Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 204

On Politics
This is my response to politicians who claim to be public servants. Public service isn’t about playing games, thus those who play are not public servants.

The IRS now desires to limit the connection between political activity and tax-exempt status. Although I support curbs, I’m amazed that the IRS deemed these groups as one’s “to promote the social welfare.” What a bunch of crap!

Even though they set the bar low, cheers to Sen. Murray (D-OR) and Rep. Ryan (R-WS) on getting something done the old-fashioned way. Cheers also to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for speaking out against the conservation Political Action Groups – but jeers to the predictable cranks.

President Obama’s handshake with Raul Castro didn’t bother me. Besides, President Obama delivered a zinger in his speech – so why not kill them with kindness?

The Onion provides a Pro-and-Con list regarding legalization of marijuana.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Delirious rover hallucinates water on Mars
Employee slowly realizes boss attempting to have normal conversation with her
Biologist completes 5-minute study of pathetic organism in mirror
Terrifying man selling dead trees out of middle school parking lot
Slow-witted conspiracy theorist convinced government behind NASA
Pope Francis canonizes single turkey in annual Vatican tradition – Article – (I know it’s late, but I like it)

Interesting Reads
Physics, cosmology, and philosophy
Columnist Fareed Zakaria on education in the USA
Bitcoins
Causes of WW I
The Law of Urination
Top 5 brawls of American politics
Kansas City Lightning (Book review about jazz great Charlie Parker)

On Potpourri
Hudson Howl offered a trade of Rod Ford for Sarah Palin. I accepted because that is a no-brainer.

The idea of making cell phone calls available on flights must be based on a way for the airlines to make money. I hate the idea, thus hope for a high fee and the airlines right to disconnect the call if the caller is bothering others.

Courtesy of The Onion Store, here is another potential holiday gift for the hard-to-buy person with a twisted sense of humor.

Because I didn’t post last Friday and knowing that some were counting on my gift ideas, here’s a second one – your very own creative cursing cards!

For those who dare, here’s The Onion’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

Dancing with the Stars has been a good season. I always enjoy seeing non-dancers progress, but I don’t like seeing the audience vote causing better dancers to leave.

Pope Francis is a good choice for Time’s Person of the Year – but Miley Cyrus wasn’t worthy as a finalist.

Time: The Musical continues next week featuring Seasons, which means song titles with season(s) or one of the seasons in the title – but NOT in the form of a compound word. BTW – I love listening to all the songs! FYI: Bad news – The final act will be in January. Good news – A new musical begins!

Enjoy this version of Jingle Bells from President Obama.

Here are your weekend celebrations (sadly, not much going on)

  • (Fri) Cocoa Day, Pick a Pathologist Pal Day (here’s one who may recognize)
  • (Sat) Day of the Horse, Monkey Day, Shareware Day, Bouillabaisse Day, Halcyon Days begin
  • (Sun) Cat Herders Day, DNA Day, Lemon Cupcake Day, Zamenhof Day

Many thanks for all the kind words and support regarding the recent passing of my mother-in-law.

Because prep time has been short, I’m suspending Saturday Morning Cartoons until after the first of the year. However, I will have a seasonal treat tomorrow.

For Cincinnati, December has been abnormally cold and we’ve already received twice than normal amount of snow. Besides, the traditionally two coldest months are yet to come. I’m sending you into the weekend with the song that Lynn submitted in the latest Time: The Musical. In addition, it’s has outstanding images!

Enjoy Wintertime by the Steve Miller Band. 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. 56

On a Sincere Cheer
Although the Olympics is turning into a distant memory, I still smile when thinking about Penguin fans giving Buffalo/U.S. goalie Ryan Miller a louder ovation than their own, but Canadian player, Sidney Crosby.

On Construction-Area Driving
Spring is upon us also means the start of the highway construction season in Ohio. One thing for sure – I do not like driving on an interstate with concrete barrier walls on my left.

By the way, I recently had a rental car on a trip with a push-button starter – my first experience with that keyless function.

On a Massage Table
A friend of mine is embarking on a new career as a massage therapist. I do look forward to the part of his training where he has to practice. As part of the process, he has to purchase his own massage table and considering the one with the breast openings. Now I was picturing the opening going all the way through the table … but in actuality is is holes in the padding.

On Political Action Money
Many politicians sponsor their own political action committee (PAC). These men and women of nobility use the money to fund campaigns of candidates in their party in other districts.

Is anyone surprise that four of the largest PACS are sponsored by the 4 highest ranking people in the House of Representatives? Yep – Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Boehner, and their lieutenants (Mr. Hoyer and Mr. Cantor respectively lead the way.

Let’s see – I’ll give you money to help you get elected so you can vote for me in a leadership position and follow my lead. Yet please many still wonder what is wrong in Washington.

On a Commercial
I just saw a commercial against the health insurance bill that concluded with “Put our interests before special interests.” Of course the commercial was paid for by a special interest group.

On Spring Training Time
Spring training means baseball’s opening day is approaching. Not only is a special and celebrated day in Cincinnati, it is the start of the national pastime. Become of time constrains, I may fore-go providing my monthly analysis of the Reds. On the other hand, my all-time teams (based on first names) will continue.

On the Madness
Day 1 of March Madness brought forth the normal unpredictability!