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September 28, 2009

Confessions of one who has dared entertain the idea of homeschooling…

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..and lived to tell about it.

I just read this Salon article, Confessions of a Home-Schooler, by Andrew O’Hehir, and I come away from it nodding my head and shrugging my shoulders in a “Yeah, I can identify” sort of way. 

No, our children aren’t school-aged yet, and yes, we have a great Catholic school in our community that we plan on sending them to once they’re there. 

But I will admit that the thought of homeschooling has crossed my mind a number of times, and–like O’Hehir mentions–it’s not because I’m some sort of denim-jumper wearing, Bible-thumping Christian (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  And it’s not even due to recent news stories like this and this (although they’re certainly up there on the list.) 

It’s a whole number of different things, from the seemingly minute (“I don’t want to surrender my kids for so long at so young”) to the arguably more important (“I can’t believe some of the stuff they’re teaching my kindergartner!”) 

I also know a lot of people who either homeschool their children, have been homeschooled themselves and still somehow manage to be normal, socialized human beings (note the sarcasm, please), or who, like me, dare to entertain the mere thought in the dark corners of their minds, and who find themselves pilloried for even mentioning it in certain sectors.  So, yes, I identified a lot with the Salon writer’s thoughts.  As someone who wasn’t homeschooled and isn’t currently homeschooling, I sometimes ironically find myself in conversations where I feel as though I am a defender of the Homeschooling Unclean.

I can also remember the 13 long years of mind-numbing boredom I suffered during my schooling years, and I retroactively realize the amount of everyone’s most precious commodity–TIME– that could have been saved and savored had it just been me learning at home, by myself.  (Which brings to mind #14 in the bitter homeschooler’s wish list, linked below:  “Stop assuming that because the word ‘school’ is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we’re into the ‘school’ side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don’t have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.”

If you’re reading this and find the usual “Yeah, buts” popping into your brain, I highly suggest reading the article.  Just the stats on what kind of and how many people in this country choose this for their families is staggering–and probably underreported.  If you’re still not convinced (and no one said you have to be) at least read “The Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List” by Deborah Markus so that you don’t accidentally fall into any of the annoying habits of non-homeschooling Concerned People.  I read it, and nearly fell off my chair laughing. 

For the sake of total clarity and transparency, I have by no means been a life-long advocate of homeschooling, and at this point, we’re sending our kids to our local Catholic school.  Homeschooling was never an idea that would have made sway in my brain even five years ago.  But parenthood is a surprising enterprise, and it sometimes takes us places we would have never before imagined.

And I would still never be caught dead in a denim jumper.

September 16, 2009

Everything that’s fit to print…

…but isn’t by the soon-to-be obsolete mainstream media.  (NBC, ABC, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The New York Times):

1) First and foremost, the corruption that is being uncovered at Obama’s favorite grassroots organization, ACORN.  If this were a Republican administration, and ACORN was a Republican venture, Glenn Beck, James O’Keefe, and Hannah Giles would all be winning Pulitzers for investigative journalism and uncovering corruption.  However, since this is so all-out incriminating and embarrassing for liberals and President Obama, the decrepit dinosaurs of media and print (mentioned above) have felt it best to ignore…completely…even though the Senate has voted to cut all federal funding to the group by a huge margin, and the Census has also cut ties.

O'Keefe and Giles undercover (hilarious)

O'Keefe and Giles undercover (hilarious)

 2) The downplaying by the media of the million or more people who showed up in DC last Saturday, and the subsequent attempts to portray all of them–and anyone else who doesn’t agree with the agenda and spending by this administration–as nothing more than fringe racists.  (Not to mention Joe Wilson, who was right.)

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3) The murder of pro-life activist Jim Pouillion in Michigan last week.  Obama finally got around to issuing a statement.  We have yet to hear from abortion promoting groups Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, NOW, and others.  Do note that the pro-life movement didn’t incriminate the entire pro-abortion industry for the actions of a single lunatic among the many statements issued in the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller.  And we didn’t even blame Olbermann…

From the above link:

David Bass, a writer at the American Spectator, noticed the juxtaposition.

“A growing sidebar of the James Pouillon murder (he was gunned down while peacefully protesting outside an abortion clinic in Owosso, Michigan) is the silence of national pro-choice organizations,” he writes today.

“I ran a quick search, and none of the biggies … have issued statements condemning the murder,” he says. “President Obama was late to the party, but he did end up issuing a statement on the killing.”

“On its home page, the National Abortion Federation gives top billing to mourning the loss of Ted Kennedy and to remembering George Tiller, whom NAF calls ‘an American hero,'” he adds.

Bass notes the contrast between the responses from pro-life and pro-abortion organizations.

“In contrast, a number of pro-life groups issued statements the day of Tiller’s death condemning acts of violence in the heated abortion debate (National Right to Life and Americans United for Life, to name two),” he said. “Naturally, pro-choice groups put out their own releases. But the non-existent response from abortion advocates over the cold-blooded murder of Pouillon – a man standing up for life and exercising his constitutional rights – should give us pause.”

“Could be that one side in this debate does, in fact, value human life more than the other,” Bass asks.

 

 

 
 

 

  

 

 

September 11, 2009

CFLs: Just plain dumb.

Filed under: environment,politics — by lindyborer @ 6:35 pm
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Losing American jobs to China, while endangering the health of Chinese workers, all for crappy light that is hazardous to our own health?  Sounds fantastic!

Stock up on your beloved incandescents, folks.  They’ll be gone by 2012. 

America’s Dim Bulbs

Never forget.

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The person who shot this clip set up his camera on his balcony 1 block away from the scene and left, unknowingly catching the second plane hitting the south tower:

Words are not enough.

Common sense questions on healthcare

Some common sense questions for Barack Obama (via gop.gov. and Gateway Pundit):

President Barack Obama: “Our collective failure to meet this challenge – year after year, decade after decade – has led us to the breaking point.”
Common Sense Question: If we are at the “breaking point,” then why doesn’t your government-run insurance plan start until 2013?

President Barack Obama: “There are now 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.”
Common Sense Question: On August 20, you said 46 million Americans were uninsured. What happened to 16 million Americans?

President Barack Obama: “And every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.”
Common Sense Question: Does that mean 15 million Americans will lose their health care before your government plan starts in 2013?

President Barack Obama: “We spend one and a half times more per person on health care than any other country, but we aren’t any healthier for it.”
Common Sense Question: Then why do people travel from around the world to receive health care in the United States?

President Barack Obama: “Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing else even comes close.”
Common Sense Question: Didn’t the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office say that the health care plan you have endorsed will add $239 billion to our annual deficits over the next ten years?

President Barack Obama: “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.”
Common Sense Question: If we can pay for “most” of health care reform by controlling waste and inefficiency, then why does a $900 billion health care plan include $820 billion in tax increases?

President Barack Obama: “…no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.”
Common Sense Question: Do you object to House Democrats defeating an amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup that would have explicitly prohibited federal funding of abortion under a government-run health care plan?

President Barack Obama: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future.”
Common Sense Question: Do you oppose the House Democrat health care plan, H.R. 3200, which the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said will add $239 billion to our annual deficits over the next ten years and “would probably generate substantial increases in federal budget deficits” thereafter? If so, which Democrat plan are you going to support?

President Barack Obama: “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan…the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over the next 10 years…”
Common Sense Question: If there is so much “waste and inefficiency” in Medicare and Medicaid – two government-run health care plans – then won’t further government involvement in health care lead to further “waste and inefficiency”?

President Barack Obama: “And I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead. If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen.”
Common Sense Question: Will you agree to meet with House Republican leaders to discuss health care reform, as they requested almost four months ago?

September 1, 2009

Who can tax the sunrise?

Filed under: Humor,politics,tax and spend — by lindyborer @ 7:58 am
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The government can!  Sing it with me!  Everyone!

So, so funny.

Have I mentioned I hate CFLs?

Filed under: environment,This and that... — by lindyborer @ 7:17 am

cflstandardThose of you who know me on a close personal level know my revulsion to the latest way the environmentalists are reaching their ever-growing tentacles into our homes and our lives:  the Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb. 

 You know what I’m talking about:  The ugly-as-sin coiling lightbulbs that cast a cool (and unflattering) pallor over everyone and everything in a room.  I was reminded again of my discontent as I read Ann Althouse’s blog  post this morning over my coffee.  She, too, is stockpiling incandescent light bulbs, a habit I picked up awhile back when I realized that they’re slowly being phased out.  She expresses the loss so well that I’m copying it here:

Last week, I walked through a beautiful Art Deco building lobby and hallway, where there were gorgeous bronze light fixtures that no longer glowed: The incandescent light bulbs had been replaced by fluorescents. The whole look of the interior was destroyed. I felt like crying. All of our rooms and lobbies and hallways are about to have the life sucked out of them, by a Congress that has no feeling for beauty and the effect of light on human emotions.

Yeah, it’s a damn shame.  One blogger describes the people pushing these this way:  “These are the same people that think that tofu is a good substitute for steak.”  He nailed it, there.

One of the first changes we made after moving into this house was to replace the fluorescent lighting in the bathroom and kitchen.  It was one of the best decisions we made.  I felt like I was walking into an igloo each morning as I went to make coffee, and women know the horrifying effects of fluorescent lighting on their complexions.  Retail stores, in particular, should be worried for their clothing sales once all the lighting in the dressing room areas are lit by CFLs.  Trying on bathing suits is hard enough without having fluorescent lighting highlight every flaw.  

Before someone suggests that we try out some CFLs, I’d like to point out that we just did.  And they’re already gone.  Supposedly, they last double the time incandescents do.  Not in our experience.  We bought some for a new ceiling fan; they began this annoying flickering the second night, and one burned out on the third.  They were replaced soon after.  They take about two minutes to warm up, and most importantly, THEY ARE FLOURESCENT.   

One more gripe about these monstrosities:  They contain low levels of mercury, which–if not properly recycled–leach into the air and ground at the landfill.  They require special disposal, which most states have not allowed for.  If you happen to break one in your home, you find youself wondering if you just nuked your fetus as you cleaned it up.  NPR even has addressed this issue.  Given the justified worry over mercury in common vaccinations given to children and pregnant women via the flu shot, one wonders whether these concerns have placed certain sectors of the liberal, anti-vaccination, pro-environment crowd in somewhat of a pickle.  

Count this as one more little way that the government–via the well-meaning environmentalist crowd–are hindering private innovation and encroaching on our day-to-day existence.  One wonders if they didn’t read the bill and didn’t realize that they outlawed incandescent lighting.  (Now, since when does Congress just not read bills?!?)

Sidenote:  Read the comments at the Althouse link.  Very interesting and humorous:  “Dim bulbs Macht Frei!”

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