Framing the Dialogue

Archive for June, 2011

Not For Profit

Arthur Amolpid got out of high school in 1950.  While his grades weren’t that great his job prospects were even worse.  Art, however, was an entrepreneur before the term was commonly used and looked for a way to make it on his own.  Fortunately his folks didn’t mind that he stayed with them while he pursued his dream.  He just needed to figure out what that dream was.  His parents were not that well to do and lived within their modest means, but Arthur felt comfortable with the wealthy and frequently socialized with the more affluent crowd. 

Phrase-e-ology – The New Normal

Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece.  In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases.  As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

The latest episode of Phrase-e-ology is from the business section and was startling in that it seems to be making the case for the sluggish recovery as the “new normal” rather than the direct result of bad economic policy from the Obama White House.  As if this is now how we should expect recoveries to unfold.  Even as Obama’s economic advisers abandon his ship for academia (they’re much better at theory than reality) the “new normal” may actually be some sub-standard level that he can actually achieve…as long as he can fool the electorate that they are doing better…

Custard’s Last Stand

Apparently the cooking/herb theme for murder mysteries is a booming business.  The latest that I read is by a woman of Amish descent, Tamar Myers.  Though in my opinion not in the league of the Chyna Bayles or Hanna Swensen Custard’s Last Stand was entertaining.  The book was written from the first person viewpoint of the heroine, Magdelena Yoder, a Mennonite Inn owner in a small town between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Magdelena, like all good amateur sleuths jumps into action when a guest is murdered in her PennDutch Inn. 

Uncommon

Uncommon can best be described as a self-help book for men written by a famous NFL coach.  Tony Dungy is an interesting man and even though he only played and coached for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a few years he did stand out as an uncommon man.  Subtitled “finding your path to significance,” Tony Dungy shares many personal examples and experiences of others to reinforce his thoughts on such subjects as character, fatherhood, friendship, mentoring, career, priorities, and faith.  It is obvious how much his belief in God steers his life which might seem a little at odds with his life as a successful professional football coach.  It was nice that he gave some recognition to players who share his values.  As a Pittsburgh Steeler fan I, of course, loved the references to the organization and none more than to former coach Chuck Noll, the greatest NFL coach ever (how many others can claim four NFL titles?). 

Weiner-Gate

The story that seems to be on Viagra.  Yes the Anthony Weiner story seems to keep popping up in the strangest places.  I hope you have already read my poem of a few days ago when the story first broke.  E.D. now seems to stand for Embattled Democrat.  According to the Weiner Spokeswoman (there’s job worth having – though probably pretty busy these days), Risa Heller, the Schlongmeister now is seeking a leave of absence (probably should have taken a leave for abstinence) to,

Taxation = Theft

The following video was from a blog (AndyLogic) with the above title and is pretty well done and should be required viewing for all school students as a balance to the statist views now taught. 

The only edit that I would suggest is where the “bill” is sent to George.  Our politicians have long figured out that by withholding the tax money from our paychecks BEFORE we get the money is a pretty effective way of hiding their theft.  We don’t truly miss what we never had.  I have found this despicable practice used when a labor union that I have not voluntarily joined takes their “fair share” of my earnings.  There are efforts in some states to cease payroll deductions for union dues.  What should the state government act as a collector for the labor unions?  You might be able to take an educated guess the party affiliation of the legislature and governor of those states.

Phrase-e-ology – Our Fate

Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece.  In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases.  As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

It is hard not to grab some great phrases from an author like Walter Williams.  His recent article asks the question of whether we (America) deserves our fate (still avoidable at this point).  Pointing out that our culture is following in the footsteps of some historical empires like that of the Romans, Spanish, French, and English where…

Less Power To The People

It seems like just yesterday that I wrote about how Obama’s Administration and Czars are prodding us back to living like the early days of our nation.  Actually that is not true they are prodding us to become like some small European nation even though our country is more vast and our populations are more spread out.  Our slow decline into European living took another step today as American Electric Power (“AEP”) announced that in order to comply with EPA emissions standards they will be shutting down five power stations and spending up to $8 billion to upgrade some remaining plants.

Past As Preview

I was struck, yet again, by a move by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency.  They are looking to ban the sale of most rat poisons to consumers claiming that the move will,

“to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures of children that occur every year from rat and mouse control products and also to protect household pets.”

Shifty Focus

You may be please to find out that with over 9 percent unemployment (and that’s a low accounting of the real unemployment numbers), a slowing economy, inflation soaring, and greater unrest about the Obama Administration they have decided to shift their focus to the private sector to create jobs after having added over 140,000 federal jobs. Obama’s chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, appeared on CNN and made the announcement

“Corporations have become profitable again. What we need to do now is get the private sector stood up.”