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February 2009

TEEN TIMES by Cody Chandler Hilton

The Santa Barbara 24th Annual International Film Festival ended in February, and was a great opportunity for everyone to see the best in films, especially animated films.  The schedule included the "Applebox" collection of films for kids and their families, as well as some great documentaries. I found "Inventing LA: The Chandler's and Their Times," a documentary on the Chandler's who started the Los Angeles Times very interesting, especially when this is one of my family names. The photo history of LA from the 1800s to 2009 was very educational, and learning about the men who built a great newspaper was also interesting.

Some great animated films I would recommend are WALL-E and "How Children Fly" "It's Not Me, I Swear" was a very funny movie about a family in French Canada that really made everyone laugh. The ten year old brother does things that most kids think of but never do. This movie was unreal, but so funny!

The Oscar's gave big votes to WALL-E and that's good. They also thought Slumdog Millionaire was great! It makes me feel good when these guys agree with the things real kids like.

Thanks for reading the column. Hope to see you next month.

FYI -- This was written by
New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME) !


Since the Pledge of Allegiance And The Lord's Prayer
Are not allowed in most Public schools anymore
Because the word 'God' is mentioned....
A kid in  Arizona  wrote the attached

NEW School Prayer :
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.

In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks..
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

If you aren't ashamed to do this,
Please pass this on.

Jesus said,
‘If you are ashamed of me,
I will be ashamed of you before my Father.'

Not ashamed. Pass this on.




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