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mamajag last won the day on September 28 2013

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  1. The gun show loophole is a pretty big myth in the world of gun sales. I've bought countless guns at shows. Every.single.one required me to do a background check. It may not be required, but I've never experienced not having a background check run and I've been at shows all around the country. Believe it or not, the dealers don't want to sell to people who aren't supposed to get one. They don't want to be the guy that sold the gun to the mass shooter. They really don't. Yes, reporting needs to get better. Law enforcement needs to take tips about dangerous students seriously. We as a society need to get better about noticing these problems and making sure the people get the help they need. Frankly we need to stop talking about bullying and then doing nothing to stop it. I don't think we'll do it because it requires a bit more thought than just banning guns, but it really needs to be done.
  2. Maybe 2 to 3%, and mostly "unschoolers". Are there many who could do better? Yep. I think I will always feel that way about myself because I'm a perfectionist, so I'm not sure about whether my standards are realistic. But educational neglect is a pretty high bar to meet. I see a lot more issues with parents pushing their kids way too hard and creating anxiety, ulcers, and other issues. I'm in a metro area with a lot of homeschoolers, and many of them have schedules for their kids that boggle the mind. We do a play group, a teen group, choir, church group, and music lessons and it feels like a lot, but compared to many other families we are recluses. We're all introverts, though. The area is fairly liberal and we're fairly conservative, so they don't really have a ton of opportunities for truly like-minded friendships. I'd love to change that, but I can't change the wider culture and I don't want my kids changing just because they want to have more peers, so it is what it is at this point. I'm far, far more concerned with the educational neglect that is pandemic in public educational institutions, frankly. It's really hard to look at a homeschool family I think could be doing better and tell them that public options would be better because in many cases that simply isn't true. I notice many that could be doing better struggle with planning and using time effectively, so when asked for advice that's the sort of tips I wind up handing out most along with how to juggle teaching multiple kids.
  3. How many have happened since the election? I can't count 4 that got national attention off the top of my head. I don't automatically disbelieve, but I don't automatically believe, either. I do what should be done: I wait for the investigators to do their work and see what the facts are. In both cases, the purported victims should be believed insofar as much as the allegations should be thoroughly and vigorously investigated. The hoaxes aren't bringing light to a problem. They're becoming an excuse to ignore actual incidents, and therefore they should be soundly rebuked.
  4. I've lived all over the Bible Belt, and I have yet to see this. And yes, I've met ATI/Gothard families. They may not have been doing college prep work, but the girls I spoke to were intelligent, well-spoken, and proficient in math and life skills. They certainly equaled if not exceeded what was available at the abysmal public schools in the area. I did not agree with teaching creationism and that evolution was a lie, so I naturally found their science education lacking but otherwise they could graduate from public high school based on their knowledge level.
  5. It's a threat to Girl Scouts, not AHG. The people who are participating in AHG won't go for putting their girls in "Boy Scouts" and will likely pull their sons from Boy Scouts in favor of more traditional, Christian oriented scouting for boys.
  6. Thanks to rampant globalization, that small business has to compete with widgets made in countries that pay a fraction of that $10 widget. People will simply buy the cheap, foreign widget, and my business closes.
  7. My husband and I were where you are now except that I had experiences that meant I could not discount the supernatural completely out of hand. We've been Catholics for a few years now. It's hard to pinpoint what changed. A very close friend died, and I began having a very specific dream again, which I now realize was Mary bringing me home. Bishop Barron's Word on Fire ministry started by countering my arguments intelligently, led me to Aquinas, and from there RCIA class with a very sharp sponsor brought me along the rest of they way. This is in no way doing what happened to me justice, but that's as close to I can get to it with mere words.
  8. In the fall/early spring here in TX, we'll work hard to get our schoolwork done and head to the pool. They get, "You're a child. Shouldn't you be in school?" so much that my middle child has started answering with, "You're an adult. Shouldn't you be at work?" We've had people complain to the leasing office that we're ruining their kid-free sunbathing time. Luckily, we have a great staff here and they just tell people that the property has 2 pools and to go to the other one if homeschooled children playing is a problem. When we first moved in, we didn't know that the father of the family above us sometimes works nights and normal child sounds wakes him up because he's a really light sleeper. When he needs to sleep during the day, they text us and we do our best to be quiet. The world is very hostile to the existence of children, unfortunately.
  9. At the drugstore I really like the CeraVe stuff.
  10. I'm so sorry. This is why my kids' piano teacher requires payment in advance and has you sign a contract for a 1-month notice if you stop taking lessons. People took advantage of her good nature far too much.
  11. We have this one and we love it. It's so easy to clean and comfy. We bought it with two of the cupholder consoles instead of one, but it's been great. https://www.roomstogo.com/product/Living-Room-Sets/Cindy-Crawford-Home-Barton-Springs-Gray-6-Pc-Sectional/1009763P/
  12. Honestly, that's a bit cold. If you've been poor and lived terrified that your beater car was going to break down and you were going to lose your job because of it, you'd understand why they desire reliable transportation. If you've ever gone to an interview and been underdressed in your best clothes, you'd know why they want the proper wardrobe. If you've worked multiple jobs, some down time would be nice. When I was broke I didn't dream of being able to sit on my behind and read. I wanted to survive without being stressed to the nines about the basics. Being able to sit on my behind and read was a fairy tale. I just wanted reliable transportation and a wardrobe that could get me hired or promoted. It's easy to forget or judge those things when you've never been there.
  13. It's disgusting to think that women who are convinced they are bettering the world for women's empowerment get to decide the proper way for a woman to live her life. That's just another yoke, not empowerment. The article you linked was written by an ideologue who cares only for advancing an ideal. What people want isn't important. It isn't what serves the ideology, so we need to figure out how we can make it seem like a symptom of a disease and not a choice so we can minimize people's willingness to embrace that choice. This generation's idea of women's empowerment is laughable and offensive. What I said was the truth. Rarely is abuse so obvious as a guy leading a woman on a leash. Some of the most severely abused women I've been involved with helping appear powerful, confident, and in control in public. Their entire circle of friends is shocked when they leave and by the stories they hear. When I see people screaming abuse because someone had the bad taste to take a power play dynamic to the grocery store, it's sickening because they are weakening the word abuse. They are using it for this so minor that it dulls society to it much like the boy who called wolf. It's already happening, and it's affecting abused women. People ask me, "Well, was it really abuse or did she just not like being disagreed with or told to spend less?" Abuse is becoming nebulous because people overuse it.
  14. It is the antithesis of feminism to tell women they have to live a certain way in the name of advancing an agenda. Maybe that isn't the life they want. I don't watch porn. Absent overt evidence of actual abuse, what life a woman chooses for herself is not my business. If she's being abused, I'm right there to help. (Really. I volunteer with an organization that helps women leave abusive situations and set them up with housing, jobs, legal help, etc.) This is empty virtue signaling from people who would know neither abuse nor BDSM if someone slapped a collar and leash on them and led them to it.
  15. We're talking about a submissive. Frankly, having experience in the scene, the submissive has all the power in a respectful BDSM relationship.
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