Framing the Dialogue

Archive for February, 2011

A Rough Pitch

My career as a newspaper delivery person has been fairly rewarding even though it is a tough job.  In a typical year I probably accurately deliver about half of my papers. So for 2000 deliveries per week I screw up around a thousand.  Last year was a bad one for me and my accuracy as I only delivered 200 correctly. I don’t always deliver to the wrong house, sometimes I am just late or my toss misses and the paper ends up in the gutter or in the neighbor’s yard.  I count those as “misses.”

Travel Treasure – Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Nestled in Pittsburgh’s famed Strip District is Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor. So what’s the big deal about another ice cream joint? Originally opened as a pharmacy in 1923 it also provided a place where folks could buy drinks and treats. I actually remember a local “drug store” where I grew up that offered the same fare. The grandchildren of the original owners, James and Mary Klavon, reopened the store a number of years ago. They serve food, but the main attraction is the soda fountain and ice cream.

Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription

“Everybody knows that William Buckley is a master of words; it is only the use to which he puts them that restrains one’s enthusiasm.”

John Kenneth Galbraith

The founder and one-time sole stockholder of the National Review Magazine is well known for his august vocabulary. William F. Buckley, Jr.was perhaps one of the most revered and reviled conservatives of our day. Cancel your own goddam subscription was his response to a disgruntled subscriber as part of the Notes & Asides portion of the magazine. The exact quote was; “Dear Dr. Morris: Cancel your own goddam subscription.” Mr. Buckley is polite even showing ire.

Update – Are The Czars Out Tonight

Much has been written about Obama’s bevy of extra constitutional czars and their seeming unlimited power and lack of congressional oversight. Perhaps even the staunchest Obama-zombie can overlook this power grab because of the promise to fundamentally change the way things are done in Washington. It must be getting hard for the Obama-zombies (and I apologize to regular zombies) to ignore the ever-growing number of examples of the blob-like intrusion of the federal government into even their rose-colored Obama-glasses.

News Briefs – Volume XXII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: What are the REAL chances of meaningful tort reform in the United States when one of the men responsible for that task files a lawsuit. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is suing the company that runs the cafeteria at the Longworth House Office Building. The suit claims that his veggie sandwich “contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit, that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served.” So when you get something with olives it is not reasonable to possibly find a pit once in a while? Since when is an olive pit a “dangerous substance?” Kucinich is only asking for $150,000 to cover his “permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures,” and he also wants compensation for his pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment. I can imagine the heartfelt testimony as Kucinich describes his crippling fear of olives and not even being able to stand the sight of Popeye’s girlfriend.  Perhaps it would have been more fitting if the dangerous substance had been a nut.

A Few Words About Egypt

It is hard to even a few hours without hearing troubling news about the events in Egypt.  I have a few thoughts that you may have already heard and wanted to share them without deep analysis that can only reasonably come after the dust has settled.

  • I find it telling that the Obama Administration has delved deeply into the struggles of a nation ruled by a man seemingly unpopular with his people.  A man who rules with an iron fist, but is friendly to the west and Israel.  Obama’s daily calls for another country’s leader to step down is unsettling in that I thought he was against interference with the governance of other countries.

Pushing Up Daisies

As a person who likes working in my yard, digging around and striking something is not unusual in that my “soil” beneath the one inch of topsoil is rocks mixed with clay.  My dull thunk when I dig is a piece of rock.  Paula Holliday, a professional Gardener, heard the familiar dull sound, but when she dug around she became embroiled in a 30 year old murder mystery.  Pushing Up Daisies by author Rosemary Harris is not unlike the China Bayles series by Susan Wittig Albert except with a younger main character.

Liberal Alters – Minority-Friendly Politics

Perhaps the most successful aspect of liberal politics has been their stranglehold on what is called the “main-stream” media. Though that has diminished over the last decade it is still an extremely powerful tool for progressive/liberal. I can think of no better example of this than the mischaracterization that Republicans/conservatives hate minorities while the Democrats/liberals are their champions. The evidence to the contrary is staggering yet is rarely noted when discussions of race enter the dialogue. The blatant disregard of FACTS when making arguments about race boggles my mind though I can understand that as long as liberals get away with it they’ll use it.

Crying Over Crying Over Spilled Milk

One of my favorite authors, Thomas Sowell, penned an article critical of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Ordinarily I would concur with his perspective, but cannot bring myself to “park at his ranch” on this issue (I apologize in advance if I lapse into more farm/country colloquialisms). A local syndicated radio host, Jim Quinn, has taken up the mantle and has been talking about the issue. As is often the case when the lame-stream media take up an issue they only scratch the surface thereby missing the bigger picture. In this case these are two conservatives who I respect. This is an excerpt from Sowell’s Townhall article;

The Disappearing Spoon

Try not to fall off of your couch when I suggest that a book that features “other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of elements” was very interesting.  Now that you are up I am telling you that author Sam Kean does just that.  We have all learned about the periodic table, but probably never heard much detail about the scientists that spent years and careers trying to figure it out.  My vision of these men and women was of a serious-minded professionals at the forefront of their field, trailblazers.  While that was often the case there was a considerable amount of back-stabbing and pettiness during the race to “discover” new elements,