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“Negational identity is a technical term for the process by which we identify ourselves and others at points when our own, core identities are still unformed. And as anyone who’s spent time with teenagers — or remembers his or her own teenage self — can tell you, we do that not according to the things we are and like but according to everything we aren’t, and can’t quite stomach: In the Us-vs.-Them world of human affairs, we seem to base our alliances on traits we don’t actually possess.

Take politics, for instance. As we all know, an overwhelming majority of black voters preferred Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, while Asians and Latinos broke for Hillary Clinton. Now researchers at the University of Toronto suggest that Obama could have gotten more votes among non-black non-whites if he’d put more stress on his own non-whiteness. When Asians and Latinos were asked about their identity in positive, affirmative terms, they felt a strong affinity for the other, non-black candidate — i.e., Clinton. On the other hand, Asians and Latinos who were asked questions about not being white were reminded of their negational identity, and were far more likely to vote for Obama. Putting a new spin on the old Bob Dylan tune, they didn’t love the candidate for what he was; they liked him more for what he wasn’t.” – – VSL


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First, before everyone gets their panties in a twist…..California is NOT changing their laws – – they are UPHOLDING them – – BIG DIFFERENCE!!! Second, the CHILDREN’S LAWYER (or GAL) was requesting that the CHILDREN go to public school (as it would be in THEIR best interest).  That is the JOB of the Guardian Ad Lithum (GAL), in cases that involve children in courts.Third, the first set of judges stated that they would NOT require homeschooling BECAUSE of the parent’s RIGHT to homeschool.  The CHILDREN’S GAL appealed to the CA Supreme Court…..as a matter of LEGAL ERROR.  (BTW, you can not just appeal at whim.  It must fall within TWO categries…..legal error is one of them.)Fourth, a judge CAN order a child to compulsory public school attendance- – particularly if the child is in the state’s custody.  For example, in the state of Kansas, it is (of course) legal to homeschool; however, my oldest daughter is COURT ORDERED to public school and MUST attend EVERY DAY!  That does NOT make it illegal to homeschool in KS – – it only makes it illegal for HER to homeschool.  (At this time.)  Even with one child COURT ORDERED to attend public school; I am exercising my right to homeschool my youngest child.  

Fifth,  if I understand, the ruling, it states: “It is clear to us that enrollment and attendance in a public full time day school is required by California law for minor children unless,” said the appellate court, “(1) the child is enrolled in a private full-time day school and actually attends that private school, (2) the child is tutored by a person holding a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught, or (3) one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance (Ed. Code, § 48220 et seq.) applies to the child.”

The key word above is: unless. And the key phrase is one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance.

Here is “One of the other few statutory exemptions”:
Qualify as a Private School by filing an annual affidavit with the Superintendent of Public Instruction between October 1 and 15.

If you are interested in all the other statutory exemptions, you can find them HERE and HERE

Perhaps I am stupid….but, I do NOT see where the judge(s) outlawed homeschooling in CA. As a matter of fact, they clearly upheld homeschooling “as one of the few statutory exemptions.”

If you are interested in reading the actual court documents that discusses the barest bones of the CA family and the CA ruling,  click: Court Documents

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My on-line homeschool buddie, Christine, blogged about this fantabulous site that allows you to download and watch FREE documentaries.  ENJOY!!


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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the “meanest mom on the planet.”

After finding alcohol in her son’s car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old’s misdeed with everyone — by placing an ad in the local newspaper.

The ad reads: “OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.”

Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.

The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her.

“The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I’m telling people what happened here,” Hambleton says. “I’m not just gonna put the car for resale when there’s nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision.

“It’s overwhelming the number of calls I’ve gotten from people saying ‘Thank you, it’s nice to see a responsible parent.’ So far there are no calls from anyone saying, ‘You’re really strict. You’re real overboard, lady.”‘

The only critic is her son, who Hambleton says is “very, very unhappy” with the ad and claims the alcohol was left by a passenger.

Hambleton believes her son but has decided mercy isn’t the best policy in this case. She says she set two rules when she bought the car at Thanksgiving: No booze, and always keep it locked.

The car has been sold, but Hambleton says she will continue the ad for another week — just for the feedback.

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Identity Theft Video

Identity Theft

This video is well worth your time to watch.  This is a 3 1/2 minute video produced by the
Broward County, FL Sheriff’s Office.  Identity thieves are at it again, this time targeting people at gas stations.  This sort of crime never occurred to me, especially since many of us never leave the side of our car when pumping gas anymore. That has apparently not improved our safety, especially for women who carry purses.  The footage of the actual crime being committed is shocking in how easy it is to pull off.  Please take heed and pass it along to friends, families and coworkers .  

Click on the link below… 
http://video.sherifforg/psa_cartheft.shtml   Turn on sound!

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I got this from RedMolly who got it: From the NYT Lede blog:

The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, is trying to encourage more of her citizenry to read books by giving boxes of as many as nine books to 400,000 poor families, according to The Economist. The big question, of course, is which nine books, exactly? The London-based weekly newsmagazine said Chile’s selected titles, like “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger and “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, were “unexceptionable fare.”

How about you? If you had to fill a box with nine books that everyone ought to have, what would they be? What if you had to pick just one work of literature?

Wow. Nine and only nine. What a concept! Should one go for the lofty and cerebral? The literary and timeless? The uproariously funny?

Here’s my list, which I’m sure I’ll revise mentally many times over: 

  1. A Collegiate Dictionary. I can not even tell you how often I use this resource. (Less since I have spell-check on my computer.)

  2. A Collegiate Thesaurus. For the same reason as above.

  3. A Cookbook! If you choose to cook – – a cookbook is an invaluable resource, when you begin. It is also a spectacular resource when needing specific ‘food’ questions answered.

  4. A Fix-It Manual. My husband has used this resources MANY, MANY times!!

  5. A Short History of Nearly Everything. Self Explanatory.

  6. To Kill A Mockingbird. Just ’cause I liked it.

  7. Simple Abundance. Learning gratitude is so important – – and this is a super fun way to do it.

  8. Life 101. I love how much GOOD info is in here – – AND – – I LOVE the quotes on every other page.

  9. Christmas Carol. ‘Cause it is my husbands fav. And you? I’m so tempted to tag here, despite my fear of calling anyone out by name, but rest assured that this is one in upon which I most heartily encourage y’all to weigh.

 And you?

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