The dictionary defines Chutzpah as:
- Utter nerve; effrontery
- shameless audacity; impudence
- unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
- the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
Synonyms: audaciousness, audacity, brashness, brass, brassiness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, effrontery, gall, nerve, nerviness, pertness, presumption, presumptuousness, sauce, sauciness, temerity
“Chutzpah,that quality which enables a man who has murdered his mother and father to throw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.”
— Oscar Levant
I was shampooing my hair this morning and forgot how to do it so as luck would have it my bottle had directions. The only problem is that I got stuck in a loop of lather, rinse, repeat…lather, rinse, repeat…lather, rinse, repeat…. (you get the picture). There is nothing on the directions about when to stop. So I start thinking that since this seems to be happening with Obama’s economic policy maybe he lost the last page of his economic book and just doesn’t know where to stop. I eventually ran out of shampoo and had to stop, but he has no “bottle” to empty. When he runs out of our money, he just prints/borrows more. Like my suds our money seems to be going down the drain.
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“Top Democrats and Republicans in Congress prepared new proposals to avert a government debt default and a potential global financial crisis.”
That’s the lead paragraph from a story in today’s paper. What should scare you is when Democrats and Republicans agree on something the public generally gets screwed. I believe that both sides realized that they set up this “battle” and now that the public is watching they are not sure how to get out from all of the rhetoric that they have been spreading. What both sides agree on is that they both want desperately to get re-elected and regain power. Even a little power is better than none and they are more than willing to squander our money, our children’s money, and our grandchildrens’ money to maintain their power. Here are few facts as I see them:
In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…
First the headline:
WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday failed to stop the enactment of new energy-saving standards for light bulbs they portrayed as yet another example of big government interfering in people’s lives. [“portrayed” is incorrect as the new standards are an example of government interfering in people’s lives by mandating what kind of light bulb will be available for them to use – taking choices away is interfering!]
There once was a story about a Gov. named Ed, poor Philadelphia man, mostly kept his state in red, then one day he was spendin’ out his a#%, and out from the ground game a hissin gas…Marcellus that is, natural gas, Pennsylvania cash…
If it helps that introduction sort of goes with the Beverly Hillbillies theme song [a show on TV Land for those of you under forty].
There are far too many examples of lame-stream media outlets subtle and more often overt characterization of GOP as greedy corporate shills while Democrats are looking to save the world.
Part 1: The latest example is regarding Michelle Obama’s foray into the business of public school lunch programs. I am not sure where in the Constitution that the federal government has the authority to tell some local school district what to do about school lunches, but according to the way the Associated Press tells it,
“House Republicans are pushing back against Obama administration efforts to promote healthier lunches…Republicans say the rules are too costly.”
With Republicans like these who needs Democrats. That’s not quite the quote from Paul Ryan as he responded to Newt Gingrich’s assault on Ryan’s budget plan as it relates to Obamacare. Ryan used the more familiar quote about friends and enemies. I am almost embarrassed that I somehow overlooked Sir Newt when I listed the “Re: treads” moving toward the starting line vying for the Republican nomination. So here it is…
The latest “man-caused” disaster looming according to the drive-by media is a massive federal government shutdown. According to most reports the Republicans are holding Obama’s feet to the fire to secure nominal budget cuts in order to pass the budget. I characterized the desired cuts as nominal because what is 60 billion dollars in a budget well over a trillion dollars. Here at FramingTheDialogue I like to frame the issues using the truth and in this case there are the following factors:
- It is the responsibility of Congress and the President to pass a budget before the fiscal year begins.
Perhaps the most successful aspect of liberal politics has been their stranglehold on what is called the “main-stream” media. Though that has diminished over the last decade it is still an extremely powerful tool for progressive/liberal. I can think of no better example of this than the mischaracterization that Republicans/conservatives hate minorities while the Democrats/liberals are their champions. The evidence to the contrary is staggering yet is rarely noted when discussions of race enter the dialogue. The blatant disregard of FACTS when making arguments about race boggles my mind though I can understand that as long as liberals get away with it they’ll use it.