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WARNING: HOMESCHOOLING POST AHEAD

Filed on July 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm under by dcobranchi

I need some help. The girls (and I) want to learn ASL. None of us has any kind of experience with the language, so we’re going to at least try to learn it via some kind of program. Does anyone have any experience in this area? Suggestions? Warnings? Wild guffaws?

We’re leaning towards Naturally Signing.

Thanks.

OFF TARGET

Filed on July 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm under by dcobranchi

Target recently donated $150k to reactionary GOPer Tom Emmer, who is running for MN governor. I am personally going to boycott Target until they repent by donating a like sum to the DFL.

BAH!

Filed on at 6:15 am under by dcobranchi

I haven’t posted anything homeschooling-related in about forever, but I couldn’t pass up this re-tread from the 1990s. A couple of quotes:

If you have time to commit, then homeschooling may be an alternative to traditional education venues. The time you spend homeschooling does not have to follow traditional models (8-5, five weekdays), but it does require at least the same amount of time.

The best homeschooling parents are former teachers

BEEN THERE, TRIED THAT, DIDN’T WORK

Filed on July 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm under by dcobranchi

More secessionist talk from an (WARNING! REDUNDANCY ALERT!) ignorant Republican.

AMERIKA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION, GODDAMMIT

Filed on at 11:20 am under by dcobranchi

And everyone else ought to just get the hell out!

BOYCOTT THE BOYCOTT

Filed on July 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm under by dcobranchi

Shop at Home Depot and make a bunch of bigots cry.

FIRST AMENDMENT? WHAT FIRST AMENDMENT?

Filed on July 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm under by dcobranchi

I’m pretty sure that public school teachers ought not be anointing their students with “holy oil.”

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

Filed on July 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm under by dcobranchi

Under the category of increasing revenues to the federal gov’t, our “betters” are getting set to implement a fee that I bet will generate zero dollars in the next year:

There’s even a new fee if you’d like formally to renounce your U.S. citizenship — it costs nothing now, but the price tag will be $450 starting Tuesday.

Here’s how you can renounce your citizenship:

formally renouncing U.S. citizenship before a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer outside the United States (sec. 349 (a) (5) INA);

formally renouncing U.S. citizenship within the U.S. (but only under strict, narrow statutory conditions) (Sec. 349 (a) (6) INA);

So, let’s say I’m overseas and decide that I want to be the new “Man Without a Country.” I go to the nearest consulate, make an appointment to see an officer, and announce that “I, Daryl Cobranchi, a natural born citizen of the United States formally renounce my US citizenship.” How is the officer going to respond? Will he say, “Thank you very much, Mr. Cobranchi. Will you be paying by Visa or Amex?” And if I refused to pay, would he force me to stay a citizen? Bizarre.

AM I PERVERTED?

Filed on July 6, 2010 at 6:41 am under by dcobranchi

At first glance I read this as “Crotch.”