Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 410

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It’s time for the King of Pop – Michael Jackson takes the Weekend Concert Series stage. Concert time is this Saturday, 1:00 AM (Eastern US). Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer to many Americans. Oddly, Cincinnati celebrates with a gigantic fireworks display on the river. What started as a 10th birthday celebration of a radio station in 1977, the event continues today. The synchronization to music was the best ever! If you have 25-30 minutes, watch it here. (Save yourself time by starting at 5:45)

We met many interesting and nice people on the recent river cruise. One Australian couple are prolific travellers, so I asked them something to is important to me. “I believe the majority of people in the world are good. Do your experiences support that?” …. Without hesitation, they unquestionably agreed.

As baseball season winds down and my Reds fade into the setting sun, cheers to the arrival of college football.

Readers may recall my love for the Flora-Bama, a legendary bar and musical venue on the Florida side of the Florida-Alabama border. (past post) During our recent travels, this article appeared in many local papers throughout the country.

Regarding my announcement, I never stated that writing was a chore – that came from comments! For my approach to blogging, writing and posting is the easy part of blogging.

Looking for suggestions. Being out-of-the-loop for most of August, have any good movies recently opened in theaters?

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I laughed at our cruise director’s explanation of politics: Poli is a Latin prefix for many – Ticks are blood sucking creatures.

During my 2+ weeks in Europe, nothing much seems to have changed in American politics. President Trump continue to be a pathetic person and even worse leader who brings the majority of problems on himself.

Shortly after Joe Biden entered the race last April, I mentioned factors in Biden’s Dilemma – and they continue to unfold.

While cruising, I didn’t encounter (have or hear) one discussion about politics between Americans. However, non-Americans want to talk about American politics with Americans.

Foreign policy and trade policy are like three-dimensional chess – complicated. President Trump’s approach is like playing tic-tac-do with sidewalk chalk.

Still having missed all the Democratic debates, I will miss the one in September because I have a long-scheduled event of watching 2 people fish that night.

To lead you into this week’s satirical headlines, The Onion provides tips for enduring long layovers at airports.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Nation’s nonfiction writers announce plans to keep writing things down that happened
Woman thinks she’s being discreet about fishing stray hair out of bra
What you just said reminds man of thing he’s rather talk about
Centipede tearing ass across floor must be late for something
Hardcore Weezer fan hates everything band has released since forming
Virgin saving himself for kinky couple in need of a third

(My Combo) Kinky virgin saving bra for Weezer

Interesting Reads

 

To send you into the weekend,  here’s an oldie from the ‘90s that I’ve recently heard on a commercial for South Carolina. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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On Iceland: Reykjavik

We spent bits of four different days in Reykjavik. It is an easy city to walk, and there is enough to keep us busy. Interestingly, about a third of Iceland’s population is in Reykjavik.

Admiring the architectural pattern of basalt rocks of the Lutheran Cathedral

 

Smiling at the Sun Voyager metal sculpture saluting the Viking heritage

 

Engaging in the quaint building architecture

 

Strolling the main shopping street.

 

Loving the modern feel of the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

 

Marveling at the view across the water

 

Knowing how much Resa would enjoy the many murals (more in a future dedicated post).

 

Standing in amazement at the 10:45 pm sky

 

Enjoying the fireworks thanking us for visiting before leaving the next day

 

Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland, but not expect the grandness of New York, Chicago, London, or Paris. It’s not even close to Cincinnati. However, at 110,000 people, it’s large enough to offer a wide variety of activities, yet quaint enough to be manageable and make one feel comfortable. Bottom line: we enjoyed it – Thumbs up!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 188

On Politics
No matter the issue, Congress gridlock continues to be a battle between ideological obstinance and inability to make tough decisions, thus kicking the can down the road.

It’s the House bill or nothing on immigration (Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark, title of his Op-Ed in the July 11th Wall Street Journal)

The current Republican brand of obstructionist continues to serve as an example of our Congressional attitude. Robert Reich helps make my point; plus this one from columnist Michael Tomasky adds to the twist.

In a Wednesday speech about immigration, President Bush (an immigration reform supporter) stated, “But we have a problem, the laws governing the immigration system aren’t working. The system is broken.” I understand his point, but I ask this question: Which is ineffective, the law or the implementation?

As different countries offer Edward Snowden asylum, I like this offer: The Onion offers a swift, painless death to Edward Snowden (Click to read it)

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Report: 79% of sincere thoughts played off as jokes
  • American Dental Association recommends making your gums hurt really bad once a day
  • Area man loses all control of face while thinking
  • Lovers lost in fog
  • Terrifed Johnny Depp unable to remove Tonto makeup
  • CIA interrogator apologizes profusely after asking questions about touchy subject
  • Pregnant wife has no idea which Jonas brother she married

Interesting Reads
Obamacare delay: The winners and losers
Infographics: Inside Fireworks
Ohio and the Civil War
An inexpensive summer wines from Portugal
Columnist Peggy Nonnan on writing of a great address
Mountain gorillas of Uganda
Beer-flavored ice cream (for National Ice Cream Month)

On Potpourri
Interesting how the networks are cancelling more television shows not based on ratings, but on demographics that drive marketing. Older demographic groups lost Harry’s Law last year, so this year’s cuts include Body of Proof, Monday Mornings, and Red Widow.

I dislike the way baseball players are selected for the upcoming All-Star Game, which is just another reason to hate MLB Commimssioner Bud Selig.

Our house had quite the rain downpour on Wednesday: 3 inches (7.6 cm) in 30 minutes.

Yesterday was one of the few days I missed a post. Oh well, I just ran out of time, which also means I’m learning not to panic or force a post.

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

Looking at the weekend ahead, don’t forget these celebratory events: Simplicity Day (Friday), National French Fries Day (Saturday), Gruntled Workers Day (Saturday), Bald Is In Day (Saturday), Embrace Your Geekness Day (Saturday), and International Nude Day (Sunday), which happens to be the end of Nude Recreation Week.

In honor of the World Piano Competition in currently in Cincinnati, here are The Piano Guys to send you into the weekend. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.