregiver Day, Magna Carta Day, Native American Citizenship Day, Nature Photography Day, Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Worldwide Day of Giving, Pet Fire Safety Day, Go Fly a Kite Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s an old tune from a group whose original name was The Mars-Bar … but the people at the Mars (candy) Company were not happy campers. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 100

On Politics
This commentary by Bob Schieffer (CBS News) expresses my feelings about Washington – especially the first part. Simply outstanding!

On the Potpourri
Week 2 of physical therapy on my left shoulder is in the books. So far, so good – but I still have a ways to go. Still wondering if I will be able to golf in the fall.

Now that Anthony Weiner is unemployed, he would be perfect to accompany the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile on a promotion tour.

Our dinner group meets this weekend featuring Thai cuisine. (We’re responsible for dessert.) One thing for sure, when this group, we eat well.

This weekend is also my favorite golf tournament – the US Open. In this tournament I root for the course, thus want the winner to be over par. Being that 22 players ended round 1 below par, I’m not a happy camper.

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins and their fans for winning the Stanley Cup. What is up with the Vancouver rioters? Well, I believe they were ready to destroy and harm no matter the result.

We Cincinnati Bengal fans can proudly proclaim, “We’re #1!” Nothing like being the best worst franchise in all professional sports: 122nd out of 122. Woo hoo!

Hey hey … I won a contest this week! Fellow blogger, Beneath the Tin Foil Hat, takes suggestions every Tuesday on a future column. After being runner-up two weeks ago and no mention last week, BTTFN selected my suggestion of Campaign Songs for Each GOP President Candidate … and then delivered this post.

The first issue of Opinion in the Shorts was in the shadow of the last presidential election (November 25, 2008) – and today is #100. The first volume ended with a Jimmy Kimmel video of the secret handshake between President Bush and President Obama. What a hoot – but it’s no longer available. Yet the milestone is a bit hollow as last week I announced that blogger friend Al pulled the plug on his blog. I say that because OITS was his favorite. Nonetheless, life goes on and I wish him nothing but the best.

Have a good Father’s Day weekend.