Framing the Dialogue

Archive for February, 2011

Mobs’ Rules (Democracy)

As a rational man it is hard to watch what has been going on in the Democrat Party without feeling pity for their plight. Don’t get me wrong I really hope their woes continue for the next several decades even though they need to win once in a while to keep the Republicans-In-Name-Only (“RINO”) in their place. But their recent level of disdain for the founding principles of our country is outrageous. Michelle Malkin wrote a great article on the hide-and-seek Democrats and offered this quote;

S.S. Obama

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,

A tale of a fateful trip

That started from this Mid East port

Aboard a tiny ship

The Obama administration, in yet another example of a long string of leadership failures, has jumped in to the fray to rescue United States citizens stuck in Libya amid the rioting. For this White House the reaction was fairly rapid if not effective as the ship that they chartered to haul away our fellow Americans was far too small to handle the number of people and the rough seas and was unable to leave the port. Could have happened to anyone you say and I suppose that is true, but the Greeks and the Turks had the foresight to get a proper boat. No disrespect to those nations, but we should have done better.

Reflections Over a Quarter Pound Hot Dog

I enjoy shopping at Costco and often partake of their delicious and inexpensive fare after my shopping is done.  How can you beat a delicious quarter pound hot dog and a 20 ounce drink (with free refills) for under two dollars?  Even with the great food attraction I try to avoid Saturday shopping when possible because of the long lines and crowds, particularly around the free sample stations.  I find these aisle-clogging freee food stations maddening when I am in a hurry which is what I am when the store is crowded.  In a good day you can pretty much fill up with free food, but I don’t understand why folks think that they actually have to eat the sample right there in front of the server?  If it is something good (I had a lobster ravioli and IT WAS GOOD!) I want some and if it’s not I want around you.

Sunny Side of the Street

As we limp through this arduous winter toward spring I look forward to warmer weather and sunshine. Something about shining light on stuff has a healing affect. Perhaps that is why laws requiring that government meetings and hearings are open to the public are referred to as “sunshine” laws. A common rule-of-thumb about personal behavior used to be for you to consider whether you would want your mother to read about your actions in the local paper. Today I guess it would translate on whether she would learn about your activities on FaceBook.

Hyperbole (hi-pûr-bi-lee)

Hyperbole is defined as:

  1. A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect.
  2. An obvious and intentional exaggeration.
  3. An extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally

Synonyms: exaggeration, hype (informal), overstatement, enlargement, magnification, amplification

Popular liberal hyperbole subjects: Hitler, racist, social security, guns, abortion, voter ????, Hitler (they really like this one), the rich, and a new favorite Egypt’s president Mubarak.

Do Fish Drink Water?

The title of this book hooked me, but you won’t get the answer from me.  Do Fish Drink Water is a collection of answers and trivia for a myriad of questions that you may have pondered, but did not care enough to seek the answers.  Author Bill McLain took the time.  Besides answering such questions as “What is the origin of the neckties that men wear?” and Why do I get a headache when I eat ice cream too fast?” McLain also tackles some pretty big questions like “What caused the Great Depression of 1929?”

O’Hara’s Choice

It has probably been over 20 years since I read Leon Uris’s Trinity and it became one of my favorite books.  I don’t know why I hadn’t kept up with the works of this talented author, but finally read O’Hara’s Choice which was written a few years ago.  The story centers around a Juliet and Romeo-like scenario of forbidden love.  Set in the post-Civil War era America with historical flashbacks, the book obviously illustrates the plight of former slaves, but also the trials of other immigrants and the Irish in particular.  In this novel Romeo is a “lower class” Irishman in love with a Juliet who comes from a new money family trying to burst into the old money culture.  Sprinkle in the struggle for the future of the U.S. Marines and you have a the basis of this romance novel.

Hits About Myths

I love Milton Freidman.  Economics can be rather dry so when I came across a series of videos of Friedman on common economic subjects I first enjoyed them and decided to share them with you.  In one of these videos, Mr. Friedman compares a myth to an air mattress, full of nothing, but comfortable, and jarring when deflated.

The first is one that I posted a couple of years ago during features Friedman in an interview with Phil Donohue:


This one is about the myth of The Free Lunch or how taxes on corporations are really taxes on people:

Update 2 – Liberal Alters – Unions

It’s been a whole day since I updated the Union Liberal Alter, but the events in Wisconsin scream for comment.  First off a little recent history.  In 2008/2009 we were repeatedly told that “elections have consequences” and that Democrats won and they could rule as they pleased.  It turns out that the electorate was not very pleased and in 2010 we had more of those election consequences only this time the Republicans swept.  The Republican sweep in the U.S. House was the primary focus of most news reports, but perhaps more importantly was the Republican sweep in the states.  The Republicans now have 29 governorships and have “more seats in the state legislatures than they have had since 1928” and they are itching for real change.