In what some progressives are calling a bold and unprecedented move, President Barack Obama responded harshly to the Russian invasion of sovereign Ukrainian territory when they crossed the frontier with special forces and paratroops and at the same time, landed two divisions of Naval Infantry at Sevastopol.
From now on, joining with First Lady Michelle's effort to stop people from eating food that she doesn't like - Russian Dressing will be removed from the shelves of markets all across in America.
Press Secretary Jay Carney emphasized the administration's move. "We wanted to send a tough, unambiguous message to the world."
Russian President Putin is reportedly torn between his interest in annexing the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine and his interest in giving Americans access to Russian dressing for their salad. It may be propaganda, but Russian Ambassador Dmitry Kissoff suggested that Michelle Obama secretly uses Russian dressing on her salad - how else would the mere shadow cast by her ample rear weigh 50 lbs?
This is how it works. Grandpa (your blogger) assumes the role of the "Evil Claw". Grandchildren each assume the roles of super heroes. Yesterday it was Iron Man, the Hulk, Spiderman and Wonder Woman. The EVIL CLAW usually grabs one of them and captures them in a leg lock. The rest have to attack to save their captured superhero. Evil Claw is one of my grandkids' favorite games. They each take a turn in captivity as their fellow super heroes work diligently to save them. The Evil Claw is known to tickle the captured as a form of torture.
Behind the Evil Claw you will note an knitted blanket (the cloak of invisibility) where superheroes can go to hide from the Evil Claw.
The scenario was captured on a cell phone from a non-participant. Though the Evil Claw is bigger and stronger, with teamwork and diligent wrestling, the super heroes are always able to win and aid their team members to escape.
I read Azra's sad Valentine's Day post and thought of the members of her family and these simply seemed to fit the reality that we sometimes find in life - that don't fit the ideal, but still speak to the human condition.
Here are the Valentine's Day cards that you won't find at the Hallmark card store...
This blog has many elements and depending on your interests, may pique your imagination...or not. I urge you to be unreasonable. Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. The unreasonable persist in trying to adapt the world to themselves, therefore all progress depends on unreasonable people. The more unreasonable you are, the more likely you are to enjoy this blog. All men dream, but not equally.
If you're a socialist or a Marxist, you'll find that I poke fun at your absurd notions of "good government" on a regular basis. So you might not wish to follow this blog because you'll be offended.
John Locke said, "One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant." I like what Locke said. We can't theorize without adequate information because when we do we inevitably twist facts to suit theories rather than theories to suit facts. In this blog and in my life, I try to maintain this perspective.
Either you believe in our essential spark of shared divinity, or you succumb to our human insecurity. Either way your conscience lets you slice it, the main thing is to earnestly do what is right at the time.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.