Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs – Volume XX

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  A woman in Spain has registered the ownership of the sun and plans to start charging for its use.  Angeles Duran made the move in September and described her entrepreneurial venture, “There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.”  I, however, don’t think that Ms. Duran really thought this through and she may have bit off more than she can chew.  I can just see the lawyers’ commercial seeking victims of skin cancer to join their class action lawsuit.  You don’t pay unless we get money for you!

Brief 2:  John “efing” Kerry is preparing to celebrate his “25 years in the Senate and 45 years of public service” by holding a gala in his own honor.  The event will be paid for out of Kerry’s campaign fund and such notables as Ben Afleck and James Taylor are expected to appear.  If you would like to attend it will cost you up to $4,800 per ticket.  I am sorry, but I wouldn’t give you 48 cents to attend the gala.  No word on whether Kerry, the wealthiest Senator, ever paid the taxes on his yacht.

Brief 3:  The Hill reported that Obama, just off of getting busted in the mouth, got back on the horse (basketball court) to shoot some hoops.  Needing a more even game, the Prez got his daughters to help him work on his game.  Still smarting from the “accidental” elbow to his chops Obama probably dominated the youngsters and built up his self-esteem.  In an unrelated story Obama, just off getting busted in the mouth from North Korea, got back on his foreign policy horse and sent some more lame gifts to the Queen Elizabeth. 

Brief 4:  This brief is from earlier in the year, but I noticed someone hawking the new U.S. Mint state quarter program.  These new quarters will feature a conservation theme and beautiful places from each state over the next decade, “The U.S. Mint will strike and issue a total of 56 new quarters, each featuring one national park or other federally protected area in each state.”  If you remember Obama arbitrarily increased the number of states during his campaign. “we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”  The Mint is hoping that an equal number of citizens will begin hoarding the coins taking them out of circulation to the tune of an estimated 147 million people.  If you do a little math that’s a cool $ 2 billion  (147 million x 56 coins x $0.25/coin). 

Brief 5:  It may seem somewhat silly, but lawmakers took the most brilliant president to task regarding numerous remarks where Obama misquoted basic American historic references.  Many, including me, took umbrage when he left “endowed by our creator” out of the Constitution on several speeches.  Most recently he told an audience that the United States’ motto was E pluribus unum or out of many, one.  The official motto of the U.S. is “In God We Trust”, as designated by a 1956 law.   I don’t think Obama can have it both ways.  He is either brilliant and purposely misrepresented things or he is not so smart and flubbed it.  Has any reported ever asked him what books or magazines he has read.

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