Framing the Dialogue

Archive for May, 2010

And They Let Them Drive!

Perhaps worse than being tailgated by some idiot is following another with inane messages adorning their car’s rear.  I cannot call them bumper stickers because so many of these whack-jobs do not have a clue where to find that part of their car.  Here are some of my least favorites…

I was taking my youngest to JoAnn Fabrics to pick up some supplies for a school project and came across this gem.  I usually let these pass, but this one really pissed me off.  The nerve of some idiot actually equating a human life with the life of an animal that we might kill and eat. 

Extreme Measures

Torture, enhanced interrogation, or Extreme Measuresare different ways to describe an attempt to gather information from an enemy using techniques that may make many squeamish.  Most of us are abhorrent to any methods that involve knives, bullets in sensitive areas, whips, or even razor blades.  What if the enemy had knowledge that you needed right away to save your father, mother, wife, or child?

What then would you do to get that information?  If you only had 20 minutes to save your loved one and the person wanted his lawyer would you provide one?  My guess is that you would do pretty much anything to save your child.  I would.  So what happens to you after the dust has settled?  You have broken the law.  Vince Flynn tackles this subject with CIA operative Mitch Rapp.

Boiling Calderon

Everyone in the United States of America should breathe a collective sigh of relief.  Our third world neighbor to the south has given permission, in principle, to Obama’s plan to send 1,200 National Guard troops to help with border security.  Mexico’s President Calderon did impose one condition to Obama.  The troops may not arrest Mexicans trying to illegally enter the United States.

What gives the leader of failing country like Mexico the cajones to tell Barry what he can do about border security.  Maybe he was emboldened by the invertebrates that work in Washington.  I think if you added up all of the spinal material in Congress and the White House you’d barely have enough to make one complete backbone. 

Sue Sue SEIU

Aging hippies from the sixties cannot get enough protesting as they fight to maintain their anti-establishment credibility.  Many of these folks, now over the trusting age of 30, are in positions of power or as they would have said decades ago, part of the establishment.  Their righteous tactics to stop a war has turned into a methodology to gain more power and intimidate their targets.  No group may be worse that Obama’s friends at the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”).

News Briefs – Volume IX (It’s All Good)

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

These are all GOOD!

Brief 1:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie  is fast becoming my favorite state leader.  From tackling the state budget to  standing up to teacher’s unions he is showing a spine not often present in politicians.    The latest Christie-ism is his response to a reporter who had the gall to question his tone:

Brief 2:  Congressional Candidate Lieutenant Colonel Allen West is a plain-speaking politician who has strong, fundamental, conservative views.  You have to love this guy.  This YouTube video has over 2 million hits.  Any bets that is because of his message?

Talking Point Robots

There has been a disturbing trend in the Obama administration.  Okay there have been hundreds of disturbing trends in the Obama administration, but this one left me scratching my head.  The official leftist/progressive talking point regarding Arizona’s new immigration law is that it is racist, illegal, etc.  They have any number of names to call it.

In the last several days senior officials have been out stumping against the legislation.  The current Attorney General Eric (Snidley Whiplash) Holder was testifying before a congressional committee and was asked by Rep. Ted Poe whether he had ever read the bill.  You know the bill that he said was unconstitutional.  Duct tape your head when you watch this:

Act of Treason

The author has a simple subtitle to this book, “A Thriller.”  I love the Mitch Rapp series and this book lives up to the subtitle as a thriller. Act Of Treason is different as Rapp is almost part of the sub-plot.  The real story is about Washington power and those who would do most anything to achieve that power.

Author Vince Flynn uses the usual cast of characters in this exciting novel.  Act of Treason doesn’t have as much of the covert operations-type danger as past Rapp novels which is a nice change.  I could kind of figure out what was going to happen in many places and I liked that. 

Love Obama Style

As I sat this evening to try to catch up on the happenings of the day I, of course, went to Drudge (link on the right…scroll down a little…there it is).  I was attracted to the headline/link stating “Obama says stop the finger pointing.”  Even though I generally read every word printed that Oblama speaks, I admit to skipping.  I had heard some of his remark discussing the “spectacle” of oil executive having the nerve to defend themselves after being summoned to testify in Congress.

Getting Naked

I was not deceived by the title of this book.  In Getting Naked author Patrick Lencioni uses a fable to outline his theory about “the three fears that sabotage client loyalty.”  I was in the middle of another book when this came in the mail.  I like to read when I have to eat alone and my book was in another part of the house so I started to read Getting Naked. 

Super Freakonomics

In the follow-up to their best selling and controversial book Freakonomics, authors Levitt and Dubner traveled a less controversial path.  As usual they provide interesting theories, but I found Super Freakonomics to to have missed the connection and detail relating to economics.  The book is probably more readable for the general public, but I missed the details in every story.

One of best parts of the book was a discussion about global warming near the end of the book.  It was the first balanced discussion that I have ever read.  The discussion centers around a group of brilliant men and should be part of a robust public debate: