Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece. In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases. As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.
I read this morning about the pending retirement of Camille “Bud” George from the Pennsylvania legislature at the ripe old age of 84 and after 19 House terms! So that is nearly forty years that Mr. George has been looking out for the “people” or at least that is how it is being characterized;
“What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there. I was the first to call for a 100 percent auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year. So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
How many of you just let obnoxious, misleading (i.e. lies, falsehoods), arrogant comments just slide by when uttered by the left? In the interest of peace and not starting an argument most of us let things slide. We are not by nature confrontational. In essence we are the “sleeping giant.” We are MAINSTREAM AMERICA and we are generally silent with our beliefs.
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;
I was struck, yet again, by a move by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. They are looking to ban the sale of most rat poisons to consumers claiming that the move will,
“to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures of children that occur every year from rat and mouse control products and also to protect household pets.”
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.
As we limp through this arduous winter toward spring I look forward to warmer weather and sunshine. Something about shining light on stuff has a healing affect. Perhaps that is why laws requiring that government meetings and hearings are open to the public are referred to as “sunshine” laws. A common rule-of-thumb about personal behavior used to be for you to consider whether you would want your mother to read about your actions in the local paper. Today I guess it would translate on whether she would learn about your activities on FaceBook.
Much has been written about Obama’s bevy of extra constitutional czars and their seeming unlimited power and lack of congressional oversight. Perhaps even the staunchest Obama-zombie can overlook this power grab because of the promise to fundamentally change the way things are done in Washington. It must be getting hard for the Obama-zombies (and I apologize to regular zombies) to ignore the ever-growing number of examples of the blob-like intrusion of the federal government into even their rose-colored Obama-glasses.
I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.
As I thought about how to describe this book by author Joshua Cooper Ramo an image of The Wizard of Oz movie flashed into my mind. I hope that I don’t do this book a tremendous disservice with my analogy, but I think it fits on a very superficial level. Like Frank L. Baum, Ramo exposes our quaint life to tremendous upheaval into a world we don’t know and frankly want no part of. A journey begins as we explore the new reality of this world as we look toward leaders who can save us. Only our leaders like the Wizard are really just men with fancy titles, degrees, and curtains that shouldn’t be explored.
A famous philosophical puzzle asks the question whether a tree that falls in the forest makes any sound when there is no one around to hear it. As an engineer by education and thought I really did not enjoy these types of “core” classes in college even though they gave me a “well rounded” education. My philosophy class was perhaps the most tedious class ever and was dominated by seemingly endless discussions about what ifs and could be’s. Our bearded professor certainly looked the part and in many ways I was happy that at least one person with a degree in philosophy was gainfully employed in his profession.