Framing the Dialogue

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Act of War

act of war“The Chinese are extremely deliberate and pragmatic,’ she said.  ‘They can see the writing before anyone else has even seen the wall.  Mr. Director, they’re dying.  Their air is polluted.  Their water is polluted.  They have cut down their timber and have mined all of their minerals.  Less than 5 percent of China has arable land left suitable for agriculture.  The investments they made in North Africa have been a complete bust.  In fact, they’ve taken substantial losses.  The mines there didn’t even produce a fraction of what they had projected.  An during all this, China’s population has continued to expand while its economy has continued to slow…The Chinese know that it’s not daylight they’re seeing at the end of the tunnel.  It’s a train heading right at them.”

Night Heron

night heronThis from the inside cover;

“Set in China, and ripped from today’s headlines.  Night Heron is a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century, by an author who has experienced it firsthand.”

There is a lot of truth in that statement, but it was written by the publisher and while I found the novel entertaining it was not “pulse-pounding” as advertised and I am not sure that author Adam Brookes reinvented the spy thriller for the 21st century unless you consider the fact that China is the enemy the invention.

What a Bunch of…

Yahoo’s is the answer. I have a quandary. I don’t want to use Google for web searches because of their overt hypocrisy of supporting Obama, cow-towing to China and other tyrannical nations, and their “official” spin that they are somehow all about freedom for individuals. Out of habit I have tended to use Yahoo for my searches, but these folks are mind-numbingly (I don’t think that is a word) bad. I posted a “Sweet Sixteen” of Yahoo’s banners a while back so I am never surprised, but today’s banner was beyond the pale.

The Trees Rather Than The Forest

I heard a rather dramatic radio advertisement this morning and since I usually tune out commercials I didn’t really catch all of it. Radio being what it is I heard the ad several more times. The following is the ad by the Evangelical Environmental Network;

Update – One To Watch

A little over two weeks ago I wrote, excitedly, about a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012.  Jon Huntsman had resigned as Ambassador to China and started an exploratory committee to seek the GOP nomination.  Huntsman seems to have the right credentials for a Republican nod, but a few on the right are already criticizing both his cozy ties with Obama and China.  I have pretty much given up on having another Ronald Reagan at the helm of the Republican Party and because I live in Pennsylvania with its late primary election date, the candidates are usually chosen.  Huntsman or perhaps more for me his father seemed a likely middle ground.

Boeing Boeing Gone

I have not had the opportunity to see the movie interpretation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (i.e. the closest theater is about an hour away), but it feels more and more like I am living the story.  I’ve read the novel twice since my first time when I was awakened bythe vultures depicted by Rand.   It was hard to be disgusted by a parasitic nation that sucks the life out of productive people to prolong their reign.  It is hard to watch former great companies like Jack Welch’s General Electric mooch off of Obama to gain favor for their subsidiaries while, in my mind, pretending to be a capitalist company.  Businesses have always done this, but the level of government interference seems obscene.

Sticker Shock

So I’m driving through a more “liberal” neighborhood in Pittsburgh last Saturday and was not surprised to be following a boxy car covered with bumper stickers.  Surprisingly the car was not a Subaru Forester.  I first noticed the “coexist” sticker on the top center of the rear window.  I probably saw thirty of these that day during my travels.  The crescent always looks to me like a PacMan-like character ready to consume the other symbols (religions).  Perhaps that is an accurate symbolism.  As we wove through a somewhat rainy morning (hence the somewhat fuzzy photo – sorry about that) I got a chance to get a closer look at this driver’s array.  I started to laugh as I noticed two of the stickers were shockingly contradictory (I’ve enlarged them for you). 

The Emperor’s Tomb

Most of us know very little about China and while The Emperor’s Tomb is a novel author Steve Berry provides a glimpse into the past, long history of this great nation. This serves as the backdrop as the main characters struggle to wrest control of the vast country. Mystery and intrigue are a direct theme and in many places I was not sure who the “real” bad guys were.

Debt…Deficit…Doubt…Disaster?

credit-card-drowning2Personal Finances:  My wife and I have amassed some decent credit card debt by spending more money than we had available, or deficit spending.  Since we are blessed with a good credit rating, the banks are always willing to raise our credit limit.  They are just so nice about that.  Rather than take advantage of those nice folks’ offer, we are in the process of reducing that debt through a number of means.  We are going to have to spend less, sell some investments, and restructure some debt, but should have it eliminated within the next three months.  Although it will be hard, but we feel that there is a need to eliminate this debt.