Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mommas, Please Raise Your Babies to be Free Market Thinkers

So they don't do this sort of thing:

Uncivil War: Detroit Blames the South - Karen De Coster - Mises Institute:
"The Union is squaring off against the South again. This time it's Detroit's union — the UAW — partnering with the auto manufacturers, politicians, and media supporters of the domestic auto industry to wage warfare against the entire South."

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Food co-op hit by SWAT raid fights back

I first read about this at The Common Room, & I am appalled & deeply disturbed by increasing reports of SWAT raids on innocent family people. I simply do not understand the motivation, other than that petty bureaucrats love their power trips & are dying to use the new military equipment the local police have been issued. Your tax dollars at work folks:

Food co-op hit by SWAT raid fights back

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cooling Is Warming by Vin Suprynowicz

Cooling Is Warming by Vin Suprynowicz

When will the "Let us take over and wreck your economy so we can save you from the climate boogey-man" gang admit the earth is cooling again, and when will they admit, "OK, since cooling is worse than warming, and our own theory is that mankind can impact global temperature by what we burn, it's now your duty to hold back the Big Freeze by going out there and burning all the fossil fuels you possibly can, as fast as you can"?


Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Origin of Christmas - Answers in Genesis

AIG has an interesting perspective on the pagan origins of Christmas, whatever your feelings are about celebrating it. For me, all days belong to God & no pagan, old or "neo," can usurp God's ownership (cf., I Cor. 8:4-6).

Feedback: The Origin of Christmas - Answers in Genesis

Shhh ... Don't call Obama's national service scheme a 'draft'

Disloyal Opposition: Shhh ... Don't call Obama's national service scheme a "draft":

"At first glance, Obama's scheme is similar. His proposal even specifically refers to 'universal voluntary citizen service.' It's all very touchy-feelly. But, as Michael Kinsley put it so well in the pages of Time: 'Problem number one with grand schemes for universal voluntary public service is that they can't be both universal and voluntary. If everybody has to do it, then it's not voluntary, is it? And if it's truly up to the individual, then it won't be universal.'"

Gives me warm fuzzies all over. Please finish reading with the link to Disloyal Opposition.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Bill of Rights Anniversary--Today!

From the Patriot Post:


Today, 15 December, is the 217th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to our Constitution, as ratified in 1791.

The Bill of Rights was inspired by three remarkable documents: John Locke's 1689 thesis, Two Treatises of Government, regarding the protection of "property" (in the Latin context, proprius, or one's own "life, liberty and estate"); in part from the Virginia Declaration of Rights authored by George Mason in 1776 as part of that state's Constitution; and, of course, in part from our Declaration of Independence authored by Thomas Jefferson.

Read in context, the Bill of Rights is both an affirmation of innate individual rights and a clear delineation on constraints upon the central government. As oft trampled and abused as the Bill of Rights is, Patriots should remain vigilant in the fight for our rights.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fresh Broccoli Salad With Craisins And Pecans

Our Thanksgiving involves lots of extended family mounds and mounds of food. Far more than we can all eat. Many of the dishes are traditional and must be there. So when I try a new recipe, & get requests for a repeat, I'm there to please. So here is the recipe for the broccoli salad I'll be taking to Mom's house for Thanksgiving. I use the Craisins.

Fresh Broccoli Salad With Craisins And Pecans

• ¾ cup mayonnaise
• ¼ cup sugar (or equivalent sugar substitute)
• 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
• 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 2 (12-ounce) bags broccoli florets (about 8 cups)
• 1 cup golden raisins or Craisins
• 1 (11-ounce) can Mandarin oranges, drained (optional)
• ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
• ½ cup sliced green onion
• 12 pieces bacon, cooked crisp and diced

Bring 4 cups water to a rolling boil. Put the broccoli florets in a colander and pour the water slowly over them to blanch. When cool, break apart larger florets so they are all a similar size.

Combine florets with Craisins and oranges, if using, and enough dressing to lightly coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Just before serving, fold in pecans, green onion and bacon. Makes 10 servings.

Source: Anne Greer McCann, Take Home Miracles
Published in The Dallas Morning News on May 8, 2007

Conversations with Your Daughter--Twilight

Chuck Colson brings some much needed insight to the latest fad:

Conversations with Your Daughter - Prison Fellowship

"... underneath the surface, there are some truly disturbing themes and ideas in Twilight. Chief among these is that old, dangerous idea that a “bad boy” can easily be won and tamed by a “good girl”—an idea that has brought heartache to untold millions of good girls. As a Christian, I obviously believe that redemption and change is possible for sinners. But I also know that human beings alone cannot change each other."

There are also some salient links after the article. I always enjoy the way Mr. Colson analyses problems so well. I find him very readable.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Writing Contest

I cannot tell you how strongly I feel about this statement: the socialist brainwashing being forced onto captive public school students, as evidenced at how easily people believe that Big Government will take care of them and insulate them from 'bad things," must be stopped. Just toss that Constitution--it doesn't give me "free" healthcare. Promulgating Bastiat's The Law is one way of counteracting this brainwashing, so I am glad to see the Foundation for Economic Education sponsoring this essay contest. First place wins $1000 & will be considered for publication.

Essay Contest on The Law and Economic Freedom

FEE invites students to read The Law by Frederic Bastiat and address one or more of the questions below. Students participating in speech and debate are invited to reference their current debate topic as well.

Since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force cannot lawfully be used to do it. Why not? Why does Bastiat refer to such a use of force as a perversion of force?

Since the law organizes justice, why should it not also organize labor, education, and religion? What is the author's answer to this question? How does the law commit legal plunder when used to promote charity? Education? Morality and religion?

“Socialism confuses the distinction between government and society.” How, according to the author? Do you agree? Explain.

Bastiat asks on page 23, “How did politicians ever believe this weird idea that the law could be made to produce what it does not contain—the wealth, science, and religion that, in a positive sense, constitute prosperity?” How does he answer this question?

What is liberty? Give Bastiat's answer (pages 39–40). Do you agree? Explain.

“A science of economics must be developed before a science of politics can be logically formulated” (page 51). Give the author's explanation of this statement.

Word Count
Essays must be 2,000–3,000 words in length
Midnight (EDT), January 15, 2009
The Foundation for Economic Education's 2008 Essay Contest on The Law and Economic Freedom is open to high school and homeschool students.
The Law is available at no charge for contest participants. Available online here (pdf).

Go here for the contest rules.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Some Helpful Links for Thanksgiving

I wanted to share some Thanksgiving links that I hope will help you have a great day with little stress.

Thanksgiving at Fabulous Living is mostly about the food, but there are several links for table decor, crafts, & entertaining.

Old Fashioned Living has a lot of wonderful links under the Family Celebrations heading. You'll find not only Thanksgiving Dinner, but a Fall Tea Party, history, acorn & pumpkin crafts, and recycling crafts, as well. I really like this site.

Better Homes & Gardens Holidays page is chock full of links for Thanksgiving. You'll find recipes, entertaining ideas, crafts, & decorating for inside & out.

Thanksgiving at Kaboose also has clipart and coloring pages along with a myriad of links.

There's links galore at Holidays.net.

Here, too: Thanksgiving @ The Holiday Spot.

Vintage Holiday Crafts has some free clipart and postcards, like the one below, for you.

I hope you enjoy preparing for your holiday.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

My Taste in Art Quiz

Not bad, not bad...

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Conscientious, Fulfilled, and Spiritual

22 Renaissance, 7 Islamic, 11 Ukiyo-e, -35 Cubist, -34 Abstract and 18 Impressionist!

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence affected literature, philosopy, religion, art, politics, science, and all other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance artists looked at the human aspect of life in their art. They did not reject religion but tended to look at it in it's purest form to create visions they thought depicted the ideals of religion. Painters of this time had their own style and created works based on morality, religion, and human nature. Many of the paintings depicted what they believed to be the corrupt nature of man.

People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

British team discovers ancient pyramid - Telegraph

British team discovers ancient pyramid - Telegraph: "By Stephen Adams
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 22/10/2008

A Team of British archaeologists has discovered new evidence of the power of a civilisation that once dominated ancient Egypt, writes Stephen Adams.

The Second Kushite Kingdom controlled the entire Nile valley from Khartoum to the Mediterranean from 720BC to 660BC, but an expedition from the British Museum has discovered that a region of northern Sudan, once considered a forgotten backwater, was also 'a real power base'."

Follow the linked title to finish the short article.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Latin Lives!

Jessica Calefat writes:

When high school teacher Sarah Roach takes attendance, she routinely notices that she has more students in her classroom than the number who are technically enrolled in Latin courses she teaches. They're not lost or sneaking into her classroom to visit friends. The extra half-dozen students are coming for the Latin.

Roach, 54, has taught Latin at Highland School in Warrenton, Va., for 25 years and has seen interest in the ancient language grow steadily throughout her tenure. When she first began, Roach taught a few students in a single class. Now she teaches 80 students, in classes geared toward a range of skill levels.

Though it is often considered a dead language, Latin is alive and flourishing in high school classrooms across the country. In the past 10 years, the number of students taking the National Latin Exam has risen by 30,000 to about 135,000, while the number of students taking the Advanced Placement Latin exams has nearly doubled. Some say the resurgence is linked to increased interest in SAT preparation and Latin's ability to help students succeed on the test's verbal section, while others believe young adults' obsession with Harry Potter and his Latin spells are driving the trend. But popular Latin teachers like Roach suggest that dynamic, enthusiastic educators might actually be the key to the language's surging popularity

Follow this link to finish the article.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pertinent Quote

"It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’ This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

—Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A European Challenge to anti-Americanism

Joseph Loconte writes:

For the better part of a decade, pollsters, pundits, and politicians have beaten the drums of anti-Americanism with a flamboyance that would rival Big Band legends Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Last week, however, America’s friends from across the Atlantic announced an initiative to pound back.

A group of British conservatives has launched America in the World, a London-based international alliance to combat anti-Americanism. Armed with briefings, polling data, policy analysis, and high-level political endorsements, America in the World seeks to become the most important fact-driven resource for people willing to entertain the case against anti-Americanism. The effort is the brainchild of Tim Montgomerie, founder and editor of the influential political website ConservativeHome, and Stephan Shakespeare, the founder of YouGov, a prestigious opinion-polling company in Britain.

There are many reasons for the growth of anti-Americanism, some of them—such as the fiasco at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq—painfully self-inflicted. Yet surely an important cause is that there’s no shortage of ideologues and demagogues who simply despise the “American Creed,” i.e., the nation’s commitment to the inalienable rights of self-government, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion. One of the aims of America in the World is to explain to skeptical audiences how these democratic ideals influence U.S. policies. Another aim is to explode urban myths about American culture and U.S. foreign policy that run rampant in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

There are some very interesting and provocative facts here, in the rest of the article.

Surprise, surprise. The USA is not such a demon after all.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nikola Tesla - The Forgotten Wizard

Do you know about Tesla? He was a man who only wanted to use his abilities for the good of mankind, including providing free power for all.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

America Beyond The Point Of No Return -- Doug Patton -- GOPUSA

It's good to see this kind of an article on a Republican site, since Republicans are just about as bad as Dems when it comes to bloated government.

America Beyond The Point Of No Return -- Doug Patton -- GOPUSA

"'Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.' - George Bernard Shaw

A half century ago, Russian-born writer Ayn Rand warned about the creeping socialism she saw in America even then. In her thousand-page tome, 'Atlas Shrugged,' Rand told the story of John Galt, a shadowy figure who is so fed up with high taxes, burdensome regulations and interference from government, he secretly recruits the best and brightest of American capitalism - the captains of industry - to withdraw from society to the mountains of Colorado, leaving the growing welfare state without any visible means of support.

Imagine what Ayn Rand would say about the federal government coughing up quantities of cash even career bureaucrats didn't talk about in the 1950s; all to bail out quasi-government entities whose overseers were complicit in the failures of those very institutions."

Please follow the linked title for the rest of the article.

The Federal Government has been growing exponentially since the War Between the States. This must be reversed if we don't want a socialistic nanny state governing every little part of our lives.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Beware the Ice, 'Cause it Gonna Get Any Hotter

Which is nice for us in the hot South.

Intellectual Conservative Politics and Philosophy: "Scientists and laymen who follow the Ice Age cycles have been warning that a Little Ice Age comparable to one that lasted from 1300 to around 1850 is on its way.

There’s a wonderful irony in the fact that, back in the 1970s, the Greens were issuing warnings and even writing books about the coming Ice Age. They would abandon this issue, based in well-known and accepted solar science, in favor of a vast international hoax alleging man-made global warming.

As the global warming hoax begins to lose its power to influence public opinion and policy, the Greens are not likely to be heeded for a long time to come because they were right about an Ice Age and lying through their teeth about global warming.

Scientists and laymen who follow the Ice Age cycles have been warning that, if not a full-fledged Ice Age, at the very least a Little Ice Age comparable to one that lasted from 1300 to around 1850 is on its way."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a "duty to die" - Telegraph

This is the other end of the life spectrum from Trig Palin, but this is the exact same chilling Objectivist/Utilitarian ethics (otherwise known as a total rejection of absolute morals) that drive those who have abandoned their humanity to say that all less-than-perfect babies should be aborted. Anyone deemed a burden to the system (especially in socialized medicine) simply must go.

Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a "duty to die" - Telegraph

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Not an Either/Or Choice - Prison Fellowship

Not an Either/Or Choice - Prison Fellowship:

"Why do radical environmentalists seem so indifferent to the poor? It is a matter of worldview. If you deify nature instead of God, if you believe humans are just another species of animal with no greater moral status than a kangaroo rat—well, you don’t have to worry much about the poor or marginalized. But if you believe God created humans in His image, and gave each one of us a unique and privileged place within His creation, then your concern for the poor far outweighs concerns for nature—especially speculative concerns like global warming."

Follow the linked title for another insightful commentary by Chuck Colson.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Quote on Government

“The greatest threat to mankind’s prosperity is government. A recent example is Zimbabwe’s increasing misery. Like our country, Zimbabwe had a flourishing agriculture sector, so much so it was called the breadbasket of southern Africa. Today, its people are on the brink of starvation as a result of its government. It’s the same story in many countries—government interference with mankind’s natural tendency to engage in wealth-producing activities. Blaming poverty on overpopulation not only lets governments off the hook; it encourages the enactment of harmful policies.”
—Walter Williams

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Greek tragedies offer modern lessons on war's pain - Yahoo! News

How amazing that the classics can speak so strongly to people today. I'm glad that I cannot relate to them this strongly, but I do know that very often knowing the someone else understands my pain goes a long way to comfort me.

Follow the linked title to finish the article.
Greek tragedies offer modern lessons on war's pain - Yahoo! News

SAN DIEGO - The screams of agony from the soldier echoed through the ballroom-turned-theater, forcing a hushed whisper among those witnessing his sudden break with reality.

He was no longer with his wife, seated beside him on the stage; no longer with his comrades. In his mind, he was back on the battlefield, killing his enemy — the price of years of combat stress from witnessing war's horrors.

In this "Theater of War," the wounds date back millennia and the words spoken by actors are translated from Greek, but they speak to Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans and the doctors and therapists who treat them.

"I wanted to keep the pain to myself, son, but now it cuts straight through me. Do you understand? It cuts straight through me," the lead character in the play "Philoctetes" tells a comrade.

Those hidden wounds and their effect on family members and caregivers were the focus of the Greek readings at a three-day combat stress conference hosted by the Marine Corps that addresses post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression brought on by combat.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Some Thoughts on Foreign Language Study

Under the subchapter heading, "Beginning the Formal Study of Greek and Latin:"

All foreign languages need to be studied on regular basis--at least four times a week, but every day is better. Don't take the summer off unless you must. If you stop for any length of time, then it is normal to fell lost and need some extensive review. Such is the nature of language study; if you don't use it, you tend to lose it. Steady study--evenly paced advancement--is what we want. Language study develops the mind, much like math. We won't all produce Ph.D. Latin scholars, but we will produce students who learn to think in other categories, and who are better prepared to study even in English.

~~Teaching the Trivium, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, p. 365

Friday, August 22, 2008

My Baby~~A Poem

I was looking through some copies of newspaper clippings my husband's grandmother had kept along with some of her genealogical info, & this poem was among the photocopied articles. I hope you enjoy it.

My Baby

My baby's tears are tiny pearls
From angel eyes of blue.
They bathe my heart and keep my thoughts
Forever clean and true.

So swiftly do the years pass by,
The years when you are mine,
I stoop to kiss each tear-stained eye
With mother love divine.

My baby's kiss transports my soul
On gossamer wings of joy
To dreams I dream while holding close
My precious honey boy.

God made us mothers, every one,
He knows the joy and fear
Contained within each baby smile,
Or in each baby tear.

~~by Mabel Y. Fuhs

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Download a Free Album!

This won't fit in my sidebar, so I'll have to post it this way. Go ahead, you'll love J.J. Heller!


Friday, August 15, 2008

Frugal Friday: When to Save for a New Appliance

Here is a handy chart of appliance lifetime expectancy. if your appliance is older than the age posted, start saving up for a new one or expecting breakdowns. According to consumeraffairs.com, "Consumer Reports' expert advice for products that need professional repair is to toss any for which you paid less than $150, and to nix any repair that costs more than half the price of a new product. It doesn't make economic sense to repair off-warranty toasters, countertop microwave ovens, cordless phones, CD players, VCRs, inkjet printers, and conventional TV sets under 30 inches. Many such products aren't even serviceable."

Find more frugal fun at Biblical Womanhood.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

10 Secrets To Rewarding Homemaking from TipNut.com

TipNut has some great tips for managing your home, starting with a great attitude!

10 Secrets To Rewarding Homemaking from TipNut.com

1. "Know: You are a Home Manager, not a slave, martyr or responder to chaos. Each day is a fresh start with new things to accomplish and feel pride for.

2. Realize: Actively managing your home is one way to nurture your family and their environment. There will be positive reflections: a more harmonious household, a little more eagerness attending to household chores, more appreciation and gratitude."

Monday, August 11, 2008

Family & Government

“It’s always good to take a break from the madding crowd, but especially now that American politics has surpassed itself in self-mockery. After four days avoiding television, blogs, YouTube, and cell phones, it is possible to wonder how we get so exercised about the insignificant. Not that politics isn’t important. The debate about what role government should play in our lives is no small thing. And while we can’t all kick back at once and hope that our enemies work out their anger issues, a little perspective is salutary and productive in a fallow field kind of way... The family is what gives our life meaning and makes our nation strong. The family is also what keeps government at a respectful distance—working for us and not the other way around. All our political choices should be made in the service of that understanding. That’s all. And we’ve got work to do.” —Kathleen Parker

In The Patriot Post.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What really happened at Roswell?

I've heard plenty about the "alien coverup" at Roswell, all of it conjecture. I was pleasantly surprised to find this article on Creation Ministries International detailing what the coverup was actually about (Hint: it wasn't aliens!). It also points out how our presuppositons lead to our worldview.

What really happened at Roswell?

You may also want to check out NASA astronaut Ed Mitchell says aliens are with us.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Recycling CD Containers

Wow! I love these ideas for recycling old cd "boxes" into something useful. I'm one of those people who see leftover packaging & thinks "There's got to be something clever to do with this." And now someone over at Instructables has come up with this (though I don't recommend using non-food plastic containers for carrying edibles; perhaps the food could be wrapped in food-safe plastic wrap, but there can be plastic leaching even from that). Have a look:

Recycle CD Box - Watch todayĆ¢€™s top amazing videos here

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Happily Never After

From today's FRC e-newsletter:

Jim Henson once said, "Television is...teaching whether you want it to or not." Unfortunately, the majority of networks aren't teaching kids the values that most parents would prefer they learn. Primetime vulgarity is skyrocketing, as are lawsuits to keep the FCC from regulating it. While liberals focus on shutting down the government's watchdog, the Parents Television Council (PTC) is doing its best to warn families about the latest trends in programming. The newest research shows that the networks have very little to be proud of. This week, PTC announced the findings of its latest study, "Happily Never After: How Hollywood Favors Adultery and Promiscuity over Marital Intimacy..." In the first month of the 2007-08 television season, PTC watched over 207 hours of "scripted entertainment" on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and the CW. It became obvious that "network TV likes sex, but not in marriage." The glorification of adultery and other misbehavior was almost universal. On every network, PTC found that the references to non-marital sex outnumbered the references to marital sex by nearly 3 to 1. Hollywood's assault on morality wasn't reserved for late-night viewers either. "The Family Hour-the time slot with the largest audience of young viewers-contained the highest frequency of references to non-married sex (3.9 to 1). On NBC alone, the remarks about "incest, pedophilia, partner swapping, prostitution, threesomes, transsexuals, bestiality, and necrophilia combined outnumbered references to married sex by a ratio of 27 to 1." Is it any wonder that we're fighting to save marriage when most Americans are ingesting a steady diet of Hollywood's contempt for it? The networks' fascination with this sexual revolution should bring nothing but sexual revulsion.

Additional Resources
AP: Network TV likes sex, but not in marriage

Insightful Texans Stall the NAFTA Superhighway

Insightful Texans Stall the NAFTA Superhighway: "NaturalNews) Texans may well be handing the rest of America a blueprint for fighting big government. The people of Texas have finally found a way to halt the progress of the government in stripping them of their homes, businesses and property to build the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC), a critical link in the NAFTA Superhighway. By utilizing a little known state law, Texans are ensuring that their voices of opposition will finally be heard."

Hooray! There's nothing like fighting bureaucracy with bureaucracy! Bravo to Ron Paul and other Texans for fighting this horrendous danger to our freedom.

Please follow the link to finish the article.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Expert: Birth Control Pills Ineffective in Stemming Unintended Pregnancies| Christianpost.com

Expert: Birth Control Pills Ineffective in Stemming Unintended Pregnancies| Christianpost.com: "Birth control pills have done nothing to stem the tide of rising unintended and teenage pregnancies, according to a population and contraception expert at Princeton University."

Interesting--Planned Parenthood & the other pro-sex people said contraception was the answer. Follow the link for the rest of the short article.

Friday, July 25, 2008

What Kind of a 1930s Housewife Are You?

The Headmistress posted this on her blog a couple of days ago. How interesting this is, but I'm so glad I don't have to worry about keeping the seams in my stockings straight! By the way, that 75 rating is just one off from Very Superior. Maybe I was too easy on myself. ;-)


As a 1930s wife, I am

Take the test!

Monday, July 7, 2008

REGULATIONS 'R' US by Chuck Colson

The predictions of Jacques Ellul struck me as amazing. This is another great analysis by Chuck Colson:

A few years ago, a good friend of mine decided to buy an old country campground, enlarge it, restore it, and invite inner-city children to use it. It was, for him, the beginning of a nightmare that would last for years.

In order to proceed with the camp, numerous permits, clearances, and approvals were required by an astonishing number of government agencies. These ranged from a County Planning Commission to the state’s Historical and Museum Commission to the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Absurdity was the order of the day. For instance, my friend was required to get a permit to cross a “wetland” with a truck. This “wetland” was a damp area some 18 inches wide; the only time it was actually wet was during heavy rains. In order to cover the wet patch with boards required various permits, which delayed the project nearly three months.

In the end, the various government bodies delayed the project for two years and cost my well-meaning friend millions of dollars.

Now, understand—my friend got his zoning and construction permits at the outset. This was a case—all too common today—of regulatory agencies making it almost impossible to do anything because they have overlapping jurisdictions.

We saw the same thing with Hurricane Katrina. The left hand—the federal government—did not know what the right hand—state and local governments—were doing, and vice versa. The result was everyone stumbling over one another and doing nothing.

This paralysis was predicted some 40 years ago by French theologian Jacques Ellul. Ellul foresaw the Information Age and the media’s need for a steady flow of information to feed the populace. Media would, therefore, gravitate to covering centers of power. Politicians would be willing accomplices, because they would gain fame and clout.

All this happened, and created what Ellul predicted: the idea that every problem has a political solution. This, he warned, would lead to increasing dependence on the state. The result: programs piled upon programs, agencies upon agencies, and the whole structure of government become so unwieldy it could hardly function. We would end up mired in bureaucratic gridlock.

Meanwhile, the intermediate structures of society—church and civic groups, which are absolutely essential to prevent an all-powerful government from taking over—begin to wither away. Government becomes increasingly intrusive, and a form of paralysis sets in. Private initiative is destroyed.

Finish it here.

Friday, June 27, 2008

How the South Won the Civil War - by Jim Powell

Very interesting information. I didn't realize that Woodrow Wilson was for segregation. This article underlines the fact that the issue of slavery should have been, & could have been, settled without war.

How the South Won the Civil War - by Jim Powell

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Al Gore the Cause of High Gas Prices?

John Coleman's Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce |
KUSI - News, Weather and Sports - San Diego, CA
| Coleman's Corner

 "The cooling trend is so strong that recently the head of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had to acknowledge it. He speculated that nature has temporarily overwhelmed mankind’s warming and it may be ten years or so before the warming returns. Oh, really.  We are supposed to be in a panic about man-made global warming and the whole thing takes a ten year break because of the lack of Sun spots.  If this weren’t so serious, it would be laughable."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mommas, Don't Drug Your Babies

I know that if my eleven year old son had been placed in public school, he'd be "diagnosed" as ADHD. He just can't sit still or be quiet for very long. But he can learn. Quite a lot, actually. I'm so grateful that I can remain home with him to school him (trying as that can be at times, lol) and he doesn't have to take drugs that interfere with the formation of neurons in his brain.

This transcript from Mike Adams talk is longish, but it show the importance of being informed so you can make healthy decisions on the education and care of your children.

The ADHD Scam and the Mass Drugging of Schoolchildren (Transcript):

 "They discovered that the brains of children diagnosed with ADHD were a little behind schedule in growing. Yes, you heard that right. They said they are about three years behind the brains of other children. Everything else was normal. They said if they wait three years those children will catch up and turn out just fine."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Abuse of power in Texas

If the government can take these children away from their mothers with no evidence of abuse, it can take them away for any reason at all. 

Abuse of power in Texas

"All the public has heard since the raid on the compound is that the children seem to be in good health. Questions were raised by early pregnancies among some of the girls. I have news for you: Teenage girls are getting pregnant and having sex with older men throughout American society today. If these mothers are going to lose custody of their children as a result of that kind of sexual activity, what about the high percentages of teen pregnancies in our inner cities? Can we expect Texas and the other states soon to begin seizing millions of kids – both girls and boys in those families?"

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Invisible Woman

Okay, I'm teary eyed. This is wonderful. Enjoy!

Earth Day: The Doomsayers Were Wrong

Another Earth Day (April 22) has come and gone.

Earth Day is a great time to celebrate our planet and discuss serious environmental concerns.

It's also a time to pause and remember that, during the first Earth Day in 1970, some of the world's leading (and loudest) environmentalists were terrifying the public with horrific predictions of planet-wide doom. Predictions that, thankfully, were spectacularly wrong.

The Washington Policy Center (WPC), a free-market think tank, reminds us:

"Most Earth Day predictions turned out to be stunningly wrong. In 1970, environmentalists said there would soon be a new ice age and massive deaths from air pollution. The New York Times foresaw the extinction of the human race. Widely-quoted biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted worldwide starvation by 1975.

"On this Earth Day 2008, new predictions will again be made about looming environmental disasters about to strike our planet. If past experience is any guide, most of these predictions are wrong. People concerned about our planet's future should be wary of statements from activists and other interested groups, so we stay focused on real environmental concerns, and don't waste time on fearsome predictions that will never happen."

Here are some examples from 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, gathered by the Washington Policy Center:

* "By 1985...air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching the earth by one half..." -- Life magazine, January 1970.

* "...civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind..." -- biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970.

* By 1995, "...somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct..." -- Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970.

* Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor "...the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born..." -- Newsweek magazine, January 26, 1970.

* The world will be "...eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age..." -- Kenneth Watt, speaking at Swarthmore University, April 19, 1970.

* "We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation..." -- biologist Barry Commoner, University of Washington, writing in the journal Environment, April 1970.

* "Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deteriorations and possible extinction..." -- The New York Times editorial, April 20, 1970.

* "By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half..." -- Life magazine, January 1970.

* "Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make..." -- Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970.

* "...air pollution...is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone..." -- Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970.

* Paul Ehrlich also predicted that in 1973, 200,000 Americans would die from air pollution, and that by 1980 the life expectancy of Americans would be 42 years.

* "It is already too late to avoid mass starvation..." -- Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970.

* "By the year 2000...the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America and Australia, will be in famine..." -- Peter Gunter, North Texas State University, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970.

Some of this may seem laughable now, but it was taken very seriously at the time. Had the nations of the world followed the prescriptions of these original Earth Day prophets of doom, it is possible that millions or even billions of people would have suffered and died.

The Washington Policy Center notes: "By being skeptical about routine portents of doom, we can stay focused on the real threats that face our planet, and on the reasonable and achievable actions we as a society can take to meet them."

Today -- as food prices are doubling and food riots taking place in impoverished nations as a direct result of the disastrous ethanol scheme pushed by today's statist doomsayers -- that's a vital lesson to remember.

Washington Policy Center
Washington Post on the ethanol disaster

Liberator Online from The Advocates

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Way for All States To End REAL-ID by Thomas Andrew Olson

If the federal government won't respect individual and states rights, we may have to try something altogether different:

A Way for All States To End REAL-ID by Thomas Andrew Olson: "As of this writing, only a handful of states have formally resisted implementation of the draconian REAL-ID act, where the Feds create a de facto national ID card by hijacking the driver licensing agencies of all 50 states. Despite the chilling 'papers, please!' overtones to this, some states are falling into line like so many obedient sheep, while the majority have resorted to sending the Department of Homeland Security a letter of intent to comply, which extends them another year or so of lead time before the mandate finally kicks in. Of course that path only legitimizes the law, as opposed to standing up to the Feds and declaring the law the unconstitutional usurpation that it is.

DHS head Michael 'Skeletor' Chertoff has made it clear that starting next year the residents of Montana, Maine, et al. will find it impossible to board an aircraft or enter a Federal building unless their state legislatures and governors cave in to his demands.

There is a third way, however. It’s simple, doable, and one that is guaranteed to stop REAL-ID in its tracks. Every state can do it. Its only drawback is that state governments will have to give up certain entrenched powers that they have arrogated to themselves for decades.

To stop REAL-ID, the states only have to get completely out of the drivers license business – by June of 2009."

Finish the article at the above link.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Beverly Eakman -- Schools Prepare Pupils to Accept a Police State

Beverly Eakman -- Schools Prepare Pupils to Accept a Police State: "by Beverly Eakman
April 8, 2008

Somehow I missed this news item, and maybe you did, too. Then again, perhaps the mainstream media took pains to keep this one quiet, hoping the fire wouldn’t hit the fan.

It seems that in 2003 an honor student in Arizona at Safford Middle School named Savana Redding, an eighth-grader with no disciplinary record, was strip-searched — and I mean really strip-searched, down to the crotch of her panties — in pursuit of nonprescription ibuprofen tablets. [See the end of this article for links to news stories.] Ibuprofen is the equivalent of the pain-relieving ingredient in Advil, Motrin, etc…, and never known to provide a “high” or to be addictive. Two such pills (the typical dosage) supposedly equal “prescription strength” — providing school authorities just enough wiggle room to go to extremes."

What is going on in this country is dumbfoundingly amazing. It is nothing short of evil to harass young girls and old ladies this way. If these things can happen to them, they can happen to the rest of us. We must speak out against the evil. We must take back the education of our children from the government schools.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Laurie Roth -- Stuck on Stupid Syndrome is Growing

Laurie Roth -- Stuck on Stupid Syndrome is Growing: "By Dr. Laurie Roth
April 4, 2008
Our Culture seems to be stuck on stupid and backwards thinking these days! We see many of our top leaders, politicians and management confused about right and wrong, victim and perpetrator, bad guy from good guy. This “stuck on stupid” syndrome acts like a fast growing brain tumor, reflecting symptoms in runaway courts, political agendas that are mostly hidden and un American, and endless empathy for sick, illegal and dangerous people!"

Please read the rest of Dr. Roth's article at the above link--and keep home schooling your children. We're a bastion standing against the socialistic group think taught by the monolithic government schools.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

TheSpoof.com : California parents arrested -- Caught Home-schooling their children without a teaching credential funny satire story

TheSpoof.com : California parents arrested--Caught Home-schooling their children without a teaching credential funny satire story: "Sacramento, California - A three-judge panel from the 2nd District Court of Appeals made it illegal on February 28 for any parent to home school their child, unless they have a teaching or tutor credential. Upon hearing the ruling, school districts officials began demanding that police take immediate action. So yesterday, throughout the state, judges secretly began swearing out and signing arrest warrants for any parent who was suspected of home-schooling their children without a teaching credential.

Setting up a special task force virtually overnight, SWAT teams and truant officers armed with arrest warrants and automatic weapons began rounding up wayward parents, and against their will placing their child in protective custody and enrolling them in public schools throughout the state.

Originally thought to be a logistical nightmare, distinguishing home-schooled children from that of the public school system, officials quickly learned they could gather up a list of suspects from last year's contestants, finalists and winners of the National Spelling Bee Contest, unusually high SAT scores and any kid who passed a random drug screen and/or pregnancy test."

Click the title link to finish this fun spoof about the poorly [wink, wink] educated California home schoolers.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Chuck Colson--Death on a Friday Afternoon

Easter for many of us is a day of family gatherings and a celebration, not only of Christ’s resurrection, but also the coming of spring. Today, on Good Friday, let’s not rush the celebration before coming face-to-face with the paradoxes that are at the heart of the Christian faith.

Those paradoxes are the subject of a wonderful book Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus written by my friend Father Richard John Neuhaus.

A paradox, as G. K. Chesterton famously put it, is “Truth standing on her head to get attention.” Our aversion and resistance to truth is so strong that God often finds it necessary to employ extreme measures to get us to see past the lies we have embraced.

Never was this truer than on what Christians call “Good Friday.” As Neuhaus writes, “If what Christians say about Good Friday is true, then it is, quite simply, the truth about everything.” That “everything” starts with telling the truth about the human condition. And how does God do that? By paradoxically punishing the offended party, instead of the guilty one.

As Neuhaus tells us, we are all aware that “something has gone terribly wrong with the world and with us in the world.” It is not just history’s best-known list of horribles. It is also “the habits of compromise . . . loves betrayed . . . lies excused . . .”

Yet, instead of acknowledging our complicity in the world’s evil, we minimize our own faults and regard our sins as “small.” Good Friday puts the lie to that claim. If the Son of God had to suffer such a horrible death, then our sins cannot have been “small.”

The Cross reminds us that “our lives are measured,” not by us or by our peers, but “by whom we are created and called to be, and the measuring is done by the One who creates and calls.” Instead of glossing over our sin with an understanding nod, the Cross renders “the verdict on the gravity of our sin.”

Our unwillingness to see our sins as they really are—that is, as God sees them—leads us to embrace another falsehood: that is, that we can make things right. Even though our culture is, in many respects, post-Christian, it still clings to the idea of redemption. However, just as with our ideas about sin and guilt, our ideas about redemption are pitiful and impoverished.

On Good Friday, God made it clear “that we are incapable of setting things right.” He made it clear by taking our place. On the Cross, “the Judge of the guilty is Himself judged guilty.” This is, of course, the great scandal, one that paradoxically points to the great truth at the heart of Good Friday. We are powerless to set things right, and only God, the offended party, could undo the mess we created.

The Cross—God’s way of bearing witness to the truth about our condition—is as offensive today as it was 2,000 years ago. Now, as then, we insist on misinterpreting the events of that Friday afternoon, but to no avail. Our sin has been judged, and God Himself bore the punishment. And that is the truth about everything.

Related audio and links

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Rembrandt Knew

Jesus allowed Himself to be placed on the cross for our sins. Rembrandt knew that, so he placed himself in the painting as one of those helping to raise the cross.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bring Back Men's Hats

I love fedoras. I love old movies that show men in snappy suits and sharp hats. Hats lend style. Hats make an outfit sing!

Unless they're baseball caps. I'm really sick of those, especially on men who refuse to take them off in restaurants.

The Art of Manliness recently posted Bringing Back the Hat, declaring that hats are due for a full resurgence. Huzzah! I hope the prognosticator is right. The fedora is there, oh yah, but I can do without the porkpie (too doofy looking). The article also shares style hints and proper hat wearing etiquette, something sorely lacking today.

Okay, the fedora doesn't always have to be worn with a suit.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Astronomy of Easter

He is not here: for He is risen! - Matthew 28:6
Every Christian knows that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem at the time of the Passover, and in this way became the perfect Passover sacrifice, "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Since the early centuries of the church, Christians have honored the death and resurrection of Jesus in the celebration of Easter. And while the observance of Easter has changed over the centuries, it is based on the Hebrew Passover.

* Hebrew Roots *

We read in the Book of Exodus how the LORD used Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt. In Exodus 12, the LORD sent the final plague, smiting the firstborn of all Egypt. The Israelites were saved by sacrificing a lamb and covering their doorframes with its blood, so that the LORD would "pass over" the house and not smite the firstborn of Israel. And the LORD commanded that the Israelites remember the Passover in a seven day feast....

And this day shall be unto you a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. - Exodus 12:14.

Please finish this fascinating article at Classical Astronomy.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Whoa! Narnia Forever!

From Yahoo Financial News:

HarperCollins Deploys Web 2.0 Initiatives for Narnia With 'Read It Before You See It' Campaign
Thursday March 13, 8:00 am ET

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Today HarperCollins Children's Books announces the launch of its "Read It Before You See It" global digital campaign for C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. The massive web presence focuses attention on the seven books in the series as a lead in to the Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media release of 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' film on May 16, 2008.

HarperCollins and online agency Special Ops Media are taking Narnia to where the readers live-online, working together to create a viral campaign that takes a 50-year-old classic brand to Web 2.0.

Extensive promotions on Facebook and MySpace, a custom Prince Caspian widget and "Enter to Win" consumer contests are among the Web 2.0 initiatives that will reach new and existing fans of Narnia in surprising interactive ways, presenting an enhanced look at the beloved world that is Narnia.

"Our comprehensive, highly-targeted "Read It Before You See It" online campaign allows us to leverage all our Narnia assets to create interactive, viral platforms. These will expand our audience by further engaging it and increasing its user-experience with the franchise, to grow readership in advance of the film," said Diane Naughton, Vice President of Marketing, HarperCollins Children's Books.

The Narnia "Read It Before You See It" campaign includes:

-- Extensive promotion on social community sites Facebook and MySpace;
including profiles for Prince Caspian and Narnia.
-- A custom widget for MySpace with streaming daily content: movie info,
trivia quiz and a countdown clock.
-- A special application for Facebook-the Narnia Trivia Challenge-
utilizing new technology. Fans can "join the battle" with Prince
Caspian as one of their favorite Narnians, answer up to 100 questions,
unlock unique content, and challenge a friend to beat their score.
--"Read It Before You See It" dedicated microsite
features a sweepstakes, games, information about the books, author, illustrator and much more.
-- "Read It Before You See It" "Enter to Win" consumer contest (March
11th-April 11th)
-- Grand Prize: 2 tickets to the NYC premier of Prince Caspian the
-- 1st Prize: A Narnia treasure chest filled with Narnia books, games,
toys, plush, costumes.
-- 2nd Prize: A complete library of Prince Caspian movie tie-in books.
-- 3rd Prize: A Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Wii video game.
-- Online advertising on nick.com and nickjr.com (1,080,000 impressions).
-- NeoPets.com interactive game: "Which character are you?" for kids on
NeoPets.com with advertising and links to the microsite, trailer and
special features.
-- Multiple partnerships with major online portals beginning with Yahoo!
Kids (4 million unique visitors each month) to feature e-cards from the
Pevensie children, and KOL, the kids division of America Online, (1.2
unique visitors each month) which will offer a read-a-long of a chapter
a week with prizing.

Background and contact info follow at Yahoo Financial News

Monthly Classical Lecture Rescheduled

Classical Christian Education and the Early Church Fathers
Wes Callihan

* rescheduled *

March 27th, 2008
5-7 PM Pacific Time

If you would like to attend, please follow these instructions.

Please go to https://escondidotutorial.webex.com Click on the tab at the top left of your window that says Meeting Center. You will see a list of all the meetings currently running. If the conference run has been opened, you will see “conference room” on the list. Click join next to this room.

When prompted, enter your first and last name and email and then use the password “Antigone” when prompted. The software will take a little while to download when you enter the first time, so please be patient if nothing appears to be happening. Once you are in the room you will be asked if you would like to join the VOIP audio conference- you need to join this to hear the audio, so please accept it. We will be having a question period during the lecture, so you will need a microphone on your computer if you would like to participate in that. You also need a high speed internet connection to participate- dsl, cable or satellite.

If you are having technical difficulties, you can call the webex tech support number - 1-866-229-3239. Please do not call tech support unless the conference room is running. I will attempt to leave the conference room running as much as I can this week, so you can practice entering before the time of the actual meeting.

Thank you for your interest,
Fritz Hinrichs

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We Can't Do Everything!

Oh, this is hilarious! Its sung to the tune of Veggie Tales "The Pirates who Don't Do Anything."

All 3 Moms:
We are the home school moms who can't do everything
We just stay at home and plan a lot
And if you ask us to do everything
We'll just tell you
We can't do everything

Well, I've never been to Boston and I've never shot a musket, and I've never built a cabin using nothing but an axe, and I've never skinned a possum, and I've never staged a battle, and I've never started homeschool before fall!

We are the home school moms who can't do everything
We just stay at home and plan a lot
And if you ask us to do everything
We'll just tell you...

We can't do everything!

Mom 2:
And I've never distilled water, and I've never bandaged birdies, and I've never built an ant farm 'cuz I can't stand things that crawl, and I've never dug a fossil, and I've never owned a test tube, and I've never started home school before fall!

We are the home school moms who can't do everything
We just stay at home and plan a lot
And if you ask us to do everything
We'll just tell you

We can't do everything

Mom 1:
And I've never slaughtered chickens, and I've never milked a go-oat,and I've never gone to 4-H or the local county fair, and I've never sewn a jumper, and I don't look good in denim, and I've never started home school before fall!

Huh? What are you talking about? What's a milk goat and denim jumpers got to do with being a home school mom?

Hey, that's right! We're supposed to sing about academic-ythings!


And who ever sews school uniforms? That's impossible! Why even bring it up? Am I right? What do you think?

Mom 3:
I think you should do your laundry.

Huh? Why do you think that?

You should...

Don't wanna!

You wore that shirt yesterday!

That's it, you're going to help me!

Says who?

Says ME, that's who!

Oh yeah? Well I'm not picking up your socks! (pinches her own nose)



And I've never done gymnastics, and I've never danced the polka, and I've never painted daisies 'cause I cannot paint at all, and I've never made a schedule, and my house is never perfect...

It'll never happen!

And we've never started home school before fall!

We are the home school moms who can't do everything
We just stay at home and plan a lot
And if you ask us to do everything
We'll just tell you
We can't do everything

Pass the pencils! Who's got the teacher's guide?

Here it is! (holds up shredded paper)

(groans, then smiles with sudden inspiration) Time for recess!

It's definitely time for Scotch tape.

Oh, I don't like that stuff...

Hey, look! I found a crayon!

Hat tip to Anna May's Boy's Blog.

More Reasons to Learn Greek

Crosswalk.com is reporting this exciting news:

Scholars Find Treasure Trove of Greek NT Manuscripts

Normally, two or three New Testament manuscripts handwritten in the original Greek are discovered each year. Last summer, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) found a treasure trove of them during a trip to Albania. The Center, based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, devotes itself to the high-resolution digital preservation of these early copies of the New Testament. Scholars tried for decades to gain access to the National Archive in Tirana with little success, partly because Albania is a former police state. Until now, only two manuscripts of the 13 there known to Western scholars had been photographed. Recently though, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, the CSNTM director, received permission to send a team of four men to Albania to photograph the manuscripts with state-of-the-art digital methods. By the end of their first day in Tirana in July, they realized there were more than 13 manuscripts -- far more. The catalog at the National Archive listed 47 New Testament manuscripts, and at least 17 were unknown to Western scholars. Evidence suggests that some of the other manuscripts had been presumed lost elsewhere in Albania, but no final determination has been made. For more information on the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, visit CSNTM.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cornerstone Curriculum Update

Dear Friends of Cornerstone Curriculum,

Helping parents to build the lives of their children upon the Biblical World View has been our goal since 1984 when we started Cornerstone Curriculum. We are a home school family seeking to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by assisting parents prepare their children to walk by faith into the 21st Century culture with true and firm convictions. Through the use of our curriculum we pray that God will "Stir Hearts, Renew Minds, and Change Lives" one family at a time. God's blessings on your family.

It has always been our desire to provide excellent curriculum at the lowest possible prices for home school families.

For 2008 we find it necessary to raise our prices effective April 10, 2008 on a few items.
We will continue giving families the same discount on additional copies of the workbooks/syllabi I have written.

Internet orders received by April 10, 2008 will receive the 2007 prices.
We hope this will help you in preparing for your upcoming school year.

Please forward this email to any of your friends that would be interested in teaching their children according to the Biblical world view.

We thank our God for you always!

God's blessings to you and your family,

David and Shirley Quine
Cornerstone Curriculum

There will be no price increase on:
Making Math Meaningful
Principles from Patterns
Science: The Search
Music and Moments with the Masters

WINTER SAVINGS of up to $75.00!

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WORLDVIEWS Year I Package Price--SAVE $55.00
PURCHASE BEFORE APRIL 10, 2008 and SAVE $55.00!
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The Year I Syllabus prices will remain the same.

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Thanks. David and Shirley

Monday, March 10, 2008

My Dog Breed

What dog breed are you? I'm a Jack Russell Terrier! Find out at Dogster.com

It's true, except for the exceptional athletic ability. That's just hilarious when applied to me.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

You can never have too many books, but still...

...it can be a bit daunting, trying to read them all. Too many good books, not enough eyes with which to read them.

Monday, February 25, 2008

On Integrating Certain Heretofore Un-Integrate-able Subjects

We home schooling moms often try to integrate subjects when practical. It can save time and increase mental links for better memory retention. Not every thing integrates easily, however. Like American Colonial History and Latin. Oh, sure, it comes out happily enough (for Mom, anyway) that boys studied Latin in school, and sometimes you come across mottoes and sayings in Latin, but it's not what you call integrated. Sometimes, though, the kids themselves come up with their own integrations.

Witness one young scholar's (my 11yo ds) integration of Latin and what he's learned from studying the 1700's:

"Mom, why did you pressgang me into studying Latin?"

There. Couldn't have done it better myself.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Frugal Friday--My Fave Hot Cocoa Mix

My favorite way to use my favorite cocoa mix is in my coffee!

Hot Cocoa Mix

8 cups dry powdered milk
3 cups sugar or sugar substitute that measures like sugar
2 cups baking cocoa
3 cups non-dairy creamer

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large container. I use a very large apothecary glass jar from Walmart. Makes 16 cups dry mix. Use 1/4 cup mix to 6 oz. hot water or mix it into your coffee for a nice treat.

Print from Art.com.

More great ideas at Biblical Womanhood.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lincoln Was No Christian

Mr. Lincoln The Infidel

by Al Benson Jr.
Just as, over the years, we have all been treated to the ethereal fables of Mr. Lincoln as the "great emancipator" of blacks, so have also been treated to many stories about his supposed Christian faith. The problem with all of this is the most patriotic and conservative folks have bought into this hook, line, and sinker. I talked several years ago with a conservative man who informed me that Lincoln "got saved" in the White House. I asked him for some evidence and then sought to go a little into the true nature of Lincoln's character. At that point, he informed me that he "didn't have time for all this." Conversation ended. He had no evidence to back up what he said and I had just punctured the aura of secular holiness that surrounded his secular saint, and he wasn't happy with that. He really didn't want to be confronted with any facts that might force him to change his opinion. So, in many conservative circles, where the truth is supposed to be sought after and revered, many still refuse to deal with any truth that flies in the face of their preconceived notions. I, too, once thought Lincoln was a good man. I was forced, after considerable research, to change my views. That's life.

Finish the rest of the article here.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Free Classical Ebook

Diane at The Classical Scholar has produced a nice little ebook about the history of classical education. You can get it by subscribing to her blog. I think you'll appreciate her blog, too. She has some very thoughtful posts, so enjoy the reading.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

National ID Program Must Be Stopped!

Showdown: The Final Battle Against REAL ID Has Begun

The national ID battle, brewing for years, is now underway in earnest.

On January 11, the Department of Homeland Security released its final rules on what states must do to implement REAL ID, the national identification law Congress passed in 2005.

Homeland Security has taken the gloves off. States have until May to accept the plan. Beginning May 11, 2008, says Homeland Security, residents of states that have not agreed to implement REAL ID will not be allowed to use their state drivers licenses to board airplanes or enter federal buildings. They can use a U.S. passport or possibly other documents in some circumstances, but they must expect to "suffer delays due to the requirement for enhanced security screening." In other words, take your shoes off, pal, and get in that LONG LONG line over there.


In practice, it may be impossible even to get a job or open a bank account without REAL ID. REAL ID is widely expected to become the standard ID for the private sector.

And that's just the start. Homeland Security is already floating additional uses for the cards, including "reducing unlawful employment, voter fraud, and underage drinking," and monitoring the purchase of over-the-counter medicines. The REAL ID Act explicitly says that REAL IDs shall be required for "any other purposes that the Secretary [of Homeland Security] shall determine." A more open-ended grant of power could not be written.


Like so much recent statist legislation, REAL ID was sneaked into law. It was slipped into a May 2005 emergency-spending bill to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and provide tsunami relief. Such bills are almost impossible to defeat. It passed the House 368-58 and the Senate unanimously. There was not a single debate on the Act in the Senate, and insufficient discussion in the House. President Bush, who, his spokespersons once said, "does not support a national ID card," strongly backed it and quickly signed it into law.


As this battle begins in earnest, state by state, no one should be fooled into thinking REAL ID has anything to do with fighting terrorism. The federal government has pushed for a national ID card for years, well before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Previous justifications have included health care, the War on Drugs, protecting children, and controlling immigration. Any excuse, it seems, will do. This is all about massive, Orwellian control of Americans by a federal government run amok.


REAL ID is a Real Bad Idea: a giant move towards a 1984-ish police state where the government monitors and controls everything you say and do.

It can still be stopped. But it's now or never.


Please read the whole article at The Liberator Online.