Framing the Dialogue

Archive for March, 2009

Update – Atlas Shrugged

Recent news releases show that the sales of Atlas Shrugged soared in 2008 and sales in the first weeks of 2009 are on pace to exceed last years’ record sales.  If you listen to talk radio, Ayn Rand’s book is mentioned every day. You may read the original posting here.


Update – I Am From the Government and I Am Here to Help – Part 4

March 10, 2009 Update – This may yet turn out to be the “most updated” posting. 

In April, 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced, with great fanfare, that “The House must lead by example and it is time for Congress to act on its own carbon footprint.”  Less than two years later a statement was quietly issued shelving the plan.  It seems that becoming carbon neutral is too difficult and costly to achieve…for them.  We are going to have to do it, but that is different.

The original posting may be read here.

Everything Before “But” Is Bull

Over the years, there have been only a few phrases or sayings that have stuck with me.  We all have learned the Golden Rule from our parents and that is a basic way to you’re your life.  What I am talking about are phrases that stick in my head and make me hesitate when I say something often forcing me to reword what I was about to say.

I first heard one of these phrases on one of my favorite talk shows, Quinn and Rose in the Morning.  One of my favorite quotes from Jim Quinn is “everything before “but” is bull.”  When you speak and use the word “but” to qualify the statement, that qualification is nonsense, untrue, a lie, or bull.

Update – Global Warming at 10 Degrees

March 1, 2009 Update:  Columnist George Will dared to question the legitimacy of the man made global warming theory on Thursday.  His column appeared in the Washington Post and newspapers across the country.  You MUST read the column.  The furor started shortly thereafter.  You would think that he was Michael Vick hosting dog fights.  The global warming alarmists have a problem with Mr. Will.  He has a loud voice with which to fight back and that he did today with another column.  I love it!

Forgetting Nostradamus

I grew up in a one-income family.  My Father never turned down overtime when it was offered.  As part of his union package, he was paid a premium hourly wage.  If you fast-forward thirty years, my brother also had a job where he was paid premium wages for overtime.  The only real difference was that my brother calculated the point in which the higher wages and additional hours would push him into a higher tax bracket.

Not Far From The Tree

I was visiting my mother a week or so ago.  As we sat and talked, she commented about the poor quality of the telephone in her bedroom and talked about buying a new one.  I joked that Pap probably had one in the garage that she could use.  I joked, but knew that he probably had one there.

My Dad (Pap) worked for over 30 years for Bell Telephone, retired when the phone companies were split up, and started his own business with two friends who also retired from Bell.  He worked in the business almost until he passed away four years ago.  He knew phones.  He knew a lot of stuff, but he really knew phones. 

Rush To Judgement

A while back I posted Divided We Fail, which outlined my theory that politicians want a divided country so they can “rule” with impunity.  I am sorry about the quotes, but I cannot bring myself to call what politicians do as ruling or leadership.  I have to use the quotation marks to signify my dirision at their efforts.

In the last few days and weeks, there seems to be another campaign, primarily by the President and his followers to provide a distraction.  The willing mainstream media made a big deal about how President Obama had a secret meeting with “leading” conservatives in the media.  Unfortunately, the meeting was not so secret and the meeting did not include the most conservative voices.

Check Please

My wife and I used to go to dinner with some of her friends around Christmas every year.  I am not real social, but I enjoyed these occasions.  One year we went to a pretty nice (read expensive) restaurant.  My wife and I were really watching our money that year and agreed to avoid high cost entrees, drinks, appetizers and deserts.  The others were not as frugal as they ordered appetizers, expensive meals, and deserts.  Oh and how the wine (and beer and mixed drinks) flowed. 

I Plead The Tenth

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

These 28 words say so much, but are regarded so little these days.  When you look back to what our fledgling country encountered as a colony of England you should be able to understand their trepidation towards the creation of a powerful United States (Federal) government. 

It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It

The popular series Chicken Soup For the Soul was first published in 1993 and everybody probably bought at least three copies.  I, like many others eagerly read the first book, sort of read the next one, but that was the end.  With over 100 titles in the series, I am betting that most folks do not buy them for themselves, but as gifts for others. 

Robert Fulghum’s book, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It,  predates the Chicken Soup series and in my mind is better.  I love the fact that, except for the first story, these were based on his experiences.  The stories compiled by Mr. Fulghum are his stories.  Some great, the rest good and maybe even one not so good (the title story was my least favorite).