Framing the Dialogue

Archive for September, 2009

WTF – Ed Rendell

George WTFTwo things happened this week that were the inspiration of a new series for Framing The Dialogue.  The first was perhaps my favorite poster that was displayed at the September 12 TEA Party in Washington D.C.  Our first president wondering “WTF.”  Evand every time that I see this I just crack up.  In case you did not know, “WTF” stands for “What the Freak” or something less printable on my blog. 

The second incident was when I saw this headline “Gov. Rendell named one of Esquire magazine’s ’75 Best People.’”  That headline worked as I skipped to the article and sure enough our Gov. is one of the 75 best people “in the WORLD.” (emphasis added).  I thought to myself “WTF” and a series was born.

Autumn Approaches and Acorns Are Falling

My family went on a nature hike last weekend and I noticed that many of the oak trees are dropping their acorns.  Happy Fall days are here for deer and squirrels, but not so great for ACORN (“Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now”). 

Although long ignored by the main stream (drive by) media, recent investigations by two journalists have finally blown the lid on the “alleged” corruption of this organization.  Both Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly have investigated and broadcast some of the unseemly tactics of this organization, but it took videos taped by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. 

Separated At Birth – Walnuts/Emanuel

Peter PaulPaulie WalnutsGualtieri is a one of the most interesting characters on the Sopranos television series.  Paulie is one of the top advisers to the head of the family and is considered one of the most ruthless members.  He is considered heartless and volatile which seem to make him a very effective enforcer.  He is also part of the inner most circle and perhaps the most trustworthy of Tony Soprano’s crew.  Paulie has long been known to desire to move up in the organization.

Sesame Street T.E.A. Party Failure

Sesame Street premiered in 1969 and is the longest running series nearing its fortieth anniversary.  Growing up in the city and long before cable, the PBS broadcast did not really reach my family so Sesame Street was not a big part of my formative years.  I do, however, remember watching the show with my children as they grew up. 

Penguins Visit Sparks Controversy

A seemingly innocuous visit to the White House by the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins has sparked a controversy.  Traditionally championship teams visit the White House as the National Hockey League champions did yesterday.  The Penguins presented the President with his own hockey “sweater” and he got to pose with the team and the Stanley Cup.

Similarly, the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers visited the White House in May to celebrate their exciting win over the Arizona Cardinals in February’s Super Bowl. 

Update – Finally We Hear From Industry On Healthcare

Update September 10, 2009:  The original posting was about the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, speaking out about the health care debate.  Mr. Mackey made the serious mistake of offering very practical (and practiced by Whole Foods) solutions to some of the problems with America’s health care.  He did not do as most on the left do and blindly spew the tenants of Obamacare.  Big Mistake.

Whole Foods is a market that offers only organic foods and has a commitment to all things green.  You will find no Twinkies Spam on their shelves.  Whole Foods had been worshiped by the left as a testament to “sustainable,” organic lifestyle.  It was the anti-WalMart.  The operative word is “was.”

A Funny Thing Happened…

I have had a very weird experience recently that has turned out to be one of the coolest things.  It all started months ago during a “tea and cookie” reception after my youngest daughter’s confirmation.  Some lady found my daughter and told her that she knew me from a long time ago.   She came over to where we were standing and introduced herself. 

Update – Rule 13 Reversed

Update September 6, 2009:  In a not so stunning announcement, Van Jones was thrown under the bus and resigned as the Green Jobs Czar.  Jones, of course, blamed others for his troubles in his statement:

“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”

Mr. Jones, the folks who campaigned against you used YOUR WORDS to shed light on who you really are and most folks did not like what they saw (heard).  To quote President Obama, “you can put lipstick on a pig…”  One of the most humorous quotes about his resignation was from Fox News’ Andy Levy;

Rule 13 Reversed

A funny thing happened on the way to change in Washington, some conservatives have noticed that Saul Alinsky’s Rule 13 can be used against the liberals.  In Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals – Rule 13 is:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

A couple of weeks ago I posted how the left seemed to be targeting Glen Beck for some comments he made about President Obama.  At the time of Rule 13 Redux, left-swinging groups were pressuring Mr. Beck’s advertisers to cancel their commercials during his show.  The tactic seemed to be working as many customers seemed to be leaving.

Camel’s Nose – California Dreamin’

There is a fable about a nomad traveling with his camel through the desert,  The Nomad pitches a small tent in the evening.  As the temperature gets cold, the camel asks to just put his nose under the tent to keep warm.  As the night proceeds, the camel slips more and more of his body into the tent until there is no longer room in the tent for the nomad.

As our friends in California fight wildfires, a huge budget deficit, the Feds cutting off water to their farms, and wacko Hollyweird they are taking on the good fight as they consider an “obesity tax.”  You can relax as they are not proposing a tax on obese people, but foods that can lead to obesity.