Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 424

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Welcome to the next-to-the last edition of OITS.

As a baseball fan, the baseball trilogy of beach walks was a lot of fun. I actually wrote the drafts last February as Spring Training was starting. I knew that non-baseball fans may not like them as much, but I felt the fans would love them.

The conclusion is officially mapped. Note the following:

  • Saturday (early) – My last attempt at fiction – and definitely something different
  • Sunday (evening) – The last Beach Walk (and a seemingly odd topic)
  • Tuesday (evening) – Agenda for the finale series
  • Thursday (evening) – The last OITS

After months of scrounging through my blog closet, being on the homestretch is starting to sink in to me.

In 2019 the top golf tour for aspiring golf professional was the Web.com Tour. I friend of mine asked me about the new tour name – Korn Ferry Tour. Being unfamiliar with the name, I pictured Corn Fairy.

I’m enjoying the book I’m reading: Leadership in Turbulent Times (Doris Kearns Goodwin), which focuses on Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.

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I know this will be hard to believe, but I missed another debate. Maybe I’ll catch the next one …. NOT!

Appears the impeachment trial will begin next week. I’ll pass in order to look for reruns of old TV westerns.

I have read past oaths regarding senators and an impeachment trial, but I am curious to see this oath because I know the vast majority of senators are lying under oath.

Last week I criticized Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) for making extra stupid remarks and then doubling down on them. Since then, he apologized. Sorry Rep. Collins, I don’t accept because your true colors clearly demonstrates you are a partisan hack and that you meant your foul words. After all, if you meant them, you would change your behavior.

To lead you into The Onion headlines, here’s one that left me speechless. For those who dare, click for yourself. https://www.theonion.com/excited-park-rangers-announce-lincoln-memorial-actually-1840896775

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

US plagued by widespread Website crashes after mouse gets into Internet
Area woman’s baseless hatred of Anne Hathaway reciprocated
Archeologists discover cave with earliest built-in shelves
Nation gathers around area man trying to parallel park
Landlord figures he can pass off uninhabitable shithole as ‘great for students’
Cereal too crispy, needs to soak

Interesting Reads

Thoughts about genetic engineering
Polarization in the media
Something to think about regarding Free Shipping
Visual Capitalist’s 20 best graphics of 2019
The decline of cash
(Pictures) The Nature Conservatory Photo Contest winners
(Graphic) 20 years of Internet giants 
(Graphic) The apathy vote in the US

To send you into the weekend, here’s a classic made famous at Woodstock. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On aFa Final Jeopardy

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Welcome to aFa Final Jeopardy. I’m your host, aFrank Angle.

For those who don’t know how to play, here is a refresher. The answer will appear below, and you submit your response in the form of a question. Let’s play aFa Final Jeopardy!!! 30 seconds on the clock, please. Click to get started.

Category: Leadership




Vilifying immigrants
Ethnic identity
Controlling the press
Threatening, jailing, or killing political rivals
Autocrats praising other autocrats
Condemnation of independent media
Promoting lies
Fighting the establishment
Championing for the oppressed and disenfranchised
Distaste for democracy
Denying themselves
Promoting fear and anger

Scroll down below the image to see the correct response.

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Question: What are the qualities of Fascist Leaders?

How did you do?

On Leadership

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Leaders treat people the way they want to be treated

Leaders build themselves up by building up others

Leaders surround themselves with the best people

Leaders give the team credit for success, and place failure on themselves

Leaders are not afraid to take risks and make mistakes

Leaders are aware of their leadership style and learn how their style comes across to their team

Leaders are effective communicators

Leaders respect others

Leaders care about the people involved

Leaders are honest and demonstrate integrity

Leaders are able to get people engaged and leverage the strength of others

Leaders empower people

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Leaders building competencies and focus on the right things

Leaders are able to tolerate frustration and stress

Leaders deliver results

Leaders are active, expressive, optimistic, and energetic

Leaders have a sense of duty and carry a high standard of excellence

Leaders are thick-skinned

Leaders are practical, logical, and to-the-point, yet flexible and open to change

Leaders are secure – no need to seek approval

Leaders are socially aware and careful in their social interactions

Leaders envision the future and convince others and lead them in a new direction

Leaders are alert and focused

This man is not a leader

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On Desired Leadership

There is no doubt in my mind that Americans currently desire one of two types of leaders: half of Americans want a leader based on their party affiliation, whereas the other half desires a leader who is willing to make difficult decision. While the first group cannot think beyond their respective ideology, the other tends to want what is best for the country.

Given his record to date, President Obama, despite his campaign rhetoric, has demonstrated to be an ideologue rallying on his party’s majority in both legislative chambers. Given that environment, he passed on opportunities to buck his own party. Granted, Republicans have intentionally been little to no help to President Obama, but that is still no excuse for following his own party.

With the possible control gain by Republicans in the upcoming mid-term election, President Obama seems to be set to shift his pattern. Whether or not he turns into a desired leader is for the future to decide.

Anyone thinking of Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) or Minority Leader Boehner (R-OH) as desirable leaders are operating more than a quart low. Both of these individuals have the same common concern: raise funds for the party and their leadership with the hopes of gaining power. Both are poster faces for what is wrong in Washington and why the public gives Congress low approval ratings. Both self-centered, ideological buffoons. Heck, we might as well include their lieutenants and their senate counterparts.

I appreciate this analogy from conservative columnist Cal Thomas:

Today’s Washington politician is like the guy who, after a one-night stand, tells the woman he’ll call her in the morning. He never does.

Anyone thinking that quasi-candidates as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, or any other campaigner charmer are desired leaders are just as lost as Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Boehner, and their flock. These public figures are self-centered, polarizing individuals attempting to gain power at anyone’s expense.

Although our desired leader is lurking somewhere in the shadows, below are some desirable characteristics.

  • They practice what they preach
  • Do not focus on re-election
  • Do not make decisions based on pollsters
  • Challenge lobbyists in public
  • Refuse to be bound by special interest money
  • Go against their party
  • Challenge both parties in public
  • Distain polarized politics
  • Take the case to the people
  • Clear and honest communication with the people

In other words, our desired leader governs solely in the best interest of America. Wonder if I’ll ever see one.