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Skillet Blogging – the title I wish I had thought of . . .

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Since I hosted the Carnival of Education this past week, I’ve spent a lot of time recently reading education-related blogs.  I found one whose title I love – Skillet Blogging.   The title and tagline say it all:

Skillet Blogging:  Like my homemade meals here in Korea — a little of everything, all mixed together.

The author teaches English language learners in Korea.  Now I don’t agree with everything that this teacher writes, but I do LOVE that blog name!

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If Thomas Jefferson were president now . . .

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

In looking through my blogroll this afternoon, I found that The Random Yak has an interesting post on what Thomas Jefferson might say about the Iraq war. What do you think?

Learning from Islam: War is the Only Solution, per Thomas Jefferson

Filed under: Just Yaks, PoliYaks, News Yaks — Maniyak @ 10:08 am on January 18, 2007

One prominent Democrat enthusiastically supports the war in Iraq against Islamic terrorism and oppression, President Thomas Jefferson.Most Americans (at least those of us who are not majority members of Congress) heartily agree with the declaration of President Thomas Jefferson, “Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!” About whom was he speaking when he stated this American national policy? About Islamic terrorists, the Muslim pirates and slave traders from Tripoli and the Barbary Coast in the Mediterranean Sea, who who killed, kidnapped, and sold millions of innocent people into slavery and attacked American ships and enslaved their crews from 1776-1800 and on. The Muslim attackers had no previous contact with the United States (which had just become a nation) but they already hated us. The answer to the Islamic propaganda question, “America, ask yourselves, why do we hate you?” is not that America has done anything against Islam but that most Americans are Christians or non-Muslim. Muslims hate Americans and Christians because that is their theology and the teaching of the Qur’an and always has been. Happily some peace-loving Muslims dissent from this religious bigotry and hatred, but where Islamists can make national and public policy, this anti-Christian hatred is the uniform attitude.

Thomas Jefferson was elected President in part because he was pro-war. He despised the ransoms and blood money that the appeasers in Congress had been paying to the Muslim nations to reduce their bloody slave trade and piracy, and as President he sent troops against the Barbary Coast pirates and eventually destroyed the piracy and illicit trade in human souls practiced by the Islamic Barbary States.

What does the Marine anthem say? ”From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, we will fight our country’s battles on the land and on the sea.”

America’s military defeated Islamic terrorism in the early 19th century, and if Thomas Jefferson were leading the Democratic Party today he would despise their cries of appeasement and submission (which is the meaning of the term “Muslim”)and he would support the war in Iraq against Islamic terrorism today.

By the way, that First American-Muslim War against the Barbary States which began in 1801 achieved military victory in 1805, but the Islamic terrorists were not totally defeated, and all the fighting finished, until 1815. The timetable in the present war in Iraq fits the same pattern.

The Muslims are right about one thing: War is the only solution to the conflict between Islam, Christianity and the democratic nations of the West.

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Blogalicious – Rich, Bloggy Goodness!

Friday, January 5th, 2007

I got my BLOGALICIOUS cookbook in the mail yesterday. What fun! I like the subtitles: “A Cookbook of Favorite Recipes from the Blogosphere” and “Rich, Bloggy Goodness.” I love cookbooks anyway, but this one is especially enjoyable to read. Most of the recipes are authentic recipes. Others are just for fun. I’m honored that I was asked for three of my recipes. There are recipes from well-known and not-so-well-known bloggers. And I might add that Glenn Reynolds’ (Instapundit) foreword is succinct.



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Education now vs. 1956: Sit Down, Shut Up, and Pay Attention

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

My blogging friend, Norma, over at Collecting My Thoughts has a great post comparing schooling now with the class of 1956.  It’s both hilarious and sobering.


Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

There’s a brand new blog that was just started yesterday!  It’s SLEEPLESS JUGGLER.  The author, Lyn, is my niece.  Lyn is the busy (and probably sleepless) mother of three young children.  She’s also a wife and a first grade teacher.  I can see that she named her blog appropriately!  With that kind of schedule, when would there be time for sleep? Lyn has a hilarious sense of humor, and I’m really looking forward to reading her blog!  Click on over and welcome her to the world of blogging.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Please click HERE to vote for THE MEDIAN SIB for the “Best of the Top 250 Blogs” (TTLB) category.  And then come back and vote again each day.  Each person can vote once per day!  There are some major blogs as competition – so help out us little guys.  THANKS!

The 2006 Weblog Awards


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2006 WEBLOG AWARDS – Vote for TMS (pretty please!)

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Voting for the 2006 WEBLOG AWARDS starts today, December 7th. It may be later in the day before the site is ready for voting, but check it out and see which blogs are finalists in the various categories.

Click on The 2006 Weblog Awards icon below to go to the site to vote. You can vote once in each category each day. Voting will be open for ten days. The reason for letting people vote for ten days is to give the smaller blogs, such as TMS, a fighting chance against the biggies. So PLEASE vote – each day – for whoever you feel deserves to win. 

The 2006 Weblog Awards


I’m thrilled that THE MEDIAN SIB is a finalist in the “Best of the Top 250” (TTLB) category.  I hope you’ll vote for me!  And if you can’t vote for me, then go vote for someone else.  The more people who vote, the better the results.  The TTLB categories are towards the bottom of the list of awards.  So persevere and scroll down to it.  Once the site is completely set up for voting,  I’ll post a link directly to the category in which I’m a finalist.

Here are three other blogs I’ll be voting for each day. I hope you’ll consider them, too.

“Best Diarist” – Ruthlace

“Best Individual Blog” – Blue Star Chronicles

“Best Business Blog” – Reasoned Audacity


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Baptism By Water and Fire

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

My brother, Terrell,  over at Alone on a Limb has re-told an exciting and frightening true family story – “Baptism By Water and Fire” – from my father’s childhood.  Terrell re-tells the story to commemorate today – the 20th anniversary of my father’s death.  It’s worth a trip over to read the story and see the old photos.  Thanks, Terry! 

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2006 Weblog Awards

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

The 2006 Weblog Awards schedule is posted.

December 5, 2006 – Finalists announced
December 6, 2006 – Finalist badges and voting link codes available
December 7, 2006 – Voting begins
December 15, 2006 – Voting ends
December 18, 2006 – Results certified
Daily notes on all things Weblog Awards related will begin tomorrow.

Hat tip to Blue Star Chronicles

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Dr. Sanity – Are We Doomed?

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

What, with getting married and now having someone to be with after work and in the evenings rather than sitting at my computer for hours blogging, I haven’t had the time to visit my favorite blogs like I used to.  This morning, however, I had a little extra time, and so I read Dr. Sanity for the first time in quite awhile.  She expresses so well what I want to say:

George Bush made the correct moral choice in going into Iraq and eliminating Saddam Hussein as a threat. Those who claim this war is somehow immoral have their priorities and their morality completely warped. No one is saying that mistakes have not been made–what war has ever occured without mistakes –except in the bubble that passes for a brain in the leftist utopian? The essential morality of confronting this kind of evil pre-emptively should be obvious to any student of 20th century history.

Iraq has revealed the enemy for what it truly is–a mindless, death-worshipping ideology that cannot be reasoned with; cannot be appeased; and cannot be ignored. We cannot walk–or run– away from it; we cannot make deals with it– not in Iraq; not in Iran; not in Lebanon; not in Gaza; and not anywhere this malignant anti-human, anti-life, anti-freedom ideology has taken root. Either we fight it now, no holds barred, knowing that we are all that stands between the forces of death and destruction and those of life– or we will be doomed to suffer even more of their barbarism in the near future.

And the horrors of the last world war will seem like a children’s cakewalk compared to what the latest batch of totalitarian monsters have planned.

I can see my progressive/liberal/Democrat friends now, shaking their heads smugly and murmuring, “Oh, GWB (aka Bushitler to them) has frightened you into supporting him.”

Fear is there, but COMMON SENSE is the dominant driving force for me.  I believe that fear (in the form of denial) is what drives much of the progressive/Democrat/liberal foreign policy and rhetoric.  One truth a parent and teacher learns early on is that  you can ignore some misbehaviors, but dangerous misbehavior must be confronted and stopped.  The child who always misbehaves is an unhappy child, and misbehavior that isn’t addressed gets worse.  The terrorists and the people and governments that support them are not well-adjusted people.  However, the behavior must be stopped before the root causes of the behavior can be addressed.

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