Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 145

On Politics
“The private sector is doing fine.” President Obama, that was a poor, poor, poor downright pathetic choice of words.

Mr. Romney’s responded to the above of saying President Obama “is out of touch”. So here we are today, unemployment is still high, yet corporate profits have returned to pre-crash levels. Mr. Romney, it’s reality check time!

If Ron Paul said he has a difficult time differentiating Republicans and Democrats, I ask this question: Then why are you a Republican?

Very soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision regarding health care. This USA Today article provides some possible outcomes.  Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal provides a look at the potential Republican fallout of a ruling.

Regarding the upcoming decision, given this court is an activist court, I only see it going in one direction with the question being how far.

On Headlines from The Onion
Eco-Conscious Marketing Firm Developing Alternative Source of Synergy
U.S. Improves Infrastructure with Transnational Power Strip
Group of Hunky Cardinals Appeals to Pope to Relax Celibacy Requirement
Weather Channel Opens Las Vegas Casino
Breaking Story So New, Reporter has No Information
Nation’s Cotton Candy Crop Ravaged by Carnival Weevils
Teen who Cleaned-up Party Before Parents’ Arrival Totally Forgot about Overdosed Kid on Dining Table

Interesting Reads
Ruth Marcus on two faces of Republicans
E-readers in Africa
Tax Exceptions and religious organizations
Some berry recipes for dinner
The wine blends from Paso Robles
Fossilized Turtle Sex

On Potpourri
Lately, my stats resemble a downward staircase. 😦 … which is pathetic for someone approaching 1,000 posts in almost four years.

Sorry some of you didn’t see me as much this week. Simply said, I’ve got an important presentation to lead very soon.

This weekend we host our dinner group for a night of Scarborough Fare: parsley (appetizer), sage (soup/salad), rosemary (entrée), and thyme (dessert). Because we host, we have the entrée, so it will be interesting to see what the others bring.

Cincinnati is in final preparation for being the first U.S. city to host the World Choir Games, July4-14.

A classic cartoon post will go up for your Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, here’s a classic quirky musical video to send you into the weekend. Have a safe weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Early GOP Handicapping

As well documented on this blog, I’m an independent moderate, thus proudly boast allegiance to no political party. True to form, I will enter the presidential primary season as an uncommitted voter.

With the 2012 presidential election season ramping up, there is a lot of buzz about the candidates seeking the Republican nomination. With my vote up for grabs, here’s an independent moderates view of the GOP landscape regarding the odds of them getting my vote – after all, odds are I will vote in Ohio’s Republican primary. Then again, I also have a history of leaving the November presidential ballot blank, but have voted Democratic – and still may.

In the words of the old British colloquialism, “Fat Chance” – in other words, these candidates have zero chance of getting my vote – nada, zilch, zero, no-way, thus I won’t even think about Michelle Bachmann, John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain

The following have a “Slim Chance” of getting my vote. Although I will sift through additional information as it becomes available, “slim” also implies odds are against them getting my vote.

  • Rick Perry (Unannounced, but seems to be leaning)

“Maybe Chance” is for the fence-sitting candidates that I don’t know much about. That is, time will tell which way the will fall on the scale.

  • Tim Pawlenty

“Best Chance” does not mean an endorsement, nor does it I will vote for them. It simply means the candidate has the best chance of getting my primary vote.

  • Mitt Romney (yet I still believe he won’t get the nomination)
  • John Huntsman (who may be too pragmatic for the partisans)

Given the above, I won’t be surprised if the field expands over the next four months. In the mean time, many of the GOP partisans continue to back the unelectable.