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And J. K. Rowling takes the stand for the Defense! A potential stroke of genius on the part of RDR books.

Ok! I hope everyone has got their hard hats on because this is going to be rough. I was reading the news yesterday and came across an article stating that RDR books had called JK Rowling as one of its witnesses.
I’m a member of the Leaky Cauldron forum. And no I’m not telling you my screen name, though 3 souls among you have figured it out. The debate in the thread WB/JKR vs. RDR is raging strong and wrong. Most people are under the erroneous assumption that having JK Rowling called as a witness is damaging to RDR books. All right I did laugh. So now we are going to delve into some trial strategy- namely direct examination, cross-examination and hostile witnesses.
When you try a case, it is done by way of live testimony. Yes documents are admitted into evidence at trial, but they are admitted in conjunction with live testimony. So when a witness is put on the stand they are sworn in and then questions first by the side that called them as witness. This is direct examination. When a witness is on direct examination certain types of questions are not permissible i.e. leading questions. The direct examiner asks open-ended questions to elicit evidence to support the prima facie case.

Example of permissible direct examination questions
♣ Where were you on March 23, 2005?
♣ Do you wear glasses?
♣ What if anything did the defendant say?
♣ Did you see the defendant shoot the victim?

After the direct examination is over, the other side subjects that witness to cross examination. The scope of cross examination is very narrow. You can only ask questions that pertain to facts revealed during the direct examination. So if I asked John Doe about Marvin Murderer killing Violet Victim on direct examination and this alone, my opponent cannot ask John Doe about Marvin attempting to run over Violet the week before (although it is relevant to the case). Cross examination is conducted by way of asking leading questions, which are questions that suggest the answer or contains the information the examiner is looking for. The whole point of cross is to damage the witnesses credibility by showing that they are untruthful or biased in some sort of way. Of course if you can provoke them into being defensive Kudos! There’s nothing like a ranting and raving lunatic to make your case for you.

Examples of cross-examination questions
♣ On March 23, 2005 you weren’t at the Swanky Bubbles were you?
♣ Isn’t true that you weren’t wearing your glass on that day?
♣ Isn’t it also true that because you weren’t wearing your glasses your vision was limited to 4 feet in front of you?
♣ The murderer was standing 10 ft. from you wasn’t he?
♣ So you really couldn’t see his face at all could you?
If your cross examination was successful, then the witness’ credibility should be shot. Then the party calling them as a witness typically does a re-direct examination. But this is even more limited than cross examination. Basically you just reiterate the pertinent facts.

That’s the way things normally go. Now put your hard hats on. In some cases, like this one, the defense calls a witness whose interests are opposed to their own. This is known as a hostile witness. Obviously if you call a hostile witness, direct examination isn’t going to do anything for your case. This is why hostile witnesses can be asked leading questions as though it were a cross-examination.

Disclaimer

The following is a fictional example of the direction examination of JK Rowling. It is not fact. Any similarity to what will occur at trial is Strictly coincidental and due to my Brilliance as a Burgeoning Trial Attorney rather than inside Knowledge.

Q. Ms. Rowling would if be a fair statement that there are at least twenty thousand Harry Potter fansites world wide?
A. Yes
Q. Isn’t it true that of these twenty thousand sites you only gave awards to 8 fan sites?
A. Yes.
Q. Would it be a logical assumption to make that these 8 sites to whom you gave awards were a cut above the rest?
A. Yes
Q. Wouldn’t it be a logical assumption to make that people would think you approved these sites because you gave them an award?
A. No.
Q. Isn’t it true that you flew the web masters of two of your fan sites (Melissa and Emerson) to Scotland for the release of the 6th book?
A. Yes.
Q. Isn’t it true that you gave them an “exclusive” interview.
A. Yes
Q. Isn’t it a fair statement that you picked these two people because you admired the quality of the work on their blogs?
A. Yes.
Q. Isn’t it also a fair statement that Melissa and Emerson also received awards for their sites?
A. Yes.
Q. Isn’t it also a fair assumption to make that people would think you conveyed an honor on Melissa and Emerson by inviting them to Scotland?
A. I don’t see…
Q. It’s a yes or no question.
A. Yes.
Q. Are you asking this court to believe that you didn’t approve Melissa and Emerson’s websites?
A. (This answer is damaging either way you look at it)
Q. So it is a fair statement that you approve the fan sites to which you give awards.
A. Yes.
Q. Ms. Rowling isn’t it true you gave SVA a fan site award for the Lexicon
A. Yes.
Q. Isn’t it also true that the reason you gave him a fansite award was because his work was beneficial?
A. Well…
Q. It’s a yes or no question Ms. Rowling.
A. No.
Q. Ms. Rowling didn’t you in fact state on you website that the Lexicon was “additive?”
A. Yes
Q. Isn’t it also true that it was your natural home?
A. Yes.
Q. Isn’t it true that you in fact use his cite regularly to check your facts?
A. Yes.
Q. And you use the Lexicon because it is in fact useful don’t you?
A. Yes.
Q So despite the fact that you gave the Lexicon a fan site award, despite the fact that you described the site as addictive, and despite the fact that you stated you used it to check your facts you expect the court to believe that the Lexicon has no real merit?
A. (Either way you answer this question, it’s bad)
Q. Isn’t it a fair statement that the quality of the Lexicon is good because SVA put a great deal of time and effort into it?
A. Yes, but..
Q. It was a yes or no question, Ms. Rowling
A. Yes.
Q. Isn’t it a fair statement that in bringing this suit for copyright infringement you are saying in essence that the work has no literary merit?
A. Yes.
Q. Isn’t it a fair statement that your lawsuit in fact contradictions your past statement that the site was excellent?
A. That’s different because…
Q. It was a yes or no question.
A. Yes, but…
Q. Ms. Rowling kindly answer the question I’ve asked and not the question you want to answer.
A. All I’m saying is….
Q. Your Honor please direct the witness to answer the question.

That was an example that came entirely from my own head. Do not repeat it as a fact.

I see the light bulbs beginning to pop on. Yes, a good trial attorney can make mince meat of a hostile witness!! Now some are wondering why WB didn’t object to JK Rowling being called by the defense as a witness. Because they can’t. This is a civil trial. The Fifth Amendment prohibition on being forced to testify against yourself is only applicable in a criminal trial. In civil the only thing you have to lose is money hence no Fifth Amendment.
I personally as WB’s attorney would not want ask JK Rowling to take the stand, period. Why? Because the above scenario could easily happen on cross-examination. WB/JK Rowling and Scholastic’s behavior has inconsistent through this whole thing i.e. giving fansite awards, letters saying that his site made editing book 6 easier, using his timeline and website to create video games and keep plot straight for movie. To be quite honest, these things attest to the fact that the site/book is useful and has merit. So basically the defense is going to be showing that “if this site/book doesn’t have any scholastic or literary merit what was the point of giving the site award? ” and also “you were on notice in 2004 that this website was infringing your copyright yet your awarded them for it.”
I think JK Rowling loyalists are under the impression that this would be a venue where Rowling would have her moment to tell RDR books a few things. People, trial isn’t the free for all that is portrayed in the movies. If Rowling were to go on such a rant along the lines of how Harry Potter is her creation and she decides what the characters are, the judge would most likely think she is very arrogant and that she in fact is trying to exert control above what she legally has. Arrogance will turn judges against you quicker than anything I know. It would backfire spectacularly. I agree with you Silver Ink Pot, we can expect some grandstanding on JK Rowling’s part. Man I wish this were televised, talk about quality tv!

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Spring Reading Thing 2008

Ok so I have a monster amount of books to get through. Here’s my reading list for Spring

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Many Waters by Madeliene L’Engle
The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker
Villete by Charlotte Bronte
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Anything Star Wars that comes out
Anything Star Trek that comes out

Anyway I will be updating this list frequently, so check back!!!!

Posted in Bible

The Resurrection Story

Luke 22
The Plot to Kill Jesus
 1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.
3 Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. 4 So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.
Jesus and His Disciples Prepare the Passover
   
7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”
9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”
10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”
13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.
Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper
   
14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve[a] apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you,[b] I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. 21 But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. 22 And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”
23 Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.
The Disciples Argue About Greatness
   
24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
   
31 And the Lord said,[c] “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
33 But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
34 Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”
Supplies for the Road
   
35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?”
So they said, “Nothing.”
36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’[d] For the things concerning Me have an end.”
38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
And He said to them, “It is enough.”
The Prayer in the Garden
   
39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[e]
45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane
   
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly
   
54 Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. 55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.”
57 But he denied Him,[f] saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”
58 And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.”
But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”
59 Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”
60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster[g] crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows,[h] you will deny Me three times.” 62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus Mocked and Beaten
   
63 Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. 64 And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him,[i] saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” 65 And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.
Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
   
66 As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, 67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.”
But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. 68 And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go.[j] 69 Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”
70 Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?”
So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.”
71 And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”

Luke 23
Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate
 1 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the[a] nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”
3 Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
He answered him and said, “It is as you say.”
4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”
5 But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
Jesus Faces Herod
   
6 When Pilate heard of Galilee,[b] he asked if the Man were a Galilean. 7 And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. 9 Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.
Taking the Place of Barabbas
   
13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15 no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[c] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16 I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” 17 (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).[d]
18 And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.
20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”
23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.[e] 24 So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. 25 And he released to them[f] the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
The King on a Cross
   
26 Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[g] 31 For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”
32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”[h]
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”
36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”
38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:[i]

      THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,[j] save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,[k] remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Jesus Dies on the Cross
   
44 Now it was[l] about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened,[m] and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”[n] Having said this, He breathed His last.
47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”
48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb
   
50 Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. 51 He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting[o] for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. 54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Luke 24
He Is Risen
 1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them,[a] came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly[b] perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”
8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying[c] by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
The Road to Emmaus
   
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles[d] from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”[e]
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
The Disciples’ Eyes Opened
   
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
   
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.[f] 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.[g] 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
The Scriptures Opened
   
44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise[h] from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem[i] until you are endued with power from on high.”
The Ascension
   
50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and[j] blessing God. Amen

Posted in Children, Liked It, Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew and the Quest of the Missing Map

Ok! So I’m tripping down memory lane. We’re taking a very far walk. Nancy Drew mysteries were my favorite books to read as a young girl.

This story begins with Nancy Drew taking Ellen Smith to Rocky Edge to accept a position teaching a young girl to sing. On the their visit, they are introduced to Trixie Chatham, Ellen’s future charge. While Mrs. Chatham and Ellen discuss the details of her job, Nancy and Trixie explore the grounds. As the pair come across Ship Lodge, Trixie becomes frightened and insists that the cottage is haunted.
The mystery becomes thicker still when Ellen’s father Tomlin Smith tells how his father was a sea captain and split a treasure map between he and his twin brother. Thus Nancy Drew and her stalwart companions George and Bess begin the race to find the lost treasure.

Of course Nancy and company race kidnap, near drowning, and nasty knocks to the skull but they achieve their objective.
This is an excellent series for young girls.. I think it is so funny now, but Nancy Drew never ages! I mean there are so many books in this series but she’s always eighteen years old. Another thing that is pretty funny is that Nancy Drew has no brain damage. I mean this girl has been knocked unconscious in almost every book and chloroformed repeatedly. I mean she should be a vegetable by now!

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Posted in Contests

And the Winner Is……

Hello everyone!!!

The contest is closed and the results have been tallied! The winner of the “How well read are you?” contest is Victoria Bes from England!!!! She only missed one question! Victoria I will be mailing your gift card tomorrow. So the runners up are…….

1st Runner up is a tie between
Jennifer War
Nicole Mon

2nd Runner up is a tie between
Ana Maria Cor
Joanne Marie Fau

Congrats to the fabulous five who will now be immortalized on the wall of fame. Thank you to the 16 who participated! Now everyone should check the Wall because some of the participants received special commendations.

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Answers to the “How Well Read Are You” quiz!

It occurred to me that everyone might like to know the correct answers to the quiz. So here we go….

Who wrote Silas Marner?
George Eliot

Which book is the first in the Hercule Poirot mysteries?
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Who is the murderer in the Murders in Rue Morgue?
The orangutang

What character nearly drowned playing the character Elaine?
Anne Shirley

What character had Jokanaan killed because he would not yield to her advances?
Salome

Which of the books is not on the Banned Book List?
A Swifty Tilting Planet

The expression “hell hath no fury” was taken from what play?
The Mourning Bride

“To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born” is the beginning of which book?
David Copperfield

Posted in Legal

Trial Alert: JKR/WB v. RDR Books has been rescheduled

Not that I’m surprised (nor should you if you’ve been reading this blog). I would have been astounded if the trial had actually gone forward. I mean this lawsuit was filed in October. So they’ve been in litigation for what 5 months. So anyway, the case is not set for trial on April 14th. But once again, it will be interesting to see whether trial actually happens on this date.

I’m not surprised by this series of events. I really don’t see how the judge could have ruled on the injunction without trying the merits of this case. I think I’ve mentioned before that this area of law is unsettled. If this were an injunction barring a newspaper from releasing the name of a rape victim, it would be extraordinarily easy. However, this sort of case is very rare.

Posted in Party

The Party is Over

Well today is the last day of the 2008 Ultimate Blog Party. It’s been really fun. I visited a ridiculous amount of blogs. In fact, I don’t remember how many. I know I visited a good 40 before the party started. After things got cooking, I lost count. So it looks as though close to 40 people posted on this blog. From the page count, lots more people came through. It looks like 17 people took the quiz thus far. The contest officially ends at midnight. I’ll get those graded ASAP so I can announce the winner. I actually had someone from Columbia answer! A number of women said that they would stop by again. Everyone raved about my coffee machine! So I’m definitely looking forward to next years party. I’m exhausted. I’ve never reviewed as many books in one week. So I’m definitely looking forward to my usual schedule of one or two posts a week.

So for all my new visitors, keep coming back!! I do have some reviews for next week. Also if you check the main blog page you’ll notice there are three new ratings: G-get on with the plot already, SP- speechless, and T- trite. I started thinking about some of the books I would be reviewing shortly and realized I needed a couple new categories. Ahh!! I can hear the speculation already.

So good night all! Happy reading.

Bluestocking

Posted in Mystery, Rated E

A Pocket Full of Rye

Sing a song of six pence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie,
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the King?
The King was in his counting house, counting all his money,
The Queen was in the parlor eating bread and honey,
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes
Along came a little dickey bird and nipped off her nose.

I’m sure all of use remember this little song from when we were children. In the hands of Dame Agatha Christie, this little ditty becomes a diabolical plot for murder.

Rex Fortescue, a rich businessman, is killed in his office. Oddly enough, he has a pocket full of grain. He was a right detestable fellow. The only question is why he wasn’t killed sooner!!! The police make their journey to the victim’s home at Yewtree Lodge. The suspicion falls on the usual suspects: the ultra-glam wife decades younger than him, the eldest son who was on the outs with him, a daughter who had her beau chased away by him, the disowned younger son, the unbalanced butler. Not to mention the widow and children of a man he probably left to die in Africa. The man certainly had no lack of enemies. But then there’s the question of how he was poisoned. It wasn’t in the tea, breakfast, or lunch.

The case becomes stranger still when the ultra-glam wife ends up dead in the parlor having scones and honey, and the maid is found a few hours later near the clothesline with a clothespin on her nose. The police are quite baffled. Enter Miss Marple. Miss Marple has a vested interest in finding the killer; the maid, Gladys Martin, had been an orphan Miss Marple trained to be a maid. Miss Marple and the police follow the clue of the blackbirds to find the killer.

This book was a little different from the other Miss Marple mysteries. In the other ones, Miss Marple is introduced fairly early on in the book. Most of the story is told from Miss Marple’s perspective. In this story, Miss Marple wasn’t introduced until the middle of the story. Most of the story is told from Inspector Neele’s perspective with moments of Miss Marple thrown in.
The ending surprised me a great deal. This story, like Cat Among the Pigeons, had more than one criminal plot going on. What was really interesting is that if Miss Marple had waited a day or two before going to Yewtree Lodge, she would have known who the murderer was from the beginning. It was ironic. Anyway, this is definitely one you should get from Barnes & Noble.

Posted in Classic, Liked It

The Age of Innocence

This was the first post 1900 classic I had ever read for pleasure. This book takes place during the 1890’s I believe. So it’s right before the U.S. went crazy after WWI. The story opens with Newland Archer, the scion of Old New York’s elite, set to marry another New York elite, May Welland. Newland is quite content with his life, until he meets May’s cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska who is separated from her husband. Ellen was raised by one of May’s more eccentric relations. As a result, Ellen tends to flout the rules of “good” society. For the first time, Newland realizes how silly so much of the elites’ actions are.

Newland eventually confesses his love to Ellen; but she will not agree to a relationship thinking of how it will affect her cousin. Ellen leaves New York. Newland and May do marry but it is a loveless match on his part anyway. Their paths cross again; this time Newland is able to convince Ellen to be his mistress; however before they begin their affair, Ellen flees to Europe. Newland decides to follow her, but he is stopped by May who tells him she is pregnant. He learns that May told Ellen, and this is what prompted her to flee. Newland does the honorable thing and stays in his marriage.
Twenty-five years later, May has passed away. Newland and his son are in Paris, when his son suggests that they visit Ellen. Newland decides not to see her preferring his memory of her to actual life.

I did like it. I was surprised. one of the things I don’t like about post-1900 literature is that it seems so empty sometimes. America suffered a psychic shock as a result of WWI. Futility of life plays a large part of works written during the early 1900’s. This book still had the character development and vitality of earlier written books.