Fun stuff

While on my friend Pete’s blog, I stumbled across another blog that really is something else. Good stuff; here’s a sample.

emoticonsLooks like he’s got a new one every day, so now I have something new to check out every morning along with my Daily Dilbert.

Truly a historic moment. Hillary and Sarah … together.  Click the image for their bipartisan joint speech on Saturday Night!

Those of us who homeschool our kids through various conservative and evangelical organizations, curricula, worldview, and social networks know that we can’t be letting the liberal elite and the secular state determine our kids’ education and resulting secular enculturation. But what happens when we see those selfsame forces at work in our church? Why, homechurching of course!

Report: More Kids Being Home-Churched

cookiemonster_v200.jpgThanks to StDogbert for the tip on this! AWESOME. “This week, NPR’s In Character takes a look at a deeply sensuous character who speaks to our most basic appetites and desires.

That’s right: Cookie Monster. (Read the rest here.)

The best part of the writeup:

“People have said this when they’ve analyzed it: It’s really like Frank [Oz]’s id, with no control over it whatsoever.”

But id, in the Cookie Monster sense at least, isn’t a dark term.

“All of his monomania … would not stop him from caring about someone else,” says longtime Sesame Street writer Norman Stiles. “He’s not gonna knock anybody over to get the cookie. He’s gonna try to get around them to get the cookie. He’s gonna beg for the cookie.”

Now, of course, there’s a bazillion lessons we can learn from this. 🙂 Any suggestions?

A Long Time Ago, in an Empire Far, Far Away….

It is a time of relative peace. With the legions of armies maintaing the new Order from Britain to Babylon, the Sith Lords have secured the mantle of civilization under the cloak of absolute power.

Augustus Palpatine

But a small group of freedom fighters, led by John of Patmos, have joined in the resistance to the Dark Lord and his evil enforcer, Darth Caesar.

Darth DomitianObi John Kenobi

Committed to overturning the Order of the Sith and ushering in the Empire of God, the Jedi and their followers throughout the Province of Asia band around a newly discovered secret book, while their leader has mysteriously disappeared…

Obi John Kenobi in Exile ms-1214-f090v-colour.jpg

In the spirit of “10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained,” I give you “10 Reasons Why Public School is Better Than Homeschool,” which I discovered in my email inbox today. Hope the HSLDA doesn’t come after me.

Why Public Schooling Is Better Than Homeschooling ~
Scott Ott

1. Most parents were educated in the under funded public school system, and so are not smart enough to homeschool their own children.
2. Children who receive one-on-one homeschooling will learn more than others, giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. This is undemocratic.
3. How can children learn to defend themselves unless they have to fight off bullies on a daily basis?
4. Ridicule from other children is important to the socialization process.
5. Children in public schools can get more practice “Just Saying No” to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.
6. Fluorescent lighting may have significant health benefits.
7. Publicly asking permission to go to the bathroom teaches young people their place in society.
8. The fashion industry depends upon the peer pressure that only public schools can generate.
9. Public schools foster cultural literacy, passing on important traditions like the singing of “Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg…”
10. Homeschooled children may not learn important office career skills, like how to sit still for six hours straight, skills which are easily transferred to careers in self-service gasoline stations, church boards, or Congress (second part of this by Benedict)

Well, the annual festival and feast of Independence Day is upon us, and like any self-respecting community that observes this important civil religious feast, we are dutifully doing our part by making sure that we prepare our Charbroil altar and sacrifice the appropriate sacred beasts kindly provided by Hormel, Johnsonville, and Purdue.

As with any sacred and holy festival, however, there are those of us who cannot afford to sacrifice and partake in the “accepted way.” But, lest the masses fear that their inability to acquire the sacred bulls or to procure access to the altar, many of our nation’s major retailers are democratizing the festival to unprecedented levels of popular access.

The following retailers now provide free altars upon which any number of sacrifices may be made:

Big Lots
Sam’s Club
Shop and Save
Stop ‘n’ Shop
Wagner Hardware

Many even come with a higher rack for keeping the smaller parts warm while the main course is prepared!


“America, America! God mend thine every flaw! Confirm thy soul, with self-control, in liberty and law!”

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