Framing the Dialogue

Archive for June, 2012

A Blaze of Glory

“one hundred thousand troops face one another, at a cost of twenty-four thousand casualties.  And yet, because of the vast distance from the great media centers, particularly in the North, few newspaper reporters are on the field to tell that story…there are virtually no photographs taken of the aftermath of the Shiloh battlefield at all.  Thus, in April 1862, our nation suffers its most costly military disaster to that time, a tragedy that many, particularly in the North, are hardly even aware of.”

– – Jeff Shaara

Saving The World

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.  Sadly I find that the better, truer, more honest articles are found in British or Canadian media outlets.  The tilt of America’s lame-stream media is well documented and so far in the tank for liberals it is essentially no longer a “free press” that we can count on for news and information.  The recent victory by Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has been covered though the import has been marginalized by the left media.  The actions by Alabama have been ignored exempt for the British Press;

Dueling Dershowitz

It is rare that I find myself rooting for someone like Alan Dershowitz.  His is a liberal that I have rather disliked for many years.  I really should not say that I dislike him, but I typically dislike his left views, but lately he has been standing up for what is right (not conservative, but right) and has been criticized for it.  I sense that Mr. Dershowitz is an old fashioned liberal.  He is someone that a conservative would disagree with, argue with, debate with, get exasperated with, but at the end of the day you could find some common ground with and accomplish something.

How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It

Is it being paranoid when people are really following you?

I flirt with disaster.  I am not a thrill seeker, but I can see the potential for a period of either economic, social, or health related (pandemic) emergency.  I would like to be prepared for such an emergency and have been looking at good resources to decide how to approach this.  I have posted about a few books that I have read and How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It has been the best so far.  This one will certainly go on my bookshelf.

News Briefs – Volume XXXII – True Lies

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories. This edition is all about lies that liers tell to lie to you;

Brief 1:  The attempt Tuesday to use a legal procedure to recall a governor who is not accused of illegal activities failed and Republican Governor Scott Walker won bigger than his original election.  Events (AND NEWS STORIES) leading up to the election seemed to predict a very tight race.  That’s the LIE.  Walker cruised to a win and now the democrat media machine is trying to make the win all about money.  They even are fudging the figures to make it look like the Republicans outspent the democrats.  This is BIG news and a BIG win for TEA Party folks.  If you want proof that this was a very important election look at this loaded quote from ABC Mews the day before the election;

Fudge Cupcake Murder

Hannah Swensen finds yet another body and finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation.  Enlisting the help of her family and friends she works outside the purview of the police to do her sleuthing as she tries to clear a family member from suspicion.  The Fudge Cupcake Murder has all of the hallmarks of other Joanne Fluke mysteries; good plot, likable characters, no real violence, and lots of recipes.  I’ve always liked the way the author included the recipes for the goodies mentioned in the story.  I have gotten some good ones over the years.

…Not As I Do

I’d like to celebrate the new book out by FLOTUS (Michelle Obama); Eat As I Say Not As I Eat.  How many of you are just plain tired of rich folks telling us how to live?  How many are tired of watching reality television in OUR White House?  We have a celebrity president rather than a presidential president.  In the words of one of the folks who forwarded the email with the following picture…”Will November ever get here fast enough?”

True Evil

So what would you expect of a book titled True Evil with a subtitle of “True evil has a face you know and a voice you trust?”  Maybe Amityville Horror meets Jaws with a little Bad Seed and The Omen.  That’s sort of what I expected, but what I got was a fairly good murder mystery, but not much in the way of a “true evil” the way I would expect.  Any murder is evil, but I expected more sinister and dark.  Author Greg Iles provided a stirring murder plot, though there was not much mystery after a while.  It was pretty much reading to see how far they’d get and which characters would die.  The murder weapon, however, is rather unique.