Friday, February 29, 2008

More Crazy Pet Pictures

It's been awhile since I posted pictures of the "family". There is a certain theme among these pictures:

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Little miss attitude did not photograph well for St. Valentine's Day. So this is what I'm stuck with.

She thinks she owns all of us. I have a newsflash for the little darling ;-)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Beautiful Hands Of A Priest

Today's Lenten reflection from EWTN:

We need them in life's early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek them when tasting life's woes.
At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their greatness;
Their dignity stands all alone;
And when we are tempted and wander,
To pathways of shame and of sin,
It's the hand of a priest that will absolve us--
Not once, but again and again.
And when we are taking life's partner,
Other hands may prepare us a feast,
But the hand that will bless and unite us--
Is the beautiful hand of a priest.
God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress;
When can a poor sinner do better,
Than to ask Him to guide thee and bless?
When the hour of death comes upon us,
May our courage and strength be increased,
By seeing raised over us in blessing--
The beautiful hands of a priest.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Another Reason Why I Homeschool

Watch this shocking video between a "young lady" and a bus driver (warning: offensive language):



It's apparent this girl wanted to get off the bus and demanded the driver let her off where she wanted. These kids know the driver isn't allowed to drop them off at an unassigned location.

She has the language down pat, screaming "don't touch me" and "you punched me". Typical nonsense from a spoiled rotten brat who becomes out of control when she doesn't get her way. The driver should sue the parents of that girl for raising an idiot.

I don't even want to imagine what this little darling would have done to the driver if there was no camera on the bus.

The mom of this girl is defending her little "baby's" behavior. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, so I have to assume idiocy is hereditary.

Funny Homeschool Videos

Two funny homeschool videos on youtube:





Well, I think they're funny, showing how we spend our day ;-)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Snow, Again!

This time, we're getting an actual snowstorm! Yippee, no ice until later :-)

It was a whiteout an hour ago:
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The view from where my computer is located:
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Okay, when will spring arrive ;-)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Papal Blog

Blog For Pope Benedict's Visit

Great blog, with the pope's itinerary posted.

How Old Did I Say I Was?

I think I'm supposed to be an adult, right? Then why am I enjoying these Veggie Tales videos:







Amanda has a friend that enjoys Veggie Tales. She enjoys the cartoons as well. I never realized the veggies were so popular with teens ;-)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

World Youth Day Cross Arrives In Australia

World Youth Day Cross Arrives In Australia

I wish I was able to be there! Anyone who will be at WYD, please take pictures for all of us to see :-)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Cluelessness Crisis, Part 4

Now What?

While this article in the series appears logical, it gives the appearance parents should be cooperating with teachers throughout the school year. If children are enrolled in good Catholic schools, and good public schools for that fact (although there are very few to none here), then it's the responsibility of the teachers to cooperate with the parents.

It is stated in the article:

You can also consider asking your child’s teachers if you can come in and teach your specialized knowledge to the class; many teachers will welcome the opportunity, and children who don’t remember a thing they read in a social science textbook may well recall the old man who taught them military history using his scale model of the Battle of Waterloo.

In this day and age, how many teachers want parents intruding in their "space"?

And then this:

Above all, never accept the doctrine that disinterested experts have a better idea of what is good for children than loving parents.

While this is ideal, in some districts parents have been accused of being child abusers, simply for not accepting what the so-called experts have to say. This is why parents must remove their children from those districts, and get them away from those "experts".

I'm glad we've been out of the public school system for over 7 1/2 years. My "interference" in the classroom when my daughter was in kindergarten and first grade was viewed as non-productive and could have led to her being removed from my custody. This is another reason why we plan on homeschooling all the way through high school.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

One Year Ago Today

This is what Interstate 78 looked like:
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It didn't get that way just because of the snow or negligence by PennDot. People did move the barricades set up to prevent any further vehicles from entering the highway. So what happens? PennDot gets the full blame and stupidity was rewarded.

Psssst, people listen up: next time you're warned to stay off the highway because of the weather, do so.

Happy St. Valentine's Day

The Origins of Valentine's Day

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

First Snow, Then Ice

What a difference in weather, from Sunday to today. We had wind and snow squalls on Sunday (video from another resident of the Pokes):



Yesterday, it started out as snow, then turned to ice.

You can see the power lines hanging just near the neighbor's shed
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The pines sagging under the ice
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My mom's hanging basket, covered in ice
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I pray the power stays on, as it's supposed to get very cold again tonight. Everything is going to freeze up again :-(

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cute Logic Video

Well, I thought it was cute ;-)

Your Average Teenager



LOL!!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Cats, Again!

This time it's Gussie's turn to be very cute. Amanda recorded her while she was on her math work :-)



Please See My New Blog

I've decided to create a separate blog for pro-life issues. There is so much going on in that arena, that I don't want it taking up this entire blog. Isn't there already enough going on here ;-)

PA Pro-Lifer

Please let me know what you think of that blog, and comment on those posts there as well.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Lauren Richardson Update

Thanks to Kim for bringing this to my attention:

New Court Order Says No More Videos

Why is Jason Powell concerned about the videos and still photos? What is his motivation behind his actions? He needs to reveal exactly who he is working for before he is allowed to continue to be Lauren's GAL. Is it because in these videos/photos Lauren is more alert and aware of her surroundings and father than they want revealed to the public? What exactly does he (Jason) have to gain if Lauren is starved to death? He claims to be looking out for her best interests, yet is hiding behind her "right to privacy".

No, Jason Powell, you should be looking to do everything in your power to save her life. That is your obligation and responsibility. Your duty is to her and no one else. Not the court, not the lawyers, not even Lauren's parents. To Lauren and Lauren alone. To do anything less is morally reprehensible, and you ought to be ashamed.

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Lenten Meditation

Lenten Recipes

As a family, we decided to give up meat for Lent. So, that means no hamburgers, chicken or porkchops during our time of fasting. We will eat dairy, eggs and fish, as well as beans and some soy for the protein.

I found lots of recipes on the following websites that look very good:

All Recipes Vegetarian

Fat Free Vegan

Yesterday, I made crockpot navy bean soup:

Crock Pot Navy Bean Soup

This soup is supposed to be "The best Navy Bean Soup recipe ever!"
Ingredients
1 lb. Dried navy beans
2 cans Broth
2 cans Diced tomatoes
1 Onion, chopped
1 tsp. Paprika
1 Bay leaf
1 t. Garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Thyme
Pinch cheyanne pepper
Preparation

Soak beans overnight. Rinse and drain. Put all ingredients into crockpot and add water to cover (by an inch).

Cook on low 4 to 8 hours or until beans are tender.


It is very good and makes a ton of soup! I did make two changes as I used very little cayenne pepper (misspelled above from the web), and used one quart of Wolfgang Puck's Organic Vegetable Broth. It's one of my favorites and a staple around here. It does cost a little more than regular veggie broth, but the taste is far superior to most broths on the market. Another brand I like is Kitchen Basics, but it's very difficult to obtain around here.

I'm glad my family likes beans and lentils, otherwise we'd be in trouble :-)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Cluelessness Crisis Part 3

The History of Cluelessness

"Prussia’s education system was to provide the paradigm for public school systems throughout the world.

Unfortunately, when it arrived in America, it found a country with a high level of practical education, and unheard-of rates of popular literacy. This flew in the face of the assumption that literacy and critical thought could be taught only to a very tiny percentage of students.

The theory was that “reading leads to unrest and confusion” and that low-grade students are incapable of handling complex ideas without upsetting their internal equilibrium.

Something had to be done, and it was.

Slowly, the responsibility for education was shifted from the family and community to the state; schooling became compulsory at an earlier age, ended at a later age, and took up more of the year; the curriculum was slowly devolved to de-emphasize literacy, eliminate classics, and replace history and geography with “social science.”

Children were explicitly divided into intellectual classes — a practice which was justified by the emergence of social Darwinism and the assumption that intellectual achievement had a primarily hereditary basis.

It is a practice that continues today."


The article continues on, discussing what constitutes the typical high school education in schools.

We also need to remember compulsory attendance laws were not passed to educate the population, but to dumb it down. Compulsory attendance=bodies in seats=government better able to control the people. Those who didn't put their children in "free" schools were, and still are, looked down on as not conforming. Homeschooling is considered even more radical, given we are able to teach our children how to think outside the box. Anything that annoys the NEA and teacher's unions must be a good thing :-)

How Timely

Public School Cover-Up

"Sherryll Kraizer, executive director of the Denver-based Safe Child Program, said it is commonplace for principals and teachers to neglect laws that require them to report sexual abuse of children.

“I see it regularly,” Kraizer said. “There are laws against failing to report, but the law is almost never enforced. Almost never.”

Kraizer sees the documentation first-hand as a professional witness for prosecutors and defense lawyers in cases of childhood sexual abuse allegations. She has personally reviewed dozens of cases in which teachers and administrators neglected to contact authorities regarding knowledge of abuse."


Doesn't Bruce Smith fit in the category of sexual abuser? What he has done is no different than physical abuse taking place, altering the minds of young teens by exposing them to pornographic material.

I'm not surprised these cover-ups take place. Child abusers are naturally going to flock to where they can harm children.

PV, Again

Family 'Feared For Lives' After Complaining About PV Teacher

A little history:

"The suit stemmed from graphic sexual and violent content that Smith allegedly used in his course. These included showing photographs of naked murdered women in class, asking female students what they wear during pillow fights and providing students with a sexually explicit novel he wrote, which was based on his own experience."

A local family filed a lawsuit against Bruce Smith, an alleged teacher, who showed sexually explicit material to his students and distributed his pornographic novel to the same. Because of the backlash in the community with the original suit being filed anonymously, the parents' names were released to the public by the "judge". Many people have come out in defense of this pervert, parents and students alike. Those who are speaking out against him are being bullied by his supporters. Why is that?

What he has done is behave in sexual harassment and deviant behavior. If this was the workplace, he would have been fired by now. Since he's only dealing with students, he's allowed to get away with this garbage so he can "open their minds" to the "truth".

It's one thing to discuss history in the proper context; it's another to behave as a sexual predator.

Why hasn't C&Y done their job and investigate him? If this behavior came from any parent, that parent would have lost custody of their child by now, and the same parent would be on the sex offender list. Do the same rules not apply to Bruce Smith, because he's "educating" students? If anything, the standards must be higher for those who have contact with minors every day. But, this being a typical public school district, the rules don't apply to them or their employees.

Yet another reason why I homeschool :-)

I'm A Genius!

Well, not really, but my blog is :-)

blog readability test

Movie Reviews

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Follow Up To My "Understanding Abortion" Post

I've been asked to follow up on my "Understanding Abortion" post from last week. I was asked where the percentages came from. I have no idea how the show arrived at the numbers. However, I found the show in three segments on youtube:

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


I'm surprised another pro-lifer accused me of making up the numbers. They don't sound like they're too far off, considering the racism of Margaret Sanger and her ilk. All one has to do is look at the strategic placement of abortion clinics in black/ethnic neighborhoods, not to mention the push to force ABC on the same people. The estimates may actually be conservative.

PVSD In The News

District Sees Dip In Student Numbers

It isn't often PVSD makes the news, but when it does, it's always interesting. I'm amazed at the dishonesty, from the top down.

Our new superintendent is saying the cause of the dropping numbers of students is now part of a "natural fluctuation"? I find that hard to believe, considering the numbers were projected to drop, beginning a few years ago. The projections have come true. Why did the PDE make such claims, and how could the new superintendent now know about it?

The former superintendent also carefully chose his words to make sure he would demonize homeschoolers as the cause of the problem. What he failed to state is that the vast majority of those who have taken their children out have enrolled them in public cyber charters. Their numbers would still be counted as public school students, not homeschoolers. It's the district's (and former superintendent's) way of pitting one segment of the population against the other.

Does the new superintendent believe people will allow schools to be built for non-existent students? Do we really need to be funding these sports stadiums and teams at the expense of real education. ISTM their priorities are backwards.

The taxpayers of this district are getting tired of this nonsense. Slowly but surely, they are waking up to the bloated bureaucracy of PVSD. More and more people should take their children out of the district, and watch it implode on itself.

One can hope ;-)

Monday, February 4, 2008

How To Drink Water

Cat style, that is, LOL!



Amanda recorded Monica drinking out of the faucet earlier today. I've been trying to break this cat of the habit, but she and dh always give in. I don't know who's worse, the cat or the ones she owns ;-

The video is very dark, because she used her digital camera to record and there is very little light in the room. Oh well.

Favorite Superbowl Ad

I think this is the best commercial from Superbowl XLII



Way to go, Charlie Brown, LOL!!

All the ads:

Superbowl Ads XLII

Giants Win The Superbowl!!!!

Congratulations to the Giants and MVP Eli Manning on their stunning Superbowl Win!

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Now back to our regularly scheduled blog ;-)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Lauren Richardson

Another young woman in Delaware may possibly be starved to death, similar to Terri Schiavo. Lauren Richardson is 23 years old, and has been diagnosed as in a "persistant vegetative state". In 2006, she overdosed on heroin and suffered brain injury. At the time of her overdose, she was pregnant with her first child. She was kept alive long enough for her to give birth to that child. Now her mother has guardianship of Lauren, and wants to have her feeding tube removed.

The mother should speak to the Schindler family, about exactly what is involved in starvation death. From everything I've read, it is absolutely gruesome to watch a loved one go through such pain. How disgusting we live in a society where another one of our least is going to be murdered, by her family and the state.

Video of Lauren with her father:



Website about Lauren:

Life For Lauren

This cannot happen again in an allegedly civilized society.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Miracle Of Adult Stem Cells

Finnish Patient Gets New Jaw From Own Stem Cells

"Using a patient's own stem cells provides a tailor-made transplant that the body should not reject.

Suuronen and her colleagues -- the project was run jointly with the Helsinki University Central Hospital -- isolated stem cells from the patient's fat and grew them for two weeks in a specially formulated nutritious soup that included the patient's own blood serum.

In this case they identified and pulled out cells called mesenchymal stem cells -- immature cells than can give rise to bone, muscle or blood vessels.

When they had enough cells to work with, they attached them to a scaffold made out of a calcium phosphate biomaterial and then put it inside the patient's abdomen to grow for nine months. The cells turned into a variety of tissues and even produced blood vessels, the researchers said."


Gee, what about all the hype on embryonic stem cells, how adult stem cells could never work in this way, and how it will be absolutely necessary to use embryos to advance this research????

I'm amazed at what great lengths these "scientists" will go to in order to kill innocent babies.