Monday, May 31, 2010

Due Carrarae5

The camping club of Padova was invited by the city to attend their 4
days of ivents. So we went. They tried but it was pretty much a
disappointment. Not many people attending. One of the big events was
an antique tractor plowing race of sorts. What else can I say.

Apple Fritters

Julia and I made apple frittes for her class report.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Due Carrare

Here we are in Due Carrare at little two south of Padova.  They invited people with campers to come and enjoy the festivities on this long weekend.  We got treated to a free breakfast and some goodies including a polo shirt with the town logo on it and a speech from the mayor.  There are only about 12 campers here so far, more on the way.  It's a nice town, very old; not so different from a lot of similar ones.  We are about to take a tour on bikes and later will ride an open English bus to see an old villa, then tomorrow the kids will enjoy and medieval jousting competition.  I will post some pictures.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Political Rant

I spent some time writing this on Facebook and thought I might as well give it a little more coverage.  It started as an answer as to why it is in the minds of some ok to criticize Bush but not Obama.  Keep in mind that I am not opposed to legitimate criticism of the President whoever he is.   Don't worry happy pictures coming next.

In order to understand this one must step back and take an unbiased look at the overall picture.  Really take a hard look at what is being done to try and destroy the effectiveness of the government for the sole purpose of getting back in power.  Ask yourself some questions, did Obama start two wars, did he take us from a budget surplus to a huge deficit, would you now give up your ability to have health insurance even if you get cancer, would you have preferred that the country went into a massive depression instead of getting on the road to recovery, will you be happy if the Tea Party gives the country back to the big corporations, the health insurance industry, etc.  Are you a member of the rich ruling class that profited most under Bush or are you a member of the middle class that Obama struggles to help.  Do you know that the average tax paid by Americans is only 9% of their income.  Who would more tax cuts help?  Do you know that the percentage of Americans who have before tax TOTAL family income of around 100,000 is only about 10 or 15 percent.   Do you think the US is morally justified in invading two countries and starting wars that have resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives including many thousands of Americans and the displacement of millions from their homes, all done under the justification of the 9/11 attack and the so called war on terrorism.  By the way where is Ben Laden?

Ask yourself where is all this hate directed at the President really coming form. Is it really coming from all the people out of work because of the Bush administration policies or is it being promoted by rich talk show hosts standing on the backs of their listeners and others who stand to profit the most from a Republican administration.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Some recent events have made it more clear than ever that we should not be envious or jealous of those who seem to have more or appear to have the perfect life.  They can be kicked in the gut at any moment just like anyone else.  Their world can come crashing down around them in moments as can everyone's.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

American Indians

So the school had a nice program for the 4th and 5th grades. It was
about traveling around the World and appreciationg all the various
cultures. I thought it was interesting that they protrayed Americans
as Indians, that is Native Americans. Not a great picture but you can
get the idea.