Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘society’

Demand That They Shut Up

I am not sure who I dislike more, the main-stream media who are supposed to keep big government in check or the Hollyweirdos who are just supposed to entertain us yet love to preach to us about our behavior.  They are both hypocrites and in my mind dangerous to society as they use their soapbox to manipulate the underinformed…hence the last election.  These celebrities cannot help but butt into current events and thoughtfully tell us how society should behave.

Some ingenious soul put this video together showing the angelic celebrities juxtaposed with some of their movie/television work.  Hypocrites all!

Voices of Reason

Surprisingly there actually are voices of reason in the tragic school shooting.  Perhaps we will actually have a legitimate dialogue on the subject of mental health, coarsening of society and Hollywood’s role, and firearms.

The Case For Democracy

In his book, Decision Points, President George W. Bush mentioned the impact of a book authored by a former Soviet dissident.  Natan Sharansky spent years in Soviet prisons simple because he was Jewish, wanted to leave the USSR, and was vocal about it.  Sharansky shares his experiences first as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union then as an Israeli official.  The Case For Democracy is his story and history as it relates to his experiences in perhaps the two most threatening periods of our time; The Cold War, and The Global War On Terror.  Sharansky provides a compelling case showing “the power of freedom to overcome tyranny & terror.”

Early Warning

Michael Walsh’s follow-up to his thriller, Hostile Intent, brings back NSA super agent code named Devlin.  America is attacked again and Devlin is called upon to help subdue the bad guys and by subdue I mean kill.  That’s the ultimate in subdue.  There is the usual wanton violence by sadistic terrorists and there are places for you to cheer for the good guy, but Early Warning left me flat for a number of reasons. 

Behind Every Great Philanthropist Is…

I heard a quote once that went something like this, “behind every great philanthropist is an equally great tragedy.”  Unfortunately I could find neither the exact quote or the wise man who said it.  Rush Limbaugh did a piece on large corporate giants Apple and Google and how they skillfully and legally avoid paying United States taxes on profits made overseas.  Both Apple and Google have created a socially responsible public image while conducting their businesses in perhaps a way that might seem hypocritical to the jaded person.

America Unlimited

Most of this book review will consist of excerpts from this inspirational and thought-provoking book by Eric Johnston.  My hope is that many of you will pick up and read this timely book as we wade through our current problems.  I wish that I could reasonable reprint all of the passages that I have highlighted as I read America Unlimited

As you read the passages think about succinct Mr. Johnston’s comments are.  I should mention that he was a businessman and the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce.  He also had the opportunity to travel at the behest of the President of the United States.  At the risk of sounding like an chain e-mail, please read to the end (or skip ahead if you are that impatient) for a rather surprising fact. 

Talk To The Hand

“Yo Taylor!  I’m really happy for you.  Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.”

Kanye West (as he stripped the microphone from the actual video award winner, Taylor Swift)

Talk to the handUnless you are totally out of the celebrity loop, you have probably seen the video of what may be the quintessential act of rudeness by a person who is quickly amassing quite a resume of ill-mannered stunts.  It is actually rather ironic that the offensive and self-absorbed Kanye West criticized Swift when he seems to rely on Autotune to improve the sound of his voice.  To their credit, most of the crowd booed West and gave a standing ovation to the young Taylor Swift after West left the stage.