Think Of The Homeless

There are over 30 million Americans who live on the streets of our nation. Can you consider giving something to a shelter near you? Your fellow human beings need socks because they walk everywhere. Food and shelter are great too, if they will take them. So please give.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: Happy July 4th

WARNING: Information provided here will challenge your comfort zone and will involve some reading and research.

Can you handle the truth ? All this nonsense needs to stop! People need to wake up to the reality of what is truly going on with this country known as America. Most importantly, this raises the defining question, do you really wish to be classified as a U.S. Citizen? When I ask people -- Are you a US Citizen? .... and of course, most say YES, then I inform them about the US Code, actual citing 28 USC 3002 (15) A] and it defines the UNITED STATES as a corporation; then I ask them, “can you be a Citizen of Wal-Mart or Microsoft “? then of course they say NO, but then some try to say, well this is a country....which my response to that is ....not by definition it is not!

The united States of America was a nation set up as a republic, but when you read this link: you find out when that all changed in 1933 and why it is now a corporation.

The UNITED STATES CODE (USC) is the UNITED STATES corporation’s governing code, period. Then some will attempt to say that they are citizens of the “California” (insert any State here) Republic. Ok, but there is no longer a Republic, anywhere, any more! People need to start reading and understanding how attorneys/ lawyers have altered the meaning of some common every day words to serve the corporation’'s purposes. Some may call it legalese, and of course that is what it is.... but this has all been cloaked on purpose.

The attorneys, serving their masters, the international banking cartel or “banksters”, used legal trickery to form these non-existent legal entities -- cities, counties, states, supposed federal governments, and in doing so, have created a monster big brother police state corporation.

Yes, indeed, boys and girls, the STATES are not sovereign as some people think, they are all under the big corporate umbrella --UNITED STATES -- and interestingly enough, this happened in 1933 as well. or go research the USC ! In 1933, the government was incorporated, or commercialized. To Commercialize means to “EXPLOIT.” Therein lies the reason why the powers that be, “THE ATTORNEYS”, change this conventional government to a legal fiction. This was to exploit with words, and done by the very men or women that hide behind the names or words.

Excerpt from book, “WOE UNTO YOU LAWYERS”, written in 1939 by the late Fred Rodell, Professor of Law, Yale University: It is the lawyers who run our civilization for us - our governments, our business, our private lives. Most legislators are lawyers; they make our laws. Most presidents, governors, commissioners, along with their advisers and brain-trusters are lawyers; they administer our laws. All the judges are lawyers; they interpret and enforce our laws. There is no separation of powers where the lawyers are concerned. There is only a concentration of all government power - in the lawyers. As the schoolboy put it, ours is “a government of lawyers, not of men.”

It is not the businessmen, no matter how big, who run our economic world. Again it is the lawyers, the lawyers who “advise” and direct every time a company is formed, every time a bond or a share of stock is issued, almost every time material is to be bought or goods to be sold, every time a deal is made. The whole elaborate structure of industry and finance is a lawyer-made house. We all live in it, but the lawyers run it.

And in our private lives, we cannot buy a home or rent an apartment, we cannot get married or try to get divorced, we cannot die and leave our property to our children without calling on the lawyers to guide us. To guide us, incidentally, through a maze of confusing gestures and formalities that lawyers have created.

LINK to entire text of the book:

Okay, so let’s put this real simply, someone nearly has to look at a city’s police car to find out who they (the police officers) are truly “protecting and serving”. For example, in the city known as Chicago, it is clearly displayed on the car, “City of Chicago, Incorporated 1837” along with it’s corporate seal.

Okay, now I know that all society’s need order and a set of laws. I’m an advocate of common law myself. If you don’t know what that is, go look it up.
To get an idea how whacky this corporation driven system has become, people who are working for these corporations after a while realize that there is indeed some thing terribly wrong, but most just keep their mouths shut, because it is job security and they say “hey, I am just doing my job”.

Getting back to the example of common law - how can a man or a woman injure a fictional entity, non-existent corporation?? They cannot, it is impossible! For even further research, do yourself a favor and read some of the great articles at

Excerpt example:

Marc: Am I entitled to a fair trial/hearing?

Judge: Yes you are.

Marc: Could I get a fair trial/hearing if there is a conflict of interest?

Judge: No, you could not.

Marc: If there was a conflict of interest, would you recuse yourself?

Judge: Yes I would.

Marc: Who do you represent?

Judge: The State.

Marc: If you represent the state, and the state is the plaintiff, then you represent a party (in this case), isn’t that a conflict of interest?

Lastly, do you recall this line in the movie, “The Interpreter”? (starring Nicole Kidman & Sean Penn). Well, the truth is often revealed in movies, just people don’t see or hear it for what it’s sharing. A great example of an allegory movie was “Wizard of Oz” - read this link:

“Despite all the flags on First Avenue, there are no nations any more, only companies - international companies. lt’s where we are. lt’s what we are”. -- Kuman-Kuman to Sylvia Broome in the movie “The Interpreter” in reference to the United Nations on First Avenue at 46th St. in New York.

... incidentally, the tagline for the film: The truth needs no translation.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: Ecoquest Business

I watched Ecoquest from a nearby window, so to speak, as a friend of mine actually got involved. I will say up front that their top item, a space age air purifier, is a darn good product. They have many other health related products too, and they all are marketed as MLM. Fortunately, the company has been a round a while, so you have a pretty good idea that they aren’t going away tomorrow. I’ve had that happen, years ago I bought some ATM machines to place in stores, right before the company got shut down by the Justice Department for violations. But Ecoquest seems a stable outfit.

The problem is with the process and, of course the MLM. For those of you who don’t know, in MLM (Multi level Marketing) the system is flawless. One person begats two, two begat four, four begat eight and so on, as a down line is created. This is a great system. It should make millionaires of everyone. But it doesn't. The system is run by flawed people. If you don’t listen to the MLM purveyors, you know that it’s extremely difficult to get to ten down line people, and then the bottom seven are always being changed out again and again. People don’t always work at the same level and with the same competency for making MLM run like a smooth machine. You need to know this, before you pluck down your hard earned cash.

Years ago, I knew some folks who were in Amway. You know these guys, the ones with the circles and the white board. Years later I ran into them and asked them how the Amway was going? Well, they weren’t millionaires and had long given up on the home meetings. This is common, I have found. I have not met anyone who lives down the block from me who is in MLM and owns big houses and boats and vacations six months out of the year. You meet these people at the seminars. You get them on the phone. But never just randomly do you run into them. And I live in a high end entertainment neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Well, back to Ecoquest more specifically. A great product, but as with anything, cost! cost! cost! If you don’t have capitol you can’t make these business models run. The sales people never tell you that, they just want to sign you up. But if you listen to all the sales chatter and the handling objections and sales resistance talk, which is all it is... then you will crash yourself. Can you sell? Have you worked a job where it was commission only and been able to make a living? Salesmen will all tell you anyone can sell, but that’s simply not true. Nor is it true that products sell themselves. But salesmen will never say that.

Ecoquest’s air purifier is about $750.00. There is a lot of up line involvement so it’s divided up as much as possible. But, have you ever bought an air purifier for almost $800? It doesn’t help that other in store brands are like $75. This product MUST be sold. Sorry. The concept is to have the customer place the machine in their home for a week or so to see what happens. Now the machine I saw worked pretty well, as far as I was able to tell. But who stays home all day? Some claims my friend was told would happen when displaying the machine did not in fact happen, and he was told, “Well, that doesn’t allways happen.” A good point since most sales will tell you that the examples used to sell you the product or service is not a typical result. Your results may vary. Which makes me wonder, how they can sell me anything at all??? If you can’t sell me the typical result.... why should I buy??? Freak things happen all the time, sometimes you hit lucky seven, but not everyone does. How can you sell to people with the lucky seven hit when it rarely happens? Do you see what I mean?

Anyway, the machine stopped working after a few months, probably because it was an old display model. No one ever bought one of his machines, the price sent them screaming for the exits. You have to be able to sell, people. And what’s worse, California passed a law against selling anything that creates ozone. This machine only put out about .02% of ozone which was considered relatively safe, but then the machine was replaced with another the next year, one which did not have any ozone. Huh??? Consumer Reports also slammed the product along with the Government, Ecoquest’s reply was that the Government and Consumer Reports just got it wrong, they didn’t understand the technology. But, changing the machine to comply kind of makes you wonder, if what they say is true.

More power to you brother, if this is your thing. Make it work for you! This is just one man's take and there are many pro and con on the internet for you to find. Just keep one thing in mind for me. Remember that buying a distributorship or home business is NOT the same as getting a new job. You don't buy in and then begin to get paid. A business is and should be treated the same way you would treat a tomato plant.... buy your seeds for one plant, then feed it, let it grow, feed it, let it grow, and then when it is firm enough in itself, get a second one. But all of that will cost you something time and again before you begin to reap returns. That's the natural law of things.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: Train Your Child According To God's Principles

by Lucile Taylor

Today, our kids are being raised in an environment that is apart from the one we grew up with. A lot of things have already changed and more are even changing - from the mere admission to the internet to more complex technological advancements. It is hard to deny the fact that these factors have also increased our children's accessibility to dangerous materials such as alcohol, drugs, and pre-marital sex.

Inevitably, what is acceptable and considered normal two decades ago may have been unwantedly shunned with today's standards and lifestyles. Although some parents agree to some developments brought about by technology for parenting, many would still prefer to raise their child the way they know how, and it is through Christian parenting.

Christian parenting, although unusually popular, is a more favored parenting technique. Some call it a parenting style, but for most parents, they merely called it their lifestyle. Living under the words and enlightenment of God is the best way to live life. Unfortunately now, Christian living is slowly diminishing. However, there are still a number of families who strongly live under their faith in God.

Wouldn't it be nice to see your children living the words of the Lord? This is even the dream of many parents - to raise God-praising and God-fearing children. However, for most parents, this remains a dream, something that is possible but very hard to achieve. There is still hope, as long as you are determined to inculcate Christian values and principles through Christian parenting.

You see, your children's spiritual development is intimately intertwined with his or her emotional and physical development. For you to be a success in Christian parenting and for your children to thrive spiritually, the age-appropriate presentation of biblical truths and values are very substantial. However, Christian parenting can sometimes be a very difficult task, especially now that we are living in the world filled with millions of ways to be right. In the past, we grew up in a world where right and wrong were clearly defined and parents were deemed to be the primary authoritative figure in their child's life.

But there will always be hope for Christian parenting. If you find it very hard, start with baby steps. Take the whole family for weekly church visits and mass attendance every Sunday. Don't forget to pray before eating, sleeping, and waking up (preferably together with the family). Set good examples. These little things will help you in making Christian parenting a success.

About the Author

Lucile Taylor writes for, a site full of helpful insight about Family Matters and Adoption.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: Imagine That

Eddie Murphy • Thomas Haden Church • Yara Shahidi • Nicole Ari Parker • Ronny Cox • Dante D’Enzo • Martin Sheen • Vanessa Williams Paramount Pictures presents a film directed by Karey Kirkpatrick. Written by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. Running time: 107 minutes. Rated PG (for some mild language and brief questionable behavior)

I’ll say right up front, a nice movie, a sweet movie. Fathers and daughters will find this great stuff. It is, of course, too predictable, and the script takes lots of unreal logic skips in order to set up the creative writing fiction. There’s a little magic here and there. The best parts of the movie, because you hardly EVER see this sort of thing, and, also, because it was well done, are the scenes where dad and daughter are playing together.

Eddie Murphy has obviously grown past his own self, no longer germinating the persona of his past stuff A.K.A. “RAW”. Now he’s a family guy. (the real one) His performance is rather good, and so is the actress who plays his daughter, Yara Shahidi. She’s very cute. I suppose after Father’s day though, this movie will soon be on DVD. But really, it’s not a bad movie, just a pleasant romp, and that may or may not be enough for you. The only real objection I could possibly have, and this is a small one, is the break of logic that makes the movie move along and then climax. I am not talking about the faerie princesses either. That’s cute and understandable enough, I think even little girls know, they really do you know. ;-)

But it’s the magical Indian stuff of Thomas Hayden Church’s character that totally buffaloes the completely competent adults in this movie. Supposedly he is quite successful calling on the “Great Spirit” of his Indian ancestry for tips and advice about investing, and he has all the suits playing Indian games to go along with him. This only works because he IS successful. Then at the end of the movie, when he has to go head to head with Murphy’s character, suddenly all the former logic of the script is thrown out the window. I can remember as a very small kid being baffled by this sort of thing, wondering how this sort of thing could make sense, why did things in TV and movies happen this way? I never got many answers and I think I suffered a sort of “magical thinking” about reality through my teens and early twenties that was completely unnecessary had someone taken the time to explain why adults wouldn’t tolerate Church’s character no matter how creative and flamboyant he might be. If you’re a parent, I think that sort of thing should be explained afterwards, when you're having that after movie treat. (Need I explain about the shamanism? )

But that’s all I have to say on it, except, I saw the movie in the Mann’s Chinese Theater and the building is quite impressive, and harkens back to the days when giant movie theaters had only one movie at a time. If you’re ever in LA it shouldn’t be missed. Unfortunately I saw the movie not too soon after the premier and, out of a sea of movie seats, I was the only one in the movie. Not a good sign. Full family fare, to be followed with your own gentle hearted commentary afterward.

3.5/5 stars

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

With regard to Bible Authors Who is the Authors of The Bible

With regard to Bible authors, concerning the Bible teachings the question is, who is the Author of the Bible that is made up of 66 books? The Bible is made up of 66 individual books from Genesis to Revelation. The choice of these particular books, and the rejection of many others, is evidence that the divine Author of the Holy Bible not only inspired their writing but also carefully guarded their collect and preservation within the sacred catalog. The writing, collecting and arrangement of these books within the Bible also demonstrate God’s supervision from start to finish as the true Author of the Bible.

Thirty-nine of the sixty-six books, which make up three- quarters of the Bible’s content, are known as the Hebrew Scriptures, all having been initially written in that language with the exception of a few small sections written in Aramaic. ( Ezra 4:8-6; 7:12-26; Jer 10:11; Dan 2:4; 7:28 ) The last quarter of the Bible is known as the Christian Greek Scriptures, so designated because the twenty-seven books composing this section were written in Greek.

Subdividing the Bible books into chapters and verses ( AV has 1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses) was not done by the original Bible authors, but was a very useful device added centuries later. The Masoretes divided the Hebrew Scriptures into verses; then in the thirteenth century of our Common Era chapter divisions were added. Finally, in 1555 Robert Estienne’s edition of the Latin Vulgate was published as the first Bible with the present chapter and verse divisions.

The 66 books of the Bible all together form but a single work, a complete whole. As the chapter and verse marks are only convenient aids for Bible study and Bible teachings, and are not intended to detract from the unity of the whole, so also is the sectioning of the Bible according to the predominant language in which the manuscripts have come down to us. We, therefore, have both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, with “Christian” added to the latter to distinguish them from the Septuagint Version, which is the Hebrew portion of the Scriptures translated into Greek.

The truly scientific explanation of the origin of man is revealed-how life comes only from a Life-giver-facts that only the Creator now in the role of the true Bible Author could explain. ( Gen 1:26-28; 2:7) The Bible is an organizational book, highly unified and interconnected in its various segments, which indeed reflect the systematic orderliness of the Creator-Author himself. God’s dealings with Israel in giving them a comprehensive Law code as well as regulations governing matters even down to small details of camp life-things that were later mirrored in the Davidic kingdom as well as in the congregational arrangement among first-century Christians-reflect and magnify this organizational aspect of the Bible.

The Holy Scriptures in the Bible teachings is the Inspired Word of God, it is acknowledged as the greatest book of all times due to its antiquity, its total circulation, the number of languages into which it has been translated, its surpassing greatness as a literary masterpiece, and because of its overwhelming importance to all mankind. Independent of all other books, it imitates no other and copies none. It stands on its own merit, giving credit to its unique Author. The Bible also is distinguished as having survived more violent controversy than any other book, hated as it is by enemies legion in number.

No other book took so long to complete as the Bible. In 1513 B.C.E. Moses, one of the Bible authors began writing. Until sometime after 443 B.C.E. when Nehemiah and Malachi completed their books, other sacred writings were added to the inspired Scriptures. Then there was a gap in Bible writing for almost five hundred years, until the apostle Matthew penned his historic account. Nearly sixty years later John, the last of the apostles, contributed his Gospel and three letters to complete the Bible. So, all together, a period of some 1,610 years was involved in producing the Bible. All the co-writers were Hebrews and, hence, part of that people “entrusted with the sacred pronouncements of God.” ( Rom 3:2 )

As to the question who are the Bible authors of the Holy Bible and how many authors wrote the Bible? There were about forty Bible authors which were in fact human secretaries or scribes that were used by the one true Author to record the inspired Word of God. “All Scripture is inspired of God,” and this includes the writings in the Christian Greek Scriptures along with “the rest of the Scriptures.” ( 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 3:15-16 ) This expression “inspired of God,” translated the Greek phrase The-o’pneu-stos, meaning “God-breathed.” By ‘breathing’ on faithful men, God caused his Holy spirit to become operative upon the Bible authors and actively directed what God wanted recorded, for, as it is written, “prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were borne along by Holy spirit.” ( 2 Peter 1:21; John 20:21-22 )

Evidence shows that this was true of all the Bible authors as to the writing, God’s Holy spirit was operating on the minds and hearts of the writers to carry them along to the goal purposed by God. King David said: “The spirit of the Lord it was that spoke by me, and his word was upon my tongue.” ( 2 Sam 23:2 compare Matthew 22:43 )

As to the Bible authors part in the product of the Scriptures evidence indicates, however, that the men used by God to record the Scriptures were not merely automations, simply recording dictated material. Through the Bible teachings, we read concerning the apostle John that the “God breathed” Revelation was presented to him through God’s angle “in signs” and that John then “bore witness to the word God gave and to the witness Jesus Christ gave, even to all the things he saw.” ( Rev 1:1-2 ) It was “by inspiration [literally, “in spirit”] that John “came to be in the Lord’s day” and he was told: “What you see write in a scroll.” ( Rev 1:10-11 ) So, God apparently saw good to allow the Bible authors to use their mental faculties in selecting the words and expressions to describe the visions they saw ( Habakkuk 2:2 ), while always exercising sufficient control and guidance over them so that the end product was not only accurate and true but also such as suited the Lords purpose. ( Prov 30:5-6 )

That personal effort on the part of the Bible authors was involved is shown by the statement at Ecclesiastes 12:9-10, there being a pondering, searching and arranging in order to present properly “delightful words and the writing of correct words of truth.” Compare Luke 1:1-4.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: Land of the Lost

Will Ferrell • Anna Friel • Danny McBride • Jorma Taccone • Matt Lauer

Universal presents a film directed by Brad Silberling. Written by Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas. Running time: 93 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference).

As I have said before, I am here to make a review that reflects a Christian viewpoint, and there are plenty of other reviews to go to where you can get the play by play on this movie, so I basically won’t be doing that here. I thought a lot about what I wanted to say on this movie, it’s place in our national schema and the thought processes that guide some of the continuing themes presented here. It wasn’t easy not to simply come off as some maladjusted prude, or perhaps an insincere posturer who’s looking for points rather than giving any real thought to the overall effects of this kind of movie on just about anyone who sees it. Does it deserve a deep dissertation? Heck no. It’s fluff in a fluff bag, and that’s really all it’s meant to be. Case closed.

A scientist and his group travel to the outskirts of time travel where everything comes together at some point both past and future, and the script and actors have fun with it. Good enough as it is for that, I suppose. Really it’s just a CD rental movie, don’t put out too much cash on it. But what bothered me I think was the choices made in having that fun that Universal put out millions on producing. It’s easy to concentrate on the inane drivel of a movie that has a giant crab come walking up in the middle of the desert and then suddenly find a sink hole which he falls into, that surprisingly has a hot boiling water pit underneath, which allows the heroes to have a seafood supper of giant bland proportions. No one mentioned how crab meat is somewhat tasteless without seasoning. But I digress. That’s the fun side of it, but there is something else I just have to go on about.

In this movie there is a small ape boy, or missing link or some such thing which the principals run into and befriend. He has a foreign language that incomprehensibly is understood by the female scientist and later in the film is fully understood by everyone for no good reason. Now, he is a savage to say the least, and has a rather innocent way of grabbing female scientist Holly in otherwise offensive ways. Well, he’s a "manimal" so groping the females is probably natural where he comes from, and if this movie were to have been a National Geographic special, then I wouldn’t have much to say about it. But it’s not. In fact there is a bit of larcenous thinking behind the whole "comic bit" as far as I can see. Holly is very patient with him in his attempts to grab her female parts in much the same way a Jane Goodall would have been, but the bit doesn’t cease. They do this as a running gag despite the ground that is already covered on the subject and it begins to take on the prescience of sniggering high school sophomores. I admit this is no intellectual exercise of a movie, but what they are having fun with is not only demeaning to women but takes on a kind of dark comedy as she struggles again and again to stop the unwanted fondling. What are we supposed to be doing here in response? Is it supposed to be funny that she remains the innocent while we enjoy a joke at her expense? Is that FUN? Personally, I believe it lends itself to misogyny and sends the wrong idea to boys as to what they should be enjoying when they think about women. It sends the wrong idea to girls too about how their relationships with boys should be considered. Where are the NOW member protests when women are treated like an Andrew Dice Clay plaything?

I saw an awards show not too long ago that had one speaker announce how Hollywood had a vision for the future and the society and it was their impetus to see it moved forward. Really??? Is this movie part of the game plan? What happened to keeping the things between a man and a woman in the bedroom... IN the bedroom? In one scene in this movie two characters are feeling a vibrating crystal wall and one turns to Holly and says, "Hey, Holly, you should come sit on this!" What happened to our sense of class as a society? Is Hollywood looking out for our children and our women? Did anyone say in the board meetings, "Oh, no we can’t have vibrator and masturbation jokes in this movie because there will be too many of our nations youth in the theaters." What IS Hollywood’s vision for the future? Are they only wearing green colored glasses? I know, stupid question.

2/5 stars

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Top 10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Child

by Jeanette Steiner
1. You will be the number one influence on your child and his formation, instead of learning the latest "dirty word" or being encouraged to have a girlfriend at the very mature age of 10.
2. It will allow you the chance to get to know your child better because you will be with him most of the day. An average child will spend about 11,000 hours in the classroom. That doesn't even include activities and time away with friends. Children are young for such a short period of time. Why miss that much time with them?
3. You can allow your child to learn at her own pace, whether she is ahead or behind. Teaching in a traditional school is "one-size-fits-all." Differences in things such as learning styles and the child's temperment will not be taken into consideration. If your child has difficulty keeping up in math class, she may get lumped together with children in the "special ed" room, instead of being allowed to go back a level and relearn some things.
4. The ability to teach your religious faith and pray during your school day. This is very important. It is a proven fact that many children will lose their faith when faced with the day in an day out assault on their beliefs. Christian teenagers, in interviews, often report that they fell like a tiny, beleaguered minority at school. They often feel alone in their struggles to live by the Christian values of avoiding premarital sex, risqué music and videos, Internet pornography, alcohol and drugs. Why throw your lambs to the wolves at such an early age. Keep them at home for as long as possible to help build a solid foundation for weathering future storms. Which brings me to #5 ....
5. The ability to have a say in who your child's friends are. If you homeschool for any amount of time, you will seek out and find like-minded families and friends. I cannot say enough about how this has helped one of my more rebellious children in his ability to mature and grow through his teen years. His homeschooling friends are all being raised with roughly the same types of values so there is no "But Mom, everyone else is watching it, doing it, etc." Also, there is a "positive peer pressure" from these friends. If my son started talking about drugs or bragging about viewing porn, these friends would not approve and it would not be considered cool.
6. Nicer, more pleasant children. I hate to say it, but it is true. I have strangers tell me all of the time how "well behaved" my children are. It is not that I am such a great mother or am constantly nagging them about their manners (though I do believe in teaching them), but it is because of the removal of what I call the "Lord of the Flies" influence. When children of the same age spend 6-7 hours a day together, five days a week for nine months of the year, unless they have adults constantly monitoring and correcting them, their behaviour can be somewhat barbaric and out-of-control.
7. No worries about bullies. Children often don't say what all goes on at the classroom. The thought of a bully being mean to my little guy or stealing his glasses, makes my blood boil. Why put your kids through that, especially when they are young?
8. No worries about sexual abuse. A lot of attention has been given to sexual abuse by Catholic priests. However, the sexual abuse problem in the public schools is an even more pervasive problem and, shamefully, it has not been adequately addressed.
9. More freedom to express creativity and be themselves. Some schools do encourage the arts more than others and consider spending of funds on the humanities worthwhile. My now 19-year-old son is an incredibly gifted artist and photographer. Being homeschooled, he had the freedom to pursue these natural talents of his unrestrained. When he was younger, he had an affinity for drawing monsters and weapons (mostly medieval). I know for sure that his drawings of weapons would not be allowed or appreciated in a traditional school.
10. The ability to embark on a learning adventure with your children. Who knew that learning could be so much fun? I used to hate history because it was so boring. I can remember falling asleep during American History class in highschool more than once! It wasn't until I started homeschooling my children that I became enthralled with history. What a fascinating subject!
Now don't get me wrong, there will be frustrating days and days that both you and the kids don't feel like "doing school" at all; however, you will have many fun learning adventures together.
About the Author
Jeanette Steiner is a single homeschooling mother of 7 who has 12 years of experience. Read more tips and advice like on homeschooling at http:/

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: Son Plans On Giving Dad Something Special For Father's Day

by Bradley Fowler

Father's Day is June 21st, and this year, the average American will spend that day gift giving, sharing quality time with their father, and or, enjoying family dinner. But for some Americans, the day will hold no significance. And unfortunately, countless of people have never met their father. But have you ever wondered why we celebrate Father's Day?

There are many different reasons, like the story of the young boy in Babylon who prayed to God -hoping his father would have longevity and good health. Or the story about a woman who felt a sudden need to celebrate and pray for those who were killed in a deadly mine explosion. Reportedly, there were 361 men killed in this explosion. Some were fathers who were recent immigrants to the United States from Italy.

But surprisingly, President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday of June, in 1966, as the official day for Father's Day in America. And President Richard Nixon, eventually signed the first public bill in 1972, making it a permanent holiday.

Are you aware that there is an estimated 64.3 million fathers across the nation? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19% percent of those are single fathers with full custody. 38% percent are fathers who never married, and 11% are fathers to step-children. Yet, despite these statistics, there is a good reason why we celebrate Father's Day.

So this year, I'm going to honor my father differently. Like millions around the globe, I become flooded with emotions and stumble over my words when talking with my father. So instead of giving him some fancy gadget he'll recklessly torment, in the process of trying to figure out how to use it. No, this year I'm giving poetic expressions.

There are millions of people who too, find it hard to talk with their father, particularly men. Perhaps this is because, men tend to lack the ability to express their emotions freely, especially towards dad. Contrary to our assumptions, many children find it challenging to tell their father they love him.

Even at forty, I still find it hard to tell my father I love him, even though I do.

That's why, this Father's Day I will share my thought through the pages of my new book Your Love is Phenomenal and True…that's why I love you dad.

A paragon of creativity, compiled with twenty-three unforgettable poems, to warm his heart and bring tears of joy to his eyes. This year, paying homage to my father will be a honor and a reward.

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Reviews by Hubie Goode: No More Ritalin

In the past few years I have seen several doctors for some inconvenient physical problems. One of these problems is acid reflux. If I am not careful to only eat before six or seven o'clock in the evening, I may awake at 2 am with a sensation in my throat that is literally like someone kicking me in the neck while I am sleeping. When I did not have insurance I went to one doctor who charged me $125 dollars for a visit and told me to prop up the head board on my bed and to sleep on an incline. Some time later, when I had insurance, another doctor told me he would put me on Prevasic, which was $125 dollars a package per month. I told him I wanted to get rid of it, not just treat symptoms, and he got huffy with me. He put his hands on his hips and in his best sarcastic tone said, "There are no cures!!!" As I left his office I put his prescription for Prevasic in the waste basket by the door. He can get his kick backs from someone else.

I have been taking an over the counter controller of this sort of thing for ye ars now, at $6.00 a box every two weeks or so, combined with watching the acid intake in my diet and I have been doing just fine. I went to an Asian doctor, since we know they are superior students due to the social climate they grow up in, and asked about a surgery I had heard about which fixes the muscle problem associated with acid reflux. I was told that if a condition can't be treated with drugs, surgery was just asking for more trouble.

Today's medical doctors are little more than automatons for the major drug manufacturers in America. They are taught in medical school how to diagnose problems for the main purpose of prescribing a drug. The concept of investigating an underlying cause for an illness seems lost on a medical college that relies heavily on taking a pill to solve a problem. Whatever the case, way too many medical professionals have gotten into the habit of prescribing Ritalin for children, who they believe, and perhaps that is all the requirement needed; "a belief" - have ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can manifest in one of two ways, either in an attention problem or in a physical compulsion.

The hard thing for medical science to understand is that there may indeed be many other causes and ways to deal with the problems children have without drugging them. Unfortunately, the industry has gotten into the habit of supporting itself and like any college marketing class will tell you, if you can't find a need and fill it, creating a need will do just as well. Too much credit is given to writing prescriptions without investigating the underlying causes for behavioral problems and the result has been a nation whose demand for Ritalin has, at times, surpassed the ability for drug companies to manufacture it legally.

The comparison of Ritalin to Cocaine is only incidentally different. Ritalin only covers up symptoms and no one is really helped by its use. Yet despite this seemingly obvious lack of success in dealing with ADHD, the drug is one of the all time highest prescribed medicines. Since convenience is such a major deity in America these days, it's no wonder we have such controversial problems as abortion, poor HMO's, and the over use of drugs to mask symptoms. Drug companies don't find Ritalin overuse to be a problem and their white coated middle men don't protest the lack of medical attention for their patients that it allows. Just look in your grandmother's purse for a sample of what is behind the counter at the local drug store, she probably has up to ten different kinds of drugs she is taking….I know mine did before she died. Someone once told me when I was young that the only difference between right and wrong was getting caught. I suppose when you have a white coat and social acceptance you can eventually prescribe cocaine and heroine that other people dealing on the streets go to jail for. But I digress.

ADHD is considered to be a psychiatric diagnosis. Often times these diagnoses reflects the thoughts and feelings of the administrator rather than the reality of the child's condition. Naturally, since there is no workup or study of the child's physical make up, the child is drugged; then when the drug runs out, improper behavior returns. Labeling a child as challenged or disordered can have other effects that color his or her perception of themselves and can have long lasting detrimental effects. Penalizing a child just for being a child is not only unfair, but it is unhealthy in the way it shuts down the child for growth and development. Kids need their trip to Chucky Cheese where a kid can be a kid, and just because he runs around with boundless energy doesn't necessitate the automatic use of drugs to make him docile. All diagnosis must include a search for all causes of behavioral problems. Without a comprehensive study along the many roads that lead to problem children, a cookie cutter approach to medicin e takes over. This lack of study can spill over into a violation of constitutional rights for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

ADHD is the bodies' way of saying, "Hey, investigate me, something is amiss." Due to the fact that doctors are locked into drug prescribing as a medical answer to everything, their opinions cannot be given "canon" status. A parent must look into all causes for his child's behavior and they don't have to go to medical school to do so. Common underlying symptoms of ADHD are well known, and include, but are not limited to: Hypoglycemia, Allergies, Learning Differences, Hyperthyroidism, and dietary factors. The diet is the beginning and end of almost every problem. Ignoring the effects of nutrition in the workings of the human body is akin to closing your eyes to good common sense. I do my best to tell any one whom I know has a child how best to deal with a common cold. I tell them to give the child a whole pizza to eat and then put them to bed. This usually elicits a laugh from the parent and a question about some over the counter drug. But I tell them, the human body has all the tools it needs to fight a cold, it just doesn't have enough fuel. The cold virus may be self sustaining but the white blood cells that fight infection are dependant on you and your bodies' level of caloric intake. All the Niquil in the world will not get rid of a cold. It will help you sleep; it will make you feel good even when you don't have a cold….and many people use it thus. But no medicine which covers up symptoms will defeat the virus itself. For this you must allow the blood enough energy to over come and literally eat the virus - just like Pac-Man. I do this all the time whenever I have a cold and it's like a miracle cure. I have had other people try it and feel great the next day but they swear it's because they also took some drug they bought. I'm not a doctor and I put this all together from basic biology class in college. The difference is I don't take a Doctor's opinions on things as "gospel".

Often times a child's unruly behavior can stem from low blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia. The child receives an adrenaline rush due to the bodies' attempt to deal with a low level of sugar that can result in a coma. Once proper glucose levels are reached, however, the child's acting out ceases and he returns to normal. Poor nutrition and the lack of good sugars in a child's diet can usually be traced to some type of disorder. Doctors can do untold damage by ignoring the nutrition factor and a child can be permanently damaged as a result. Only after all physical and external influences have been studied should any child face therapy and medication.

Allergies and sensitivities can also cause behavioral disorders that are given the ADHD label. If a child is allergic to some type of food, the body will create chemicals in the blood stream that interfere with proper biological control. Tests must be done and either the food eliminated or the child given shots to control the effects of the allergy. All children should be monitored for cause and effect of foods and air born allergens from the earliest years. To ignore these allergens as a probable cause for ADHD symptoms is unfair and irresponsible of their parents.

Today's schooling process is created with the left brain child in mind. Those who can sit and listen and process information are given a leg up on school success over their right brain counterparts who learn differently. Many of these right brain children learn with tactile and visual senses much more quickly and thoroughly than just listening to a teacher lecture. These children can be trained to adapt their learning styles by including tactile activities, such as holding a rubber stress ball in their hands during class. This engages the learning aspect of right brain children and can equalize the experience for them. They can also be schooled in more left brain/ right brain activities that make use of both sides. Certain allergies and sensitivities can interfere with the correct messages being sent to the brain along pathways and once they are dealt with can make dramatic improvements in how any child learns. These learning differences should be investigated by parents to see if their child, who the doctor
labels ADHD, might just be learning disoriented.

Without nutrients, the body may feel well, but might not actually be in optimum health. Today's food is often 85% de-nutrified from its proper state. This can be due to the process of "rush growing" under artificial lighting, to the over use of pesticides and other chemicals meant to enhance food. The opposite result is often all too real, the food we eat is less nutritious and has more toxins than at any other time in history. It's no coincidence that cancer rates have raised dramatically since the 1950's. If the body is in a constant state of fighting off intruders and chemicals in the body, then it can hope to do no less than breakdown. Add to this the hustle and stress of everyday life and it is easy to see that in order to give the body the correct amount of nutrition to stay optimally healthy, one would have to eat non stop. Every child needs to have his body correctly fed in order for the proper behavioral, learning and sleeping states to take place. Without the proper balance of chemicals and calories to operate the body and mind, the child may be a prime candidate for more drugs and unnecessary counseling in today's wrong minded medical world.

As a conducive response to the over medication of Ritalin for today's kids, we can look at the practice of the Osteopathic Philosophy. Osteopaths take more courses than a regular MD and can do the same things a regular doctor does. The big difference between them is in the study of the autonomic nervous system and the use of the body to manipulate physical functioning. This can be done to great effect on the ADHD child as the true Osteopath takes into effect the entire bodies functioning in their practice of medicine. Osteopathic medicine is a little over 100 years old and hasn't gotten the attention it deserves due to the onset of the use of antibiotics. Once again, antibiotics like drugs, are promoted by the big drug companies. The draw back of their use is that they result in a diminished return, and more and more must be used to fight off stronger and stronger strains of a virus. At the same time the body suffers from over medication and a lack of immunity build up due to the constant drugged state. Osteopathic medicine, however; can be used to help the body in many ways drugs and antibiotics cannot.

It is highly recommended that all these possibilities be considered when dealing with a child who seems to have ADHD and through a parent's education we, as a nation, can put the money back in our own pockets that the Ritalin industry has convinced us to turn over to them. All of us will benefit, not just our kids, and we can get on with solving the problem of failing education in our schools.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: No Child Left Behind

A few years ago I wrote a synopsis on the No Child Left Behind act for an internet home schooling company. I’d like to re-post it here for those who aren’t aware of what it’s all about and also to review with those who do. But, mostly, what I would like to do is hear from those of you familiar with the program and see just how this thing has worked out and what YOU know about the Obama administration’s plans for it now. So please comment if you are able.

No Child Left Behind Legislation

In response to the continuing decline of American education in our country over the last thirty years, the Federal Government has responded with a 32 billion dollar answer in the passing of the No Child Left Behind legislation. This expenditure is historic in its quality and surpasses defense and human services spending with over twice the amount allocated. Built on the Republican precept of power at the local level, but responsibility on the national level, the funds provided will allow districts and schools to positively affect the students’ cultural experience of schooling. The local districts and schools will be allowed to choose and implement programs that directly address the problems being faced in their area. The efficacy of these programs will be reported yearly and progress monitored toward higher goals. Schools whose administrations successfully advance will be rewarded, while schools who fail to improve will meet with the possibilities of restructuring and re-staffing by the office of the Secretary of Education.

Annual assessments of school performance will now be made mandatory and replace legislation that only provided for permission, not federal backing of this type of testing. There will also be mandatory yearly report cards for parents to judge how well students in their area are improving and whether or not schools are succeeding. All states must submit plans to the Secretary of Education for future achievement. This achievement must be provable by student accomplishment. Students must show improvement in math and science and all students will be required to learn English.

Parents will be given information on which schools are succeeding to meet and improve standards and which are not. If, after a certain amount of time, advancement has not been met, students may be moved to another school of greater advancement and the district must provide transportation.

Scientifically based programs which have been proven to work will be used and available to schools and districts needing to participate. This will include programs such as the Reading First program for pre-schoolers, and after school programs for reducing drug usage and improving homework time.

In several of these programs with proven results, such as the Reading First and Early Reading First programs; there will be increased focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension. The Early Reading program will help to start children off reading with cognitive and language development.

Other programs will provide Adult education, Parenting education and interactive literacy activities year round. These programs teach parents “how to teach” and help to improve the overall environment for the child’s development. Libraries will be staffed with qualified workers and literature will be readily available even to children who have difficulty acquiring it. Migrant children will be helped to plug the gaps in their education with the implementation of a national information system. The easy transfer of school statistics will assist the child in maintaining a universal standard for achievement. Delinquent students will receive priority in returning to school from correctional facilities, as they too benefit from the national information and standardized requirements. They will be kept in touch with programs and given re-assessment and challenges to meet the required goals.

The NCLB Act provides assessment of Title 1, Close-Up Fellowship program for new American teachers and students. This program uses scientifically proven strategies for meeting state standards and advanced programs for students who cannot pay fees for testing. Teachers must be “highly qualified” and trained to be visibly competent in a given subject. Schools must report on teachers and their students’ progress every year. Principles, too, will be better trained and mentored by other Principles. The fund allows for an increase in pay and incentives for acquiring and training principles.

Results must be reported as part of the overall report card. Teachers and Principles who work in over crowded communities will receive higher pay and more thorough training to meet the demand. Teachers will be better protected from litigation by law so that they may have a free hand in the reasonable use of corporal punishment to establish discipline in the classroom. If a teacher must reach beyond the reasonable use of corporal punishment, then the alternatives of expulsion and suspension will be free for the teacher to implement. Funds for those students who are expelled or suspended will be provide so that they can perform community service for a year and then return seamlessly back to the class room.

Other funds will go toward increasing math & science proficiency and training military personnel and/ or others who are well versed in a subject but do not have teacher certification. This training will at first concentrate on high need areas but eventually spread to all facets of the system. Various other areas will be assisted with funds ranging from help for the Alaskan child to the integration of the internet in a learning community for those who cannot reach technology otherwise. Programs which are scientifically based will be used to improve current curriculum while the total culture of the student is controlled and ordered with increased security and better qualifications for those guiding the child through the school years. Although progress should be slow a first, it is hoped that with the aggregate improvement of all systems, that much lost ground can be restored. The anticipated result is for American education to, sometime in the near future, show itself to be strong and competent once more.

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