Framing the Dialogue

Archive for January, 2013

De Bait Goes On

goffordsYou decide on whether the news is slanted against the Second Amendment. This article was front page of Pittsburgh’s “conservative” newspaper. Though it is an Adulterated Press (AP) story it ran in our paper without any attempt to get the facts straight. The use of the contrasting photographs should be enough to let you know which side the AP is on.  It would be very easy to take this bait.  I’d be willing to wager that AP offices have armed guards though they’re probably not armed with assault rifles. BTW Ms. Giffords was not shot with an assault rifle and there is a growing belief that assault rifles were not used in the Newtown school shooting as confirmed by NBC News on January 15, 2013.

Moscow Club

moscow clubI am not sure why a book originally published in 1991 was one of the offerings at our airport. I was early picking up my wife last Saturday night and because of security there was nowhere to really go within the facility as most of the stores are on the other side of the security section. I had finished the book that I brought and was faced with an hour or so left to wait so I went to the only open venue and paid full price for a paperback. Author Joseph Finder included an introduction in 2013 to set the tone of the novel;

Middle Class Riches

If you have read much of my posts over the years you might logically conclude that I am not fond of the policies of our current President. But I have to admit that recently I have seen some light at the end of my own personal fiscal tunnel. I noticed in my pay stub that I have somehow become rich!

I Walked Four Million Steps

Last Wednesday I passed the 4,000,000 step threshold for roughly 1900 miles of walking since January 2012. I had increased my steps a little each week and averaged nearly 13,500 steps each day the week before. Things were rolling until I started to get a little “tweak” in my left hip. I took it easy for a couple of days and it felt better until I took a walk the next morning and walked up the two flights of stairs to my office floor. I can best describe the pain as what I might imagine it is like to have someone drive a hot knife into my ass cheek as I walked up the steps. Oh and after they stabbed me they twisted the knife.  You’ll be proud that I didn’t scream…not even a whimper.

American Ground

No one of my generation will likely forget where they were when the cowardly jihadists flew their planes into the World Trade Center North and South towers. It is one of those moments seared into our memories further ingrained as we watched in horror as some of our fellow citizens chose to jump to their deaths rather than burn and finally watching the towers fall.

Moral High Ground


Judge Andrew Napolitano has written an interesting article along similar lines with this startling fact that I have never heard before;

“The president himself has killed about 176 children in Pakistan by the use of CIA drones. These drones have been dispatched by him alone — not pursuant to any congressional declaration of war. At least two of these murdered children were Americans. But since the cameras were kept away and since the survivors are legally and politically helpless, no one here hears the Pakistani children’s cries of pain and anguish.”

The Dark Monk

Imagine a murder mystery set in seventh century Bavaria with a hangman(Jacob Kuisl), his daughter (Magdalena), and the son of a local doctor (Simon Fronwieser) as the sleuths.  Add to the mystery that the author, Oliver Potzsch, is a descendant of the hangman’s family.  In The Dark Monk, Oliver Potzsch’s second “hangman’s daughter” novel, we have a mysterious death after a mysterious discovery at an ancient church.  This novel requires elemental sleuthing as there are no DNA tests or ballistics to be run.  It is a refreshing mystery without all the high-tech stuff.  It also is a glimpse into a world and a time that we only see in movies involving vampires.  It is a brutal time full of death and dark monks…

The End Is The Beginning

We’re not the same, we’re different tonight

Tonight, so bright


And you know you’re never sure

But you’re sure you could be right

If you held yourself up to the light

– – Smashing Pumpkins – –

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I quote others only to better express myself.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

“Until all are free, none are free.”

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“Our lives begin to end the day [that] we become silent about things that matter.”

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“Power is the ability to achieve purpose. Power is the ability to effect change.”

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“We live together as rational human beings or die together as fools.”

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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

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“I’d rather be dead than afraid.” on 4 April 1968 (the day of his assassination)

Wild Fire

John Corey and his wife Kate Mayfield are back after losing some friends on 9/11.  Corey is his irascible self, but Kate has undergone some transformation since being so close to the tragedy on that fateful day.  In Wild Fire the detective team is looking to solve a crime involving a close friend when they stumble upon a infinitely more world-changing plot.  I’ve come to expect a lot of suspense and thrills from author Nelson DeMille and as usual, he delivered in Wild Fire.  Except for the fate of an old friend near the end I was somewhat disappointed in how DeMille chose to deal with some of the big bad boys.  I would have preferred a more definitive end to their “careers.”