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• Good morning, people. Can you believe it’s almost October? I’m kind of at a loss as to where the last 6 months has gone, actually.

• In Your Helpful Government News, a geeky sort called Puking Monkey discovered New York City has been using EZPasses not only in toll lanes, but also just to see where people go in general throughout the city. No big deal. Just tracking your movements. You know. For traffic reasons. Nothing to see here, move along Citizen.

• Here’s an article by a guy who did his daughter’s homework alongside her for a week and it nearly killed him. Very interesting.

• Last night when Jim was trying to navigate behind some furniture to close windows, I told him if he fell and broke his other arm I was just going to shoot him and put him out of his misery. I told him he should look at it as a kindness, like they do for horses. He was not persuaded.

• Big has done two chapters of third grade math, and after learning his Zero Times Tables, proclaimed multiplication the easiest thing ever. Hopefully this attitude lasts another 30 chapters, but I doubt it.

• Happy Monday! Sorry I don’t have more interesting things to talk about. I’ve been doing laundry for 72 straight hours and have only done about half. It’s a laugh riot over here.

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• A couple weeks ago when I was ranting about the Common Core (that’s not really narrowing it down much, is it?), Creative Madness Mama left me a comment linking to her own post about how prescient C.S. Lewis’  Screwtape Letters were on the subject. Fascinating. (how many points do I get for “prescient”?)

• Remember Citizen: Just accept what you are told and stop having opinions and questioning authority or you could be like the guy who was arrested for asking a question at a Common Core Parent Information Night. Uncle Knows Best. Now, who needs to be told what kind of light bulbs to buy? How much salt they should ingest? Anyone? Anyone? The line for Re-Education Camp forms on the left.

• Anyone out there studying genetics or biology? Check this out – it’s COOOOL. Move the slider under the picture to see the perspective.

• Speaking of science, the Daily Mail is reports World’s top climate scientists confess: Global warming is just QUARTER what we thought – and computers got the effects of greenhouse gases wrong. In fact, Antarctic sea ice is at record breaking amounts this year. So there you have it. We can stop worrying about Global Warming, and segue right in to worrying about Global Cooling. Or something. Whatever. More here and here.

I’m gonna write to Al Gore and demand a refund. Mama needs a bigger SUV.

(side note, Al Gore must be smarter than I thought he was, because that Carbon Offset con was the most brilliant pile of BS I ever heard. “send me a check every time you get on an airplane and I will sell my soul to Al Jazeera for a bazillion dollars save the woooooorrrrrld…!”)

• This is funny – 7 Ways to be Insufferable on Facebook. I know people who do all those things. A guy who posts mournful song lyrics every time his wife goes out for girl’s night? Check. Several people who post vague, depressing, random relationship updates and then refuse to talk about it? Check. People who are just looking for a fight? Check. (seriously, I once went back and forth like 48 times with someone who wanted to argue when I said wearing flip flops to hike at Yellowstone was stupid. which it is. sorry.)

• I have a problem. All my laundry is turning gray in dingy. I first noticed it with the bathroom rugs. Then the kitchen towels. Now all our clothes are turning gray. I have tried bleach, color safe bleach, pre-soaking, extra-rinsing, everything I can think of. And the towels just get grayer and grayer and grayer. It is very frustrating. I don’t know if it’s the water here, or what. In fairness, I use pretty cheap detergent (Arm&Hammer or All), but maybe I should go back to Tide. Anyone have any ideas? Even BLEACH is not getting my whites white! (wow, I sound like a 50’s housewife now, don’t I?) The socks, the undershirts, everything is GRAY. I just spent $35 buying new cute winter girlie clothes for Little at the thrift store, I’d just as soon they not turn gray before she even has a chance to rub dirt and peanut butter all over them.

Ideas, Internet?

• Happy Monday, y’all!

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• My friend Michelle at Applie’s Place interviewed me last week about the Best Pencil Sharpener Ever. Check it out.

• Jim had shoulder surgery last week, so I am now taking care of 2 kids and a big baby. Poor guy. Poor me. Mostly Poor Me. So that’s what I’ve been doing instead of blogging, in case all four of you who still read over here were wondering.

We bought a recliner for $157 at Big Cheap Furniture Store so he could be more comfortable when he sleeps. If you know me in real life, you know that I think recliners are maybe the ugliest piece of furniture ever invented and that I died a little when we brought it in the house.

He sat in the recliner for 14 minutes before deeming it “uncomfortable.”

And now I have a $157 recliner in my bedroom. Mocking me with it’s cheap ugliness.

• TLC debuted a new show last night about another polygamist family called My Five Wives.

I love the polygamy shows. I don’t know what my problem is. I can’t get enough. They never tell me what I really want to know, though. Like how do they divide up the money? What do they do for a living? Are the non-legal wives all on welfare?

Brad Pitt cut his hair! OhMyGosh! OhMyGosh! Oh….. who cares.

• So I was watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey the other night and one of the girls was “facing her fears.” And that got me to thinking

— Listen, don’t laugh. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from The Real Housewives. Like that hair extensions mostly look like crap. And that injecting stuff in your face does not generally improve your looks. All kinds of good stuff. —

ANYway, I was thinking WHY do people feel compelled to face their fears? I am afraid of stuff, and I don’t see any reason to do anything about it. Like, I really hate roller coasters. They are scary. I don’t plan on going on one ever again, and I don’t see any reason to force myself to go on one. I HAVE gone on them, and all it’s done is reaffirm my desire to not do that. I mean, it’s not like avoiding roller coasters is interfering with living my life. Same with jumping out of airplanes. Not gonna do it. That’s just stupid (sorry, all you plane-jumper-outer-people, it is).

If I had a fear of raw hamburger, maybe I’d try to do something about it. Or maybe I’d just not cook with hamburger. Who knows? One time I saw a documentary on hamburger, and it put me off so bad, I didn’t cook with it for 2 years. We all survived. I made chili and spaghetti sauce with quinoa. Guess how much Jim loved that? (answer: I now make spaghetti sauce with hamburger.)

I don’t know what I’m carrying on about. Sorry. The point here is that all y’all need to a) watch Real Housewives with me, and b) stop worrying about facing your fears.

There you go. Life Lessons from Deb. I feel like I need some kind of Dr. Phil-ish catch phrase here.

Yeah. I got nothin’.

• Happy Monday Tuesday, y’all!

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Dancing with Dictators – Kanye got 3 million smackeroonies to perform for some big shot in Kazakhstan, that beacon of human rights. What’s wrong with these people? Are they ignorant? Do they have a well-thought out position of  moral relativism? Do they not have enough money? More importantly, can we ship Miley Cyrus over there? Have her stay a while? Maybe attend a re-education camp devoted solely to training people to keep their nasty-ass tongues in their damn mouths?

• I took out an ad in the This Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Business and Entrepreneur Directory. Because that’s what I am now. An entrepreneur. Doesn’t that sound fancy? Go buy a sharpener.

Penelope Trunk on the pointlessness of the Public/Private school debate. Because school itself doesn’t work.

Ten College Professors Speak Out Against the Common Core**.

The Common Core TALKS about rigorous standards, but the real position of the National Center on Education and the Economy in it’s own documents is that it’s not important under Common Core to have high educational standards in high school; that it’s silly to waste time educating all high school graduates as high as the level of Algebra II.

Listen, people. I know I harp on this. Maybe when it’s dead I’ll stop. You know what bothers me? That I know only ONE public school mom who is bothered by this. ONE. If I sent my kids to public school and there was a big hue and cry over some new federalized curriculum, I’d be all over it, trying to figure out what it meant for my family. I have relatives who send their kids to public school and they NEVER comment when I talk about this. I think they discount what I have to say because as a homeschooler they automatically think I either don’t know anything about the public school system, or that everything I say will be overly negative because I am biased against school in general. They need to wake up. The Common Core won’t impact my kids, but it will theirs. Do I care more than they do about their own kids’ education? How can that be?

It also bothers me that I will be sending my kids out into a world filled with people who have been educated under this system, which is now so blatantly socialist I don’t see how it’s an insult to just admit it. A system that pumps out people who only know how to manipulate using emotions and words, not facts. People who think that “informational texts” qualify as something worth reading. People who have spent their whole lives being groomed to be another gray, unthinking, faceless brick in the wall. It’s worrisome. How can our country survive when original thought, creativity, and innovation are gone? (not to mention any sense of morality **cough** Miley Cyrus **cough** but that’s a rant for another day.)

• Anyway. Happy Monday, y’all! Here’s to surviving the week!

 

(**hat tip: Celtic Muse)