On Extra Murals

Before riding into the blog sunset, I’ve enjoyed cleaning out my blog closet. Whether pictures sitting in folders waiting for the words, notes waiting for expansion, or ideas waiting to be made real – I smile each time when I finally use something in a post.

Cincinnati’s murals have always caught my eye – but Resa is the one who motivated me to create posts about them. Resa, thank you for your encouragement. There are many murals that I’ve wanted to visit, but never got there. On the other hand, I have a hodge-podge collection of unused photos to share. Well – I don’t think I’ve used any of these.

Some of these are creations by ArtWorks – others not. Any favorites?

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To see more of my posts about the murals of Cincinnati, click here.

Thanks to Resa (Toronto’s leading lady) whose posts about street art in Toronto and Winnipeg, got me interested in outdoor art in my area. I invite readers to visit Resa’s blog (but tell her I sent you).

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 365

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Thanks to the hearty who stayed with me through the Christian America series this week. To develop the series, I researched information on both sides of the topic, so it was interesting to read the differing viewpoints – but to also discover the illogical, quantum leaps people make.

I’m looking into dual citizenship. Definitely interesting … and having a conversation with someone at the designated US consulate is not easy!

Check the box. We visited the Chinese Terracotta Army exhibit. Not only did we enjoy the exhibit, it is obvious to me that the First Emperor and the Chinese leaders at the time feared Obama.

This video of creative street art will make you smile.

I started an exercise program while at the Alabama coast this past January. In mid-March, I used my Silver Sneakers option in my medical insurance, so I’ve been exercising three days a week since then.

Is this strange? Take Your Kids to Work Day is during the school year (so the kids miss school) while Take Your Dog to Work Day is during the summer when the kids are home.

A tip of the cap to veteran columnist Charles Krauthammer who recently passed away. While one may disagree with his opinion, nobody can deny his brilliance, his skills as a writer, and his commitment to conservatism. I enjoyed the columns written about him as a person. Although I limited my reading of his column, I appreciate his description of the current president as “a rodeo clown”.

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The crisis along the southern US border is sad and complex. However, it’s a refugee issue – not immigration as many play it to be. I also appreciated these two articles from NPR: One and Two.

Congratulations to President Trump for successfully transforming Congress for ineffective to incompetent.

Recent tax cuts improved the bottom line for many businesses. Because tariffs work against many businesses, I want about the net effect. Meanwhile, in order to avid new tariffs, US-based Harley-Davidson is moving some operations to Europe to avoid EU tariffs. Damn Obama.

Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) made a solution statement about abolishing ICE (Immigration and Custom Enforcement) – and I see the statement in the same light as some Republicans saying they want to abolish the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).

A huge thumbs down to the recent comment about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) regarding encouraging harassment of Trump supporters and administration workers. Thumbs down to the restaurant owner who asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the restaurant.

To the Trump apologists believing that the media is too hard on President Trump, my response is simple – He brings it upon himself.

I appreciated this statement from Trevor Noah: “The two-party system in one of the most disruptive forces currently in America.”

Tidbits on Future Elections

  • At this point in time, I see good odds for Democrats gaining control of the House this fall, but doing so in the Senate is a steeper climb.
  • I wince at the thought of the Dems 2020 presidential nomination; therefore I raising President Trump’s chances of winning re-election to 51%.
  • Here are the early odds for getting my 2020 vote: President Trump – 0%; Democratic nominee – 20%; Libertarian nominee – 15%; Independent candidate: 30%; leaving the ballot blank – 35%.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion provides tips for staying civil when debating child prisons.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Cops bust filthy, unshaven Mark Zuckerberg for selling personal data on street corner
Funeral attendees getting misty-eyed during first dance with corpse
Everyone in Pride Parade straight
Blood-covered finger confirms nose, in fact, bleeding
Saudi Arabia officially lifts ban on female Monster Truck rallies
Steel drum knows it has so much more to offer than tropical vibes

Interesting Reads
The psychology of money
The 1912 GOP Convention

The next global jihadi stage – but where?
The neuroscience of pain
The Sinai Trail
The satisfaction of biscotti
(Pictures) Life under apartheid

To send you into the weekend, enjoy this grand voice from the past for this summer song. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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On Politics
Two weeks ago here my representatives take on the GOP field, “I think all of them are great.

Congress is currently not in session and we are doing fine without them.

Just before Christmas, Republicans in both Capitol chambers extended unemployment benefits – yet there were no cries of Socialism.

Here’s a timely quote from a letter from the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Under the leadership of GOP Speaker John Boehner in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senator Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate, Republicans in Congress are doing everything in their power to stop the growing size and scope of the federal government and reverse the damage of the Democrats’ socialist-leaning agenda.

Speaker Boehner described President Obama’s appointment of Richard Cordrey an unprecedented power grab. Interesting … and did the Republican leadership call a foul when President Bush circumvented Congress in appointing John Bolton as our UN Ambassador?

This perked my interest for further study – Faith-based lobbying and advocacy groups spend about $390 million a year.

On Headlines from The Onion
Capitol Building Haunted by the Spirit of Killed Legislation
Navy Seals Discovered Bin Laden Gained 300 Pounds
New FOX Reality Show to Determine Next Ruler of Iraq
Blue Ivy Taken by Evil Witch Who Gave Beyonce Her Singing Voice
Obama Spends Wednesday Doing Some Urging and Some Calling On
Kentucky Senior Finds Human Thong in Driveway

On Potpourri
Reading various annual reports of other bloggers has put me in a funk. No more boasting about milestone hits by me.

I miss Nonnie’s posts at Hysterical Raisins. Hope she’s just taking a break, thus ok.

The work project is cutting into my posting and reading time, so I will do want I can and ask for patience for other bloggers – especially since I won’t be visiting their sites as often. Meanwhile, I hope to make my rounds this weekend.

As a longtime Cincinnati Reds fan, I’m happy for Barry Larkin’s election into the Hall of Fame. He is a native Cincinnatian and only played for the Reds in his 19-year career. His brothers were also above average athletes.

It’s winter and Tuscan Bread Stew (Ribolitta) is one of our cold-weather favorites. We use this Rachel Ray recipe, but many options are available for the creative.

Here are two captivating art sites: one featuring street art and the other paper art. Thanks Kay.

Late in 2011, I linked a variety of my favorite videos of the year. Amazingly, I can’t believe I forgot this one in the humor category. Guapo and Les will love this one.