Family, family, family, family — and Open Thread

When the family is around, I get nothing done.  I haven’t even read the news today.  The earth could have reversed its rotation and I wouldn’t have known.  I am never left alone.  My presence is essential to all activities, whether it’s sitting, standing, or walking.  If I hear my name called again, I will start gibbering like a monkey.

I will try desperately to peek at the news today, but I am not optimistic.

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  • Ymarsakar

    You are the quintessential keystone of the All. Like Atlas, the world is on your shoulders ; )

  • gpc31

    Kind of like a nest full of baby birds with open mouths.   Too bad you can’ t give them real worms!
    My wife calls it being “mommed” to death, as in Mom-Mom-Mom-Mom!Mom!Mom!Mom!MomMomMom.  Who knew that a simple one syllable word was capable of so much inflection?
    My kids start with the breathy urgent bark “MOm”; a short expulsion of air, kind of a cross between a bite and a gasp.
    Then there is the staccato drumbeat of MomMomMom, like raindrops hitting a tin roof; it usually starts slowly and builds up to an ear-splitting crescendo.  (There is a unique “mom per minute” frequency that drives her crazy; one of these years I’ll take out a piano metronome and nail it.)
    After being shushed, they progress to the grit-the-teeth, high-pitched whine (“Myyoomm”) — pay attention to me!  This never works — it only provokes the parental quick head turn and freezing glare (mouth slightly ajar, teeth bared, for those of you keeping score at home).  I think the kids only do it in order to follow protocol:  it just wouldn’t do to break the script, you know.
    Finally, there is the faux-ominous, long drawn out “mooommmm”, with just a hint of growl.  Not a smart strategy — results in an automatic dispositive motion against, unless immediately followed by a miraculous remembrance of ps and qs, and the normal pronunciation of “Mom”.

  • Al

    Interesting description.  Sounds like a critical mass of teenagers. ‘
    Our experience was a bit different. Our only daughter communicated less and less with her mother as she advanced through adolescence.  As soon as she advanced to college, the cell phone rang every ten minutes.
    Don’t bother about the news. It’s too nice a season to distress yourself so. Hug the kids and Mr. BW

  • Danny Lemieux

    May the inner peace of the Christmas season extend itself to you and your family, Book. One day your kids will be gone and it will be too quiet.

  • BrianE

    How the penalties will work
    This has changed a number of times and I’ve been wondering where it was at.  Ezra Klein now reports:

    If you don’t have employer-based coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, or anything else, and premiums won’t cost more than 8 percent of your monthly income, and you refuse to purchase insurance, at that point, you will be assessed a penalty of up to 2 percent of your annual income. In return for that, you get guaranteed treatment at hospitals and an insurance system that allows you to purchase full coverage the moment you decide you actually need it. In the current system, if you don’t buy insurance, and then find you need it, you’ll likely never be able to buy insurance again. There’s a very good case to be made, in fact, that paying the 2 percent penalty is the best deal in the bill.

    This is a good deal, assuming it’s true.

    A couple of problems though, is the penalty will no likely be changed shortly after the plan is implemented. Is it just to make people like me somewhat ambivalent to the bill? As I alluded to in another post, approx. 17 million will remain uncovered. If the democrats and push an amnesty bill through most of those will be covered and a new voting constituency for democrats are created.

    These additional voters, plus the manipulations of ACORN may be why democrats seem to be so blaise about voter anger at this. What ACORN has been doing in the past is testing the ability to game the system– what with the Donald Duck registrations and all. The level of fraud will be based on the need for votes.

  • suek

    That was one very scary post. I am wondering if and how it’s tied into Gitmo and more importantly, how does the ‘executive order’ protect him in the future. The link should have been BREAKING NEWS splashed across every newspaper and TV screen.

    Gitmobama money ($150 million+) but…but..but…
    The prison in rural western Illinois may not be purchased from the state until March and will need up to 10 months of construction, said Joe Shoemaker, spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
    Shoemaker said, “The end of 2010 or the start of 2011 has always been the mark the administration talked to us about.”
    Obama originally said Guantanamo would close Jan. 22, 2010.
    White House spokesman Ben LaBolt on Wednesday would not say when Guantanamo would close.
    “We will work with Congress to ensure that we secure the necessary funds to purchase and upgrade the Thomson prison — which will operate at a substantially lower cost to taxpayers — next year,” he said.
    In addition to any appropriations struggles, current federal law requires that detainees can only be housed in the United States while their trials are pending. That law would have to be changed to cover detainees who have not yet been charged and will not be sent abroad. The change would have to specify that detainees could be kept on U.S. soil for any purpose.


  • gpc31

    suek, Sadie, thanks for the link.  Very alarming.
    I know that my voice doesn’t count for much, but for what it’s worth, I no longer regard this government as legitimate or constitutional.  How can you have consent of the governed if you surreptitiously give away sovereignty via executive order?


    The glory goes to suek for the link.
    The executive order has a familiar ring to it. The Black Panthers of the 60’s used it, “By any means necessary”. He’s not looking for consent, he only played someone looking for consent until he got the job.
    Looks to me like he’s trying to foster rebellion and revolution and then use Interpol as his own personal community activists army.


    p.s. to my post above

    We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
    Barack Obama

  • Mike Devx

    I ran across a great article describing Obama’s time at the Harvard Law Review:

    When he was at the HLR you did get a very distinct sense that he was the kind of guy who much more interested in being the president of the Review, than he was in doing anything as president of the Review.
    A lot of the time he quote/unquote “worked from home”, which was sort of a shorthand – and people would say it sort of wryly – shorthand for not really doing much. He just wasn’t around. Most of the day to day work was carried out by the managing editor of the Review, my predecessor, a great guy called Tom Pirelli whose actually going to be one of the assistant attorney generals now.
    He’s the one who did most of the day to day work. Barack Obama was nowhere to be seen. Occasionally he would drop in he would talk to people, and then he’d leave again as though his very arrival had been a benediction in and of itself, but not very much got done.


    A refresher link below found within the comment section of the article, Mike Devx.
    Too many unanswered, not answered, answered incorrectly questions.


    While we sit on our thumbs …  Iran activists are rescued by the ‘sane’.