The Clintonistas are behaving abominably at the Rules Committee meeting.
The Clintonistas are behaving abominably at the Rules Committee meeting.
Please sign in the comments to fight against the awful unlawful discrimination that the Scripps National Spelling Bee is showing against homeschoolers. I will add your name and/or handle to the bottom of this post and then forward it to the appropriate
trash receptacle authorities.
UPDATE: Please feel free to pass along a link to this petition and to the “Discrimination” post. The finals are not until tonight. It’s not too late to boost the HEK numbers if we all rally together and get the word out. Call Michelle Malkin! Call WND!! Call HSLDA!!! Call the ACLU!!!! Call GWB!!!!! Call everybody!!!!!!
UPDATE II: In the interest of gathering data I forced myself to watch that travesty of a “contest” last night. Not a single HEK to be found. Proof positive that Scripps bogusfully discriminated against the homeschooled.
Whereas homeschoolers have dominated the Scripps National Spelling Bee and by all rights ought to dominate it every year and
Whereas the percentage of homeschoolers in the 2008 version of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is actually lower than last year’s and
Whereas this decreased percentage is prima facie evidence of a vast conspiracy against homeschoolers
Therefore, Be it Resolved That
Uninformed Undersigned will boycott all Scripps products until said situation is rectified. This boycott shall include all newspapers (owned by Scripps or not) and all online and over-the-air sources of (so called) news. Yes,we shall stay completely ignorant of all current events until homeschooled kids make up at least 95% of the finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Daryl Cobranchi, Ph.D.
Darren X, J.D.
J.J. Ross, Ed.D.
Lady Karen of the Bullshit
A surefire way to reduce the abortion rate among teens: Marry ’em off at 11 and get ’em pregnant at 12.
Abstinence education works
A recent editorial and accompanying articles and letters clearly indicate that the move is on once again to impose amoral Planned Parenthood-style sexuality instruction upon public school students in Cumberland County.
Reports drafted by NARAL (an abortion lobby), the ACLU and Planned Parenthood chastise our county schools for failure on the part of its abstinence-education teachers to provide students all of the information they need to protect themselves from teen pregnancies and STDs.
To begin with, it should be noted that none of these activists are educators in any meaningful sense of the term. However, they do have close ties with many in the health-education field and work hand-in-glove with them.
In the mid-’80s, these groups introduced a Family Life Education program. Many of us objected to its potpourri of medical inaccuracies; e.g., homosexual behavior is normative, virtually no information on STDs, other odd descriptions of family relationships — all served up in an unpalatable values-neutral sauce.
The flagrant inaccuracies were hammered, and the condom classes were rebuffed by parents and a level-headed school board.
In that period ages 15 to 19 pregnancy rates ran 120-plus per 1,000. Today, after over a decade of abstinence instruction, they stand at 73.1 (an average of 2003 to 2005 stats). HIV infections are down, as are other STDs among most youth.
A secret: pregnancy is quite normal for girls ages 15 to 19 who are married.
Rev. Jeffrey C. Long
The evidence is incontrovertible that abstinence-only education does not work. But that would be scientific evidence. For those who live in the reality-based universe, that would imply that we should look to alternatives. For those who live in the Bizarro universe, that just means we should throw more money at it. After all, what do scientists and statisticians know, anyway?
At the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year there were 36 homeschoolers out of a total of 286 spellers (12.587%). This year there are only 36 out of 288 spellers (12.500%). Obviously, Scripps has set up this bogus contest to exclude homeschoolers. I call for a boycott of whatever it is they make! Call
up the cavalry HSLDA!!!
I haven’t given up hope (yet) that I’ll convince the Clintonistas that supporting McCain would be counter-productive. I don’t know that I’m making a whole lot of progress.
I really don’t like Subway’s food very much. In fact, I remember the exact date I last ate in one. April 18, 2005. But I think I’ll make a visit or two this week, just to counteract the loons.
As COD points out in the comments, Our Lady of the Concentration Camps has now weighed in on the fucking Subway “controversy.” She points to an protest essay from some home educators. I left a snarky comment.
I’ll point out that Doc has found the most insane response (yet) to Subwaygate.
I broke down and bought an HDTV. We only had analog cable, so we had to upgrade to digital and then Hi-Def. For the last few days we’ve been watching the TV with the analog signal going through the VCR. No cable box at all. Today Time-Warner sent the tech to install the new & improved cable. I was psyched. For about 30 seconds.
The dirty little secret is that for all of the non-HD channels, analog is a far superior signal. And for the HD channels, there appears to be no difference on a 720p TV.
So, for an extra $30 or $40 per month you get a whole bunch of channels that you’ll never watch and a crappy picture on about 75% of them.
From the NYT:
The Value of Breast Milk
Re “For an All-Organic Formula, Baby, That’s Sweet” (front page, May 19):
You report that health-conscious Americans are paying a premium to feed their babies Similac Organic, a sugar-sweetened formula made from cow’s milk.
Memo to yoga moms: the healthy alternative to factory formula isn’t organic factory formula. It’s breast milk.
Mother’s milk is naturally made to meet the special needs of babies from the moment they are born. Breast-fed children have a lower risk of infection and death during infancy, and they exhibit lower rates of childhood leukemia, diabetes, asthma and obesity.
Women who breast-feed their babies have reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, as well as breast and ovarian cancer. And unlike a cleverly marketed substitute, mother’s milk is free.
Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health
New York City Health Department
New York, May 21, 2008
This is really one of the main reasons. I didn’t want any of my kids to be thrown under the bus.
Analytical chemists have long used a tool called the triangle for explaining to customers the facts of life. On the corners of the triangle are written the words Accurate, Cheap, and Fast. The customer with a request is told that they can only choose two. They can have have a cheap and fast test, but it won’t be accurate. Or they can have accuracy at a low cost, but it will take some time to develop and to signal average.
NASA has their own version of the triangle, that they call Faster, Better, Cheaper. But they try to deliver all three. Predictably, it hasn’t worked out so well.
Later today they’ll have the latest installment of Faster, Better, Cheaper. I hope they beat the odds.
WorldNutDaily picks up the Subway contest kerfuffle. Sadly, our friend Valerie Moon plays a starring role.
BTW, the local listservs have been buzzing with controversy all day. Maybe I’m just not a good home educator anymore, but I just can’t get worked up over these tempestuous teapots.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned women not to use or purchase Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises Inc. of San Rafael, California.
The cream, promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe dry or cracked nipples, contains ingredients that may cause respiratory distress, vomiting and diarrhea in infants, the agency said.
The potentially harmful ingredients in the cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol.
“FDA is particularly concerned that nursing infants are being unwittingly exposed by their mothers to this product with dangerous side effects,” said Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Additionally, these two ingredients may interact with one another to further compound and increase the risk of respiratory depression in nursing infants.”
The company has stopped selling the cream. The FDA said consumers should stop using the cream and consult a doctor if they experience problems or believe that their infant may have experienced problems due to the product.
Mothers whose children may have suffered adverse effects because of this product should contact the FDA’s MedWatch at 800-332-1088.
Lydia (’86) and I (’84) strongly support the students and faculty who are protesting GWB’s address to the Furman community.
Here’s the petition.
Another episode of the never-ending tale of Life in Fayetteville.
Bible predicts distress, food shortage
The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as well as the agricultural community, has warned of great risk to the global food supply. The combination of drought and bio-fuel production, along with other natural disasters, continue to diminish supply and rapidly increase prices.
A recent report indicates that wheat disease, known as stem-rust or fungus, is now affecting Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe; this strain is resistant to even hybrid germination. The shortages are affecting trade and commerce as well as threatening the lives of billions across four continents. Wal-Mart recently placed limits on rice purchases in all Sam’s Club stores across the United States.
The Bible indicates a time of great distress for all nations when a day’s wages will barely be sufficient to provide food for a single individual. The Apostle James, speaking of this future moment, declares that the wealthy will weep and howl, looking after the misery that has come upon them, their gold and silver will be worthless, though they have heaped up great wealth for the last days (James 5). The new commerce will be much like that of the ancient world, where agriculture will be of great demand and used as currency. War and conflict will increase as nations seek to stabilize their leadership and the demand of their citizens under the affects of persistent famine.
Food shortages are no laughing matter, but I’m pretty sure we don’t have to invoke eschatology to explain them.
And, BTW, there was never a shortage of rice at Sam’s Clubs, at least not the long grain rice Americans typically consume. Restaurants were prevented from hoarding basmati and jasmine rice which locally was in short supply due to cuts in exports from the Far East.
I have a feeling that Evolved Homeschoolers will generally find themselves in agreement. Read it here and then email the appropriate parties.
This is fairly typical for the sick bastards on the right. Justice would be served by Savage contracting some rare horrible disfiguring disease and dying an agonizing death. But I write this only to honor the (alleged) man, of course.
I’m probably more paranoid about the gov’t than the average American– I still refuse to fill out the census form– but this entire article strikes me as badly written fiction. We’re supposed to believe that a pastor and the college where he teaches were threatened by
the Men in Black federal agents because he told a group of boy scouts to read the Bill of Rights. And then there’s this bit:
Alex Jones’ 2001 documentary film 9/11: The Road to Tyranny featured footage from a FEMA symposium given to firefighters and other emergency personnel in Kansas City in which it was stated that the founding fathers, Christians and homeschoolers were terrorists and should be treated with the utmost suspicion and brutality in times of national emergency.
Joanne Jacobs notes that not all countries have adopted the college über alles model. Of course, homeschoolers have known this forever.
I’m looking for a standard def TV 32″ diagonal. No one seems to sell tube TVs anymore. Does anyone have a suggestion?
An interesting lede that I don’t believe:
About 13 percent of Americans say they believe in evolution, and 11-year-old Nathan Tasker was feeling ready to take them on last week.
The rest of the piece is worth a read. Just make sure there’s a nice clear spot on the wall to bang your head.
BTW, Lydia attended CHAP a couple of times. She didn’t go to the creationism seminars, though.
One of the dumber statements I’ve seen lately:
Surveys show that drivers have been changing their habits in order to cut fuel costs. They’re doing things like shopping for cheaper gas or putting less in the tank instead of filling up.
Actually, in a time of high inflation, it costs more to buy two half-tanks than one whole one.
This morning I made a real gas-saving change– I biked to work.
The mom who (allegedly) perpetrated the MySpace bullying/hoax that led to a young teen’s suicide has been indicted. Until today it looked like she was going to get off.
What’s the difference between the g-schools and a jail? Not a whole lot, I guess:
Schools have rules, and that’s how it should be
In response to “Kids take a stand — or not — on pledge rule” (front page, May 10): “Absence of order” is how Webster’s Dictionary describes anarchy. Order, rules, regulations, laws. We have them in our country, in our homes, in our schools, in every part of our daily lives. Without them our lives would be chaos. Our country would fall apart. The world as a whole would destroy itself.
At what point did we make our personal expression more important than the glue that holds our world together? Expression is important and the world needs it for countless reasons. But since when is it wrong to punish a child in school who doesn’t follow the rules? The schools are run by our government. Why? That’s a whole other discussion.
Children are in school not only to learn academics but also how to follow rules. We tell them what, where, when and how they have to learn. Remember people, these are public schools. As long as they are, your children (and mine) need to follow the rules. If you don’t like it, move them to another school or home school them. Don’t just throw out the rule book because some kid doesn’t feel like standing up. Where would we stop?
DERIK SCHNAGL, MONTICELLO, MINN.
I’m having a bit of a debate with the local Hillary supporters. I don’t know why but I just keep hearing “uppity.” What do y’all think?
at local Hillary supporters. Today’s QOTD:
They said they believe Clinton is the more experienced candidate and that Obama usurped her.
“If Obama had chosen wisely, we wouldn’t be in this position,” Groll said.
I guess Obama was supposed to wait at the back of the
Just click on the FreeState Project’s ad. Probably not the best way to handle things.
The Kingwood teenager’s story of decapitating a corpse and using the head to smoke marijuana was so outlandish that at first Houston Police Department senior police officer Jim Adkins did not believe it.
According to the paper, they’re all HEKs.
QOTD: “Hey, there’s hail in my spaghetti sauce!” We were at the extreme edge of a really nasty storm system that tore through the state on Sunday. No wind but a torrential downpour and tons of pea-size hail. Fortunately, the grapefruit-size (yes, you read that right) hail missed us. We were warned by the park rangers that the storm was coming. If it had hit us directly, we were ready to make a dash for the cars. Not that being in a car with huge hail pounding down on us would have been safe, just safer than a tent.
Since I doubt he’ll mention it himself, I will. Today is Daryl’s birthday. Feel free to speculate about his age in the comments.
Because there are “teachers” like this guy in the g-schools:
School discipline needed as last resort
As a teacher, I very seldom use corporal punishment, but I am glad it is there. It is needed as a last resort. I am glad that my board of education and the state legislature have the guts to support the teachers.
The Fayetteville Observer had an article concerning why teachers leave the profession (of course, the paper never talked to any teachers).
They leave mostly for bad working conditions. This is mostly unruly students, and then not being backed up by the administration. For instance, the female teacher in Baltimore who was attacked and beaten up in her classroom and the principal not backing her up. I see that many school administrators around the country suffer from “no gutsitis.”
I do not know about the group Action for Children, but I bet its members do not work in public or private education. Who is giving them money? If corporal punishment was banned, they would then use their silly arguments to complain about other forms of school discipline.
Paul F. Brand
Couldn’t resist posting this one as a LOTD. Apparently we all need to abstain from alcohol and meat and get high on God, instead.
Consumption of alcohol destroys lives
How disturbing that, on April 22, The Fayetteville Observer devoted front-page coverage to a story reporting the soaring sale of liquor in Cumberland County (“Raise a glass to profits”).
The following day in the Business section, another article appeared promoting the sale of beer and wine. Must so much attention be drawn to these drugs that have ruined countless lives and caused untold misery in our world?
I understand billions of dollars are made through the alcohol industry. However, what price can you place on a life that has been snuffed out or sustained permanent injuries because of an alcohol-related accident? Our society is rife with addictions, and alcohol is a major cause of chemical and substance abuse.
I’m sure that many would argue that to drink alcohol or not to drink is an individual choice. I would argue that no man is an island. What I do affects my family, friends and many others whose lives I might influence.
Through the centuries, mankind has sought to become high on something. I would like to suggest the best high is the most high God.
The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not get drunk with wine which will only ruin you, instead be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) In Romans 14:21, he wrote, “The right thing to do is to keep from eating meat, drinking wine or doing anything else that will make other believers fall.”
Kathryn K. Walton
No, the guv’mint helicopters haven’t come for me (yet). We’ve gone camping. Back Tuesday night.
I’ve hesitated to write this one, for fear of the black helicopters. If this blog suddenly goes dark, you’ll know that the TSA got me.
I flew back into the country from Korea last Thursday (May 1, 2008). I had to clear customs at what must be the worst airport in the history of the world, Dulles. This is the gateway to the country. The gateway to our nation’s capital. And the first thing foreign visitors see is a piece of crap with construction and repairs not happening everywhere. Then they get to Passport Control. It made the lines at Disney World during Spring Break look tiny. So, we get through Passport Control after dealing with the surly ICE agents only to be immediately faced with another ungodly line at security. This is where it gets ridiculous.
Security at Dulles is right up against the big x-ray machines they use for luggage. There is no barrier, no curtain, nothing between everyone waiting to deal with the surly TSA security people and the TSA “baggage handlers.” While I was standing in line we all witnessed them tossing bags at least 15 feet from one area to another. Anything even slightly breakable in those bags was surely destroyed. The foreign visitors I happen to be standing in line with definitely noticed. Then, a little further up the never-ending security line, we were witness to TSA breaking into someone’s bag. This poor sap, not knowing the fascistic rules of traveling in the US, had locked her bag. The TSA agents beat on the lock and clasp with a variety of tools, finally prying the whole thing apart with a hammer and prybar. The bag, of course, was destroyed. So, after the TSA agent finally gets in the bag, he pulls one item from the top of it. A paperback book. He flipped through the pages for a couple of seconds, tossed the book back on top of the clothes, sealed the bag with a piece of yellow tape, and tossed it across the floor. The German visitor beside me leaned over and suggested sotto voce that he must have been hoping to grab some free porn.
Welcome to Amerika!
America’s favorite homeschoolers are expecting their 18th child. All the kids’ names start with “J.” Since they already have a John and a Jacob, my girls proposed that they name this one Jingleheimerschmidt.
Home education during high school can allow teens to follow their normal circadian rhythms– up ’til 1 a.m. and sleep ’til 10. G-schoolers, of course, can’t do that. Joanne Jacobs notes that for lots of g-schoolers, first period is literally slept through.
Welcome to my blog. This blog is dedicated to homeschooling and other education articles that I find interesting. It may also include some Delaware-specific “edustuff”. Forewarned and all that.
Of course, when that post was published comments were an only to-be-wished-for feature at blogspot. Perma-links hadn’t even been invented. Yeah, we’re older than dirt.
Over the years the blog “theme” has certainly drifted away from being a strictly homeschool edublog. That’s partially because I started blogging around the same time we started homeschooling, so I was still a newbie and very much radicalized. But also, I think, homeschooling itself in the last six years has become so mainstream and we’ve won all of the legal battles that this blog was designed to chronicle. That’s a good thing.
So the blog has morphed from being a somewhat DE-centric edu-blog to whatever it is today. Along the way the name has changed twice. The original thoroughly boring name that I literally came up with during the blogspot registration, Homeschool & Other Education Stuff, was pretty accurate. During the cyber charter wars (CCANHS!) I got frustrated with the continual misuse of the word “homeschool” and changed it to Home Education & Other Stuff. The tagline was still “A libertarian leaning edu-blog.” Sometime a couple of years ago, I switched the “official” name to HE&OS and put “Home Education & Other Stuff” in front of the tagline. Finally, in response to a flaming email that my support for universal health coverage was anti-libertarian, the tagline was changed to what it is today.
The stats from those early days are funny, too. There are more than a few days with zero page views.
And, finally, a shout out to the longest-time participant here at
Homeschool & Other Education Stuff Home Education & Other Stuff HE&OS. Traci’s been here since before the start, when this was an email distribution list of a dozen homeschoolers in DE. Hi, Traci! Thanks for hanging with me.
And thanks to the rest of you HE&OSers. Without your comments and participation, this blog would have died an uncommented-upon death long ago.
UPDATE: Based on Don’s comment, I’ve changed the name and tagline once again.
The AP has utterly lost it. Check out this article about how the high cost of fuel is affecting NASCAR. No, they don’t pay for it. It’s provided by one of the sponsors. Instead, we get sob stories about how the drivers aren’t jetting down to the Bahamas as often for spontaneous getaways.
Now, let’s beat McCain.
I feel sorry for the folks who have to drive around in a vehicle that gets crappy gas mileage. Not so much, though, for those who thought that being a man meant driving a big truck.
Last week my tiny 2001 Hyundai Accent got 50.0 mpg round trip to the airport.
And a bloodthirsty one it is:
Death row punishment should be immediate
This letter is to the heads of our justice system and all the shyster lawyers who circumvent the system to keep murderers and rapists on death row for years, keeping them from receiving their just desserts for the crimes they were convicted of.
The Supreme Court has opened the gate so we can start the gas chamber back in operation. Let’s reduce the population on death row as quickly as we can roll the gurneys in and out of the chamber.
Get rid of these people and pass a new law that makes it mandatory to execute a person within 30 days of his conviction. I think you would see a drop in violent crime. Let the state quit paying these lawyers who use technicalities to keep perpetrators alive for years. Let’s do it now!
John W. Britt
And in a rather impressive bit of juxtapositioning, it appears on the same page as this editorial.
Levon “Bo” Jones is the third in four months. He is the third man in four months to walk off of North Carolina’s Death Row and into freedom. The third man in four months who will be spared execution after charges against him were dropped… Jones spent 13 years in prison after being convicted of the 1987 murder of Leamon Grady. Then in 2006, federal judge Terrence Boyle vacated Jones’ conviction and death sentence after finding that Jones’ trial attorneys “utterly failed” to investigate the crime.
At first, Duplin County District Attorney Dewey Hudson, who tried Jones in 1993, vowed to retry him. Then last week, the prosecutor said he had no evidence against Jones and asked the court to release him.
If John Britt had had his way, an innocent man would have been executed 13 years ago.
The death penalty is immoral. The State should not have the power to kill people.
This one is just outrageous. Ignore the fact that the kid was convicted of felony sexual assault and the school is considering allowing him to march with his class at graduation. Look at what they’ve done to the poor girl:
The charge stemmed from a Nov. 2 incident when Lemaster engaged in sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old sophomore who had passed out at a party after consuming alcohol and Xanax.
The girl woke up with her pants undone and abdominal pain, according to police reports. She later learned male students were circulating photos of her undressed on their cell phones. She went to a school guidance counselor Nov. 5, saying she thought she’d been raped…
Birtle said she could not give any information on the girl’s status with the district because she’s under 18. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Dennis Langer indicated at Lemaster’s sentencing that she was being home-schooled due to harassment by other students.
Raped, humiliated, and forced to leave school. And the school district’s concerned about him?
Do I even have to pull out that quote?
from this week’s Korean excursion. The hill behind the crape myrtle(?) is a Silla burial mound.
It seems that FoxSnooze personnel earned their moniker by sleeping through the class on the historic Frederick Douglas- Abraham Lincoln debates. Via Joanne Jacobs.