Framing the Dialogue

Archive for July, 2012

Shall Not Be Infringed

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

About a year ago there was a tragedy near where I live.  A mentally disturbed man started shooting at the psychiatric hospital killing a young man.  The tragedy hit home even more when it was discovered that his sister had also been murdered a year earlier.  She was also shot.  The family recently held an event to raise money “to prevent gun violence.”  That is understandable, but I couldn’t help but wonder why just “gun violence?”  Why not all violence?  Why not try to stamp out violent people?  Why not try to have psychotics taken off of the streets?  It may sound trite, but guns don’t kill people…people kill people.  Do you doubt that a murderer will no longer murder if they cannot get a pistol?

Black List


Brad Thor has done it again.  Perhaps stealing from recent headlines about the Presidents “kill list” Thor’s Black List puts hero Scot Harvath once again in grave danger.  Most of his usual resources are no longer at this disposal and he has to rely on old “friends” for help as death seems barely a step behind him as they seem to know his every move.  Perhaps more chilling is the opening note from Brad Thor

“All of the technology contained in this novel is based on systems currently deployed, or in the final stages of development, by the United States government and its partners.”

Tax Cuts Cost More!

GOP tax cut plan to cost $28B more than Dems’ pitch

This headline should alternately make your head explode, make you cry, or piss you off.  Published by the Washington Post (Obama Post) last Thursday (click on the headline to be directed to the full article) it fallaciously attempts to paint the “Dem’s” as cost cutters because, I guess, their tax plan “costs” less. 


The Fallen Angel

“He was below average in height – five foot eight, perhaps, but no more – and had the spare physique of a cyclist.  The face was long and narrow at the chin, with wide cheekbones and a slender nose that looked as though it had been carved from wood.  The eyes were an unnatural shade of green”

Mars & Venus

I recently had the misfortune of spending four hours in a auto shop waiting room.  The real tragedy is that I took the truck in for an oil change, tire rotation, and to have an exhaust clamp replaced.  I work for a large bureaucracy with lots of systems and procedures.  One of the systems is to get preapproved for fleet repairs, schedule the work, and then have the garage fax and estimate for the work before proceeding.  I arrived at eight and the garage had my truck in the bay within 30 minutes.  The outlier was the exhaust pipe which was currently held in place by a wire hanger.  The customer service rep came out and explained that the clamp actually ripped a hole in the exhaust pipe when it failed and that they would actually have to replace the entire tailpipe.  Fortunately it was covered by warranty and would cost ZERO.  So all that had to be approved was an oil change (my tires didn’t need rotated).

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family

So why not run your family like a business?  Patrick Lencioni has written extensively about managing people as a business and now has written a leadership “fable” about restoring sanity to your family life.  In the fable the fictional family finds that they must pare down the number of questions typically posed to a business to be accepted by stressed families.  Sometimes you are just too busy to take steps to become less busy.  Families have to face the fact that “if everything is important, nothing is.”  I can relate to the harried life as parents of three active children as we zipped here and there trying to give them different experiences.  We certainly could have used some of these techniques, but our children are all adults and will soon be facing these challenges themselves.

Campaigner-In-Chief: Not Divisive At All

Perhaps the liberal playbook has gotten a little too small.  President Obama seemed to be channeling the socialist message of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren…you owe your success to government.  He seems to be content with fooling some of the people all of the time.   We have to get out and vote.  We have to get rid of this guy and his cronies!

In April of 2011 I posted a great video that totally debunks the tax the rich folks argument in my post Eat The Rich.  Watch the video again especially from 2:50 on. 

Swift Kick

Eleven days ago I wrote Un-Vacation detailing some post vacation troubles.  At the time I thought that it was heralding my path back to regular blogging.  Obviously I was W A Y wrong.  For thing I am writing on a brand spanking new PC.  Before you get too jealous at my new machine I only spend $1000.oo because I had no choice.  You see my “old” computer didn’t suffer the blue screen of death.  I put it to sleep one night and it just wouldn’t wake up the next day.  No pulse.  No breathe.  Cold to the touch.  Sadly for me my “computer guy” at work was on an extended vacation.  Here I was with all of my ideas (many of which are stale now) and no way to post…at least no practical way.

Cinnamon Roll Murder

Murders, munchies, manipulation, machinations, mystery, and musicians.  For once someone other than Hannah finds the body though the family member who gets the “treat” still triggers a family investigation. In Cinnamon Roll Murder author Joanne Fluke deftly ties the murder mystery directly to Hanna Swensen’s personal life and the cliff hanger from her previous novel (Devil’s Food Cake Murder). 

I feel like I same about the same thing with each new edition of Fluke’s Hanna Swensen novels.  They are always enjoyable, but never keep me up at night “Jonesing” to finish.  This one is no different though Hanna is a little more spicy in her unspoken thoughts.