Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 389

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Queen headlines this weekend’s concert series. Concert time is Saturday at 1:00 AM (Eastern US).

Fiona turned 2 this week! Here’s a click with a story and a photo gallery. Need more? Here’s a collection of videos.

We recently saw Vice at the theater. Some points: 1) Christian Bale was outstanding, 2) I was never a fan of Dick Cheney or any of the neo-Conservatives, 3) I’m not a fan of hyper-partisan movies, and 4) Oscar for Best Picture? Someone had to be kidding.

I’ve finally got around to listening to Podcasts. I greatly enjoy the Ted Radio Hour. CBS journalists Mo Rocca just released his first in a series called Mobituaries. The first episode was about Vaughn Meader. Does anyone remember him? He was the famous for his President Kennedy impressions. Does the First Family Album ring a bell?

Back to podcasts. The two series listed above are 1-hour segments. Any recommendations of podcasts that are 15 minutes or less?

Remember Mr. Blackwell’s best and worst dressed lists? He died in 2008, but Roger Stone (yes – that Roger Stone – the advisor to President Trump) picked up Blackwell’s mantle. I heard an interesting interview with him about his lists – so here they are.

Congratulations to the latest inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez. Cheers to Martinez finally getting his due, and a worthy tip of the cap to Mariano Rivera for being the first player ever to receive 100% of the votes on the first ballot. A worthy honor to a top-shelf player.

Super Bowl LIII is set. Two very entertaining games last weekend, but too bad the officials made a blatant error in one game, plus I don’t like the NFL’s overtime rule that determined the second game. Personally, I hope the Rams win.

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I not only don’t I understand comments like these, I’m even more surprised that people use them and others believe them.

  • “Stalin was a socialist who wanted healthcare for all, then went on to kill 80,000 people.” (Friend on Facebook)
  • “We have a society in which there are an awful lot of people who have no idea that Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung all came to power promising the same kinds of things that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is promising. And it led to mass murder, it led to dictatorship, it led to genocide. These promises are old promises and they invariably lead to bad things.” (Ben Stein)

For goofy statements like the above, I have a simple response: Although I may not agree with the Left, I am glad they have their heads in the cloud because it is a response to the Right who have their heads up their ass – and I’m glad to be grounded with my eyes open and my brain thinking.

With all the bluster about the upcoming State of the Union, I could care less because I won’t be watching or listening.

Interesting how President Trump offered a DACA deal to the Democrats, and then the Supreme Court steps on Trump’s previous DACA actions. Oh how the stories around this administration get weirder and weirder.

White House Counsel Rudy Giuliani is competing with President Trump for best entertainment to those who know better. Earlier this week The Onion has this great headline: Giuliani: ‘Let’s Just Start Everything Over’ … and this Stephen Colbert about Rudy intro made me laugh. (It’s less than a minute.)

To lead you into The Onion, this headline and accompanying image may be one of the best ever. Click here to see.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Man beginning to worry that best meals already behind him
Trump dismisses Trump as a distraction
Doctor weirded out by patient providing every lucid detail of medical history
Woman rushes to hide fragile objects, cover up sharp corners on tables before boyfriend comes over
Queen Elizabeth watches as oxen pull apart farmer who failed to provide yearly tithe of grain
Weird kid opts to sit perfectly still, let universe decide his fate after teacher instructs class to pair up

Interesting Reads

Rural states and clean energy
Ten cultural items turning 30
Tough economic times at Amsterdam brothels
Major news from the world of frog dating
Quinoa whiskey
(Photos) The architect exiled by Nazis
(Chart) Coal use by country

To send you into the weekend, here’s a song that I stumble across the other day that I hadn’t heard in a long time. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 370

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Yippee – I finally had a good golf round on league night!

Pronouns: The Musical is continue its trek this weekend featuring songs with Me in the title. Curtain time is Saturday at 1:00 am (Eastern US). Special thanks to Maitre d’ Dale for her outstanding effort.

As I look at my drafts, I believe only 5 beach walks remain in the queue. That would mean 24 this year – compared to 15 last year.

Because of multiple requests, I drafted a cutting-the-cord post, which I hope to publish next week. Thanks for the suggestion!

Because of our recent spring vacation to the western US, the wildfires in that area are more meaningful to us. A reminder to the able and willing to donate to their favorite charity that helps affected families.

The recent news about making design plans for producing guns at home with 3D printers is troubling on multiple levels. I imagine this issue will make it to the Supreme Court, so hold on to your hats!

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OMG … a Religious Liberty Task Force? This administration is more than loony! I doubt if the task force members will read my past post on the topic.

Not long ago I made a statement about the US being on a trail toward a civil war. At the recent Trump rally in Tampa, the treatment of CNN’s Jim Acosta is a good example … and President Trump supports and encourages this behavior.

While a friend of mine was complaining about the media’s coverage of President Trump, I kept saying, “He brings it on himself. He brings it on himself. Keeping quiet isn’t in his DNA. He brings it upon himself.” … and my friend conceded.

Do you remember the days when the majority of Americans respected Rudi Giuliani?

Besides a dysfunctional White House, Congress and government organization could use an overhaul. As a longtime advocate of now is the time to reorganize, here’s an interesting commentary about an effort.

As I’ve said before, Stephen Colbert’s monologues keep me sane during these goofy times. This week he chronicled this evolving explanation.

Russia didn’t interfere in the election.

OK, they did.

But nobody in the Trump team met with the Russians.

OK, they did.

But it was just about adoptions.

OK, they offered us dirt on Hillary.

But there was no collusion.

Collusion is not a crime.

But collusion was just a little crime.

Since when are crimes illegal?

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, I’m going to break from tradition to lead you to an awesome video. Thanks to Philosopher Mouse who lead me to this video treat that is cooler than James Dean ever thought.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Total idiot resorting to tribalism decades before climate catastrophe makes it necessary
Man keeps having same experience where he shows up to work naked
Experts warn transitioning too quickly from work to vacation could cause decompression sickness
Flight attendant licks her lips as traveler approaches gate with large suitcase
Music compels weak man to dance

Interesting Reads

Migration to Europe
Can school commit malpractice?
Curse of the open-floor plan
Evolution of human intelligence
Presidents and the military: 70 years apart
The good smell of rain
(Photos) Flora and fauna of Socotra

To send you into the weekend and continuing the summer theme, here’s another classic by Don Henley. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.