Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 218

On Politics
Nincompoop’s (aka Sarah Palin) comments about waterboarding at the recent NRA convention is just another example of most people blowing her off as she focuses on making money. I wonder about her popularity after President Obama leaves office./

Sean Hannity and others may have embraced Cliven Bundy, and LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling may have a lot of money – but while Bundy and Sterling got considerable air time, they represent a very small segment of Americans. The good thing about Sterling is that his headlines got Bundy out of the news.

As the White House and Congress continue their stalemate, here’s an interesting article about the active Supreme Court.

Will the Republican base embrace Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WIS) for his different stance toward the poor?

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Music in bar could stand to be louder, worse
New census report reveals US has over 360 million nobodies
Top theoretical physicists, R&B singers meet to debate the meaning of forever
Man has story for every stain on pants
Obama spends another night searching behind White House paintings for safe
Carlos Santana surprises wife with coupon for 45-minute guitar solo

Interesting Reads
Changing demographics in the US leading to the Next America
Saving Rosie the Riveter’s factory
The next Crimea: A place you may not know (from the Foreign Policy Research Institute)
The science of fat
Robert E Lee’s farewell address to the Army of Virginia (Smithsonian) l

On Potpourri
I’ve always support the US Postal Service (USPS). The fact that the US Postal Service loses money is no secret, but here’s an interesting tale of their inefficiency. Our recent move involved a change of address, but within the same suburban post office. When mail with the old address arrives, I thought the mail would switch from one carrier to another within the same post office. OH NO … that would be too easy. My post office sends the old mail downtown, which puts on a change of address label, and returns it to my post office for delivery to my new address.

Earlier this week I encountered this interesting question when completing a form: Which 3 were the most important factors in your decision to purchase this product? (Select 1)

Act 3 of Life: The Musical was a success. The act provide song titles with the following names: Abraham, Amy, Archie, Billie Jean, Billy, Boris, Catherine, Cathy, Daniel, Debra, Diane, Don, Eleanor, Elise, Elmo, Elsie, Elvis, Frank, Fred, Georgia, Holly,  Jack, James, Jane, Jesse, Joanna, John, Laura, Linda, Lola, Lucille, Mack, Marina, Mathew, Michelle, Nikita, Rachel, Rosalinda, Roxanne, Ruby, Sylvia, Sue, Tina Marie, Valentine, Valerie, Veronica, Victoria, Virginia, and Zorba.

No Saturday Morning Cartoon Classic this weekend, but there will be something.

Here are your weekend celebrations

  • (Weekend) Toads Suck Daze
  • (Fri) No Pants Day, Tuba Day, Truffles Day, Play a Ukulele Day, Space Day, Roberts’ Rule of Order Day, Mollusk Day
  • (Sat) Beer Pong Day, Join Hands Day, Hug Your Cat Day, Garden Meditation Day, Bladder Cancer Awareness Day, Free Comic Book Day, Armed Forces Day, Scrapbooking Day, Two Different Colored Shoes Day, Public Radio Day, Paranormal Day, Homebrew Day, Lumpy Rag Day, Press Freedom Day, Kentucky Derby Day
  • (Sun) Intergalactic Star Wars Day, Firefighters Day, Respect for Chickens Day, Lemonade Day, Baby Lost Mothers Day, Infertility Survival Day, Motorcycles Mass & Blessing of the Bikes Day, Orange Juice Day, Petite and Proud Day, Give Day, Laughter Day, Candied Orange Peel Day, Mayday for Mutts Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s something from The Piano Guys that will make you smile.Enjoy, have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 121

On Politics
Although more and more people are giving a hoot with Newt, the political screen is so boring that I am reading less and less about it each day.

Senator McConnell (R-KY) recommended a voluntary millionaire’s tax. Now that suggestion actually caused me to laugh!

Thank you Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) for verifying my early claim about the more you talk.

Wow – An interesting choice of words in this opinion of the GOP from a German publication! Thanks Moe for finding this.

It is sad to say, but perhaps it is time for the sun to set on the United States Postal Service, thus passing on its role to the private sector.

On Headlines from The Onion

  • “I Trained My Pet Mouse to Jump through My Stretched Earlobe,” Says Man Who Doesn’t Have Checking Account
  • Family Fans Out to Cover More Ground at Buffet
  • High Unemployment Linked to Increasing Number of Face Tattoos
  • U.S. Citizens Form Massive Special Disinterest Group
  • Please Stop Calling Me Big Baby,’ Says Glen ‘Pencil Dick’ Davis
  • Osprey Devours Lion in Massive Food-Chain Shake-Up

On Interesting Reads

On Potpourri
Happy to say that we saw Wicked for the first time – and it’s amazing how the story gets you to pull for the Wicked Witch of the West.

While watching the CBS Evening News, I noticed reporter Dean Reynolds and wondered something that happened to be true – he is the son of the late Frank Reynolds of ABC News.

See this interesting Tire Art (thank you Kay).

For those fans of NBC’s Harry’s Law, Karen Olivo, who plays the young, stern, attractive lawyer attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Thank you readers for making November 2011 tie as a the third highest month for visits.

Our good friend’s battle ended Thursday morning, and now she is in a better place. I thank her for the many moments that she and her family touched our life. Prayers and strength for her family in the days ahead, and thanks to everyone here who pulled for her. This one is for you, my friend!