Framing the Dialogue

Archive for November, 2010

Just A Note

I just want to thank all of you who faithfully or otherwise visit framingthedialogue.  Yesterday marked the second anniversary for this website and I look forward to the next twelve months.  If I had one request of you I would really like to hear more comments (except for that liberal lady from the Costco posting).  It is really rewarding to hear your opinions from time to time.  Lavish praise is also welcomed.

I actually have another favor.  If you like framingthedialogue tell your friends and have them take a look at it.  If you hate framingthedialogue tell twice as many friends to have them look at it. 

Stiki Wiki

There is a lot of furor over the latest release of stolen classified documents by Wikileaks and their subsequent publication by many media outlets including the New York Times.  No surprise that the NYT would publish classified documents that embarrass the United States as they have done in the past.  The surprise is perhaps that the documents diminish their lord and president, Barack Hussein Obama. 

Separated At Birth – Saw Puppet/Cher

Saw Puppet:  The Saw Puppet, unofficially referred to as “billy” by handlers is the plastic face of the Jigsaw Killer in the popular Saw movies.  Billy has been famous for putting victims in sadistic traps and making them face life-and-death decisions.  A typical trap may be to chain the victim with a knife nearby with the only way to escape being to saw their arm off.  Billy is often used to describe the gory details to the trapped victims and causing many nightmares.

Things I Think I Thank

Happy Thanksgiving!

As is tradition on this day many of us look at what we are thankful for so here is my list in alphabetical order:

  • America
  • Bub
  • Cheese
  • Democrats (I need someone to poke fun at) 
  • Elections (November 2, 2010 was a good one)
  • Family/Friends
  • Games (love family game night – even when we quarrel – that would be a great Scrabble word)
  • Heaven
  • Internet
  • Julie
  • Kevin
  • Laura
  • Memories
  • Nuts (best snack ever)
  • Obama (he was the straw that pushed me to start framingthedialogue and the fuel that keeps me going)

POTUS’ TOTUS

As I am reading George W. Bush’s memoirs and have watched his interviews along his book tours (O’Reilly had the best interview that I saw) I am reminded about the media viewpoint that W is less than the sharpest tool in the shed while BO is perhaps the most brilliant president we have ever had.  Even strong conservatives usually start their rants with something like “Look, we know that he is brilliant” followed by “but.”  We all know that everything before “but” is “bull.”  I repeatedly ask myself why the smartest president that we have ever had cannot give a simple speech without TOTUS (the Secret Service’s name for the Teleprompter of the United States).  It’s so scary it is funny (more a sickening funny than funny funny).  Even ardent supporters like Chris Matthews are getting in their licks.

Patriotic Millionaires??

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.”

Mark 12:41-43

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was written through the first person viewpoint of a young man who I would guess has Asperger Syndrome.  It is noted on the book that Christopher Boone “knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057.  He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions.  He cannot stand to be touched.  An he detests the color yellow.”  He is also not terribly fond of brown either.  I grew up in a neighborhood with a boy, older than me, who I think had the same condition.  It was interesting for me as I had a strong mental picture of the Christopher Boone character.

TSA TNA

“Don’t touch my junk” has become as famous as “don’t tase me man” in the American culture as the Transportation Security Administration increased the level of “scrutiny” at airport just prior to the busiest travel weekend of the year.  The words of interrupted traveler John Tyner went viral as a symbol of the frustration many people feel with the new screening at airports.  Mr. Tyner decided not to travel rather than be subjected to an intrusive body search.  As usual Charles Krauthammer perhaps had the best take on the story in a recent column;