New Orleans is Flooding Again


“Hurricane Rita’s steady rains sent water pouring through breaches in a patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city’s lowest-lying neighborhoods in a devastating repeat of New Orleans’ flooding nightmare.

“Our worst fears came true,” said Maj. Barry Guidry of the Georgia National Guard.

“We have three significant breaches in the levy and the water is rising rapidly,” he said. “At daybreak I found substantial breaks and they’ve grown larger.”

Dozens of blocks in the Ninth Ward were under water as a waterfall at least 30 feet wide poured over and through a dike that had been used to patch breaks in the Industrial Canal levee. On the street that runs parallel to the canal, the water ran waist-deep and was rising fast. Guidry said water was rising about three inches a minute. “

More here, including the very practical attitude of the guy who swam out of his house in the last hurricane, with household goods he wanted to save ducttaped to his body (tell me again, leftists, why duct- tape is no good in an emergency kit?), and now has to evacuate from the trailer he just got.

They are pretty sure that nobody was left in that part of NOLA. Everybody had been told to leave. Governor Honore supervised the evacuation, setting up buses and trucks at evacuation centers (using buses for transportation- Happy thought!)

That mean spirited, coldhearted, lacking in compassion governor of LA suggests that people who don’t leave should write their social security numbers on their arms with indelible ink. But did she provide them with the pens to do so? No, just another unfunded government mandate. That’s Republicans for you.

Oh. Wait. She’s a Democrat. And that’s the first sensible thing I have heard from her since before Katrina.

Just out of curiosity, does anybody who watches and reads the old media know if any of them have pointed out that if Mayor Nagin had not gotten his arm twisted by the President, he would have let people back into NOLA in spite of Rita? Shall we guess how many of them will mention that?

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Another Fall Poem

This one written by a homeschooled student. It’s beautiful, and perfect for this time of year…or perfect for those of us who live in regions favored by changing seasons.

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Do you have your ducks in a row?


Because we do.

They occasionally wander away from the bridge to go bug hunting on the lawn; such a venture was cut short today by the arrival of Zeus, ready for some serious play. With good sense not generally shown by bird brains, these ducks retreated in an orderly manner.

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The Tricks of the Dog


Zeus responding to the command, “Bang!”

What big teeth you have, grandmother dear…

(ah, green grass! It won’t be here much longer)

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Cooler weather


… and our normally rambuctious kittens have apparently decided it’s snuggle time.

Names are still undecided. The First YearGirl was pushing for Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore & Christopher Robin yesterday. We do have a history of literary/historical names for our pets:
Jane & Cassanda (Austen) – a pair of white mice
Mithrandir – a grey cat
Lady Jane Grey – ditto above

– so perhaps FYG’s suggestion should be taken into serious consideration.

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In Which The Equuschick Feels Like A Stuffed Potato-

And The Headgirl eats her can of chicken noodle soup. The Equuschick spent ten minutes looking for it.

(The Headgirl really did not know it was The Equuschick’s.)

The Equuschick does not only feel like a chicken noodle soupless stuffed potato. She also feels as if someone hit her head with a ton of bricks and sandpapered her throat and put superglue in her nose.

But she feels it her duty to bravely plough ahead with the post she intended to write, which is, ironically enough, on the virtues of a sense of a humour. The Equuschick has had one all her life, but has only lately realized that it can serve other purposes than the tormenting of healthy Headgirls who eat the chicken noodle soup of sick invalids.

The Equuschick has learned that a healthy sense of humour duly cultivated brings forth a healthy perspective on life. What can be laughed at doesn’t matter, and what doesn’t matter will not stress, anger, or sadden you. If you can laugh at it, t cannot kill you. Laughter brings forth courage. Laughter is recycled stress. If you can’t recycle it, what can you do with stress?

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Poetry in Education

“Whatever your occupation may be, and however crowded your hours with affairs, do not fail to secure at least a few minutes every day for refreshment of your inner life with a bit of poetry.

Poetry is one of the most efficient means of education of the moral sentiment as well as of the intelligence. It is the source of the best culture. Let a man truly possess himself of any one of the works of the great poets, and no matter whatever else he may fail to know, he is not without education.

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To learn by heart the best poems is one of the best parts of the school education of the child.”

Charles Eliot Norton
Found in the frontleaves of A Child’s Calendar Beautiful, compiled by Rebecca Katharine Beeson and published in 1905

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Dirty Tricks

From Michelle Malkin:
“Have you heard what Democrats working for Sen. Charles Schumer at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee tried to do here in my home state of Maryland to bring down Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele?

Steele, a rising star in the party, is considering a Senate bid. Two of Schumer’s staffers, including a former researcher for David Brock’s Media Matters, obtained Steele’s credit report by using his Social Security number, which they got from public documents. Under federal law, it is illegal to knowingly and willfully obtain a credit report under false pretenses.

There has been no outcry from privacy advocates, the ACLU, the champions of clean campaigns, or any major MSM editorial board. Needless to say, if it had been Republicans involved in this outrageous scheme and the target had been a liberal minority politician, it would be a front-page NYTimes scandal. The Times (surprise, surprise) has yet to cover the story…”

She has more, much, much more.

Hugh Hewitt has some advice for the staffers who did Schumer’s dirty work for him. He’s also got a list of questions investigative reporters who actually want to do something crazy like investigate could ask Schumer.

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New Blogger

A delighted and ironical thanks to Jenny D, who doesn’t approve of homeschooling yet directed her readers to this great new homeschooling blog. Jones Blog is a ‘part-time’ homeschooler. I’m not sure I’d insist that this is home-schooling- I think that’s what parents are supposed to do when their kids are in school- but I do like her blog very much. She’s thinking about hard questions and taking her responsibilities as a parent very seriously, and there just isn’t enough of that around.

She’d like to hear what other homeschoolers and professional educators have to say to this question: How do you set the tone for breakthrough thinking?

She and her four year old have listened to The Hobbit on tape- three times! Very interesting lady- go take a look.

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New Orleans is Flooding Again


“Hurricane Rita’s steady rains sent water pouring through breaches in a patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city’s lowest-lying neighborhoods in a devastating repeat of New Orleans’ flooding nightmare.

“Our worst fears came true,” said Maj. Barry Guidry of the Georgia National Guard.

“We have three significant breaches in the levy and the water is rising rapidly,” he said. “At daybreak I found substantial breaks and they’ve grown larger.”

Dozens of blocks in the Ninth Ward were under water as a waterfall at least 30 feet wide poured over and through a dike that had been used to patch breaks in the Industrial Canal levee. On the street that runs parallel to the canal, the water ran waist-deep and was rising fast. Guidry said water was rising about three inches a minute. “

More here, including the very practical attitude of the guy who swam out of his house in the last hurricane, with household goods he wanted to save ducttaped to his body (tell me again, leftists, why duct- tape is no good in an emergency kit?), and now has to evacuate from the trailer he just got.

They are pretty sure that nobody was left in that part of NOLA. Everybody had been told to leave. Governor Honore supervised the evacuation, setting up buses and trucks at evacuation centers (using buses for transportation- Happy thought!)

That mean spirited, coldhearted, lacking in compassion governor of LA suggests that people who don’t leave should write their social security numbers on their arms with indelible ink. But did she provide them with the pens to do so? No, just another unfunded government mandate. That’s Republicans for you.

Oh. Wait. She’s a Democrat. And that’s the first sensible thing I have heard from her since before Katrina.

Just out of curiosity, does anybody who watches and reads the old media know if any of them have pointed out that if Mayor Nagin had not gotten his arm twisted by the President, he would have let people back into NOLA in spite of Rita? Shall we guess how many of them will mention that?

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