Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 131

On Politics
America is such a great land of opportunity and freedom, we can elect a senator who recently said this about global warming, “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what he is doing in the climate is, to me, outrageous.” Meanwhile, he is also a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. (From The Hill)

Directing faults to Bill Maher and his past comments does not clear Rush Limbaugh of any blame of his own doing.

I’m not sure which Romney comment caused a greater frown: The trees are the right height (Michigan), or his recent Mornin’ y’ll and grits reference (Alabama). Who is writing and approving his script?

Columnist Kathleen Parker had two good reads: One regarding the GOP and women, and the other about campaigning in the South.

I’ve seen several polls that over 50% of the public believes the US President is responsible for rising gas prices, which also means that many people need to read my past post about gas prices.

On Headlines from The Onion
Government Admits to Hiding Embarrassingly Lame 1973 ET Encounter
Border Agent Tossed Rocks Over Fences Separating Rock Family that have been Legally in this Country
Neighbor Apparently a Binocular Nut
Lying Asshole Fired for No Reason
Doctors Modify Beer Helmet to Deliver Intravenous Live Cirrhosis Medicine
Obama Waiting for Perfect Moment to Walk by White House Tour

Interesting Reads
How to be Creative
Good News about the Viruses in Your Genes
March Guide to Visible Planets
Congress member turned Lobbyist: How much is the pay raise?

On March Madness
The mania around the college basketball tournament has begun. My hopes for winning lies in ABK – Anybody But Kentucky.

I have my MA from the University of Cincinnati, so the more wins by the Bearcats, the better – but I don’t anticipate them surviving this weekend. Bowling Green, my alma mater, has not been in the tournament since 1968, which is the 13th longest dry spell in the country. Ouch!

Two suggestions for the committee that they won’t take: 1) At-large teams must have a record above .500 in their own league; 2) No First-Four play-in game for automatic qualifiers.

On Potpourri
Bowling alleys in churches are disappearing. Who would have thunk it?

Earlier this week marked the 70th anniversary about the penicillin’s first use. Here is a a reflection about the event and a story about the first survivor.

Cool pictures: World’s Coolest Staircases, Recent Solar Flares

I will have a post this weekend.

To send us into the weekend, (thanks to Xandi at World Music) here is a unique song from Egypt. I don’t know what they are saying, but this is creative. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 111

On Politics
Here’s my advice to the Capitol Hill representatives squawking about their pay – Don’t run for re-election!

I know that budgeting for FEMA regarding unpredictable natural disasters is a blind wild guess. On the other hand, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says that additional funding for disaster relief for Americans must come from cuts elsewhere in the budget. To Mr. Cantor I ask, Are you treating the expenditures $10 billion dollars per month for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with the same lens? Of course, not, so stop being an ideological twit.

This troubles me: The number of people believing that each state (recently Missouri, Vermont, etc) is responsible for their own disaster relief, thus nothing coming from Feds.

President Obama announced that his upcoming jobs proposal will have bipartisan appeal. I say Good luck with that because the Republican pattern is to disagree with him after he uses one of their ideas.

I’ve been saying for some time that Gov. Romney was only the GOP front-runner because Republicans didn’t have many alternatives, thus view him in a similar light as John McCain. Meanwhile, the current polls with Gov. Perry in the field is bearing that out — well, at least for now.

Recent Quinnipiac Poll: favorable, unfavorable, haven’t heard enough

  • Rick Perry: 22%, 23%, 55%
  • Mitt Romney: 36%, 27%, 35%
  • Michele Bachmann: 26%, 36%, 37%

Partisan wrangling and gridlock has been part of Washington for a long, long, time. What is new is the public’s awareness through the availability of information.

I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 34 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?”

Interesting Reads
Kathleen Parker on Rick Perry
Star Tribune (Twin Cities) on Michelle Bachmann
Kathleen Parker on a Political Diva
Relating Neanderthal Sex and the Immune System

Interesting Headlines I Saw this Week on The Onion
Failing US Economy No Reason to Stop Investing in Print Media, All Experts Agree
Charman Introduces New Disposable Toilet Paper
Neurosurgeon Gets Heckled from Observation Deck
Small Town UFO Scare Revealed to be Alien Hoax
Enraged Man Fails to Destroy TV

Other Real Headlines of Note
City Pays Band not to Perform
Man had Sex with Inflatable Pool Raft

On Potpourri
Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by Hurricane Irene.

Last weekend at the driving range, I used all my clubs to hit about 100 balls. My shoulder feels good enough that I can play. Unfortunately, my work project has extended through September. Well, subject to change.

College football starts this weekend – and schools continue to demonstrate (in a variety of ways) that it is all about dollars! Meanwhile, I’m hoping at least one of my schools will have a winning record – but that could be a long shot.

Earlier this week I saw an image that amazed me – an aerial view of rice fields in China’s Yunnan province. Check out this Google Images search result.

Using headlines from last week about the new Martin Luther King Memorial, the following words touch me: Mountain, justice, equality, freedoms, respect, hope, quality, transcending, compassion, dignity, and rights.

I appreciate this closing statement from EJ Dionne:
We have rendered Dr. King safe so we can honor him. But we should honor him because he did not play it safe. He urged us to break loose from “the paralyzing chains of conformity.” Good advice in every generation — and hard advice, too.

In the words of Garrison Keillor: Be well, do good works, and stay in touch.