>Well, I think I have rid the ‘puter of its flu. We’ll see I guess, but for now I am tentatively back.

>eating hats

>Well, the Lord’s retribution is swift and appropriate – my computer is telling me it has the flu. So if you don’t hear from me for a few days, that will be why. I gotta figure out how to get a dose of tamiflu into a computer.

>Rhino Flu

>Well duh, Arlen Specter is said to be flipping today. Hallelujah and pass the biscuits. Like he was ever a Republican to begin with. Yes, sometimes he voted with the Rs, but only when it was a sure thing anyway. If there was any vote that was close and important he voted with the Dems anyway. My bet is he got enough calls from folks like me who said I’m sending money to ANYONE Dem or Rep that runs against you you sorry sack of &*(#^$ that he already knew he was gonna be toasted rye in the next primary anyway if he stayed in the party.

I hope it is true and Good Riddance to you!

BTW I am unaffiliated – not a Dem or a Rep, I am a conservative. And if you think they didn’t already have a filibuster proof majority, they did. Specter would never have allowed a filibuster anyway as shown by his move today.


>”I have a gift” said Obama to Harry Reid with no trace of arrogance Reid says.

Yet yesterday a photo op buzzing Gotham in a 747 was not thought to be a problem? Why no sir, because everyone in the world knows that the world now revolves around the young, hip, charismatic, gifted, caring, brilliant, and humble president of the United States. It would never occur to anyone that this event might have been a problem, right. And the administration needed a new photo for their file so ya know – no problem at all.

Obama needs to read this and perhaps he might get an inkling why this was one very dumb ass move. And you might simply wish to read it if, like me, you absolutely do not want to ever ever forget. Found by way of Primordial Slack.

I’m sure in reality Obama had no idea this was happening, some moron who works on his staff I’m betting is responsible – but first, it comes from the cult of personality that is this administration, and second, like Bush wouldn’t be hammered if he did this sort of thing. He never would have though because he actually does have a heart for the people of this country. Bush knows the pain of the people of NYC. Maybe this bone headed move on the Os part will make at least a few in that city think a bit more clearly?

>level headedness

>Glenn Beck right now has a guest on, Mike Levitt former secretary of Health and Human Resources (and former gov of Utah, but that is neither here nor there), who is giving the most level headed – helpful – realistic advice I have heard to this point on the “swine flue” scare. If you are not listening to him I would suggest watching his show on Fox tonight. Knowing Glenn he will either have this guy on tonight, or at least share what he learns.
He is explaining that because this virus has jumped species it is in fact likely to be more virulent than other viruses. But he is also saying don’t panic, prepare. He even gives advice on how to prepare.
My throat is sore, but I know it is from my allergies and wonderful spring time allergens.
Gotta go get some more duct tape…

>Oink oink oink oink

>Observation – this swine flu thing is being blown all out of proportion.
Why? My bet – obfuscation, get everyone paying attention and panicked on this so they are not paying attention to what is going on in DC. Make Obama look like he handled a “crisis”, give me a break.
How long before they blame the whole thing on Bush?

>Patti’s Parenting Priority #1

>Raise the chickadees such that they are well adjusted, self sufficient, capable, courteous, secure adults by the time they are released upon the world at large.


>I home school the boy, you probably know that. NC has very few regulations for home schooling which is nice, but I sure wish they would help a bit more than they do. There are only two written in stone rules for NC. One is that you register with the state – duh, the other is that you administer some standardised test each year.

People home school for many reasons. Some good, some not so good. Our reasons are many, some better than others. But one of the biggest reasons is that I know on any given day I can move my kid/s much further down the road in their education working one on one than some poor harried public (or private in many cases) school teacher with 20 or more kids who learn at varied rates, ways, and on varied levels – teachers who must deal with government paperwork/rules/regs and parents who are sometimes clueless, pushy, uninvolved, and difficult and do it all with a smile. But eventually (high school) I do put them into the public system. Not because I can’t teach at a high school level (more about that later) but because it facilitates the process for getting into college.

Because we do put the kids back in for high school I’d love to administer the same year end tests the state uses so that, when we re-enroll, the school has a good idea where my kids are in relation to how the school classifies their students. It gives no real indication how advanced or how broad their education as been because these tests do not cover on all the areas we teach, but at least the yard stick would be pretty much the same as is used with the other kids. But guess what, the schools will not allow my kids to sit for the same tests, never mind I pay the same education taxes everyone else pays. So, not only do I have to buy all my own materials (gladly) but I have to pay for the year end testing as well.

The first year I tested my girls, some 10 years ago now, they both blew the top out of the test I administered (CAT). This made me a little nervous that the state would not believe their scores so the following year I paid a bunch more money and took them to a testing center for year end tests. They blew the top out of that one too (except spelling, we are all congenitally challenged in spelling – but we use spell check very well) so the following year I switched to what is known to be a tougher test (Iowa) and hired a friend to administer in my own home. The girls continued blowing the top out, but at this point we had a track record that showed it didn’t matter which test or how it was administered, they were just good at these tests.

Now we are getting close to the end of this “school year” (schooling never really stops around here) so this week is test week for the boy. He just finished his first section in 1/3 the allotted time and the second section in half the allotted time. Another perk to home schooling, testing is not a week long high stress period. We generally finish in a couple days, and that is with lots of other stuff happening too.

If any of you are interested in home schooling, how we do it, why we do it, whatever let me know and I’ll spend a lot more time on it. I could write a book. If it bores the snot out of you I’ll spread the posts on the topic and not bunch them together too much.


>Why is the world such a mess? I’ll tell you why, humans came along and decided to cheat evolution, that’s why. The laws of natural selection were put there for a reason.
thanks serenity


>Can the media stir up a panic?
Cover your mouth if you cough, wash your nasty hands – close the barn door after the cow is out – and all that jazz

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