Friday, September 15, 2006

A New Plan For Mississsippi

The Mississippi Press insist that we need a new education plan for Mississsippi. Considering these chilling facts

The state's graduation rate is 60 percent. Of the students entering ninth-grade, 35 percent drop out before graduation.

I agree.

One has too wonder what the Bush boys were doing during Civics.

Holy Land Park scored a major victory this summer when Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill granting a property-tax exemption to nonprofit organizations that display biblical manuscripts or that stage scenes from the Bible. Holy Land paid a team of lobbyists between $10,000 and $30,000 to push the legislation through, according to lobbyists' records.

What about a theme park that displays the Koran does it get a tax break? What about a Wican theme park will they get tax breaks? I imagine sooner or later someone will challenge government support for only Christianity based theme parks. After all the government isn't suppose to support one religion over another, the bill Jeb Bush signed does.

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The safety of their children provides a strong motivation for some parents to homeschool. Apparently not only are public schools failing to educate children, they are also failing to create good citizens.
Two teenage boys amassed a cache of guns, ammunition, bombs and other weapons at their homes and apparently planned to use them to attack their high school, authorities said Thursday.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Her You Tube profile states Bree is home-schooled . Viewers are led to believe she is the daughter of strictly religious parents. But somehow Bree is able to find the time and technology to upload video blogs of her innermost thoughts, without her parents knowledge. Too bad they can't come up with anything more original then the typical homeschool stereotypes.

You see it's a hoax. Bree is played by actress Jessica Rose, a 20-ish resident of New Zealand and Los Angeles and a graduate of the New York Film Academy. The whole project appears to be the early serialized version of what eventually will become a movie.

It certainly doesn't portray homeschoolers in the best light. Considering the public generally has a lot of misconceptions about homeschoolers this is one hoax that needs to be brought to light sooner rather then later. If you want to do a fictionalized story about homeschoolers fine, but make sure everyone knows it's fiction.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Thinking Mother: Please Contribute To The Next Carnival of Homechooling

The next COH will be hosted by The Thinking Mother who is asking for contributions. She has some wonderful tips for those who would like to contribute but are suffering from writer's block.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A MEME About Books

One book that changed your life:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, while it hasn't changed my life in a big way, it has changed the way I think about somethings.

One book that you've read more than once:
Lord of the Rings by Tolkien

One book that you would want on a desert island:
How on earth do you expect me to manage with just one. Honestly you have to at least let me have all the books on my family room book shelves. But I demand a public library on this desert island. They can drop new books by plane every month or something.

One book that made you laugh:
They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? Actually anything by Patrick F. McManus is guaranteed to have me giggling.

One book that made you cry:
A Tale of Two Cities

One book that you wish had been written:
I just wish Tolkien and some of my other favorite authors were still alive and churning out books for me to read.

One book you could not put down:
Any book I pick up.

One book you are currently reading:
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, I can't wait for him to finish the third one in the series.

One book you've been meaning to read:
Gosh you expect me to pick just one off my list of 100+, that I add a new book to almost everyday.
Odds & Ends

Dana Hanley at Homeland Stupidity (gotta love that blog title) defends homeschoolers from Kelley Course's outrageous demand that homeschoolers be subject to visits from social services in Indiana.

McGann's Factors has tips for homeschoolers who wish to attend MIT.

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Monday, September 11, 2006


The Democrats told me not to watch it because it bashed the Clinton administration. I can only wonder what on earth they were referring to. The film didn't mention Clinton, and only briefly showed the firemen listening to President George W. Bush on TV. The documentary itself was more focused on the reactions of the firemen watching TV, then on what they were watching.

The American Family Association told me not to watch it because of the swear words. Considering the outcry they raised and their threats to have the FCC fine CBS if they showed it I was surprised at how little profanity was in the documentary.

I found the documentary moving, and extremely sad. I will never forget the chilling sound of the bodies hitting the ground. Made by Gedeon and Jules Naudet who were actually filming a documentary about a rookie firefighter when the World Trade Center was attacked it's focus is on the firemen from Engine 7. How they desperately tried to get the people out, how they dealt with the loss of friends and fellow fire fighters, how their escape from tower one was a miracle, and the survivors guilt they deal with even now. It also documented their grim determination to go back the next day and rescue anyone trapped and their dismay when they realized all that was left was body parts and dust.

Today they still deal with survivors guilt and some have medical problems related to 9/11, but you have to admire the resilience of those who go on fighting fires, go on saving lives and rejoice in the lives they were able to save 9/11, while never forgetting those who were lost.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Book Reviews

Speak You Also A Survivor's Reckoning
In 1943 Paul Steinberg (age 16) was arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz, this is the story of how he survived.

Book One Prodigal Son
Book Two City of Night
Set in New Orleans. 200 years ago Victor Frankenstein created a monster. Now the monster is more human then his creator, can Deucalion save humanity from Victor's latest creations?
Florida students celebrate Freedom Week.