Framing the Dialogue

Archive for October, 2012

Debate Deconstructed

I don’t like watching the debates. I DO NOT believe that debates matter as much as most pundits have been stating lately. I still find it hard to believe that here we are roughly three weeks from the presidential election and there are still so many “undecided” voters. Where have they been? Both Obama and Romney are pretty well known commodities so why the indecision? The real question should be why we put so much reliability and emphasis on a bunch of people who cannot make up their minds.

A Dance With Dragons

So I’ve finally finished the “Game of Thrones” books…or so I thought when I embarked upon this five-volume series. The fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, certainly did not end the saga and leaves readers wanting for the next installment. The series is really one book with many volumes. I don’t think you can read one without the others. That’s a brilliant marketing strategy and one that I usually deride. In author George R. R. Martin’scase, however, the books are so well written that I cannot resist.

Separated At Birth – Biden/Banzai

 

Banzai Hyena: Banzai of Lion King fame isn’t quite as bright as his de-facto leader, Shenzi. He is quick with stupid jokes and really easy to be offended — or more like: really glad when he can be violent in response to any stupid jokes from anyone who isn’t a hyena. He does not compete with Shenzi or Ed because they’re friends. When he isn’t laughing about his own jokes or Ed’s clumsy behavior then he is still hungry! As always. Hyenas play one kind of bad role in the life of Lions. On the Lion King Muck, most hyenas are evil. But there are nice hyenas and hyena cubs too! Well, not these three, that’s for sure.

True American Hero – Lara Logan

Many may remember Lara Logan’s ordeal during Egypt’s Arab Spring.  She was reporting on the uprising (supported by the Obama Administration) when she was attacked and raped multiple times.  I have to admit to knowing very little about her politics or her professional work.  Ms. Logan recently did a piece for CBS and 60 Minutes of all news outlets on terrorism.  Her findings shatter the Obama foreign policy of apology and appeasement [my words not hers].  The following are some quotes from a recent speech on terrorism followed by a video of the speech.  It is worth watching and while scary it is refreshing to see a reporter speaking truth rather than talking points.

Business Speaks…FINALLY!

It has been beyond comprehension to me that business men and women have not really spoken out about the direction of our country and the climate in which they have to navigate to do business. They have been so un-Galt-like that it frankly had me frightened. There have been those like Steve Wynn and the bombastic Donald Trump who have been outspoken, but most have been silent. Some have begun to speak and their knowledge of the economy should carry weight and many have been darlings of the lame-stream media so they’ll have some coverage, at least initially until the media “discovers” (i.e. told by the White House) that they are really crackpots.

True American Hero – Dr. Barbara Bellar

It may be too soon to tell, but the following video by Dr. Barbara Bellar gets her noted on this website as a True American Hero. The video is over eleven minutes, but you only have to listen to the first few minutes for her big moment. In one, albeit long, sentence she sums up the folly of Obamacare. She goes on to make a strong case against the government takeover of OUR healthcare, but those are deeper arguments that the masses won’t listen to or hear. Her sentence early in the video is perfect.

2016 Obama’s Amerika

I don’t particulary like going to movies.  If it is not a comedy or about a book that I love it is highly unlikely that you’ll find me there.  My wife, who has all of a sudden become interested in politics, suggested that we go see Dinesh D’Sousa’s film about Barrack Obama’s past.  We saw it a month ago and it is probably no longer in theatres.  We went to a matinee showing and the room was about one third full and they audience was mostly 45 years old and up.

I, Pencil

I ordered a copy of this writing at the suggestion of a speaker at a workshop that I recently attended. I love when others recommend books that they truly enjoy. Though more of a pamphlet than a book, I, Pencil contains a powerful message. Author Leonard Read’s 50th Anniversary Edition of I, Pencil arrived at my door and expecting more of a book I was somewhat disappointed at its lack of girth…until I started reading.

Vacation 2012 – Stage Four

The last stage was pretty much a travel stage. We decided to make a side trip to Richmond VA to visit family. The suburb of the city where they live is extremely confusing to traverse. We were trying to get to our hotel which we could see from the road, there just didn’t seem to be a way to get there. We did make it and were sneaky in that we had five in our room when only four were permitted. We are regular Bonnie and Clyde’s.

Vacation 2012 – Stage Three

Before I left for vacation I had printed directions for each leg of our trip. It didn’t take long to get tired of looking at the papers especially when driving at night with everybody else in the car fast asleep. I have an iPhone with unlimited data so why not use it. At first I compared the routes with the printed versions, but soon dumped them entirely.