Hey Louisiana Homeschoolers

October 15, 2008

My wife has joined STACH, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Homeschooling, in anticipation of our pending move to Sulphur, LA.  We received this e-mail about a politician, Peter Vidrine, that wants to talk to you.  If you are in Lake Charles next week, have dinner at the Piccadilly.  I haven’t researched his opponent, Boustany, so, I’ll stop short of an endorsement of Vidrine.  But, I will recommend a visit to his website.

Homeschooling families are invited to hear Peter Vidrine, candidate for US House of
Representatives, speak next week in Lake Charles on Thursday October 23, 2008. He will
be speaking at the Piccadilly on Ryan Street at 6:30. Piccadilly was gracious enough to
host this event, but requested that the people who attend order food. He will begin
speaking at 6:30, but people should show up early to get in line and order food. Please
spread the word to your like-minded friends. Peter is a charismatic speaker and it will be
an exciting event.

Here is his statement on home schooling:

On homeschooling, we certainly have a better situation in Louisiana than the rest of the
nation, but it’s still not enough.

1) I will wholeheartedly support Ron Paul‘s H.R. 1056, the Family Education Freedom Act. (
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h1056/show )

2) I will also support Ron Paul’s H.R. 1059, Teacher Tax Cut Act of 2007. Concerning this
bill, however, I will seek to include home schooling parents as full time teachers, which
they are. ( http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h1059/show )

3) We need to protect home schoolers who live in states with less academic freedom. It’s a
civil rights issue. Throughout America, parents need to be protected from unnecessary
encumbrances from the states that either block or restrict parents from teaching their own
children. That is something I believe strongly in and will work to protect all home
schoolers. Regardless of which state a family resides in, it is their right to teach their
children in whatever manner they choose. Period.

Peter would love to speak to a homeschool group and will make time in his Lake Charles
visit to do so, perhaps at a park so everyone can bring picnic dinner or lunch, if there is
enough interest. Interested families may contact me for more information at
eccemater@yahoo.com
Vidrine is the only 100% pro-life candidate in this race and is running an amazing
campaign in spite of receiving little media attention; he needs homeschoolers’ support
and will support us if we send him to Washington.

Here is his website: http://www.peternow.com

Please spread the word

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Hey Michigander Home Schools

October 15, 2008

A note from Home School Legal Defense Association

October 15, 2008

Michigan–Your Vote Crucial in Preserving Homeschool Freedom

Dear Michigan HSLDA Members and Friends,

Election time is fast approaching. This November 4, many state and
federal officials are up for re-election.

The election outcome will determine what freedoms you will keep and
what freedoms you will lose.

Exercising your right to vote is crucial. The voter guide below will
help you make informed decisions as you cast your vote.

Remember, statistics show that approximately only 50% of eligible
adults actually register to vote. In any given election only about 50%
of registered voters vote (that is 25% of adults)!

That means it only takes about 13% of adults to elect any given
candidate. Your vote counts!

ACTION:

To download Michigan Family Forum’s nonpartisan 2008 General
Election Voter Guide, visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5653 .

If you have not yet used a voter’s guidebook, you’ll be pleased with
how easy it is to decide who to vote for by answering the same
questions submitted to the candidates and comparing your answers to
theirs.

Michigan Family Forum’s 2008 General Election Voter Guide is
nonpartisan and legal for distribution at your church, civic club,
etc.

You may also call the Michigan Family Forum at (517) 374-1171 to
request a guide.

Please help spread the word about this resource for responsible
citizenship! Forward this message to your family and friends in
Michigan so they can also use this valuable resource.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

> For a legal perspective on what activities churches and pastors are
allowed to take part in, check out these resources prepared by
attorney James Bopp: “Do’s and Don’ts for Political Activities of
Pastors”: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5634 and “Guidelines for
Political Activities by Churches and Pastors”:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3380

> To request an absentee ballot, contact your local election authority
by visiting http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5654 .

Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote on November 4!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel


The Saddleback Not-a-debate Debate

August 17, 2008

I watched the debate last night. It was possibly the single most informative Presidential debate I have ever seen. The same questions asked and answered by both candidates.

I’m not a Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren follower. Never seen him speak, never read one of his books. And, after last night, I’m still not going to read his books. But, I understand why so many people have. He is an engaging, thoughtful person.

Back to the debate. While I was in Michigan, I was definitely voting McCain. My goal was to prevent the most socialist, pro-abortion candidate from being elected. And the best way to achieve that was supporting McCain.

NOW, I’m in Texas, a state that will definitely not go Obama. I can re-examine my choice. And, last night was a good point to shove off from.

Good, not great. I would love to have seen Bob Barr answer the same questions.

Here’s what I did see. McCain answered his questions. No squirming. No doubts. But this venue definitely favored McCain. John McCain did nothing to hurt himself last night.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, did nothing to help himself. His strategy is not to WIN the evangelical vote, but, to siphon some of McCain’s base. He doesn’t need a lot. In my opinion, he struggled with the cornerstone question for evangelicals. How firmly do you stand on abortion? We all know, he’s on stilts and on leg is shorter than the other.

One of the questions hit on one of my wife’s concerns. Will Oback use federal funding to undermine Faith Based programs. I think his non-answer sufficiently answered the question that he will force churches that accept federal funds to hire outside of their faith. And even more devious, he will ultimately force them to practice outside their core beliefs – ordaining women (for the Catholics) or performing same sex marriages.

McCain didn’t hurt himself with me. When the rumor was floated that he was considering picking pro-choice Tom Ridge, Michael Savage suggested that someone inside the McCain camp was trying to sabotage the campaign. Ha, it’s worth a laugh and might be true. McCain had better tread lightly.

Here’s some things I heard McCain say:

1. Homeschooling works. He mentioned homeschooling at least twice. I think my ears twitched when I heard it.

2. Life begins at conception. Barack couldn’t answer that question, it’s above his pay grade. How about when in doubt error on the side of life???

3. David Patreus will be an advisor.


Welcome Christina Marie

June 9, 2008

Today, June 8, we celebrate the birth of our 4th child, Christina Marie.

It was a long day, labor started just before 8:30 am Mass. My wife gave birth at 2:45 pm. It took some convincing, but, they finally agreed to let us go home at 9:30 pm.

She’s our newest Huckabee supporter.


I know an old lady who swallowed the Karner Blue Butterfly

May 30, 2008

At lunch today, my kids were singing “I know an old lady.”

I did a little research. The fine for disturbing a bald eagle – which is on the endangered species list is $20000.

If the little old lady had the misfortune of swallowing:

1. The Karner Blue Butterfly

2. The Meshweaver spider to catch the fly

3. The Short Eared Owl to catch the spider

4. The Gray Wolf to catch the bird

5. And the cougar to catch the wolf

She’d be looking at a $100000 fine. Ouch. Might be a good idea to keep her mouth closed.


Subway has heard your message

May 28, 2008

From their website:


Every Sandwich Tells a Story Contest

We at SUBWAY restaurants place a high value on education, regardless of the setting, and have initiated a number of programs and promotions aimed at educating our youth in the areas of health and fitness.
We sincerely apologize to anyone who feels excluded by our current essay contest. Our intention was to provide an opportunity for traditional schools, many of which we know have trouble affording athletic equipment, to win equipment. Parents who home school their children make a tremendous commitment which we greatly respect, and can provide a terrific education. Our intent was certainly not to exclude home schooled children from the opportunity to win prizes and benefit from better access to fitness equipment.
To address the inadvertent limitation of our current contest and provide an opportunity for even more kids to improve their fitness, we will soon create an additional contest in which home schooled students will be encouraged to participate. When the kids win, everyone wins!

If you would like to read it yourself . . .  Subway


The Great Brain

April 16, 2008

In my last post, I commented about my little brain. It reminded me of a series of books I read in junior high. It started with The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald. The book is focused on the exploits of The Great Brain, Tom Fitzgerald, and his Catholic family living in the heart of Mormon country.

A very fun book for a 10 year old boy. Try it out. Better yet, read it to your son or grandson.