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10 June 2013, 11:19 am
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I am grateful for the excellent excuse to eat TWO doughnuts today!

So nice.
17 April 2013, 10:17 am
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We had lunch at Chipotle this week, and what a trip!  Natalia was yelling and pointing “Look at that fat guy!  That one right there.  Everyone see that fat guy eating Chipotle.”  I told her to be quiet, that it was rude and could hurt his feelings.  So Emma said loudly, “Oh Natalia, you are so goofy.  I am not a guy and I am not fat” and quietly to me, “now he will think she’s taking about me and his feelings won’t be hurt.”

Before we left, Emma decided to get up on the bench and dance like this.  So funny.

Pretty amazing!
11 April 2013, 1:48 pm
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See the Orthodox clergy in the audience!

Equal Rights
27 March 2013, 5:10 pm
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Pretty girls
7 March 2013, 4:31 pm
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Inspired by a scene from the movie Little Woman.

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Womans day??
7 March 2013, 11:28 am
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The kids are having a party for international womans day today.  I asked the other moms last week when international mans day was, and there isn’t one.

Today, I decided to read more about the history of international womans day:


The red text translates:

The 8th of March: A day of rebellion by working women against kitchen slavery.

The grey text in lower right reads:

Say NO to the oppression and vacuity of household work!”

“Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1913 and in 1914 was proclaimed as the “day of struggle” for working women. For decades after the October Revolution (1917) the observance served as a propaganda tool for the Soviet government. In the 1920s-1930s the government encouraged women to become educated and enter the working economy, because, according to Soviet propaganda, capitalist oppression had been removed and there was no longer any need to “struggle” under the new regime. During the Great Patriotic War (1941–1945) the government recruited women for support positions in the Red Army. During the 1940s the government dropped any attempts to improve the situation of women, and for the next decades it boasted about how Soviets had benefited women.”

It was declared a holiday in Russia in 1917 by Vladimir Lenin.

To belittle a stay at home mom and housewife is bothersome to me.  I love my job.

So with a guilty conscience, I will take the kids to the party tonight.

Dumb and dumber
25 January 2013, 12:27 pm
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Thank you, Mr. Obummer, for these dumbed down standardized tests.  It makes my job easier and thanks to all your assistance programs, my children won’t need to worry about finding a job to support themselves when they grow up.  I know you will take good care of them.

10 January 2013, 12:16 pm
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Roller skating at Castle Skateland!

Natalia, reading at age two.  Must be the great preschool teacher.

4 January 2013, 10:31 am
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Nice job.  From the headlines, it’s obvious America is moving in the right (left) direction.




_Do as I say, not as I do…
3 December 2012, 1:20 pm
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While Obama and friends enjoy their long Hawaii vacation, 54 trees will rot in an empty white house and I will sit at home and enjoy my tax hike because I know the money is going to a worthy cause.


As Americans face a fiscal cliff, the Obamas make do with 54 Christmas trees


Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images (2011)Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images (2011)

Amazing how a reelection can reshape an incumbent’s thinking about many things. Now safely ensconced in the White House for 49 more months, the Obamas have decorated the place with 54 Christmas trees this year.

Even allowing for the usual Washington excesses with taxpayer money, that’s a whole grove of Christmas trees.

“We have 54 trees in the White House,” an excited Michelle Obama proudly told visitors the other day. “54!  That’s a lot of trees.”

In fact, the Obamas’ 54 trees this year are almost 50% more Christmas trees than last year. That was during the campaign before Obama whispered a reminder to the Russians that he had to be careful until Nov. 6, when a victory would give him more “flexibility.”

Now, how much carbon do you suppose those 54 trees could be sequestering had they not been chopped by this green president?

And no wonder Obama talked over the weekend about addressing tax increases before any of that annoying business about cutting spending to address this thing called the national debt, now having soared past $16.3 trillion..

In addition to 54 Christmas trees, Michelle Obama has overseen the placement of thousands of ornaments in public rooms. Many of the ornaments celebrate the Obama family dog, Bo, who seems to have become the First Family’s favorite symbol of Christmas. Other decorations, including on the more prominent trees, were made by children in schools on U.S. military bases.

There’s several hundred yards of garlands and wreaths all over the hallways and rooms. And, of course, a traditional gingerbread house that has working chandeliers and weighs about 300 pounds.

Last year, according to Mrs. Obama, some 90,000 visitors viewed her White House decorations. The irony is this year the main residents of the White House won’t be there for most of the holiday period and for both major holidays.

According to notices distributed to residents of an exclusive waterfront neighborhood in Hawaii, they can expect to enjoy restricted access and other inconveniences to their homes and normal lives from Dec. 17 through Jan. 6. That’s about a 50% longer holiday vacation than last year.

The inconveniences stem from security requirements for the vacationing Obamas and a large number of their accompanying friends. Obama’s staff will have to put up with rooms in a nearby luxury hotel.

The Coast Guard will be patrolling surrounding canals. Navy SEALs will be doing whatever SEALs do on security detail. The Secret Service and local police will man numerous area roadblocks and perhaps even some bushes.

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