Framing the Dialogue

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Big Brother’s Fault

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

house of cardsIt would be nice to start off fresh this new year with a new beginning as the new year baby is supposed to signify.  As with most symbols reality has a way of creeping in.  An article in our hometown “conservative” newspaper has me shaking my head mostly because it was written locally and as such had the opportunity to set some of the record straight and illustrate to the masses the flaws of big government.  They failed.

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USGSI wonder when the American people will finally get tired of the B.S. that comes out of Washington.  As a conservative person I close my eyes and have supported the Republicans recently.  I’ve even good-naturedly chided some folks who were going to not vote or vote Libertarian as their votes wouldn’t count.  In the past few presidential elections I don’t think my vote counted.  Sure Obama won, but by relatively slim margins with a nearly 50% opposed to him and by extension his policies and agenda.  The Republicans, at least in the Senate, are very comfortable in the minority and ever so willing to “work with the other side” which means capitulate.

The only thing Orwell had wrong was the year

obama constitutionThe title of this post was one of the comments after a C/Net story about how invasive the NSA domestic spying capabilities truly Think this quote from the article should chill you to the bone;

“Because the same legal standards that apply to phone calls also apply to e-mail messages, text messages, and instant messages, Nadler’s disclosure indicates the NSA analysts could also access the contents of Internet communications without going before a court and seeking approval”

WalMart VS Morons

demons of stupidityI know lots of folks don’t like Wal-Mart, but this is very sad but fascinating…

  1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.
  2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
  3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.
  4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
  5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world’s largest private employer, and most speak English.
  6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

Smart Meters or Sneaky Surveillance

Smart meters are on the way and the surprising or shocking thing is some of the stories of fellow citizens actually being arrested for trying to refuse to have a smart meter on their homes.  I never thought much about it, but these meters can be used in some nefarious ways.  More information is needed.  The following video by Jerry Day who is against the meters.  I am ambivalent, but gaining concern when government/industry is able to force us to have what amounts to a monitoring device on our house.  I hate to channel Orwell’s 1984, but some of this stuff is creepy.

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.

Business Speaks…FINALLY!

It has been beyond comprehension to me that business men and women have not really spoken out about the direction of our country and the climate in which they have to navigate to do business. They have been so un-Galt-like that it frankly had me frightened. There have been those like Steve Wynn and the bombastic Donald Trump who have been outspoken, but most have been silent. Some have begun to speak and their knowledge of the economy should carry weight and many have been darlings of the lame-stream media so they’ll have some coverage, at least initially until the media “discovers” (i.e. told by the White House) that they are really crackpots.

True American Hero – Dr. Barbara Bellar

It may be too soon to tell, but the following video by Dr. Barbara Bellar gets her noted on this website as a True American Hero. The video is over eleven minutes, but you only have to listen to the first few minutes for her big moment. In one, albeit long, sentence she sums up the folly of Obamacare. She goes on to make a strong case against the government takeover of OUR healthcare, but those are deeper arguments that the masses won’t listen to or hear. Her sentence early in the video is perfect.

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:

No They Can’t

One of the things that I struggle with the most in my life is trying to understand how anyone who has ever dealt with government can also BELIEVE that government is the answer to everything.  Somehow government can fix anything. No, They Can’t argues Fox’s John Stossel as he explains “why government fails – but individuals succeed.”  I remember watching Stossel’s hard hitting pieces exposing consumer fraud and he was the darling of the mainstream media winning dozens of Emmy’s.  That all changed when he, in his own way, started questioning some of the ivory towers of liberalism or as I call them, Liberal Alters’