I'm always proud of the good kids. You should be proud of this one, too. And if you're a parent, you'll really like this!
An 11-year-old boy has created a safe and fun social networking website for kids. Zack Marks wanted something more age-appropriate after a number of thwarted attempts to maintain a Facebook account.
So, he and his family took the idea to a web designer, who brought it to life with the elements Zach wanted: plenty of interactive features -- all geared towards kids -- including gaming, school help, news, message boards, sports and health and fitness.
Zach takes you on a tour of the website in this video:
Way to go, Zach!
(Story courtesy of radaronline.com)
When I had the good fortune to visit Israel several years ago, I made a good friend in the Head of The Raphael Recanati International School at IDC Herzliya, Jonathan Davis.
With an increase in fighting between Hamas and Israel over the past several days, I decided to get in touch with Jonathan and let him tell you what it's like over there. You can listen to our conversation from yesterday right HERE.
In order to keep you up-to-date, I emailed Jonathan last night asking him for an update. This is what he wrote:
"Negotiations are underway for a cease fire, but usually while these negotiations take place the situation is still one of being under fire. The number of rockets fired from Gaza on a daily basis is going down. The Iron Dome has intercepted a vast majority of the rockets which were headed for heavily populated areas in Israel’s cities. However, the Iron Dome is not infallible (90 percent success rate and improving) and some of the rockets have hit buildings. Luckily a vast majority of the civilians in those buildings were unhurt because they adhered to the strict instructions of the Homefront Command and stayed in shelters or their “safe rooms”. Thus far during this action over the past week, there have been five Israelis killed, and 80 wounded, a vast majority, slightly wounded. This is after 1300 rockets have been fired from Gaza, 380 of which, which were on their way to hitting civilian targets, and were intercepted by Iron Dome, and unfortunately 47 rockets out of the 1300 managed to penetrate into the civilian areas. Without Iron Dome, almost 430 rockets would have penetrated, creating far far greater havoc and killing and wounding countless more Israelis.
Once more, due to the cool, calm, responsible and mature behavior of the population, the number of casualties were greatly reduced. During the peak of the firing last Thursday, the 15th of November, the terrorists fired 316 rockets. Yesterday, it was 120 rockets, which shows that the bombardment of the Israeli Airforce (1500 targets hit in Gaza in one week) are making an impact. Once more, it is important to stress that if we were using Syrian tactics there should have been about 10,000 casualties in Gaza if we carpet bombed as the Syrians do. So, after all of the Israeli attacks from the air, the Palestinians suffered 132 casualties in one week, out of whom more than 50 percent were terrorists, and 58 were civilians due to collateral damage and last week in Syria, 850 civilians were killed, Moslem killing Moslem. The relatively low number of Palestinian casualties is because of our Jewish values which does not allow us to kill innocent civilians on purpose, and thus we perform surgical strikes rather than radical Islamic and Syrian massive murder tactics. I should mention that actually there were 64 casualties in Gaza and not 58, since the Hamas shot 6 Palestinians they accused of spying for Israel, and dragged their dead bodies through the streets of Gaza, tied to the back of motorcyles. The IDF is still perched on the outskirts of Gaza, should they need to go in. Clinton and Bunki Moon are now in Israel. Egypt seems to be taking some responsibility here, and has been acting in a relatively moderate way---due to western pressure and due to their disasterous economy since they cannot afford any other items on their agenda right now. That is it, at 9:25AM on the way to work, on a normal, regular work day here in the Tel Aviv region. God bless to y’all. Jd
PS—It should be mentioned that life in the south of Israel has been greatly disrupted since schools have been closed for a week, shopping centers are practically empty, and the citizens need to be close to shelters and their safe rooms. Many of the southern children have been bussed up here and are being treated to all kinds of fun and goodies for some deserved R and R, as are many of their parents. Up here, in the Tel Aviv region, and along the coastal plain, where most Israelis live it is business as usual. The citizens of the south deserve better, and we will have to come up with an agreement which basically says if ONE rocket is fired, after the cease fire we come down on them like a ton of bricks."
Please say a prayer for my friend and his country this Thanksgiving...
We are a week-and-a-day away from saving America...and I keep wondering how much lower the "left" and the Democretins will go to try to steal this one. This might make their coup attempt of 2000 look like a pizza party. Every time I think that the Dembulbs and the left can't get any lower--they do! No less than three stories stand out today, including a guy keying the word "Obama" into cars and slashing the seats near Lost Angeles parked at homes with Romney signs. Then there was the story from Racine, Wisconsin Saturday where the Tea Party there was holding a rally for jobs and a truck loaded with Obama stickers pour nails all over the Sam's parking lot where the rally was taking place.
But nothing (at least so far) tops a video coming out of--where else?--San Francisco with a video of kids (none look to be older than 12) "from the future." They're zombie-looking, blaming their parents for voting for Mitt Romney because in their world Earth...is "frying" and Polar Bears are dying and the sea is just a pool of oil, parks are closed and the air is poison. The "brains" (and I use the term very loosley here) behind this piece of, uh, junk is Jeff Goodby of the agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners. They came up with the famous "Got Milk?" campaign and their clinents include Cheetos, Netflix, Nintendo and the NBA just to name a few.
This is terrifying on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin. Understand this is not an officially endorsed Obama campaign product but it represents a mindset on the part of Jeff Goodby who thinks it's fine! It's child abuse as far as I'm concerned and the idiotic parents who let their children appear in this atrocity should be ashamed of themselves. The Hitler Youth would be pleased, as well as the children of Mao with their "Little Red Book" who were encouraged to kill their parents if they didn't go along with the Communist way of life.
The video doesn't mention Romney by name but with lyrics like, "Big Bird is sacked," one doesn't need a PhD in Logic to get it. By the way, in case you didn't know...Big Bird and his buddies don't need a dime of our tax money--the franchise is awash in cash to the tune of some $400-million!
Meanwhile, the ad agency's communications coordinator Meagan Phillips tells "The Daily Caller" that the video is not an official project of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Glad to hear it! Exactly who is an official project of--the "Tolly-bon," (as the Community Organizer pronounces it) Mr. Goodby? Any company and/or product doing business with this agency should cancel their contract. Remember all the advertisers who left Rush Limbaugh over his criticism of Sandra--my birth control should be paid for by taxpayers--Fluke? Other than brainwashing kids and the O-Zombies you tell me the difference.
Bill Edwards with journalist Joan Lunden. Ms. Lunden headlined the 10th Smart Women Luncheon & Expo. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Joan Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, interviewed political and business icons and covered four presidents and five Olympics. With a keen interest in health and wellness, Joan Lunden has continued to be a reassuring and informative presence in American homes for more than 30 years.
They say laughter is contagious. Watch this if you need a good laugh!
It's always a pleasure to have Georgia Highway Patrol officer Andy Sinquefield in the studio with us to talk about vehicle safety issues and programs.
This morning, Andy invited folks to the CarFit class for seniors. If you're interested in taking the class, call Andy at (912) 280-1414. You can also learn more about CarFit online at www.car-fit.org.
(NBCnews.com) In a red, ruffled dress and flowers in her hair, Whitney Kropp, the Michigan high school student picked by her classmates to be on her school’s homecoming court as a prank, took to her school’s football stadium Friday for the ceremony.
“I had thoughts about not coming, but you know what, I’m glad I changed my mind and actually came out,” Kropp told NBC News.
Kropp's appearance was met with thunderous applause and camera flashes from her fellow students at Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch, Mich., and even members of the opposing team.
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After the ceremony, Kropp, who said she had been bullied throughout her time in high school, told reporters that she was glad she decided to remain on the court.
“I’m overwhelmed," Kropp said. "I’m so happy – this is so much right now for me. The school is fantastic they treated me so well."
Kropp said last month she was initially surprised to learn that her classmates nominated her to be in the running for her school’s homecoming queen. But she said she soon felt humiliated and betrayed when she found out that it was all a joke.
But, Kropp said she pulled through with the support of her mother and the rest of the town.
"You want to protect your kid, and you feel angry and mad at what has happened, but at the same time the outpouring to help her has been beyond expected," Kropp's mother Bernice Kropp said.
Word spread quickly through the community of about 2,100 residents in West Branch. Resident Jamie Kline started a Facebook support page, gaining more than 4,000 likes in Michigan and nationwide. Personal stories of bullying and messages of encouragement filled the page.
A salon owner in West Branch donated service to cut, color and style Kropp's hair, and other local businesses paid for her dinner, gown, shoes and tiara for the dance.
Before the game, a local company even made T-shirts in support of Kropp in her favorite color, orange, adding to the messages of encouragement that Kropp says helped her prevail.
John M. Galloway / AP
Whitney Kropp, third from left, waits for the ceremony to begin at Ogemaw Heights High School's homecoming football game on Friday.