Framing the Dialogue

Archive for May, 2011

Travel Treasure – Slovak Folk Crafts

If the first, second, and third rules of starting a successful retail business are location, location, and location then the Slovak Folk Crafts store will close within the hour.  Located near (but in the opposite direction) as the Grove City Prime Outlet mall near Grove City, PA the small store features a selection of “Slovak” arts and craft items.  My favorite are the hand decorated Easter eggs or psyanky as we called it.  We learned to apply alternate layers of hot wax designs between dips of our eggs in different colors of dye when I was growing up.  The Slovak Folk Craft Store offers a wider variety of decorated eggs hand crafted in the “old country.” 

C + P = PC

This is a rather simple equation that should be used whenever a group suggests that something won’t have an impact on consumers or expresses a desire to tax (or charge fees) for some industry or demonize profits from some large industry.

C = Cost to produce something

P = Profit needed by company to make it worth the risk to produce something

PC = Price to consumer

Liberal Alters – Religion

I know what you are thinking…Liberals seem to abhor religion and will stop at nothing to denigrate the beliefs of others.  Their absolute worship of the anti-religion in and of itself is a religion.  I cannot say that they are atheists outright, but many of them maintain only loose ties to the religion in which their parents raised them.  I differentiate those from people like me who are believers and live the faith, but don’t like to go to church.  I wouldn’t call myself a religious person, but I believe in God and work to live my life according to my Catholic faith…except for the whole going to church every Sunday.  I also believe (and am counting on) that God is merciful and forgiving and understanding and forgiving.

School Daze

I am soooo glad that my youngest child will be a senior in high school next year and getting out of  the public school system.  We chose to live in a community primarily based on the quality of the school district even though the property taxes are rather high.  I wouldn’t characterize it as a conservative area as the population is probably 50/50 split Republican to Democrat, but most of us have traditional values.  I am glad about getting out of public schools as there is a sustained push from the left to “consolidate” school districts along county lines which would lump our suburban district in with other, low performing, high cost urban districts.  The folks who screwed up the inner city schools will finally be able to ruin the rest of the schools. 

All By Himself

Click on the following to hear the music as you read.

Karaoke – All By Myself – edited

When I was young

I never needed anyone

Organizing was just for fun

Those days are gone


Now I’m the Prez

My future in D.C. looked bleak

I have already had my peak

Michelle’s still home


All by myself

Killed Osama bin, all by myself, all alone

All by myself

Forget those Navy SEALs, all by myself anymore


Had to be sure

Eminent Affront

There is good news and bad news behind this headline:

Crafton out $1.8 million over land dispute

First the good news…The Borough of Crafton (near Pittsburgh, PA) was ordered to pay $1.8 million to the previous owners of a property that the Borough seized through eminent domain in 1999.  The judgement included $1 million for the property, approx. $600,000 in interest, and $200,000 in legal fees. 

Update – One To Watch

A little over two weeks ago I wrote, excitedly, about a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012.  Jon Huntsman had resigned as Ambassador to China and started an exploratory committee to seek the GOP nomination.  Huntsman seems to have the right credentials for a Republican nod, but a few on the right are already criticizing both his cozy ties with Obama and China.  I have pretty much given up on having another Ronald Reagan at the helm of the Republican Party and because I live in Pennsylvania with its late primary election date, the candidates are usually chosen.  Huntsman or perhaps more for me his father seemed a likely middle ground.

Dead Head

This is the third and BEST of author Rosemary Harris’ Dirty Business Mysteries.  Dead Head features gardener ne private investigator Paula Holliday thrust on to a trail of intrigue when a friend’s secret past is revealed and Holliday is rumoured to be the source of the mystery.  With lives turned upside down and Holliday’s business prospects drying up because of the controversy she is determined to clear her and her friend’s name.  As with any good mystery, Harris kept me guessing up until the end as the riddles were finally solved. 

Fungible (fun-je-bul)

The dictionary defines fungible as:

  1. Returnable or negotiable in kind or by substitution, as a quantity of grain for an equal amount of the same kind of grain.
  2. Interchangeable
  3. of goods or commodities; freely exchangeable for or replaceable by another of like nature or kind in the satisfaction of an obligation

Synonyms:  changeable, commutable, compatible, converse, convertible, equivalent, exchangeable, interconvertible, mutual, reciprocal, reciprocative, same, substitutable, synonymous, workalike


“People think this tax is for Social Security. But tax monies are really fungible. They get raided all the time.”

— Eugene Ludwig

News Briefs – Volume XXVI

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: The progressives are all in a tizzy over something that Scholastic Books published that was favorable to the coal industry. An editorial in the New York Times outlined the “transgressions” committed by the book company,

“The lessons talked about the benefits of coal and the pervasiveness of power plants fueled by it — while omitting any mention of minor things like toxic waste, mountain-top removal and greenhouse gases.”