Tuesday, July 28, 2009
updated 12:16 a.m. ET June 21, 2009
Two days before the inauguration, PARADE published a letter from Barack Obama to his daughters about what he hoped for them and all the children of America . The letter attracted international attention. On this Father's Day, we asked the President to reflect on what fatherhood means to him.
As the father of two young girls who have shown such poise, humor, and patience in the unconventional life into which they have been thrust, I mark this Father’s Day — our first in the White House — with a deep sense of gratitude. One of the greatest benefits of being President is that I now live right above the office. I see my girls off to school nearly every morning and have dinner with them nearly every night. It is a welcome change after so many years out on the campaign trail and commuting between Chicago and Capitol Hill.
As an adult, working as a community organizer and later as a legislator, I would often walk through the streets of Chicago’s South Side and see boys marked by that same absence — boys without supervision or direction or anyone to help them as they struggled to grow into men. I identified with their frustration and disengagement — with their sense of having been let down. In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence — both in my life and in the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference.
That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well — but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.
And it’s not enough to just be physically present. Too often, especially during tough economic times like these, we are emotionally absent: distracted, consumed by what’s happening in our own lives, worried about keeping our jobs and paying our bills, unsure if we’ll be able to give our kids the same opportunities we had.
Our children can tell. They know when we’re not fully there. And that disengagement sends a clear message — whether we mean it or not — about where among our priorities they fall. So we need to step out of our own heads and tune in. We need to turn off the television and start talking with our kids, and listening to them, and understanding what’s going on in their lives. We need to set limits and expectations. We need to replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done. We need to say to our daughters, Don’t ever let images on TV tell you what you are worth, because I expect you to dream without limit and reach for your goals. We need to tell our sons, Those songs on the radio may glorify violence, but in our house, we find glory in achievement, self-respect, and hard work.
We need to realize that we are our children’s first and best teachers. When we are selfish or inconsiderate, when we mistreat our wives or girlfriends, when we cut corners or fail to control our tempers, our children learn from that — and it’s no surprise when we see those behaviors in our schools or on our streets.
But it also works the other way around. When we work hard, treat others with respect, spend within our means, and contribute to our communities, those are the lessons our children learn. And that is what so many fathers are doing every day — coaching soccer and Little League, going to those school assemblies and parent-teacher conferences, scrimping and saving and working that extra shift so their kids can go to college. They are fulfilling their most fundamental duty as fathers: to show their children, by example, the kind of people they want them to become.
It is rarely easy. There are plenty of days of struggle and heartache when, despite our best efforts, we fail to live up to our responsibilities. I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes. I have lost count of all the times, over the years, when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood. There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away, and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters’ lives that I’d never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept.
But on this Father’s Day, I think back to the day I drove Michelle and a newborn Malia home from the hospital nearly 11 years ago — crawling along, miles under the speed limit, feeling the weight of my daughter’s future resting in my hands. I think about the pledge I made to her that day: that I would give her what I never had — that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father. I knew that day that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless she had every opportunity in hers. And I knew I had an obligation, as we all do, to help create those opportunities and leave a better world for her and all our children
On this Father’s Day, I am recommitting myself to that work, to those duties that all parents share: to build a foundation for our children’s dreams, to give them the love and support they need to fulfill them, and to stick with them the whole way through, no matter what doubts we may feel or difficulties we may face. That is my prayer for all of us on this Father’s Day, and that is my hope for this nation in the months and years ahead.
© 2009 Parade Magazine. All rights reserved.
See the shots taken inside the plane before it crashed … how shocking!..
Photos taken from the GOL B 737 aircraft accident in Brazil
The two photos attached above were apparently taken by one of the passengers in the B737, after the collision and before the aircraft crashed. The photos were retrieved from the camera's memory stick. You will never get to see photos like this. In the first photo there is a gaping hole in the fuselage through which you can see the tailplane and vertical fin of the aircraft. In the second photo one of the passengers is being sucked out of the gaping hole. Photos taken inside the plane.
These photos were found in a digital Casio Z750, amidst the remains in Serra do Cachimbo. Although the camera was destroyed, the Memory Stick was recovered. Investigating the serial number of the camera the owner could be identified, as Paulo G. Muller, an actor of a theatre for children known in the outskirts of Porto Alegre It can be imagined that he was standing during the impact with the Embraer Legacy, and during the turbulence he managed to take these photos, seconds after the tail loss the aircraft plunged, so the camera was found near the cockpit. The structural stress probably ripped the engines away, diminishing the falling speed, protecting the electronic equipment but not, unfortunately, the victims. Paulo Muller leaves behind two daughters, Bruna and Beatriz, from a previous relationship.
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The TV kicks explodes the diamond energy water advertisement.
The diamond hydraulic engine user, please immediately examine the kidney!!! ?Please immediately forward for all diamond hydraulic engine user, the boundless beneficence!!! Diamond hydraulic engine user infection renal glomerulus nephritis - Miss Li 32 years old, every year have the custom which the routine whole body examines, in February, 2006, Miss Li has installed bench drill quarry water machine, after starts to live has drunk the lu water, in April, 2006 does the routine whole body examines when detected infects the renal glomerulus nephritis, the kidney function started to decline. According to knows Malaysia , Singapore and Hong Kong had the multi-people to infect.
Diamond hydraulic engine backwoods coli serious exceeding the allowed figure. Diamond hydraulic engine user Mr. Chen, in, 2006 has June installed bench drill quarry water machine, after starts to live has drunk the lu water, felt the body is ill, the daily stomach flows swiftly many times, the proxy explanation is the change for the better response, Mr. Chen did not feel relieved, after therefore has handed over the lu water the chemical examination to analyze voluntarily, the result is backwoods coli serious exceeding the allowed figure. Therefore Mr.Chen draws back immediately machine. The wired news kicks explodes the diamond energy water advertisement.
鑽石水機用戶感染腎小球腎炎- 李小姐32 歲，每年都有例行全身檢驗的習慣，2006
年2 月，李小姐安裝了一台鑽石水機，開始生飲過瀘後的水，2006 年4月作例行全身
鑽石水機用戶陳先生，2006 年6月安裝了一台鑽石水機，開始生飲過瀘後的水，感 到
身體不適，每天肚瀉多次，代理解釋為好轉反應，陳先生不放心，於是自行把過瀘 後 的
Neda Agha-Soltan, a beautiful 26-year-old philosophy student whose murder has made her a martyr to the Iranian opposition, was determined to support the protesters, friend and music teacher Hamid Panahi said.
Panahi is the frantic man seen in the graphic 40-second YouTube video that made Soltan an international icon.
"Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, Neda dear," Panahi told her repeatedly. "Don't be afraid."
Neda's fiancé, Kaspin Makan, said she didn't support either side in Iran's recent disputed election, saying she simply "wanted freedom for all."
"We were stuck in traffic and we got out and stood to watch, and without her throwing a rock or anything they shot her," Panahi said. "It was just one bullet."
Neda studied philosophy at Tehran University and took Turkish language courses to become a tour guide. She has been described by family and friends as gentle and mischievous.
Friday, July 17, 2009
1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but fewer than 10)
2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
3. Add 5
4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator
5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1759 ...
If you haven't, add 1758.
6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born
You should have a three digit number
The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).
The next two numbers are
YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)