Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 246

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This week’s terrorist attack in Paris was horrifying. Strength to the French, and peace to the many Muslims who condone condemn such brutality in the name of religion. Much of life is about two virtues that a few people lack: respect and tolerance.

Note: The previous paragraph shows an edit with the original word in place. Using that word was an honest mistake, and I apologize. A special thanks to Lame for pointing this out to me in private.

Congress is back in session … gag!

In his recent WSJ column, I appreciate these words by William Galston:

Although both the executive and judicial branches play a role in the legislative process, the people’s elected representatives are supposed to drive this process. When they fail to do so, the legitimacy of popular government is called into question. Along with partisan commitments, members of Congress have constitutional responsibilities, and it is time for members of both parties to start honoring them. …

For the most part, though, there are only two choices—continued gridlock or compromises in which each party gives ground on matters it cares about. …. Both sides would have to eat some crow, but the dish might still be palatable.

Cheers to the fact checker at the Washington Post, who also put together this list of the biggest Pinocchios of 2014. Then again, politicians do make it easy.

Act 15 of Life: The Musical is complete. Readers provided an outstanding collection, so many thanks to all participants. Only 2 acts to go in this musical – any ideas about the theme for Act 16?

I’m hoping to continue the Exploring series, thus will consider your suggestions. Think person, place, or thing.

Congratulations to Cindy for being the 50,000th comment here (which happened in the last post). She received a beautiful fireworks display!

If I can complete the work, I hope to celebrate the first Saturday in 2015 with a Saturday Morning Cartoon post!

To lead you into The Onion headlines, here’s their suggestions for fighting the winter blues.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Brutal cold doesn’t factor into man’s decision to stay inside for two straight days
Weird chair pressed into service at family’s holiday dinner
Copycat criminals continue to mimic liquor store robbery from 1882
Dirty-Slush machine provides children in Florida a taste of winter
Supreme Court releases young Scalia’s audition tape
Man who spent 300 hours playing fantasy football this year rewarded with $30 second-place prize

Interesting Reads
Connection between dirt and antibiotics
Science of the booty call
An excellent energy series from WSJ
(Interactive) Interesting oil graphic
(Graph) Inflation-adjusted gasoline prices since 1980
The link between bourbon biscuits and bourbon whiskey

Your Weekend Celebrations

  • (Fri) Nerd Day, Apricot Day, Clean Off Your Desk Day, Balloon Ascension Day, Cassoulet Day, Static Electricity Day, Dance Day, Organize Your Home Day
  • (Sat) Peculiar People Day, Bittersweet Chocolate Day, Cut Your Energy Costs Day, Save the Eagles Day
  • (Sun) No Pants Subway Ride Day, Milk Day, Step in a Puddle & Splash Your Friend Day, Secret Pal Day, Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day, Hot Toddy Day, Thank You Day, Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s a 2-fer from Life: The Musical – Act 15. The first is a song (thanks Narf) that didn’t fit the parameters, but the video was an excellent match to the theme – plus it make you smile. The second goes out to Debra because I was surprised she didn’t use it. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On the First Monday Back

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Greetings! This is the 223rd edition of Monday Morning Entertainment, yet the 222nd edition was for the first Monday in August. Whew … it’s been a while!!!

Being away for some time means there is much to share, but I’ll start with a traditional question – How was your weekend?

We returned from our road-trip vacation last Sunday, but this past week was filled with dance lessons, the final weeks of golf league, and a baseball game (the Reds won, but it has been a horrible season), which propelled us into a weekend roadtrip. After attending a college football game Friday night in downtown Cincinnati, we started our 200-mile (320-km) drive northward to attend another college football game (and about 14 hours separating the end of one game and the beginning of the next) … and then the 3-hour drive home after the game. We saw a lot of offense and two wins (58-34 and 45-42) … and it was good to be back on the campus where my wife and I meet. Both singing the alma mater and a win in the final seconds choked me up a bit. Sunday morning was a bit different as I watched, listened, and enjoyed to the handbell choir from the audience, but I don’t think anyone noticed I wasn’t playing (which is fine with me).

Although I probably won’t post everyday this week, Life: The Musical returns with Act 9 featuring a significant part of everyone’s life – Work … so song titles must include Work, Working, Worker, Worked, or any occupation – the latter widens the opportunities. However, an occupation can only be used once.  Get your songs ready because curtain goes up Wednesday, 9:30 pm (Eastern USA).

The previous post had a few pics from our vacation of undisclosed destination. Cheers to those picking out some of the locations. The stops on our trip were Kentuck Knob (a Frank Lloyd Write gem), Gettysburg PA (Civil War batttlefield), Cooperstown NY (Baseball Hall of Fame), Cornell University, Taughannock Falls, Finger Lakes Region (especially for wine & cheese), Grand Prix Festival (Watkins Glen NY), the Corning (NY) Museum of Glass, and Fallingwater (the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece). Note: The links are to sites or Google Images.

Celebrations for the week

  • (Week) Dog Week, Flower Week, Deaf Awareness Week, Childcare Week, Farm Safety Week, School Internet Safety Week, Women in Construction Week, Farm Animals Awareness Week, Constitution Week, Child Passenger Safety Week, Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week, Farm Animals Awareness Week, Truck Drive Appreciation Week, Pollution Prevention Week, Balance Awareness Week, Health Information and Technology week, Love Your Files Week, Postdoc Appreciation Week
  • (Mon) Felt Hat Day, Dot Day, Thank-You Day, Care Givers Day, Sing-Out Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, International Day of Democracy, 8-Track Tape Day, LGBT Center Awareness Day, Creme de Menthe Day
  • (Tues) Guacamole Day, Play Doh Day, Collect Rocks Day, Wrinkled Raincoat Day, Eat an Apple Day, Coastal Cleanup Day, Mayflower Day, Step-family Day, Trail of Tears Commemoration Day, Ozone Layer Preservation Day, Wife Appreciation Day, Working Parents Day
  • (Wed)Country Music Day, Citizenship Day, Rehabilitation Day, Time’s Up Day, School Backpack Awareness Day, Student Day, Responsible Dog Owners Day, Apple Dumpling Day
  • (Thurs) Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day, Cheeseburger Day, Respect Day, HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Water Monitoring Day, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Day

To send you into the week, here a good one courtesy of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Enjoy … and have a good week!