Thursday, November 29, 2007


By Hunter Carrico
some debate topics are public smoking in bars and teen talking on there cell phone when they drive.for both topics the debate would occur in the legislature. A purpose for debating against smoking in bars is it will hopefully stop second hand smoke in places. For teens talking and driving it will make roads more safer and hopefully not as many accidents. yes it will help arrive a better decision because if it is a law, and you brake it you will be punished. the debate are structured if they are in the legislature. like i said before if it is a law, you brake it you will pay the price.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Under Enemy Colors

Post B
Under Enemy Colors
Dear Lieutenant Charles Hayden
I write you again because I have more Questions for you like do you think that after all this, you will be a captain? Also, you said "Hayden felt his one chance to return to sea, to prove him, slipping away for certainly if Hart were removed the first secretary would recall him as well." On page 86. When I first read this I thought did some thing happen at sea and that is why you were working at a desk? Also I wondered what you think of captain Hart, because I think that he is not a good captain, he does not care what happens to any one but him self, so in other words he is selfish. Another part in the book you mention Henrietta Carthew; I want to know why you mention her. But to me when I came across her name it seemed to me that you where foreshadowing, and I want to know what will happen to her or what will bring her to you.

Under Enemy Colors

Post A

Under Enemy Colors

some vocabulary words are

1.) vac·il·late/ vac·il·lat·ing

on page 86
to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
to oscillate or fluctuate.

on page 88
not resolute; wavering; indecisive; hesitating: an ineffectual, vacillating person.
oscillating; swaying; fluctuating: a vacillating indicator.

2.) vol·a·tile
on page 89

evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor: Acetone is a volatile solvent.
tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive: a volatile political situation.
changeable; mercurial; flighty: a volatile disposition.
(of prices, values, etc.) tending to fluctuate sharply and regularly: volatile market conditions.
fleeting; transient: volatile beauty.
Computers. of or pertaining to storage that does not retain data when electrical power is turned off or fails.
able to fly or flying.

3.) de·cant·er
on page 91
a vessel, usually an ornamental glass bottle, for holding and serving wine, brandy, or the like.
a bottle used for decanting.

4.) aft
on page 87

at, close to, or toward the stern or tail: Stow the luggage aft.

situated toward or at the stern or tail: The aft sail was luffing.

A Quote that I thought was significant was

"nonetheless it is the captains decision, so let us wait and see what transpires. There appears to be no unity among the men." page 86, Said by Charles Hayden.
I picked this quote because a bad storm was coming and Hayden knew what to do and that was try and wait it out, because the tide was against them and the wind was to, but the captain wanted them to sail in to port. i think this quote shows that no matter what Hayden thinks if the captain wants him to sail then he will sail. So when Hayden got the command to sail he told the men to get ready to sail, even though he knew that they were really close to mutiny.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

color of water

The Color of Water
By James McBride

Part 5
So for part 5 James McBride he starts to wonder about his mom’s past as an adult and so he flies to Suffolk Virginia, and he walks around the town based on what his mom has told him about it. So when he is walking around he comes across one of his mom’s neighbors, so the neighbor tells him about James’s grandfather, and he also wants his mom to contact Gerry Jaffe the neighbor. And when he is there he finds out that he part Jewish and he got to see where his mom went to temple and where her dad (James’s grandfather) was the rabbi.

For James mother
Ruth (James’s mom) is married to a black man named Dennis. So he comes home one day and is sick but it starts to get worse, so as a family Ruth and Dennis go to the hospital to see what is wrong with him. The doctor tells them that there is nothing wrong so they leave, and this happens quite a few times. Then one day comes by and Dennis has to be hospitalized and the doctors don’t tell Ruth what is going on. Then Dennis dies from cancer.

Part 5
For James’s part of the story I thought that is was really nice and it shows a lot about him as a son and as a writer. For a son it shows that he wants to know what his mom went through as a single Jewish mom growing up in a Christian community and then running away to New York and just trying to escape her family, then converting to Christianity and marring two black men and raising a lot of successful black children. And for a writer it shows that he will go to any length to get the story and to get the truth. And I think that those are two great qualities to have.

For Ruth’s part of the story I thought that it was terrible that the doctor would not tell Ruth and her husband Dennis that he had cancer, and part of me says that they were really racist and the other part of me thinks that they just really did not know, but I guess we will never know. I also think that Ruth is really strong because she could have a banded all those kids or just done nothing to help them or her but no she did not she got two jobs and worked really hard and put all those kids in school and put them through college as well. And to me she is strong and she has determination as well.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Post B 11/20/07

Under Enemy Colors

Dear Charles Hayden,
I am writing to you because I want to know what Robert meant by and I want to know what your reaction meant as well “I have met him once or twice, but his reputation precedes him. I am astonished that you have not heard. Among his detractors he is known as ‘faint heart.’” On page 14. So I was just wondering why he is known as that and what your reaction was. Because when I read this I thought to myself that something bad is going to happen and something bad already has occurred and you will find out what it is. Ad also I think that he will really start to trust you and something will happen to him and you will try to stop it and you become captain. So like I said before I want to know what he meant by that quote and what your reaction meant.

post a 11/20/07

Under Enemy Colors
S. Thomas Russell
Three words that I found were

Bosun noun
a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen

Subsequently adjective
occurring or coming later or after (often fol. by to): subsequent events; Subsequent to their arrival in Chicago, they bought a new car.
following in order or succession; succeeding: a subsequent section in a treaty.

Nautical A wooden or metal pole, such as a boom, yard, or bowsprit, used to support sails and rigging.
A usually metal pole used as part of a crane or derrick.
A main structural member in an airplane wing or a tail assembly that runs from tip to tip or from root to tip.

A quote that I picked was
"Is he aware of your... affairs in France, do you think?"
i picked this quote because i think that it is foreshadow. because Charles Hayden is the main character and his friend Robert said this to him when he was to become the first lieutenant of a ship. so I think It is foreshadow because the English is at war with the french and Charles Hayden went to France one because he is part french, two he went there for the revolution and he was part of a mob. He also works for the kings navy so if they find out he will never work again.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

under enemy colors

Under Enemy Colors
By S. Thomas Russell.
It was published in 2007.
The book is fiction.
there are 486 pages in the book.
it is a sophmore reading level because i got the book in the adult section.
i choose this book because of the cover and the breif explnaition on the back. But the cover really got me because there is an irish flag on it and I am irish and it looked really good.