Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 423

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The final Weekend Concert was unbelievable! Thanks to all, and an extra thanks from the bottom of my heart to Dale for her energy and kindness.

Looking at the remaining posts, I finally started charting my departure. I will say that if all goes as planned, I will be around into early February.

Obligations this past week have put me behind – but I’m trying to catch up.

Cincinnati was named after Roman leader Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus was known for good governance. Because he saw himself as a modern day Cincinnatus, Benito Mussolini donated a statue (in 1931) to Cincinnati (as well as Rome, New Year and Rome, Georgia). That statue has resided in a city park ever since. A Cincinnati council member is considering the statue’s removal. Like any place, the city has its share of issues – but sorry – that is not worth the time and effort.

Although young by European standards, the Cincinnati Symphony will celebrate its 125th year at next weekend’s concert.

The Ohio Medical Board received a submission that being a Browns or Bengals fan in Ohio is a condition that should qualify for medical marijuana treatment.

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The January 5th Meet the Press episode was (for me) one of the best ever. After the opening segment about Iraq, most of the show focused on lies, fake news, biases, and more.

Forgot to mention this last week. I observed this in one home I visited during the holidays. These items were clearly visible: Trump – Make America Great sticker on the outside front door, Trump wall calendar, Trump bobblehead, Trump ashtrays, framed pic of the First Couple, and Trump stickers for holiday cards.

The killing of an Iranian general was significant news. It was also a prime example of how can one believe a president who routinely lies and distorts? If there was a national disaster/event that requires the president to make a national address, who would the listener know if they are receiving the truth?

Until the impeachment proceedings, I have never heard of Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). The man is a piece of work. Whew. Now he states Democrats “in love with terrorists” and they “mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani.” I yield to a great American orator for my brief response.

I seldom read the columnists from the left or the right, but a recent one by Mark Thiessen (conservative, Washington Post) caught my attention. Personally, it gave me new-found respect for him and provided a faint glimmer of hope. If you are interested, click here.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Man still can’t believe he’s not a virgin
Report: Only 2% of internet worth sitting through 15-second ad
Man doesn’t want to put too much effort into fixing up house he just going to burn down
Study finds comparing yourself to others actually a pretty good way to gauge success
Woman ties reading shampoo bottle directions in French first to test if she’s secretly smart
Las Vegas residents worried that proposed construction of new casino will bring in riff-raff

Interesting Reads

Advertisers tracking people
The first humans to the Americas
Who was Buddah?
Art of decision making
Differences in snowflakes
Wines around the world
(Graphic) Changing demographics of China and India
(Pictures) An ice festival in China
(Pictures) Culturally important sites in Iran

To send you into the weekend, here’s a Van Morrison song I’ve always enjoyed. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Celebrating Foolishness

Today’s music for your background: Real Real Gone (Van Morrison)

Foolishness is a noun

Foolishness’ word origins in 12th century Old English words dysig, stunt, dol; 14th/15th century Middle English words folish, foolish

Foolishness synonyms include absurdity, absurdness, asininity, baloney, brainlessness, bull, bunk, bunkum, carrying-on, claptrap, crap, craziness, daftness, dippiness, dottiness, drivel, dumb trick, fatuity, fatuousness, folly, flapdoodle, fool trick, foolery, garbage, hogwash, hooey, horse feathers, idiocy, imbecility, impracticality, imprudence, inadvisability, inanity, indiscretion, insanity, insensibility, irrationality, irresponsibility, ludicrousness, lunacy, madness, mistake, nonsense, nuttiness, obliquity, courage-vs-foolishness-24476poppycock, preposterousness, rashness, recklessness, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, simplicity, stupidity, tommyrot, triviality, twaddle, unreasonableness, unsoundness, unwisdom, unwiseness, weakness, witlessness, zanniness

Foolishness in other languages includes aptallık, bêtise, dåraktighet, dwaasheid, follia, idiotice, stupidaggine, tontería, typeryys

An act of foolishness is a folly

Foolish talk is stultiloquence

Sayings about Foolishness
Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness. (Sophocles)

First Love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. (George Bernard Shaw)

Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced. (Alfred North Whitehead)

A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed. (Unknown)

There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again. (George W Bush)

Purpose of this Foolishness

As we celebrate his birth today
Many of us have something to say.
He danced naked on a bar
And drove for a sandwich from afar,
So many cheers to El Guapo with a thunderous hooray.

Happy birthday to a one of the blogosphere’s good guys – the master of Friday FoolishnessEl Guapo! For your birthday, I sense you would enjoy this ride.

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