03-08-12, 10:06 AM #341Two children who were found living in a stench-filled abandoned school bus near Houston, its windows blocked and the lot around it covered in trash, are in the custody of Texas child welfare workers, officials said Thursday.
The children are in foster care pending an investigation by Child Protective Services, spokeswoman Gwen Carter said. CPS workers will appear in court Thursday to ask a judge for emergency custody of the children, she said.
Is it a crime to abandon your children in USA?
03-08-12, 12:12 PM #342
in foster care = closely monitored?
If the family situation cannot be repaired, the children will be "put up for adoption." People who can't have children of their own, or who simply love children and want to be good citizens, go through an excruciating application process to determine whether they're qualified for this honor. If the government decides that they would be good parents, they will adopt the children. At this point, for all legal purposes they become those kids' parents and the kids become their children. Even their birth certificates are changed! (This brings some problems in the age of genetics. Sometimes we need to know who a child's actual father is, to determine whether he's at risk of a particular disease.)
If the parents of an abused or abandoned child have close relatives who want to take him in, they may be able to do this informally. It depends on the community. In some places the state or municipal government will step in and decide whether the grandparents, uncle, etc., are good enough to have them. In other places the government will decide that as long as the children are fed, clothed and sent to school, that's good enough.
A friend of mine and his wife ran a foster home back in the 1960s, and usually had five or six kids there.
In addition, there are organizations that run their own foster-care institutions for giving children long-term care. These are usually children with serious problems, whom no one else is brave enough to take in. They usually stay there until they're adults. I have a friend who has worked in one of those places for 20 years. (Not as a foster parent, but a member of the administrative staff.) They carefully follow the progress of "their children" after they grow up and move away. They are pleased to find that these kids have a somewhat better success rate than the national average, as measured by university educations, good jobs, lasting marriages, and happy children of their own.
One of the reasons they offer for this phenomenon is that in one of their homes there are not just two parents, but more like six or eight adults. (Because there might be twenty children there and two adults aren't enough.) This way, if one leaves, there are still quite a few "parents" who have remained and who provide continuity. This provides a strong feeling of security. In a normal household, if one parent leaves, the child has suddenly lost half of the adults in his life.Is it a crime to abandon your children in USA?
If you abandon your children and they catch you, you will spend a long time in prison, or else under psychiatric care.
03-08-12, 06:36 PM #343
If a mom did not hold the hand of her toddler to cross the road and he/she ran across the road and knocked down by a car and killed, will the mother be charged guilty?
03-08-12, 06:53 PM #344
we sub-human americans celebrate negligence
she will be feted with many a party
03-08-12, 10:26 PM #345What are the best practices that will eliminate food-borne disease, the obesity epidemic and the plight of the American farmer? What should you do when you've drunk too much? Who parties harder: chefs or DJs? What is a foodie to do? Being into food requires a lot of decision-making these days, from which policies you support to which blogs you read to whether or not your juice.
1. Is foodie-ism elitist?
If you've ever considered photographing the contents of your CSA box, or waited more than half an hour for a table at the place du jour because you haven't photographed food in more than half an hour, are you elitist? Has our worship of food overshadowed the larger problems at hand? Where lies the balance between hobby and snobby?
du jour = just prepared. Why use this French word?
hobby and snobby = ?
10. Can you cure a hangover?
You swear by a Western omelet, a couple of Advil and a nap. Your friend says a torta from the Mexican grocery, a gallon of water and a shower. You were stunned by the ex who hit the gym. And impressed by the roommate who drank through it. The question, like your hangover, rages on: can you cure it?
03-09-12, 09:54 AM #346
CSA box =?du jour = just prepared. Why use this French word?hobby and snobby = ?
"Snobby" is an adjective formed from the word "snob." A snob (in this context, there are other related definitions) is a person who considers himself an expert in a field and takes a superior, condescending, or even hostile attitude toward people who don't know as much about it, or who merely disagree with him.
It is possible (and not uncommon) for a person to be snobby about his hobby.Basically I don't understand everything said above.
- Advil is one popular brand of the most widely used non-prescription pain-killer ibuprofen that is not an NSAID (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug) like aspirin, which has many bad side effects and is not as popular as it was 50 years ago. To "take an Advil and a nap" is a metaphor (or in some cases a literal description!) for backing away from a stressful situation to find relief.
- A torta is a Mexican-style sandwich. Rather than slices of bread, it's made with an elongated roll that's been sliced in half and hollowed out, making lots of room for soft, juicy cooked contents, rather than the solid, cool contents used in an American sandwich (typically sliced meat, cheese and fresh vegetables).
- A hangover is the withdrawal symptom from alcohol intoxication, arguably the world's most popular recreational drug. People who consume more than the equivalent of one ounce of pure alcohol (one beer, one glass of wine, one shot of whiskey, etc.) per hour may suffer unpleasant aftereffects the next morning, including most commonly a bad headache, but also "fog" in the brain, sluggishness and impaired coordination and judgment. Like any drug's withdrawal symptom, a hangover is a vector toward addiction, since the quickest and easiest way to make the bad feeling go away is to immediately drink more alcohol. To compare a question to a hangover is to say that the question is causing pain long after it was asked and has turned out not to be easy to dispel. Since the word "like" was used ("like your hangover"), this is a simile rather than a metaphor.
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03-09-12, 06:57 PM #347
First let me clarify this by making some reasonable assumptions:
- This is a city street with cross-traffic, moderate speeds, and pedestrian crossings--not a high-speed expressway that's expected to be inaccessible to pedestrians.
- The mother was in fact supervising the child. She was not sitting on a park bench talking on her cellphone, oblivious to where her child was and what he was doing.
- The child was not hidden and did not burst out from concealment to surprise the motorists.
- He was not an athlete and was not running at extraordinary speed.
- It was daylight and visibility was good.
In most American jurisdictions, when we see a pedestrian in the street, even if he is breaking the law by walking against a red light or walking outside of the crosswalk, we are required by law to slow down or stop and give him the right of way: let him complete his crossing. The law is colloquially phrased this way: "The right of way is not worth dying for or killing for." If the pedestrian did something illegal, it is up to the police to punish him, not the drivers.
This is especially true of children.
If the mother was truly negligent, then she could be arrested. But in a typical scenario where a child simply does something unexpected, the mother would not usually be prosecuted. Losing her child is enough punishment. What could you possibly do to her that would be worse than that?
03-09-12, 08:33 PM #348
Prepared for a given day:
The soup du jour is cream of potato.
03-09-12, 08:42 PM #349
Snobby = snobbish,
Of, befitting, or resembling a snob; pretentious.
Snob, noun, =
One who overtly imitates, obsequiously admires, and offensively seeks to associate only with those one regards as one's superiors and who tends to rebuff or ignore altogether those one regards as one's inferiors.
03-09-12, 08:44 PM #350
"The right of way is not worth dying for or killing for."
I don't understand this phrase.
03-09-12, 08:45 PM #351
"If a mother did not hold her toddler's hand while crossing the street and he ran across and was hit by a car and killed, would she be charged with a crime?"
When am I able to write as you do?
03-10-12, 04:00 AM #352
03-10-12, 09:29 AM #353
Every time I see a friend of mine, she is with a new boyfriend. She always says (in private when he's not listening), "This is my paramour du jour." "Paramour" is a word we borrowed from the French, originally meaning an illicit lover (such as a married person), but now simply an intimate boyfriend or girlfriend. So by saying "du jour" she's telling me that she never keeps the same one for very long. This is not literal usage--she doesn't actually get a new one every day--so it is slightly exaggerated, but not quite to the point of being metaphorical. And of course by combining two French borrowings that rhyme, she's being rather clever. She's a writer too, so we enjoy playing with words.Snobby = snobbish, adj. Of, befitting, or resembling a snob; pretentious. -- Snob, noun, = One who overtly imitates, obsequiously admires, and offensively seeks to associate only with those one regards as one's superiors and who tends to rebuff or ignore altogether those one regards as one's inferiors.
There's an old term for this behavior: putting on airs. It means to act as though you're rich, powerful, educated, famous, or something along those lines, when you are actually perfectly ordinary. (Some snobby people aren't good enough to be called "ordinary," so they act snobby to pretend that they're better than they really are.)
So, while some people who truly are rich, powerful, educated, famous, etc., may be snobby and behave like snobs to their "inferiors," that is obviously a relatively small number of people. Therefore, if you encounter someone who acts like a snob, the probability is very high that he is just pretending.
Also, don't forget that rich, famous, powerful people are not all assholes! Many of them are very kind and polite and understand the principle of noblesse oblige (another useful French borrowing): Those who are successful owe a debt to the people who helped them succeed without, themselves, succeeding.
Many of our old sayings and cliches about honor are French. Saying something in French just automatically makes it sound more honorable."The right of way is not worth dying for or killing for." I don't understand this phrase.
So we take rights very seriously, and we often say that our rights are worth fighting for and/or worth dying for. For example, in the 1950s and 1960s, Americans of European ancestry traveled to our southeastern states to confront other Americans of European ancestry who had not yet granted the full rights of citizenship to Americans of African ancestry. They risked their lives and some of them were killed in the confrontation.
So it becomes a rather sombre cliche to say, "But the right of way is not one of those rights that's worth killing for or dying for." Right of way is a legal term, specifying which vehicle or person must stop and let the other one go first when their paths cross. It's also used in other senses. For example, if there is a park behind your house and there are no roads into it, the original deed to your property may have granted right of way to the public, allowing them to walk (carefully, peacefully, and without leaving trash) across your land in order to use the park. This is known as a public easement.
You don't need to be able to write like me. Just learn to write better than the average American and you will be highly respected for it. And believe me, that isn't hard! You just have to think it's important enough to put some effort into learning. Most Americans are much too lazy to care.
Also, texpeak (text messaging on a cellphone) has turned us into an entire nation of shitty writers. The 140-character limit forces them to leave words out and to make up clever new abbreviations, and those tiny keys the size of sesame seeds make it difficult to type correctly.
I often repeat a wonderful line that was in an animated TV show several years ago, and is still true:Nothing worth reading was ever written by a man who was trying to type with his thumbs.However, to give you a little help with a specific answer, I refer back to your question, "When am I able to write as you do?" Since your native language is Chinese, you have some specific problems to overcome due to the specific differences between Chinese and English. One is the use of articles, of which I remind you often, since they don't exist in Chinese. Another is the proper use of verb tenses, which also don't exist in Chinese. No present, past, future, conditional, imperative, infinitive, gerund, participle, etc. You have to think very carefully about every verb you write.
In this sentence, you used the present tense when you were talking about the future. The correct way to say it is, "When will I be able to write..."
03-12-12, 09:44 PM #354Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C. have nixed a tentative $1 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson, holding out for a bigger settlement with the drugmaker for alleged improper marketing of its Risperdal schizophrenia drug, the Wall Street Journal said.
Is it a German dialectal?
The abortion fight is the latest of a string of disputes between Obama's Democratic administration and the Republican-dominated Texas state government. The two sparred last year over disaster aid for Texas after devastating wildfires and environmental regulations Texas opposes.
spar = To bandy words about in argument; dispute.
string of disputes = a series of disputes?
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03-12-12, 09:55 PM #355
right of way
1.The right to pass over property owned by another party.
2.The path or thoroughfare on which such passage is made.
3.The strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built.
4.The customary or legal right of a person, vessel, or vehicle to pass in front of another.
03-12-12, 10:20 PM #356
spar = To bandy words about in argument; dispute.
Eventually the word "spar" was extended to a "fight" using words instead of physical blows, i.e., a style of fighting in which physical injury is completely impossible.string of disputes = a series of disputes?
03-14-12, 08:50 PM #357Arianny Celeste, the 26-year-old Filipino-Mexican bombshell, is one of the reasons that we love watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
To catch a glimpse of this ring girl is to catch a glimpse of heaven, and fortunately, the UFC is putting on more shows a year.
bombshell = refers to hot & spicy girl?
ring girl = same role as cheer leader?
03-14-12, 09:44 PM #358
bombshell = refers to hot & spicy girl?
ring girl = same role as cheer leader?
03-14-12, 10:55 PM #359
Ring girls or cheer leaders, the prerequisites are to be sexy, pretty and probably willing to sleep with you?
03-16-12, 10:27 AM #360
In World War II, American aviators lovingly painted portraits of their favorite "pinup girls" (so-called from the practice of using pins to tack up photos of beautiful women from calendars on walls--they were also called "calendar girls") on the sides of their airplanes and even on the bombs themselves. This was unofficially approved by their officers because it boosted morale. So of course this gave a double meaning to the slang word "bombshell."ring girl = same role as cheer leader?Originally Posted by Chipz
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