Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ms Mikulski, It's Not Your Call...Mosque Hawking at Ground Zero

It is a well established fact that the new aristocracy in Washington, and points left, looks askance at the fumbling yokels that make up the electorate that they must oversee.
The Elites currently in power believe that they have the only true path forward, and we are just too stupid to stay out of their way. They must deign to lower themselves, occasionally, to pat us on the head and explain what they must do, for our own good, even if it is painful....

I hate being patronized.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the "ruling class", you need to be reminded of who you are and who you work for.

The letter below, in addition to being extremely patronizing, shows just how out of touch so many of you are. You have absolutely no sense of propriety and no interest in the hearts and minds of the people that make up this great nation.

We were wounded on 9/11. We rose up, we healed and we went on, but a scar still exists at the site of the wound. You would ask us to put aside the memories of all those that died to embrace the construction of a building that the majority of Americans would never have reason to visit. We were ALL involved in the pain of that horrible day. We were all wounded. The area and the site belongs to every person in this country that watched those towers burn.
Where do we go to honor our heroes that died that day? It is so condescending of you to suggest that just because a person is opposed to a certain building in a place of national significance, that that person doesn't agree with the freedom of worship. It's not the religion, it's the total lack of sensitivity to a part of the soul of America that should remain a memorial.

This memorial will be off limits in the interest of "Global and Cultural Understanding"

YOU do not understand.
I pray, Ms. Mikulski, and Co, that in November you come to understand very well.

Dear Darla. I wrote to my senator, Barbara Mikulski, expressing my opposition to the mosque which is being pushed forward at Ground Zero. Here is the entirety of her response by email:

Dear XXXXXXXX:
Thank you for getting in touch with me about plans to build a mosque in New York City. It's nice to hear from you.
On May 25, 2010, a New York City community board voted to support a
plan to build a mosque and Muslim cultural center near Ground Zero. The
Manhattan Community Board also approved plans for the Cordoba House to
include a performing arts center, swimming pool, culinary school and
child care facilities.
I believe that America must work to foster better understanding between
our culture and the Muslim world. We need to build communities both
here and abroad that think globally and encourage citizens to
experience different cultures. Our nation has benefitted greatly from
the free exchange of ideas.
I want you to know that I am fully supportive of the separation of
church and state. The government should have absolutely no say in what
religion people choose to practice, as long as they practice it without
jeopardizing anyone else's rights.
I am also fully supportive of the right of all Americans to worship as
they choose. This right is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the
Constitution, and I'll fight to protect it.
Again, thanks for contacting me. Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you in the future.
Sincerely,
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator

Again, please visit my Webform at http://mikulski.senate.gov/Contact/contact.cfm

The Boy's Best Summer Day


Well, we finally did it.
I packed up the boys and we went to Six Flags in DC for the day yesterday. It was a very long day, but they had been dying to go, and they had SO much fun!!
It's not really my favorite place. It's getting really run down, and it's frustrating that you can't take food in and the prices are scandalous.
We didn't have to pay admission for three of us, however, because the boys got tickets through a reading program.

Here are a few pics of the fun they had...
Getting ready to go up into the Tornado...
Yes, they were at the top....


This was much scarier for me than for them...
The Tony Hawk Half pipe, 4 stories high and straight down....yes, all three of them went on it.

And a nice splash ride at the end....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Must Put on My Teacher Hat...

With all the campaign work and a dozen other things to think about on a regular basis, I haven't had much time to plan the next school year.

I really have to get to it, because Summer is more than half over, and time is flying. Before I know it, it will be the end of August and I won't even have ordered my books!
I have been waiting until payday to order, because I will have my credit card at under control and then I can pay it off right away. I order almost everything online and I think I can find most of it pretty quickly.

I am trying to get John set up with some books that he can not only get a lot from, but also enjoy.
We are looking at a Math series called "Life of Fred". This is a truly novel approach to math. Visit the link and you'll see what I mean!
It's written like a story. I think John would enjoy it and it sounds like kids with a good foundation in math can make really good progress with it. It doesn't have a lot of drill, so if I had a child with any sort of Math issue, I would probably want something with more problems per lesson. John does very well in math, and actually Brendan and Paul are even more math minded, so I think these would be good for all of them. I am going to ask a couple of "Math people" to look at all three of the Math books that I am considering to see what they think.

We have a chance for the kids to participate in some of the classes at Good Shepherd School.
I would love for them to be able to take Spanish and possibly Music in a group. The school really wants to add language, and they are going to try an after school program. That would be perfect for us.

I want all the boys to do more formal writing again this year. John and Paul love to write, but they really need to learn different formats. Brendan doesn't really like making up stories, but he is an excellent typist and he can formulate very well. He just needs to learn to work within the guidelines.

I want to try to have them do a story of their year. It will be like a journal, but they can make up a character and have him doing some fictional things as they record the days events. I think it will make it more fun and help them see how journals can help you look back and remember the important parts of the year.

Science...it's such a tough one. I have to settle on a science plan for John, and it is driving me crazy. I don't want him doing science by himself all year. He needs to have the benefit of other kids to bounce things off of and I am hoping that an opportunity will present itself.

English will be Seton. They really do have good workbooks. They are tough and rather dry, but they do really teach the fundamentals.
Spelling will be Seton too. It's the same one they have been doing for years and I am happy with it.

So tomorrow I will do my research to find the materials that will fit the plan that is gradually forming. It's an evolution.

So I'll put things up as I find them. It's always exciting to discover the path we will take for the year.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Golden Reunion....




So Maggie's mom's family is puppy-sitting her brother, Max, for two weeks.
We went down to their house to visit and let the dogs get reacquainted. Maggie had a wonderful time! She was able to run all over the yard and play with Max, who is really very gentle and well behaved. Her mom was playing with one or both of them off and on, but I think she is really enjoying her status as only dog, once again.
This is Tazzy, her mom.


Maggie was a pretty good pup. I was happy with her manners for the most part. At six months, she is allowed to be a little scatter brained and inattentive. She was quite good in the house and sat pretty for a few pictures.
Max is a good boy too, just a little bouncier!
John and Brendan went along, but Paul is still sick so he stayed home with his dad.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hey Ma! I'm a Radical!

This is an excerpt from an excellent article at National Review Online...
I found this part particularly interesting but you may want to read the whole thing... HERE.

Coyotes in the State of Nature...

....The horror that progressives feel for gun owners is in many ways like the horror they feel for homeschoolers, whom they recognize, correctly, as one of the few truly radical movements in America. Prof. Robin West of Georgetown University’s law school offers a typical reaction to the phenomenon: “The husbands and wives in these families feel themselves to be under a religious compulsion to have large families, a homebound and submissive wife and mother who is responsible for the schooling of the children, and only one breadwinner. These families are not living in romantic, rural, self-sufficient farmhouses; they are in trailer parks, 1,000-square-foot homes, houses owned by relatives, and some, on tarps in fields or parking lots. Their lack of job skills, passed from one generation to the next, depresses the community’s overall economic health and their state’s tax base.” God defend the holy tax base!

Homeschooling families in fact have higher average incomes than non-homeschool families, a fact that Professor West acknowledges and then magics away through the device of the “radically fundamentalist movement family,” the one she locates on tarps in parking lots. Like Mr. Ignatius, Professor West is forthright about the statist origins of her horror: “Parents in many states have full authority, free of all state oversight, to determine the content of their children’s education,” a situation almost as unendurable as life in a 1,000-square-foot house. Professor West writes longingly of the golden age when practically all education was conducted under the tutelage of the state and opting out of the system was forbidden — and “parents who did so were criminals.”

You will not be surprised to read her lamenting a “constitutional culture” dominated by “militias, gun collectors, and ideologues constructing, with little help from courts and no resistance from liberals, an individual Right to Bear Arms.” She connects this Second Amendment horror to other challenges to unlimited state supremacy — the anti-tax movement and citizen border patrols — and, like David Ignatius, she cites Hobbes, framing the debate as Leviathan vs. anarchy, leaving no room for well-ordered liberty under constitutionally limited government: If those rubes out on the tarps can fill the young skulls of their plenteous broods with any old rubbish, without the least privity or countenance of authority, then they’re bound to get funny ideas about guns and taxes and illegal immigrants. And they are bound to chafe at having their lives run by Georgetown law professors.

Just as state schooling is not about education, but about the state, gun control is not about guns: It’s about control. A citizen who can fend for himself when the predators come or the schools fail is less inclined to look to the state for sustenance and oversight in other areas of life. To progressives, that’s an invitation to anarchy. To the men who wrote the Second Amendment, it was a condition of citizenship in a free republic. It’s what free men did, and do.

Kevin D. Williamson is deputy managing editor of National Review, in whose July 19, 2010, issue this article first appeared.

Poor Paul!

Paul is down with one nasty bug!
Poor guy!
He woke up in the middle of the night saying his stomach hurt, and a couple of hours later he was throwing up.
He got sick every hour all night and now he is running a low grade fever and he has had a couple of bad bouts of diarrhea. If his fever goes up I am taking him in!
He has been taking pedialyte and it seems to be staying down a little better.

He is so darn thin that he makes me nervous whenever this happens, which fortunately is seldom.
Just gonna be a nurse today and stay close by...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Post Much?

Not lately!
Forgive the long absences and lack of pictures.
I am spending the summer in front of my laptop staring at spreadsheets and maps as we try to spread the name of our candidate~ Jim Rutledge~ far and wide in Maryland.
It is a challenge and there is so much riding on everything that needs to be done for the whole campaign.
I am only working on a small piece of the puzzle, but if everyone gives their all, it will hopefully have a lasting effect.

So, my hands hurt and my neck is out beyond anything I have ever felt before. I am supposed to be taking some high powered muscle relaxers and pain pills, but the possibility of NEEDING those things has made me think twice.
I am going to go buy another pillow and see if that helps.
I have to stop working so late, but if I do that then I have to work all day, and then the boys won't get any summer at all.

Well, anyway, that's my explanation for being such a bad blogger.
I'll be back at it when life slows down...if that ever happens.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Didn't Take Long

I was just wondering today when we would start hearing about this....

Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to cheers as they arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, for the signing ceremony for the health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(CNSNews.com) - If you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).

Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.

"The fact that the high-risk pool insurance program in Pennsylvania will use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions is unconscionable," Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers."

President Obama pledged that under his health care plan “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”

Read the rest Here....

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Raven's Drumline




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Havre de Grace Parade

Who could miss the Havre de Grace 4th of July parade?


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Libertea Rally

Here's Jim Rutledge giving his 5th amendment speech at the rally in Bel Air.





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Happy Birthday USA!



IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Read the rest HERE

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Grace of A Fresh Perspective...

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with a young mom that is planning to homeschool her children. Her son is four and her daughter is two.
She was asking about what she should be doing, right now, as she begins the journey through their education.
It was so refreshing to go back to the beginning and have a chance to look forward with someone, as I am in the middle of teaching the boys.
I love what we are doing, but the early years are so much fun!
I was talking to her about all the different styles for teaching and learning, the things that are great about boys and girls with the different ways that they think, and all the great ways to start a little boy on the path, to give him the joy of lifelong learning.

As I was talking to her, I found myself getting more and more excited about next year. I started thinking about the ideas I have for Science and History. I want to get our books and start planning our months.
I am hopeful that we will be able to do a lot more field trips and activities locally. Maggie will be fine in her kennel for longer periods so on "field trip" days, we can go for a few hours at a time.
I want to do a unit on Maryland State History. We have such a rich history here in this state.
We could also do a unit on the local flora, since we are going to be doing a book on plants for Science. Maybe a couple of months on the plants in and around the bay.

It's just really important to stand back and re-evaluate the many, many good things about homeschooling. The books are important to get through. We have to get through the Math, Spelling and Grammar, but there are so many ways to experience the world around us.

I am going to have to get online and mine for the best materials I can find this week and next.
Then I can order them and when they come I get to start the process of planning how we will use them and what how all the components will fit together.
I would love to have a "retreat" with the other moms in our group for praying, planning and formulating the coming year.
I just don't have time to plan for it. I can't put something like that together right now.

It will be great to get together with my new young friend. It is so important for homeschoolers to reach out to each other. She needed information on how to get started. She was so appreciative of what I was able to share about our local community and the things that she can do with her son this year to start his education. I think, though, that I may have more to be grateful for. That conversation set my wheels turning. It got me thinking about the coming year and the joy that I find in my vocation.

So thanks to all you young, growing families. You are the future of homeschooling and you bring to the more seasoned moms a breath of vitality and wonder.