Framing the Dialogue

Archive for September, 2012

Last Food and Fuel

I once heard Pennsylvania politics described as the “red T” where there is a corridor north-south in the center of the state and an east-west corridor on the upper part of the state that is generally red or republican. The state, however, is generally dominated by the two large urban areas around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia where blue is predominant. I really cannot speak to local Philadelphia politics, but the Republican Party is, if I am being very generous, extremely weak to non-existent in the ‘Burgh.

A Feast For Crows

A Feast for Crows is the fourth novel in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series probably better known by the HBO series title, Game of Thrones. Since Martin, as is his want, killed off many of the main characters in the previous book he has introduced many new characters. The format is the same with each character getting a chapter at a time and I found the storyline hard to follow at first as some of the characters seemed random.

Parsimony – You Didn’t Drill That

Yet again an Associated Press story is the muse of a Parsimony post. I don’t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media. This article is just in time for the 2012 election cycle and puppets Obama’s misspeak (by misspeak I of course he blurted out what he really believes) regarding government’s role in funding private business. By the way this was a front page article in my local “conservative” newspaper.

First the headline (with a link to the original story)…

Federal Dollars Fueled Natural Gas Boom

…Now the story with my bold comments:

Obama In His Own Words – Transparency

“The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve. In responding to requests under the FOIA, executive branch agencies should act promptly and in a spirit of cooperation, recognizing that such agencies are servants of the public.”

Obama In His Own Words – War On Coal

“What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.  I was the first to call for a 100 percent auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter.  That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.  So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

Obama In His Own Words – Shoot Last

Ambushed, tortured, and murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens

“Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ’em.”

                                                        – – B. Hussein Obama – –

Obama In His Own Words – The Middle East

This is a new series prompted by the recent attacks against America by radical Muslims.  One must consider that our embassies are American soil and rather than react strongly, Obama has sent out his advisers to continue his apology tour further projecting weakness that is his not ours.  Here are his own words from November 2008 (You can listen to the audio at the end if you wish;

No They Can’t

One of the things that I struggle with the most in my life is trying to understand how anyone who has ever dealt with government can also BELIEVE that government is the answer to everything.  Somehow government can fix anything. No, They Can’t argues Fox’s John Stossel as he explains “why government fails – but individuals succeed.”  I remember watching Stossel’s hard hitting pieces exposing consumer fraud and he was the darling of the mainstream media winning dozens of Emmy’s.  That all changed when he, in his own way, started questioning some of the ivory towers of liberalism or as I call them, Liberal Alters’

No Easy Day

I had not planned on reading the “firsthand account of hte mission that killed Osama Bin Laden (UBL),” but there has been so much writhing and hand-wringing and threats and whining I thought that I’d weigh in and give the former Navy SEAL some of my hard EARNED money. No Easy Day, first off, is an extremely well written book that grabbed me and forced me to read it in about a day.  One may want to give credit to the co-author, Kevin Maurer, but I have to remember that to be a SEAL doesn’t just mean that you are good at killing people.  These young men are the best of the best and then the best of those are chosen to be special operations forces.  Mark Owen (a psuedonym – he has since been outed, but I won’t do that) shares some of his other missions leading to UBL’s untimely death (it should have been many years before).