Archive for December 2008
This “list” was found here.
So, are you looking forward to 2009? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? (I don’t think Garfield does…) How about any Traditions for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s day? Looking back on 2008, what’s your favorite memory (or memories) of the year?
Alright guys, our next discussion will be this Friday. We’ll be finishing up the first section, which means the last four parts are officially assigned today. So read through “The Jesse Owens Incident,” “The Other Side of Sandpaper,” “The Smell of Friendship,” and “The Heavyweight Champ of the Schoolyard” by Friday and be ready to discuss!
On to the next section!
-In this part of the book, we spend a lot of time with Rosa Hubermann. -What do you think of Rosa? How well do you think she and Liesel will interact later on in the book?
-We get a bare taste of the Hitler Youth in this section as well. Neither Liesel nor Hans seems overly eager about Liesel having to join. -Though we only see the Hitler Youth for a paragraph or so, it was mentioned for a reason. How do you think Liesel’s involvement will come into play in future pages?
-Liesel both begins school and begins having regular nightmares in this section. -Are these two events specifically related (not necessarily that school causes nightmares, but that both unpleasant events are juxtaposed for a reason) or are they simply the unpleasant results of Liesel’s new life? Is there significance in the fact that Hans is the solution to both?
-At the end of this section, while cleaning spit off the doorway, Liesel takes a look at the sky. “Usually,” she says, “it was like spillage - cold and heavy, slippery and gray,” but sometimes a sliver of star-ridden sky can be seen. On those nights, she stays out with the stars until Rosa yells at her or until “the stars were dragged down again, into the waters of the German sky.” -Just like Death, Liesel seems to have some sort of connection with the sky. What is the appeal of the sky?
More Book Thief discussion, here we come! Here we’ll discuss the 4th section of the book, The Kiss (A Childhood Decision Maker).
(Content Warning: some strong language…)
Bristol Palin, the teenage daughter of Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, gave birth to a 7-pound, 4-ounce boy on Sunday. She and the father, Levi Johnston, have named the baby Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. Both mother and child are in good health, though that’s all the governor’s office is releasing.
Does anyone else think that Bristol and Levi may have put the “Sarah Palin Name Generator” to good use?
The very green (and very sarcastic) Scottish ogre has now found his place: center stage.
Sunday was the night for ‘Shrek the Musical’, the official debut of the ’screen-to-stage musical’ based on the 2001 animated film and children’s book by William Steig.
Played by Brian d’Arcy James and Sutton Foster, Shrek the ogre and Fiona the princess test their relationship to eventually discover a romantic chemistry that, The NY Times reports, is deeper than their “shared affinity for breaking wind and belching really loudly.”
This show can walk the walk, but can it talk the talk? (Or in this musical’s case, sing the song?)
” ‘Shrek’, for the record, is not bad,” continues The New York Times. The movie utilizes it’s iconic characters and wide age range of humor to hook it’s fans. When compared to other Disney-inspired musicals, such as “Tarzan” and “Little Mermaid”, this ogre-tastic fractured fairy tale is worth your time.
With the economy slowing down, people are obviously spending less. But how’s this affect teenagers? Maybe for those of us who don’t work, and even those who do work, money for fun comes from mom and dad. Do you find yourself trying to do cheaper free time activities because of the bad economy?
Image from dailymail.co.uk
Most people have heard of cage diving with sharks. Cango Ranch in South Africa is now offering cage diving with crocodiles. You are given a snorkel, a mask, and a cage before you are lowered into the water with five crocs- each with 4 times the bite force of a Great White.
Here’s a link if you’re interested
What is the most daring thing you have ever done? Would you ever be interested in cage diving with a crocodile? What about a shark?
The year is quickly coming to a close - we’ll soon be watching the ball drop and partying along with Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve; but now it’s time to lovingly look back on the tunes that rocked 2008.
In its’ The Best of 2008: Albums article, MSN writers and staff described the musical tastes of the year as “vintage dominated by rock, spiced with multi-cultural overtones and graced by country notes in its long, teasingly earthy finish.” Ya, savor that one. So here are the albums that made the list:
10.Taylor Swift - “Fearless”
Described as “no longer merely precocious, Swift is good enough to make us forgive the full court press of magazine covers, TV spots, and photo ops.”
9. Fleet Foxes - “Fleet Foxes”
This lesser-known band straight out of Pudget Sound is making a name for themselves while being loved for their “earnest folk rock.”
8. Coldplay - “Viva La Vida, or Death and All My Friends”
Wow - some of these songs are so catchy it’s insane…and painful.
7. Vampire Weekend - “Vampire Weekend”
Recognized as one of the year’s officially amazing breakout bands, these Columbia University students rock their “chattering Afro-beat guitars and smark alek, preppy social observations.”
6. Randy Newman - “Harps and Angels”
I have no idea who this is. All I know is that his last name reminds me of ranch dressing…
5. Lil Wayne - “Tha Carter III”
‘Weezy’ sixth studio album dominated in a year that was described by MSN writers as “weak for rap and hip-hop.”
4. The Black Keys - “Attack & Release”
A blast from the past, this duo’s sound is loved by those who dig ” gripping, timeless blues rock.”
3. My Morning Jacket - “Evil Urges”
These guys somehow manage to cover nearly every genre over the course of this album: “Funk to folk, metal to blues, [fueling] their smart, powerful music.”
2. The Hold Steady - “Stay Positive”
I’ve never heard of these guys either, but they are described as a great ‘transformation band’, growing from “a great bar band to a great band, period,” in the past year.
1. TV on the Radio - “Dear Science”
“They may be the most important band…that isn’t Radiohead.” That’s all I need to hear.
What has been YOUR favorite albums of the year? Which genres of music seemed to take over 2008?
Yup, you sound like total spies: Your next assignment is here…
So we’ve covered the Prologue and the first two chapters - We’re gonna keep moving on with The Book Thief.
After posting your thoughts and chatting with others, go forth and prosper on to read the next two sections : ‘The Woman With the Iron Fist’ and ‘The Kiss’.
Tuesday, December 30 will be the day for some rockin’ Discussion right here. (Hopefully we’ll get through Part 1 before the New Year! yay!) See you then!
Time for round two of Book Club! First up is the first section of part one, entitled “Arrival on Himmel Street.” In this section, we gain more insight into the death of the book thief’s brother, get a glimpse of her new foster family, and witness her first instance of book thievery.
-Death makes an observation not long into this section: “A pair of train guards. A pair of grave diggers. When it came down to it, one of them called the shots. The other did what he was told. The question is, what if the other is a lot more than one?” -Does Death’s question apply to contemporary events as well as Nazi Germany? And why do these multiple-others stand by and simply do as they are told?
-Liesel snatches up The Grave Digger’s Handbook minutes after her brother is buried. -Why would she, an illiterate child, steal a book?
-Liesel’s foster parents live on Himmel Street, himmel meaning heaven in German. -Do you think the name foreshadows Liesel’s life aptly (as in her life will be good there) or ironically (in the words of Death, “It wasn’t [hell]. But it sure as hell wasn’t heaven, either,”)? Or is there any foreshadowing at all?
-We get a bare glimpse of Liesel’s foster parents towards the end of this section. -What is your impression of Rosa and Hans Hubermann? How do you think Liesel will get along with each of them?
Here we go - discussion of The Book Thief, Chapter 2 commences here!
Totally add in your comments-thoughts-questions!! :D
Can’t beat the classics. Everyone’s favorite clip from ”A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Happy Holidays, everyone!
I know, I know. The readers of The Vox Box aren’t jumping up and down, hyperactively anxious for Santa to arrive- or at least we shouldn’t be. But when has that ever stopped us before? For a few years now, I’ve shown my younger family members this Santa Tracker by NORAD. It’s very cool, for the under 7 set. Or the wish-they-were-under-7 set.
What are you doing tonight? Any awesome traditions?
I introduce to you sockandawe.com, the latest way to enjoy the George Bush Shoe Attack outside of youtube.
The objective of the game is at the top of the page: Hit President Bush in the face with your shoes! Do it!
61,092,754 shoes have successfully hit Bush in the face, and counting. Enjoy your 2008 Christmas eve with the opportunity to hit Bush in the face. Have fun!
P.S: I scored 17.
Are electronic book devices in the near future for reading?
The e-book industry has remained a silent secret for almost a decade, but now, due in part to sky-rocketing advertising efforts on Amazon.com, e-books’ sales will launch.
Although the book industry and technology have always been tightly linked what with online libraries, web sites, reading lights, and the ability to download documents onto iPods and iPhones, Kindle hopes to introduce a new connection.
Kindle is a wireless device with the ability to display electronic books like any other traditional print copy. The approximated cost is $359; the popularity of the product is credited mostly to Oprah Winfrey, who featured the product on her show, and in part to Amazon.com by analysts.
From the New York Times’ article on the subject:
“The perception is that e-books have been around for 10 years and haven’t done anything,” said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division. “But it’s happening now. This is really starting to take off.”…
…“E-books will become the go-to-first format for an ever-expanding group of readers who are newly discovering how much they enjoy reading books on a screen,” said Markus Dohle, chief executive of Random House, the world’s largest publisher of consumer books.
Baby, it’s COLD outside. The most flurries and most furies have given birth to the snow storm of the century, and it isn’t going anywhere. This snow means business.
Local snowfall records have been broken in Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene. It is the most outrageous snow storm since 1895. The forecast can hardly keep with its mysterious appearances, or so it seems.
Are you sick of ALL of this snow? What are your favorite indoor activities for the everlasting winter months? What are your favorite outdoor activities (don’t you dare say shoveling snow!)?
How is it that celebrities like Britney Spears can have huge “come backs” before their albums are released and before they have shown signs of new success? I was watching some television and it seems that the media is so consumed with talking about her “come back” when it doesnt seem she’s really done a lot…
Apparently, Spokane wasn’t the only place to recieve a dumping of snow last Wednesday. A rare snowfall blanketed Las Vegas on Wednesday, canceling all flights in and out of the city, snarling traffic and dusting palm trees and marquees along the Las Vegas Strip.
Now, Las Vegas is located in Nevada. In the desert. It snows around Las Vegas, on the mountains, but not in the city itself. So when 8 inches dropped on rooftops and palm trees, residents were delighted.
3 inches of accumulation on the Strip would break the December record of two inches set in 1967, but not the record of nine inches set in 1974.
huffington post, huffingtonpost.com/theres-a-link-here.
I am practicing this morning with this blog stuff, and want to experiment with embedding a video. I found this one…
I shall embrace my Star Wars nerdness and post it. I found it exciting and terrifying all at the same time, especially when Darth Vader hit the floor and did the Thriller…
Round 4 of Book Thief Discussion!
Feel free to add your comments, questions, thoughts!
Remember: The next two sections: Arrival on Himmel Street and Growing Up A Saumensch shall be discussed on Friday! :) Enjoy!
So, on to part two!
In Beside the Railway Line, we are introduced to the book thief for the first time. Again, we are shown this notion of colors as a distraction for Death. Has the meaning of these colors changed since Death and Chocolate? As before, are they symbolic or simply weather-related?
We’ve gotten more of a glimpse of Death by this section. Has your impression of him changed at all?
Death regards staying behind as “the most elementary of mistakes.” Is staying with the survivors for even a moment such a horrible mistake? Not just the survivors in this instance, but survivors in any instance.
Death also notes that his breath “was loud that day” and that he is surprised no one heard him. This seems to indicate that Death is less a spirit than we commonly think of him as. What sort of entity is Death, then? Could he be more human than he’d like to admit?
Any other thoughts?
Monday’s the day: Time for some Book Thief discussion…
Caitlin will be posting the discussion boards for the first and second section: Death and Chocolate, and Beside the Railway Line.
So 3 Cheers for the third section of the Prologue!, Here’s where we’ll discuss The Eclipse.
Feel free to add your comments, questions, and thoughts!
Alright guys, time to kick off the book club! Just to reiterate, there will be four posts, two each from Chloe and me, one for each section of the prologue.
So, Death and Chocolate. In this section, we are introduced to Death, his occupation (shall we say), and his feelings on the matter. What do you think of Death thus far? In his own words, he is amiable, agreeable, affable, and yet he ‘truthfully’ and unnervingly declares in the fifth line that “you are going to die.” A rather odd way to start a novel, yes?
The colors are another point of discussion. What do you think the colors represent? Are they simply the shades of the sky at the time of a person’s death, or are they some reflection of the person’s soul?
Death also touches on humanity towards the end of this section. Though he doesn’t speak on it specifically, how do you think he views man overall? Survivors frighten him, and he’s not fond of his job, so what’s left for him to like, if anything?
Any other comments on anything at all from this section are welcome too, of course.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird
Quote is here.
Any thoughts on this quote? Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird?
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist
Have you read any great books lately? Have you read any horrible books? Any recommendations- or lack of?
Quote is here.
The interest from around the world … has demonstrated the worldwide appeal of Winnie the Pooh.
Philip Errington, a Sotheby’s specialist, on the record-breaking $2 million sale of a collection of E.H. Shepard’s original drawings from the Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne
Did you watch Winnie the Pooh when you were a little kid?
Quote and explanation found here.
Oprah Winfrey: Famous talk-show host, radio-show personality, magazine named after herself, - the woman’s even got her own book club stickers…We can now add ”PETA’s Person of the Year” to the list of achievements.
Given the title by the Norfolk, VA.- based PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Winfrey will be joining the ranks of U.S. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia (2007) and the founders of the animal and pet-friendly Method cleaning products (2006).
President of PETA, Ingrid E. Newkirk comments on Winfrey’s new honor, thanking her for using her “powerful voice to defend those without one.” Oprah can expect to recieve an award plaque and a letter of appreciation.
Do you see Oprah as a worthy recipient of this award? Anyone else come to mind as a better winner?
Alllllrighty! The day has come - The Vox Book Club’s first official discussion! ….(*suspense music* - dumm dummm duummmmm!!)
OK - So here’s how it’s going down: There will be 4 seperate posts - As you smarty-pants people can probably guess, one for each section of The Prologue (the reading assigned last week.)
Like most book clubs, (but more fun than English class), there will be questions. Questions that we find on the internet, questions that we make up, and questions inspired from the awesome-ness of the text. But feel free to ask your own questions. This is discussion - we want to squeeze as much conversation as possible out of you folks. State your opinions : what you like - what you don’t like - what you’re scared of - what makes you want to dance. Everything.
Remember: More reading assigned! Arrival on Himmel Street and Growing Up A Saumensch…(dummm dummm dummmmmm!!!)
Wanna discuss that Friday?
The story seems to be circulating faster than the hottest gossip in a high school hallway: Ruldolph - the determined little guy who pulled through for Santa that foggy night - could have been a girl. *gasp!…*
That’s right. National Geographic recounts the old facts, stating that “male reindeer generally shed their antlers long before December 25, wheras the females retain theirs until at least January.” (Antlers are adorning their heads in every picture/movie I’ve seen…) “So Santa’s outriders must be all females.”
Along with the facts, I think the nose has it. Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, veterinary medicine professor specializing in deer (ya that’s right…deer) at Texas A&M University says it’s all about the big shiny red nose for a gender clue. “Females like a little bling.”
I don’t really have a question for this post…I just thought it was funny. Well… - Anybody catch one of those classic Christmas-Holiday movies yet? Christmas Without a Santa Claus? The Miser Brothers?
Is it the title of a new challenge, or a just a ton of adjectives thrown together…?
This will be pretty familiar to those of you who participated in NaNoWriMo, the equivalent of the Olympics for novel-writers. Challenging nearly 113,000 authors of all ages to pool their blood, sweat, and tears to crank out a novel in one month, the National Novel Writing Month people are celebrating it’s success and now diving into a new challenge (and inviting us along):…
(the 3rd official year of) The Big-Fun-Scary-Adventure of 2009…
Chris Baty, spokesman for NaNoWriMo, sees the New Year not just as a time for some resolutions, but as a time for change. “The quick overview:,” Baty says in his email going out to past NaNoWriMo participants, “We each pick an adventure, declare it to the world, check in with our progress throughout the year, ultimately pull it off, the get a winner’s certificate.”
That’s right - just pick something new, fresh, and different to do through 2009 then get the shiny certificate (along with bragging rights) upon completion!
“Your curiosity is a dependable guide; follow it. Put yourself in unfamiliar places. Kindle passions. Savor the raw joy of making things, then remake the best of those things until they take someone’s breath away. Wrestle bears.” -Chris Baty
Just be careful with that whole ‘bear’ thing…
What are your resolutions for 2009? Got an ‘Adventure’ to tackle throughout the year?
Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Grabb was removing a “microscopic tumor” in a three-day-old baby’s brain. The surgery would quickly become one he would never forget. As he removed the tumor, he realized that it contained a perfectly formed foot, hand, and thigh.
Grabb says that this may be a case of “fetal-in-fetu”, where an identical twin dies early in the pregnancy and begins to grow inside of the living twin. According to Grabb, however, “fetal-in-fetu” rarely occurs in the brain.
The baby made a full recovery, but is being monitored to ensure no more growths return.
You can read the full story here
Is there a possible movie deal behind this?
More than just the words on page 1 - ….
For me the first section, - whether it be an Author’s Introduction, a Prologue, or a plain and simple ’First Chapter’, - always carries the future of the book on it’s shoulders. I usually determine whether I like the book within that first fragile segment….
So, how is The Book Thief treating you?
The Prologue - assigned last Tuesday - now unravels before us. What was your initial impression? Does the future of The Book Thief (as a book, not a character…) seem bright? Consider the details given by the narration - does that intrigue you?, or is it just plain creepy?
For more thoughts-provoking questions, head over to Caitlin’s post from December 16.
Like Caitlin said, we’ll begin discussing in more detail on Monday! Be there or be square, my friends. :)
For you crazy-fast readers (or aweosme book nerds…) out there, we’ll be assigning the first chapter - Arrival on Himmel Street - on Monday the 22. We’re planning to discuss that on the following Friday, (Dec. 26), but if we’re moving faster than expected we’ll discuss sooner.
So tackle those 10 pages! (We’re goin’ easy on you over Christmas-week…:D)
Happy Holidays and happy reading!
The 2008 Project for Awesome
Essentially (if you’re too lazy to watch the video), Project for Awesome is a two-day-long invasion of YouTube. Thousands of people make videos promoting their favorite charities and flood the site with their footage in the hopes that people will actually take the time to watch and possible donate.
Do you think this is an effective way to raise money (in other words, do you think the demographic watching YouTube is likely to contribute something)?
Just an FYI: School is closed tomorrow and you can all offically start your holiday vacations early. Here’s the Educatiional Service District website that has all the Spokane area school closures and delays. Stay warm out there!
During a news conference this week, an Iraqi television journalist removed both his shoes and threw them at George W Bush while shouting in Arabic: “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” A few seconds later, the journalist tossed his other shoe, shouting, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in
December’s viral video is commonly referred to Youtube junkies as “George Bush Shoe Attack!” 1,322,017 views have been counted for this video, my personal favorite George Bush Shoe Attack video.
photo found on bbc.co.uk
Now, on December 18th, the Journalist who threw his shoes has asked the Iraqi prime minister for a pardon. The government spokesman, Yassin Majid, said that the reporter wrote to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki apologizing for the incident and calling it an “ugly action.”
“He asked the prime minister to pardon him as a son asks his father for forgiveness,” The New York Times reports Mr. Majid said.
When Iraqi Parliament discussed the withdrawal from
What do you think? Is this humorous to you? What should happen to Mr. Zaidi? What do you think of what he shouted in Arab as he threw the shoes, and what about what Bush said in the video?
Eau de Burger King, anyone? Is the scent of Burger King really so attractive that it needs to be cologne? Apparently so. Burger King has released a men’s cologne, called Flame, that is “a scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat,” according to this MSNBC story. The scent is sold in stores in New York City, as well as on firemeetsdesire.com, a dedicated site for the scent. The best part is that this “mouthwatering mojo. ” can be yours for only $3.99.
Guys, would you buy this scent? Girls, if your guy were to be wearing it, would you be repulsed or ecstatic?
A 1911 Liberty Eagle coin (worth about $1000) was found in a Florida Salvation Army kettle for the third year in a row. The coin, found among the usual mess of wrinkled bills and loose change, was sealed in a plastic case with a note reading “In memory of Mimi” attached, just the same as it has been found the past two years.
The donation was more than welcome; during these rough economic times, donations to the Salvation Army have dropped about 25%. And this coin was hardly alone. Two other rare coins and even a diamond ring have been deposited in various kettles across the country this season.
Do you donate time or money to charities during this time of year, or any time of year?
Chocolates, cookies, candy canes, fudge…whew! The kitchen comes alive as soon as Christmas rolls around!
Take this quiz from The-N.com to find out What Holiday Treat you are. (I was a Gingerbread Man…excellent! One of my favorites…)
What are YOUR holiday food traditions? Do YOUR quiz results match your favorite treat?
District 81 is still set to have school tomorrow even with treacherous snow conditions. Really, 81… do you just love to make us highschool students squirm?
Earlier this week I blogged about a cute little white trash family who named their son Hitler, and are upset that a local grocery store refused to write his name on his birthday cake. See the blog post and story here…
And I apologize to any proud white trash out there. You are right, comparing you to this family is wrong. These guys are just nitwits.
Regarless, an update: Walmart made their cake. Awww…. God bless Walmart this holiday season.
Here is the article, but it’s in Danish. Thanks to buddy Pia for translating for me! In a nutshell, it just says they tried many places and finally Walmart made their cake. They mention their other two children, Aryan Nation and Hinler (their misspelling, not mine) and say they they want people to respect their kids’ names.
QUESTION: Is a name just a name? Or do you think these parents should have their heads examined and their name choices will effect their kids’ lives?
It’s Santa Claus—L.A. style…
At the Beverly Center mall in L.A., shoppers won’t find a jolly old bearded elf Fri-Sun nights. instead they will find a 6-foot-1, 185-pound “Hunky Santa” played by Eli Wilhide.
Shoppers who sit on this Santa’s lap can get nutrition and exercise tips, or advice on what to get the wife or girlfriend. (My advice would be not to sit in some hunk’s lap while shopping for your wife or girlfriend…)
From an article by By Laura T. Coffey at the Today Show: He’s “gorgeous,” said one woman who recently posed for a photo on his lap. “Illegally gorgeous.”
QUESTION: Did you sit on Santa’s lap this year?
MSN has a page listing the Top 10 gifts to give to a Music Lover. (such as myself…) All of them are priced under $20. See MSN’s list here.
I may as well just list them here and you can say what you think about them…
“Hooking up” is here to stay, but what has it done to valuable dating experiences and social relationships?
In “The Demise of Dating” by Charles M. Blow, an article on the New York Times’ website, the pros and cons of the old dating system are discussed.
…That’s not good. So why is there an increase in hooking up? According to Professor [Kathleen] Bogle [a professor at La Salle University in Philadelphia], it’s: the collapse of advanced planning, lopsided gender ratios on campus, delaying marriage, relaxing values and sheer momentum.
It used to be that “you were trained your whole life to date,” said Ms. Bogle. “Now we’ve lost that ability — the ability to just ask someone out and get to know them.”
Now that’s sad.
Are there any benefits to “hooking up” as opposed to actual dating? To be honest, it appears as if this new romance trend is destroying the very definition of the word “relationship”. If you ask me, it’s just one more way that guys (and girls too I suppose) can feed their lustful desires without the intervention of emotions and trust.
Does anyone agree with me? What is happening to meaningful romantic relationships? Are they gaining value or losing value because of the trend of “hooking up”?
I was just sent this Gem…
This rocket scientist, (actually, he is unemployed due to inbility to pump gas because of his “emphysema…” why aren’t I surprised?) has named his son after the man whose name is most synonymous with the mass murder of millions.
What a butthole.
An excerpt from the article that about made me cry:
The boy, asked his name, put down a tiny plate and ran behind his father’s leg. He flashed a shy smile but wouldn’t answer. Heath Campbell, 35, the boy’s father, encouraged him.
“Say Adolf,” said Campbell, a Holocaust denier who has three children named for Nazism.
Again, the boy wouldn’t answer.
The poor kid is scared to use his own name. At three.
The man is suing because a local grocery store won’t write “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” on his birthday cake. They are upset they were “denied service because of race, ethnicity or religion.”
Hey kids, how do YOU spell irony?
More bits from the article to make you want to throw up:
—The family says they aren’t racist but believese “races shouldn’t mix.”
—The family wanted their kids to have “unique names” but didn’t expect there to be problems, even after they start school.
—The father is a proud Holocaust denier and named all three kids for Nazism—and one is misspelled.
—These two parents and examples of the “Master Race” live on disability payments.
QUESTION: Do you agree with the grocery store’s refusal to frost the kid’s name in the cake, or do you think the first amendment protects this family?
Many have seen this by now, but we still gotta discuss…
At a press conference in Baghdad, Bush dodged not one but two shoes hurled at him by an angry Iraqi journalist who then yelled “This is a farewell kiss, you dog!” in Arabic. The shoe was tossed after Bush said, “The war is not over,” Bush said, adding that “it is decisively on it’s way to being won.”
Bush responded, saying he wasn’t going to acknowlege the insult. (In Iraq, this is quite the insult—to toss a shoe at someone. It is their version of us mooning him, I guess.) He said the guy was “just trying to get on T.V.”
As reported from a CNN interivew: “So what if the guy threw his shoe at me?” Bush told a reporter in response to a question about the incident.
“Let me talk about the guy throwing his shoe. It’s one way to gain attention. It’s like going to a political rally and having people yell at you. It’s like driving down the street and having people not gesturing with all five fingers.
“It’s a way for people to draw attention. I don’t know what the guy’s cause is. But one thing is for certain. He caused you to ask me a question about it. I didn’t feel the least bit threatened by it.
QUESTION: What do you think? Should Bush acknowlege the insult and apologize? Or is he taking the right attitude and refusing to give it any weight?
As I was leaving 5th period today, up and down the hall I heard cries of “it’s snowing! IT’S SNOWING!!!” I’ve lived in Spokane for almost 8 years, and many people around me haved lived here longer, yet I’m still amazed at how excited I get on the first snowfall.
Are you excited for the snow? After watching it dump this afternoon, do you believe that we really will get 11-12 inches?
Remember- drive safe!
3 years ago, Brokeback Mountain caused an uproar. Milk could become the new Brokeback Mountain. Milk is a movie about a gay man elected to public office in California in the 70’s. As James Matney says in this month’s Vox,
I still urge those over 17 to go out and watch this film. The homosexual themes of “Milk” aren’t what will make this film spectacular and isn’t going to be a pervasive component of the film. The amazing performances, and highly researched script are what will make “Milk” one of the best films of the year.
Here’s the trailer of the movie.
For those 17 or over, would this be a movie you would go see? For those of us under 17, will you watch this movie when you are allowed to?
Please be respectful of other’s ideas- comments on this post will not be derogatory towards homosexuals. Express your opinions in a kind, respectful manner, please.
“How Nerds Drop Insults”
John Green discusses the horrid nature of contemporary insults in light of those calling him “lame” or “nerdy” for cataloguing his home library.
Alrighty, the votes are in and as follows:
Story Time: 1
To Kill a Mockingbird: 3
A Separate Peace: 3
Sea of Trolls: 5
Looking for Alaska: 0
The Book Thief: 8
Water for Elephants: 4
So we will be reading “The Book Thief” by Mark Zusak.
Ok, I was wrong. This trumps kids crying on Santa…
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.
Santa Claus posed with a very large kitty on his lap — and now, unfortunately, he might need rabies shots. Jonathan Bebbington was playing the jolly old elf during a Santa Paws photo event at a PetsMart store when he was bitten Sunday on the wrist and hand. The event was to raise money for Penny Angel’s Beagle Rescue group.
Apparently the cat, which the owner said was vaccinated, was bought legitimately from a breeder in Wyoming. My favorite quote from the story: “‘It had very powerful jaws and big teeth,’ he said, estimating the cat weighed about 30 pounds.”
ADVICE: No question, just advice: Don’t bite Santa this close to Christmas time…
This is my new favorite web site…
It is a collection of various terrified children on the lap of Santa. Good times!! The photo above is a sample from the collection sent in by readers at the Chicago Tribune.
QUESTION: Did you have any good Santa’s lap/crying stories? Did anyone else laugh as hard as I did at the photos? And why DO we torture our children this way?
How well do you know your Christmas holiday? Take the quiz below and post your score as a comment. Winner gets bragging rights!
Click here for Christmas Quiz.
Barney and Barry Manilow have teamed up to bring justice to the Colorado streets.
In a unique form of punishment, Judge Paul Sacco has subjected a group of teens to the music of Barry Manilow and Barney to justify their actions.
The teens’ blaring car stereos were the cause of their Barney blues.
Photo courtesy of www.get4today.com
Judge Sacco hopes to teach the kids about manners in doing so.
What do you think of this unusual punishment? Could this kind of punishment really be effective? What would your response be if a child of yours was “subjected to Barney?”
Check out the video below! I can’t help but feel bad for them… They’re so pitiful…
If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?
Totally true, especially in younger kid’s games. Thoughts?
Quote is here.
A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a lifetime’s experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
US jurist (1841 - 1935)
Deep thoughts on a deep quote?
Quote is here.
“I ain’t sayin’ you a gold digga, I just don’t understand that last twitta.”
comedian, in a mock feud with Kanye West after the hip-hop star twittered, “Who the f*** is Stephen Colbert?”
I thought this was funny. Any other people who agree with me?
Quote and explanation here.
Is a struggling economy to blame for unsuccessful high school homecoming dances?
It’s no secret that the economy has affected schools, and high school homecoming dances have school activity directors worried about prom.
“When times are bad, this is when they need it most,” Nancy Rich, an activities coordinator, said. “Something in their lives that they can look forward to every year.”
What can the schools do to make dances better despite the economy? Are there bigger issues surrounding high school dances other than cost?
Well, its obviously the Holiday Season, and it seems to me that there are so many good movies out there pertaining to this time of year. So here’s a question for everyone: What are some of your favorite Holiday/Christmas Movies? Any one favor some of ‘the Classics’?
(I’d have to say my top three currently are The Polar Express, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas-Animated, and A Christmas Carol.)
“Merry Christmas, and to all a good night!” For thousands of kids around the US and the world, that iconic Santa-ism is part of what the holidays are about, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. For many, it’s about having a ‘good night.’ But for some kids, it’s a little bit harder to have a good time.
And Macy’s is making it easier this holiday season for some of those kids, the ones with life-threatening health issues, with their Santa’s Post Office Believe Campaign. The homepage is here.
Here’s the current Macy’s commercial.
Here’s the challenge to Vox posters, from me. You aren’t too old to write a letter to Santa. Write a letter and deliver it to a Macy’s store, and put the letter you wrote in a comment. I’ll keep track of how many letters are posted, and will post the number on Christmas Day. I’ll also post how many letters Macy’s received total, and post that when they know.
Woman infested with maggots. Sixty-two years old. *shudder*
So it goes, I suppose… strange that her son called the police and then left his mother there all alone. What a world.
Sorry this is late, you guys, but I’ve been alternately doing homework, packing, and sitting on an airplane, all without internet access. Anywho, here’s an entertaining way to start your weekend.
50 Jokes in 4 Minutes by Hank Green
Oh, and by the way, you all are extremely suckish for not having a meeting the one Monday I’m in Spokane.
Do religious references belong on American currency and in the Pledge of Allegiance?
According to a recent survey performed by NBC, 86% of Americans believe that “In God We Trust” should remain on money and that “One Nation Under God” also belongs in its place in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Despite this statistic, where only 14% of the population feels that these references do not belong, people opposing these phrases have been demanding attention for quite some time.
How do you feel? Do these phrases belong in the Pledge of Allegiance and on the American currency? Why or why not?
Here are the following books that my fellow bloggers and I came up with. Cast your vote for two, on Wednesday the 10th we’ll count the votes and decide which one we want to read. Erin managed to get ahold of two $25 gift certificates to a book store (I believe Barnes & Noble), which will be randomly awarded to two of the people participating.
Story Time- Edward Bloor
When eighth grader Kate and her Uncle George (who is two years younger than her) receive letters inviting them to attend the Whittaker Magnet School, home of nasty protein shakes and the freakish “Test-Based Curriculum,” their reactions are mixed. George, somewhat of a genius, is pleased, while Kate is horrified. Still, as a search on-line reveals, their house is suddenly in the Whittaker school district, so off they go. It’s not long, before they discover something very strange is afoot at their new school.
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
Great book- I’m not sure if too many people would have read it, though. About a girl, Scout, in a small Southern town. It discusses topics pertaining to racial factors in the US in the 1930s.
A Separate Peace- John Knowles
About a teenage boy at a private school in New England during World War 2. A very coming of age type book. I would say this would be a top choice of mine.
The Sea of Trolls-
Set in 8th century Northern Europe, this book
varies between a historical fiction and a fantasy(many events and even some characters are based on actual events, but trolls, dragons, shapeshifters, etc. are nothing out of the ordinary). The plot follows Jack, a young Saxon boy abducted in a Viking raid and kept from being sold as a slave or killed because he is an
apprentice bard. He and his sister, who was kidnapped with him, are then caught up in the turmoils and power struggles of the Norse
tribes, to put things simply. Bit of a longer read, but an excellent book nonetheless.
Looking for Alaska-
This novel follows the life of Pudge, a socially-inept teenage boy obsessed with last words. Knowing he isn’t going to go anywhere at his current high school, he opts to attend his dad’s alma matter, a boarding school in Alabama. There he meets Alaska Young and quickly declares her the love of his life, even though he barely knows her and she already has a boyfriend. Sadly I can’t say too much without giving everything away, but suffice to say the book is excellent. John Green (the author) winds these fantastic, deep themes (death, religion, and the necessity of the afterlife primarily) into a setting and with characters that your average teenager will eat up. However, there are one or two mildly explicit scenes, so I don’t know if that cancels the book out altogether.
The Book Thief-
My all time favorite book. It’s about a girl named Liesel who lives in Nazi Germany with her foster parents, who agree to hide a Jew in their basement. The most interesting part of this book is that it is narrated by Death, whom the reader learns to empahize and connect with. This is a must-read, but it’s longer.
This is a pretty short book, which resembles Marley and Me. Dewey, however, is a cat who lives in a library. My Mom read it and said it’s cute, funny, and light; and anyone who has been around cats knows how entertaining they can be.
Water for Elephants-
This was one of the books my AP English class had to pick from over the summer, and those who read it said it was amazing. It’s about a boy who is about to become a vet, but ends up joining the circus instead. It is set during the Depression, and the circus is anything but grand. Despite this Jacob (the main character) manages to find love.
For you coffee lovers or lovers of good art and sarcasm, here is one of my favorite columns/blogs/(not sure how to classify it!?) that I have seen in awhile. It is by Christopher Niemann who has done illustrations for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and others.
QUESTION: How many of you are coffee addicts already?
Everyone’s favorite reactionary, anti-Semitic, over-opinionated blonde bombshell on the right wing has been spouting her mouth off for some time. Intolerant, unempathetic, and very, very, annoying, anyone who is familiar with this woman is doubtlessly aware of her hit books “Slander”, “Godless”, and “Treason”, three of many words she uses to describe liberals (who, according to her, would be republicans had they any brains).
Sadly, she’s fallen and broken her jaw, a vital portion of Ann’s body orate that will unfortunately have to be wired shut for the next few weeks. It’s a shame most of all for me, as I’ll be unable to hear her insight on the imperfection of the Jewish people, entirely-fabricated information, and the folly of my participation in an interracial relationship. Sigh. I suppose I’ll have to settle for a few weeks of Liberal Lies (tm).
Let’s make it a century, shall we?
People camp on the street, lines are formed deep into the night, crowds surge through narrow isles, and bright sale signs are big enough to take on a snowplow…yup - it’s Black Friday…
The stories, such as the killed Walmart shopper, continue to shock the public, while for some the event is avoided completely.
Should Black Friday be banned? Is the preholiday blow-out sale concept becoming too dangerous?