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May 21, 2011


Hugh Johnson

"My best friend doesn't love me anymore.

Maybe you need a bigger wang.


"Our country was for centuries part of Syria."

The point is where they lived in the mid 20th century, which was in the Britain's Palestinian Mandate.


Another famous Jew, Jesus of Nazareth, famously offered his views on the value of putative Abrahamic ancestry when he noted that God can raise up children of Abraham from stones.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Who cares where they lived in the 20th century? The point is, there really was no such thing as Palestine and therefore there is no "right" of return for them, at least not to Israel. Let them go to Syria. Last I looked both 1919 and 1937 were part of the 20th century.

Why anyone is supporting these terror-loving rocket launching suicide bombers is beyond me.

Jack is Back!


Thanks for that great link. Therer are certain know-it-alls here that shoiuld take advantage of it and learn how silly and ineffective their arguments and posts are to the rest of us. Regardless of who is right and who is wrong, I have more admoration for a country or peoples who are constantly defending themselves from their hostile neighbors but can still be inventive, artistic and economically viable. While the neighbors depend on having the productive Israel to hate, want to destroy and remain unacceptable to their myth sponsor- the wealthy Arab land holders.


--Another famous Jew, Jesus of Nazareth, famously offered his views on the value of putative Abrahamic ancestry when he noted that God can raise up children of Abraham from stones.--

John the Baptist said that, Bible Answer Man.


As with Lang, Freeman, McGovern, Christison,
Madsen, some are just determined to line up with the wrong side, they serve the same function as Ames, Howard, Trofimoff, Boyce,& Nicolson, Kampiles, and Hansen.


Herman Cain is in. I think the Tea Party folks will love this guy.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Just saying:

Then, AFTER Israel has become a Nation once again, God warns . . .

"Behold, I (God) will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling anger, fear) unto ALL the people (nations) round about . . ." Zechariah 12:2)

"And in that Day (the "Day of the Lord" ... the coming "Apocalypse") I (God) will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone or ALL people" (Zechariah12:3)

Don’t miss this . . . God says HE is the One stirring things up in Israel and Jerusalem!!!

Then, the struggle for 'Peace' and 'Security' . . .

Beware of 'Peace Plans' or 'Roadmaps to Peace'!
"Because, even because they have seduced My people (Israel), saying, "Peace", and there WAS NO PEACE ..." Ezekiel 13:10)

"For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, 'Peace, Peace; when there IS NO PEACE!" (Jeremiah 8:11)

"For you yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord (the coming Apocalypse' and Armageddon) so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)

Around the time of Armageddon ALL nations will turn against Israel . . .

"Behold, the Day of the LORD is coming,(the coming "Apocalypse") And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I (God) will gather ALL the nations to battle against Jerusalem" (Zechariah 14:1-2)

"For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,(sometime after 1948) I will also gather ALL nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; (outside Jerusalem) And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also DIVIDED up My Land." (Israel) (Joel 3:1-2)


My bad. Jesus addresses the issue of Abrahamic ancestry in John.

Danube of Thought

"The point is where they lived in the mid 20th century, which was in the Britain's Palestinian Mandate."

The determinative point is where they lived after they left and Israel defeated the agressors in a war.


How about Matthew 1, for starters:

This is the genealogy[a] of Jesus the Messiah[b] the son of David, the son of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son


Ben-Gurion knew who the aggressors were, and he said it plainly.

Quite obviously the "losers" don't consider the struggle to be over. That's the problem that Israel faces, and it's not going away. The current situation is not tenable in the longish term, and Israel has no moral means to maintain the apartheid status quo of their occupation. The occupation has established the de facto state of Greater Israel and sooner or later Israel will be forced to recognize the implications of what they've done.


You're welcome Sara, JiB...but I must credit JMH with originally posting it way back when.


Oh my ... goodness.


--Jesus addresses the issue of Abrahamic ancestry in John.--

Yeah, but nowhere in John or anywhere else does Jesus say God could raise children of Abraham from stones, so how is it some bumpkin "fundamentalist" knows what a brilliant biblical scholar doesn't?
Fortunately Janet didn't say something so stupid and biblically illiterate or you might be condescendingly taunting her with phrases like, I don't know, come on anduril, this is your chance to witness.

Danube of Thought

Very bad news in NY-26. The Dem is going to win, and the reason is Medicare. And the press will trumpet that till hell won't have it.

hit and run

Lookie there...an instalanche and a link to Powerline. All for an old 2008 post...banner blogging Saturday without any effort exerted.

And this weather. Oh my.

Dangit if my grass isn't 18 inches high,though. Oh well,time to hop on the tractor. Then to plant the gardenia and the tomatoes and peppers. Need to deadhead the peonies - man they've been spectacular this year. The azaleas were short and disappointing though. Next to bloom are the hydrangeas -- which are coming in strong so far.

I love spring.

anduril -- how are your roses so far this year? The bush I planted several weeks ago when my parents brought it up from Texas is about done blooming,but it seems to have taken to the soil here well. This is the bush that I grew up with in Dallas,then was transplanted to Colorado,then to Tennessee,then back to Texas,and now here in NC. Little bugger adapts well to . . . climate change.

hit and run

Jim Ryan:
Hang on folks, the apocalypse cult issues following statement by Rutherford B. McGuillycutty, chief epistemology officer and assistant metaphysician of the cult


I missed that when I was trying to keep up at hit and run jr's baseball game* on the blackberry (hey,I'm soooo not addicted to JOM,shut up).

That's brilliant,Jim.

*someone else has a baseball game today as well....good look to him!


I'll have to check that out, Hit. I planted two "frost free gardenias" last week and, glory be, they are still alive.


Re Janet, my invitation remains open and was meant, as I stated at the time, quite seriously. I was interested to see a fundamentalist justify their fundamentalism. My sincerity was manifested by providing a link to Wright's article on the subject of the authority of Scripture which, if read, would have provided a useful springboard to productive discussion. As it was, Janet preferred to discuss Netanyahoo's hunkiness.

The interesting point re John and Jesus is the manifest continuity of their thought on this theme. This is also made clear in Luke 4's account of Jesus' return to his home town, in which he makes highly inflammatory (to his audience) statements regarding the notion of chosenness: throwing in their faces examples of the mercy that Yahweh had shown to Gentiles in the past: Namaan the Syrian (a leper) and Zarephath of Sidon (a poor widow). He even rubs his point in by pointing out that Yahweh had not seen fit to cure any Israelite lepers in those days, nor come to the aid of any Israelite widows. Jesus' response is only understandable if we acknowledge that his townsmen had expressed not simple surprise at his polished ("graceful") words--which amounted to no more than reading from Scripture--but, to the contrary, outrage at his offer of mercy to the Gentiles. By this reading, then, Jesus is using his blatantly edited version of Isaiah to challenge the worldview of his listeners. His listeners recognize what he's doing and react. Jesus, far from backing down, asserts his position to the point that his townsmen try to kill him.


To be quite explicit, I see Jewish and Christian fundamentalism as, in principle, no different than Islamic fundamentalism. Eric Voegelin makes this point in his The New Science of Politics.


I'm polishing up my pistolas. Fair warning.


How goes the feast Clarice, and have you come up with a theme for the next pieces.


everything's done but the throwing and baking of the pizza,and crepe cooking, narciso. wish you and your mom could join us.

Sunday's column is Obama and the "Teutonic shift" in the Middle East.


Thanks clarice, wish I could as well.


--I was interested to see a fundamentalist justify their fundamentalism.--

And your great challenge to Christian and Jewish "fundamentalists" is how do they explain the loving God of the NT telling the Jews to kill their enemies, or alternately killing them Himself, said enemies of course not being followers of Yahweh.
If, as you seem to think, that is some dispositive argument why doesn't it apply to God's NT promise to send into eternal torment those who still are not followers of God?
Unless your theology is even more idiosyncratic than I think and you regard large portions of the NT as myth, how is it you are a follower of any more loving God than the wretched fundamentalists?
In fact, other than picking and choosing what portions of scriptures thousands of years of minds more brilliant than ours have deemed a unified inspired whole, how do your beliefs differ; those who follow God are saved by faith, those who don't die and are punished.
How is your theology anything other than a phony construct to justify dismissing the Jews by doing rather the opposite of what the Bereans did when Paul preached to them?

--As it was, Janet preferred to discuss Netanyahoo's hunkiness.--

That just shows how much more wise Janet is than me.


My heart goes out to you, bgates. You will be in my prayers.

Rocco, Thanks for the excellent comments about the Rosary.


ROFWL and celebrating our smooth transition Apocalypso!

Soundtrack: Are We Human or Are We Dancer!



Our gardenias are blooming full tilt here in ATL. Lovely smell for Judgement Day afternoon.


not posting/reading much these days for various reasons. sorry to hear your news, bgates. been there, survived that. it's about as dreadful as anything, but you survive and eventually get better. and more often than not, to quote Dylan, you find yo'self another best friend somehow. there's not much i'm good for hopeful counsel on about life, but after two count 'em TWO of those divorce thingys i can at least testify to their survivability and the fact that one can find a loving and kind partner afterwards. consider seeing a therapist of some sort, so you can try to understand what happened and how you can avoid creating similar situations in the future; this may have helped avert divorce #2 in my case. and don't give up on yourself, however tempting that seems.


"reason is Medicare"

Doomed. Far more voters take than pay.


I was fascinated to discover that the Sanskrit word for Nirvana (Nirvati - out he blows) is closely related to Dance (Nrtyam) and He Dances (Nrvati).

Evolution from Human to Dancer. Soon we'll fly!


Appalled, I am a dreadful gardener but so want these to survive. I love the smell of gardenias (and jasmine) .

Melinda Romanoff


The daffodils, tulips, and dandelions are the only things in bloom around here. Too cold.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

My cousin's daughter has gotten a residency slot in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. She is very happy and excited. As are we all.


bgates, late to the Apocalypso, so I'm just catching up on the sucky events.

This ain't advice. It's just important. One day at a time. Tailspins are for people who can't define hubris.

Cecil Turner

I've been working too hard for the last week or so and am just catching up, but this had me in stitches:

McDonald's CEO defends company's iconic spokesclown
Not that I care about the issue, but it just seems to me the term "spokesclown" is vastly underused. (And is very descriptive of folks like this guy.)


Sky Dancer

(Dakini is Sanskrit for Sky Dancer)


Btw, 'Mongolian Death Worms' is on, for the proper apocalyptic seasoning.


A Jack Cashill article over at American Thinker got me to musing.

One of the memes among barely veiled anti-semitic liberals is how the media is controlled by Jews. Now, if their is even a smidgen of an iota of any truth to that, I hope some of those media mogul Jews who are upset with Obama's treatment of Israel might start to put a little pressure on the LA Times. Aren't they the ones withholding release of a video of Obama at a farewell party for Rashid Khalidi?

Jim Ryan

Hit, just got back. Another game tomorrow afternoon due to all these rainout makeups. My ten-year-old is the best hitter on the team, a slugger. However, as to where our team stands, let's just say it's logically impossible for another team to catch up to us.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Pope blesses astronauts in 1st papal call to space


Congrats Sara and thanks for the kind words Barbara.

JM Hanes

Alas, bgates! I'm so sorry you're having to suffer through such a devastating blow.

Jack is Back!


Re: your Pope blesses astronauts link. Were any of them Hasidic Jews? Just asking.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Corsi is not giving up:

Jerome Corsi states that Obama was born in Kenya. He also claims that he is closing in on Mark Niesse as the forger of Obama's BC in Hawaii.

Spokesclown--I like that, Cecil.

mujeres rusas

I wish you the best!


Alas, "the media mogul Jews" are now about fourth generation Sulzberger types who could not care less.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Okay, anyone want to play this game?

What kind of ringtones do liberals have?

Two suggested at the link are: "Macho Macho Man" for Harry Reid and "You're So Vain" for Bambi.

Thomas Collins

That's great news, Sara. Three cheers and a toast for Sara's cousin's daughter!

The pending end of the world didn't get me to break out my Bruichladdich scotch, but your family's great news has done the trick!


I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

Read the rest here: How Jewish is Hollywood?.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Alas, "the media mogul Jews" are now about fourth generation Sulzberger types who could not care less.

Ain't that the truth?

I dated a retired Jewish forensic psychologist for a few months back in 2004 and he was proud of the fact that the last time he'd been inside a synagogue was for his Bar Mitzvah. I asked him why, if he felt so strongly against his faith, he didn't renounce or convert. He said for him being Jewish was an ethnic identity, not a religious one. I found it quite disturbing that he was ashamed of being a Jew.


I think you misunderstood,Sara. He just was without religious feeling. Rather like Episcopalians who go to church for weddings and funerals or Catholic pols who are for birth control and abortion but show up for the St Patrick's Day parade and their grandkids' christening in election years. They are not "ashamed" of their religious heritage they just don't fully share in it

Sara (Pal2Pal)

You are probably correct, Clarice. He likened it at the time to me saying my ancestors were mostly Welsh Quakers and Scots-Irish Presbyterians. I was never a Quaker and although I grew up in the Presbyterian church, it has been 40 years since I was inside one.


Hey All...On the brink of the end I thought I'd interject a bit of good news. My son finished his last combat patrol in Afghanistan two days ago and is now in the process of packing up for the trip home!!!!


(yeah..I'm still here...just haven't had time to post much...)


The Dem is going to win, and the reason is Medicare.

I thought it was because there was a tea party candidate splitting the conservative vote?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

That's great news Specter. I think I can speak for most, if not all, JOMers in saying a big thank you to your son and welcome home.

Melinda Romanoff


Jack Davis, the purported Tea Partier, is running a false flag campaign in NY-26. He's a registered, 3 time elective loser, Dem.


You're so right clarice. I recently returned to the Church after a 45 year absence and I go to confession every other Saturday or so unless I need to go more frequently. Our local parish only hears confession for an hour on Saturdays between 3 & 4 pm. I'm usually the first one there and wait to be the last one to confess. I just enjoy sitting in the pew while I wait. I've noticed that only a handful of people attend confession and it's usually over by 3:15. Yet at the following Sunday Mass, EVERYONE receives Communion and I thought Catholics had to be in a state of Grace by confessing in order to receive the Eucharist? Of course here in Mass we're known for our pro choice Catholics. Bill Baird was extremely active in Marlboro where I grew up and I remember looking out my junior high school window as a demonstration was taking place on the steps of my local IC parish directly across the street from the school.


Thanks Sara...it's been a long year. And his platoon ended up in a devastating firefight on the last patrol - several seriously wounded and one dead. We were on pins and needles for hours until he contacted his wife...


Sara, tks, yr link lead me to this - a video of the Corsi interview and lower on the page, one of the most detailed expert analyses I've seen yet on how the 4/27/11 birth cert was forged.


Haven't read the thread yet, and have to go walk the dogs, but 2 important points:

1) Frau,

The company has just come out with an offer to open up a base in Cologne Germany. Momma, (and my 2 daughters) reading the company e-mail on my work website, have found out about it and are hollering and pestering me unmercifully to bail out from Alaska and move to Koln, Germany tomorrow. I hadn't even had my first cup of heart attack preventing coffee yet and they were all screaming at me for talking about the downside of moving. So just for input: I have an upcoming 9th and 10th grader who don't speak a word of Deutsch, and a wife a "tad bit" tired of Alaskan winters, (plus 2 English yellow Labradores as baggage.) Any input on schools in Germany for high schoolers? Plus sides, down sides, all the rest of it? Am open to any comments from anyone. Would you guys take the plunge? Would High School over there help or hurt options for college? Both girls are doing great up here currently.

Pretty much I have the world by the tail right now, so I'm comfortable to stay put.

2) Here's the correct pic of Sean Connery and the gal who brought lunch Link.


PS. Yesterday Momma out with the 2 dogs said she came upon a brown bear up Prospect trail, and dog 1 went chasing it off in the woods. Said when he finally came back that a guy coming down from the heights said he saw another bear just off the trail on the other side right near her and that he was amazed she didn't see that one.



I have friends whose eldest son returned from two tours , daughter is there regularly there on defense business and whose youngest is about to be shipped there. I know they do not sleep at all until each of those kids is home.


Specter, make sure you thank your Hero for us and tell him we're all wicked proud!


I don't know how you walk around the woods up there daddy? Take a look at the size of this Alaskan Brown Bear shot at 12 yards with a bow! That front paw is bigger than the hunters chest!


--"Am open to any comments from anyone."--

put booze in your coffee.

great day for drag racing in san diego!


did u mean comments about germany?


I wish you all would stop yammering about all the trivial bullshit you're clogging up the thread with, and return to talking about the topics I prefer: me, my obsession with the Jooooos!, me, my long cut and pasted screeds from fringe sites and unknown "scholars", my hatred of the Jooooos!, me, my ability to call out typos in other people's comments while demonstrating my own inability to master subordinate clauses, my complete ignorance of pretty much every topic I pontificate on, me, and how much the Joooooos! suck. Oh, and also, me.

Here, I'll get us back on track:

The World Health Organization's ICD-10 lists narcissistic personality disorder under (F60.8) Other specific personality disorders.[19]
It is a requirement of ICD-10 that a diagnosis of any specific personality disorder also satisfies a set of general personality disorder criteria.

[edit] Millon's subtypes
Theodore Millon identified five subtypes of narcissist:.[2][20] Any individual narcissist may exhibit none or one of the following:
* Unprincipled narcissist - including antisocial features. A charlatan - is a fraudulent, exploitative, deceptive and unscrupulous individual.
* Amorous narcissist - including histrionic features. The Don Juan or Casanova of our times - is erotic, exhibitionist.
* Compensatory narcissist - including negativistic (passive-aggressive), avoidant features.
* Elitist narcissist - variant of pure pattern. Corresponds to Wilhelm Reich's "phallic narcissistic" personality type.
* Fanatic narcissist - including paranoid features. An individual whose self-esteem was severely arrested during childhood, who usually displays major paranoid tendencies, and who holds on to an illusion of omnipotence. These people are fighting delusions of insignificance and lost value, and trying to re-establish their self-esteem through grandiose fantasies and self-reinforcement. When unable to gain recognition or support from others, they take on the role of a heroic or worshipped person with a grandiose mission.

[edit] Pointers

Thomas suggests the following pointers may indicate the presence of someone with narcissistic personality disorder.

* They expect others to do the day-to-day chores as they feel too important to waste their time on common things.
* They very rarely talk about their inner life - for example their memories and dreams.
* There tends to be a higher level of stress with people who work with or interact with a narcissist, which in turn increases absenteeism and staff turnover.
* They feel that rules at work don't apply to them.
* Their sense of self-importance and lack of empathy means that they will often interrupt the conversation of others.
* They get impatient and restless when the topic of conversation is about someone else, and not about them.
* They constantly use "I", "me" and "my" when they talk.
* They lack empathy and this colours everything they do.
* They love to delegate work, and then interfere by micromanaging it. If it goes well they take the credit (plagiarism); if it goes badly, they blame the person they delegated it to.
* Blame others for their actions and misfortunes.
* During a conversation, no matter what topic is being discussed, they usually end up talking about themselves.
* They will always cheat whenever they think they will get away with it.
* Virtually all their ideas or ways of behaving in a given situation are taken from others (mirroring).[21]

[edit] Differential diagnosis

The following conditions commonly coexist (comorbid) with narcissistic personality disorder:
* Anorexia nervosa
* Antisocial personality disorder
* Borderline personality disorder
* Dysthymia
* Histrionic personality disorder
* Hypomania
* Major depressive disorder
* Paranoid personality disorder[22]
* Substance-related disorders (especially cocaine)

Discuss. But I want you to remember to keep the focus on me, though, because frankly you people and the things you say aren't nearly as interesting as I and the things I say are.

Melinda Romanoff


Nice resume padder for the kids.

And if they need to get up to speed in Deutsche, this here be the best book written, and I'd get the used, one for each.


which category do YOU think you fall under?

hit and run

Yay Specter!


daddy, there are 51 IB schools in germany and several are in or near Koln. The IB will allow them to gain admission to US colleges and Universities.

Here's one of them

If you get serious let me know and I will find out which is he best one in or near Koln.

Danube of Thought

I can see what's coming on Medicare. It will make no difference at all that the current system is doomed. Exactly like the Greeks, a majority of Americans will clamor for it to continue just as it is until it's far too late.

When the government borrows money in order to give people something for nothing, their character changes. Americans are no more immune to that disease than are Europeans. In other words, they aren't what they used to be.


I'm so sorry, bgates. Is there some kind of crazy going around?


Say hallelujah, Brother Thought. Amen and amen.

[Just in cast the Rapture is merely late]
[At first, I thought it was The Rupture, so I went to the ER, but they rationed me.]



I am so pleased for you.

It is difficult sometimes to be a parent of someone willing to put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedoms.

And also a tremendous, righteous source of pride.

Bless you and your son and his family.


Daddy, Kurt Vonnegut wrote in "Cat's Cradle" that "An invitation to travel is like a dancing lesson from God."

That said, having spent a year in Australia as an exchange student at 16, and 2-1/2 years in the Netherlands (on the Waal River 5 km from Germany) at 25, travel always teaches. While the experiences aren't always good, the lessons are worthwhile because they forge the character that lasts a lifetime.

Germany has not the appeal to me that the Netherlands does, but that may be because the Dutch have yet to forgive the Germans for their guttural sounds and for trashing the place.

It is good to get out of the country because Americans look at the world monoptically -- both eyes are the same: news is from the home country and news from the largest country of the world -- both are the same in our case.

You can't make the correct decision... and you can't make the wrong one. Life plays on either way, for parents and children.

If you travel enough you wonder if you will ever find a place to call home. That's when, if you are smart, you find a place to settle that is comfortable, while not perfect, but within easy travel distance of the kind of places you like to visit.

Hope this helps, daddy, and, if it helps, ask any questions you might have.


I am very happy for you Specter!

daddy: any kids at the ages yours are who are enthusiastic about moving and leaving behind school friends, must seriously want to move. That is an age most parents have to drag them kicking, screaming, and then put up with the pouting.


Daddy, here's another-- apparently less British, more international IB school in Bonn.


Daddy, Carolina is NOT an option, right?


Is there some kind of crazy going around?

Either that or garden variety drunken buffoonery--see my 4:31 post.

(Another) Barbara

If your wife and daughters have made up their minds, daddy, it sounds like a fait accompli to me.

But what an adventure for y'all as a family, being able to live together in another country and take driving trips throughout Europe -- at least for the time remaining with your girls under your roof.

If it somehow did not work out, you would have the option of transferring away, wouldn't you?

BTW, what did you decide about your Kindle?


Daddy - do it. Everything will work out. One way or another, it is a can't go wrong situation.

hit and run

Daddy, Carolina is NOT an option, right?

It should be. He has family here.


As depressing as it is for me to say this -- and I would never base your decision to move on this -- I am more likely to be able to come visit you in Germany than in Alaska.

mrs hit and run turns 40 next year . . . shhhhh,don't tell her this but the plan is for me to take her on a surprise trip to Europe*. Mostly Paris. That's a big dream for her. But if I've got good ol' Daddy in Germany . . . well. We'd be going to Germany too!

Too bad my 40th has come and gone. Or I'd make her take me to Alaska.

*I'm also now mulling Hawaii,having been invited by the new love of my life (Another) Barbara.


Just had a few great laughs over at Althouse. She linked a rediculous recipe from the Food Network's Paula Deen. The recipe is stupid, but some of the comments are hilarious.

The recipe is for English Peas - melt cube of butter in pan, dump in 2 cans of "English" peas. (eyeroll)

But, it did get me thinking. Wouldn't a cooking show starring Clarice be great? She has us all drooling here frequently with her baked breads, dinner party and "just a normal night" menus. And, now a big beautiful green egg in the backyard . . . seriously, she would definitely out cook many of the TV celebrity chefs!


What a great concept, cc..I'm ready.

I am astonished that Paula Deen hasn't keeled over already given the way she cooks. I swear I saw somwthing of here's that was like deep fried brownies or somehing.


oh lord, my typing and spelling is really bad today. ridiculous.


Well, I think a lot of us could really get the word out - you would have fabulous ratings I am sure. You already know how to write, so the cookbooks ala Clarice's Pieces would be a breeze (and think of the $$$$$$ you could make for Obama to tax and tax).

Red Rooster

"How cool is this? (I stole it from Big Peace.)

Yes, shooting an old unarmed muzzie in his nightie after spending hundreds of billions to find him and sending 100 guys who had the red carpet rolled out by the Pakis to Binny's shack is a real accomplishment. I'm a wimp with terminal hemorrhoids and I'd sign up for that "tough" mission.


I'm sure there are international schools based on the American system in cologne. There are tons of expat websites you can use for guidance, or call the contact at your company. You probably should get right on it , though. It's a process.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Sorry bgates. Hang in there. You know you can count on your fellow JOMers for prayers, support and good thoughts.

hit and run

Well, I think a lot of us could really get the word out

I don't know. Michael Ledeen thinks Clarice lost her edge once she started blogging....

Wilson, Etc.

November 7, 2005 4:42 P.M.

By Michael Ledeen

In case nobody’s noticed it yet, Angleton’s theory of the French Connection may actually be a misunderestimation. Look at this, from Clarice Feldman (who used to be the best cook in Washington before she started blogging).

I kid! I kid!

I did trick Mr. Ledeen via email once to invite me to an Italian dinner at his home by name-dropping my friendship with Clarice. He surely has no memory of it.

I,on the other hand,will never forget it.

And intend to collect one way or another.


So much to respond to. SBW I am having cocktails with Herman Cain and a bunch of his other closest friends on June 10th. I'll let you know what I think.

Is the world still ending? What time? having spent the afternoon having a very painful and claustrophobic MRI on my rotator cuff, I will truly be pissed if that is my last act. Plus I need chocolate and cigarettes if I am terminal.

Specter, Tell your son we love him. All of us and we will never stop.

Daddy, I am a little confused why it matters where you live if you fly a plane for a living, but I say go for it.



Just kidding!


daddy, the timing of this sounds perfect for your daughters. A year from now the older would be halfway through high school and it would be more awkward. Kids can pick up a new language much more quickly than adults. They can start this summer if they work at it they could be pretty fluent in a year. As others have pointed out, there are lots of good school options.

We'll miss the Alaska news reports, though.


Need to go back and read that book...

Must have missed something...

We are all still here, but all our cats are gone. I knew they were upto something..


Had a great time last night, took a bunch of old clothes and left them laying randomly around the neighborhood.

A pair of shoes, socks, pants, shirt laying in the lawn....fun stuff.



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