Monday, May 5, 2014

9 Performers Fall in Rhode Island Circus Accident

After the "human chandelier" fell at the circus in Rhode Island, eleven performers were injured.

Honestly, the people that put these props in the air or the mechanics need to do a better job. When you are dangling people by their hair, yeah, it will hurt a lot! There is no reason why they could have done a safety check one more time before the show.

This doesn't really relate to anything in our current classes, but it may relate to something in Physics. Some of the performers defy gravity. But the mechanics and people putting these things in the air need to know how many pounds need to be held by the contraption.

How does the structure of the text refine and support the author’s claim? Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.
The author uses quotes from spectators and performers to support their claim. She even tells that the circus and the theater went and set up a counciling hot line for those who were disturbed by the accident.

Capelouto, Susanna, Kristina Sgueglia, Nick Valencia, Adrienne Zulueta, and Dominique Dodley. "Circus Acrobats Injured When Apparatus Fails in Rhode Island." CNN. Cable News Network, 05 May 2014. Web. 05 May 2014. <ttp://>

Monday, April 21, 2014

Captain America Breaks Box Office Records

In the opening weekend of Marvel's latest super hero sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the box office began seeing numbers that set records for the month of April as well as the best sequel of a Marvel movie. After tallying up the amount of ticket sales, in 3D and 2D, this Captain grossed over $167,000,000, with $42.1 million in its opening weekend.

In history class, we are learning about WWII. Captain America, portrayed by Chris Evans, is ninety years old. He is a veteran of WWII. He and his friend, Bucky, are both veterans. However, Steve, Captain America, was frozen and brought out of cryo-stasis in the year 2011.

I love Captain America. Chris Evans is extremely adorable and he has this sleek and seductive way of capturing your attention whether it be in that tight leather outfit, or in a t-shirt that exposes his muscles. Black Widow, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, is back in black and slinging knifes and guns like she never stopped. Chris Evans is also known for movies such as What's Your Number? where he played Colin, Anna Faris's soon to be, unexpected boyfriend number twenty. The one that I remember him the most for is Not Another Teen Movie where he portrayed second string quarterback, Jake Wyler.

  • What is the impact of using [statistics/quotations/headings/bullets/personal experience] (choose one of the options and write only on it.) If you have another element that you would like to discuss on this question, get the okay from me before proceeding. Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.
The author uses statistics such as the sales of Thor 2 and Captain America 2. Their prequels both opened in summer of 2011 and Thor outsold Captain America. However, the roles were reversed and Captain America 2 outsold Thor 2.

Keyes, Rob. "'Captain American 2 Breaks April Box Office Records [Updated]'." Screen Rant. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 April 2014. <>

Bricks, Hoth. "Captain America:The Winter Soldier." Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 22 Oct. 2013. Web. 21 April 2014. <>

Sunday, April 6, 2014

9 Month Old Booked For Murder

Several police officers showed up at a home in Pakistan, brick throwing ensued. The officers tried to collect a bill and it angered the family.

This can kind of relate to our history class. We have talked about children in the work force and children in general. Children were mistreated and made it easier to get into smaller spaces.

Honestly, I fail to see how a nine month old child can pick up a brick as big as it is and toss it. Some of the police officials are even baffled. How do they expect a NINE MONTH OLD to testify in court? Or even try to defend themselves?

  • What is the author’s point of view, and how does it impact the overall effect of the text? Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.
It seems the author's point of view is similar to mine. She states that how the involvement of the child is still unclear. She seems to wonder how and why the child was booked.

Saifi, Sophia. "Pakistani Family: 9-month-old Booked on Attempted Murder Charge." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. <>

Motor_Cop_Pak. Motorway Police Pakistan Eagle 2 And Speed Measuring Squad. Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 21 Feb. 2009. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. <>

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Flight 370

Flight 370 dropped to an altitude of 12,000 feet after taking a sharp turn.

After the plane disappeared from radars and slammed into the water off the coast of Australia, rumors began to swarm as to what exactly happened. New details regarding what exactly happened in the cockpit surfaced this morning. When the plane crashed, it was only 12,000 feet above the ground as a result of a sharp turn.

According to authorities, the sharp turn was intentional. They are assuming that there was foul play in the cockpit. Although they really have no evidence, they aren't ruling any possibilities out.

This is relative to our history classes. We are learning about the 1920's and about the invention of the first airplane.

Honestly, you have to stoop pretty low to want to wreck a plane on purpose. The US has gotten involved with the investigation and leave out no possibilities of foul play. Our government and investigators can find the world's most violent criminal, yet they can't figure out why a plane crashed or how it disappeared?

  • What is the impact of using [statistics/quotations/headings/bullets/personal experience] (choose one of the options and write only on it.) If you have another element that you would like to discuss on this question, get the okay from me before proceeding. Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.
The author uses the statistics of the plane's altitude and quotes from officials to impact the article by telling us how high the plane was.

Sidner, Sarah. Flight 370's Altitude Drops After Sharp Turn. Article. CNN. CNN, 23 Mar. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. <>

Aitch, Tim. Flight 370. Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 14 Mar. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. <>

Sunday, March 9, 2014

'Band of Brothers' Veteran Dies

Band of Brothers is a miniseries based on a book written by Stephen E. Ambrose. William Guarnere, nicknamed "Wild Bill," was rushed to the hospital Saturday night where he died that night of a ruptured aneurysm. He was 90 years old.

This relates to my US History class. We are discussing wars and Guarnere was a veteran of WWII. I love watching the Band of Brothers show with my dad and he has all of the episodes on DVD. Every episode had a new interview and they interviewed Guarnere maybe twice.

Honestly, I am shocked by the way he died. The miniseries made him so popular and my dad talked about how it effected every man. The episode "Currahee" was my personal favorite. With the famous tagline, "Three miles up, three miles down," it was a true test of strength and courage.

  • What is the author’s point of view, and how does it impact the overall effect of the text? Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.
The author's point of view is unclear. It seems neutral. The paragraphs are short and sweet. Although the story still needs to be developed, they could have at least added more detail of his impact on the miniseries.

Landers, Elizabeth. 'Band of Brothers' Veteran William Guarnere Dies. Article. CNN. CNN, 9 Mar. 2014. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <>

xuewei09. Band of Brothers Complete Series. Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 25 Nov. 2009. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <>

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hot Pocket Recall

On February 18, 2014, the Central Valley Meat Company issued a recall on two kinds of Philly steak and cheese hot pockets. Recently, the USDA had recalled more than 8.7 million pounds from the Rancho Meat Company due to their processing of "unsound and diseased animals."

A school who buys their meat from that supplier had to cancel their shipments due to the hot pockets containing diseased meat. Thankfully, they caught it before the meat got into the schools, much less the kids mouths.

Honestly, how the sick animals got into the factories is beyond me. Factory owners and workers need to be more cautious of what meat gets into the grinders, much less our food. This is disgusting and turns me against hot pockets altogether.

After hearing this, it makes my stomach turn at the thought of the sick and gross meat that slipped into those hot pockets. Now that this has happened, I will be checking the internet for any signs of bad meat that may have snuck it's way into my food.

  • What is the impact of using [statistics/quotations/headings/bullets/personal experience] (choose one of the options and write only on it.) If you have another element that you would like to discuss on this question, get the okay from me before proceeding. Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.
The author uses quotes from the company explaining it's apology. It impacts the article by showing the company admits its mistakes and how it plans on changing its ways in the future.

Payne, Ed. Friedman, Chandler. School Lunch Supplier Closed Down by USDA Reopens; Some Hot Pockets Recalled. Article. CNN. CNN, 19 Feb. 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. <>

Hanson L., Barbara. Cheesesteak @ 99 Miles to Philly. Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 17 June 2006. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. <>

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Official Release: Motley Crue Announces The Final Tour

On January 28, 2014, Motley Crue decided to close the curtain and descend on their final tour. The band has been together since 1981 and wanted to sound off with a bang. Crue's guitarist, sixty two year old Mick Mars, has been battling multiple diseases that deteriorate the bones in his body and make it hard for him to stand on his own two feet. Mars tries to stand with a guitar and perform, his knees buckle and he collapses.

I can connect to this simply because Motley Crue is one of my favorite bands and I haven't been able to attend their concerts and with this being their last tour, I have to look at it like this: At least I have their albums and I have their music video DVD. 

I am in a music class and this relates to the topics we are learning. Like riffs and beats and measures. After hearing this, I was very upset to know about how terrible Mick had gotten and that Crue was closing a thirty year chapter in their life. 

I feel very upset about Mick's condition and the closing of the Crue's touring days. I wish I would have been able to go to at least one show! However, at least Motley Crue will continue to write music and be able to keep in touch with their ever growing fan base. So I am still glad that their musical legacy will continue for generations to come.

  • How does the structure of the text refine and support the author’s claim? Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.

    The author structures their text by presenting the announcement first and what national television shows the band will be on. Then he proceeds to talk about the band's achievements and including a quote from bassist Nikki Sixx. "As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour. (Sixx)" As Sixx explains, he wishes to keep the plans for the final tour a secret until the audience is able to see the show. 

Arbotrast, JT. Official Release: Motley Crue Announces The Final Tour. Article. Dodge, 28        Jan. 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>

Becker, Matthew. Mick Mars And Nkki Sixx live With Motley Crue in Winnipeg. Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 29 Jan. 2010. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His "Rant"? Maybe Not

Richard Sherman, corner for the Seattle Seahawks, was maybe a little too excited about his team's 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. After winning the game, Sherman was interviewed and he gave the following responses that sparked controversy. 
The Q&A with Andrews went like this:
Andrews: "The final play, take me through it."
Sherman: "Well, I'm the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get! Don't you ever talk about me!"
Andrews: "Who was talking about you?"
Sherman: "Crabtree! Don't you open your mouth about the best, or I'm gonna shut it for you real quick! LOB!" (That's a reference to the Seattle defense's nickname, "legion of boom.")
Crabtree is a player for the San Francisco 49ers and he was about to catch the winning touchdown, until Sherman batted the ball down and a fellow defensive player for the Seahawks caught it. 
From my point of view, this was bullying another player. Crabtree was upset about the way the ball was thrown and how he didn't catch it and send the 49ers back to the Super Bowl. Why did Sherman feel the need to bad mouth and trash talk another player that has just as much passion and love for the sport as he does. Had the roles been reversed, I'm sure he would have been fussing and ranting about how bad a call was.
For me, Richard Sherman is acting like a child when he bad mouths another player. Which is the number one reason that I dislike the Seahawks and their coach. Granted my team didn't make it, but I still despise Sherman. If you are going to say something like that about another player, at least be a man and talk trash about him to his face!

  • How does the author support his claim? Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.

The author supports his claim that Sherman was in the wrong by bringing up the conferences and backing it with the actual post game interview. The author also brings up how Sherman says "[He] shouldn't have attacked another player (Think You Know Richard Sherman After His "Rant"? Maybe Not. Memmot, Mark)."

Memmot, Mark. Think You Know Richard Sherman After His "Rant"? Maybe Not. Article. The Two-Way. 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.  <

Samia, Mark "Richard Sherman." Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 27 July 2013. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. <>

Friday, January 10, 2014

Death Threats For Woman Who Showed College Athletes Struggle To Read

UNC students and teachers alike are fired up that Mary Willingham called out just them alone. According to her research, between 8% and 10% of UNC' s 500 student athletes. Why is she so worried about it? Coaches and professors are on top of these things and Roy Williams has put three of his freshman and two sophomore players on the bench until they can bring those scores and reading levels up.

I'm in English class and I can read. And even if I couldn't, I'm pretty sure that some of teachers would help me and see if I could get extra help. Much like Williams and the professors at UNC.

My question to Willingham is why did you single out UNC and file a report on them? Or better yet, is it any of your business? If Roy Williams and all the coaches and professors are working to resolve this problem, leave them alone and let them do what they are paid to do. I'm pretty sure that seemingly perfect schools like Duke and NC State have these problems. UNC had every right to fire back at her for sticking their business out there.

The central idea of the passage is to show that UNC is capable of retaliating and making sure that their students are getting the absolute best education. So if they are working to fix the current problem, then it's simple: Leave UNC and their students alone!

Ganim, Sarah. Death Threats For Woman Who Showed College Athletes Struggle To Read. Article.             CNN. 9 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Jan. 2014. <>