Opinions in the Shorts: Vol 191

On Politics
Congress has been in session this week, which means little-to-no good things to say.

Lauren Green’s (FOX News) interview with Reza Aslan is a good example of why I don’t watch FOX News. Watch for yourself.

Why Washington continues to ignore infrastructure is beyond any good reason.

The Onion recaps 25 years of Rush Limbaugh.

Gotta love the news headline Way Too Much Weiner.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Congress fiercely divided over completely blank bill that says and does nothing
Vatican quickly performs damage control on Pope’s tolerant remarks
“Congratulations” typed in Facebook Comment bar reconsidered, then deleted
Report: Ape neurology much like banana-obsessed humans
Tiny advisor who lived in president’s ear dead at 83

Interesting Reads
Countries that will replace China
Taking National Review’s science to the woodshed
Chicago’s Great Ferris Wheel (by Jim, a visitor here, so tell him I sent you)
Weekend habits of highly effective people (Thanks to Tim)
Interactive map for WW I’s western front
The cost of not following doctor’s orders
Verifying death

On Potpourri
July is gone, but we had a great month of gasoline savings as we saved $3.35 per gallon on 20 gallons, then $1.00 per gallon on 24 gallons, and $0.90 per gallon on 22 gallons – which is slightly over $100 savings.

August is upon us, so it starts with International Clown Week (1-7) – as if Le Clown needs reasons to celebrate.

Friday (Aug 2nd) is International Beer Day and India Pale Ale Day – as if TBM needs a day to go to the pub. Saturday is National Mustard Day, Watermelon Day, while Sunday is National Chocolate Chip Day. (Yes, another reason for Graeter’s!)

Saturday also celebrates Coast Guard Day, so here’s a salute to the men and women serving!

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Thanks to participants in Time: The Musical – Act 5. Hopefully, Act 6 occurs in mid-August.

My wife and I recently received praise from each of our dental hygienists about improvement in our gums, which we and they say is due to using these picks.

I have planned a cartoon post for Saturday.

To send you into the weekend, let’s go full circle as I started it here last week and then featured them as open Act 5 … and I still don’t understand why they aren’t in the Rock and Hall of Fame – yet Boy George is. May this weekend fulfill your wildest dreams. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 130

On Politics
As Mitt Romney won the total votes and delegate count in the Ohio primary, interestingly Rick Santorum won 69 of Ohio’s 88 counties; however, Romney won the metropolitan areas. Interestingly, the Romney pattern follows President Obama’s pattern in both the 2008 Ohio primary and 2008 general election.

With Rick Santorum referring to President’s Obama hope of people going to college as elitist, here is an interesting view of his position.

The GOP evangelical vote continues to interest me because of the way this group of Republicans incorporate one of the greatest liberals in human history. Here’s an interesting read at CNN’s Belief Blog.

As advertisers leave the Rush Limbaugh Show, given the number of listeners, I’m more curious about the advertisers that are filling the void and which return after the dust settles.

I expected Sarah Palin to defend Rushbo and blame the lamestream media. Meanwhile, seeing the latest movie about The Nincompoop (Game Change) would be a waste of my time, money, integrity, and sensibility.

In the race for the GOP nomination for Ohio Ninth District House of Representative seat, Joe the Plumber beats Steve the Auctioneer.

Leave it to The Onion for this awesome Super Tuesday campaign report. WARNING: Any Republican without a sense of humor should not watch the video … and I voted (and have been voting) in the GOP primary.

On Headlines from The Onion
Player Reports to Spring Training Exactly the Right Amount Overweight
Road-Kill Squirrel Remembered as Frantic, Indecisive
Girlfriend Changes Man into Someone She is not Interested In
Rick Steves Cleaned Out by Gypsies
Fiery Explosion from Daytona 500 Donated to NASCAR Hall of Fame
Guy from Pringles Ad Convicted on Law and Order

Interesting Reads
Fast-Running Robot
Peaceful Transition in Yemen
The Rise of a Master: Michaelangelo
Why Culture is in Our Genes
The Visual Planets in the March Sky
Cool Pics of Recent Solar Flares

On Potpourri
Nicknames of sport teams cover a wide range, yet, many are more common than others. Earlier this week, this sports headline caught my eye: Jackrabbits Leaps over Leathernecks.

Worthy Dolt of the Year Nominations: Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh

Although these Christians are preaching against Islam, they do not speak for all Christians.

When I see bloggers ask evolution (science) or creation (religion), I wonder why there are only two choices.

I will have a post this weekend.

To send us into the weekend, this is a great clip of impressionist Steve Bridges with President George W. Bush. RIP Mr. Bridges. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 82

On Two Arizona Hurts
Most Americans are rooting and cheering for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and the more I learn about her, how could one not.

Another hurt is that of the shooter’s parents. As they understandably stay secluded within their home, the media remains camped on the outside. They must feel a wide range of emotions as shame, rage, shock, bewilderment, and countless other adjectives. Personally, I would like to see three things for them: all media leave, someone close to the tragedy reach out their hand of forgiveness, and hope that they accept those who reach out – and the sooner the better on all counts.

Note: NBC reported that one of the injured went to the parent’s home for grant forgiveness, but he couldn’t get access.

On Mindless Finger Pointing
Sarah Palin is right in saying, “We are better than the mindless finger pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy.” However, is she is capable of mindless finger pointing?

Oh Rush for saying, “What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country.” Are any conservatives out there going to challenge him?

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently sent a letter seeking campaign funds while also mentioning the recent shootings in Arizona and the Republican far right. What were you thinking?

On the Two Speeches
President Obama delivered a magnificent speech Wednesday night in Tucson. Honest, genuine, compassionate, eloquent, realistic, inspirational, graceful, and many more adjectives can describe the speech. Anyone denying so is simply lost wondering adrift in the woods of partisanship.

After the speech, out of curiosity, I tuned to Fox News to hear their comments, which were all positive. Now compare that speech with the video released from Alaska earlier in the day.

Of the Tucson speech, I don’t recall seeing Speaker Boehner (R-OH) or Majority Leader Cantor (R-VA) in the crowd. If that was the case, not a good decision because one of them should have been there.

On an Upcoming Speech
On Tuesday, January 25th, President Obama will deliver the 2011 State of the Union address. Hey members of Capitol Hill. Consider standing and clapping only after Mr. President is introduced and at his conclusion. In between, sit and listen with dignity.

As a side note, I suggested this in a comment on CNN yesterday in a comment to a good letter by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO).

On a PBS Series
Sometime ago I recorded God in America, a 6-hour PBS series about the role religious faith has played in shaping life, politics, and culture in America. Both my wife and I found it to be enjoyable and enlightening. Not only can anyone view each segment online, the series’ website also provides transcripts, interviews, a study guide, and other resources about the topic.

On the BCS Championship
Congratulations to Auburn and their fans for winning the the game, but not the true national championship because there isn’t one to win.

BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock recently said the “old system” is more likely to return than a playoff system. Then so be it! Break up the cartel!

On Rushing Waters
Our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the horrifying waters in Brisbane, Australia and most recently in Brazil. Please consider donating to the International Red Cross or your favorite international relief agency.

On an Approaching Day
Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and these words from Bill Tammeus’s Faith Matter’s blog stuck me: The progress we’ve made as a nation has been by fits and starts and, in the end, has left much unaccomplished. Each of us, no matter our ethnic origin, no doubt has a list of what has been left undone and needs to be tackled. (Source post)

Have a safe weekend.

On Stay Out of the News

The news is full of people. First, everyone not only has their preference of news channels, news watchers also have their favorite broadcasters. On the other hand, think about the people in the news. The news is full of the rich, the famous, obnoxious politicians, arrogant athletes, and village idiots; then sprinkled with good Samaritans and the needy.

I am not a fan of Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) or Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), but they maintain positions that are in the news. Although I cannot stand to hear either of them, both are news worthy.

On this post, I ask this question: Who are the people in the news that you wish would go away? No wish of ill or harm, just get out of the news!

Here is my list, so who are yours?

Tiger Woods – I play golf; enjoy watching golf, and a Tiger fan. Because he made bad decisions, his personal life has its share of struggles. Given all the problems in this country and in the world, I wish he would be out of the news – well, at least until he returns to golf.

Pat Robertson – The man simply has the propensity of saying stupid things at the wrong time.

Rosie O’Donnell – Oh please, not her again.

Rush Limbaugh – He can say all he wants on his radio show because I do not listen. I even wished him well during his health issue. Otherwise, stay out of the news!

John Edwards – Currently, the undisputed #1!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 47

On the Sugar Bowl
Since I knew that the odds for winning the game against Florida, I was simply hoping for a respectful showing by my UC Bearcats. Well, my simple hope turned into a nightmare, thus arming the naysayers. UF simply had more good players. Nonetheless, the team still had a memorable season. Congratulations Gators!

On Double Standards
The Christmas Day airline incident reminded us of terrorism’s ongoing threat, the importance of efficient and effective airport security, and the role that each of us have in the process. Meanwhile, the spoken voices tell us so much more. The many of the Obama critics on this issue were blaming the Clinton administration for 9-11. Those defending President Obama were point to the Bush Administration for 9-11. Does anyone besides me and other nonpartisans see what is wrong?

On Airport Security
I do enough travel to understand the routine at airports, yet I have questions. Is TSA a security program or a job program? Although it is a mammoth undertaking, is Washington truly concerned about protection?

The situation demonstrates the continual disconnection between various government agencies when it comes to security. No matter the political party, Washington prefers rhetoric or achievement. I found this profound comment by columnist Maureen Dowd.

If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?

On a Pathetic News Cast
I just watched a Today show news brief whose second topic was about finding Elin Woods skiing in France followed by news about Rush Limbaugh leaving the hospital. I know that the show’s format includes news reports to precede the news brief, but having Woods and Limbaugh as number 2 and 3? That’s pathetic!

On Hospitalized Rush
Whether it’s his arrogance, politics, twisted truths, misuse of facts, or overall mocking of people who deserve better, there’s not much I like about Rush Limbaugh. I don’t listen to his show nor do I have much respect for his flock of ditto heads. Nonetheless, when I heard the news about his hospitalization, I had thoughts about his successful recovery. You see, unlike many partisans, I also know that he deserves respect as a human being.

Upon his hospital release, the bombastic one with a huge ego had a news conference and said the following: “I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. I got no special treatment other that what anybody else that would have called 911 and had been brought in with the same kinds of symptoms.”

Hey Rush, the national debate is NOT about health care reform – it’s about health insurance! Let us be reminded that the people living by his words are the same people who mocked late Senator Ted Kennedy’s cancer care as the best money can buy.

On a Steelers’ Blast
Pittsburgh Steelers LB LaMar Woodley recently proclaimed that the Cincinnati Bengals would “lay down” in this Sunday’s game against the Jets because “No one wants to see Pittsburgh in it.” One question for LaMar – Why did the Steelers put themselves in the predicament of relying on others instead of getting the job done yourself?

On the Latest Banner
Have some similarities to my previous head is one of the reasons I choose the current banner. I also added a Past Headers page to serve as a reminder of this blog’s history – so check it out.