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Build A Bare

New York City:  Hoping to cash in on the seemingly endless whining after President Donald Trump’s historic election, iconic franchise, Build A Bear, will be featuring a new line of “bear” products, Build A Bare.  “These Bares will allow the many victims of the Trump Presidency cope with their grief and having lost so spectacularly in November.” said marketing VP, Madonna Judd.  She went on to explain that “we probably won’t be selling these in stores throughout the country, but will focus on the larger cities like Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Hollywood.  That’s where are market seems to be and we expect to make a killing.” Madonna Judd noted.  “I have thought a lot about this product blowing up.”


A Quiet Life in the Country

Lady Hardcastle and her “maid” Miss Armstrong move into what they believe to be a quiet country setting.  On one of their first walks into town they discover something that is anything but what they expected in this quaint little town.  They both dig in to solve the mystery…

“I have christened it the ‘crime board’, she said ‘Let me show you.’  She stood and collected a sheaf of papers from the sideboard before crossing to the blackboard.”


News Flash – Onion VS CNN

Washington, DC:  The Leek News Service has learned that the “fake news” service, The Onion, has filed a federal lawsuit against CNN for infringement on their long-standing fake news practice.  The lawsuit alleges that CNN has violated The Onion’s news genre of fake news by continually spreading fake news.  “CNN’s continued use of fake news in its broadcasts is a clear infringement on our schtick” offered an unnamed Onion source.  “CNN’s fake news has damaged our ability to write our fake news and makes it hard for our readers to really know which of our stories are fake.”


The Next Four Years…For Me

As Framing The Dialogue has entered into its ninth year things now have changed.  When B.H. Obama won in 2008, I didn’t protest; I didn’t throw rocks at police officers; I didn’t burn cars; I started a blog.  A blog, sadly, that very few people read, but that’s okay as I like writing it.  I was pretty dedicated to 3-4 posts per week and I still think many of them were pretty spot on.  My start in the blogosphere was jump started by George W Bush’s failure to articulate and defend conservative fiscal values…heck he really stopped practicing them in his second term.  The failure of Bush and the RINOs in Congress gave us the housing/financial crisis that contributed to the election of B.H. Obama.  I started Framing The Dialogue shortly thereafter.


Start With Why

“Leaders don’t have all the great ideas; they provide support for those who want to contribute.  Leaders achieve very little by themselves; the inspire people to come together for the good of the group.  Leaders never start with what needs to be done.  Leaders start with WHY we need to do things.  Leaders inspire action.”


True American Hero – Thomas Sowell

I hadn’t “given” this award for a while.  There are probably a lot of folks who are deserving, but when I decide to do this I really have to feel it and there is generally some action that prompts me to act.  In the case of Mr. Sowell it was his retirement.  I looked back at how many times I’ve either read/reviewed on of his books, or used a quote of his, or embedded a YouTube video with Mr. Sowell making a great point.

Breitbart and others posted articles featuring what they consider his greatest quotes and I would prefer to let Mr. Sowell’s words prove my case that he is a True American Hero:



Ed Assner’s Hypocrisy

You gotta love a liberal who resists following the rules they decry for everybody else.  Liberal California passed a minimum wage law that requires businesses to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 starting January 1, 2017.  You may be surprised to learn that big leftist and former president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Ed Assner (yes I know that it’s misspelled) did not support minimum wage…for theatre companies.  In fact, Mr. Assner filed a lawsuit seeking relief from the new minimum wage law for his industry.


What Alice Forgot

“It had seemed like she was about to fall headfirst into all her memories but then she’d deliberately resisted it, stepped back from the edge when she really should have let herself go.  It would be far easier and less confusing if she could just remember what the hell was going on in her life.”

 In What Alice Forgot, Alice Love got a knock on her head and lost a big chunk of her life.  The novel is her experience as she goes back in time to become woman she was and is confronted by the woman she became; a woman that she may not like; a woman very different than who she thinks she is.  Alice confronts huge changes as she wanders the maze that her life has become.