Framing the Dialogue

Archive for April, 2012

ZoNation

Just when you think the country is going to crap you find a glimmer of hope…

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Tips For Naught

…Therefore I Am…

I was out and about yesterday so dinner was going to have to be a quick deal and that means take out.  There is a new shopping center not far from our house and much to our delight a Papa John’s Pizza opened.  We like some of the local, independent pizza shops around our house, but we do enjoy Papa John’s too and I used to pick up dinner there a few times a month at one that was located on the route home from work until I switched jobs.  No more Papa John’s until yesterday.  I was visiting my Mom and sister and Papa John’s was one my way home.  I dutifully downloaded the Papa John’s iPhone app, logged in, and ordered our pizza.

The Screwtape Letters

If you had ever asked yourself who the devil might be tempting you to the dark side you might be weird, inquisitive, have too much time on your hands or most likely all three.  Some of the darkest days of our recent history, World War II, provided the setting for a series of letters from a “senior” devil to his devil-in-training as he attempts to lure a man to the dark side. The Screwtape Letters is kind of like listening to one side of a telephone conversation in that C. S. Lewis only treats us to Screwtape’s (the senior from the netherworld) letters to his intern, Wormwood. 

A Walk Near the Woods

My strategy was to sleep in and conserve steps for the big adventure…only 640 steps and it was nearly   3:00 PM when we started.

We had a cool, but sunny hike which means we were chilled in the shadowy parts and warmed up a little in the open area. As we left on the hike I mentioned to my daughter that I thought that the numerous black bears in the area were probably not active yet. I was kind of joking, but we had seen bears on other hikes in the area. As we entered the park I noticed this big bear trap about thirty yards off of the road. Perhaps I had been wrong about not seeing any bears.

Update – AP – Adulterated Press

A few months ago I commented on the transparency of the lame-stream media and the Associated Press specifically as they shamelessly shilled for all things Obama and all things Democrat/Liberal.  Last week The AP’s chairman, Dean Singleton, who was perhaps channeling Chris Matthews outwardly gushed in his introduction of President ObamaHere are a few choice phrases from the “unbiased” “journalist;”

“there is no mistaking his name and even I can’t mess it up. It’s Mr. President.”

The Advantage

“The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.  Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.”

– – Patrick Lencioni

In The Advantage author Patrick Lencioni makes a compelling case about “why organizational health trumps everything else in business.”  If you have ever worked in a company or organization that posts Mission Statements and Vision Statements that are generally panned by the staff you may not want to read this book.  If you are like me it will make you long for an organization that does even 10 percent of the activities that Lencioni suggests.  As usual he also sprinkles real-life anecdotes into his sections to make a point.

Update – Unelected Group of People

It’s funny (scary not humorous) how when you dig into a topic you find much more than expected.  It is also not unusual to hear more about similar topics once you become aware.  Like noticing more of our cars on the road once you buy one.  Soon after my previous post I was listening to syndicated talk show host Jim Quinn discussing Obama’s less-than-veiled threat to SCOTUS.  Quinn was discussing the hypocrisy of Obama’s attacks on SCOTUS as unelected while his Justice Department was looking to a court to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionalEric Holder was quoted as saying,

Outlaw Platoon

“A year before, I had been a partying college student, obsessed with The Lord of the Rings and hte Harry Potter books.  Getting to class and writing to papers had been pretty much the limit of my responsibilities.  Now I was a leader in a combat zone, entrusted with the role after the army had invested millions of dollars in my training.  Any decision I made could have unseen consequences.  I second-guessed myself constantly, concealed it from the men, and did my best to absorb every lesson thrown my way.”

Unelected Group of People

If you need any more information regarding the Regime that is the Obama Administration’s his latest use of third-world politics in his threat” aimed at the Supreme Court;

“I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

Thinning The Herd

Cynthia Ceilan’s “tales of the weirdly departed” is a collection of interesting ways that folks enter the nether world.  Some were famous, but most were not;

“David Frazer survived being thrown from his car when it rolled over several times on a New Zealand highway.  As he lay sprawled in the middle of the road, grateful to be alive, he was run over by an oncoming trailer truck.  The truck had swerved to avoid Frazer’s overturned car.”