Friday, March 23, 2012

The Most Important Supreme Court Case of the New Millennium -- posted by Dad

It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of the current case before the Supreme Court. The tragedy and travesty known as Obamacare is having its constitutionality or rather, the lack thereof, considered before the court.

The first heartbreak in this sad chapter of the country's history was witnessing the utter contempt that so many elected officials have for our country's founding document. It's one thing to think that they don't care about limited government and individual liberty, and another thing to hear them openly mock the Constitution and those who understand its genius and centrality to the concept of freedom in Western civilization. A piece of legislation as grotesque as Obamacare, enslaving the citizens of this country to an increasingly tyrannical state, should have never been conceived, much less enacted, by a legislative body in a supposedly free society.

The second is that this abomination is now being considered by the Supreme Court. After all, this is the same branch of government that, in 1973, somehow found in the Constitution the right that women have to kill their unborn babies. As Charles Krauthammer wryly notes in the article in the link below, how precarious is the thread of human liberty such that decisions of such overwhelming magnitude can be determined by which side of the bed Justice Kennedy alights in the morning.

The links below provide an excellent summation of just how high the stakes are in the case about to be argued. When the final history of the United States is written, this will be one of the small handful of major inflection points in the struggle between tyranny and freedom.

Obamacare: The Reckoning
By Charles Krauthammer


Liberty and ObamaCare

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Good One, Tooth Angel! -- posted by George

First, you should know that we put our lost teeth under our pillows for the tooth angel, not the tooth fairy, because of course there is no such thing as a fairy. There are angels, which means messengers, and there are both celestial (heavenly) and terrestrial (earthly) angels. (My mom is all for having a good time, but she doesn't like telling us wild fantasy as truth because she wants us to be able to trust her. So anyway we have a tooth angel.)

Well, the night before the last one, I lost a molar and I had the great idea to play a prank on the tooth angel (not that I want to get in a feud with the tooth angel, but I thought it would be fun). I made a little piece of foil in the shape of my tooth and put it in a little tiny Ziploc baggie. I figured since it was so dark in my room, she wouldn't notice. Sure enough, the next morning I got a dollar anyway!

Last night I had another great idea to put my real tooth under my pillow to get another dollar. When I woke up this morning, my tooth was gone, and in its place was... the molar-shaped foil from the night before!

I tricked the tooth angel, and the tooth angel tricked me!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Overheard -- posted by Mom

Richard, at being caught washing a piece of cheese in the kitchen sink: "I sure do love the taste of stinky cheese. I just wish there was something to do about that terrible smell!"

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Overheard -- posted by Mom

Richard, as he emerged from his personal Bible reading time: "Do you suppose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John were related?"

Note to John -- From Momma



While you were out of town with Daddy, I discovered a fantastic educational resource for y'all. Some of your siblings have found it to be helpful, if not addictive. Remember to be aware of worldview issues while you're perusing the site. Also, remind me to escort you around the site tomorrow.

Here's an article about it from City Journal: The Math of Khan

Here's the actual site: khanacademy.org


Friday, March 16, 2012

Kony 2012 Propaganda -- posted by Mom

Remember when I shared how curious and intrigued I’ve been in anticipation of how ancient end time prophecies could possibly come to pass in the span of just three months? Who knew that in 2012 modern American military policy would be influenced by a YouTube video gone viral at the hands of na├»ve, emotional teenagers (and irresponsible adults) of the Facebook generation. :/

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Correction -- posted by Mom

In an earlier post to the boys, I advised them to use only distilled water in the clothes iron. Back in the day that was the commonly accepted practice, but evidently different manufacturers recommend mostly tap water and spring water now. Who knew? Not I. That is, until I started researching irons recently. An Internet search brings up a lot of the old distilled water advice, but that contradicts most of the manufacturer's instructions I've been reading. So there ya go.