Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 292

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Last Saturday I watched much of Justice Scalia’s funeral. I’m amazed by the strength of his son – Paul, a Catholic priest – in leading service and delivering the homily at the funeral for his father. He brilliantly wove theology and life together … a WOW … what a beautiful church! (Click for Google Images.)

That once-every-four-years day is approaching. Here’s an explanation of why February gets the extra day in a leap year.

This blog passed on odd milestone earlier this week … 66,666 comments.

Here’s is your chance to make Cincinnati Chili.

Last weekend I saw a great video segment on HLN (CNN companion station) presenting both sides of the argument regarding Apple unlocking the iPhone of a deceased terrorist. Unfortunately, I can’t find it!

Last Friday I took my wife and her sister to the airport so they could begin their week of cruising for the fifth consecutive year. Yep – my Bachelor Week is nearing the end. For my week, I had three things to accomplish: 1) Takes them to the airport, 2) pick them up at the airport, and 3) have the house cleaned when they return.

Some wonder, want did you do? I ballroom danced, wrote a few blog posts, stayed up later but not sleeping as well, did my volunteering (dancing with seniors, dancing with Downs, and ESL tutoring), danced again, attended handbell rehearsal, had a dance lesson, participated in our Lenten journey small group, painted walls in one area, danced some more, attended a group dance class, did the usual Wednesday laundry, prepared the tax materials to our accountant (delivery is based on his schedule), cleaned the house, worked on designing a wall project, and squeezed in  some time to dance … so I can work on leading.

For Act 3: Yellow of Colors: The Musical, readers brought forth quite the array of over 30 songs! A tip of the cap to all! Special thanks to Dale for excellent Maitre D’ work … plus keep your eye on the Hear Ye page.

There will be an Explore this weekend about a person, place, or thing …

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Interesting time – Data out of California indicates a growing number of registered independents.

A question for Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). How do you implement your vision if Republicans control one or both of the Capitol Hill chambers?

My post (On the Court) earlier in the week regarding a forthcoming nominee to the US Supreme Court created interesting comments – and some were very predictable. Therefore, I pose these questions: How different would my post have been if a conservative justice other than Justice Scalia died? How different would the post have been if a liberal justice died?

Whereas Republicans as Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) use past quotes by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Vice President Joe Biden (D-NY) to justify delaying the confirmation process of a Supreme Court nominee, these are prime examples of the positions politicians take is a matter, place, and convenience – thus they are willing to wear the others shoes when it fits the narrative that meets their needs at that time. I take the contrary view – I oppose McConnell and Grassley today as much as Schumer and Biden then. As a matter of fact, I can say they are flat-out wrong.

My senator (Rob Portman, R-OH)  responded to my contact with a form letter containing an unacceptable answer. Good job at working to lose a supporter during an election year.

The candidate from my state, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) , made a faux pas comment on the campaign trail this week. A big deal to some, no more than a blip for me. Personally, his signature to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio was much bigger news.

Although Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is declaring himself the alternative to Mr. Trump, his road to the nomination is the most difficult.

I enjoy when the morning news recaps comedic comments from the late-night hosts regarding the presidential candidates. After all, laughing is so important.

Although the Republican field is dwindling, one aspect that is important to me is noticing who supports each of the candidates … especially when the field was larger.

Oh my … The Onion reported a leather-clad Ted Cruz campaigned at a fetish club. (Beware of image)

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To lead you into your weekly dose of satire, The Onion provides timely tips for hosting an Oscars party.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Pizza slice has only one pepperoni
Caffeine bracelet acts as coffee substitute
Takeout burrito shielded from cold as though it were week-old newborn
Nation’s elderly hit hard by closing automatic doors
Vatican City residents rally to save St. Peter’s Basilica from development

Interesting Reads
Global smartphone ownership and Internet use
The GOP nomination and the party rules
Columnist David Ignatius on a high-tech military (Thanks Tim)
Another reason for the Easter Island mystery
Naming elements
Design plans after the Great Fire of 1666
(Pictures) Corners

It’s a 2-fer to send you into the weekend – a leftover from Act 3 and one with an appropriate title for the upcoming night to celebrate Oscar. 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. 129

Notes

  • For whatever reason, some of my comments on other blogs are going into the blog’s Spam folder. Please regularly check it and look for me.
  • I will post Saturday morning.

On Politics
2012 is the first national (US) campaign with wide use of Twitter.

For anyone who didn’t hear Ireland’s President Michael Higgs rant against the Tea Party, click here because it’s pretty good!

I am sadden to see that Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will not seek re-election. Meanwhile, her statement says a lot about why Congress has such a low approval rating.

Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term, so at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail. … As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies [have] become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.

A few questions about the Iranian nuclear situation: How will we get want we want? How does Iran get want they want? How are each of these accomplished?

With the recent news about North Korea and their nuclear program, the basis the same three questions above are also applicable to that situation.

On Headlines from The Onion
Chinese TV Show Cancelled after Drawing only 180 Million Viewers
American Robot Outsourced to Overseas Robot
Cooperative Congress Spreads Doubt and Fear
K-Y Introduces New Line of Jam
Jury Selection Proving Difficult in Trial of The Jury Killer

Interesting Reads
Pirates: Five Things You Didn’t Know
An Islamic Reformation Movement?
Why We Have a Leap Year
Interactive Ocean Trench from the BBC
A Historian’s Look at Europe

On Potpourri
Ali Velshi provided several tidbits regarding gasoline prices:

  • Price breakdown of gasoline price: 76% oil cost, 12% taxes, 6% distribution, 6% refining cost
  • Since October 2011, price of oil increased 40% while the price of gas 9%

A Day in Pompeii exhibit has arrived in Cincinnati, thus opens soon. Because the exhibit has only four stops in the US, we hope to visit. Meanwhile, for anyone interested, here is a photo collection and a link to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Earlier this week we encountered leap day – but the Leap Year celebration is not over because we add a leap second to the atomic clock on June 30.

The Vatican recently announced displaying interesting documents as Galileo’s trial and Martin Luther’s excommunication. Here’s a story.

Although spam is a pain, it can be fun. Here’s the last line of one I recently received: I had been more than amazed with the post On Roots A Frank Angle I just wanted to say thanks and well done. Kind regards, Horny

February 2012 established a new personal best for views by a wide margin – a 37.6% increase from the previous high. Thank you everyone!

To send you into the weekend, let Dean Martin give you a 3-minute tour of Italy. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.