Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 98

On Politics
The purpose of Sarah Palin’s bus tour is to draw attention to her. After all, Sarah is all about Sarah. Long live the nincompoop! By the way, the media and their obsessive coverage of Palin’s bus tour is equally pathetic – and, unfortunately, a sign of our obsession with media-driven pop culture.

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) poorly handled the situation with reporters. I know he is a live wire, but the interview I saw was at the nincompoop level.

Another week goes by without a jobs bill from House. To quote Speaker Boehner (R-OH), “Where are the jobs?”

Economist Bill Reich writes this interesting perspective about the debt ceiling.

I enjoyed the Wall Street Journal column about the 2012 GOP contenders for the presidency

I learned more about John Huntsman (R-UT) by reading his WSJ op-ed.

To learn about Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), see John Avlon’s column.

If someone rationale emerges from the Republican primary, does that mean they must appease others in the party by selecting one of the goofballs as a running mate? Hey – that strategy worked well in 2008!

On the Potpourri
The situation around Ohio State football created a lot of buzz this week. QB Terrelle Pryor is out of control and should leave the university. These things are obvious about former coach Jim Tressell: he’s a good coach and a poor administration with questionable character. That given, he wisll coach again.

Thank you Shaq for your years in the spotlight and the HOF waits for your arrival.

This story about baseball manager Sparky Anderson tells us more about him as a person.

I appreciate this Bill Tammeus post about prayer and political correctness.

It’s a good day when grocery store has free frosted Lofthouse cookie. It’s a great day when you return to the store and get a second flavor.

Earlier this week, another Playing for Change video came onto the scene. I didn’t know about the project, but learned about it on Wednesday’s Today show. Ironically, while watching the story, I saw it posted on Kansas Mediocrity as I was checking out the site. Enjoy and have a safe weekend.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 74

On the New Header
Courtesy of the Hubble Gallery, which continues to amazes me, this image of  of a red supergiant star in the constellation Monocerotis. We are truly blessed to be part of such a grand creation. Take this tour through Monocerotis courtesy of Hubble.

On Dancing with the Stars
Sarah Palin’s effect on my political world is one thing, but now the Palin Effect has crossed into my entertainment world. Could I be ready to boycott Dancing with the Stars?

On Political Polls
Although many political polls were correct this past Tuesday, the majority missed the Nevada senatorial race by a long short. With most polls showing Sharron Angle to win, Harry Reid wins by 7 percent. Not surprisingly, independents decided that race by going 2-1 in favor of Senator Reid. Although I’m not a Harry Reid fan, but I am happy that Sharron Angle did not win.

On Tuesday’s Fallout
Given the predictable nature of Tuesday’s election results, I appreciate these columns by David Brooks, Ruth Marcus, David Broder, and Kathleen Parker.

On from Contract to Pledge
Since Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) road the Contract with America wave into Washington, it is fitting that he is now leading the GOP’s latest venture – A Pledge to America. Although points exist that any public official should aspire, political rhetoric also exists. See this FactCheck report.

On the Sports Shorts
At the start of the season, I doubt if anyone would have predicted the struggles of the Cowboys, Vikings, Bengals, 49’ers, and Broncos. Individually yes, but not collectively.

Congratulations SF Giants and your fans. You earned it fair and square. Well done!

Cincinnati mourns the passing of legendary Reds manager Sparky Anderson. Sparky was a classic and loved in Cincinnati. Many Reds fans never forgave GM Dick Wagner for firing Sparky and trading Tony Perez. Many thanks Sparky, and rest in peace. Here’s a must-read article about the Main Spark from today’s Cincinnati Enquirer.

After two consecutive great seasons, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team has hit hard times. As many were raving about then-coach Brian Kelly’s brilliance, it was obvious to me that his scheme was great with former coach Mark Dantonio’s recruits. Coach Kelly is now at Notre Dame, thus leaving the current coach with an incomplete cupboard. Hmmm – I guess Coach Kelly wasn’t that good of a recruiter.

On Future Posts
I’m looking forward to stepping away from politics a bit.

Have a safe weekend!