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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

     Judge Makes Credit Card Company Eat Teenager's $54K Charge

     The Christian Post reports this most interesting item that y'all may find amusing: A teen's $54,000 bar tab may sound outrageous, but what is equally surprising is that a judge recently rules it’s the credit card company that will need to pay the huge bill.The $54000 bar tab story may sound like an exaggeration, but for this 16-year-old who decided to use his father’s credit card to have a fun night out, it’s anything but. The bar-spending spree story dates back to 2010 in the Kyoto District of Japan, when the male teen took the Platinum Express card and bought a massive amount of alcohol at different bars. Yet a recent judge ruling has found that it is the credit card company that will need to pay the fines — a combination of alcohol prices and club fees — and that the different club and bar owners should in fact be held responsible as well for allowing the 16-year-old to spend that much money. While it may indeed be a controversial ruling, it does seem to make a valid point.

Lipstick on Presidential Collar

     On the way to the home office, our Publisher found out that President Obama was caught with lipstick on his collar that was not the First Lady's shade. While Obama isn't the first President to get caught in this situation, he is the first to make the news because of it. All of us here at the Holabird Advocate are glad to find out that the whole thing was an harmless little accident, we are also pleased that, unlike Bill Clinton, Obama didn't get anybody's dress dirty! Now, if only the President could get gasoline down to $1.59 like it used to be, we'd be happy as a movie star with a new divorce!

Les Miserables: A Review by Jerry Hinkle

     Someone from DWU theatre suggested I watch them movie "Les Miserables". I thought that would be the perfect way to kick off a new Summer series of reviews. So I filed that away for later. Recently I found 2 movie versions of the classice Victor Hugo work. One that was priced at $9, starring Gerard Depardieu, and one that went for $12 that starred Hugh Jackman.
     As tempting as saving $3 was, I wanted to enjoy this movie, so I went with Jackman. It's a good thing that I did that. Jackman has quite a powerful singing voice, which is good, because most of the movie dialogue is sung. This gives the movie an operatic appearence. The best part is that it was in English, so I could follow the action. The singing made the performance more emotionally driven to the point that one could feel the emotions, good or bad as they came.
     The strong point of this movie is the roles of Jean Valjean and Javert. a good story needs a flawed hero and a sympathetic villain. It's hard to imagine a villain more deserving of sympathy that Valjean, and a hero more flawed than Javert. Russel Crowe, who is well know for having flaws, brings a certain dialikability to the role of Javert.
The week point is that this movie so freaking long. it clocks in at 2 hours and 38 minutes. I feel asleep in the middle of this thing. Hopefully I didn't misss any important plot points. This one handycap did not rob me of too much enjoyment. i plan to watch this movie again, perhaps a few chapters at a time, when my schedules is not so tight! Until then, God be with you and do the best you can!

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