OPC. Other People’s Children. Rent not buy. I have the best of both worlds, a long-term care policy, a retirement fund, and a deal with a loving niece—you make sure that I’m in a nice place that doesn’t rip me off and takes care of me if it comes to that, and you get the trust. Everyone wins. We love her. She loves us. We trust her.
So the niece, one of two children of the contributor’s sole sibling, is now trusted with care of not only her parents, presumably still alive, but an auntie who refused to raise a progeny. No word if the niece has/wants to have children and how she will balance her own family with attending to two sets of elderly relatives?
Speaking of children, my uncle forwards a bit of Russian emigre humor in re Russia’s ban on American adoption:
For all of you skeptics, the demotivational is not at all over the top. A Russian woman whose sisters were adopted would looks like the one in the poster. And she probably has a few of her own in the country’s sad orphanages.
I’m on the edge of my seat watching the 11th hour fiscal cliff negotiations on TV. If we will go off the cliff, our taxes will go up, you see, so our hard-working representatives in DC are working overtime trying to negotiate tax hikes to pay for whatever that is they want to spend.
California is so other people’s money hungry, Prop 13 is on the table. But there is hope. For real. Bakersfield is developing oil, and unemployment is dropping there. There is so much oil in Cali, that if we get over ourselves (and our environmentalists) and start drilling, we can develop a welfare state to rival Saudi Arabia’s. To bad we busy ourselves developing a “Homeless Bill of Rights”.
Elsewhere on the web, Leslie Eastman gives Tea party New Year’s Resolutions. She has some excellent links with practical suggestions (enjoy the decline, protect yourself from Obamacare). It’s not unlikely that people on the right, the pick yourself by the shoestring, make the best of a bad situation, help your neighbor types, will probably coast through the age of Obama. His supporters — not so much.
Read a Zionist super-rino story at Maggie’s Notebook. And speaking of Israel, on corporate level Trader Joe’s appears to be indifferent to calls to boycott Israel. After repeated vandalism and customer intimidation, their Castro Street store in San Francisco created a display showcasing some Israeli products. I recognize (and highly recommend) the Israeli couscous.
DH got me the new Camille Paglia’s book for Hanukkah. Paglia wrote the book to promote fundamental understanding of the arts, something that the American educational system failed to do. It gets worse. Today, the “common core standards” adopted by 46 states favor non-fiction over literature. And by “non-fiction” educational system bureaucrats mean bureaucratic drivel.
I am honored to be included in Citizen Tom’s list of the best of 2012. It’s an impressive round up of small blogs, go read it.
Circling back to Russia, The People’s Cube has Soviet accident prevention posters — I remember a few of these.