Framing the Dialogue

Archive for July, 2011

The Bourne Dominion

Long after Bourne’s literal creator has passed Jason lives on in the skilled mind and fingers of Eric Van Lustbaderusing Robert Ludlum as a muse.  In the latest novel in the legacy, Bourne is pitted against an unknown enemy, is surrounded by friend and foe alike, and cannot reasonably tell them apart.  In The Bourne Dominion former Treadstone agent Jason Bourne is pursued as he pursues through South America and the Middle East chasing down a terrorist plot.  That description is rather generic I know, but I really hate to give too much away.  If you are a fan of Jason Bourne you’ll know that he handles events in the typical Bourne way. 

Phrase-e-ology – Big Brother’s Thermostat

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.

Wimpy Washington Economics

“Top Democrats and Republicans in Congress prepared new proposals to avert a government debt default and a potential global financial crisis.”

That’s the lead paragraph from a story in today’s paper.  What should scare you is when Democrats and Republicans agree on something the public generally gets screwed.  I believe that both sides realized that they set up this “battle” and now that the public is watching they are not sure how to get out from all of the rhetoric that they have been spreading.  What both sides agree on is that they both want desperately to get re-elected and regain power.  Even a little power is better than none and they are more than willing to squander our money, our children’s money, and our grandchildrens’ money to maintain their power.  Here are few facts as I see them:

Portrait of a Spy

About a month ago I get my edition of Costco Connection in the mail and was excited!  No there’s wasn’t a sale on batteries (actually there was), but news of the upcoming release of Daniel Silva’s new novel, Portrait of a Spy, feature heroic Gabriel Allon.  I fastidiously set the date on my Droid calendar and planned to drive to Costco on the release day to pick up my copy.  I arranged my reading plan so that I could start the book that night.  I was excited on the drive that day.  When I got there the book was no where in sight.  Frustrated, I rechecked my calendar and it was July 12 yet there was no book.  I used the power of my Verizon unlimited data package to search Mr. Silva’s website only to find out that I had gotten the date wrong and was a week early,

Land of Lincoln

“No matter what your hobby is, Lincoln will likely pop up sooner or later.  If you’re interested in politics, war, civil rights, literature, economics, the law, religion, romance, human psychology, celebrity, or the infinite application of the graphic arts, then your interest will likely bring you into contact with Lincoln the politician, the commander in chief, the emancipator, the writer, the rhetorician, the free marketer, the lawyer, the martyr, the husband of Mary, the manic depressive, and the most celebrated and most graphically depicted man in American history.”

Too (Tu)

The dictionary defines too as:

  1. In addition; also:
  2. More than enough; excessively:
  3. To a regrettable degree:
  4. Very; extremely; immensely

Synonyms:  devilishly, excessively, exorbitantly, inordinately, intolerably, monstrously, overly, overmuch, unacceptably, unduly

“Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair”

– – George Burns

“You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.”

– – John Kenneth Galbraith

“Oh, I don’t blame Congress. If I had $600 billion at my disposal, I’d be irresponsible, too.”

Update – True American Hero – Steve Wynn

In the tradition of John Galt, Steve Wynn has been an outspoken business leader and a refreshing contrast to other business people who are snuggling in to the federal government to gain special favors (i.e. GE’s Immelt).  I named Mr. Wynn a True American Hero nearly a year ago and have not been disappointed in his pro-capitalist stance.  Steve Wynn unloaded on the boy-president during a recent company conference call.  Here are some of his thoughts,

“what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing’s going to get fixed until the President himself steps up.”

I Swear On My Mother’s…

It’s an often used phrase to indicate your sincerity, word, honor about something when you swear on your mother’s grave…assuming she is dead of course.  It really is a meaningless statement for those who think nothing of lieing to achieve their goals.  Why would a sleazebag care about his mother when he has an agenda to push or a point to make.  Perhaps they consider it “poetic license” to use a loved one in such a manner.  I believe it is despicable.

Parsimony – Edison Deconstructed

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline:

Bill fails to overturn light bulb standards

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday failed to stop the enactment of new energy-saving standards for light bulbs they portrayed as yet another example of big government interfering in people’s lives. [“portrayed” is incorrect as the new standards are an example of government interfering in people’s lives by mandating what kind of light bulb will be available for them to use – taking choices away is interfering!]