Quotes Suitable for Framing: Glenn Reynolds

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  1. Normal.
    Let’s see.
    Two men sleeping together…
    Two women sleeping together…
    Killing the baby in the womb….
    Cheating to get what you desire…
    Making up new rules because the old ones interfere with your plans and desires…

    Yes. Your right. Normal is when something normal doesn’t take place.

    God help us.

  2. Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

    This is known as “bad luck.”

    Robert A. Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love

  3. Philip –
    A friend put two statistics together and has been annoying all and sundry with it….

    A minimum of 3-4% of the current population of school aged children are being homeschooled, defined as having zero classes from professional educators either public or private, not accounting for those whose homeschooling parent is a professional educator; it has been growing rather quickly as laws and policies preventing it go away, and resources make it easier, and schools become worse. If you included all students who get the majority of their education at home, even if you disqualify those who use a professionally lead program like k12.com , it’s going to be much higher.

    A maximum of 3-4% of the population have some form of same sex attraction.

    Which of these gets portrayed as “normal”?

    Some states keep no statistics and require no declaration of intent to homeschool; I know that several Washington state school districts are reporting inaccurate information, because on the Washington Homeschool Organization facebook page was blowing up with people going something like:
    “wait, my school on this list says that there’s only one student in their district that’s homeschooling– I’ve got three, and Mary down the road and James across the way both have two or three, and I’m almost positive they’re also in our district. Did they just forget to count the Declaration forms? Two of mine are over eight, but one of them goes in for Band class, is that it?” Nobody ever got a decent answer about why the was so screwy, though.

  4. Foxfier asks; “Which of these gets portrayed as normal.”

    Great observations!

    The “count” of course is going to as accurate as ACORN counts ballots… but the interesting punch is the media hype, public push and indoctrination of the 3-4% is on the increase and for good reason. My good friend’s Matt & Jenny have homeschooled honor students that speak fluent Latin, perform quality masterpieces via musical instruments, and are committed to chastity until marriage… Yep…the un-normal.

    God love ’em! I do. They are the next soul to transform a soul-less culture.

    Thanks for the interesting data.

  5. Oops. Sorry Foxfier.
    Just pulled a 14 hr. shift.
    The push to normalize the behavior of disordered members of society is alarming and offensive. Because of this “new normal” we see the popularity of homeschooled children. I had accidentally deleted a sentence in prior post.

    Normal is frightening!

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