Opinion in the Shorts: Vol. 274

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Tough week for the stock market (US and elsewhere). A note for Republicans – You can blame President Obama if and only if you are willing to give him credit for the market run since he took office (Jan 2009). Meanwhile, the shoe also fits the other way – That is, the Democrats giving the President Obama the credit for past growth should be blaming him for this past week. In my view, markets are more complex than that.

Many are wondering why Donald Trump (R-NY) is high in the polls. The answer is simple. Trump is the candidate for people seeking affirmation – not information. The Bloviator has the knack for telling people what they want to hear, regardless if the statement is true or false. Case in point, here’s the most recent scorecard from PolitiFact regarding Trump’s bloviations.

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Can you recall one person being about to do so-many phone-in interviews on TV? It is so with Mr. Trump, which tells me that the media is part of the problem because they are taking him whenever they can for ratings … thus limiting their challenges because they don’t want him to say “No” to the airtime.

Last week, Gov. Walker (R-WS) made three contradictory statements about birthright citizenship granted by the 14th amendment – yet the campaign described them as consistent. I guess that also means they see the situation as having no choice. Earth to Walker campaign – some us aren’t stupid.

The presidential election process is too long in the US. If the lengthy time is so important to the parties, the candidates, and all the donors, what about the taxpayers? Are some of us getting cheated. I have a suggestion that these people will hate. Sitting governors, senators, and representatives were elected by the people of their state (or district within the state) to represent them – yet a national campaign takes much time. In order to seek a national office, just resign your state-elected office. The choice involves cake or ice cream – not both.

Opening Night for Dance: The Musical was a smashing success! Two bits of good news: Act 2 is scheduled for Sept. 8th, plus, I’ve added an additional act. For those needing to know more now, see the Hear Ye page. Also, special thanks to Dale for her excellent job as the theater’s maître d … even if the WP gnomes are blocking me from commenting on her blog.

You may recall that Marina provided the artwork for my On Blue post. Here’s a post from Resa featuring a clothing item she purchased of Marina’s work.

My pastor read my post my post about predestination. Here’s something he wrote to me, How do you have such nice, generous people in your comment section? The civility is refreshing. … A tip of the cap and a round of applause to my blogging community!

No Explore post this weekend, however, there will be a Salute post. Of course, the burning question is – salute what? Hmmmm …. it’s subtle.

If there is anyone interested in playing a free, no-pressure version of fantasy football, let me know and I will email you the information.

To lead you into this week’s satire, here’s The Onion’s explanation of how Donald Trump (R-NY) continues to lead in the polls.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Man spends entire weekend binge-watching neighbor
Report: 1 in 3 Americans will get dessert if someone does
Guantanamo Bay begins construction on Senior Care wing
Q-Tips introduces new multi-speed electric ear swab
Man to undergo extensive interrogation by co-workers about where he got falafel
Scientist confident artificially intelligent machines can be programmed to be lenient slave masters

Interesting Reads
Street artists in Ghana
About Neil Armstrong
Restoring a famed piano
A report on mobile messaging and social media
A planet’s habitation

To send you into the weekend, here’s a twofer. The first one is a leftover from Opening Night. 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. 125

On Politics
I saw one report showing Mitt Romney’s campaign ads in Florida outnumbered Newt Gingrich ads 13,000 to 200. Wow!

As the political rhetoric continues to increase, let us not forgot these fact-checking sites: Politifact and Fact Check.

Not that I claim being the originator of the idea, but on more than one occasion I referenced politicians wearing a NASCAR driver-style suit. Interesting, while listening to my favorite political channel on XM (POTUS, 124), a caller mentioned the idea to the host, who happened to love the idea.

A Republican friend and Romney supporter recently told me something very close to the following: “I’m not worried about the Religious Right using the Anti-Mormon vote against Romney because in the end, they will vote for a Mormon over a Muslim.”

This is an after-post addition, but Don provides great a collection of editorial cartoons regarding Punxsutaney Newt

On Headlines from The Onion

  • Team Promotion Allows First 500 Fans to Feed Players
  • Area Man Forces Self to Drink Free Refill
  • Nation’s Morons March on Washington State
  • Internet Collapses on Shear Weight of Baby Pictures
  • Sleepwalking Obstetricians Patiently Explained to Refrigerator that it was having an Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Fans Excited to Watch Patriots or Giants Lose Super Bowl

On Headlines from the Campaign Trail

  • Romney During Victory Speech – “Man, this is a Weak Field” (The Onion)
  • Solar Storm Shuts Down Mitt Romney (Satire Wire)
  • Gingrich Releases Last Ten Years of Valentine’s Cards (Satire Wire)
  • Campaign-Based Concussions on the Rise (Satire Wire)
  • Newt Goes After Debate Moderator at Del Boca Vista, Phase II (The Satirical Political Report)
  • Obama Criticized for Living in Lavish Mansion while Most Americans Struggle to Make Ends Meet (The Onion)

Interesting Reads

On Potpourri
Big news of the week is that the company released me early from the project. Things like this happen in the land of temporary/contracted employment. Although I have mixed emotions, I look at the big picture with my head held high and with a smile.

Now that I’m home again, I’m getting used to CNN’s new morning format, Starting Point. Nothing against Soledad, but I prefer American Morning.

For those looking for a place to get suggestions about a color palate, Kuler (from Adobe) is an interesting, and free, site. I’m told it will show users a color palate based on an inputted image. If nothing else, it’s a fun toy.

Interested in an exotic getaway? Hey – seeing the images is a trip in itself! Kay at Pure Complex featured this beautiful resort in the Pacific. Two bits of advice for this instant trip to paradise: Scroll through the images on the home page banner, and then do the same on the other pages. Enjoy!

All bloggers have to deal with spammers, and we are thankful for Akismet. The spammers are fine-tuning their comments to get through, but this one cracked me up. The comment stated about wanting to know more about the subject. Well, it was this Monday Morning Entertainment video.

FYI: I may post on Saturday.

Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor: Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Early GOP Handicapping

As well documented on this blog, I’m an independent moderate, thus proudly boast allegiance to no political party. True to form, I will enter the presidential primary season as an uncommitted voter.

With the 2012 presidential election season ramping up, there is a lot of buzz about the candidates seeking the Republican nomination. With my vote up for grabs, here’s an independent moderates view of the GOP landscape regarding the odds of them getting my vote – after all, odds are I will vote in Ohio’s Republican primary. Then again, I also have a history of leaving the November presidential ballot blank, but have voted Democratic – and still may.

In the words of the old British colloquialism, “Fat Chance” – in other words, these candidates have zero chance of getting my vote – nada, zilch, zero, no-way, thus I won’t even think about Michelle Bachmann, John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain

The following have a “Slim Chance” of getting my vote. Although I will sift through additional information as it becomes available, “slim” also implies odds are against them getting my vote.

  • Rick Perry (Unannounced, but seems to be leaning)

“Maybe Chance” is for the fence-sitting candidates that I don’t know much about. That is, time will tell which way the will fall on the scale.

  • Tim Pawlenty

“Best Chance” does not mean an endorsement, nor does it I will vote for them. It simply means the candidate has the best chance of getting my primary vote.

  • Mitt Romney (yet I still believe he won’t get the nomination)
  • John Huntsman (who may be too pragmatic for the partisans)

Given the above, I won’t be surprised if the field expands over the next four months. In the mean time, many of the GOP partisans continue to back the unelectable.

On a GOP Glimpse at 2012

Jockeying to be the Republican presidential nominee has been underway for sometime – actually starting before the last election. In a this not-long-ago post, Al (a blog friend and sensible writer at 2012), wondered about who his party would put forth to challenge President Obama. With that as a cue, and with various announcements about candidates forming exploratory committees, maybe it’s time for an independent, moderate’s perspective of the GOP field.

In one corner, we have the ideological buffoons, those specializing is pandering rhetoric to the narrow-minded in the form of snake venom and snake oil. These candidates throw ideas against the wall hoping if they stick – of course sticking is more important than truth as they invoke fear over intellect, reaction over thought, rage over calm, populism over rationalism, and party over country in the name of the country. These are the candidates also use the names of dreaded historical figures from dark, worldly regimes from history to enhance their climate of fear.

In the next corner, the rational ideologues. As ideological buffoons and their followers taunt them, but the rationale ideologues remain tall for conservative principles. Although this group speaks with a degree of sensibility that can attract independents, they lack the rants that fuel populist masses. As with anyone in the political arena, some are haunted by their self-imposed albatrosses that hang around the neck – thus questions remain if the public will allow them to shed their bird of the noose.

In which corner will you find Michelle Bachman, Halley Barbour, John Bolton, Herman Cain, Mitch Daniels, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Pence, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump? You can decide for yourself, or you can give it your best shot to determine the few that I think may have a chance at unseating President Obama. After all, most on this list don’t because independents will have no part of them.

To many of us, and maybe most of us, the presidential campaign starts too early and takes too long; so I end this post with a quote from columnist Kathleen Parker.

Political polarization has so defined us that we are always deployed in campaign mode, never in repose. Politics is, among other things, spectacle, but there’s something dreary about the incessancy. Familiarity doesn’t only inspire contempt; it deadens the senses.