Framing the Dialogue

Archive for May, 2012

Surprising Joke

I recently attended a workshop.  Pretty exciting I know!  Well after the introductions the first speaker got up and opened his talk with the following joke:

President Obama was visiting Queen Elizabeth.  As they were talking Obama asked her how she selects good people.  The Queen stated that she tests them to make sure that they are intelligent and promptly summoned Tony Blair to her office.  She gave Mr. Blair a quiz;  “if your mother and father had a child and it was not your brother or your sister who would it be?”  Tony Blair thought for a minute and answered, “it’s me!” the Queen smiled and Mr. Blair left them alone.  President Obama seemed impressed.

Little Red Hen

The following was sent by a friend as an updated version of the Little Red Hen.  This one features our current POTUS:

Who will help me plant my wheat?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” said the cow.

“Not I,” said the duck.

“Not I,” said the pig.

“Not I,” said the goose.

“Then I will do it by myself.”

She planted her crop and the wheat grew and ripened.

“Who will help me reap my wheat?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” said the duck.

One Million Steps

Sometime in the afternoon of April 27, 2012 I achieved a milestone albeit a couple of weeks later than I had hoped. On January 1 I started a program to increase the number of steps that I took each day with an ultimate goal of getting 10,000 steps a day. Starting a walking program in January in Pittsburgh probably was not the easiest thing, but I had to start somewhere and now that it is hotter I am glad that I got that start. I am, unfortunately, a sweater and this may restrict how much walking I do on my lunch break unless my co-workers don’t mind a sweaty heap nearby.


My view of a Navy Seal has always been tinged with a lot of respect for the achievement at becoming the best of the best and then getting better.  Having read several books by Seals in the last year has only enhanced that view.  It can be thrilling to read about their exploits, sad when they get injured or lose one of their own, and joyous when they kill a bunch of the bad guys. Service is the second book by Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell  and he takes us through his second deployment to the Middle East as he deals with recovering from his injuries and getting back into Seal shape.

If This Then That

Thirty plus years ago this was a Fortran statement that I learned in college.  It was so long ago that I actualy used punch cards to write programs.  A horrible horrible experience.  Last week I was listening to a favorite talk radio show that is conservative.  I guess that I don’t really have to add the “conservative” as there are no liberal ones, at least that last.  An obviously liberal man called in and tried to articulate an arguement for gay marriage.  Unfortunately for him the host does not agree and over the years has shared his view on the subject many many times.  The liberal continued to argue his position never really even considering the alternate view.  I am not sure what he hoped to accomplish with his call as the host has rather strong views.  At the point of frustration he resorted to a typical liberal reaction when confronted with a reasoned opposing view.  He resorted to name calling and informed the host that he “hates gays.”

Coup D’Etat

I may have a new super hero to enjoy reading about.  Although he is fictional author Ben Coes makes a good case to put him close to the company of Gabriele Allon, Alex Hawke, Scot Harvath, and Mitch Rapp.  In Coup d’Etat evil again rears its ugly head in the Middle East as tensions broil between India and Pakistan.  Mix in two countries that don’t like each other, historic tensions, nuclear weapons, terrorists, jihadists, and loads of money and you just might get a coup.  Coes’ hero is ex-black ops guy who really wants to be off the grid.  Dewey Andreas gets pulled back in to take on a near-suicidal mission.

Some Kraut on That Dog?

FYI the Kraut is Charles Krauthammer and the Dog is Obama.  This is in no way an allusion to the fact that Obama frequently ate dog meat growing up in Indonesia.  Here is a series of some of Krauthammer’s recent great videos.  Enjoy them as I have!


Stat Not

I had a recent experience dealing with the healthcare industry when my mother became ill. She went in with a condition that for those of us younger would take some antibiotics and be done, but when you’re elderly a simple illness can be fatal. It was interesting that when my wife heard her symptoms she made a diagnosis and the EMTs did the same. They ended up being correct as confirmed by the tests or so I thought.


Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece. In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases. As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

Just when I thought the lame-stream-media just couldn’t get any worse in their quest to re-elect Barry Sortoro (AKA BHO) ABC News (hardly a news organization anymore) had this headline today;