Framing the Dialogue

Archive for November, 2010

Lone Survivor

The “lone survivor” was author Marcus Luttrell ; those who didn’t survive were his family.  They were not born of the same blood, but became family through training and the tough job they volunteered for to protect our freedom.  Lone Survivor was subtitled “The eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10” thought the book was so much more. 

Please Welcome Barack Obama

I think that I remember an episode of M*A*S*H where a documentary was being filmed and it captured a lot of the hijinks in which the hospital personnel participated.  Alan Alda’s character, Hawkeye, was asked how they could goof around in such as sad and dour place.  His response essentially was they they either tried to laugh or they would go crazy from their task.  A friend (Thanks Denise) passed along this video of comedian Steve Bridges imitating President Obama and in that vein I hope you enjoy the laughs lest you go crazy…

The Christmas Sweater

I takes a lot to put yourself out there for all the world to see.  Glenn Beck has never seemed to shy away from letting his listeners, viewers, or readers see deep inside himself.  The Christmas Sweater is a such a story.  It is a glimpse inside a very painful, life-affirming, and enlightening period of his life.  Beck changes some of the facts to tell his story, but it doesn’t affect the impact of the tale.  As I read this touching novel I found myself trying to predict where it would go.  I knew, obviously, that Mr. Beck survived, but I wondered what path his journey would take.  The Christmas Sweater is an engaging tale and well worth reading.

True American Hero – Senator Jim DeMint

Forget about the John McCains, the Mitt Romneys, the Newt Gingrichs, the Rudy Guilianis, the Mike Huckabees, and dare I say it…the Karl Roves.  These politicians had their day, but now it is time to fade away.  These folks have done their damage to the Republican Party and seem to enjoy the lame stream media limelight too much for my taste.  I no longer want a party that goes along to get along.  I want a party and leaders within that party who FIGHT for American values of small government. 

News Briefs – Volume XIX It’s All About Healthcare Baby

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories and this edition is all about Obamacare…

Brief 1:  Many seasoned citizens were shocked at AARP’s support of the Obamacare legislation which contained a significant cuts to doctor’s fees and cuts in allowable payments to hospitals.  The fear, of course, is that many provider would simply stop accepting Medicare patienst, a majority of which are the aforementioned senior citizens.  One had to wonder who the AARP, a membership organization, was actually lobbying for?  Just recently the AARP had announced that their employees will see a rise in their health care costs in a statement from an AARP spokesperson;

The First Commandment

Another first-rate thriller by author Brad Thor.  This time the jihadis hit a little to close to home to suit super agent Scot Harvath.  In The First Commandment the Islamic Fundamentalists threaten a segment of our population that will raise the hackles on the back of your neck and reach for your own gun if you have one.  Harvath is unable to get help from America’s agencies so he relies on some surprising people in his quest to identify and eliminate a diabolical killer who threatens American lives. 

News Briefs – Volume XVIII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  I have been somewhat angry at the folks who run the WikiLeaks website as they have repeatedly released classified military documents of the United States.  I am all for daylight, but it seems that these folks care very little for the troops that may be affected (and by affected I mean killed) because of the information contained in the data dumps.  A recent story suggests that the WikiLeaks people are contemplating a similar dump of documents from the Russian government.  The Time Magazine writer coyly suggests that the “Russian reaction will not be as reserved as America’s.”  Duh!  It will be interesting to see if the WikiLeakers have the stones to take on Russia.  They might just end up on the wrong end of a ricin-tipped umbrella

Wicked Plants

Have you ever gotten one of those green-edged potato chips.  I have always heard that you should not eat those or any potato that has a green skin, but I never knew why.  It seems that our versatile tuber is a member of the deadly nightshade plant family and the green comes from prolonged exposure to sunlight.  The potato contains the poison called solanine and the green can indicate a higher level of the dangerous chemical.  You can relax as cooking the potato will eliminate most of the solanine.  I had also been told not to eat a raw potato because I’d “get worms;” they were wrong about the reason, but not the potential ill affects. 

Fed Up

No this is not a post about the American peoples’ rejection of Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Washington politics.  Many others are having fun welcoming the Republican wave that swept away many notable Democrats…though not nearly enough.  Jerry Brown as governor?  California you have got to be kidding me.  I am holding in a wait-and-see position having been sorely disappointed by Republicans far too many times.

Unbeknownst to many Americans the Federal Reserve (The Fed) had scheduled a meeting today to decide future monetary policy.  I find it interesting that they chose the day after a hotly contest mid-term election to meet and announce their policies.  The centerpiece of their plan is Quantitative Easing 2 (“QE2”).  The Wall Street Journal describes QE2 as:

Update – True American Hero – Rep. Michelle Bachmann

After her big win last night, Rep. Bachmann for some insane reason agreed to an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.  Itching for a fight, Matthews couldn’t wait to try to pin her down on some statement she made on an earlier appearance on his show.  When she wouldn’t take his bait he accused her of being “hypnotized” and repeatedly threw out this accusation and at one point describe her as “looking moronically” at the camera.  It is interesting when a member of the media feels comfortable using very negative words to describe a member of Congress.  I understand that is what MSNBC’s “vast” audience tunes in for, but I found it to be very disrespectful.