Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 197

On Politics
Interesting that Tuesday’s government shutdown coincided with Yosemite National Park’s 123rd anniversary.

As the shutdown neared and ever since, it is interesting to see politicians dodge answering questions more than usual.

A reminder to Congress: Whenever pointing a finger at someone, three are pointing at you.

I wonder if federal workers in Tea Party districts are standing with their representative?

I continue to say the shutdown is a battle between Republicans.

Republicans are offering Democrats an interesting choice: Defund health care or fund everything else.

“If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price, and that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.” – Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)

From http://dictionary.law.comfelony“1) a crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison, as distinguished from a misdemeanor which is only punishable by confinement to county or local jail and/or a fine. 2) A crime carrying a minimum term of one year or more in state prison, since a year or less can be served in county jail. However, a sentence upon conviction for a felony may sometimes be less than one year at the discretion of the judge and within limits set by statute. Felonies are sometimes referred to as “high crimes” as described in the U.S. Constitution.”

“America was designed by geniuses so it could be run by idiots.” —Anonymous

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
US Government of the verge of full-scale government hoedown
Company more like family whose members are desperate to join better family
Student reporter hits it out of the park with five accurate sentences
Fantasized argument getting pretty intense
Disgusting shower liner has another three years left in it

Interesting Reads
Quinoa
A book review about Woodrow Wilson
Congress, border sheriffs, and immigration bills
Actual science controversies
From Nicholas Kristof (NY Times) on the shutdown
Madame Weebs takes a bite out of Congress (language alert)
The Onion explains how health insurance exchanges work 

On Potpourri
Ever wonder what tacos, smiles, flutes, noodles, balloons, vodka, and cinnamon rolls have in common?

Did you know that Julius, Leonard, Arthur, Milton, and Herbert were known as Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Gummo, and Zeppo?

For me, baseball season is officially over.

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I saw this and immediately thought of El Guapo.

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While in Quebec City, it was interesting to observe reactions when I asked locals about Le Clown. Some bowed, while others brought food, drink, and gifts. Some screamed as they ran away in terror while others simply laughed. smirked, and muttered “Le Clown” and something in French. (They must be the anarchists.)

Reasons to celebrate this weekend

  • (Weekend) Storytelling Weekend, Fallen Firefighters Weekend
  • (Friday) Improve Your Office Day, Taco Day, Ten-Four Day, Vodka Day, World Animal Day, Smile Day, Lee’s Denim Day, Cinnamon Roll Day, Balloons Around the World Day, Toot Your Own Flute Day
  • (Saturday) Card Making Day, Cephalopod Awareness Day, Smile Day, Do Something Nice Day, Apple  Betty Day
  • (Sunday) Change a Light Day, Mad Hatter Day, Diversity Day, Noodle Day

Catching up has been difficult, so if I can get it together, a Saturday morning cartoon feature returns on the next post.

To send you into the weekend, here’s a jazzy song from a rock band during my 70s college days. Enjoy Blue Collar by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. 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. 180

On Politics
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has introduced the High Quality Research Act. Do I seem like a person who trusts a Tea Party Republican from Texas trying to control National Science Foundation (NSF) funding?

This editorial cartoon explains so much.

Copyright of Cagle Editorial Cartoons

Copyright of The Cagle Post: Cartoons and Commentaries

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Couple at point they are comfortable using toilet at the same time
Applebee’s introduces 50 appetizers for $250
Sparrow thinks it might have bird flu after puking seeds all morning
Divorce hard on screen door
Athlete arrested

US Politics Special Edition

  • Mitt Romney drops by to see how down-and-out family he met on campaign trail is doing
  • Obama order reinvasion of Iraq after illuminating trip through Bush Presidential Library
  • Joe Biden publishes 7 techniques for enlarging your member
  • Dick Cheney Vice Presidential Library opens in dark, sulfurous, underground cave
  • Secretary of State Kerry lost somewhere in the Gobi Desert

Interesting Reads
Chemical weapons: a brief history
NYC Sanitation Workers
Skydiving in New Zealand for El Guapo
Seven facts about hairballs
Whiskey and beer saved baseball

Two Interesting Slideshows
National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest entries
Chernobyl today

On Potpourri
Because I’m seeking help for promoting the A Frank Angle Challenge that I introduced yesterday, feel free to publicize it.

Cheers to NBA player Jason Collins!

Jeers to ESPN the Magazine Senior Writer Chris Broussard for thinking he represents all Christians regarding homosexuality.

I recently mentioned the increase of followers. Here is an interesting read about the issue. Thank you, Alex.

A few value California wine values from Wine Spectator

  • Red: Cameron Hughes Syrah (Lot 341 2010), Toad Hollow Merlot (Russian River 2009), Plungerhead Zinfandel (Lodi Old Vine 2011), Bogle Merlot (California 2010), Castle Rock Zinfandel (Lodi 2011)
  • Rose: Halter Ranch Rose (Paso Robles 2011)
  • White: Husch Chenin Blanc (Mendicino 2011), Bonterra Viognier (Mendicino 2011)

OUCH! Last year, the Cincinnati Reds had 11 players on the Disabled List (DL). This year, after one month of a six-month season, 7 Reds players have visited the DL.

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon feature this weekend.

To send you into the weekend, enjoy this musical montage tribute to the Marx Brothers. Have a good weekend! In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On No More Cabin Fever

Cincinnati had nice weather, which allowed some outdoor time. How was your weather and weekend?

Another full weekend with a variety of activities, such as ballroom, the movie 42 (excellent) , lawn mowing, chime accompaniment for the vocal choir, and substitute ushering at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The play (The Book Club Play) is a fun comedy delivering many laughs though a variety of interesting characters.

April ends this week, so with May upon us, I imagine spring is on the very-near horizon for all those in the northern reaches on the planet. With winter in the rear-view mirror, maybe it’s time to change the header. Hmmmmm?

With that in mind, cabin fever will be over of the northern hemisphere. Here’s a great video from many years ago regarding a cabin. Enjoy and have a great week.