Framing the Dialogue

Archive for October, 2011

The Forest For The Trees

“Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt contended that the president has not broken his promise on [taking money from] lobbyists, saying in a statement that the Times analysis “misses the forest for the trees.”

The accusation has to be particularly hurtful to Obama since it came from their long-time pubic relations firm, The New York Times.  If you factor in “liberal-speak” there is a missing word in the quote from Obama’s spokesman and that would be the word  “directly.”  Once the money is bundled and rebundled and given by lobbyists, but from their personal accounts it’s all mixed up.  Who could follow it.  You would have to be as naive as a mass media journalist to believe that lobbying money doesn’t make its way into Obama’s coffers. 

Puzzle Me This

“We came, we saw, he died”

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (Democrat)

I happened to catch some of Sean Hannity’s radio show this afternoon.  He had as a guest long-time Democrat strategist and spokesman Lanny Davis.  Sean had devilish intentions of busting the chops of Davis about President Obama’s poll numbers and suggesting that just about any Republican candidate could win in 2012.  Davis differed on that and suggested that only Romney had the right stuff to challenge Obama (I have to admit to being leery about the Democrat’s consistent position, almost a longing, to have Romney be the Republican nominee).

Job’s Jobs Jabs

One of the things that I struggle with is the thought process of liberals.  I have friends and family who share this affliction (being liberal) and knowing them as I do I cannot understand their thought process regarding liberal issues/alters.  I really have tried to listen, to understand, to plot the way they think, a process that usually ends with my being frustrated and cutting off the conversation to avoid bad feelings. 

Perhaps the quintessential example illustrating my frustration is the recent “quotes” from the soon-to-be-released biography on Apple’s Steve Jobs.  Revered by virtually all for his contributions to technology and his leadership to one of America’s most iconic corporations…yes Apple is a CORPORATION!  Here are some of the excerpts attributed to Jobs;

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

A chipmunk dating a squirrel, a curious owl, a violent rabbit, and vomit-eating flies are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this collection of short stories by David Sedaris . Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a less than cute set of tales and should not be confused with children’s stories.  Many would be quite disturbing for young minds and probably not for those without a taste for grim overtones.  I would guess Sedaris’ works parallels the tales of the Brothers Grimm’s works before they were “Disneyed” and toned down for young audiences.  The book was enjoyable thought not for everyone.

The Godwulf Manuscript

“You from House Beautiful or something? He said.  ‘Nope, I’m a private detective.’  I showed him the photostat of my license.  ‘I’m trying to clear Terry Orchard of the murder charge.  I’m also looking for the Godwulf Manuscript and I think they’re connected.  Can you help me?’  ‘I don’t know nothing about no murder, man, and nothing about no jive ass manuscript.’  Why did all the radical white kids from places like Scarsdale and Bel Air try to talk as if they’d been brought up in Brownsville and Watts?  He stubbed out his Kool and lit another.”

I Got By With A Little Help From Some Strangers

As part of my job duties I inspect dams to ensure that they are in decent shape and maintained.  I am trying to be vague as I really don’t care to divulge what I do for a living or for whom.  The inspections are visual and generally take about 45 minutes for the field work each depending on the size of the dam.  I was out yesterday and got four done (just the field work) and it was around noon.  I had one more that I wanted to tackle before settling down to write up my reports.  It was about an hour away and like to get my field work done so I postponed lunch and headed toward the dam.

A Clash of Kings

The King is Dead, Long live the King(s).

That is a pretty good way to sum up George R. R. Martin’s second novel in the Game of Thrones series.  With King Robert’s death in the first book the Seven Kingdoms are thrown into chaos as numerous others claim title to the throne and raise legions of warriors to fight for their thrones.  As in the first book Martin follows the paths of the main characters as some struggle for glory, some for power, and some just for life.  “Winter is coming” to the lands as dark forces are starting to make their way into the lands. 

Executive Power

The framers wrote the Constitution to provide for a separation of powers, or three separate branches of government. Each has its own responsibilities and at the same time they work together to make the country run smoothly and to assure that the rights of citizens are not ignored or disallowed. This is done through checks and balances. A branch may use its powers to check the powers of the other two in order to maintain a balance of power among the three branches of government. The three branches of the U.S. Government are: Legislative, Executive, Judicial

Parsimony – Obama Overhaul

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

First the headline…

Obama pulls plug on part of health overhaul law

…and now the story:

WASHINGTON – (AP) — The Obama administration says it is unable to go forward with a major program in the president’s signature health care overhaul law — a new long-term care insurance plan. [broken promises]

Officials said Friday the long-term care program has critical design flaws that can’t be fixed to make it financially self-sustaining. [Perhaps had they spent a little time doin some cipherin they could have figured this stuff out ahead of time.  It is hard to believe that the White House’s fiscal projections were flawed.]