Framing the Dialogue

Archive for April, 2012

…And intends to be the master

“It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.”

— Ayn Rand

Obama Took The Wheel…

…and this is the road we’ve been taken upon.  This is a response to Hollywood’s (Tom Hank I’ll NEVER watch one of your flicks again.  That’s ashame as Toy Story was his best work) “documentary” fantasy about Obama’s first year in office with the real facts (you know those things that are supposed to be in documentaries) blended in.  I would say enjoy, but the realities of our nation are much less than enjoyable.


The Digital Photography Book Part 4

If you have read parts one through three you’ll need to read The Digital Photography Book, Part 4.  If you haven’t read the others, buy them when you purchase Part 4.  You would think that author Scott Kelby would start running out of techniques to write about, but thankfully for us he hasn’t.  Part 4 is another winner as it features over a hundred (no I didn’t actually count them) “step by step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros.”  There are two features that make Kelby’s books sharper than others;  first is his sense of humor, second is that he presents the tips like he is there with you and gives the information to get the shot, third is that he always shows off some cool new stuff that I wanna have.  I know that’s three, but I like humor too.

War of 1813

No there wasn’t some new battle  201 years ago.  The war is happening now or at least hopefully there is a war, but one can never be sure about the Republicans.  As Congress is trying to pass a transportation bill many legislators like to seize the opportunity (or “crisis”) to do bad things that we end up paying for (or amendments that have nothing to do with the original intent of the bill or to stick on things that they hope no one will notice).  Under consideration is the Democrat “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”  Boy doesn’t that sound nice and with the bunch in Washington one must, however, be cognizant of the the use of the word “progress” since the Progressives are little more than Socialists.   This is a highway construction funding bill (funny, but I initially typed “bull” by mistake), but the elected officials in Washington have decided that this HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION BILL needs the following:

High Crimes

A Boston upscale family enjoys a quick family meal at the local mall.  As they leave the restaurant their lives are shattered forever.  How is that for a tease?  One of the difficult things for me in doing a book review for novels is to give some sense of the story without divulging too much.  I don’t personally even read the inside of the dust jacket as they often give away the first fourth of the book. High Crimes is no different as it really spills a lot of the proverbial beans.

Yeah That’s The Ticket

It is often very interesting to me how Hollyweird types and their rich liberal friends (i.e. Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, etc.) are all about liberal causes and how the rich should pay more.  To date I have yet to read about one of them giving more to the federal government.  In fact Warren’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, is being sued by the federal government for $366 million in back taxes.  Perhaps the “Buffet Rule” should start with paying what you owe?  I guess this FOO (Friend of Obama) doesn’t mind if taxes goes up since his companies don’t really pay anyway.

Slip & Fall

In the book of cliches Slip & Fall started off really in the thick of it.  Son of a hard working Italian carpenter makes good with an ivy league law degree and sets up shop in his old neighborhood.  His wife is pregnant, his business falls on bad times and he has this cousin who is involved with an organized crime family.  Did I mention that he is Italian?  Oh and the “hero” has a spunky Hispanic secretary…a single mother to boot.  I was tempted to toss this novel by Nick Santora due to the high predictability factor.


It’s not hard to guess what David McCullough’s book 1776  might be about. Besides the title, the cover painting featuring General George Washington kind of gave it away also. David McCullough provides a detailed portrait of the fledgling United States as they faced off against the formidable armies and navies of world leader Great Britain. Having grown up in a era when American history was taught in grade school I knew of some of the battles and troubles facing Washington. I even knew that his brilliant career got off to a rather rocky start, but the devil is in the details and McCullough provides many details in a very readable way.

Protection Racket

I think, therefore I Am…

I am starting to really like this category as it is all about what I think.  I don’t have to spend a lot of time doing research, linking to articles, you know the hard, time consuming stuff.  The thing that is bothering me today is the whole identity theft thing.  I hate to use the word scam, but what do you call an industry that purports to protect you from harm caused by others and allowed by others?