Friday, December 04, 2009

I'll drink to that!

If you are looking for a way to break up the monotony of the weekend, don't forget the anniversary of Repeal Day

The anniversary of the end prohibition isn't taught in history class, nor is it on many Hallmark calendars, but it is noteworthy.



  (as if you need a better reason for a drink?)

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J.Giels Band and 6 year olds

After having survived more than one music conversation with my oldest son (see here and here), it was time for the younger son to enter the fray:

Last night my 6 year old son was singing the chorus to a song he heard on the radio yesterday by that '80s favorite, :

Na-Na-NaNaNa My angel is in my cell-phone...

In one of those rarest of moments, I was at a complete loss for words.

Do I correct him..... no, then the next logical questionis the meaning of centerfold (and I've already avoided that chat with his brother once before).  

For those too young to remember 1981, or for those who want to be reminded, here's the video of the tune that's a staple on soft-rock radio today (doesn't Peter Wolf, the band and most of the girls look bored?  This was still the early days of music-video, for pete's sake)

Knowing that if I said anything, he'd likely go on to repeat the chorus ad infintum, I decided to bite my tounge and move on.

I'm getting too old for the sort of stuff..
Fatherhood Friday at Dad Blogs

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

World AIDS Day

Remembering the ongoing human tragedy: I'd be remiss if I didn't take a moment to remember today is World AIDS Day. I doubt there are many who can honestly state they do not know a person who has HIV or is a loved one of one who does.

And yet as I much want to eradicate this vicious virus and rid the world of this epidemic and its bane, I can't help but to see how politics have polluted the fight.  More on that thread another day...

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President Obama and Afghanistan: Essential points, Q&A

Tonight is the long awaited announcement of President Obama's response to General McChrystal's request for additional troops.

There are a couple of points I believe must be made clear:

  1.  Starting tomorrow morning, without a doubt, this war is now the responsibility of President Obama.  For a year Mr. Obama has had the luxury of blaming much of his woes on his predecessor, President Bush.  After hand-picking Gen. McChrystal, and after deliberating 3 months on the general's request, there can be no more pointing to the past: Pres. Obama owns this war, flat out.

  2. There will be no immediate, instant change.  I point this out because when President Bush began the Surge in Iraq, there were critics looking for immediate change from the first of the surge troops to arrive in country.   Then the same critics demanded a change when it was announced the last contingent had arrived.  Changes in war do not happen immediately.  So I am hopeful that none of President Obama's critics expect immediate change when the first troops arrive, as well as I hope none of his supporters point to insignificant changes and give undue credit either.

  3. No matter how you slice it, Gen. McChrystal wanted a reported 70,000 troops.  Sending half that number may actually work in my opinion; however, given the avoidance of the word victory  and the frequent use of words similar to exit strategy it will be quite surprising if these numbers meet the general's goal.

  4. Tonight's speech will postpone the annual showing of A Charlie Brown's Christmas; say what you want about it, but my 6 year old now has a reason all his own not to be happy about President Obama. 

The Heritage Foundation has compiled a list of the Top Ten Questions and Answers on Obama's Strategy in Afghanistan and I believe it is essential reading for all.

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