Parents vs. The Global Nanny State
Posted on 08.26.11 by Danny Glover @ 6:44 pm

“Fact: There are no parental rights in the Constitution.” And the government — in the form of arrogant teachers and education bureaucrats who think they know best and do-gooder activist judges who take their side — is undercutting those rights every day. Here’s a taste of the disturbing evidence:

The U.S. education system is full of committed teachers and administrators who focus on teaching the basics children need to excel in life. They care about their students, and they deserve the support of every parent. But a vocal and powerful minority of educators is even more committed to shaping children’s minds in ways that have nothing to do with reading, writing and arithmetic — and they will not be deterred by engaged, informed parents.

The situation already is bad in America, which is one reason why we home-school (and under a religious exemption at that). It’s also why, as long as our children are of school age, we are unlikely to ever move to my much-beloved home state of West Virginia, where unenlightened rednecks are trying to impose invasive rules on home-schoolers.

But the conditions could get much worse for parents if the U.S. government embraces the ideas of people who want to create a Global Nanny State. Fight that possibility by signing the petition for a Parental Rights Amendment.

Filed under: Culture and Government and Home Schooling and News & Politics and Parenting and Religion and Video and West Virginia
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Quake Cracks In The Washington Monument
Posted on 08.25.11 by Danny Glover @ 2:19 pm

The Washington, D.C., region and much of the rest of the East Coast rumbled a couple of days ago when a rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Richmond, Va. The Earth’s moving crust left its mark on one of the capital city’s most famous landmarks, the Washington Monument.

The National Park Service released these photos of the cracks today:

You can see more photos of the earthquake’s damage to the monument at the NPS Facebook page — a testament to today’s social-networking times because the photos aren’t even available on the agency’s website yet.

I was working in Washington when the earthquake hit, and like thousands of other earthquake amateurs in the city and elsewhere, I ran out of the building and into the street. According to the experts, we made the wrong choice:

If you’re indoors during an earthquake, drop, cover and hold on. Get under a desk, table or bench. Hold on to one of the legs and cover your eyes. If there’s no table or desk nearby, sit down against an interior wall. An interior wall is less likely to collapse than a wall on the outside shell of the building. Pick a safe place where things will not fall on you, away from windows, bookcases, or tall, heavy furniture. It is dangerous to run outside when an earthquake happens because bricks, roofing, and other materials may fall from buildings during and immediately following earthquakes, injuring persons near the buildings.

We’ve had a few aftershocks the past couple of days, one of them at 4.5 on the Richter Scale last night, but I’ve slept right through those. Hopefully if I’m awake the next time one hits, at least I’ll know better what I’m supposed to do.

Filed under: History and News & Politics and Photography
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Posted on 08.23.11 by Danny Glover @ 1:00 pm

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opens this weekend in Washington’s famed Tidal Basin. The news peg is the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This animated video offers a taste of what the public will see in a few days:

I’m eager to see the memorial, but I’ll wait for the opening crowds to thin before I visit.

Filed under: History and News & Politics and Video
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Rated PG (Or Worse): The Search For Duct Tape
Posted on 08.05.11 by Danny Glover @ 3:47 pm

My son and nephew recently discovered a whole subculture of people who use duct tape (or Duck Tape for the brand version) to make all sorts of creations. In their case, they bought some flame-designed tape and made headbands.

The boys’ curiosity prompted them to search the Internet for new ideas this afternoon. I know this because I started getting “blocked website” notices via email thanks to their search.

I don’t even want to know what sites our Norton Internet filter blocked, but I immediately called my wife to tell her to nip that search in the bud unless she could supervise. Who knew searching the digital world for duct-tape inspiration is a PG activity — or worse!

Filed under: Culture and Parenting and Technology
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