June 22, 2007

Another Childhood Memory Ruined

Here's one of many reasons we don't let Gloria watch Sesame Street - Chris freaking Berman as a Muppet:

This is why Mr. Rogers is superior. That show will never get newer and more stupid, because he's dead and PBS has to show the old episodes from 1987.

June 16, 2007

Has It Really Been Two Years?

I guess it has:
We tried like crazy to get a picture of Gloria holding up two fingers, but she just would not cooperate!

You might notice from the top of the page that we're about 3 months behind in putting up new pictures. I'm going to get to that soon - there are some very cute videos, too. It was certainly a lot easier keeping up with pictures before Gloria started walking and talking (and dancing and screaming and...).

Anyway, if you'd like to get Gloria a birthday present, please check out her Wish List. And if you'd like to something for her busy father, here's a good place to start.

March 19, 2007

Bong Hits 4 Homeschooling (Why Homeschool #4)

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

A federal case involving an Alaska student's free-speech rights touches on issues that hit close to home here. As the New York Times reported this weekend, Joseph Frederick unfurled a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during an Olympic torch procession in 2002.

It was off school property, though during school time, and principal Deborah Morse ordered him to take it down. He refused, she tore it down and suspended him, so he sued. Morse objected to the sign's apparent advocacy for marijuana. Frederick said it was simply taken from a snowboard slogan to be "meaningless and funny" for the TV cameras - a typical teen prank.

This seems to be much ado about very little, but it has reached the Supreme Court as a test of previous court rulings over the rights of school administrators to limit student speech when it conflicts with the school's "educational mission." Those principles were in play in our area with a recent flap over an article in a student publication at Princeton High School critical of the school's football program.

Whether you think a student ought to or should be allowed to advocate drugs, even in apparent jest and even away from school, is one thing. But the government here is arguing something far more sweeping - that administrators have the right to ban virtually any speech that conflicts with the "educational mission," and that they have the right to define that mission as they wish.

As with too many First Amendment issues, the Bush administration is arguing to restrict rights. The so-called "religious right" supports Frederick, despite his sign's irreverent "Jesus" reference, because they are concerned, as counsel Jay Alan Sekulow writes, that public schools "face a constant temptation to impose a suffocating blanket of political correctness upon the educational atmosphere."

That's a valid concern. Schools pay lip service to diversity, but that doesn't always extend to diversity of opinion or ideology. Education is not homogenization.

Of course, this story demonstrates that in practice, public education is homogenization - yet another reason to homeschool.

March 14, 2007

Gloria Alarm Clock

Thanks to the dopes in Congress, Gloria no longer does a very good job as our alarm clock. Today she didn't wake up until 8:45!

I guess we'll have to go back to the electronic model.

February 14, 2007

It's Tough To Be A Baby

This is what Gloria has looked like for most of the past 5 days:

She's had a nasty stomach flu, which has meant a lot of throwing up. And Liz has had the same bug for the past three days. So I'm the only one not participating in the barf-o-rama.

February 7, 2007

Snow Day

Liz stayed home from work today and we all went out to play in the snow:

January 19, 2007

Feeding Frenzy

Gloria was never a big fan of mashed peas, so we were surprised a couple weeks ago when she ate some real peas from our plates and clamored for more. We were even more surprised when she proceeded to stuff her face full of peas like they were M&Ms.

Gloria has just now gotten over a couple of weeks of teething, with all the usual troubles - loss of appetite, diarrhea (LOTS of diarrhea), and diaper rash. And she's got a couple of new teeth in back for her trouble.

Also, I've switched our image hosting over to Flickr. I'm currently in the process of moving over all the old pictures. Flickr offers some neat features, such as tags, which allow easier and more flexible categorization. Here are all the baby pictures tagged with "Grandmom Lorden", for example. Enjoy!