Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 213

On Politics
The fact that President Obama and House Speak John Boehner met this week is a good thing. The fact that they haven’t met in 14 months is not.

Although Congressional Republicans have been outwardly obstinate, I wonder if Congressional Democrats have also been quietly obstinate.

Given the odds are high for overreach, maybe it’s a good idea that one party doesn’t control Capitol Hill and the White House.

Comments by rocker Ted Nugent about President Obama are an example of one of the downsides of today’s information highway. As many elected Republican shrugged their shoulders and danced around the situation, cheers to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and several others for stepping to say Nugent was out of line.

For those waiting on the edge of your seat with high anticipation, please relax because Nincompoop will not seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination for one reason – a loss would damage her brand.

I enjoy listening to Michael Smerconish on an XM radio political channel (124). Coming soon – He will have a new, Saturday morning show on CNN (I believe starting next weekend).

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
American Airlines to phase out complimentary cabin pressurization
Man who keeps keys on carabineer must rappel into office building every morning
Self-conscious flasher fully clothed under trench coat
Fourth-grader named Jackson to fire you someday
Report: Local gas station would not be hard to rob

Bonus Onions
Worst selling frozen dinners
Dogs who know fun

Interesting Reads
FBI and Osama bin Laden
The Smithsonian writes about the Monument Men
How a trust can reduce taxes
Interesting thoughts about the study of economics
Interesting images of sand art
Interesting graphic about crossbows

On Potpourri
Barbeque lovers know that macaroni and cheese is a great accompaniment. Chef Michael Symon takes it to the next level with this recipe. I haven’t tried it, but I delivered an OMG when I saw him make this.

WLWT is a long-time Cincinnati television station. This commercial for them caught my attention, and it’s a good way to you to see scenes of my city, including my beloved Skyline Chili – but I’m not sure the two kids are eating Graeter’s ice cream.

Saturday is a new month, so I hope to put month-long celebrations in the next Monday Morning Entertainment. After all, I still want you informed.

Jim Lange, former host of the original Dating Game, passed away this week. Here’s a list of star-to-be that appeared on the show: Karen Carpenter, Steve Martin, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, John Ritter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andy Kaufman, and Suzanne Somers. Does anyone remember the episode when comedian Don Rickles stood in for a shy girl to select here date? Here it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXzu8qgkINs

Here are your weekend celebrations (Wow … there are many!)

  • (Weekend) Snowshoe Days
  • (Fri) National Chili Day, Public Sleeping Day, Floral Design Day, DNA Day, Pockets Day, Car Keys and Small Change Day, Read Me Day, Tooth Fairy Day, Chocolate Soufflé Day, Rare Disease Day
  • (Sat) Beer Day, Bachelor’s Day, Underling’s Day, Go Bowling Day, Wear Yellow Day (for endometriosis awareness), Horse Protection Day, Peanut Lovers Day, Pig Day, Plan a Solo Vacation Day, Retire but Not Retired Day, Share a Smile Day, Compliment Day, Sock Monkey Day, Days of the Seals, Self-Injury Awareness Day, Holy Experiment Day,
  • (Sun) Banana Cream Pie Day, Daughters’ and Sons’ Day, Pyramid Day, Old Stuff Day, Dr. Seuss Day, Book Day, Silly Putty Day, Babysitter Safety Day, Cat-in-the-Hat Day, Frozen Food Day

This past week was very difficult, but at least I made it to Friday. The project is finished, and I made progress in terms of packing.

Over the past few weeks, I haven’t written or visited others, as I prefer to do. I thought cutting back to three posts per week would help more than it did. With that in mind, common sense tells me that I have to step away from blogging even more until after the move. Knowing that I will have a difficult time doing that, I will soon temporarily fade into the abyss …BUT … I hope to put together some timed short posts to keep you entertained during my absence.

Earlier this week we learned of the passing of actor Harold Ramis – and to me, this fun song from one of his movies is perfect to send everyone into the weekend. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On the Health Care Mess

The majority of Americans, those in the spectrum between the town hall cranks and automatic-accepting Democratic partisans, want accurate, useful information. With this in mind, why is the public confused about health care reform? Why has the discussion of this important issue turned away from meaningful dialogue?

Whether watching town hall meetings, listening to our elected officials, reading editorials, listening to talk show pundits, lobbying groups, special-interest groups, or relying on chain emails and bloggers, the public is receiving a lot of misinformation. Take your pick.

Sara Palin (Republican Activist)
“Seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.”
PolitiFact Rating – Pants on Fire; PolitiFact Comment – A sci-fi scenario not based on reality; PolitiFact Explanation

President Obama (D)
“I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.”
PolitiFact Rating – False; PolitiFact Comment – Oh yes he did. PolitiFact Explanation

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
“The Democrat-backed health care reform plan “will require (Americans) to subsidize abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars.”
PolitiFact Rating – False; PolitiFact Explanation

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
“The Congressional Budget Office most recently came out and analyzed the current (health care) plan and said that it was not only deficit-neutral, but also that over 10 years it would create a $6 billion surplus.”
PolitiFact Rating – False; PolitiFact Explanation

Rep. Dan Lungren, (R-CA)
“President Barack Obama suggested on national TV that the Democratic health care bill ‘will have government decide’ that a healthy, 100-year-old woman in need of a pacemaker “should take a pain pill” instead.
PolitiFact Rating -False; PolitiFact Comment – Rep Lundgren is twisting the president’s words. PolitiFact Explanation

President Obama (D)
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
PolitiFact Rating -Half True; PolitiFact Comment – As long as your employer agrees. PolitiFact Explanation

Paul Krugman, Noble Prize Winning Economist
“During the 2005 fight over Social Security, “there were noisy demonstrations — but they were outside the events,” and opponents were “not disruptive — crowds booed lines they didn’t like, but that was about it.” PolitiFact Rating – False; PolitiFact Comment – They were raucous in 2005, inside and out. PolitiFact Explanation

Liberty Council: An organization advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family.
“Page 992 of the health care bill will “establish school-based ‘health’ clinics. Your children will be indoctrinated and your grandchildren may be aborted!”
PolitiFact Rating: Pants on Fire; PolitiFact Comment – Nothing in the bill like that.” PolitiFact Explanation

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial
“The health care reform bill — on Page 16 — outlaws private insurance.”
PolitiFact Rating & Comment: Pants on Fire; Comment- Misreading the legislation, then standing by it. Explanation

Chain E-Mail
“All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services.”
PolitiFact Rating: Pants on Fire;  Explanation