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.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 187

On Politics
Congress is having a difficult time with immigration reform because they cannot decide if the law is about letting people in or keeping people out. Meanwhile, The Onion dived into the controversy by providing tips for securing the US-Mexico border.

Interesting post by FactCheck regarding two senators comments about the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Immigration Report.

Regulars know that because Sarah Palin is synonymous with nincompoop, I seldom give her any time and effort. However, the following headline (written by a Republican) is worth noting: Sarah Palin’s Mind-Boggling, Incoherent Immigration Reform Critique

Wow – I finally heard some comments on the news about whether political groups qualify for 501 (C)(4) tax-exempt status … but this point still seems to be only a tiny blip on the radar.

Attention Millennials: Because you are large demographic group, take note that the current issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and retirement will repeat itself for you in the future.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Vatican County fair sets record for world’s largest communion wafer
Bananas sweep Primates Choice Awards again
Italy, Japan advance to G8 finals
Markets in turmoil as price of money skyrockets to $90 a dollar
Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to steamy, all-female prison
Nation celebrates What is, Technically Speaking, Progress

Interesting Reads
Healthcare and the states
Click through the 10 greatest idea in science history
Weird stuff blamed on climate change
Why Middle East monarchies survive
History of Peeing in Space

On Potpourri
I favor CNN in the morning. Last week they launched New Day (6-9 am), and it is interesting to see how they use a new set, new personalities, and less substance with hopes of increasing ratings. Personally, I prefer more substance.

For the first time, Wine Spectator is featuring South Africa as its July 2013 cover story. Given I appreciate my South African readers, I’ve enjoyed the WS articles.

Last week I mentioned the controversy involving the number of stripes on Cap’n Crunch. It seems he recently used a press conference to offer an explanation.

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With the Paula Dean flap in full swing, I wish nobody used the n-word – including those who find it acceptable.

Time: The Musical returns with the Monday night/Tuesday post. The feature for Act 4 is Month, so get your songs ready with month, months, monthly, or a specific month in the title.

Similar to last week, here’s another pop song done with handbells. Enjoy.

A reminder that Friday starts Water Skiing Days, Sunday is Leap Second Adjustment Day, and time is running out to celebrate World Naked Bike Ride Month (for the northern hemisphere, thus a reminder to El Guapo).

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

To send you into the weekend, here a humorous video courtesy of Elyse. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.