Asking Candidates About Their Faith (and Extraterrestrial) Beliefs

26 08 2011

“God chose me for that moment!” she thrills . . .

Following up after the GOP debate controversy around asking Rep. Bachmann about the implications of her bible-based wifely submission beliefs should she become President:

This year’s Republican primary season offers us an important opportunity to confront our scruples about the privacy of faith in public life — and to get over them. We have an unusually large number of candidates, including putative front-runners, who belong to churches that are mysterious or suspect to many Americans.

Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, a faith that many conservative Christians have been taught is a “cult” and that many others think is just weird. (Huntsman says he is not “overly religious.”) Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are both affiliated with fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity — and Rick Santorum comes out of the most conservative wing of Catholicism — which has raised concerns about their respect for the separation of church and state, not to mention the separation of fact and fiction.

And let’s not skip too quickly over Read the rest of this entry »

Unschooling Lion in Winter: Deb Lewis Is Classic

14 01 2011

Chilly cock of the snook to one of the two unschooling yahoolists I still actively enjoy, where I was reminded of Sandra Dodd dot com having EVERYTHING. It’s been so cold even in Florida this winter, that I thought it was a good time to highlight this.

(I don’t know how old the list, is but if I were updating it now I personally would add something new to us this winter, something fun for which I’m thanking the FSM while the light is thin and it’s stuck at freezing outside: Netflix!)

Deb Lewis’s List of Things to Do in the Winter:

I have found so many interesting things to do around our little town just by talking with people and asking questions. . .

The man who runs the local green house lets us help transplant seedlings. He grows worms too, and lets Dylan dig around in the worm beds.

The guy who works at the newspaper speaks Chinese and draws cartoons. He’s given Dylan lots of pointers about where to get good paper and story boards, etc.

The old guy at the antique shop was a college professor and is a huge Montana History buff; whenever Read the rest of this entry »

Hot, Hungry and Cross with Corporations

10 06 2010

Peevish and peckish would have made a better heading. Thought I would do a FaceBook-style status update here at Snook. Food, weather and something to sneer at, all in one!

It’s about 97 degrees, no cloud cover from the sun, all oil all the time on cable news, no fresh farmer’s market food left in the house. Too hot to go out, too hungry to stay in, too upset to watch something trivial rather than the corpor-apocalypse in real time . . .

“We’re the Smart Ones. . .”

27 01 2010

We’re the smart ones.
We’re the ones who are “reality-based.”
We can win without being counterproductive.
We can figure it out.

Put it on t-shirts, embroider it on pillows, whisper it to teeth-gnashing, garment-rending fellows as needed . . .

Guess What Bill Gates Is Talking About

22 01 2010

Can you guess what complex challenge vital to our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, he’s referring to here?

There just isn’t enough work going on today to get us to where we need to go.

The world is distracted from what counts on this issue in a big way.

Education? Equality and human rights?
War and terrorism, jobs and the economy, hunger, health care, helping Haitians?

I might answer “all of the above” except this sweaty-palm panic we’re feeling isn’t multiple choice anymore, if it ever really was. Time is expiring on our high-stakes academic exercise, and maybe the only answer that matters now is knowing these two things whatever the question, that no choice left is right, and no choice left just isn’t right!

The way he’s going about all this btw, sounds like a great model for true public education, the kind that just might save the world if anything can:

I spend a lot of my time learning about issues I’m passionate about.

I’m fortunate because the people I’m working with and learning from are true experts in their fields. I take a lot of notes, and often share them and my own thoughts on the subject with others through email, so I can learn from them and expand the conversation.

I thought it would be interesting to share these conversations more widely with a website, in the hope of getting more people thinking and learning about the issues I think are interesting and important.

p.s. If you still want a literal right answer to the original question about which issue he’s referring to in the quote above, check the answer sheet here.

Okay, If It’s My State Too, You Wacko GodBots STOP!

21 08 2009

This is unacceptable.

Not even Catholic Jeb Bush ever went this far as Florida Governor, not on life-and-death hurricane protection (just on Terri Schiavo, sigh.)

Favorite Daughter and Friend: Paris, Je T’aime

24 07 2009

“Paris, Je t’aime”
Posted by kiki under France, Paris

en route

Arrived safely in Paris this morning after a 15 hour train ride from Rome. The ride was good; we slept most of the way.

We dropped our bags at our Montmartre hostel and then decided we would go see Sacré Coeur. We literally walked for five minutes before I stumbled upon a store selling Tour de France memorabilia where I proceeded to lose my mind and buy a Tour de France flag which will play into this narrative later.

Then we saw Sacré Coeur in all its glory. It is magnificent. We took plenty of photos as we made the trek up the millions of stairs, but were unfortunately not allowed to take photos inside (Fair enough).

And we also got brilliant photos of Paris, as Sacré Coeur is located on top of a large hill. We looked around in vain for the Eiffel Tower and then looked hopelessly toward a large tree and we saw it!! Or part of it. We could see the top of the famous French landmark, and that was it. So, we made that our next stop.

We took the Métro to the Eiffel Tower and then proceeded to stand in line for an hour and a half to go up to the top. As seems to be my luck, we got up to security and in the process of checking my bag the officials discovered that I was concealing contraband: Read the rest of this entry »