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  • BREAKING: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom

    12/04/2009 3:26:46 PM PST · 49 of 84
    adopt4Christ to Mrs. Frogjerk

    Mrs. Frog, I sure hope you act on your urge to homeschool. It is a powerful legacy to pass on to your children — to protect them from smut and unnecessary peer pressures, and the disease of humanism taught in our public schools. My children (all four homeschooled by me) are healthy, happy, content, well-adjusted, well-socialized, and well-educated. Any sacrifice is worth it. I can give them no greater gift than that of my attention, my efforts, and my life experiences on a daily basis. I am free to teach them both sides of every issue, and I can answer their questions as openly as I want to, without fear of being audited by others. Good luck in your journey toward homeschooling!

  • N.H. High Court to Hear Case of Girl Ordered Out of Homeschooling

    12/02/2009 9:47:13 PM PST · 49 of 49
    adopt4Christ to Ranald S. MacKenzie

    My answer to anyone commenting to me about my concern for socialization is, “That’s why I homeschool — for proper socialization that public schools don’t offer.”

    Nuf said...always makes them go blank.

    My four are the poster children for good homeschooling, as for their attitude toward me, their respect for each other, the way they can quietly entertain themselves out in public at a restaurant, the way they don’t fuss at each other, and how happy they are. People approach us regularly (of course, not knowing they’re adopted OR homeschooled), commenting on how polite, happy and well-behaved they are when we’re out.

    This article is indeed quite frightening. Honestly, though (I know — some of you will call me naive) — I just don’t see this happening here in California. If 160,000 children suddenly were forced to be enrolled in public schools here, the state education system would collapse. As much as they gripe about all the $$$$$ they lose per child for enrollment, they really don’t want the entire homeschooling population in CA showing up at the flagpole.

  • Having my rapist's baby is the best thing I ever did

    09/11/2009 5:57:49 PM PDT · 24 of 70
    adopt4Christ to Marie2

    Oprah was a VICTIM of forcible rape twice, by family members. She became pregnant at 14, which I believe she says is a product of one of the rapes.

  • (Vanity) Rush's audiences

    09/08/2009 1:30:28 PM PDT · 7 of 14
    adopt4Christ to BallyBill

    And I am a hopeful, joyful, single, homeschooling mother of four, who listens to Rush when I can. He is the family hero!!

  • TEXT of Obama School Speech: USES THE WORD "I" 56 TIMES. IT'S ABOUT HIM

    09/07/2009 8:48:17 PM PDT · 191 of 201
    adopt4Christ to SunkenCiv; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

    Honestly, I haven’t paid any attention to all the furry over Obummer’s public school address, since I homeschool all four of mine (as a single adoptive mother — very sacrificially). I don’t need to whine or march or carry a flag against his communist propaganda, because I made the choice this country gives me to “opt out” altogether, by homeschooling. Home education is growing by leaps and bounds. Parents are losing the excuses — and are finding ways to make it work. All of this negative energy people are spending against what Prez. Obummer is doing is such a waste of precious resources. My focus and my energies are fixed and clear. I am building the next generation of thoughtful, right-thinking, polite, articulate young people who will go on to lead productive, contributory lives as American citizens.

    I don’t have time for much else. But that’s just me...

  • Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison

    09/04/2009 3:00:14 PM PDT · 57 of 83
    adopt4Christ to Rose in RoseBear

    Amen.

  • Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison

    09/04/2009 2:49:43 PM PDT · 55 of 83
    adopt4Christ to nmh; BJClinton

    So what do you think it’s worth to be locked in a small bathroom for 20 years because of something you did NOT do?? HMMMM???? It is so easy to be indignant about someone’s fortunate when you think they don’t deserve it — until you think outside your little small world to the reality of being wrongfully convicted and locked up for a huge chunk of your life. That stigma upon release goes with these guys forever, regardless of being exonerated.

    What is YOUR personal freedom worth? It’s impossible to put a price tag on it. We are not “worth” the sum total of our earning potential. We are human beings, with rights under God. How can you possibly say that one million dollars per ANYTHING is too much to pay to these men?

    I personally know someone serving a life sentence for crimes he 100% did not commit. We’re working hard on his release through The Innocence Project. He has lost 20 years of his life, and yet remains hopeful and joyful as a human being in the face of injustice beyond what most of us can even fathom. He deserves every penny he can get when he’s released.

  • Police: Leesburg Man Mauled, Killed by 2 Pit Bulls

    08/11/2009 11:48:57 PM PDT · 16 of 72
    adopt4Christ to yorkie; Chet 99; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; TigersEye; pandoraou812

    Don’t get me started, Yorkie. I have a Chi-mix, and I’ve never seen a headline saying “Chihuahua attacks and kills little boy” either.

    Pit-bull owners are an interesting “breed” all their own.

    There is a reason why you never see dog-fighting rings being busted up by the police that fight German Shepherds, or Labs, or cocker spaniels.

    It doesn’t mean those dogs can’t be mean. It just means they’ve never been bred to be vicious. Too much inbreeding and cruelty over the years, and now we have an entire breed(s) that needs to be annihalated (in my opinion).

  • Family's pit bull attacks 17-month-old boy

    08/07/2009 8:34:59 PM PDT · 64 of 65
    adopt4Christ to solosmoke

    That is a very sanitized answer you give regarding a pitbull owner’s responsibility for owning an animal that has the potential to do such harm to others. This topic should remain about risk to the general public — to the innocent victims — weighed against the right people have to keep dangerous animals as household pets (just like we have laws against owning lions, tigers, etc.) It’s easy to blame the media, especially as a Republican who believes in personal rights. While it may be true that there could be unreported incidents of mistreatment of pitbulls who attack the innocent, I don’t know that it’s a logical argument to use to defend pitbull ownership. The number of attacks clearly show that pits (all breeds included in this) are many more times likely to be involved in unprovoked attacks on the public than what pitbull / dog owners are willing to ‘fess up to.

    It is a human, rational response, when I see someone walking a tiger on a leash down the street toward me, to want to find refuge quickly. It is just as rational and logical to have the same response when approached by a pitbull on or off a leash, on the street.

    My children and I just returned from a week-long camping trip, where we were confronted three times by pitbulls and their owners on the beach. Interesting conversations were engaged in between us. One guy (holding a simple leash attached to a thin collar on his huge pitbull) commented that my little tiny chihuaha mix puppy would do more damage than his “sweetheart of a pitbull”. I simply thanked him for keeping a very tight grip on his leash, and he smiled as he walked away from us. Thirty minutes later — as he and his wife were sunbathing 20 feet in front of us —he loosened his grip on his pitbull enough to where the dog got away from him, and ran toward another large dog (different breed), challenging the other dog in a very forceful stance. I was walking by the pitbull owner at that moment as he ran over to retrieve his bulked-up pit (it look like it was on steroids), and I heard him tell his wife “Honey, next time we come out, remind me to use the chain collar so I can control him better. This is ridiculous.”

    The fact that many states (like Michigan) have a standing kill order for any and all pitbulls that the humane society takes in should tell you it is a HUGE safety issue in this country. I told one pit owner at the lake this weekend that regardless of “how harmless” his dog is with him, that there are people out there who are freaked out by big scary dogs, and who do not know how to act properly in front of them, thus potentially causing the animal to react in an uncharacteristic way. Also, I reminded him of what a litigious society we live in, and that it only seems to make sense as dog owners that we take every precaution possible to ensure that we do not end up on the wrong side of a lawsuit, or in the emergency room having to hire an attorney to respresent us when our sweet dog mauls some neighborhood child. Intent is great — but that animal doesn’t care much about your intent when it is provoked, or in a strange situation.

    Just my 1.5 cents worth on the topic. I am confronted daily with pitbull issues as a mother of four, and I’m tired of feeling like a prisoner in my own home, even though we live in a very upscale neighborhood. There is something about pitbull owners that reeks of arrogance, immaturity, and an irritational outlook on individual rights. But this is just my own experience.

  • NBC (Chuck Todd) wants Fox competitor Glenn Beck fired (Todd's wife is a Democratic Operative!)

    07/30/2009 10:02:54 AM PDT · 36 of 97
    adopt4Christ to Frantzie

    You must not have heard that Bill O’Really was present at the birth of Osama binHussein, and actually cut the cord, thus “knowing” that he was born in Hawaii.

    End of controversy. Bill was there...saw the blood.

  • Need FReeper Suggestions, Advice on Distance Learning

    07/30/2009 9:27:49 AM PDT · 46 of 65
    adopt4Christ to teenyelliott

    I don’t see anyone else asking this question, but I’m still going to do so. Can you define what you mean by “distance learning”??? Are you considering a boarding school for your child, or sending them away somewhere to school? I’m not sure what you mean. Others here are giving you input about online learning, which is a great way to go, but not at all referred to as “distance learning”.

    If you ARE considering sending your child away someone, I would beg you to reconsider. If you’re looking to have them finish their education through online resources, that is a great idea. I’m not sure how you’re differentiating between homeschooling your two youngest, and schooling your older one somehow differently. I homeschool four children as a single mother, ages 7 to 15, and we have a wonderful life, so I know it can be done well. Good luck...

  • Family's pit bull attacks 17-month-old boy

    07/29/2009 10:12:43 AM PDT · 59 of 65
    adopt4Christ to tpanther

    You really believe that it’s never the dog’s fault, in a dog to person attack? Really? How about all these pitbull owners who swear up and down their dog wouldn’t hurt a fly, right after it has mauled their child (or the neighbor’s child) to death????

    Every pitbull owner I know says the same thing — until it ravages the life of someone else — or someone in their family. Regret is a terrible, and preventable, thing.

  • The Gates Arrest: Sgt. Crowley’s Nightmare Is All Too Real

    07/25/2009 10:58:23 AM PDT · 66 of 110
    adopt4Christ to Melinda in TN

    Last year we moved into our new house — we knew the neighbors across the street, who told us they were leaving on vacation, and that Grandma could park her car in their driveway. Within 15 minutes of her parking there, the police showed up searching the block and the neighbor’s house for robbery suspects — all because a nosy neighbor called the police. My poor Mother had to walk across the street to meet with police, prompting tripping right in front of them and falling down on the pavement. Needless to say, I wasn’t too happy with that neighbor, but I had to try to see things from their point of view. It was hard, though.

  • Wedding Dance Gets National Attention (Video must see)

    07/25/2009 9:41:30 AM PDT · 139 of 149
    adopt4Christ to Dave W; CAluvdubya

    Dave, seriously — you need to get out more. If you’re a Christian, you should be careful not to judge whether this was done for the Lord or not. The song was perfect for starting a new marriage, if you listened to the lyrics. And yes, I would definitely do this at my wedding, and would crack up if my daughter did this at hers. Having choirs enter the church sanctuary singing a gospel song while dancing would be a breath of fresh air.

    Hope I answered all your questions. As for potato chips, whatever makes you happy.

  • Wedding Dance Gets National Attention (Video must see)

    07/24/2009 7:07:44 PM PDT · 95 of 149
    adopt4Christ to justkate

    You’re asking if we always feel the need to dance when we are happy? Like that’s a bad thing???

    We should ALL be so free and joyful in our everyday lives that bursting out into dance and song is something which frequently happens. If you can’t understand that, I truly and sincerely feel sorry for you. You are missing out on a happy life (despite realities that always come our way)!

  • Wedding Dance Gets National Attention (Video must see)

    07/24/2009 7:07:28 PM PDT · 93 of 149
    adopt4Christ to justkate

    You’re asking if we always feel the need to dance when we are happy? Like that’s a bad thing???

    We should ALL be so free and joyful in our everyday lives that bursting out into dance and song is something which frequently happens. If you can’t understand that, I truly and sincerely feel sorry for you. You are missing out on a happy life (despite realities that always come our way)!

  • Wedding Dance Gets National Attention (Video must see)

    07/24/2009 7:04:27 PM PDT · 92 of 149
    adopt4Christ to Dave W

    Seriously...I’m a committed Christian who is careful not to confuse what is sacred with what is not...but this video is wonderful! So refreshing to see people enjoying life instead of taking everything so seriously!

    Rock on!!!

  • Brilliant Woman Solves All of California's Problems

    07/23/2009 9:37:57 PM PDT · 84 of 123
    adopt4Christ to kalee

    Let’s see — I’m just guessing here...but I have a feeling this “young lady” was never homeschooled....never worked a day in her life......and will never attend college of any kind, no matter how old she gets to be. I don’t understand how a young person like this could ever pass a high school equivalency exam, write a coherent paragraph, understand any kind of history, or ever know her world geography.

    This is what public schools put out. She talks just like two of my nieces, who both have several years of college behind them and are in their 20’s. Very scary....reason number 3,068 way I homeschool all four of my children.

  • Summer reading recommendations -- What are you reading?

    07/13/2009 8:38:11 PM PDT · 125 of 158
    adopt4Christ to ChocChipCookie

    The Preacher and the Presidents
    (Billy Graham in the White House)....

    It’s very good, actuality — even though it’s written by Time reporters. It’s brushing me up on my current history, the way it chronicles Billy’s relationships with each of the Presidents starting with Truman. I’m a homeschooling mom, so it’s helping me with teaching. I’d recommend it.

  • What are the best evidences to support the authenticity of the Book of Mormon? (OPEN)

    07/08/2009 9:32:21 AM PDT · 149 of 163
    adopt4Christ to campaignPete R-CT; dangus; Elsie; magisterium; MarkBsnr

    I don’t know what your Scriptures mentioning the Ascension have to do with Jesus being the Son of God, and the Way, the Truth, and the Life — so that no one comes to the Father but through Him.

    Not Mary...not Joseph Smith — not through anyone else is salvation given. There is no other Name given among men, whereby we must be saved. This is the beginning and the end of the gospel.

  • What are the best evidences to support the authenticity of the Book of Mormon? (OPEN)

    07/08/2009 9:29:56 AM PDT · 148 of 163
    adopt4Christ to campaignPete R-CT

    Martin Luther’s ideas were not the inspired word of God. He was wrong to say we have to go through Mary in order to communicate with God. Our advocate is Jesus, and we can with boldness approach the throne of Grace directly, without needing any other Mediator except Jesus Christ, the Lord.

    Period. Mary is not our mediator. Only God the Father, thru His Son, Jesus. God’s Word is very clear on that. Anything else is heresy and is NOT the Word of God.

  • What are the best evidences to support the authenticity of the Book of Mormon? (OPEN)

    07/07/2009 9:43:29 PM PDT · 134 of 163
    adopt4Christ to campaignPete R-CT

    Correction: Jesus WAS flesh and blood, like we are. Once he ascended back into heaven after the resurrection, he shed his earthly body.

    Mary was not divine. She was flesh and blood, just like we are.

  • What are the best evidences to support the authenticity of the Book of Mormon? (OPEN)

    07/07/2009 10:27:53 AM PDT · 92 of 163
    adopt4Christ to dangus; magisterium

    It is an insult to our Lord to equalize Mary with God the Father. I know all about who Catholics are, and I challenge the main point of worshipping Mary, a created being, to be equal with God, the Creator of the Universe. You can twist around one little word in Scripture all you want — and you can even talk about the history of the Catholic church. But that doesn’t change the truth of God’s word — that Mary was chosen to give birth to Jesus as a WOMAN, which makes the gospel so miraculous. She then went on to marry Joseph, and have other children by him. Whether she DID have other children or not (which you are seeming to make a big point of), does not change the truth that Mary was flesh and blood and NOT part of the Godhead. We do not worship Mary. No where in Scripture are we instructed to do so. Jesus is Lord, and we worship Him and Him alone. It is insulting and erroneous to insinuate that we are obligated to lift Mary, the mother of Christ, up to the level of our Lord and Savior.

    Mary does not sit on any throne in heaven. She was flesh and blood like you and I. She did not participate in the act of obedience as she did, to have humans worship her in such a way. I’m not sorry about saying so. And I know what FreeRepublic is all about. It is supposed to be about a free exchange of ideas. This one I am proposing is shared by thousands of FReepers — they just might not have the courage to state it so clearly in this forum.

  • What are the best evidences to support the authenticity of the Book of Mormon? (OPEN)

    07/06/2009 7:50:43 PM PDT · 68 of 163
    adopt4Christ to chris_bdba

    Mary was an anointed young girl who found favor with God, and gave birth to our Savior. She went on to have other children with her husband, Joseph, thus making her a HUMAN BEING and not divine. I’m not sure how Catholics come up with the idea that she is part of the Godhead / Trinity, but she was not and is not. She was a human being who gave birth to our Lord — thus making Him able to be fully God and fully man simultaneously.

    The Book of Mormon is a book written by a man who believed he was a Prophet, when in fact, he was not. God’s Word was given complete and in tact, with warnings (end of Revelation) against adding to, or taking away, from anything written before or after. Despite its history passed down through the ages, its authenticity and integrity remains faithful and stable. Praise God for a Creator who speaks clearly so we can understand Him, and so we can walk with Him and worship Him alone.

  • Is it a sin to send our kids to public school?

    07/05/2009 9:50:13 PM PDT · 110 of 147
    adopt4Christ to bboop

    Great story — but I know you know it is nothing short of miraculous when the gospel “sneaks in” and is shared in public schools in a personal way.

    My public school-teaching mother tells of many opportunities she had over the years to “sneak it in” at unexpected moments. One of her last years of teaching presented one, when a little 1st grade girl got up at “share time” (topic — what I did over the weekend) on a Monday morning, saying “I accepted Jesus in my heart”. Mother asked her to explain it to the class, which she did, very eloquently. Another little boy shared one other “share time” that he got baptized over the weekend, “to tell everyone that I love Jesus”. My mother asked him to explain — asked if anyone else had been baptized — leading to some interesting discussion among a classroom of six year olds about what they knew about Christ.

    Yes it happens — but it usually requires a “Red Sea” miracle....

  • Is it a sin to send our kids to public school?

    07/05/2009 3:40:59 PM PDT · 77 of 147
    adopt4Christ to bboop; Vaquero; mysterio; wintertime

    My mother taught public school for 40 years, and retired 10 years ago, but in her day, she put up Bible verses on her bulletin boards, read Bible stories to her students, and quote Scripture regularly, without any reprocusion from administration. This cannot be done today. So the question is — Can a committed Christian who believes in the admonishishment of believers by Christ to live holy lives and to reflect the character of Christ, to walk faithfully with the Lord, while teaching with a perspective that is completely and totally void of any reference to faith of any kind, or to a Master Creator who purposefully made the world and all people in His image? Should a Christian purposefully mask their relationship to Jesus by blending in to a profession that disallows the mere mention of faith to be made in any context within the school day of teaching?

    This is, I believe, the real question, and I don’t know how a believer in Christ might answer this by defending their choice to teach in public school. My mother’s era of teaching in public schools is over. She still thinks Christian teachers can use verses on bulletin boards and read from Bible story books to their students. She doesn’t get that it is no longer possible to live so openly as a Christian teacher in the school system, the way she once did those years before.

    I am a single Christian adoptive homeschooling mother of four, who recently put one of my four back in public schools for 10 weeks, because he (my 11 year old) seemed to need more structure and was not responding to my leadership the way I thought he should. Those 10 weeks recently of dealing with my son at a “very good” neighborhood school was quite eye-opening for me. I tried hard not to be the paranoid, deranged, anti-public school mother — but it was very hard to do. Let me just list a few things that happened within two days of enrolling him this last spring:

    The female principal was charged and sentenced for rape of a child (a female student she’d been having sex with for years). My son was shoved to the ground twice, and called names for being a “goody goody” (he is polite, well-behaved, and eager to learn). He was excluded from every single playground activity / game because he was “too short” to play, according to other students. One little girl came up to him the first week, and told him, “You’re too stupid to be in 5th grade.” Lovely. The last straw was when he and a younger friend were leaving school, and a group of older girls with BATS attacked the boys, and my son found a large sharp piece of metal on the ground to defend himself with (which made these girls run away). After that, I was in the principal’s office declaring our family would never come back, and that homeschooling was the only way to keep my children safe and happy. Done with that. I teach my children to stand up for themselves and be a “light in the darkness”, but THAT was ridiculous and pure insanity.

    Just some thoughts from my side of the fence...

  • Toddler Beaten By Mother's Boyfriend Dies (14 mo old "fails to show respect")

    07/04/2009 9:37:35 AM PDT · 128 of 133
    adopt4Christ to Wolfstar

    You are so right about the myth about how child molesters / killers are treated in prison. Prisons have changed, and so have levels of PC (protective custody). In prison, murders are honored (highest level of respect among inmates), and “baby rapers/killers” are the lowest, but they find other ways to control / scare / intimidate them other than raping / beating them, which gets inmates sent to “the hole” (administrative segregation). They will taunt, blackmail, steal from, scare, etc. without laying one finger on another inmate. It can be just as frightening and humiliating, with the need to survive in prison. Just the THREAT of being raped or stabbed in there can keep certain prisoners under the control of other inmates. CO’s (correctional officers) usually look the other way when such behavior goes on. THAT is the reality in prisons (federal and state).

  • Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks" at Gettysburg( 146 yr. anniversary )

    07/03/2009 10:06:50 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    adopt4Christ to Lucas McCain

    How in the world did Lincoln do that without a teleprompter? Go figure!!!!!!!

  • Lincoln's "few appropriate remarks" at Gettysburg( 146 yr. anniversary )

    07/03/2009 8:01:39 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    adopt4Christ to SunTzuWu

    My six-year old little boy (who is quite amazing) got up on a stage last year for one of our homeschool project events, dressed as President Abraham Lincoln (including black suit and top hat), and recited from memory, word for word, the entire Gettysburg Address. He received a standing ovation to many cheers in the crowd. But the most remarkable thing was not that I taught him that speech one sentence at a time (there are only 11 sentences, but they’re pretty intense with vocabulary), but that he was getting “speech therapy” at the time through our local country education department for a “speech impediment”.

    So much for the “experts” (including the pediatrician )telling me my little boy was hard to understand, and couldn’t finish a sentence without stuttering.

    If a six year old homeschooled little boy can recite from memory this amazing, historical speech (with a little help from Mommy), how much talent and accomplishment is being wasted on today’s publicly educated “youths” who never have anyone believe they can do much of anything?

    Enough from my adoptive homeschooling mother soapbox.

  • Chilling 911 Tapes in Florida Toddler's Python Death: 'The Baby's Dead!'

    07/02/2009 9:50:45 AM PDT · 77 of 154
    adopt4Christ to Kaslin

    How anyone can keep a PITBULL as a pet, especially with a small child around, is beyond me.

    I don’t know about “Kaslin” specifically, but generally, I find it fascinating that many of you who justify pitbull ownership with children in the home, would be horrified at this story about a python killing a child. Same exact thing.

  • 5 most and least intelligent dogs

    06/30/2009 8:31:14 PM PDT · 191 of 215
    adopt4Christ to JoeProBono
  • Costly Air Marshal Service a Waste of Money

    06/30/2009 8:12:03 PM PDT · 38 of 79
    adopt4Christ to DBrow

    But if there has been little, if any, terroristic activity on airplanes since the marshals have been implemented, doesn’t logic and common sense tell us that they are doing their job (despite a few bad apples, like any industry)????

    Just a thought....I’m in favor of letting them stay.

  • Democrats refuse to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

    06/30/2009 5:13:18 PM PDT · 13 of 25
    adopt4Christ to coachep95

    I know it’s a little different, but our family got a LOT of stares from people at our recent town annual parade, when we stood for each and every one of the flags that went by (bands, cars, trucks, floats, horses, etc.) We stood for most of the three hour parade, because of the flags. Every time we did, others around us and across the street did the same. So many veterans marching in the parade smiled over at my children, as they carried their large flags with such pride. I told my children to watch their faces — that sometimes, that is the only thanks they ever get for the sacrifices they made.

    Parents are not teaching and passing on the respect of standing when the flag passes by. We have already had a class in “flag etiquette” (I homeschool, so I make everything a teaching opportunity).

  • If the Obama presidency were a bad movie, which would it be?

    06/30/2009 12:55:08 PM PDT · 12 of 155
    adopt4Christ to meandog

    The American President.

    “If I have to go door to door to get the guns, I’ll do that.”

  • Did Michael Jackson repent, accept Christ? He reached out to Gospel star Andrae Crouch before death

    06/30/2009 12:53:46 PM PDT · 35 of 125
    adopt4Christ to Alex Murphy

    Do you know Andre and Sandra personally, so that you KNOW they will profit from selling Michael’s unpublished works he gave them just before he died? You know them PERSONALLY enough to make such an accusation? Wow!

  • 'It's Really bad' (4 teens killed in NM highway crash by drunk driver)

    06/30/2009 9:58:56 AM PDT · 50 of 67
    adopt4Christ to cripplecreek

    We don’t live on a farm and we don’t drive tractors or lawn mowers. 16 year old brains are still growing — haven’t fully cooked yet. My house, my insurance, my rules.

  • 'It's Really bad' (4 teens killed in NM highway crash by drunk driver)

    06/30/2009 9:48:16 AM PDT · 46 of 67
    adopt4Christ to vladimir998

    16 year olds are too young to be driving a car. I’ve told all four of mine that I will support them legally driving at 18 — not before.

  • Two Meals and Not Always Square (New York Times editorial)

    06/29/2009 5:28:00 PM PDT · 37 of 48
    adopt4Christ to Mr Ramsbotham; CholeraJoe

    People who talk about how “bad” things should be in prison don’t really understand what goes on in prisons, and what their purpose should be in our society. We put people in prison for stupid reasons — and have the highest incarceration rates of any country in the world to prove it.

    80%+ of inmates in this country eventually are released. How they are treated in prison has everything to do with the kind of attitude and motivation they will walk out with. We should be using prison time to rehabilitate and prepare them for life out in our communities — not just teach them how to survive the insidious monotony and wasted time being locked up.

    Anyone who thinks inmates have it “too easy” doesn’t know the first thing about our prison population, and what our correctional facilities are really like. If you knew — you would be the first in line to demand prison reform. It’s simplistic and naive to say they get too much food, too much TV, or too many perks. It’s also incredibly stupid to say things like, “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” Families of inmates know exactly what I mean by this. The rest of you, well — you won’t know unless you personally know someone locked up.

  • Michael Jackson wasn't their father, claims kids' mother (Billie Jean in real life)

    06/28/2009 6:15:27 PM PDT · 46 of 115
    adopt4Christ to Wage Slave

    I thought this was common knowledge that none of his three children are biologically his. He was way too paranoid to have used his own sperm.

  • The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List

    06/26/2009 6:22:44 PM PDT · 95 of 117
    adopt4Christ to netmilsmom

    The biggest challenge I have in homeschooling is fighting against PPP (Parental Peer Pressure) from other families who seem to have all the answers and who are quick to criticize us homeschoolers. If I focus on my children and how well they are doing, we’re home free and life is good.

  • The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List

    06/26/2009 3:48:42 PM PDT · 77 of 117
    adopt4Christ to netmilsmom

    I agree with you, all the way. The only thing I am regularly asked about is the “s” word, as we call it. Earlier this week, I was asked why I took my children out of public school three years ago, and I said it was because of the socialization they were getting there — how it was changing who they were — and how they deserve so much better.

    I know a couple of homeschool families who have this kind of bitter, angry spirit about homeschooling. I don’t envy them at all. Most of us very little time defending what we do because we’re too busy teaching our children and guiding them in the right direction. If you’re doing it right, you don’t have much time to make other people understand it.

  • Some Quick Thoughts on Michael Jackson

    06/26/2009 10:29:26 AM PDT · 90 of 109
    adopt4Christ to RobinMasters

    I will never forget reading the statement/deposition of his victim during the trial. As a former victim/survivor of child sexual abuse myself, his accounting had an absolute eerie ring of truth to it, and I was convinced from that moment until now that he was telling the truth.

    However much Michael abused little boys in his care (which of course he did), his life should be pitied more than anything, because of such a wasted existence, when he could have done such good with what God gave him. His legacy, sadly, will forever be mixed with his talent AND his accusers’ voices. I feel the most sorry for his three children, who will end up God’s knows where, probably without the intensive therapy they desparately need, from being raised by a delusional abuser who couldn’t tell fantasy from reality.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think Michael is resting in peace anywhere.

  • "Jon & Kate Plus 8 on Hiatus After Boring Divorce Announcement

    06/25/2009 4:54:51 PM PDT · 65 of 66
    adopt4Christ to Melpomene

    I thought the exact same thing watching that. He says, “I’m 32 years old with my whole life in front of me, and I’m excited about this new chapter in my life”. Bizarre and wacked.

    They haven’t the foggiest notion about what they’re doing to those eight children. How dare they break apart this family, due to their own immaturity and inability to deal with their feelings!!! They need two hours with Dr. Phil, who will turn them both around in a heartbeat. Jon acts like a baby, the way he talks like he has been “whipped” by his wife all these years and he’s tired of it. His weakness and inability to work WITH her is no reason to walk away from his family the way he’s doing. Her big mouth and constant ridicule of her husband doesn’t envoke any sympathy from anyone when she is embarrassed by his indiscretions.

    Kate needs to shut up, Jon needs to stand up, and both need to grow up. And all of them need to CALM DOWN and love their eight children more than they hate each other.

  • Kate Couric: I'd "Be Thrilled" to Interview Sarah Palin Again

    06/24/2009 8:00:23 PM PDT · 47 of 60
    adopt4Christ to curth

    I remember the exact moment I stopped being a Katie Couric fan, and lost all respect for her as a person as well as a reporter. She was invited into the White House by Barbara Bush, and when President Bush suddenly and unexpectedly walked into a room where they were, she rushed up to him and begin asking him pointed, accusatory questions about something (I used to remember but now I forget exactly what they were). His reply back to her was in the vein of “maintaining respect in the White House”, and it was priceless. She was so incredible rude and out of line — I was shocked. I can’t seem to get that image out of my mind, whenever I hear about her. I used to admire her before then, despite disagreeing with her politics. She was arrogant and disrespectful toward the President of the United States, placing herself on the same ground as him, and it was so blatant, I never forgot it.

  • "47 Million Uninsured." Really?

    06/24/2009 5:55:16 PM PDT · 13 of 26
    adopt4Christ to combat_boots

    Not all incarcerated persons deserve the death penalty and are illegals in this country. Most people view inmates as non-human and that is contrary to all that we Christians and Americans should stand for. Don’t you personally know someone who has had problems and who has been locked up at one time or another? Most of us do.

    How we view and treat our prisoners reflects our level of humanity in so many ways. I’m sorry for your friend’s situation, but that “incarcerated” person deserves to live just as much as your friend. It is all a matter of perspective. 80% of inmates will serve their time and come out of prison. How humanly they are treated in prison is directly proportional to how they will live out here — among the rest of us “perfect people”.

  • Pit bull problem: The owner or the breed?

    06/23/2009 9:38:11 PM PDT · 63 of 90
    adopt4Christ to Scythian

    What is more dangerous — a handgun or a pitbull?

    Well, a handgun will sit on the table minding its own business, until someone picks it up, points and pulls the trigger.

    A pitbull will not sit on the table and mind its own business. It has a mind and will of its own. I personally know someone who swore up and down their pit wouldn’t hurt a fly, and was good around children, until their pit without warning or provoking, attacked and permanently maimed a child. He would have done more damage, but a neighbor shot it dead before it moved on to the next child standing nearby. Wringing of the hands went on for months and years, over “We had no idea our dog would do such a thing!” As Judge Judy would say....”Idiots!”

    This country is about rights and personal responsibility. The Republican party (in theory) stands for both principles also. I don’t understand why anyone would argue that your right to own a pitbull is over at the end of the leash, the instant that animal is no longer within your control. For that reason, I believe any dog owner whose dog injures or kills another person should be responsible, and when a death occurs, they should spend prison time locked up. I don’t think it should be years and years, but it should be proportional to the crime of negligence, and should “hurt” enough to send a message that people are always and forever more important than any animal.

    Who wouldn’t agree with that? I think it’s rational and balanced.

  • Distraught woman sues, alleging N.J. helped child of rape find her

    06/23/2009 9:22:30 PM PDT · 181 of 293
    adopt4Christ to Bokababe

    This mother did NOT throw her child away. On the contrary, it took enormous courage to accept that at the time, she was unable to unconditionally cherish that child the way she deserved to be loved. That took guts.

    I adopted a sibling set of four (fully biological) out of foster care, and they know who their birthparents are (since they were old enough at removal to remember being with them). They are now 7, 11, 12, and 15. On occasion, they have asked about finding their birthparents “to tell them what they did wrong”, and I have told them that when they turn 18, I will do what I can to help them locate their birthparents. However, I sat my oldest down (she’s 15) and told her that since she will turn 18 first, it may not be in the best interest of her younger three siblings for her birthparents to know our name and where we live, which would be revealed should my daughter wish to contact them at that time. I’ve asked her to be willing to wait until her younger siblings become “of age” so they can decide together what is best. I’m raising them to think for themselves, to consider others lovingly in decisions they make, and they are open to my input (praise God).

    Being an adoptive mother myself, I am so careful never to judge or criticize anyone for reliquinshing a child they give birth to. I cannot possibility begin to know the agony of that decision — or the enormous courage it requires.

  • Note to David Shuster and Anderson Cooper: GET A ROOM

    04/16/2009 6:09:59 PM PDT · 15 of 26
    adopt4Christ to Palladin

    I don’t really want an explanation, but I don’t understand one single word of why their language is vulgar. I can’t even conjour up in my mind the imagery related to homosexual behavior and “teabagging”. I don’t get it, and for that, I am grateful.

  • Are All Christians Rightwing Extremists?

    04/14/2009 5:15:08 PM PDT · 111 of 120
    adopt4Christ to truthnomatterwhat

    Personally, I make both sides mad, for what I stand for, so I don’t gain anything claiming to be on the “right side”.

    I’m a right-wing radical because I’m a committed Christian, I homeschool four children, believe in God — country — flag — and freedom, I’m happy when Americans prosper in any way they can, and I believe (and teach my children) the ENTIRE Constitution AND the Bill of Rights (not just the Amendments that are politically correct).

    I tick off the “right” because I adopted four siblings as a SINGLE, never married woman, I think pitbull ownership should be banned, I believe this country doesn’t practice “innocent until proven guilty”, and I’m aggressively helping someone serving a life sentence to be exonerated because I know they are 100% not guilty of any crime for which they were convicted.

    All is well between me and my Maker, so that’s all that matters to this girl, in the end.

  • California Considers Gun Show Ban and "Animal Rights" Bill

    04/12/2009 7:48:04 AM PDT · 15 of 27
    adopt4Christ to marktwain

    It means it is now illegal to shoot your own dog with your own gun. It is also now illegal to own a gun or own a dog. But yes, your dog can now own a gun, as long as he keeps it locked up.

    Yeah, right....