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My Battle Cry

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Sprinting through the mini-mall parking lot, carrying a studded crowbar, cometh Lia! And she gives a booming scream:

“In the name of Thor the Mighty, I lay waste to the landscape until there is no more hope!”

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terrible

i almost cannot believe this story…though i guess i could, seeing the way the justice system works. people like nicole simpson’s and bonnie bakeley’s husbands can abuse as much as they like, and even kill, and walk off scotfree.

i usually start off looking up something, find something interesting that leads me elsewhere, then another interesting thing…and i can go on like this for hours. well today, after hearing something about debby boone on entertainment tonight that i didn’t know about, led me to check Internet Movie Database (where I look to find out all the info on stars), and through reading the trivia, i got to Miguel Ferrer…and then Dominique Dunne. remembering her from Poltergeist, i decided to look her up. well after searching through pages on the web…i found her biography on The Dominique Dunne Site. my gosh. he is blaming her for her death? well if she had only forgiven me, i wouldn’t have gone and killed her. she provoked it. she should’ve just taken me back. MY GOSH. after he had already slammed in the ground on 2 previous occastions, that when playing an abused child on Hill Street Blues she didn’t need any makeup, because those were real bruises? eeesh…you can see a screenshot from that show too on that site and you just think…man. and it was her fault for not taking him back after she ran from him when he abused her.

what’s worse is he only spent 2 1/2 years in jail for killing her. even though he confessed and showed no remorse for her death (only worried about him having to go to jail now)…he’s out and still making $$$ as a head chef. he changed his name and everything. how SAD. you see things on Law and Order but at least you have the relief of knowing…even though it may be “ripped from the headlines”, it is fictional. i almost wish they could have made jack mccoy try him. and have this have a happy ending.

to me, if you take someone’s life…unless in self-defense, and you couldn’t say this here, with the 100lb Dominique and the 200lb killer boyfriend…you should have to pay for that pain and suffering you inflicted on the family by offering up your own life. if you just have no regard for human life…why keep being around? why be let out free and “spread your seed” and have more little criminals being born? although i know it’s scary just to make a blanket statement where there could be exceptions, but why make it so easy for people to get off free, when they even confess? if people can get out in 3 years because they killed in the “heat of passion”…but we had a law where you kill, be killed…wouldn’t you see a LOT more people out there who would think twice before escalating into the “heat of passion”?

of course, watch just because i’ve gone and voiced it, something is going to happen. i do realize there are exceptions, but that should be just that, exceptions…not make the law so loose that these exceptions can be included, but in the meantime, allow in all these other crazies using defenses as well it’s her fault for not taking me back. sigh.

makes you worry about mankind a bit…

WLiiA

It’s a nightly routine for me–every night at 10:00pm, ABC Family is on so I can watch Whose Line Is It Anyway? I feel like something’s wrong if their movie goes overtime and the 10:00 one is cancelled! Like something’s missing…

I love it because not only is it hilarious, but I love the relationship of the people on there–the way they treat each other, the way they play off each other. Ryan and Colin are just wonderful with each other, and I could watch clip shows of only them. I especially like it when Colin makes Ryan crack up. So funny!

I think that’s why I didn’t enjoy Green Screen as much. First of all, Ryan wasn’t there…but the others were used less because there were so many more players. I know that was a complaint of WLiiA that well there’s always Ryan & Colin & Wayne, that only leaves 1 different person, they should have more combinations, etc. But you don’t get to see the interactions as much, with more people I think. It’s just funny when they have been working all this time and having inside jokes and actually getting to “know” the contestants–Colin’s from Canada and is always teased for his baldness, for example.

And I don’t know why I’m so obsessed about them now. I still hope that Ryan and Colin are friends. I know it’s not something pressing, but I keep thinking, hmm I wonder if Ryan and Colin still talk to each other? Colin is touring with Brad…but does he see Ryan? And according to his website, he hasn’t heard from him in a while, but then again … Colin may just be joking around again.

I don’t know why I should care! But I do. I guess I like seeing them try hard to make each other laugh and trip each other up, you know they must be good friends, and I’d hate for that end. I do wonder about others as well, as I’ve mentioned before…is so and so married? Do they have any kids? Do they still talk to so and so? etc etc etc. I guess that’s why tabloids do so well.

I can’t wait until this goes on DVD, the full taping, uncensored, uncut… 🙂 I’d love to see all that was left out, whether it was because Ryan swore because he hated the hoedowns, or because of the Bush jokes that was supposedly left out because well…Bush. I know they say most tapings are like 3 hours? and from that they get a 1/2 hour show? Imagine how much they don’t show! I hope they come out with a DVD soon! And not just the same 30 min episodes that you can see on ABC Family. But the whole thing.

They’ll probably start with the British WLiiA first though…which I don’t mind, I remember watching it long before Drew’s WLiiA came on. And Ryan & Colin were on that as well 🙂 along with Brad, Wayne, Chip, Greg…but you also got Josie and Tony and Stephen and of course Clive. I prefer to Clive to Drew, actually. But I hope something comes out soon. I’d love to have a DVD and see all the deleted scenes, or at least just have it handy when I’m in the mood of hearing the Irish Drinking Song…

Ouch

Am I being too sensitive? A poster on hawaiithreads recently had this to say:

” The one thing that you gain by having a private education is the individualized attention you receive because the student-teacher ratio is much much smaller and the teachers in the private school environment tend to care more about the individuals. They can tailor the learning to suit the individual rather than by some formula which generally is aimed at the students of average ability, which therefore leaves those who are slower and those who are faster learners either frustrated or bored.

Public school teachers don’t have time to care about individual students (and those that do, sometimes get jailed for having sex with them! ). My own personal experience is that private school teachers make even less than public school teachers, so for the private school teachers themselves, it ain’t about the money, either. My experience in a private education environment is that the teachers appear to be more relaxed and can engage more readily with the students because they have fewer to concentrate on.”

(emphasis my own)

Now that stings. I guess all the time I stay afterschool to tutor a child who really needs it is for nothing. The time I take out to sit with a neglected child (a foster child whose foster parent also has 10 other foster children in her house) so that she feels wanted is for naught. Because I just don’t have the time to care, apparently. How sad is that?

Now I have disagreed with some of this poster’s mana’o in the past few months, especially the way the poster is constantly talking down to the reader (“you guys need to do this.” “your government” etc.) and the poster had said some things that has made me cringe in regards to education…but man. That stung. To say I don’t care as much as a private school teacher would?

You know, maybe in a few years when I’m completely burned out from teaching because people are quick to criticize … then yes, I’d fail to care … and when it comes to that, there is no way I’d stay in teaching and deprive a child of having a teacher who really does care. But really. To say a teacher doesn’t care…we do not make $85k like that poster does…so if we don’t do it for $, then why else go through all the stress and criticism?

Even though his wife had things to say about public school education that is causing her to consider home-schooling, I was glad to read Ryan’s post about this:

“The student-teacher ratio is a big factor, yes, but I’d disagree with even a broad statement that private school teachers care more about students. Hell, when you look at a public school teacher, part of your heart aches and thinks, “That person must love their work… ’cause I wouldn’t put up with those challenges at my job.”

People don’t pick teaching for the money or prestige, they do it for the kids, and that’s an ideal shared trait no matter where they’re teaching.”

Thank you! Someone who understands. I wish I had more people out there like that. Because like I said earlier, even though the post was not pointed to me… I still take it personally, having been through a lot. And you think, why do I do this? This is NOT worth it at all! But then you see the children, and you realize, yes, it is.

So, yes, I may be too sensitive. But to say I don’t care as much as a private school teacher? ouch.

Checking Out the Peeps!

Heh, I was on a crafters’ site to get ideas on beading, and someone had posted a message about making jewelry out of leftover marshmallow peeps! Well, that led to a lot of responses, and people began posting the funniest websites regarding peeps!!!! Who knew people did this stuff?!?!

* Faculty Peep Show at Millikin University — Peep Research

* Peep Surgery

* Peep Jousting

* Lord of the Peeps

* (Expensive) Peep Jewelry

People are so creative! Peep jousting? Too funny.