sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

December 30, 2012

Pity The Loving Niece

A Slate contributor found it difficult to admit regret about not having had children (via Instapundit).  But then she concludes:

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:

the three sisters

The title above reads “The Three Sisters”, like the Chekhov play. The message on the bottom left: “The two younger ones were adopted by Americans”. On the bottom right: “But I am the lucky one — I dwell in the Motherland!”

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.



  1. Thank you for the link.

    Good collection yourself. Sad about California’s insistance upon being a welfare state and the Russian orphans, but those accident prevention posters are a riot — just a little too close to the truth.

    Comment by Citizen Tom — December 31, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  2. Awesome collection of gems you have here. Thanks for including a link to me in them. And Happy New Year!

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — January 1, 2013 @ 7:53 am

  3. I think, regarding the Russian adoption, that Putin just felt embarrassed. Of course, I doubt he’ll do anything productive about it. Considering how young Russians die compared to other Western nations, and how fetal alcohol syndrome is rampant, the ones who lost out are the babies.

    If you aren’t going to create an environment where your children have a chance at least let someone else have them.

    Comment by Harrison — January 2, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    • I don’t believe he’s embarrassed. I don’t think he thinks there is anything embarrassing about the way Russia treats orphans. Russians don’t. There is popular support for the new law (something like 55%), and Russians adopt about as many children as Americans from their orphanages. Putin is playing politics.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — January 7, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

      • I don’t think it reflects well on a nation to see tons of its orphans getting adopted by foreigners. That’s what I mean.

        Comment by Harrison — January 10, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

        • That’s true, but I think he’s playing to domestic audience here. They are not very embarrassed by the whole orphanage situation. They find it far more embarrassing to have an imperfect child, which is why Down Syndrome children are given up. Most orphans there are not DS, though, they are the so-called “social orphans” with alcoholic “parents”.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — January 10, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

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