Framing the Dialogue

Archive for December, 2011

Parsimony – Illegal Hotline

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

First the headline…

Feds create hotline for detained immigrants

…and now the story:

LOS ANGELES — Federal immigration officials Thursday announced creation of a telephone hotline to ensure that detainees held by local police are informed of their rights [I thought that was what the courts, and lawyers, and hearings, and trials were for?]

2011 Top Ten News Stories

I hesitate to call my list “news stories” because many of them have not been covered by the Obama-media because they would make the liberal administration look like the miserable failure that it has been.  On with the list.

  1. The Economy:  If you look past the cheerleading reporting that the recession is over and jobs are being created, and a falling unemployment percent, you might just see how bad things still are.  I don’t remember a time where I have sweated my employment for so long.  I am not consumed, but the gnawing feeling is always there in the background.  As of November 2011 the U6 Unemployment (U-6 = Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force) rate is 15.6 percent. 

Paranoia

You may have gotten this email, but it is worth reading again…

As we progress through to the end of 2011, I want to thank cyber mail for the educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

  •  I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.
  •  I can’t sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

10,000 Steps A Day

I had heard many times that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle (weight, exercise, mental status) a rule of thumb is to take at least 10,000 steps everyday.  In some ways that sounds like a lot, but as much as I walk in a day I thought I’d be close.  As I was browsing around Amazon I found a very cool pedometer that counts steps, estimates distance, calories burned and keeps a record of the last seven days measurements. 

Last Minute Shopping – Going Green

Twas two days before Christmas and all through the scene,
Not a toy had been purchased unless it was green,
No gifts for the kiddies how could you be so mean?
“It’s not my fault” you say…the choices are so lean,
Well here are a few that you may have not seen!

Emergency

“There is no crime that a man will not commit in order to save himself.”

– – Tadeusz Borowski

This book is not really what I expected as the subtitle that “this book will save your life” prepared me for a “how to” book on surviving an apocalypse.  However, Emergency is author Neil Strauss’ journey from an inept, unprepared city dweller to an accomplished, prepared man.  In what began as a selfish (though wise) desire to prepare for disaster ended with a more balanced approach.  The author was able to share his experiences on the journey which made it a very enjoyable book.

Update – True American Hero – Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Obama’s Justice Department is hot on another “criminal” as they have gone after Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County in Arizona. In an AP (Adulterated Press) story the federal government has “found that Arpaio’s office committed a wide range of civil rights violations against Latinos, including unjust immigration patrols and jail policies” and one official “called it the most egregious case he has seen or reviewed in professional literature.” Big Brother (Eric Holder) has given Arpaio until January 4, 2012 to decide if he wants to work out an agreement with Obama/Holder.

Out of Oz

I think that Gregory Maguire has saved his best for last.  His fourth and final book in the Wicked Years saga, Out of Oz may be my favorite.  Pitched against the backdrop of war, Maguire brings back many favorites to conclude the series.   The story centers around Elphaba’s granddaughter as she matures and faces the consequences of her ancestors’ actions.  Even Dorothy make a return visit to Oz.