Da Magnificent Roundup

An occasional series highlighting posts at the sites of my Magnificent Seven Writers (former and present) Pat Austin at So it goes in Shreveport says the civil war is still being fought You may recall that Mr. Epperson is attempting to have the Confederate Monument removed that stands in front of the courthouse on land … Continue reading Da Magnificent Roundup

A Goodbye to Someone of Great Import

Through the 4 Magnificent Seven Movies there were always casualties among the seven but the one character that was in every movie was Chris played by Yul Brenner (Magnificent Seven, Return of the Seven) , George Kennedy (Guns of the Magnificent Seven) and Lee Van Cleef (The Magnificent Seven ride) It's ironic that among DaTechGuy's … Continue reading A Goodbye to Someone of Great Import

A Bad Penny

The 2013-14 school year is officially over in our household.  One of the unexpected perks of homeschooling has been the change in my view of summer break.  Instead of oh no what am I going to do with the kids all summer, I feel more like thank goodness I can do things other than school with the kids … Continue reading A Bad Penny

Parent, Heal Thyself

by Linda Szugyi My experience with education is a love/hate relationship.  In elementary school, I loved getting 'A's, reading books, and writing poetry.  (I wanted to be a poet when I grew up.)  I remember adoring the standardized test at the end of the year.  It was so exciting:  the solemnity, the necessity of filling the bubbles neatly, the fun … Continue reading Parent, Heal Thyself

Logical Thinking About Common Core, Part 3

Here are Part One and Two, if you haven't read them yet.  On to Part Three of my response to the pro-Common Core memo that supposedly refutes the anti-Common Core movie, Building the Machine . . . 4.  "ASSERTION: THE COMMON CORE WILL MAKE OUR CHILDREN 'MACHINES' AND TAKE AWAY THE LOCAL CONTROL  UNDER WHICH OUR DIVERSE NATION THRIVES. FACT: … Continue reading Logical Thinking About Common Core, Part 3

Logical Thinking About Common Core, Part 2

by Linda Szugyi Where was I? Oh yes, The Fordham Institute's Common Core Movie Fact Sheet, and its thirteen rebuttals to points made in the anti-Common Core movie, Building the Machine. I covered the first two points last week.  On to Fordham Institute's point and rebuttal number three: 3.  "ASSERTION: 'THE COMMON CORE DISINCENTIVIZES PARENT INVOLVEMENT. IT … Continue reading Logical Thinking About Common Core, Part 2

Logical Thinking about Common Core

To: The Folks at the Fordham Institute From: Linda Szugyi Re: Your Common Core Movie Fact Sheet Fordham's Fact Sheet lists thirteen 'facts' to counter thirteen 'false assertions' in the HSLDA movie about Common Core, Building the Machine.  Here are the first two.  I will continue with the rest in later posts.  My comments are italicized. 1. ASSERTION: THE COMMON CORE … Continue reading Logical Thinking about Common Core

Critical Thinking About Common Core

by Linda Szugyi Today, I watched Building The Machine, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association's documentary about Common Core.  Then I spent most of the rest of today researching the latest on Common Core. Frankly, I've spent more hours than I care to count researching Common Core.  Then researching a little more.  Then writing about it.  Then writing … Continue reading Critical Thinking About Common Core

Piercing the Pro-Choice Veil

by Linda Szugyi Today's liberals want kids to be thoroughly educated about sex, and as soon as possible.  After all, education is not the enemy.  Ignorance is. There is some truth to that, of course.  If teenagers learn only that you shouldn't do it, period! and yet they choose to do it anyway, they might worsen their situation … Continue reading Piercing the Pro-Choice Veil

No Democrat Seat Should Be Safe on the Obamacare Train

by Linda Szugyi Following state and local politics is a pretty tough thing to do when you move every couple of years.  Since we don't have cable and I rarely turn on the local channels, Florida's 13th District special election slipped right by.  All I managed to do was make sure it wasn't my district.  … Continue reading No Democrat Seat Should Be Safe on the Obamacare Train

History in a Post-American World

by Linda Szugyi So I'm finally getting around to reading a book my dad gave me awhile back. The Land That Never Was is a nonfiction account of a self-aggrandizing Scot who, in the 1820s, swindled large numbers of people out of large amounts of money by inventing an imaginary Central American nation and appointing himself ruler of it. … Continue reading History in a Post-American World

Peas in a Pod

by Linda Szugyi Thank goodness for spam filters.  All of our in-boxes would be buried without them. With the spam folder, we have a handy dumping place for all the Rolex replica offers, questionable drug purchasing links, "free stuff or money" scams, loan sharks, online dating invitations, mail order bride proposals, and of course the inevitable links to … Continue reading Peas in a Pod

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

by Linda Szugyi "Heteronormative patriarchy" is a phrase that would make me chuckle under any circumstance.  That so much pomposity can be crammed into merely two words is a marvel on par with John Cleese's talent for parody. One needn't be a scholar of feminist theory to notice the attempt to make disapproval sound like academic enlightenment.  It's a great example of the Marcusean idea that intolerance of the Right … Continue reading Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Words Have Meaning, At Least Until The Product Is Rebranded

by Linda Szugyi Words have meaning. That's precisely the reason why progressives are always finding new words and phrases to describe the same old things.  The meaning of a word has a pesky little way of conveying truth, and when your goals run contrary to public opinion about said truth, then you had better run to the … Continue reading Words Have Meaning, At Least Until The Product Is Rebranded

The Post in Which the Introvert Navel-Gazes

by Linda Szugyi Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is not as insulting towards extroverts as it sounds.  Her point is not that one personality trait is better than the other. She does, however, make a strong case that our culture has a bias against introversion.  She gives a … Continue reading The Post in Which the Introvert Navel-Gazes