I have heard it asked by some and I have even said it myself: "What are they smokin' in Washington, anyway." Well now I have the answer, in London anyway. I doubt if its any different in Washington, judging by the decisions coming from there. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-adviser-chancellor-george-osborne-5251411#ICID=sharebar_twitter
Taking sides! Is it just because they are run by a bunch of commies or is it because they are pragmatists and they see what is waiting for them if they don't begin speaking out? http://voxday.blogspot.com/2015/02/shots-across-bow.html#comment-form I thought I would post this also because I have been noticing in the past few years that not only the American government but the American people have forgotten what can possibly happen because of government actions. http://thebulletin.org/what-would-happen-if-800-kiloton-nuclear-warhead-detonated-above-midtown-manhattan8023
The greatest problem we have in all nations is that government believes it is the nation with sovereignty when in fact the sovereignty belongs to the people. So governments rise and fall. What is left behind is the social structure and culture of the people – not the designs of government. What remains of government are merely the relics of their glory. Such mighty giants have all fallen with their institutions lying in rubble.
The seat of power in so many governments is only the spectacle for tourists today as this one in Crete. The only thing to survive time and circumstance is human nature, our customs, nurturing, and our love of our posterity, which is passed on from generation to generation – not government. It is humanity that survives, good and bad, not the institutions, which never go quietly into the night, but rage against the dying of their power. Eccl 3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. 14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. 15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. 16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. 17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? 22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him? KJV Oh God my Saviour I thank You that You never change, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." KJV Sometimes I forget these things and I am sad. Thank God I remembered today.
Seeing as how they haven't been getting along for years and they have not hid their feelings for one another maybe Obama thinks it is his turn to do the snubbing because of Netanyahu's latest snub. They seem to be acting like children instead of the heads of supposedly friendly nations. Politics is politics. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/barack-obama-benjamin-netanyahu-israel-114750.html
Being diplomatic is something I have never been any good at and sometimes it has led to bad outcomes in my dealings with other people. But then my dealings with other people don't effect the future of a nation and numberless human lives, so who cares (but me of course). But if you are a professional diplomat and the way you deal with people determines the course of nations, I guess being diplomatic is important. Ambassador Jack Matlock doesn't think the U.S. government is very good at the trade. It's long and the first 7 minutes is introduction but the rest is a lesson in diplomacy and why we are where we are. Incidently he worked with President Reagan on ending the cold war.
I am the cook in my house. My wife and mother-in-law seem to be very happy with it . . . . either that or they are faking it. The wife and I just got married a couple of years ago ( me a widower and her a widow) and we talked about our duties around the house and it is working out great.
I doubt that those on this forum need this advice, but maybe someone you know does. Far too many women are let down by their mothers failing to teach them the one basic skill they actually need in life: "My mother hadn’t felt the need to give me a recipe—she knew that I had watched her, and before her my Nani, make the same pot of sauce nearly weekly in my previous 17 years. So many times I smelled the meat, browning in olive oil before the garlic and onions were added, intensifying the distinctive aroma of Nani’s kitchen, which lingered even years after her last pot had been simmered. Yet I didn’t know how to cook. But what did my mom expect? Both she and my late Nani had always praised and encouraged my good grades and scholarly instincts, and neither had encouraged me to do anything in the kitchen other that set the table. Nani never taught me to forage for burdock or can tomatoes because “you won’t need to,” she said. Cooking was something else the modern young woman wouldn’t have cause to do either, it seemed. So, I focused on my career. What had stuck with me from those hours in the kitchen watching my mom and Nani cook weekly Sunday dinners or nightly from-scratch meals was not the recipes for beef bracciole or manicotti, but the conversation. “Go to college,” I was always told, “have your own money and don’t rely on a man.” Let's not make the same mistake with our daughters and sentence them to a lifetime of bad food, obesity, and culinary frigidity. There is nothing more important than for a young girl to be taught how to be a good wife and mother. Nothing. Because nothing less than civilization and the continued existence of the human race depends upon it. Don't raise your daughters to be dead ends.