Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘federal’

The Liberty Amendments

liberty amendmentsI feel bad for Mark Levin and unfortunately for the rest of America too.  He puts forth in The Liberty Amendments a framework for “restoring the American republic” and one that will in no way shape or form be instituted.  Perhaps he too admits this early in the book with a quote about soft tyranny by Alexis de Tocqueville;

The Lion’s Game

Nelson DeMille has a winning formula with his character, John Corey, and the interplay between the former NYPD detective and federal intelligence agencies. The Lion’s Game has John Corey on what seemingly was a routine mission to help escort a prisoner from the airport.  Things went terribly wrong and it is up to Corey’s detective work and his instincts to find the fugitive.  Some of the characters from Plum Island are back though you certainly don’t need to have read that book to enjoy this one.

Full of Hot Wind

I often (usually) listen to commercial talk radio during the day when possible and certainly on the commute to/from work.  Since I said “commercial” talk radio you know it must be conservative talk radio as there are no viable, commercial, liberal talk shows or stations at least that can be found.  I am often surprised at some of the advertisements that folks pay to play to a mostly conservative audience.  Some of the stuff just seems like a complete waste of money.

Parsimony – You Didn’t Drill That

Yet again an Associated Press story is the muse of a Parsimony post. I don’t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media. This article is just in time for the 2012 election cycle and puppets Obama’s misspeak (by misspeak I of course he blurted out what he really believes) regarding government’s role in funding private business. By the way this was a front page article in my local “conservative” newspaper.

First the headline (with a link to the original story)…

Federal Dollars Fueled Natural Gas Boom

…Now the story with my bold comments:

As The Debt Turns

For those of us that lean fiscally conservative the following headline was meant to give solace to the frighteningly steep rise in our nation’s debt;

House votes to deny Obama more borrowing authority

The borrowing refers to the need to yet again raise our debt ceiling and allow politicians the ability to spend more by borrowing more.  I, unlike the article’s author, used the term “politicians” rather than just Obama when referring to the one(s) doing the borrowing.  This story is should be primer on how the political class (both right and left and middle) play the game to ensure that they stay in power while seeming to play to their bases.

For-Proifit College

Start with a headline to catch your attention.

For-profit college debt brings burdens

Follow up with a subhead that nails it and creates the mood.

Stamp of Disapproval

“Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.”

That job description for a Pony Express rider would not garner much attention today, but that was the genesis of today’s postal service.  The only qualifications that might match are the age requirement and the need for a driver’s license.  Unlike most people I have respect for the United States Postal Service.  Their troubles have been well documented by both liberals and conservatives as the USPS is a very popular agency to point to regarding the failure of government.

Hunky Dory

Before I start, I want to ensure you that since I am at least 75% Ruthenian and/or Slovak I have the proper standing to use the term “Hunky.”  I really never considered the label as derogatory and I always took some pride in calling myself a Hunky.  

The homelands of my ancestors have changed names so many times, I often hesitate when answering a question about my nationality.  I guess in today’s PC world I would be a Slovak-American, but an American none the less.  I got a shot of native homeland pride recently when I read an article about one of the home countries, Slovakia.

One Thousand Dollar Hammers

Around television ratings weeks investigative reporters pull out their eye-raising stories that are typically about government waste and abuse.  They often use “gotcha” tactics to surprise government workers who are not really working.  A favorite is the story about some item that you or I could buy at the local Home Depot for under ten dollars, but our government has paid hundreds or even thousands for.  I, like many have asked why the government pays so much for stuff  and even more for any work that it wants performed. 

Keeping Up With The Jones

The joke goes;  A Brit, a Canadian, a Croatian, a Frenchman, a German, an Irishman, a Mexican, a Romanian, a Dutchman, a Norwegian, a South Korean, and a Swede rush out of a bar one day.  Barry the bartender says “What’s the hurry?  Did someone spill something?

The joke unfortunately is on us as our federal goverment has refused the help of these nations to control and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Many of us seriously have our doubts that the White House was on top of things from “day one,” but the linked article provides a glimpse into the fact that many of our allies offered help in our hour of need.  The Dutch, in particular, offered help almost from DAY ONE.  Here we are nearly two months later and the Obama administration is still refusing help from other countries.