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I finished His Majesty's Dragon and enjoyed it. A review will probably be coming shortly, probably whenever I can stop being laaaaazy when it comes to LJ things and post. I also went to the library and got the three books I requested, as well as Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I'm currently reading The Case for Faith, and it's incredibly good.

As for the skit, though... I am panicking a bit now. I only have tomorrow, maybe a bit of Friday, until I have to audition, and I have barely practiced so far. I know what I have to do, but it's just I don't know how. I understand how suicidal people think as best as I can (obviously I can't know exactly how they feel, but I can certainly understand it a bit), and I can write it amazingly (I just wrote a short piece inspired by the movie about suicide we watched in health today), but acting it is just... hard. And it's because of my shell, I know it is, but I can't seem to get out of it.

I promise I will, though. I don't care if I have to practice nonstop tomorrow. I will get the part and I will rock at the auditions. I want to do this so badly.

I'll practice, but in the end, I have to put it in God's hands and hope that he'll pull me through. It's not up to me, after all. I believe it's His will for me to have this part, but I could be wrong. (Of course, I hope I'm not!)

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Meme.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Let's see...

District of Columbia vs. Keller (2008): The Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed.

United States vs. Williams (2008): Federal statute prohibiting the pandering of child pornography was not unconstitutionally overbroad. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed.

Van Orden vs. Perry (2005): A Ten Commandments monument erected on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol did not violate the Establishment Clause, because the monument, when considered in context, conveyed a historic and social meaning rather than an intrusive religious endorsement.

Elk Grove Unified School District vs. Newdow
 (2004): A noncustodial parent did not have standing in federal court to allege that his child's school violated the Establishment Clause by leading students in the recital of the phrase "one nation, under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bush vs. Gore (2000): In the circumstances of this case, any manual recount of votes seeking to meet the December 12 “safe harbor” deadline would be unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale (2000): A private organization is allowed, under certain criteria, to exclude a person from membership through their First Amendment right to freedom of association in spite of state antidiscrimination laws.

Santa Fe Independent School District vs. Doe (2000): Student-led, student-initiated prayer at football games violates the Establishment Clause.

Wow, I could just go on and on and on, copying down notable cases, but I'll stop now. Most of the above cases I agree with, but the last one, I don't see why people can't led prayer in schools so long as no one is offended by it.  But that's just me.

And, yes, I did more than one case. But I couldn't help it.

Linkspam

Sep. 29th, 2008 07:15 pm
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Since I don't have any good ideas for a post, this will just be a conglomeration of links that have stood out to me lately and my thoughts on them. And there might be some substance after all, but you'll have to wade through the linkspam in order to get to it, unfortunately.

First of all, this terrifies me. Fellow Republicans, I have to say that I'm disappointed in your judgment. The bail-out plan might not have been perfect, but... if your house was on fire and you had water, would you try and find a fire extinguisher because it worked better? No. This is just... I can't believe it. I don't know what's going to happen to America now. All I can do is hope and pray that things will work together for good. But the clock is ticking. The stock market is thisclose from crashing... not good, not good, not good.

More links:

Maine was spared rare hit by hurricane. Pity, really. I was all excited for this big storm and nothing happened. *sigh* But maybe it's for the best.

Palin, Biden: a lively pairing for veep debate
. I am very excited for the debate. I'm very worried about Palin, just because of the fact that she's not been doing very well in interviews lately and the press is tearing her apart, but I think she may rise to the occasion. As for Biden... he's experienced. He could take this debate. It'll surely be interesting to watch.

This is interesting. So is this. And this. Oh, and don't forget these. It's certainly interesting to see all the different perspectives on pretty much the same issues, don't you think? Politics may be messy, but it sure does fascinate me.

Disney Store Reveals Exclusive Line of Camp Rock and Hannah Montana Costumes
. Ew. Just... ew. Disney is really getting on my nerves, with their incessant need to milk their most successful shows for all they're worth. They're popular enough already, please don't push it.

Project Runway's new Lifetime hits snag
. Oh no.

And I really don't think there are any more links. However, I've been trying to practice for that skit, and... it's hard. I can do it, but only if I have a few minutes to get in the right state of mind. I'm just... wondering, how I'm going to be able to exercise enough control over it by Friday. I know I don't have to be perfect... but I want to be impressive. I'm definitely trying, but it's harder than I thought it would be.

Also. Books.

Yesterday, I requested three books from the library—The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch by Donald W. Patten, The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel, and The Battle For the Beginning by John F. MacArthur—via the awesome interlibrary loan. They are in transit right now, so they should be here by... Wednesday, at the latest. That gives me a chance to maybe finish two books.

I find myself in a "must read everything I can about creation vs. evolution debate" mood, so expect lots of book reviews dealing with that subject—with books from both sides. I always find this research so much fun, so I can't wait.

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