October 30, 2003


For anyone who's interested in learning more about the Holocaust Center at Seton Hill, here's the website!

National Catholic Center For Holocaust Education

There are also links to resources on the site, as well as information about our Kristallnacht service that will be taking place in the next few weeks.

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October 23, 2003

Abortion Vote leaves many in the Senate Conflicted

I found this article on the NYTimes this morning, in which some Senators are still a little undecided (i guess) on the partial-birth abortion bill that Bush had signed no more than a few days ago.

It starts off with Senator Blanche Lincoln(D), Arkansas, said that she was "about 99 percent pro-choice."

Tuesday, when the bill was signed, she was that one percent.

This time, the full abortion bill, gaining right to life for unborn children, I believe, is going to be soon signed. (This is if Bush stays in office.)

And I want him to, only on this account. And if you are pro-life or even pro-choice or undecided, please vote in this year's coming elections and vote Pro-Life!

President bush had said, "I applaud the Senate for joining the House in passing the ban on partial-birth abortion. This is very important legislation that will end an abhorrent practice and continue to build a culture of life in America. I look forward to signing it into law."

Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003 (from FoxNews.com) --- Hey this is the actual bill!!!

Senate Approves Bill to Prohibit Type of Abortion

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October 21, 2003

Under the Tuscan Sun Review

Under the Tuscan Sun was an AWESOME movie! I would definitely recommend it, but if you wanted to, read the book first. My sister bought the book right after we saw the movie, and she said the book is NOTHING like the movie. It's so different! In the book, my sister said, it starts off before the main character goes through a divorce from her husband. That's not in the movie.

Frances' recent divorce has left her with terminal writer's block, and extremely depressed, and her best friend, Patti (played by Sandra Oh) thinks she'll never recover, so she sends Frances to Tuscany as a break from reality. While in Tuscany, she buys a beautiful villa in the countryside and decides to begin a new life. Restoring her new home, she eventually finds the fulfillment she was searching for, including love.

Full of heartwarming comedy, fantastic drama, and kick up your heels romance, this movie is great to go see with family, friends, or even that significant other! GO SEE UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN!


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October 14, 2003

The Eagles

My parents went to the Eagles concert at Mellon Arena on Saturday night. (Not Friday... my bad!) They said it was AWESOME!!! My parents were in the THIRD ROW. From the STAGE!!!!!! The band played all their songs, among my favorites, "Hotel California" and "Desperado". My dad had said that was the best concert he had ever went to. (I had wanted to go, but their tickets were $188... but I enjoyed staying at home with my sister watching movies all night. My parents didn't get back till around 2.

But, overall, they said it was so great, they felt like they were 21 again... yeah right, Mom and Dad!

Oh yeah, here's a music review from the PPG!

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Yay! no more blondes!

No offense to my blonde friends!! I don't believe it. Recessive genes don't matter. I agree with Jonathan Rees, in saying that blondes may start to die out but won't disappear. I will have more on this when I do some more research.

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October 10, 2003

Under the Tuscan Sun

While my parents are going to Mellon Arena to relive their childhood tonight, my sister and I are going to relive our heritage.

My parents are going to see one of my favorite bands tonight. Yeah. I am so mad that they didn't get me tickets, but i'm glad they didn't because the cheapest tickets my mother told me were $150. Yup. Really really expensive. I don't know where their tickets are, but I'll get a full review from them tomorrow and I'll write about it. The Eagles are playing at Mellon Arena tonight. Reliving their childhood listening to the Eagles' Hotel California... one of my favorite songs.

So what am I doing? I am going to spend some time doing homework, but this afternoon, Liz (my younger sister... she's 17) and I are going to go see Under the Tuscan Sun. Granted, I want to see this movie, but I'd rather see George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Intolerable Cruelty. Clooney and Zeta-Jones are going to crack me up in this movie!

But I know. I have to be the nice sister and let Liz pick. Granted again, I want to see both movies, but I don't care at this point. We are Italian-American, so I know we're going to like Under the Tuscan Sun.

So hear my reviews next week!

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October 09, 2003

Pixar-Disney Talks Said to Show Progress

Hello everyone! It's me again. I found this interesting article about Pixar Animation and the Walt Disney Studios. It's about how Pixar and Disney coming up with a compromise for Disney to continue distributing Pixar's films, since the Pixar-Disney 12- year contract is up in 2005. I thought this article was pretty interesting, so I decided to post it.

Continue Reading Pixar-Disney Talks Said to Show Progress

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Ganging Day

Gentleman of Four Oats:
In Ireland, when a vulgar, blustering fellow asserts that he is a gentleman, the retort generally is, "Yes, a gentleman of four oats," that is, without wit, without money, without credit, and without manners. Gentlemen of three ins, that is, in debt, in danger and in poverty.
~John Camden Hotten's Slang Dictionary, 1887

Q:Do you know a gentleman of four oats? or even a gentleman of three ins? I can give an example of a gentleman of three ins:

A: Oliver Twist

Ganging Day (October 9-10)

On Hertfordshire's Ganging Day, young ruffians once jostled citizens in the streets and byways, often knocking them into fences, ditches, and shrubbery. This use of ganging, which may have derived from a Victorian usage, meaning to organize workers into work parties, led to the modern sense of gang as a group of ruffians. But the origins of the name Ganging Day may lie in fourteenth-century Middle English (Yay for Chaucer! (: ), where ganging meant the power of locomotion. By the sixteenth century, the word was part of such descriptive nouns as ganging-gown (a cloak used by travelers) and a ganging-staff (a walking stick), but it faded from use in the late nineteenth century.

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October 08, 2003

The Great Chicago Fire, October 8, 1871

big jump: The cowman's reference to death. When one died, he was said to have taken the bigh jump, and a good many cowmen were "weighted down with their boots."
~Ramon Adams's Western Words: A Dictionary of the Range, Cow Camps, and Trail, 1946

On this date in 1871, the great Chicago fire began consuming over three square miles of the city in fifteen hours and killing some two hundred fifty people. It was long believed that a cow oened by a Mrs. O'Leary had started the blaze by kicking over a kerosene lantern. But recent sleuthing has uncovered a more likely suspect, a one-legged ne'er-do-well named "Peg Leg" Sullivan. Although he testified to having witnessed the fire break out from his home nearby, it seems he would not have been able to see the site of combustion because of several intervening buildings. It is now conjectured that Sullivan went into the barn that housed the O'Leary's infamous milker to drink some beer and, because of his unstable gait, knocked over the lantern himself, leaving the boiled bovine to take the rap.

I thought this was hilarious! And it is a piece of history, too! Or at least I think it is.

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October 7th

This is the entry for yesterday, since I posted it three times, and then deleted it because i posted it three times and havent' had time to post it again.

1. A small or inferior critic; (1600s-1800s)
~John Ogilvie's Comprehensive English Dictionary, 1865
2. Formed from critic, on the analogy of poetaster.
~Edward Lloyd's Encayclopaedic Dictionary, 1895

A "poetaster" is An inferior rhymer, or writer of verses; a dabbler in poetic

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October 06, 2003


I finally came up with a name for my site. It's now called Forgotten English. I was in B&N a few weeks ago and found a calendar called, "Jeffrey Kacirk's Forgotten English: A 366-Day Calendar of Vanishing Vocabulary and Folklore for 2004". Even though it's not '04, I'm going to go through each time I blog and type in the forgotten English word of the day.
The word of the Day for Monday, October 6th is:


It means "wounded". It's from Glossary of Middle English Literature, by Alois Brandl and Otto Zippel, 1949

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Response to article

In response to the article that Jerz posted on the NMJ website, Is It Appropriate for Reporters to 'Lurk' in Online Chat Rooms?, I think that, morally, it is wrong for journalists to gather their information from people in chat rooms that they hardly know, because they don't know who they are really talking to, like what was said in the article. If you really think about it, it's morally worng, and it's wrong altogether. Egan had realized that even though the people she had talked to were sexually involved on the Internet, they weren't outside of it. I think this is terrible. The internet is one reason why the cases of rape went sky high.

Does anyone agree with me that these types of communications are wrong?

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October 04, 2003


I am here to rave and rant about something. Last night I bought roses. I stuck them in a vase and then I put them on my desk just for a few minutes so i could clean up an area to set them somewhere.

Well, the one rose was topheavy and it made the vase fall. ON TOP OF MY COMPUTER. So my computer shut off and I can't turn it back on. I've been playing with it all day and taking it apart. I don't know what to do! Is there anyone in our class that can help me?

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October 02, 2003


Okay so do you guys remember Jerz talking about websites that have the same articles? well guess what...

A few years ago, when the show THE WEAKEST LINK was in Pittsburgh, my dad decided to go try out for the show. Unfortunately, he didn't "make" it, but fortunately the Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote an article and quoted my dad, even though my dad was a "she" in one paragraph... ha ha ha.

Anyway, I found that SAME article on another website. On the TWL website, it's the fourth article down. Here are the two websites:

Pgh Post-Gazette
TWL Online

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October 01, 2003

A cat on an Advisory Board????

Your cat can sit on litter company's advisory board !

Okay, so what's up with this?! There's even a nomination board?!

Read on!

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