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Archive for May, 2011

Coptic Ruse

The Coptic Christians are perhaps some of the most faithful Christians and they have to be as their places of worship seem to in Middle East countries dominated by Islam. As a minority surrounded by many hostile people their faith must be strong. I have to admit that I know very little about this church other than occasional news stories where one of their churches happened to be burned down during Muslim protests.

A recent headline from The Washington Post caught my eye recently,

Spiking The Ball I Am Not

 Osama’s dead!  The bipolar White House (I appologize to people who suffer from bipolar disorder) cannot seem to figure out whether they want to be Terrell Owens or Hines Ward…showman/media hog or someone who has been there before.  Their actions speak much louder than their words…

…and these are Obama’s words

“”It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool. That’s not who we are. We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies…we don’t need to spike the football.”

News Briefs – Volume XXV

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: Never content to accept a win, special interest groups (perhaps the bane of our society) have already begun to dissect America’s victory when a team of soldiers killed Osama. The Onondaga Indian tribe released a statement criticizing the use of the code name “Geronimo” for bin Laden,

“Think of the outcry if they had used any other ethnic group’s hero. Geronimo bravely and heroically defended his homeland and his people, eventually surrendering and living out the rest of his days peacefully, if in captivity…Geronimo is arguably the most recognized Native American name in the world and this comparison only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes about our people…Why would that be honorable to us? All they know is just cowboys and Indians, the stuff they saw on TV.”

Air Scare

I am reading a book titled The Science of Fear (book review to come soon) and was struck by a recent op/ed in our local paper that hit on the essence of the book. Pittsburgh has suffered under the “Smokey City” label for years even though most of the steel mills and major industry has been long gone. My mother tells of the days when she had to change blouses twice a day because of the soot in the air. Pittsburgh is not that city any more, but many folks behave and advocate as if it is and groups use the historic image to bash the area while seeking stricter and stricter regulations on air emissions.  It is as if some of these groups cannot accept that things are way better.

One To Watch

A few days ago I lamented about the weak slate of Republican presidential candidates lining up to take on Obama’s projected billion dollar war chest.  There has been an intriguing development in the arena as former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman has entered the fray.  Real Clear Politics has reported that Mr. Huntsman has formed a Political Action Committee to explore a potential run against Obama since he resigned his ambassadorship.  Mr. Huntsman has an impressive resume before serving as Utah’s governor he worked in the Reagan, Bush 1,  Bush 2, and Obama administrations.  He also had a solid record as a businessman working for the Huntsman Corporation (started by his father). 

Ding Dong Osama’s Dead

Having just returned from a two day “college tour” with our high school junior I actually was in bed at 9:30 last night and did not hear the news until this morning.  The great news.  It was funny listening to the right-leaning talk shows today as the hosts grudgingly gave praise to Obama, but not quite happy about it.  I am happy about it and can acknowledge that “It’s Bush’s fault.”  Having taken the mess of our intelligence community left after Clinton and Garelick (the “Wall” lady) and infusing a mass of support and pride our human intelligence (“humint”)capabilities were greatly improved.  That’s not saying much since our humint was so lacking, but yesterday’s events prove the value of himint.  We may never know what all transpired, but Obama, perhaps unwittingly gave props to Bush,

Awake At the Wheel

I did the unthinkable and judged this book by its cover.  Awake at the Wheel, subtitled “Getting your great ideas rolling (in an uphill world)” grabbed my as I am attempting to get FramingTheDialouge out to many more readers.  Like many other “self-help” books author Mitchell Ditkoff used a fictional tale about the invention of the wheel to illustrate his point.  For me the story and unusual humor obscured the objective and often left me shaking my head.  On a positive note, the story was quite short and Ditkoff does provide some more relevant/readable tips at the end of the book.