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Textbooks: Evidence of a Second-Rate Homeschool Education

The typical homeschool mom has been told this: “Beware of online education. Computers are bad!”

bradbury-451This is the sales pitch of homeschool curriculum producers that did not see what the Khan Academy would do to education. They do not know how to respond. They have “bet the farm” on Gutenberg, not video-based education. They are going to lose this bet.

So are the children of the mothers who stick with textbooks.

Homeschool moms are as blind to what makes for advanced education as are the members of the public school teachers’ union. They also use textbooks.

UPPER DIVISION UNIVERSITY COURSES
Here is what homeschool moms never do. They do not look at the reading lists of any upper-division college course in the social sciences and humanities. They would find that there are no textbooks. There are monographs. There are primary source documents. There are journal articles. There are classic modern books in the discipline. But there are no textbooks.

Why not? Because upper division courses are taught by senior professors, not low-paid assistant professors who are assigned the freshman courses. Textbooks are for freshmen, not upper division students. Upper division courses are designed for students who have gone through the grunt-work, “weed-them-out” freshman course. They are ready for serious work. Continue reading

Dwyer: Hyenas Vs. Impalas

law_of_jungleThere has been a common misconception about the nature of American political spectrum. In a naive man’s view, the American electorate is like a coin with its two opposing sides, the Left and the Right. At times of elections, one of the two sides of the coin ends up on the top and the respective party prevails, just like in a football game when one team wins and another loses. After the game, the teams and their fans go home and life returns to normal until the rematch during which the losing side has a chance to recover its loss. That familiar pattern, typical for sportsmen-like competitions, is supposed to describe the American elections, according to the said misconception. Continue reading

America now looks like Rome before the fall of the Republic

From the early Middle Ages until just a few decades ago, every educated person had to study the history of Greece and Rome. There’s a reason for that, and there’s a reason why it’s a shame we no longer do so.

roman_fallIt’s not just that history holds important lessons. It’s that we live in a time built by dead men who preceded us. America is a constitutional republic. Its governing institutions were imagined and bequeathed to us by a number of men, and all those men studied the history of Greece and Rome, as did the philosophers and writers and statesmen they took inspiration from, and those that these men took inspiration from. This democracy we live in is like a piece of foreign machinery we are supposed to operate. If you’re not a mechanic, you wouldn’t try to fix your car without first trying to read some sort of instructions. In order to understand how our republic works, we need to understand the thoughts of the people who built it. We have to understand where they were coming from. Continue reading

A Visit to SmallTownUSA Where Trump Won the Election

kilgoreThis day started out pretty much as any other. My aging father walked to the end of the driveway in his pajamas and bathrobe to retrieve the daily big city newspaper delivered 120 miles from city center to my parents’ house at great expense and for no real reason. Most of the content in the Dallas Morning News is not really relevant to those of us here in the sleepy little East Texas town of Kilgore – except for sports news about the Cowboys, Aggies, or Longhorns. Mom and Dad have never really embraced anything ending in “dot com” as a source for relevant or accurate information. Continue reading

An open letter to President-elect Trump

trumpDear President-elect Trump:

Aware Americans want the federal government out of our healthcare, out of our schools and away from our property rights and community rule.

President-elect Trump, we are tired of politicians’ lies. That is why we voted you into office.

The Nazis did not coax Jews into boxcars by telling them they were going to gas chambers. They told them they were meeting their families and would soon be freed.

Hitler seduced Germans into passively accepting his abominations by plying them with food stamps, free healthcare, and free college. He provided government jobs repairing the infrastructure, preached the dangers of cigarettes and the value of organic farming. Continue reading

Bleeding Borders Must Stop!

The bleeding at the borders must be stopped while other immigration matters are decided. If we don’t stop the bleeding, more Americans will bleed.

Stop_Illegal_Immigration_foEach year about 500,000 illegal aliens cross into the U.S. with many carrying drugs, disease, and destructive plans for our nation. In recent months, Border Patrol agents have contracted various diseases, lice, and scabies. The Washington Post reported that Virginia State health authorities announced that “tuberculosis continues to rise” and that “immigration is fueling the spread.” Continue reading

When a First Lady Isn’t an ‘Ape in High Heels

CLAY, W. VIRGINIA ~ Not much happens in this sleepy little town of W. Virginia. That is until recently. The entire quiet area encompasses 0.62 square miles, hosting a population of 8,910, all who live below the poverty line. So it is not a place that draws national interest or attention.

primateHowever, after Donald Trump’s election as president, Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who was director of the Clay County Development Corp., posted on social media, “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful dignified First Lady back in the White House.”

So far, so good. BUT she added this; “I’m tired of seeing a ape in high heels.” Uh oh!
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My ‘vette

A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.

vetteI replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur, at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. Continue reading

Benjamin: Who Is John Galt, And Why Does He Matter to America?

trumpThe story of ATLAST SHRUGGED is the story of one exceptional man standing against the world.

All by himself.

Against all odds, against everyone, every institution, against the media, thought, and the power and money arrayed against him.

The hero of the novel appears when all of virtue and society come apart at the seams…when the right man for the right job takes charge.

It is the reason that history takes primacy over politics and the sentiment of the unknowing… Continue reading

Why Donald Trump Must Shut Down The Federal Reserve And Start Issuing Debt-Free Money

great-seal-on-the-dollar-public-domain-460x345If Donald Trump truly wants to fix the economy, he must shut down the Federal Reserve. If he just tries to patch up our current system, he will fail, because it has been fundamentally flawed from the very beginning. A little over a century ago, very powerful forces on Wall Street convinced Congress to completely restructure our financial system. An immensely powerful central bank known as the Federal Reserve was created, and the goal was to transform the U.S. dollar into a debt-based currency that would continuously be inflated and to create an endless debt spiral from which the federal government could never possibly escape. Sadly, they were successful on both counts. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by approximately 98 percent and our national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger. Continue reading

Be Careful, Donald … Be Very, Very Careful

trumpThe one bad thing that came out of this most historic of all elections is that, sadly, it looks like there will be no Trump TV after all. But at least the Face of Evil proved me right about her never becoming president of the United States, though I admit I never thought she would come as close as she did.

(The fact is that, notwithstanding all the euphoria over Hillary’s embarrassing defeat, but for a few percentage points here and there, she very well could have won. Thus, it’s folly to believe that there’s a mandate for Donald Trump to take drastic action to put an end to the establishment corruption in D.C.)

This election also proved once again that Barack Obama is a fiction created by the media, as his enthusiastic campaigning for Hillary brought yet another embarrassing rejection of both him and his policies. If there was any doubt about what Americans thought of his “accomplishments,” they were shattered by the results of this election. For the third time in six years, BHO campaigned hard for Dirty Dem candidates— this time with a life-and-death fervor of someone running for a third term, which he was — and once again got his bloated ego handed to him on a platter. Continue reading

America’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave

santafetrailmasseyhanging“I am only walking as God fore-ordained I should walk. All my actions, even the folly leading to this disaster, were decreed to happen long ages before this world began. But I cannot remember a night so dark as to have hindered the coming days, or a storm so furious as to prevent the return of warm sunshine in the country at peace. I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can never be purged away but with blood. I let them hang me. I forgive them and may God forgive them, for they know not what they do.” ~ Raymond Massey as John Brown, Santa Fe Trail, Warner Bros. Pictures, 1940
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Little Akio

donna_teacherThe teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some History. Who said: ‘Give me Liberty, or give me Death’?”

She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Little Akio, a bright foreign exchange student from Japan, who had his hand up:

“Patrick Henry, 1775,” he said.

“Very good!”

Who said: ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth’?”

Again, no response except from Little Akio: “Abraham Lincoln, 1863.”

“Excellent!” said the teacher continuing. “Let’s try one a bit more difficult.
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DISQUALIFIED!

Hillary Clinton’s private email server illegal, it “disqualifies” her from holding any federal office. Very specifically points to one federal law, Title 18. Section 2071. (Scroll down for balance of pertinent text)

hillary_despisedFor those of us who do not have United States Code committed to memory, here’s what it says:

“(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Yes, it explicitly states “shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”

Shouldn’t voters know that? The media won’t tell them. So it’s up to us.

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You Think You’re Free? (You Don’t Even Know What Freedom Is)

prisonWhat we Americans call life, more often than not, consists of a routine each person has developed to allow them to deal with the specific needs of their family situation. The difference between me, and a few others like me, and the rest of America is that we have set aside time in our daily lives to educate ourselves in regards to the history and laws which govern us.

Our Founding Fathers, those men who lived in ages past who secured America’s independence and established its system of government, were all pretty much in agreement that an informed public was the only sure means of ensuring that the freedom they had worked to obtain would remain for the generations that followed. Continue reading