Framing the Dialogue

Archive for September, 2011

News Briefs – Volume XXX Separation or Suppression

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories. This edition is all about how the progressive, secular left is waging war on religion allegedly in the name of tolerance.  The false claim of a constitutional provision requiring a “separation of church and state” has been liberally interpreted to attempt to remove any hint of religion from public places while the constitution actually states;

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

You decide whether the following briefs demonstrate a attempt to limit the free exercise of religion:

Obamulus May Be Working!

Finally there is news that President Obama’s “stimulus” has had some positive effects on our economy. The usually Obama-cheer-leading Associated Press has produced a very deep “news” article boasting the fact that gasoline prices are finally coming down and some predict prices as low as $3.25 per gallon within a month. First I’ll believe and welcome that when I see it. Second there is a rather sinister reason for the recent price drop.

The Jasmine Moon Murder

Theodosia Browning is the owner and proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop catering to those who love tea and fare that goes along with that much loved drink.  There seems to be a little bit of resurgence for tea lovers as more and different flavors are finding their way into markets.  The tea shop provides the setting while a mysterious perpetrator provides the victim in the quaint southern city of Charleston in The Jasmine Moon Murder.  Ms. Browning’s hobby is sleuthing and since the victim is someone close she inevitably starts her own investigation much to the dismay of the grumpy police detective. 

Update 6 (and final) – A Rough Pitch

This will be the last installment of this series which morphed from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ arbitration results for pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, hence its inclusion in the Money Speaks category. Ohlendorf was the beneficiary of a significant salary increase through arbitration despite being oft injured and possessing a woeful pitching record in 2010. Arbiters determined and the Pirates accepted and paid Mr. Ohlendorf over $2 million dollars for his services in 2011. As the Pirates head home for their last home stand of the season this sticky note was attached to my morning paper.

The Incomplete Far Side

One of my first posts was a review of a compilation of the complete works of Gary Larson’s The Far Side.  It is perhaps the most viewed post of my web site.  Two days ago I received an email message from Mr. Larson’s company or agent who apparently surfs the web looking for unauthorized uses of Mr. Larson’s works.  I admit to having used a few cartoons as part of my review, but I do believe that their use was reasonable and part of my review though I have to admit to getting carried away.  Perhaps I was enjoying his work too much.  I was somewhat offended by the implication that I somehow was illegally using Larson’s work and true to my form substituted this image for the cartoons:

In My Time

It seems that I grew up with Dick Cheney and hardly knew it until the last ten years.  Vice President Cheney’s political career and life really spanned my teenage years when he was with Nixon/Ford then Bush 1 then Bush 2.  There is perhaps no greater lightening rod in the Republican party than Mr. Cheney.  I sit near a gentleman at work who volunteered how much he hated Dick Cheney when he noticed that I was reading his book at lunch.  Like his career In My Time is a long account of his time in both the private and public sector.  Mr. Cheney provides a great deal of depth behind many of the most “controversial” decisions made during the Bush presidency.  I used the quotes around controversial because they perhaps weren’t so controversial when you read his side; a side of decisions that were not advanced enough for my taste. 

Headline Humor – Volume VIII

I know many of these stories are serious, but the headlines removed the restrain from my brain and we get headline humor. These are the actual headlines as I found on-line. When you click on the headline you will be taken to the original story which more often than not has nothing to do with my vision of the headline.

Obama summer reading list leans toward fiction

Obama summer reading list leans toward fiction – Part deux

Playboy Mansion illness traced to hot tub bacteria

Lindsay Lohan Might Teach Acting Classes at Homeless Shelter

 

Detours

I walked Colorado Street twice a day every day to/from school for eight years. This was the site of many snowball fights and an occasional monkey ball fight.

Whine & Jeez

Some quick predictions about Obama’s “State of the Union” speech tonight…

There’ll be plenty of WHINE:

  • I inherited massive debt from you know who
  • I inherited a really poor economy
  • I inherited four trillion dollars in debt
  • I inherited two unpaid for wars
  • You should pay no attention to the massive debt that I have incurred
  • It would be a lot worse if I hadn’t done what I did (try and prove otherwise)
  • 9 out of 10 economists agree with me (I ask the ones in the White House every day – it’s really 10 of 10, but I wanted to make it real)