Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 115

On Politics
The dominoes are aligning for Sarah Palin to ride into the nomination picture to save the party from Mitt Romney … then to back out claiming she was never running.

Republicans enjoy beating the “too many regulations” drum. Although I do not trust their intent, I imagine some truth exists in their claim. Of course, a sensible review is out of the question.

These articles from William Gadston and Perry Bacon, Jr (Wash Post) are attempting to characterize the moderate independents who will decide the election. Although there is a long way to go, at this time I see independents casting a vote against someone over voting for someone.

Tuesday was an interesting day as my post about economic questions correlated with this David Brooks column.

These articles from The Hill and The Daily Beast (Howard Kurtz) about those the Tea Party is overshadowing.

I have surprised friends for not watching any of the GOP debates to date. I have no interest in watching Michelle Bachmann spew incorrect claims; no interest in an event that invites many, yet focuses on a few; and no interest in listening to candidates skirt a question with a prepared statement that has minimal or no connection to the question.

Washington continues to show its true colors by focusing on short-term deals that do more for one’s re-election than addressing the problem.

I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 38 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?”

Interesting Reads

On Headlines from The Onion
Amish Teen Spends Entire Rumspringa at Apple Store
Brutal Spouse-Fighting Ring Discovered in Miami Basement
Pediatricians Announce 2011 Newborns are the Ugliest in 30 Years
Study: Most Self-Abuse Goes Unreported
General Mills Release New Lucky Charms with 15% Less Leprechaun Meat

Real Headlines of the Week
Man in Ice Cream Costume Mistaken for KKK
Toe-Suck Fairy Arrested
Man Wins Dumpling Eating Content, then Dies
Prison Warden’s Wife Convicted of Helping Prisoner Escape
Man Sued for Parental Support by His Mom

On Potpourri
What an ending to baseball’s regular season! I will only keep one eye on the playoffs because my Reds did not qualify. After a successful 2010, many pundits proclaimed big things for the 2011 Reds. However, as a pragmatic among the Reds faithful, I predicted the reds to finish right where they did – third place and watching the playoffs from home.

With the work project ending today (Friday), I can return to reading my favorite blogs – and I will celebrate with a Saturday post!

If the Bible is the inherent truth, how does one deal with Biblical contradictions?

Here is an interesting article about trains, planes, ships, and more that are named after Cincinnati.

To my Jewish readers and friends, warm and heartfelt wishes for good health and happiness in the New Year. Shana Tova.

In the words of Garrison Keillor: Be well, do good works, and stay in touch.