Daylight Saving Time

Five Things About DST:

1. It is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.

2. It is silly.

3. Arizona doesn’t participate.

4. Parts of Indiana don’t participate.

5. Sometimes parts of Indiana that do not participate are in the same county with other parts that do play this silly little game.

BAckground, history, and just neat stuff:

Benjamin Franklin on DST

“I looked at my watch, which goes very well, and found that it was but six o clock; and still thinking it something extraordinary that the sun should rise so early, I looked into the almanac, where I found it to be the hour given for his rising on that day. I looked forward too, and found he was to rise still earlier every day towards the end of June; and that no time during the year he retarded his rising so long as till eight o clock. Your readers, who with me have never seen any sign of sunshine before noon, and seldom regard the astronomical part of the almanac, will be as much astonished as I was, when they hear of his rising so early; and especially when I assure them, that he gives light as soon as he rises. I am convinced of this.”

Sly Franklin claimed that a noted philosopher assured him that he was most certainly mistaken, for it was well known that “there could be no light abroad at that hour.” His windows had not let the light in, but being open, had let the darkness out.”

John Miller of National REview writes a wise and admirable article on DST. Naturally, it is wise, since his position is my own. Hehe.

Can we please slow down and get something straight? There is simply no way to “save daylight.” People can spin the hands of their clocks like roulette wheels, but come Monday here in Washington, D.C., we’re still going to have sunshine for about 12 hours and 45 minutes. The sun can rise at a time of day we call dawn or Howdy Doody Time or whatever — but the stubborn facts of astronomy are at work here and they can’t be wished away.

The reason we have Daylight Saving Time (DST), of course, is because the politicians have mandated it. Washington is much better at wasting things than saving them, but federal lawmakers nevertheless spent much of the 20th century insisting, with typical modesty, that they could “save daylight.” (Why couldn’t they instead have tried to save Social Security?)

Please do read it all. All. There will be a test.

A DST test. Doesn’t DST sound like an illegal substance? I wish.
“Is your child taking DST? Symptoms include excessive yawning, tired and sluggish reactions, disorientation in the morning, grumbling, complaining…”

REady for the test?

1. Tell me why DST is a Very Silly Idea. If you tell me why it is a good idea, you fail.

2. Name two states that do not follow along with the rest of the U.S.A. on DST. Find them on a map, an unlabeled map.

3. What does DST have to do with farmers?

4. Explain this statement: DST “…may help some businesses, but it also stands to reason that other ones suffer.”

5. Discuss the connection between DST and energy conservation.

6. What Robert Louis Stevenson poem should we all be thinking of right about now?

7. Read all of Franklin’s essay and write your own satirical solution to some common problem, modeled upon his style.

*Choose one or more of the above questions to answer in the comments.

UPDATE: I give the Dominion Family blog full marks for posting the proper RLS poem, but a nice, juicy F for liking DST.;-)

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Our Condolences….

to our Catholic friends. Pope John Paul II has passed.

Fox News has an obituary here.

Chrenkoff, a blogger who grew up in Poland, has a touching post here.

He was many things to many people, and his papacy touched on just about every political, economic, social and moral aspect of the past thirty years. Wiser people than I will make an assessment of John Paul as the leader of his billion-strong flock, as a theologian, and moral beacon. My John Paul, not surprisingly, is the political Pope, the Polish Pope, the one who helped to bring down the Soviet Empire. There is no doubt in my mind about the role he played in this grand spectacle of history. Forget all the rather silly theories about cooperation with the CIA, or some “holy alliance” with President Reagan; he made a difference not on the account of some covert shenanigans but because of who he was, what he said and what he did out in the open, in front of the billions.

If you distill it all into one word, it is this: hope. He gave us hope. By us, I mean initially the Poles, the troublemakers who in 1980 started rocking the communist boat…

The Mainstream Media demonstrates its bias yet again. See Powerline for details.

Captain Ed writes about the same thing, but it’s worth reading his take on it just for his way with words:

“My friend John “Rocket Man” Hinderaker caught the New York Times exposing its elitist sensibilities in reporting the death of Pope John Paul II. “

Last night I linked to the TEaching Company, which offers two free downloads on the papacy on the papal transition process.

Instapundit links a website with similar information in text form for those of us who prefer to read.

You can see President Bush’s remarks or read the transcript here.

Surely this is too ridiculous to be true, but K. J. Lopez at the Corner is reporting that

“It was just pointed out to me that the aforementioned Christiane earlier said that John Paul II was “the first non-Catholic” to be selected pope.”

I am not sure what she meant (if, indeed, the person reporting this heard it correctly). Perhaps she intended to say something about this Pope being the first non-Italian Pope in over four hundred years? Does she know what she meant?

Over at Bettnet, a Catholic blog, Dominico Bettinelli reports another odd strange statement by Amanpour.

“There was Christiane Amanpour, and I’m not kidding, she was saying, “There are millions of Catholics who disagree with the very, very conservative views of this Pope. Many women were disappointed at not being empowered to be able to join the Church [I presume she meant ordination.]” “

Even this staunch non-Catholic, Restoration Movement, Christian knows that the Pope is Catholic and he does ‘permit’ women to join the Catholic church. She also knows, unlike Ms. Amanpour, that the midst of the grieving process is not the time to complain, bellyache, gripe and otherwise whine about issues one might have had with the late Pontif. Every organization on earth does not have to reflect Amanpour’s ideas about women.

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Equuschick *rolls over and plays dead*

*But nobody falls for it and therefore everything keeps happening and she is depressed*

Okay, really. Life isn’t that bad. I mean, I got off work two hours early! Woo!

Oh, wait. I only got off work two hours early because at one pm Headgirl calls me to say both my horses are out, she is at home alone w/disabled sister and can’t do nuffink about it. So yeah, life is that bad after all.
I tap The Boss on the shoulder and let her know what’s going on and I take my lunch break to go collect equines. Only by the time I get here they are out of the yard and in the cornfield across the road, and by the time I get all the way over THERE they are heading for the interstate; the only thing standing between them and their suicidal goal is an antique cow fence. Actually catching them becomes Priority D, and Priorities A-C become redirecting them. And so I did. For a good hour I herded them on foot, and I never got within five feet of them. And it’s cold and windy and have I mentioned I was out there for an hour? Within fifty minutes I had them back in our yard, and with the help of some grain I had them back in the pasture. By this point the shelter would be closing in an hour anyway and it would be take me fifteen minutes to get back. I called The Boss, and she told me not to bother because she’s sweet and reasonable that way. So, here I am, cold and wheezing, but at home on the computer and having discussions with the First Years.

“FirstYear Girl, why did you hit The Boy?”
“I didn’t. I missed.”
“Oh. Right. Makes it all better. ‘Yes, Mr. Policeman, I was trying to shoot this person and steal his car, but you shouldn’t arrest me for it. I missed’.”

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Stealing Classified Documents

Geraghty’s take on Sandy Berger’s theft and destruction of classified documents here.

“Now… what about this deafening silence that we have heard on this from Berger’s associates, since this story first surfaced? Will we be seeing any criticism of him from former President Clinton, Madeline Albright, Hillary, John Kerry, or any other prominent Democrat? Is the perception that this is no big deal, standard operating procedure for that White House, and is something to be swept under the rug?

Do any Democrats want to confront the unpleasant truths of how the Clinton White House handled terrorism?

Because there were some facts out there that were so damning, Sandy Berger was willing to break the law to make sure the public never saw them.”

Balloon Juice also has a good post on this one.

“When they say misled, they mean he lied…”

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We are not Catholic…

And we are _really_ not Catholic, but obviously at this time things Catholic are much in the news, and I would like my young people to deepen their understanding of current events and make connections of their own.

Toward that end I’ve tried to collect some information for the non-Catholic reader (mostly with my own children in mind). Because I know we have several Catholic readers whom I love, and given the delicate and sensitive timing of this post, I have tried to choose links that are not going to be hostile or offensive to our Catholics friends. Indeed, most of the links are from a Catholic perspective. If I’ve missed something hurtful, please understand it was not at all with a desire to offend. There may be a good time for vigourous discussion about our theological differences, but I do not feel this particular time would be in good taste.

Meanwhile, for our Common Room Scholars these links might be helpful, interesting, and informative (but then, I think almost anything informative is interesting):

Papal Transitions

From The Anchoress, who picked it up from Hugh Hewitt.

Michele Malkin has an educational post with plenty of links to keep you busy.

An Atheist website about this Pope: Obviously, it’s not always complimentary, and I am not in agreement with the opinions on this website. However, they approach the issues civilly and from a different point of view than most of the other websites I have found tonight, so offer a valuable tool for educational purposes. This is, after all, at least partially a blog concerned with education.

A biographical account

Hugh Hewitt tells us that The Teaching Company, a favorite of homeschoolers, is offering two free lectures on the ‘history and workings of papal elections.‘ I’m listening to it now, and I have some points of disagreement, but this is not the time. It is informative. The lecturer is interesting to listen to. He shares many of those details dear to the hearts of the Geeky Dweebs of the Common Room (the root of the word conclave, for instance).

Hugh also says:

With Reagan and Solzhenitsyn, John Paul II represents the three forces of opposition to communism that shattered the evil empire, the Soviet Union –the American-led West, the Eastern European resistance, and the Russian dissident movement. They also represented the three spheres of opposition: political, artistic and spiritual. Each man came into the field of his greatness later in life, and each has endured hard circumstances in their later years. I hope Solzhenitisyn is able to and inclined to write about his colleagues in the struggle that triumphed.

World Magazine has an article which includes several links of interest.

CNN has an extensive biographical website: “How a Boy from Small-Town Poland Grew Up to Become Pope…”

You can also find information about the succession and cool stuff like an interactive map of the places the Pope has traveled. As many sites mention, he has traveled more than any other pope. According to the Teaching Company lecture mentioned above, he has spent more time away from Rome than any pope since the Great Schism.

Frontline has an interesting account of the Pope John Paul II and the fall of communism.

Biography and collection of links to the writings of Pope John Paul II, the most widely traveled pope ever, and one who has “consecrated each place that he has visited to the Blessed Virgin Mary…”

“In the summer of 1995, Pope John Paul II began a lengthy catechisis on the Blessed Virgin Mary during his weekly Angelus addresses, culminating on 25 October 1995, with his instruction on Our Lady’s active participation in the Sacrifice of Calvary. This active participation of Our Lady at Calvary is called the corredemption. Already in 1982 and 1985 Pope John Paul II used the term “corredemptrix” in reference to Our Lady in public addresses. This is significant, for he is the first Pope to do so since Pope Benedict XV at whose prayer Our Lady came to Fatima to reveal Her Immaculate Heart. Since the time of Pope Benedict XV, this terminology was under review by the Holy See; the present Pope’s usage is a confirmation of this traditional view of Mary’s role in salvation history.”

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