Framing the Dialogue

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Chutzpah (chut-spə)

The dictionary defines Chutzpah as:

  1. Utter nerve; effrontery
  2. shameless audacity; impudence
  3. unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
  4. 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

Kelly VS Weiner

The following debate between Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) is very interesting.  Also appearing is Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and the ever annoying Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).  I apologize that I could not edit Schultz out of the clip, but the exchange between Kelly and Weiner toward the middle of the clip is worth the wait.  I love how Rep. Kelly blasts Weiner.  I would LOVE to know what was going through Kelly’s mind as he showed restraint when dealing with the twerp Weiner. 

After the Dust Settled

Now that the dust has settled from the November 2 mid-term elections it is interesting how the left/progressives/liberals/Democrats are behaving.  The media has grabbed the horn by the bull and proclaimed that the results were not a repudiation of Obama’s policies by the American people, was not about Obamacare (it is interesting that this label has stuck), was not a victory for the Tea Party, or the American electorate is just too stupid except where favored Democrats were re-elected.  So why did the Democrats lose so badly?  Some of the themes center around voter stupidity, racism, Obama being too centrist (WTF), and my favorite…Fox News.  Scott Spiegel listed the “Top 10 excuses” at NewsRealBlog. 

Fuzzy Math

I was having dinner with some friends a while back.  I was speaking to one of the husbands about fuel prices and was interested in his thoughts as he works in the industry.  One issue that seems to be in dispute often is the lack of refining capacity.  During our discussion, he said something that blew me away.

He said that he used to pay attention to politics, but it drove him crazy and he just started tuning out.  I have heard a few people call in to talk shows expressing the same sentiment and I have a hard time understanding that attitude.  How do you deny knowledge that you already have?

Taxes We Can All Accept

There is a lot of talk about cutting taxes and taxing the rich and tax rebates and our new president’s statement that we all will all have to feel a little pain.  I am not a wimp, but I am against politicians causing me pain to help pull us out of tailspin they caused.  I started thinking about taxes that we all could live with.

  • I am proposing a 50% tax on Hollywood celebrities (actors, producers, directors, etc.) that make more than $500,000 for any one film or more than $10,000 per episode of a TV show.


How many of you have attended a high school football game on a fall Friday evening? Have you ever attended a church picnic or a school function?  One of the standard fund-raising activities at these events is the 50/50 raffle.  In case you are not sure what this is, you purchase raffle tickets and the winner gets one half of the total take of the raffle.  I have been to some where the prize is well over one thousand dollars.  The other half of the take is given to the fund-raising group or some charity.  It is all good.