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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Please read the whole article at The Liberator Online.

For Texas HSers

Jube of the TexHomeEd Yahoo Group has started a social/networking group for Texas home schoolers. It is closed to the general public, so you and your teens can socialize with other hsers in Texas in safety. The group is on Snapville, and it works a lot like MySpace.

And if it helps to name drop, Heather/Sprittibee is on it. ;-D

Texas Home Educators

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Gotta Get This T For My Kids



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A Podcast You Might Enjoy

The History of Rome Podcast by Mike Duncan is a weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending (someday) with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.