Framing the Dialogue

Archive for October, 2010

Taking A Toll

My daughter decided to attend a college that is around 250 miles from home.  It’s not a terrible trip a majority of it is highway and most of that is the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The Turnpike leg is nearly 170 miles unless I take a scenic route and get off early.  The last trip turned out to be a real muse as I had several ideas for posts…including this one. 

Hypocrisy (hi-pok-ruh-see)

Hypocrisy is defined as:

  1. The practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one’s real character or actual behaviour.
  2. A feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not.
  3. An expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction.

Synonyms:  deceit, insincerity

What does Edmond Burke think:

“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing.”

How about Billy Connolly’s thoughts:

“Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse.”

Can you give some examples?

Update – Pweditowy Wending

A remarkable thing happened.  CNBC actually ran a story criticizing Barney Frank!  I am not going to get all giddy that they finally got it, but Frank is just so brash in his claims that even the left media has to point it out.  Pay particular attention to the conversation between the anchors at the end of the clip as they explain why they did not point out Frank’s lies to his face.

You may read the original post here.

American Assassin

I don’t know how author Vince Flynndoes it, I just hope that he does it for a very very long time.  In his latest Mitch Rapp novel Flynn takes us back to the beginning of Rapp’s “career” navigating in the World’s sleazy underworld of terrorists, mobsters, gun dealers, corrupt bankers, and crocked politicians.  After intense training, super hero Mitch Rapp becomes an American Assassin as he brings the fight to our enemies.  We get to hate the Russians and Islamic Extremists in the same book.  Cocky and brash would be appropriate words to describe Rapp, but you would have to add highly successful to the list of the CIA’s covert operative.  Covert may not be the proper term as there is no direct, official connection between Rapp’s group and the CIA. 

Separated At Birth – Wiggum/Matthews


Ralph Wiggums:  Ralph is a minor character on the award winning Simpsons television show.  He is noted as an oddball and for his unusual comments that often make no sense.  Many people tune in just to hear the bizarre utterances of Ralphie.

Chris Matthews:  Chris is a major character on the seldom-viewed MSNBC cable network.  He thinks of himself as a hardball and is known for his unusual comments that often make no sense.  No one tunes in to his show, but Matthews is often heckled for his bizarre utterances.

The Black Swan

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Black Swan.  It was recommended by an liberal acquaintance who shares a love of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged although we have a much different vision of Rand’s message.  Mine is right.

The black swan is a metaphor for unexpected events or as it is described as “the highly improbable consequential event.”  At one time all swans were white until someone found a black one.  All evidence proved that all swans were white.  No one saw the black swan coming…that’s the highly improbable.  Author Nassim Taleb has made his passion and his fortune trying to understand and look for the black swans.  Black swans can hurt, black swans can destroy.

Great News…Great Day!

As we sleaze toward America’s midterm elections in three weeks I found a source of light.  I am enjoying the rapid decline of the Progressives, but the slime being brought forth is tiring to anyone who pays a lot of attention to politics.

I spent most of the day yesterday driving my daughter back to college from a break and then returning home.  It is a tiring day.  I tuned into Fox News and one of my new favorite shows, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren.  Unlike many of her prime-time colleagues on Fox News, she conducts interviews and lets her guests talk without interuption.  She asks the tough questions listens to the answers allowing us to hear them too.

Oktober Surprise

In politics the vaunted “October Surprise” has been a powerful tactic to turn the tide of past elections.  Perhaps the most infamous was the charges leveled against George W. Bush by CBS News and Dan Rather in the run up to the 2004 presidential election.  CBS News and Rather aired a hit piece stating that “W” only really served in the National Guard to avoid a stint in Vietnam.  Rather’s dramatic use of documents from the National Guard came back to haunt him as bloggers quickly and easily identified the documents as forged and faked.  How embarrassing that a national news organization was unable to determine the legitimacy of documents while folks sitting at home could. 

Pweditowy Wending

Barney Frank (D-MA) may be the quintessential corrupt (allegedly) politician on Earth.  That’s saying something these day with the likes of Rangell, Waters, and Jefferson evading taxes, helping friends and hiding cash in the freezer.  Countless journalists have investigated and provided a significant amount of proof of Frank’s fingerprints all over the implosion of the housing market resulting in a global economic meltdown.  In his chutzpah he and equally sleazy Chris Dodd (D-CT) had the unmitigated gall to write financial regulations.  Even sicker was watching this bill pass and get signed into law. 

Separated At Birth – Rock Em/Blumenthal


Rock Em Robot:  Rock Em is a stiff, mechanical player in a two robot contest controlled by rough levers.  Rock Em Sock Em Robots was a very popular game forty years ago delighting countless children.  Rock Em’s plastic physique struck fear into the red robot where the loser had his block knocked off.

Robert Blumenthal:  Robert is a stiff, mechanical politician in a two person contest to become the next senator from Connecticut controlled by Democrats.  Democrats were a very popular party eighteen months ago delighting countless children and uninformed voters.  Blumenthal’s plastic physique shook with fear during his debate with the Republican McMahon where he had his block knocked off.