Animal Farm—George Orwell
Pointmen in Samarra (?) by John O’Hara
Are You There God, it’s Me Margaret by Judy Plume
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
At Swim Two Birds(?) by …Obrien
Atonment by Ian Mckewen (?)
Beloved by Tony Morrison
The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood (?)
The Big Sleep by Raymond chandler
The Blind Assassin by Margeret Atwood
Blood Meridian by Cormack McCarthy
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
The Corrections by Jonathon Franzon
The Crying of Lot 49 byThomas Pinchon
Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Death in the Family by James Agee
Death of the Heart by … Elizabeth.Bowen
Deliverance by James Dickey
Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
Falconer by .. John Cheever
French Lieutenants Woman by .. John Fowls (?)
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
…Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pinchon
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCuller
Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson
House for Mr_____. By B.S. Naipaul..
I, Claudius by Robert Graves.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Light in August by William Faulkner
Lion Witch & Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien
Loving by Henry Green
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead (?)
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Money by Martin Amis
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf
Naked Lunch … by William Burroughs
Native Son by Richard Wright
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Never let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
1984 by George Orwell
On the Road by jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Passage to India by E. M Forster
Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion
Portnoys Complaint by Philip Roth
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Power & the Glory by Graham Greene
The Prime of Ms Jean Grody (?) by Muriel Spark
Rabbit Run by John Updike
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowels
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Snowcrash by Stephenson
The Sotweed Factor By John Barth
Sound and Fury by William Faulkner
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford (?)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Under the Net by Iris Murdock
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Watchmen by Alan Moore(?) and Dave Gibbons
White Noise by Don Delillo
White Teeth by … Z. Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
USC beats Fresno States 50-42, with heroic efforts by Reggie Bush . Bush set a pac 10 record with 513 all purpose yards. This is the 33rd consecutive win for USC. Fresno State scored twice in the span of 12 seconds to take a 42-41 lead with 9:47 left in the game. Bush made his only mistake—fumbling the ensuing kickoff recovered by Fresno State who scored on the next play. Trojans came right back with an 89 yard drive.
Ohio State beat Michigan with two touchdowns in the final 7 minutes, stunning the Wolverines. Ohio State has won four of the last five against Michigan. They are now co-champs of the Big Ten with Penn State—but Penn State gets the BCS bid because they beat OSU.
Georgia Tech beat #3 Miami--. They sacked Miami’s QB 7 times. Unranked Clemson beat #19 S. Carolina 13-9. Unranked UAB beat #24 UTEP.
Kara Borden sat with four siblings in the chaplain of Lancaster Bible College for the funeral of her parents on Saturday. 100 people attended a Prayer service night at the Monterey Chapel in Leola, PA where the Bordens worshipped and Mr. Borden was a church elder and Sunday school teacher.
November 19, 2005
Lakers lost to Clippers CHP Officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Woodland, CA. on County Road 96.
Twelve year old boy who dreamed of playing pro football died after a 180 pound barbell pinned him to a workout bench in Huntington Beach, CA. (Sign-on San Diego.Com). Former City councilman Michael Zucchet, accompanied by his wife Theresa , who had been convicted by a jury of various fraud related counts, had 7 of 9 of them dismissed by the judge.U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller threw out a jury’s guilty verdict. Antoher city councilman’s (Inzunza)--convictions were upheld. He was sentenced to two years in prison. This is in San diego.
Daniel Alvarado says he was kidnapped by agents in El Salvador, hung blindfolded from the ceiling, shocked with electrical wires, and repeatedly beaten. Two decades later federal jury in Tennesse held a former Salvadoron army colonel liable for the pain & suffering. Nicholas Carranza, age 72, failed to stop crimes against humanity when he was top commander of El Salvador’s security forces. Carranza has lived in Memphis since 1985, showed no emotion. He is now a retired security guard for an art museum, and has no way to pay the mult-million dollar judgment, said his attorney. 75, 000 Salvadorans died during the 12 year Civil War.
November 21-23, 2005
Muhammad Ali museum opened in Louisville. The 93,000 square foot bldg and exhibits cost 75 million dollars.
A dog was stuck in a sinkhole for 16 days. Dog named buck.. finally they rescued him near Great Smoky Mts Natl Park. Ap News.
Pastor said he will camp out his church’s roof until he collects 500 donated turkeys for needy familes. Pastor David Martin of the of the Pitcairn Assembly.
November 23, 2005.
Tom Delay is expected to appear in court today—and ask the judge to dismiss the charges. Pat Priest is the judge. Michael Scanlon a former top aide representing Tom Delay, pled guilty to fraud today..he was also a one time partner o high power Washington Lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge …on Scanlon agreed to a deal to testify against Abramoff
He must pay 19.7 million in restitution for kickbacks he admittted receiving. Scanlon admitted to plotting to cheat clients and corrupt federal officials. Among these clients were indian tribes who wanted politicall access in Washington. He could receive up to 5 years in prison.
Female Teacher Deborah LeFavre, of Greco Middle School near Tampa FL, agreed to a plea bargain for having sex with a 14 year old student. She’ll receive 3 years of house arrest, no prison time. The lawyer said the deal was requested by the family who just wants to close the book on the case. Team from Harvard Medical School found that one year of breast feeding was associated with a 15% drop in a woman’s chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Each additional year of breastfeeding was associated with a greater reduction in risk of developing Type II diabetes.
This guy who started shooting at the mall in Tacoma WA apparently called the police right before he did it and said to them, “Follow the sound of the screams…”
An elderly couple drove 300 miles in the wrong direction after using their car to visit their son just down the road Franz Mueller age 88 and his wife Eva age 86 .. of Breitenborn in Germany were stopped by police 100’s of miles away –a huge traffic jam had built up behind them as they travelled slowly looking for familiar signs. The police called the couple’s son who drove to get them and lead them back home. (Ananova Quirkies).
Paul McCartney beamed one of his songs from Anaheim to the Space Station on Nov 13. A Swiss driver caught speeding by a traffic camera attacked it with a pick axe, ran it over with his car , and threw it over the cliff—he was spotted by police as he threw it over the cliff.
In China a 80 kilometer slick of Highly toxic benzene meandared down the river into one of China’s biggest cities leaving up to 4 million people without public water service. Massive explosion at a petro chemical benzene factory in China caused the spill upriver. On Nov 13. Government did not acknowledge it until Wednesday. The levels of Benzene-a carcinogen that can be lethal to someone who is exposed to high levels of it.
DR. Wang—in South Korea leader of the efforts to clone—and who succesffully cloned a cow and dog.. just started a global stem cell research lab—resigned yesterday , admitting to having used human eggs from lab volunteers in his own lab—a breach of global international standards, but not unlawful—nonetheleess he resigned in “shame and disgracve” in his own words Hwang –WooSuk.. ..
S. Korea’s ministry found that while the eggs came from Female scientists—ther is nothing necessarily ethically wrong in it—but international standards are higher. .. and it was a “grave error” –Dr. Hwang said he twice told the scientists not do donate their eggs. He denied it to the Journal “Nature” saying he wanted to protect the privacy of the donors.
Hwang was the head of the World Stem Cell Hub set up last month--.
Gal by the name of V. Seema in Malyasia fell from a 12th story apartment floor sustained injuuries to her left hand and suffered a broken right leg but remained conscious after a fall broken by an awning and a tree. She had accidentally locked herself in the bathroom and tried to get to the adjoining room by climbing through the window
Josh Tree actual name is Yucca Brevifolia. Giant member of the lilly family. Like the California Fan Palm Washingtonia … Falfera, the Joshua Tree is a Monicot. And don’t confuse the Joshua Tree with the Mojave Yucca. American Indians used the tree to make baskets, and they ate berries off of it, making it a healthy addition to their diet. Legend has it that Mormon travellers named the tree after the Biblical figure Joshua—t hinking of the trees as personified with arms outreached in supplication. . in the desert. The tallest Joshua Tree is 40 feet high
November 24, 2005
Worst Computer Worm of the year—looks like an official CIA or FBI memo”Only 1/3 of the original colonists were separatists—they first went to the Netherlands but became disnchanted with the Dutch way of life saying it was ungodly—they set ground on Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. by the beginning of the next fall they had lost 46 of the original 102. who sailed on the Mayflower.
Harvest of 1621 was a bountiful harest—decided to celebrate with a feast including 91 indians—more of a traditional England Harvest festival which lasted three days=--they may not have eaten pumpkin pie or turkey at the first feast. Potatoes either—they were still considered to be poisonous.. no feast the next year, not until the drought of 1623.. and not again for several decades.. George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789.. Jefferson scoffed at it. It was Sara Josefa Hale whose efforts eventually what we recognize today as Thanksgiving and it has been proclaimed by every president after Lincoln. In 1941 Congress decalred it to be a legal holiday to be celebrated the 4th Thursday of every november, the cornocopia is one of the most recognized symbols—symbolic of the horn of plenty . a bountiful harvest. Came from Greece Dennis Rupert—“Thanksgiving Story”—says the first recorded Christian Thanksgiving occurred in Texas on May 23, 1541—Spanish Explorere Francisco de Coronado—another occurred on June 30 1564 when French Huegonots Colonists celebrated with solemn praise and thanksgiving in a ceremony near what is now Jacksonville FL. www.education-world .com. they talk about myths of Thanksgiving—Indians falsely stereotyped.
Metro train in suburban Chicago smashed into several cars near Elmwood Park (ABC NEWS).Tiger Woods wins the Grand Slam Golf Tournament 23rd PGA—his 6th win in 7 appearances. Tom Cruise has two children Conner age 10, Isabella age 12 who he adopted with previous wife actres s Nicole Kidman.
Story by Robert Javlon.. AP.. concerning Anti-Defamation League—demanding Michael Jackson apologize for anti-semitic statements—calling Jews “leeches’ in a private recorded phone converstaion. And he is being sued by a former advisor.
Dozen war protestors were arrested on when they tested a new ban on camping near Bush’s ranch. The group included Didi Miller-sister of Cindy Sheehan.
[Missing: November 25, 2005-December 12, 2005]
*Federal Appeals Court Denies Stanley Tookie Williams a Stay of Execution. Governor Schwaarzenaager Denies Clemency for Tookie Williams.*Michigan Nursing Home Fire Kills Two. The Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming Township, MI burned in 14 degree weather, injuring 70 and killing two (AP News)
December 13, 2005
Tookie Williams was Executed at Midnight. MSM Commentary He made no final statement. I have reservations about the execution. Why? Because while murder yes is obviously the most serious crime and a grievous sin against a fellow human being, another sin is not allowing other persons to become complete [teleos]. Notwithstanding the question of whether Tookie Williams actually pulled the trigger that killed the four persons, he did appear to be remorseful for becoming a gang leader and wrote books advising children not to get involved in gangs. It is possible that God was going to use him for a positive purpose, as God did when he changed Saul to Paul (remember Saul was present at the stoning of Stephen). And it is not as if he would be freed from prison. He would still be in for life, without parole. I submit our leaders should err on the side of caution and with the hope of the person on death row becoming a positive impact on others. Tookie showed some tendency in this regard. As Christians we don't agree with the OT Eye for an eye... I prayed shortly before midnight for Tookie's soul and hope he made it to heaven along with the murder victims.
December 18, 2005
Biggest news today and this week has to do with the communications by President Bush about the war in Iraq, the parliament election, and his assertiveness about 1) the failure of intelligence in making a legitimate case for war against Iraq;2) the need for eavesdropping on persons within the United States with known Al-quads links.MSM Commentary
My position on Bush's decision to allow wiretaps without a court order: If and only if the persons who were wiretapped were definite links to Al-quads would it be okay. IF they are taking liberties beyond such defined links then our president has gone too far and needs to answer to the American people.
December 21, 2005
The Senate approved an extension of the Patriot Act for six months. This is a hollow victory for the White House who wanted it renewed for four years. The Hussein Trial has resumed. Testimony by witnesses about friends relatives who were tortured apparently silenced Hussein for a while. One of the witnesses testified about seven brothers who were tortured and/or killed, some of them right in front of him.
December 23, 2005
Donald Rumsfeld has announced Troop cutbacks in Iraq (ABC News). Hwang Woo-suk, South Korea's cloning scientist, has resigned after his colleagues announced that he had fabricated results in his stem-cell research (BBC News). The New York Transit strike has ended. The bus train drivers returned to work today, although a new contract has not been agreed upon. Wal-Mart loses a class-action suit by its employees for not allowing them lunchtime. A California jury awarded the 1000's of Wal-Mart employees 172 million dollars (Seattle Times). The White House has issued a Tsunami Alert plan (Washington Post).For More In-depth Coverage go to Seattle Times
December 26, 2005
This is Tsunami Remembrance Day. Depending upon who you talk to--you'll hear estimates from 200,000 up to 300, 000 killed by the tsunami. I've heard that around 220, 000 have been accounted for as deceased, while another 70,000 or so are missing (which probably means they are deceased), so 300,000 may not be far-fetched. In New Jersey, 2 Jersey police officers were killed after driving off a raised drawbridge, apparently unaware in the fog and rain that it was up (after having been dispatched to the bridge to notify motorists that it was malfunctioning). In Mclean, Virginia (which is right by the CIA headquarters in Langley) a man shot his mother to death, then killed three more people elsewhere before killing himself.
Sports: The Miami Heat and Shaquille O'Neal beat Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in a much-anticipated Christmas showdown.
December 27, 2005
A Woman swallowed her cell phone after an argument . Police in Blue Springs ( Daily Times doesn't say what state) received a phone call from a man who said his girlfriend was having trouble breathing...they arrived and found the cell phone lodged in her throat. Apparently the boyfriend wanted the phone but she refused and decided to try to swallow it instead (Daily News) Police kill 38-year-old man in New Orleans (Washington Post). Surfer in Seaside Oregon (where I was last week) survives shark attack.
Thief steals $8000 from church collection basket at the Church of the Guardian Angels in Newark (Newark Star Ledger). The alleged rapist who escaped from a Miami jail has been re-captured, and is under heavy guard (Tell Me News). The funeral for the son of Indianapolis Colts Coach Dungy took place in Tampa Bay, Florida today; many of the team members were present. The 18-year-old
Debate about Teaching Intelligent Design has heated up since Judge John E. Jones ruled that it smacked of creationism and that it was a violation of church/state separation. President Bush appointed Jones to the bench in 2004. Bush, himself, supports the teaching of creationism (but his brother Jeb, apparently does not saying he believes in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, ). Jones said that the concept of Intelligent Design (ID) cannot uncouple itself from its creationist and thus religious antecedents. Judge Jones said that the Dover School Board acted unconstitutionally when it required 9th grade biology teachers to read a statement saying there were gaps in the theory of evolution and that ID was an alternative theory The theory of intelligent design gained increased acceptance after the publication in 1996 of Lehigh University biochemist Michael J Behes book entitled Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. Behe maintained that much of Darwin’s theory was valid but that some aspects of life were so complex that they must have been the work of an intelligent designer. At least 20 states are facing challenges now to the teaching of evolution. In New York Daniel Hooker Republican from Saugerties produced a bill last May to have ID taught in public schools but nobody would co-sponsor the bill. So it died.
Christian reasoning for the Origins of Humankind has come a long way since the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial when anti-evolutionists were embarrassed by attorney Clarence Darrows relentless attacks on the literal interpretation of the Bible. Orchard Park Biology Teacher Anthony Agnello takes a middle of the road approach saying Organisms on our planet have changed over time. A person of faith would say God has changed these organisms. A scientist would say, #8216;by what mechanism has God changed them?. He says, He says, The theory of intelligent design is a premise of faith. It is a valid position, but it is a philosophical concept that does not address the mechanism. What evolution talks about is the mechanism by which organisms have come into their present form.MSM agrees with those who say that we should concentrate on attacking the flaws of evolution as much as or more so than proposing Intelligent Design--at least in the science classrooms. Judge Jones decision was a blow for Intelligent Design (ID) proponents, and we should not be setting ourselves up as Christians to allow unbelievers or overly critical believers free target shooting at the church, Christianity, or the origins of the world. We don't want the court deciding these issues and we should not be putting ourselves in their hands. Agnello summarizes part of the issue fairly well above, separating the debate between How God does something (the inquiry of science whether or not you are a believer) versus Who did it (the concern of the church), and Why (the concern of theology). Whether or not we should be inquiring as to How God does something, is a different debate.(Story in the Buffalo News by Mary Pasciak and Jay Tokasz)
Five people were found dead in apparent murder suicide of the Great Falls suburb of Washington D.C. Fairfax County 1025 a.m gunfire was heard. Man shot his mother and then drove to another house and shot a few others before killing himself
December 29, 2005
Winter Storms cause California Rivers to Swell (AP) (MSM's own J.P. Kok observed the overflowing of the American River in Sacramento on 12/28/05).
Iraq Sunni's demand a review of the election results, given the overwhelming victory of Shiites at the polls. Wildfires Destroy Texas Oklahoma homes (AP) Frank Dunn, Chief-of-Police in McMechen, West Virginia, was arrested for three sexually related felonies (Times Leader News). 49 people have been accused of fraud while working or volunteering for the Red Cross in Bakersfield, CA (Indianapolis Star) Sports: Michigan loses to Nebraska, 32-28 in the Alamo Bowl. Boston College beat Boise State 27-21 in the MPC Computers Bowl.