Monday, February 6, 2012

Firm Bounderies ...From Paris

After a while, it struck me that most French descriptions of American kids include this phrase "n'importe quoi," meaning "whatever" or "anything they like." It suggests that the American kids don't have firm boundaries, that their parents lack authority, and that anything goes. It's the antithesis of the French ideal of the cadre, or frame, that French parents often talk about. Cadre means that kids have very firm limits about certain things—that's the frame—and that the parents strictly enforce these. But inside the cadre, French parents entrust their kids with quite a lot of freedom and autonomy.

Authority is one of the most impressive parts of French parenting—and perhaps the toughest one to master. Many French parents I meet have an easy, calm authority with their children that I can only envy. Their kids actually listen to them. French children aren't constantly dashing off, talking back, or engaging in prolonged negotiations

American 'Overparenting' ?...From Paris

...Yet the French have managed to be involved with their families without becoming obsessive. They assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children, and that there is no need to feel guilty about this. "For me, the evenings are for the parents," one Parisian mother told me. "My daughter can be with us if she wants, but it's adult time." French parents want their kids to be stimulated, but not all the time. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are—by design—toddling around by themselves.
I'm hardly the first to point out that middle-class America has a parenting problem. This problem has been painstakingly diagnosed, critiqued and named: overparenting, hyperparenting, helicopter parenting, and my personal favorite, the kindergarchy. Nobody seems to like the relentless, unhappy pace of American parenting, least of all parents themselves.

Let Me Get This Straight ...From Paris

Really, Yossarian?  Of ALL the photographs of Giselle, THIS is the BEST you can do?  Really Yo.  You should try a little harder...

Big night for NBC

A record 111.3 million people tuned in to watch the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots Sunday night in the Super Bowl...

Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments

Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control.

Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees.

“Never before, unprecedented in American history, for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church,” said Catholic League head Bill Donohue.

Already Archbishop Timothy Dolan has spoken out against the law and priests around the country have mobilized, reading letters from the pulpit. Donohue said Catholic officials will stop at nothing to put a stop to it.

Obama still frustrated by Constitutional limits placed on government.

During an interview that aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show, President Obama said that he gets "better as time goes on" at his job and that he believes the grassroots movement that propelled him to victory in 2008 will help him win a second term.

"What's frustrated people is that I've not been able to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes. But what we have been able to do is move in the right direction," Obama said.

The Hill article here.

President Obama has said on more than one occasion he is frustrated with the limits placed on government by the Constitution. I can't thank the Founding Fathers enough for placing limits on government and inhibiting Big Government types like Mr. Obama.

Gingrich stops trying to get on Va. ballot

...he didn't get the necassary 10,000 signatures in his state of residence. It plays into the theme that Gingrich is not a good administrator or leader, and lacks organizational skills.

Washington Examiner:

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich dropped his legal effort to get on Virginia's primary ballot after failing to qualify for the state's March 6 election.

Gingrich's legal team informed the U.S. District Court in Richmond on Saturday that the former House Speaker was voluntarily dismissing the case. Virginia had already sent out absentee ballots to disabled and military voters and it was unlikely the judge would have interfered with that process.

Gingrich, a Virginia resident, failed to submit the 10,000 valid signatures necessary to qualify for Virginia's presidential primary ballot. His campaign sought legal relief, joining a lawsuit launched by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who also fell short of the threshold.

Gisele Bundchen blames husband Tom Brady's receivers for Super Bowl loss

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen had no qualms in telling friends who she thought was to blame for her husband Tom Brady's New England Patriots' Super Bowl defeat.

His receivers.

Standing at an elevator after the game with some other Patriots' wives and hangers-on, Gisele was videotaped -- over the loud taunts of heckling New York Giants fans --saying "I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times. My husband can not f***ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time."

The whole supermodel tirade story here.


Is she to be commended for standing by her man, or criticized for hurting team moral? My take is she can say anything she wants, anytime she wants to say it. Come on, look at her--she's Gisele Bundchen.

Alberto Contador stripped of 2010 Tour de France title, banned two years for doping

Matt Brooks:
It took two years, but the doping allegations facing Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador have finally caught up to him.

Contador tested positive for a banned substance during the 2010 Tour de France — which he went on to win. At the time, he blamed the positive test on contaminated meat and was later cleared by the Spanish cycling federation, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport came to a different decision.

On Monday, CAS rejected Contador’s tainted meat claim, suspended the three-time Tour champion for two years and stripped him of the 2010 title .

New 'hidden' mortgage fee will pay for payroll tax cut.

...nothing is really ever cut in Washington.

CBS reporting:

Just before Christmas, American workers got a rare gift from Washington politicians -the current payroll tax cut would be extended for two more months.

At the time, both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner lauded the move to avoid a tax increase for millions of working Americans.

But there's something the politicians weren't bragging about - the fact that they're paying for the two-month tax cut with what has turned into a brand new fee on home buyers.

The new fee is a minimum of one-tenth of 1 percent on Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed loans, and is likely to go much higher.

It will be imposed for the next 10 years on most mortgages and refinancings and it lasts for the life of the loan.