Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 122

On Politics
Cheers to the GOP candidates refusing to attend the Donald Trump debate.

Herman Cain and Donald Trump dropping out of the race does not mean the business people cannot run for president, but it does mean that one anyone runs for president, the need to have a grasp on the issues.

Polls show that the Newt Gingrich is gaining support from Tea Party members. I find the following points interesting:

  • The group opposing Washington insiders is supporting one. The group claiming representation of the people is supporting a former lobbyist.
  • The group claiming to be against giving money to influence decisions is supporting the one who took money to influence decisions.
  • The group claiming that Mitt Romney has flip-flopped too much in terms of health care, abortion, and climate change is racing to the one who has flip-flopped on the same issues and even more.

I listened to portions of several speeches GOP candidates made to a Republican-Jewish organization. I winced on many occasions.

A question to staunch GOP supporters: How can the race for the GOP nomination be weirder?

On Headlines from The Onion (it was a good week)

  • Renewable Energy Source Encoded in Charlie Sheen’s Rants
  • In Major Gaffe, Obama Forgets to Dumb It Down
  • Nation’s Moms Demand Christmas List
  • Half-Asleep Man Pauses 20 Minutes between Socks
  • Rumors of Extramarital Affair End Campaign of Presidential Candidate Who Didn’t Know China has Nuclear Weapons
  • Chinese Paint Tops List of This Year’s Must-Have Holiday Gifts
  • Court Rules Meryl Streep Unable to be Tried by Jury as She has No Peers

On Interesting Reads
I didn’t read as much this week for a number of reasons, so here are some from bloggers.

On Potpourri
2011 became the wettest year in Cincinnati history in October – and then we had the wettest November on record; and, we started this week with 4 inches of rain. The countdown to 2X the annual average is in single digits.

I’m a Bowling Green State University grad, thus this legit headline caught my eye: Bowling Green Travels to Bowling Green. If you find this intriguing, see this past post.

Announcement: Next week I return to a full-time project. Yes, there is the professional aspect of my brain and the lure of additional money to stash for full retirement, yet there is a sadness that I will not be able to keep up with reading, writing, visiting, commenting, and whatever else bloggers do. I will probably reduce to three posts per week soon, and visit where I can and when I can.As the last time, I will visit those visiting here first.

As for this blog goes, the timing is not good because the hits here are increasing. Thursday is one of the busiest days ever! Oh well, I will brace myself for the probable slide to come.

Our friend’s brother said this to attendees at the funeral: Twenty dies before she died, two people went to the hospital for what they thought would be a routine X-ray. What are you doing twenty days from now?

Once discovering that our hospitalized friend was about to leave us, I cried at least once a day for seven days – but I’m getting better. This pic is a closer look at our handbell tribute to her at the funeral, which I said more about earlier this week. For those who enjoy handbell music, a Japanese choir performs Beside Still Waters (arr Howard Starks), which is the beautiful song we played at the funeral. Please click here to watch if the video below doesn’t work.

Meanwhile, 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.