Framing the Dialogue

Archive for April, 2013


Spam-22403128258Something is happening in Spam-land as the number of spam comments has exploded lately.  I am well over 100,00 for the life of this blog.  That’s not so much of an achievement as a pain in the butt deleting all of them.  As usual here are some of the highlights from the last batch…

August 12, 2011:  “Was Catsup Used As Medicine?”  [Since I was raised in Pittsburgh I have mixed emotions about this spammer.  First it’s Ketchup not catsup!  Second it could have been medicine, but generally it’s used to cover whatever flaws there were in the meal cooked.   Lastly I am assuming that they are talking about Heinz Ketchup as there are no other brands.]

Enemy of Mine

enemy of mineFirst off I am amazed at how far author Brad Taylor has improved as a writer and storyteller.  Awesome.  In his latest Pike Logan thriller, Enemy of Mine, the members of the Taskforce jump around Europe and the middle east trying to stop an old nemesis and discover perhaps a bigger threat.  Taylor touches on some of the terrorist organizations in the regions which would certainly cause criticism…not because it isn’t true, but because we don’t talk about it.  There are many in the Middle East who are against the peace process and will go to great lengths to stop it.

Not A Dimes Worth of Difference

dimeDemicans and Republicats that’s what they are; the two political parties.  They often fight and try to outwit each other, but far too often they get together and that’s when we really get screwed.  They were recently at it over Obamacare.  Oh the Republicans still officially hate it and the Democrats conversely love it, but lately neither are as far apart as would normally make me comfortable.  The Politico reported that;

Thoughtful Cookie

IMG_1835As I awaited my change I opened the fortune cookie and was pleased to find one that actually had a fortune in it. They all have the little slips of paper, but very few have fortunes. This one, however, told me that I would have luck when I got home. Maybe it was my full belly or the MSG, but I started to think about what my luck might be; about what I’d actually want my luck to be. I didn’t find myself hoping for large sums of cash or Kate Upton handing me my slippers, pipe, and the daily paper. I would just like a quiet evening, maybe a walk around the neighborhood, a good meal, maybe a short nap and a Penguins win.

The Numerati

numeratiImagine a group of, let’s say scientists who monitor all of your Internet transactions and searches to develop a profile of you. The Numeratido just that to attempt to reduce (or inflate) you to a mathematical model about how you work, or how you shop, or how you might vote, whether you are a terrorist, or what kind of health risk you might be to insure and even who you might be inclined to spend the rest of your life with.

Separated At Birth – Nixon/Obama

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President Richard Milhouse Nixon:  The Watergate scandal was a political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17th 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration’s attempted cover-up of its involvement. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, the President of the United States, on August 9, 1974 — the only resignation of a U.S. President. The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration of 43 people, including dozens of Nixon’s top administration officials.  The affair began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) connected cash found on the burglars to a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, a fundraising group for the Nixon campaign. [Source – Wikipedia]

How Many Americans Had This Same Thought?

chris-wallace-03“All the people in that Watertown neighborhood, hiding, doors locked worried that this guy might get into their home, maybe take them hostage. How many do you think, might like a gun to be able to protect themselves and defend their homes?”

– – Chris Wallace – –