Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs – Volume XVI

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  Pennsylvania’s legislature is earning their money as they consider a ground-breaking piece of legislation.  The legislation, described by Rep. Scott Perry, will allow citizens to defend themselves anywhere you have a lawful right to be…It’s important we are allowed to avail ourselves of our constitutional right to protect ourselves.  Right now, the scales are tipped to criminals or perpetrators, and I want to see the scales tipped back to law-abiding citizens.”  If they can pass the legislation you you would be able to defend yourself without having to flee first.  If this is a “constitutional right” then why do we need a bill to allow it?  Perhaps the saddest thing is not so much that we need this legislation, but that our legislature cannot seem to pass it and that Gov. Rendell seems hesitant to sign it into law.  Maybe there is a critical vote on Pennsylvania’s state cookie.

Brief 2:  Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the Obama Administration is its impact on the English language.  Like folks with “lite” resumes use fancy terms to obfuscate their lack of experience, the White House has many fancy new names for terrorism (man-caused disasters), or our fight against terror (global contingency operations), or Global Warming (Climate Change or as I like to call them; seasons), but the new term for Man-made Global Warming is just precious; global climate disruption.  That term makes it very clear.  Al Gore may not have received the Democrat memo and is still “playing on our fear” and drumming the warming drum when Gore was mercilessly heckled at a recent campaign event.  GO AWAY AL!

Brief 3:  Maybe we should call him Malcolm Obama or Barack Farrackhan since Obama recently implored blacks to guard his change (i.e. vote for me and I’ll pass out more Obama-money from my stash).

“I need everybody here to go back to your neighborhoods, and your workplaces, to your churches, and barbershops, and beauty shops. Tell them we have more work to do. Tell them we can’t wait to organize. Tell them that the time for action is now,”

I seem to remember a big threat to southern churches when some preachers came out against Obama and his progressive policies during the 2008 presidential campaigns.  There was an IRS threat to their non-profit status.  Maybe that’s the change he is talking about?

Brief 4Iran recently experienced a rather pesky problem with a computer virus that targeted many of their nuclear facilities.  My only comment is that I hope it was us and that we keep up the pressure.

Brief 5:  There is no word on how many jobs were created when New York City was required by the federal government to change all of their street signs.  In order to comply with Federal Highway Administration requirements the signs that are printed in “all caps” have to be changed to ones that include lower case letters.  I could find no truth to the report that the LCL (“Lower Case Lobby”) had any input into the requirement.  Oh…the cost is a paltry $27.6 million to change the estimated 250,900 street signs.

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