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Universal Studios Theme Park Florida - oh what fun

We went to Universal Studios with the kids - it has changed alot since the last time I was there - I hate the entrance to Universal Studios [ Florida ] - love the preferred parking [ though it cost $17 bucks ] and love what they've done with most of the park at Universal Studios. They've changed the earthquake ride [ atleast the intro - but the ride itself is still the same. They got rid of the back to the future ride and put in the Homer Simpson ride - but all in all - nice place to take the kids]...
Oh, just be prepared to spend lots and lots of money - a six slice whole pizza at Universal Studios with four drinks and 2 cookies cost me about thirty bucks - and I had to go back and buy two more slices at $3.99 a piece... boy do these kids have to cut down on eating when we're at this park....

Another surprise - go to the universal studios group ticket booth to buy your entrance ticket - it took me all of five minutes to buy my tickets and enter the park.... while I walked by the 150 or more people waiting on line.... I was smiling....

Did you see my Snow man?

Always in a rush!

running at universal

What tornado ?

tornado at universal

Not a Happy place when you have to work and dressed like this.universal studios jobs
universal ride That Shreck ride was fun !!!
universal studios shrek rideLittle man Got me LOST!
universal studios map Santa and Universal Studios Macy parade
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universal orlandoI think you need a diet
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Wild Christmas party Pt 2

Awe nothing like the holidays and a good old fashion wild Christmas Eve party to get going with the end of the old year and starting the new... You can always tell how your New Years eve party is going to turn out [ good or bad ] by how your Christmas Eve party ends up being. And seeing as how this Christmas Eve party was a wild Hispanic "get down, get down" bash - I expect the New Years Eve party to be a blast... nothing like the holidays..... Party, Party, Party, man I've got to work tommorrow..... grrrr...

Oh christmas tree, oh christmas tree, the party was fun but you'll soon be out on the street....
oh christmas tree see you next year at the christmas eve party you'll be.......

Wild Party - Hispanic Christmas Eve

Maybe it was the eggnog, or just the atmosphere of the people around us - but when people celebrate Christmas - hey no one gets down with the spirit like the Hispanic people at this party did. Forget the utile log and caroling - Just take a look at the video below - talk about a wild time at the old Christmas party.... how do you like the dance moves.....
Wild Hispanic Christmas Eve Party

The christmas party was fun, the dancing was not so bad and there were no alcohol drinking around - too bad I didn't get the competitive bingo contest - watching grown women all excited about playing bingo so they can win some exciting Christmas prizes was the best part of the whole night! Happy Merry Christmas.... Hope your party was as good as this one.

I have to get some more pictures out of the camera - that Christmas party and this years holidays festivities gave me alot of stuff to process and maybe some good stuff for the blog.

Funny pictures of the Family

If you see this man - don't let him into your kitchen!

Kids - show and tell

Show and tell
One of the favorite things my son likes to do in school is - participate in "show and tell". Sometimes I think he spends the whole week thinking about what he will bring to school on friday for show and tell.

One night he was searching around and under the couch [ don't ask cuase I don't know ] and he told me he found the perfect show and tell item.... what you ask? Well, a green slimy frog. That's right a frog. Some how a frog sneaked into my house and under my couch and my curiouse son found him [ bad for the frog ].
The funny thing about it was what I did not get to catch on video - it was halariouse watching him trying to pick the frog up and hold it while the slimmy little thing kept jumping up into the air.

I don't know why, but first it was a mouse running around my house, I have this small dog visiting and now, I have a frog.... is this some kind of Biblical plegue????

How do you know your old?

How do you know your old? that is a good question.

Well here are two tips:

One - if you have to take time to count the candles - your old....

two - when the room fills with smoke after you blow out the candles, boy you are old!

Having Thanksgiving early ??? a week early...

What do you do when all the family shows up at your house two weeks before thanksgiving?

You have thanksgiving early - really - really early.

We had the family from New York come down for two weeks - so we had thanksgiving dinner before they went back to NY. Talk about hecktic - I guess the one good thing is that we may have saved some money on shaopping - supermarkets always hike up the prices before the holidays. We also avoided the mad rush at the stores... but boy, having that many people at your house - way to much work. If I counted right, there were about tweenty people at the house more if I missed some of the kids....

Here take a look: see video

The Fear and Joy of being a Dad ?

I've been working on teaching my four year old son how to ride his bike with out the training wheels. Ofcourse his Mom didn't help by putting the training wheels back on the bike - talk about a giant step backwards. This last week I had some time to spend with him and I went thru the process of teaching him from scratch - again.....

After I built up his confidence - in that I wouldn't let him fall - I had one single thought in my mind... God I hope he doesn't crash or hit the ground hard ????

I couldn't help but picture him going down in a blaze of glory - blaming me for not stopping him from falling... Maybe it had to do with the fact that I made the same promise to my duaghter a few years back and I couldn't keep it.. She didn't trust me for a while when it came to the bike...

Or maybe it was becuase I was holding a video camera - and hey, it would make a good you tube video... if he falls that is [ people love to see others suffer - sick world..] But all in all he did a great job, he took to ridding like a fish in water, now he just needs to learn how to make turns.....

I need my Gun America !

Ever wonder why Americans need thier Guns?

I believe in the constitution - and it's provision that says we have a right to bare arms. people say - ban guns and you can cut down crime.... let me ask you something?

Drugs are illigal and a banned substance - does that stop the criminals?
Driving drunk is illigal and banned - does that stop the drunks?
Criminals do not go to legal places to buy weapons... they go to other criminals or they find other means to get illigal weapons. Do you think stopping law abiding citizins from getting a gun [ for hunting or protect] will some how stop criminals from getting guns.

How many people you know carry automatic weapons - only criminals... do you think they bought it at walmart??????? And the normal people who have guns like automactic machine guns got them thru less than legal means... so how does keeping the average legal American from being able to excersize his/her right to bear arms going to stop crime????

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Black Berry Storm - New verizon phone.
this exclusive cell phone from Verizon is the Iphone killer. This Black Berry Storm is what I consider - the Dream phone.

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Unbelievable stories - But all TRUE!!!

Here are some stories I've been saving for when my kids grow up - actual events - funny....

It is very important to always know what to do in case of an emergency. It can save lives to be prepared. While walking down the street one day, my wife mistook the sound of a car back firing for the sound of a gun shot. She immediately went into action. She grabbed my arm and screamed “ everyone, STOP, DROP and Roll !”

As a father, I try to teach my children the best way I know how. When my son turned two (2), he and my daughter found it an enjoyable exercise to run wildly around the house.
Since my son does everything his sister does, I explained to my little girl that I wanted her to walk, not run in the house. It was a dangerous and unsafe thing to do, that is how people get hurt. If your running you can easily run into something and seriously get hurt.
Feeling sure she understood what I was telling her, I turned around and walked straight into the closed glass porch door....

We decided to play this new game my mother-in-law bought. You had to give clues to a specific thing, name, or place with out using descriptions shown on the clue card. It was going well - Until my wife became flustered and resistant. She was too embarrassed, because her father was present. I convinced her to show me the card. It read “Horny Animals”. I asked her “what’s wrong with this?” - “ I am not going to talk to my father about “HORNY” animals! “ she said. And I told her “horny animals” as in animals with “Horns”.

We have two children and my daughter has always been very smart. So when my son was born my wife was very concerned. Our son was already two years old and wasn’t even doing half the things my daughter did at his age. One day my wife was watching me teach my son his alphabet’s and she looked at me and said “ this may sound bad but I hope my son is smart?” and my son got up and said ”me too”.

Technology and the internet is simply taking over every aspect of life. I tried to apply for a job and found that many companies have moved the application process online. I spent about 40 minutes filling out an online application and a survey - in order to apply for a job. I was excited that in an instant I was given a location, a time and date for an interview. I thought this was great! I thought it was easy, this is wonderful! The day of the interview came, I arrive at the location on time, knocked on the human resource door and a few minutes latter, found that the human resource guy was not in today. So much for technology making my life easy?

Crazy long weekend - ENDLESS .......

Way to long of a crazy week end....
Things sort of become a blur when your so busy to take a moments breath.

Let’s just give you a glimpse of what I mean - starting Friday morning - woke up and got the kids ready, took them to school, drove back home and took care of some things. Then I set up the tent in the back yard for my daughters sleep over party - rushed over to pick up my son at school at eleven thirty. Then drive all the way home to prepare his lunch , change his cloth and prepare for work. Drive him over to my brother-in-law’s house and off to work. family projectAfter getting out of work at 8:35 pm, I drove home to eat, play with the kids and help my daughter start building her school model project.

I went to bed around eleven thirty and woke up early Saturday to get myself and my son ready for his school friend birthday party. I like these people - even though it was raining, they had the birthday party. So I help by holding an umbrella over the grill to help cook the food [ after all I wanted the free food ] after food, cake and the present - I was out of there.

Got home around eleven thirty in the afternoon - to deal with the screaming boob twins [ my daughter and her friend playing dress up ] and then learned I had to move the tent from where is was to the other side of the backyard. It is now 3:57 pm and I’m family funtrying to take a moment - except my mother just called so I’m probably going to be on the phone for an hour or so and by the time I’m done talking to her I’ll have to help finish my little girl build her model and do something or other for my son or wife..

Longest week end ever...
See Video and more photos below - Enjoy! childs project camping funny girls

I was made to love you ???

I was made to love you
Ever wonder what you were made to do in life? I figured out a long time ago that I have one very important job, position, duty in life - to love my family. Yes there may be the occasional argument. Yes, they can be a chore and a pain - at times [ too many times ]. They can even cause you to wonder why you even bother - but at the end of the day when you put them to bed and all you can think about is how sweet they are and how you can’t help but smile as you watch them sleep peacefully in their bed... You realize - you were made to love them.

four year old trying to get rid of me??

Is it me or is my four year old trying to get rid of me??

Here I was happy to have a day off where I could hang out, do as I pleased and in fact - was happy to go and pick up my four year old son from pre-k school. But boy was I in for a surprise. I go and pick him up a half hour earlier than his scheduled time - out of love [ or because I didn’t want to waste the gas driving back and forth - you judge ] and when I signed him out early - he only had one thing to ask of me...

Why are you not working???

lifeWhat, did I hear you right? So I asked him, what do you mean… and he said.. What are you doing home, aren’t you working today??

Hey, come on - can’t a dad get a break… It’s my day off and I want to spend it with you. Why would you want to bring up work and are you trying to get rid of me kid??? Come on, maybe the next time I have a day off I’ll just disappear and not come home - see if you like that one buddy.

Life is so strange - and kids their even stranger. Imagine that - a four year old telling me why aren’t I at work. Hey get a job and lets see how you’d like it. I need my day off, I need my kids, my wife, my time alone from the insanity [ too late, I think I just lost my marbles.....]

Missing My children ....

Missing my children.?...

It’s weird, maybe I’m not the typical dad or parent that rushes out the door screaming “yeah, I can get away from my kids now!”.. no offense… But I am close to my kids and I’ve been working 6 days a week at different hours of the day and between school and work - I haven’t been able to spend real quality time with my kids. I guess the real reason I’m upset is because today the first Saturday I have off to be with the kids [ and mow lawn and do home work… grrr...] my son is sick and my duaghter just wants to visit her friend…??? Hey, what about Dad?

I was just taking a moment to look over some photos as I try to recover from my depression - take a look below..
Kids - can’t live without them and they can’t wait to abandon you....
cute kids
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Obama dismisses American Flag - "UnAmerican"

And this man wants to be President of the United States??????
'Meet the Press' transcript for Sept. 7, 2008

From Sunday's Televised 'Meet the Press' Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag. Obama Explains National Anthem Stance

Sun, 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, General Bill Ginn ' USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

The General also stated to the Senator that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171... During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. At the very least, 'Stand and Face It'

obama hates american flagSenator Obama Live on Sunday states, 'As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides, Obama said.

'There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it. 'We should consider to reinvent our National Anthem as well as to redesign our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. My wife disrespects the Flag for many personal reasons. Together she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past, many years ago. She has her views and I have mine'.


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard it right. This could possibly be our next President.

I, for one, am speechless.

Breaking the rules for my kids ! ?

Breaking Manufacturing rules for My kids Safety ?

Well, I haven’t been able to write much about the crazy things that happen with my family, I’ve been busy working and my hours are speratic. One day I work mornings the next night - it’s crazy. But I just had to take the time to write this down.

You know that everything you buy has a manufacturer guidelines, rules and all that. It’s there to keep you from doing something that would end up hurting you. Well, I broke the rules in order to help my little boy from getting hurt. Really - I broke the rules to protect my child?

childrenWell, the thing is my son wants to ride his bike without training wheels - unlike his sister who took several years up to the age of seven or eight to learn how to ride with out training wheels - he wants to be like her, compete with her and wants to learn how to ride his bike without training wheels. Ofcourse he is only four years old and learning will be tough - but my real problem is, I don’t want him to fall down and get hurt. Don’t get me wrong, this boy is a rock and an adventurer - I just know he is not ready and a trip to the emergency room I do not want.

So I took his training wheels which are the only kind that fit his small bike and do not move [ rise or adjust to lift off ground ] and I began to bang, hit, pound with rubber mallet and Hammer to bend it to an appropriate curve so he could ride his bike and get the feel for balancing the bike. It was funny, because here I am banging on his wheels [ his bike in his mind ] with a hammer and telling him - not to do what daddy is doing....

After I thought about it, I remembered that the last time he saw me use tools he went around the house unscrewing everything in sight - God I hope he doesn’t go around hammering everything in the house ? ! ...

When I finally got the training wheels the way I wanted them we took’em for a spin - it took him awhile to stop leaning over and depending on the training wheels - but when he started getting it he was ecstatic - he was already proclaiming that he could ride just like his sister... Hold on there buddy, lets learn how to make a right hand turn first.

Making Politics simple for Elleven year old ??

How do you make politics simple enough for an eleven year old to understand - turn the TV off!

politics, vice presidential debateReally, it’s hard enough explaining life and the every day things to your kids - why would a teacher give my child an extra credit assignment that requires her to stay up late past her bed time to watch something she has no knowledge or concept of?

I was going to watch the Vice Presidential debate anyway - but it’s hard to really listen to the debate when your eleven year old child who wants to do good in school is asking you “what does that mean?” “why did they say that?”. How can I hear the issues when I’m busy explaining to my child why Biden said he opposes fraud from the mortgage companies, the big oil companies and how Obama will stop that [ despite that fact that Obama was taking kick backs from Freddie Mac and Fannie May when they were committing the fraud???] But hey - thank you teacher for making my day a bit more interesting!

childrenOne good thing came out of last nights debate as I watched it with my daughter - My daughter understood and felt more comfortable with Sarah Palin than she did with stuffy Biden who was talking above the people [ the voters ] trying to impress the news media and the big wigs in congress as he consistently bashed McCain.

Let me point one thing out - Obama and Biden are for change - yet they continue to act the same... meaning business as usual... where is the change?... He avoided several questions [ so did Palin ] but his course was not to avoid the question because he didn’t know the answer - but rather he wanted to take the time to bash McCain, according to Biden everything is Bush and McCains fualt like if congress had no say in anything?.... Even my little girl got that much.

In the end my daughter fell asleep when it came to the foreign policies as I expected - but in the morning as we finished her extra credit report she said this - I like Sarah Palin, she was better at communicating to me, she was relaxed and friendly. Well McCain and Palin have one vote in me and an eleven year olds approval.

Protecting the universe one Soldier at a time

Here I am trying to spend some quality time with my son before I have to go to work and all he wants to do is play halo. It's sad really - because I'm the one who got him hooked on playing halo. But I guess spending some time with him killing aliens and defending the universe from a horde of evil Aliens is better than not spending time with him at all.

The odd thing is he takes his command so seriously - I mean he is only four years old and he is concerned about the men that follow him in the game. He has figured out that they can die and that he can do something to save and protect them. He just insist on making sure his fellow soldiers are doing good. He doesn't want to go to funny childrenthe next level unless he can protect his fellow men [ and women - they have female characters in the game]. The odd thing is, when he plays as the alien, he doesn't care who dies - his fellow alien horde could drop by the thousands and he lets them - but let one of his fellow human being soldiers fall and he wants to reset the game so he can figure out a way to keep that soldier alive.

My little commander in chief - you go boy - save the universe, dad will sit and watch.....

Obama mocking christians - isn't he one to....

Look, I am not questioning your belief. Weather you believe in God or not. Weather you are Christian, catholic , evangelical, Baptist or not... I am not talking about that. And I hate making post about Obama especially if it looks like I am attacking him unjustly - but with that said - He says he is a candidate for change ... but he seems to be using the “old good old boy - politics as usual” tactic....

He says one thing to you and another to someone else. He says he is this for you and turns and says he is something else to someone else.

He seems to play what ever card needed to win your approval but really stands for nothing?? Don't take my word for it. He goes to church, he says he is a Christian [ Christians believe in the bible as the truth and nothing but the truth ] and yet in the video below he seems to be mocking not only Christians, his own beliefs but the bible as well ???

I tell my children "say what you mean and mean what you say".

I tell my children to be one face with everyone and stand up for what you believe in - even if others don't.

Yet Obama says what he thinks will win him votes and changes every place he goes... Is that the change we need or even want in the white house .????

Funny Doctor and Spaghetti joke...

I ran across a very funny joke online - you have to read it....

Funny Doctor and Spaghetti joke...
A doctor started having an affair with his nurse. A short while later, she told him that she was pregnant. Not wanting his wife to know, he gave the nurse a sum of money and asked her to go to Italy and have the baby there.

"But how will I let you know the baby is born?" she asked.

He replied, "Just send me a postcard and write "spaghetti" on the back. I'll take care of expenses." Not knowing what else to do, the nurse took the money and flew to Italy.

Six months went by, and then one day the doctor's wife called him at the office and said, "Dear, you received a very strange postcard in the mail today from Europe, and I don't understand what it means."

The doctor said, "Just wait until I get home and I will explain it to you."

Later that evening the doctor came home, read the postcard, and fell to the floor with a heart attack. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital emergency room. The head medic stayed back to comfort the wife. He asked what trauma had precipitated the cardiac arrest.

So the wife picked up the card and read: "Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti - Two with sausage and meatballs; two without."

Life, marraige, kids - is it what you thought?

Some times I can’t help but wonder- is this really my life? Is this what I really wanted? What about my marriage, my kids - me??? Yeah life throws you some curve balls and your spouse and kids can drive you up the wall….. But then I think of all the laughs, jokes, fun and good times we’ve had and shared - and say … what a waste -- no, just joking. I can’t imagine my life any better with out them. Especially without my boy and girl…life wouldn’t be the same without them.

So just incase your having a "need a smile" day - hear is an old marriage joke I revised and turned into art..

funny joke

Parenting Advice: REACH FOR YOUR GUNS !!!!

Parenting Advice: REACH FOR YOUR GUNS !!!!

Before you think my “Parenting Advice” is abusive or comes from the NRA [ national riffle association ] handbook let me just say - it’s a figure of speech.

My parenting advice is meant to [ Mom or dad - best both ] have a plan of action.

Let me tell you a little story - here I am walking thru the grocery store and I notice a Mom with a small child [ looks to be 4 yrs old ] and she seems to be loosing it. Her kid is not listening to her, he is embarrassing her and she seems to be frozen - unsure what to do. Me, I would have smacked him up side the head [ figure of speech people ] and put and end to it. But many people think different.

I had people say they don’t hit their child in public because they don’t want people talking [ clarification - nosy people calling child services ]. Some have told me that they just talk to their children they don’t hit them... Others - they just freak - their so embarrassed that their kid is acting up in public they don’t know what to do.

Me, I have one rule I tell my kids - you embarrass me - I will embarrass you. As far as child services - hey I will say the same thing my grandmother use to say “let me raise my kid - I feed him not you!”

My point being is, despite what ever method of training you use on your child - be ready, be prepared, hey start at home. Some parents ignore their kids at home and then expect them to be obedient in public. What ever method you use to control your kid - use it at home and don’t be afraid to us it in public. I’ve dragged my son to the supermarket bathroom many of times. How is he suppose to learn discipline, correction, proper behavior. Understand that there are consequences to his actions of rebellion.

Again my Parenting advice - don’t stand there - act. Don’t allow a 4 yr old - your 4 yr old to dictate to you how you will act in public. I felt so bad for that Mom - and in the words of a correction officer I know in New York - “before I have a police officer show up at my house saying my son was killed because he was breaking the law - I’m going to break my foot up his AS* to teach him right from wrong...” [ a bit harsh but you get his point ...]
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Can Racists Stop Obama?

Just ran across this video news clip - reports are sufacing that obama makes little mention of his "Race" [African American ] becuase race will cost him the election race. I wonder if America is passed that and if Obama being on the ticket means that that in itself is not an issue. Or maybe the CBS news is just trying to stir up the race issue... see below...

Can Racists Stop Obama?

Barack Obama has been cautious to poise himself as an African American candidate. As Dean Reynolds reports, racial stigmas of both conservatives and liberals could detriment his campaign.

Life is So unfair at the beach ???

Life is So unfair at the beach ???
Oh how unfair life can be.
As promised I wanted to share my trip with you. I had to go to Venice Florida for some training and my Boss was gracious enough to put me up in a beautiful condo right on the beach. He even suggested that I bring the family along so we could have a nice time of it.

At first I was leery of one - taking him up on his offer - second, taking my family along for the ride. But the more I thought about being away for two days the more it sounded - ok. Ofcourse my wife loved the idea. The minute she heard that the condo was right on the beach and that the back door opens up right on to the beach - it didn’t take her long to start packing.

So what’s so unfair about life and this situation: well, where do I start.

children activitiesLet me begin with how first it wasn’t a trip for me - I had to work, and while I woke up early and went to bed early because I had to be at work - my kids and my sweet wife enjoyed the beach [ see the pictures below and their nice tans ]. The most I got out of the beach was a minimum of fifteen minutes I spent one night - in the dark before we went to bed. The rest of the time I was getting ready for work, taking the family out to eat or getting ready for bed...??? That’s not fair.

I am glad they could come, I’m glad they had a good time, I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for a hotel room - and the condo was great. But it just doesn’t feel right that I had to work.

The most exciting part of my trip was the Taco bell - yep, I mean it was the most elegant looking Taco bell I’ve ever seen and eaten in. Other than that the trip was great for the kids and my wife. My duaghter - she collected a large amount of sea shells. My son - he enjoyed the waves and some treasure hunting he did. My wife - other than the jelly fish sting - was had a blast. She more than the kids wants to know when will we be going back. Not if I have to work again.....

family at beach condo
family at beach

Rumors of Hillary on democratic ticket with OBama???

Rumors - I go away for two days and all hell breaks loose.
Now there are rumors of Biden stepping down and that Hilary Clinton will step in as VP for Obama. People must be getting desperate [ at least democrats ] if Obama needs Hillary just to compete against Palin - give me a break. Palin is the VP, Obama's competition is McCain ... see more details below...

presidential election rumors

Russ Limbough has been saying this too............
Sean Hannity talked about this today, September 19th…

I have been saying this for a couple of weeks............ now this article.... don't know by whom, but it has a ring of truth to it...

On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing
health problems, and he will be replaced by Hillary. This is timed to occur
after the VP debate on 10/2.

There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed with this info.
Generally, the feeling is that we should all go ahead and get it out there
to as many blog sites and personal email lists as is possible. I have
already seen a few short blurbs about this - the 'health problem' cited in
those articles was aneurysm. Probably many of you have heard the same

However, at this point, with this inside info from the DNC, it looks like
this Obama strategy will be a go. Therefore, it seems that the best
strategy is to get out in front of this Obama maneuver, spell it out in
detail, and thereby expose it for the grand manipulation that it is.

So, let's start mixing this one up and cut the Obamites off at the pass -
send this info out to as many people as you can - post about it on websites
and blogs - etc.

Every Morning is a Challenge

Every Morning is a challenge - but this one was a whole defferent story.

Some of you may not know but, I went to venice, Florida for some training and took the family so they could enjoy the beach [ another story I'll share next post - life is so unfair ....].

So, when we came back - trying to get these kids ready for school the next morning was a nightmare. My son, he acted like a wet noodle. I'd pick him up so he could stand and he would just melt and slide down into the bed. My duaghter - well - you can just imagine how she got up. Not a happy camper. In fact my son fell asleep on the way to school - what a twist. So here is some art to enjoy and tell me what you think.

funny kids pictures

Obama, Kindergartin, sex - what the hell?

Is Obama a retard. Do I look stupid.
Why in God's green earth would you want to teach my kindergartin son or duaghter [ age 5 ] about sex - or approve legislation that would approve teaching sex education to a 5 year old.

" The Obama campaign has complained especially about an ad that declares Obama supports sex education for kindergartners. He supported legislation that would teach age-appropriate sex education to kindergartners, including information on rejecting advances by sexual predators."

Today on the presidential campaign trail
Monday, September 15, 2008 5:43 AM EDT
The Associated Press
By The Associated Press

Look, I don't care how you slice it, dress it up or paint it. I don't need the government getting involved in when is the right time to teach my five year old about sex. I don't care if your saying your using it as a tool to fight against perverts - why don't you do something about the laws that lets those perverts get away with molesting our children. Why not pass laws and enforce laws that locks perverts up and doesn't let them get out of jail after a year or two. Why not do something about how convicted perverts roam free and the system has a hard time tracking them....

Why not do something about that...

Oh poor baby, you say McCain is unfairly accusing you. It sounds like he is right to me. What kind of moron thinks that you can teach "age appropriate" sex education to a five year old. What moron doesn't understand that this will only open the door for more. Hell, our teachers have enough trouble trying to keep up with all the stupid government rules now - why not add a super sensitive issue into the class room. Hey, how the hell you expect to teach a five year old "age appropriate" sex ed - give them half the info they need - or spend millions in government dollars to tell kids what we already tell them - if some one touches you there - scream, fight, run.... is America this dumb...

Forgive the rant, but this is moronic.

The hills are alive with the sound of Music..

The hills are alive with the sound of Music...

You know, I usually look forward to the week end. It’s time to hang loose, the most I worry about is if I can get away with “not doing “ the lawn. Heck, come Saturday night - I look forward to joining my kids and watching some Naruto [ cartoons ]. But, lately my week ends seem to bring fear, large amounts of fear.

children and musicLook, I am grateful that my daughter has an interest for music. She’s shown interest in the "recorder" [ looks like a flute to me ], she’s taken some tips on the Drums from me and when she showed interest in the Piano - a teacher at her elementary school gave her some tips. So what does she do when she get “band” in middle school [ jr high ] - she decides she wants to learn how to play the Alto-Saxophone ????

So what’s the problem, what causes me such fear - I love my little girl, but when she ask me if I can pick her up Friday from school so she can bring home her Alto-saxophone so she can practice making noise....

I didn’t say - she did...
It’s what she said - let me quote her "Dad my teacher taught us how to make noise today".

Oh, trust me people no matter how much I love my little girl - it does not sound like the hills are alive with the sound of music [ more like something is dieing in them darn hills ].But like any good dad, I sit, I listen and I pray that she gets better. God I pray she gets better.

Parenting Advice: Using Rap Song to build Self esteem ?

Parenting Advice: Build your children’s self esteem with Rap Music?

Here is a "Parenting Advice" and "Parenting tip" - It’s a bit unorthodox so hear me out.
I used a little Nelly rap song to teach my child [ daughter ] to build her self esteem.

" I am #1, 2 is not a winner and 3 no one remembers…
What does it take to be #1 - hey, hey, hey ..."

This method of “Parenting advice” may sound a bit off, but please - give me some time to completely explain my madness. I know most people hear the words “Rap music” and they think - degrading, thug, junk... So how did I teach my daughter about having good self esteem with a rap song?

Well, one day I heard this song and it was so catchy - I spent days humming the chorus and singing the chorus to myself. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. Then came a conversation with my wife - she was expressing her concern over our daughters “shyness” and her fear that our daughter may have low self esteem. So an Idea was Born...

I figure if this song so easily ingrained itself into my mind, could I use it to teach my daughter self worth and raise her self esteem. After all my daughters hip ,she’s cool , groovy or what ever they use now a days...

So what I did was I started singing the chorus of “I AM NUMBER ONE” around the house, which she picked up quickly. Then I started talking to her about peer pressure and self worth, then with every conversation I brought forth a bit more - finally I told her that she is special, that like the song - she is number one, and not to let no one tell her different. Not because she is better than everyone else - but because there is no one who can be better at being her than her… It took some time but she got the idea.

I told her that Mom and Dad will always love her no matter what. We may not agree with everything she does or will do - but we will always love you [ her ]. And that she has to be able to love herself as herself - that she shouldn't try to be something or someone she is not so she can fit in.

I still remind her of it - as I wrote this I found a "you tube" video of Nelly’s “Number 1” video and when she heard it [ she was reading over my shoulder ] - she shouted - I remember this. She’s eleven years old now - and I know she is going to run into a lot of kids who do nothing but put other people down so they can feel good about themselves.

So remember Parents ; "I am number 1, no one is better at being you, than you...."
See video - Below:

NELLY "Number One"

Remember september eleventh ( 9 - 11 )

Remember September eleventh [ 9 - 11]

Take a moment to remember, think back..
It’s not about being democrat or Republican - but American.
It’s not about Obama or McCain - but Rights.
It’s not about approval of the war - but honoring lives.
It’s not about politics or rhetoric - but Freedom.

Remember 9 - 11
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Marriage is like a long Boxing Match

Marriage is like a boxing Match

In the immortal words of Forrest Gump’s Mama : “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get”. And this is so true, Life is always a surprise and as I contemplate the meaning of Life, I can not help but ponder the comparison I see in a marriage and a Boxing match....

Maybe it’s me or maybe lack of sleep - but think about it. After having one of those [ what the hell were we fighting about ] bouts with my wife, I came up with the comparison of marriage and a boxing match. Indulge me as I show my reasoning:

Marriage - compared to - a Boxing match

You get married ---- you agree to clash
You have disagreements --- you come to disagree
You fight --- you throw blows
You fight several times --- several rounds to fight
You quickly change topics --- you dodge and weave
You get hurt --- you get the snot beat out of you
You choose your battles --- you choose your punches
You bite back --- you bite an ear off [ learned that from mike ]

And right now, after our small tiff - I’m sure my wife is thinking that if she buys herself some time, she's going to knock me out on the last round [ about when I’m 60 or 70 yrs old ].

funny joke about being married

dealing with your childs disruptive temper tantrums?

Curbing Child tantrums
Question: how do you deal with your childr's disruptive temper tantrums? Parents TV weighs in [ see video below ]

Look, maybe I'm old school - hell, I am old school.
Want to know how I deal with children’s tantrums - "Corporal Punishment".. That’s right - I said it.

spanking childrenI know, your shocked, surprised, appalled - oh my.
Look, I am not talking about abuse or child endangerment - I'm talking about punishing your child. Depending on what age my child is and his/her mental capacity [ meaning if it hurts him more to take away the x-box than a spanking - take the x-box away ]. And ofcourse if your child leans towards talking fine talk - but. I mean but, never forget your child is a child and will do things to test your limits and it will require you to punish that child in a corporal manner [ spanking ].

Let me give you an example: My father-in-law has this story. He tells me that when his youngest daughter was very small he asked her to do something and she freaked out. I mean started screaming, hitting the walls - you know, a tantrum. So he didn’t start telling her to stop - he just got up and spanked the living daylights out of her. You know what, she never did that again. And apparently she remembered that show of parental guidance [ force ] because he never had to spank her again. Maybe he knocked sense into her - that’s it's best to listen to dad or maybe she was just to fearful to openly burst out like that again. In either case she is now almost thirty with a husband and a child - and it didn't kill her.

But for you who might think that spanking your child is wrong - see the video below and take their advice.

School - Bye kids see you later

I was picking up my son from pre-k school today and I just happened to over hear this conversation - “I’m sorry - the darn waiting area is so small - how can I not over hear the conversation”...

school is funnyBut this mom was talking to another mom [ luckily I’m not the only Dad there…] about how she almost breaks down every morning when she brings her little girl to school. I could sympathize with her, I’m a man and I almost broke down when my son gave me those - your abandoning sorrowful tear filled eyes look.

Ofcourse the second Mom who of her own admission has way to many kids - said… “oh, I was so happy when school started, I finally got some free time again”. Not what the first mom was expecting to hear - in fact every one in the waiting room was a bit shocked [ but we pretended not to hear ]. Then the second mom went on to say - that after having the first one, the second, the third and the fourth - parting with them was pretty easy. Now she wakes up eager to take her kids to school. Hey, don’t get me wrong, I have my days where my two kids drive me to the point where I wonder - “why did I have kids, really?”

The thing is that it reminded me of how easily conditioned we are. You know - you think your in control and then you realize that your actions are not dictated by you or your desires. I’m sure every parent at one time thought - “hey my child is going to school so he can learn, be a doctor or something” then with out knowing it - we some how were trained to believe that our children going to school is way of us having free time. I know some parents that wish school was an all year event, heck make that an all day and year event.

Funny, we send our kids to be schooled [ politically correct way of saying - trained ]. They teach your kids how to read, how to interact, how to walk in a straight line. They condition them to fit into our society - I expect that. But when did the school system start conditioning parents - when did the school say they were the parents and we are just the daycare????
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