Surprise! More tainted Food!

Farm Raised Fish Contaminated

This isn’t the kind of thing anyone wants to be able to say “I told you so”. Suffice it to say, I’m thrilled that I’ve fed my family ONLY wild-caught seafood. Of course, there’s not enough to go around, with wild supplies lasting possibly 90-days every year, but I’ll take that over being poisoned by the Chinese. And people thought the terrorists were in the Middle East…... -Sharon

Do NOT MIX Sunscreen & Bug Repellent!

DEET plus Sunscreen is a bad idea. It’s especially bad if you’re a child, the most vulnerable and easily affected among us. The following article gives all the details. In doing some quick research, if sunscreen and bug repellant are the only way you can survive summer, it looks like Bull Frog has a fairly good product.

Lego LaLa Land

Volume 21 No. 2, Winter 2006 issue of “Rethinking Schools Online”, contains an article, Why We Banned Legos describing how a secular after-school program for 5-9 year-olds concluded Legos must be banned from their facility.It seems the children created a sprawling town for which they felt a sense of ownership. Let’s pause. Which word in the above paragraph causes you a degree of concern? Is it the word “banned”? No, no, no, that SHOULD cause you concern. Is it the word, “sprawling”? Well, yes, if you’re an enviro-Nazi, it might just put your panties in a pinch. Try again. Does the word “conclusion” cause your stomach to knot tightly or palms to sweat? ONLY if you’re of the relativistic Oprah-ized brainwashed crowd who operate on feelings and not absolutes or logic-based discussions.

Compact Fluorescent Nightmare

Thinking I was doing a Good Thing, I replaced the majority of our incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents inspired by house guests who left lights burning in broad daylight. Making a trip to Costco to restock my pantry, I discovered they sold round compact fluorescent replacements, perfect for the designer-challenged light bar above the children’s sinks. While the cost of the new bulbs seemed extravagant, 8 for $30, I justified the expense by the “cost savings” given their efficiency rating. It also seemed worth the cost to experience exhilaration, not irritation, in having freed myself from concern about next month’s electrical bill. Well, like so many things of late, I wasted a lot of time, not to mention money.

The FDA Pet & Human Food Fiasco!

The FDA’s time has come. And gone. It’s time for another Tea Party, beginning with dumping the FDA overboard. Here’s yet another example of their ineptitude, this time involving the illness and death of thousands of pets through melamine-tainted wheat and corn-gluten added to pet food. Until yesterday, the FDA was denying the contaminated pet food fiasco was wide-spread, an FDA administration official saying it affected “dozens of pet deaths in North America”.

Let me just take a brief walk into Math Land. Some people count by 1’s, using their fingers, or strangely, tapping their heads ala Winnie The Pooh style. It’s ugly stuff, really, after the age of 3 or 4, thus, skip-counting should be taught. Some people skip count by 5’s, using one hand, 10’s using 2 hands, and a bit trickier is skip-counting by 20’s using hands AND feet. But “dozens”….hmmmmm…...the FDA skip-counts by dozens. I imagine that makes sense because they’re in an industry involving manufacturing and case lots, but still, does that really have meaning for the general public?

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down.....

...or did they?

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan, speaking at the Brendenburg Gate, West Berlin urged General Secretary Gorbachev, “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

The wall dividing the city of Berlin came tumbling down. From today’s perspective, 20 years later, the wall wasn’t restraining freedom’s progress West to East. Instead, its function was that of a dike holding back a deadly sea of totalitarian poison. When released, it surged from East to West, leaving victims in its wake including German Christian homeschooling families who have been gasping for help, in need of political asylum.

Christians as Killers Drill

Lovely. Truly love. New Jersey’s Burlington Township Public Safety Director, William Corter, said “If mistakes are made, we want to know how they should be corrected. The things we do right, we still want to see how we can make them better.”

There you have it. He’s asking for input and I’d suggest everyone provide him some. First, of course, read the following story about a live exercise drill created by school officials who “portrayed the attackers as Christians.....”.

I Still Hate Sears

Last summer, I blogged, I Hate Sears after spending months faxing and refaxing receipts and claim forms that somehow “disappeared” at the Young America, Minnesota-based fulfillment center. I’d purchased appliances during a Sears 20% Appliance Rebate program, fully expecting to see my $500+ rebate within a reasonable time period. Read more to find out what 40 Attorney Generals are doing to the Sears Young America Rebate Center….

Dumbing Down of America Continues

It’s articles like this that make me thankful I homeschool my children. That isn’t said with pride or arrogance – merely relief. Every homeschool family I know digs deep into the reading and teaching of history, recognizing its importance on many levels. How quickly things have changed over a few decades when it was, at one time said: “Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.” – G. M. Trevelyan (1876 – 1962), English Social History (1942) to this:

“ACT found this Spring that 49% of our high school graduates (half of the 70% who do graduate) cannot read at the level of freshman college texts. Common sense, buttressed by such work as that of E.D. Hirsch, Jr., for instance in his most recent book, The Knowledge Deficit , would lead to the assumption that perhaps the reason so many students need remedial work in college (63% of those in Massachusetts’ community colleges and 34% of those in Massachusetts’ four-year colleges, according to The Boston Globe ), and the reason so many do not return for their sophomore year, may be because they have never faced a nonfiction book before, and they may have so little knowledge that they do not know what their professors are talking about…..”