sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Q & A: Married with Children

Taking a hint and the lead from fellow blogger, Juliette, I'm going to do a few interviews and will post them here. I'm not speaking to anyone who participates in my blog. Perhaps you will find it interesting. Perhaps not. I'm simply throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks. Since Jules and I move in different circles, the people I pick and their reactions to the questions asked may be different than hers.

Name: Janet

Country: USA/Born in Switzerland

City of Residence: McLane, VA

Age and gender: 38

Uniformed military service: U. S. Navy, Commissioned Service (O-3) Nurse, 6 years

Occupation: Mother/former Victoria's Secret underwear model/former nurse

Formal education: Florida State University, BA

Informal education: Trained by my dog to fetch and carry to keep him happy.

Times married/current status: Once/married

Children: Three girls

Do you believe in God? What is your religion?

Yes/Latter-Day Saint (Mormon)

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?

I have this thing about rules. When people make rules that make little sense to me, I break them. If a sign says, "keep off the grass" and I can tell that it hasn't recently been seeded, I walk across it. If the sign at the outdoor cafe advises me not to feed the birds, I still feed them if they look hungry. If the sign says "wet paint", sometimes I touch it, just with my pinky finger. 

What is your greatest achievement?

Being able to turn my back on a career to be a stay-at-home mother. No success in life can compensate for failure in the home. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. I wish more women would understand this.

Over the past 12 months, what has been your greatest challenge?

We've moved. My husband has a job that causes us to move just about every three years, and that's a challenge. We moved again this year from Mexico to the USA and my girls are the only ones who seem to be enjoying the change. In Mexico City, I had two maids, a cook and was spoiled by the staff and a social life that revolved around the US Embassy. In Virginia, I am back to being the maid, chief cook, driver (no need for a security staff and armored car in the USA) and bottle washer. 

If you could go back in time to age 20 with your current life experience, what would you do differently?:

I would have hunted down my husband and would have dragged him down like a cheetah taking a gazelle and would have married him then (at age 20). I've had a good marriage. Adding a few years to the front end would have been even more fun. (I didn't know him when I was 20)

There is a 15 year old standing in front of you. What life advice would you give him/her?

Don't be afraid to break a rule now and then.

When you are an elderly person, sitting in your rocking chair and you look back on your life, what do you want to have achieved?

I want to have lived a life without significant regrets.

What is the meaning of life?

Life is a process of learning. Unless you put your hand on a hot stove from time to time, you're not learning much. 

Putin-Obama-Iran Axis

Context and Precedence: Iran negotiated to buy the Russian S-300 air defense missile system in 2007, but the Russians canceled delivery of that system in 2010 shortly before it was to be delivered. The S-300 system is one of if not the best air defense systems in the world and was purchased to protect Iranian nuclear weapons plants from attacks by the US and Israel.

Yesterday, Russian Federation President Putin canceled that September 2010 decree that banned the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said, "It was done in good faith for the sake of stimulating progress in the negotiations. We believe that at this stage the need for this kind of embargo, and for a separate voluntary Russian embargo, has completely disappeared."
Moscow also announced that is has begun an oil-for-goods swap with Iran. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov said Moscow is supplying Iran with grain, equipment and building materials under an ongoing barter agreement. Russia reportedly is buying up to 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil per day as payment for Russian equipment and goods.
Some commentators suggested that deploying this system will trigger an Israeli air raid against Iran before the system is operational, just to destroy the system.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Steinitz said this is what comes from legitimization, referring to the US-Iranian nuclear pseudo-agreement.

Vladimir Putin enjoys (metaphorically) pulling President Obama's trousers down around his ankles on a regular basis. This announcement will likely provoke other nations to "barter with Iran" rather than sell to Iran (in violation of sanctions agreements), weakening the sanctions that President Obama claims can be "snapped back" if/when Iran cheats on their arrangement to 'slow the production of nuclear weapons'. 

Barack Obama is looking for SOMETHING to hang his eight failed years in the presidency on. He thought that it would be ObamaCare, but that has come apart at the seams. The Iran nuclear deal was something that he planned to spin into a success (until Iran destroyed a couple of Israeli cities with the bomb) as part of his legacy.

Will Obama go out as the worst president in US history (ahead of Jimmy Carter)? Oh yeah.