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Think If You Had To Walk In His Shoes

jpegOne really cannot feel too much empathy for the fact that billionaire Mark Cuban was pursued by the federal government on insider trading charges.  He could, after all, afford either to fight the charges or pay the fine without feeling any pain.  Cuban decided to do the principled thing, the costlier thing, the less expedient thing and fight the charges.  Obama’s Securities and Exchange Commission pursued Mr. Cuban on civil charges and not criminal charges.  I would guess that the burden of proof is less stringent on civil cases so they took the easy path expecting Mr. Cuban like many others to buckle and pay the fine.

Spreading Your Retirement

This is not an article about retirement planning.  I had been smarter I would have 20 pounds of gold buried somewhere rather than my investments in the stock market, retirement plan, and IRAs.  I have heard speculation since Obama was in office about a move to “take” over our individual retirement accounts.  By all accounts there are trillions of dollars out there in which the federal government has no control over.  Both Demoncrats and RINOs will salivate at the thought of having that much money to spend to ensure their re-election.  They’re not likely to just take it, but will offer you the ability to convert your accounts to government guaranteed annuities.  Think of Social Security again…many promises and IOUs and your beholding to the government for your daily bread.  Any guess who you will vote for?

Update: News Briefs – Volume XXXI – Very UnCONSTITUTIONAL

As I was driving to work this morning I thought of perhaps one of the best (i.e. worst) examples of unconstitutional actions by our federal government;

Brief 6:  Shortly after the new year began in 2012 President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act.  Tucked into the bill is a provision that many believe greatly expands the ability of the federal government take you into custody and hold you indefinitely;

Who Is Tim Galt?

Any hockey fan knows who Tim Thomas is. He is perhaps the premier goalie in the National Hockey League (and it hurts being from Pittsburgh and saying that). He has been described as “unorthodox” in his style, but he is the current Stanley Cup champion goalie of the Boston Bruins. Part of the celebration of June’s Stanley Cup Victory is for the winning team to make a visit to the White House. I am sure that some Bruin handed Obama a Boston Bruin sweater.

Conspicuously absent from the ceremony was Tim Thomas. It what is being called a snub, Thomas declined the invitation releasing a statement that;

Update – True American Hero – Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Obama’s Justice Department is hot on another “criminal” as they have gone after Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County in Arizona. In an AP (Adulterated Press) story the federal government has “found that Arpaio’s office committed a wide range of civil rights violations against Latinos, including unjust immigration patrols and jail policies” and one official “called it the most egregious case he has seen or reviewed in professional literature.” Big Brother (Eric Holder) has given Arpaio until January 4, 2012 to decide if he wants to work out an agreement with Obama/Holder.

Sun’s Free

One of the things that I hope to accomplish with FramingTheDialogue is to link news stories and try to show their connection and often contradictions.  It is surprising, but not unusual to find more than one article on a related topic in different sections of the newspaper.  The most recent were two articles about CFL/Incandescent light bulbs that I wrote about in Watt TF.  Recently the following three articles were available on the same day though I cannot remember whether they were available on the same media outlet. 

Watt TF

My "collection" of ill-fitting CFL bulbs

We have a battle in our household (it’s not that I’ve long since learned to put the seat down).  Okay it is not really a battle, but I can tolerate compact fluorescent light (“CFL”) bulbs and my wife hates them.  When I tried to sneak them into a socket she would promptly replace them deriding their weak, yellow light.  In the olden days she was pretty much right on with that description, but the newer, higher wattage bulbs are much brighter and clean (whiter light).  These improvements came too late for her though because her preference is set.  I like the fact that the bulbs do seem to last longer, but sometimes trying to get one to fit into a lamp can be a trial-and-error process and that has been expensive especially as I buy the higher output bulbs.  I now have a drawer full of rejects that won’t fit in fixtures gathering dust.  In our room, my lamp has CFL hers has Edison’s classic and that works for us.  But not for long…

Herding Cats

Now with over eighteen months in the White House the Obama Regime is having to come to grips with ruling versus running.  Even though he still seems to be in campaign mode, Obama has to be coming to the realization that being the President of the United States is not anything like community organizing.  He can no longer say anything he wants or make conflicting promises.  He is still doing it, but citizens have expectations that are not being met.

Stats Rhats

Many years ago I was fortunate to be invited on a school trip to Gettysburg National Military Park.  That trip sparked a love affair with the city and the Civil War.  If you are from below the Mason-Dixon line you would call it the War Between the States.  A favorite book about that era is The Killer Angels which was the basis of a favorite movie, Gettysburg.

One of ending scenes of the movie was an encounter between some captured Confederate soldiers and Union soldiers after the epic Picket/Pettigrew charge.  The southerners were resting on some fencing when one of the Union officers asked the prisoners why they were fighting this war.  One of the Confederates answered that they were fighting for “Stats Rhats.’ 

A Time For Giving

Donate_FullAs we approach the Christmas season many of us look inside ourselves to consider how we can help our fellow man.  This is truly a time of giving and Americans are more generous than most other nations.  I am not just talking about aid given by the federal government, but donations by average people who often open their pocketbooks when others are in trouble.

I read a heartwarming story about an organization that received nearly $3 million from Americans to help reduce their debt.  Unfortunately their debt is fastly approaching $8 trillion.  If you have guessed that the organization is the United States and the Treasury Department accepts gifts.  This is in addition to the taxes we are all forced to turn over.