Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 266

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Last week I wrote this: Numerous southern families support flying the Confederate Battle Flag because they have ancestors who fought under that flag. OK … so why isn’t the Nazi flag flown at the cemeteries for World War II German soldiers? I know that Nazi analogies are often in poor taste, my statement was by no means equating the Nazis to anything in the US Civil War. Flags are symbols, and my intention focused on the flags. I apologize to anyone offended by the question.

Statues of Confederate soldiers in public places are getting scrutinized and even defaced. To me, that’s absolutely absurd. Here’s an interesting Washington Post article about Confederate symbols.

Burning African-American churches? Hey South Carolina – you have a problem!

The recent court rulings offered more examples of Republicans proclaiming a return to the Constitution except when they want to change it. Meaning, the recent rulings have also provided many the opportunity to demonstrate that smart people can say and do stupid things – especially when pandering for votes.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (aka The Truth Teller) may be the King of Hyperbole. As the US Supreme Court went against his views twice in a short span, Cruz stated, Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history. Meanwhile, he describes (in his book) fact-checking as yellow journalism. Here’s an article from USA Today.

Speaking of Texas, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the top law-enforcement official in the state, is encouraging clerks, magistrates, and other officials who object same-sex marriage to not issue the marriage license.

The New York Times did this outstanding 13-minute video about the story that led to the US Supreme Court ruling. (Thanks Lame)

Given some conservatives are squawking about Chief Justice Roberts, this read is about Roberts’ consistency.

In my opinion, and time will tell, the recent ruling says nothing or even implies that churches are required to perform a marriage ceremony involving LGBT. Some have, some will, and some won’t.

Gov. Chris Christie became the 14th Republican seeking the presidency. (I foresee at least 2 more.) He’s a good example of it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Yep – the importance of speaking with conviction can cause others to not notice what is said. No profile from The Onion … Yet!

President Obama announced the intent for Cuba and the USA to open respective embassies. The next step is up to Congress – Oh boy! Given the 2016 election, this could be interesting.

The economic situation in Greece is troubling, yet complex. The heart aches for the Greek people.

Congratulations Missy Copeland on her accomplishment … and cheers to the American Ballet Theater for the historic decision.

I enjoy Enya’s music. I stumbled across this pleasing video to one of her songs. For other Enya fans, enjoy The Memory of Trees (which is good waltz music).

Desserts is the theme for Act 7 of Meals: The Musical. One note of caution: Because they had their own act, beware of using “fruits” or any fruit as they had their own act. (EX) Blueberry Hill is not acceptable because the dessert is not identified; but Blueberry Pie or Blueberry Ice Cream would be acceptable. Curtain time is this Wednesday, 7:30 pm (Eastern US)

For those who will post the entire story on their blog (with their ending), the revised story (without an ending) is on the Challenge page to copy. The Dance Challenge date Sunday, July 12th, 9:30 pm (Eastern US). … Feel free to promote the challenge!

This is a holiday weekend in the US, so no Saturday post from me. Happy Fourth of July, America.

To lead you into The Onion, here’s their mass extinctions timetable.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Boss’s clout evaporates after he’s seen in shorts at company picnic
Study: U.S. wastes 2 million hours annually figuring out where tape roll begins
Man commits to new TV show just hours after getting out of 7-season series
Family enters crisis talks after discovering restaurant has 45-minute wait
Only predictor of happy marriage is if husband won wife big stuffed animal at amusement park

Interesting Reads
Slavery, states rights, civil rights, and a flag
A year as a nudist
How the turtle got its shell
Endangered places is America
Mushrooms and weight reduction
Yes, photos of a crow landing on an eagle

To send you into the weekend, here’s a touch of Motown from years gone by, Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On They’ve Earned It: Week 1 ’09

With the opening week spread over 5 days, college football is off to a fast start. Given that polls and personal ranking are based on expectations, this “They’ve Earned It” ranking is based on who a team plays and the result. For instance I’m not impressed with a “ranked” team rolling East Bufo Q&U.

For those who didn’t see my preseason rankings, this past post sets the stage for these rankings. As a matter of fact this is probably the only ranking in the country omitting Florida, Texas, and USC. Instead of 10 teams, this week A Frank Angle is honoring a baker’s dozen.

They’ve Earned It Baker’s Dozen

  1. BYU
  2. Alabama
  3. Boise State
  4. South Carolina
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Miami FL
  7. Missouri
  8. Ohio State
  9. Cincinnati
  10. Colorado State
  11. Mississippi
  12. Cal
  13. Baylor

Upcoming Notable OOC games
As with week 1, there is a scattering of conference games in week 2. Here are the notable out-of-conference games for the upcoming week that catch my eye. This past post sets the stage for the list, which also provides links to the rest of the study.

  • Air Force @ Minnesota
  • East Carolina @ West Virginia
  • Fresno State @ Wisconsin
  • Houston @ Oklahoma State
  • North Carolina @ UConn
  • Notre Dame @ Michigan
  • Purdue @ Oregon
  • Stanford @ Wake Forest
  • UCLA @ Tennessee
  • USC @ Ohio State

On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 29

On Three Celebrity Deaths
Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson were gone within days. The best comment I heard was from Al Roker, who was quoting someone else – Death comes to three groups: the elderly, the suffering, and the unexpected.

On the President
One of the concerns I’ve had about President Obama all along is this – is he try to do too much? Is doing more important than doing well? I’m one of the independent moderates any candidate needs, which is also the group that political pundits carefully monitored. The numbers are showing the drifting away from President Obama has begun. Here’s a good column WSJ’s Peggy Noonan.

On Governor Sanford
Although many want to pipe in with their opinion of Governor Sanford (R-SC), I say that whether or not he resigns is a matter for South Carolinians to decide; thus not me in Ohio – just as the Iran demonstrations are an internal Iranian issue.

Meanwhile, while a congressman, Governor Sanford was highly critical of President Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal, as was Newt Gingrich. At his recent press conference, the governor asked for forgiveness. In a 2007 radio interview with evangelical leader Rev. James Dobson, Mr. Gingrich asked for forgiveness for his infidelities. Although both are understandable, there’s one more side to forgiveness – shouldn’t both  men publically forgive Mr. Clinton?

On Congressional Shorts

  • Cheers to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-FL) for praising President Obama on being a positive role model for fathers and family values.
  • Boo to Speaker Pelosi for continuing to lead in a partisan fashion; and of course denying it.
  • As Congress continues the health care debate, here are two headlines that truly state the issue at hand: Can Democrats Win Help Care? Can Republicans Steal Health Care? … Yet many still wonder why Washington has difficulty solving problems.
  • What’s worse than listening to a partisan legislator on a talk show? – Having two partisan legislators on the same talk show at the same time.

On a National Museum
Luke Chandler’s A Bible, History and Travel Blog brought this to the attention of his readers (post) that an Italian team has made an interactive virtual version of the Iraq National Museum. The Introduction itself is worth seeing as it leads viewers to the 8 halls of that world. Check it out!