Framing the Dialogue

Archive for December, 2010

I Bequeath To Thee…

We’ve all sat through long, boring speeches by nameless people who are on their way out of office, high school, the working class, etc.  A timeless tradition is to bequeath something to those who will follow in their footsteps.  These “gifts” are sometimes funny and often touching and depending on the closeness of those assembled accompanied by a good dose of tears followed by hugging.

President Clinton’s White House staff has the distinction of perhaps the pettiest actions of an outgoing office holder.  It was widely reported that his staff stole everything that wasn’t nailed down including all of the “W” from the computer keyboards.  His successor, in case you didn’t know, used his middle initial to differentiate himself from his famous father.  You can still see many cars with their “W” stickers.

The Apostle

Common knowledge about Afghanistan and Afghans is generally about how rough a country it is; how inhospitable both the landscape and the residents can be.  It is hard for those of us in the west to imagine a world of dominated by warlords, tribes, and a culture that seems stuck in the first century.  Brad Thor takes us for a brief peek into their lives and gives us a glimpse of what they face.  I get the sense that even though this is a novel, Thor presents an accurate depiction of the troubled country and the battles our military endure.

Obama Baby

[This is perhaps best enjoyed if you sing along with the song Santa Baby as you read (I could not find a decent karaoke version).]

Obama Baby

Obama baby, slip an earmark under the tree, for me
We’ve been an awful good donor
Obama baby, and fleece another taxpayer tonight
Obama baby, keep your promise to screw the rich, let em bitch
I’ll wait up for you dear
Obama baby, and fleece another taxpayer tonight
Think of all the taxes you’ve got coming due

Headline Humor – Volume IV

I know many of these stories are serious, but the headlines removed the restrain from my brain and we get headline humor.  These are the actual headlines as I found on-line.  When you click on the headline you will be taken to the original story which more often than not has nothing to do with my vision of the headline.

US sues school over denial of Muslim pilgrimage


Michelle Obama has new warning on obesity


Larry King Prepares to Sign Off, and Everybody’s Talking


Dave Barry Turns 50

When I found this book I thought that it would be a humorous treat as I faced a similar birthday fate and judiciously shelved it until I got closer to that milestone.  I had enjoyed Dave Barry’s humor for some time and thought a comical look at “middle age” would be fun.  I do admit that since I won’t live until age 100 I may be way past middle age. 

Let’s NOT Make A Deal!

I have to confess that I am embarrassed by being fooled by Obama last week and his tax “deal.”.  I felt a sense of relief when he annouced an agreement with Republicans for an extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for ALL Americans.  The far left went nuts over letting the “wealthy” keep their own money as if not stealing it through government dictate is something to give thanks.  The official Republican spin was that this was a good deal.  As the week wore on, however, we come to find that this deal contained a good deal more crap.  As usual the Republicans gave a lot more than they got and the Democrats are still trying to load this bill up with their wish list or more realistically to buy votes so the measure can pass.  Here is a partial list of the pork, but none of this is in writing and has all been done behind door number three:

On The Spam Again

It is funny that the day I posted my second article about interesting/weird messages I get with spam, my spam blocker caught over 100 new spam (that’s a lot for me).  So as long as spammers post silly spam I will share with you their insights, poor English, compliments, and their attempts to lure me into their porn sites.  This collection is the best(or worst) of the best from Akismet’s 5,000 caught spam since my last 5,000 caught spam, which is 5,000 more (that is 15,000 spam in case you are keeping track).  I don’t embellish or fix their spelling: