Framing the Dialogue

Archive for September, 2013

How To Get A Real Education

dilbertOne great thing about reading is articles or books often lead to other interesting articles or books.  I recently read $100 Startup which mentioned a Wall Street Journal article by Dilbert creator Scott Adams.  As a nearly lifetime cubicle dweller Adams is beloved by me.  The following is a link to the original article and a few excerpts that hopefully will make you want to read the article yourself.

Killing Jesus

killing jesusWhat a subject to take on by authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  The life and death of Jesus Christ!  First off this is NOT a religious novel and I think O’Reilly has taken great pains to reiterate that this is in fact a historical account of the murder of Jesus of Nazareth.  If you are looking for that type of book there are plenty out there for you to read.  This just isn’t one of them.  The authors give a detailed historical background of the time before Jesus’ birth to give a sense of the brutality of the times and the complete domination of the Roman empire though in decline at the time of Jesus.

The Rise of Lubchenko

lubchenkoSo when I saw this book at the Book Train I thought it was going to be a Cold War spy/espionage novel.  Well it turns out that my mind fooled me as the famous KGB prison is Lubyanka not Lubchenko.  Lubchenko is an underworld character who we are really not sure whether he is good or bad.  In Michael Simmons’ The Rise of Lubchenko a group of American teenagers find themselves in the middle of some international intrigue…as it turns out for the second time as this is a sequel.  The story, while entertaining, is really quite far-fetched and it took a while for me to accept the first person narrative especially considering that the first person is a self-admitted self-absorbed teenager.

Friday The 13th Plus 7

Photo window sighSo the actual Friday the thirteenth was not that eventful except for the 11 hour drive from Providence, Rhode Island, but the next one was thoroughly weird for me. One of the things I like to do is walk before I start my day. To kill that bird and avoid traffic I generally walk at work as there are nice areas to stroll…power stroll that is. My work parking lot is next to a rowing club and many of the adult (meaning working stiffs) and college student row in the morning and they often take a lot of our parking spaces which sucks. Worse though is the influx of high school rowers that come in around 3:00. These are very sketchy (i.e. lousy) drivers.

The $100 Startup

100 start up cropped“This book is different, and it has two key themes: freedom and value.  Freedom is what we’re all looking for, and value is the way to achieve it.”

 In The $100 Startup author Chris Guillebeau provides a lot of examples and tips for you to”reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future.”  How many times have you thought “why didn’t I think of that” or “I could really use something that will do this?”  We do it all of the time, but rarely do anything about it.  What about that hobby that you struggled to learn, but now have perfected.  Could others benefit from your learning curve?  Would they pay for it?  Would you have paid to avoid the learning curve?  Probably a “yes” to both!

Economics In Many Lessons – Welfare

Another of my favorite economists, Thomas Sowell, schools a liberal on welfare. It is interesting how the arguments never change. You should watch the post on “do gooders” after this.

By the way for you Glenn Beck fans out there the liberal is Francis Fox Piven who Glenn regularly talks about.

A Harley Biker

governor-palin-harleyA Harley Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.  The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

A Chain of Thunder

chain of thunder“When the sun went down, the shelling began again, the civilian moving inside again quickly, but she remained outside the cave, watched the red streaks, heard the thumps and distant thunder, and noticed now for the first time that something was missing.  What had been done to James’ best friend was an act of raw desperation repeated in the town, and all throughout the cave-spotted hills.  Until now, every time the shells came, it had been the same, the whistle and shriek of mortars and cannon fire answered by a scatter chorus of howling dogs.  But tonight there were no howls, no response at all to the steel and fire from the sky.  There were no longer any dogs.”

Indefensible (in·de·fen(t)-sə-bəl )

The dictionary defines indefensible as:

1. Incapable of being maintained as right or valid

2. Incapable of being justified or excused .

indefensibleSynonyms: inexcusable, inexpiable, insupportable, unforgivable, unjustifiable, unpardonable, unwarrantable

This is where I usually start the examples and I will soon.  The muse for this post was a commercial shown on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren’s show last night.  The commercial was from a group opposed to Stand Your Ground Laws throughout the United States.  The images and sound in the commercial exploit the Zimmerman/Martin killing in Florida.  I began to think of the number of issues that the left/progressives/liberals/Democrats oppose that make the most sense to the rest of us.  Here we go!

The Things They Carried

the things they carried“The things they carried were largely determined by necessity.  Among the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of water.”