Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 383

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Act 4 of Pronouns 2: The Musical goes live this weekend featuring songs with Their in the title. Warning: This act will be challenging. Curtain time is Saturday, 1 AM (Eastern US).

Special thanks to Dale for featuring me in one of her Advent posts promoting other bloggers – and cheers to her grand idea of promoting others!

Last week I shamefully forgot to wish Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends. In the spirit of Bohemian Rhapsody, this version for the Festival of Lights made me smile. Chag sameach!

Recently, Ohio (my state) became the first state allowing residents to pay taxes with Bitcoins.

The previous post was about my visit to Auschwitz. If I could take everyone in the world to one place on Earth, Auschwitz may be my choice.

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Last Saturday morning I awoke to the news of the passing of former president George H. W. Bush. It’s been a good week of salutes to a good, decent man who believed in honor public service for the country. A salute to a life well lived.

I stated this before on these pages, and the time is right to repeat it: the elder President Bush had it right about Iraq.

Another thought about Bush 41. He may have been the greatest Presidential Statesman of my lifetime.

The funeral signified a glorious sunset on the Greatest Generation. Cheers to that generation!

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion celebrates the birthday of the computer mouse.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Nervous maid of honor just stringing together random Maya Angelou quotes
Experts recommend just putting up with everyone else
Man hates having to wear condoms all day every day
Study finds dogs twitching in sleep are dreaming about tearing owners from limb to limb
Report: Average American spends 25% of life waiting in line at cell phone store

Interesting Reads

The insect apocalypse
Malta’s last knight
Growing as an artist: 33 rules
Einstein and the religion of science
Drink volcanic purple tea
(Interactive) 500 years of urbanization graphed
(Photos) Comedic wildlife
(Photos) Art and architecture

To send you into the weekend, another trip into the time machine – but this time for a bit of soul. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 179

On Politics
The Boston bombing occurred on a Monday, so many thanks to the Washington jackwagons for politicizing the event by the end of the week.

Regarding gun purchases, if extending background checks infringes on the Second Amendment, why aren’t Republicans calling for a repeal of any gun registration?

With part of the talk about immigration focuses on securing the border, I ask this important question: Besides saying something stupid as repealing Obamacare, what’s the plan for paying to secure the border?

Although I wasn’t one of President GW Bush’s big supporters, the people showing up as protesters at the dedication of his presidential library have too much time on their hands.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Breaking News: No breaking news
Area man now checks inside boat in driveway every morning
Man purchasing pair of red pants better be ready to put up or shut up
High school students line up for School Oil Portrait Day
Breaking News: Still nothing

Interesting Reads
Legal questions and the Boston bomber
Islam and Internet Islam
The politics of paranoia
Conversing with the ill
Pig Latin variations
Oregon Pinot Noirs

On Potpourri
I hope the insurance company gives David Henneberry a new boat. Nothing fancy, just a suitable replacement.

BuddahKat is a fractal artist. In her A-to-Z Challenge post, I adore U for Umbrella on this recent post. Give her a visit and tell her I sent you.

This past Wednesday was a great day: Free tickets to a Reds game, free food, two free adult beverages, and a Reds win. On the down side was a 90-minute rain delay and cool weather.

The Reds and a local pizza chain have a promotion for every home game. If Reds pitchers strikeout 11 or more opponents, fans in attendance have one week to get a free small pizza – which has cost the pizza family over $100,000 in the first 16 home games, but 65 games remain.

This week I discovered an interesting under $10 red wine – Cocobon – and the hint of chocolate is just enough!

There will be a Classic Saturday Morning Cartoon feature this weekend.

Because many readers enjoyed the Wayne Brady clip to start the week, here’s another clip from that great improve show 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.

On Iraq and Afghanistan

As a reaction to 9-11, the U.S. targeted Afghanistan. As the action was swift, the Bush administration took their eye off the ball and shifted their focus to Iraq. Although many Americans initially supported the invasion of Iraq, time demonstrated a changing public sentiment as the public had little patience on continual use or our country’s armed forces and resources.

Out of Iraq we come as President Obama returns to the initial focus – Afghanistan, thus this will become his war, just as Iraq become President Bush’s war. The public eye will shift from Iraq to Afghanistan, so how long will it take for the American public to again have little patience with continual use of our armed forces and resources? Time will tell.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 15

On the President’s Birth Certificate
I continue to be amazed that numerous partisans continue to maintain that President Obama was not “naturally born” in this country, thus the Constitution doesn’t support his presidency. Of course many of these people would claim fraud even if they pulled the certificate themselves from the Hawaii files.

I offer these two sources for the sensible seeking closure to this conspiracy theory.

FYI: Hawaii law only releases birth and marriage certificates to the person on the documents or their immediate relatives.

On Partisan Divisions
Is anyone tired of the opposing party giving their response after the president addresses Congress? Come on parties, start showing country-first behavior … yes that also applies to the Democrats the next time you’re out of the White House.

Although the call of socialism by the GOP against the President Obama continues to serve as red meat for the partisans, the language of socialism and idolization of Joe the Plumber serves as an intentionally-delivered divisive wedge. Why? Surely not for the purpose of working toward a constructive solution; therefore it is only aimed at regaining their political foothold. Nothing else and nothing more.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is calling for a spending freeze. How about starting with freezing Congressional salaries until the Federal government operates for two consecutive years without a deficit? Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi (another problem) squashed that idea.

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) states, “In just one month, the Democrats have spent more than President Bush spent in seven years on the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina combined.” Here’s the math.

On Earmarks
I’ve taken my shots at John Boehner many times, but he was correct to remind President Obama about his campaign stance on earmarks.

I know earmarks are actually a small percentage of the budget. People simply want efficient spending, which may be wishful thinking. For those wanting more on the Pelosi-Reid-led legislation of earmarks, here’s a source.

On President Bush
I continue to hope that neither Obama administration nor Congress will waste their time, effort, and money toward investigating the Bush administration. There are bigger and more important problems on the plate!

I just finished an article about loyalists working to preserve his legacy. One way or the other, time – and only time – will make that decision.

Random Inauguration Day Thoughts

The Ongoing
The George W. Bush presidency is about to end. I watched his last news conference, Larry King interview, and his final address to the nation.

  • He doesn’t seem to second-guess himself much; “Presidents don’t get do-overs.” and stands by his decisions.
  • He seemed disconnect from the feelings of the majority.
  • From the heights of his leadership immediately after the attacks to the continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, September 11th will define his presidency.
  • Only time will tell how history will look at the Bush presidency, which to me, is defined so much to 9-11. Current historians are predicting “not well.” Meanwhile, an unofficial news poll showed that 39% of Cincinnatians say the opposite. Check on this column from a Cincinnati Enquirer.
  • Presidents have post-presidency causes they champion, and serving the Katrina region could be a significant contribution.
  • Mr. President, I voted for you once, and disagreed many times, but nonetheless, thank you for serving the country.

The Incoming

  • Intentionally, I’ve posted very little about President Obama. The reason was simple ─ I refused to comment on the president that had served zero days. After today, he’s open game.
  • The amount of change I’ve seen in my lifetime is amazing. I’m proud that we’ve come a long way, but realize there is still a way to go by all.
  • Voters place too much importance of voting for president and too little on congressional seats. We give the president more power and transformational expectations than they actually have.
  • With expectations so high, the many current messes, and a fickle public, this could be a one-term presidency.
  • I continue to be amazed by those who hope President Obama fails.
  • Good luck Mr. President. If you are successful, so are we.