Framing the Dialogue

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Sunny Side of the Street

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.

News Briefs – Volume XXII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: What are the REAL chances of meaningful tort reform in the United States when one of the men responsible for that task files a lawsuit. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is suing the company that runs the cafeteria at the Longworth House Office Building. The suit claims that his veggie sandwich “contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit, that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served.” So when you get something with olives it is not reasonable to possibly find a pit once in a while? Since when is an olive pit a “dangerous substance?” Kucinich is only asking for $150,000 to cover his “permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures,” and he also wants compensation for his pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment. I can imagine the heartfelt testimony as Kucinich describes his crippling fear of olives and not even being able to stand the sight of Popeye’s girlfriend.  Perhaps it would have been more fitting if the dangerous substance had been a nut.

Liberal Alters – Minority-Friendly Politics

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.

Piecemeal Peace Deal

In case you haven’t noticed Afghanistan has sort of become a major hotbed of resistance to our military.  There has been heavy fighting and far too many deaths of our military personnel.  One thing that seems the most disappointing to me about Iraq and Afghanistan is how the local citizens do not seem fully committed to their freedom.  As Americans I am not sure that we can completely understand this because most of us were born free and continue to live free.

Foreign Influence

The frightening thing about Brad Thor’s novels is the shear number of ways that terrorists could hit the United States.  Scot Harvath is back to foil major attempts to hit Americans here and abroad.  Harvath struggles with his age (fortyish), his desire for a family, and his deep hatred of jihadists as he travels the globe hunting down the Islamic fundamentalist organization plotting destruction. 

Patriotic Millionaires??

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.”

Mark 12:41-43

United Against U.S. Nations

The United Nations was founded in 1945 against the backdrop of World War II and had lofty goals to ease international disputes, provide security, improve economic development and improve human rights.  There are few who would argue against these goals even today, but did the United Nations experiment deliver?  It delivered, but not really on any of those promises.  Here we are 65 years later and the world has many disputes, security seems to be worse, we are in a severe economic downturn, and the UN is attacking the United States for human rights violations.

Hostile Intent

Perhaps the best way to describe this book is to use the blurb from the back cover;

“Only one man can stop them.  Code named Devlin, he exists in the blackest shadows of the United States government – operating off the grid as the NSA’s top agent.  He’s their most lethal weapon…and their most secret.  But someone is trying to draw him out into the open by putting America’s citizens in the crosshairs – and they will continue the slaughter until they get what they want.”

Lone Survivor

The “lone survivor” was author Marcus Luttrell ; those who didn’t survive were his family.  They were not born of the same blood, but became family through training and the tough job they volunteered for to protect our freedom.  Lone Survivor was subtitled “The eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10” thought the book was so much more. 

News Briefs – Volume XVIII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  I have been somewhat angry at the folks who run the WikiLeaks website as they have repeatedly released classified military documents of the United States.  I am all for daylight, but it seems that these folks care very little for the troops that may be affected (and by affected I mean killed) because of the information contained in the data dumps.  A recent story suggests that the WikiLeaks people are contemplating a similar dump of documents from the Russian government.  The Time Magazine writer coyly suggests that the “Russian reaction will not be as reserved as America’s.”  Duh!  It will be interesting to see if the WikiLeakers have the stones to take on Russia.  They might just end up on the wrong end of a ricin-tipped umbrella