Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 128

On Politics
I cannot recall a political graph looking like this one.

As we hear numerous leading Republicans mention the attack on religious freedoms, is it a Constitutional contradiction for Republicans in numerous state legislatures to introduce anti-Shariah Law legislation?

A conservative taking Rick Santorum to task.

Interestingly, as Rick Santorum links social issues to economic issues, his handling of past and current comments seems tentative (at best).

Here is last line from this column by conservative columnist George Will: “Neither Romney nor Santorum looks like a formidable candidate for November.”

Dolt of the Year nomination to Rep Bob Morris (R-IN) for attacking Girl Scouts in this letter to congressional colleagues.

On Headlines from The Onion
Smug New Mom Going to Start a Blog
Woman in Ninth Year of Letting Boyfriend Down Easy
Duck only Interested in Area Man’s Bread
Senate Session Interrupted by Wailing of Ted Kennedy’s Ghost
Scientist Create Lab-Grown Meat

Interesting Reads
From Common Ground, a sensible discussion between a conservative and a liberal

Republican economist Bruce Bartlett about President Obama’s manufacturing policy

What conservative Barry Goldwater said (around 50 years ago) about the religious right (thanks Mo)

Columnist David Ignatius on the Muslim Brotherhood

Andrew Sullivan about President Obama’s Chess Game

Video games in a Urinal (thanks Mags)

On Potpourri
The 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s historical space flight was earlier this week. He is an Ohioan, as is Neil Armstrong. Here’s an short, but well done editorial about John Glenn from USA Today.

According to Smart Money, the US tax code was about 30 pages in 1913 – but 5,296 pages in 2011.

Besides being an unnamed Dolt of the Year nominee, do we have a name yet of the decision maker for Qur’an burning on the USAF base in Afghanistan?

Kentucky High School Athletic Association sanctioned bass fishing as an official high school sport starting next school year (2012-2013).

During this past week, it was interesting to see pictures and reports of different Carnival celebrations throughout the world.

Woo hoo! It’s official – February 2012 is the most viewed month to date here. Thanks to all who visit this my humble little corner.

FYI: I am posting tomorrow (Saturday).

Many refer to Garrison Keillor as America’s Great Storyteller. Writer’s Almanac, his daily ten-minute show is a gem. To hear an episode, click here or see the link in my sidebar under Potpourri.

To send us into the weekend, watch this rare occurrence of an event at Yosemite National Park, which happened again recently. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On a Special Phrase

Some refer to Garrison Keillor as the Great American Storyteller. As an author, writer, satirist, and humorist, Keillor is not only heard on NPR, but also seen on PBS specials and as a guest performer with orchestras.

Best known for A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor’s mellow voice drew me into Writer’s Almanac, a 10-minute program about people born on this day and an accompanying poem. I stumbled across this show when tuning in early to a music show. Keillor ends Writer’s Almanac each show with the same phrase that resonates with – “Be Good, Do Good Work, and Keep in Touch.” Below on some thoughts on this phrase, so feel free to add yours in the comments.

On Be Well

  • Take care of yourself physically, mentally, socially, spiritually
  • How do you solve problems?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • How do you balance a life of physical health, intellectual/professional needs, family, spiritual, social, and self?
  • How do you manage time?
  • How do you handle the synergy of new ideas, resources, and relationships?

Do Good Work

  • Be generous
  • Volunteer
  • Unconditionally feed the hungry, the needy, and the hardness of heart
  • Demonstrate hospitality
  • Meet work duties in a positive and responsible
  • Continue to learn
  • Respectfully treat co-workers, customers, friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers
  • Realize that every interaction impacts someone else
  • Being first class doesn’t cost that much more

On Keep in Touch

  • Get to know someone
  • Be in-tune to personal changes
  • Build rapport
  • Respectfully use modern electronic ways to communicate and network
  • Couples – Use Date Night as time away from the kids
  • Greet and thank others
  • Send a card for a holiday, a celebration, a time of need, or just tell someone you were thinking about them
  • Say hello if you in their area
  • Remember, global connections are making the world smaller