Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Put Your Marker Down

The Homeschool Wager:

We wagered a second income on the notion that we could educate our children more effectively than the public school system. We wagered the need to fit into the outside world’s social expectations on the belief that our children should look to us for social and moral guidance. We wagered the ease and comfort of kid-free time on the belief that kids need family more than peers, love more than affirmation, and encouragement more than conformity.

That's one of the best explanations of the trade-offs of homeschooling that I've yet to come across. It's a high stakes gamble with a payoff that you won't see come to fruition until years in the future.

Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Ricochet Academy Award Politicization Fantasy League

The big announcement for the 2017 Ricochet Academy Award Politicization Fantasy League happened on this week’s HWX.  Full rules, player rosters and scoring categories are below.

Please enter your selections in the comments section, or them via email at:  Saintpaul777@gmail.com

PRIZES
*  Highest Score: Ricochet t-shirt and appearance on HWX
*  Second and Third Highest Score: Ricochet Coffee mugs
(Ties to be broken by random draw.)


RULES

Review the list of presenters and nominees and pick the 5 individuals you think are most likely to deliver politicized content during the 2017 Oscars broadcast.   That is YOUR fantasy team. 

At least 1 selection must be a nominee and at least 1 must be a presenter.  *Emma Stone is presenting and a nominee, for purposes of selection she will be considered a nominee, but points awarded for political speech in either role.

Submit your list of FIVE in the comments section, or send via email to:  SaintPaul777@gmail.com

Points awarded for scoring categories, for explicit mention or clear allusion- via comment, gesture, symbol, or text.    Official scoring to be done by judges panel.  All decisions are final.

Eligible mentions occur during broadcast of awards ceremony only (not red carpet or after party/interviews)
Multiple mentions of same category scores multiple times.
Contestants for best film are inclusive of all producers (or whomever) may accept award
Host (Jimmy Kimmel) not included in the Field category.



PLAYERS
-------------- PICK 5 TOTAL ---------------
Presenters
(Pick at least 1)
Nominees
(Pick at Least 1)
Halle Berry
Denis Villeneuve
Jamie Dornan
Mel Gibson
Chris Evans
Damien Chazelle
Gael Garcia Bernal
Kenneth Lonergan
Samuel L. Jackson
Barry Jenkins
Scarlett Johansson
Casey Affleck
Dakota Johnson
Andrew Garfield
Kate McKinnon
Ryan Gosling
Shirley MacLaine
Viggo Mortensen
Hailee Steinfeld
Denzel Washington
Leonardo DiCaprio
Isabelle Huppert
Brie Larson
Ruth Negga
Mark Rylance
Natalie Portman
Alicia Vikander
Emma Stone*
Amy Adams
Meryl Streep
Riz Ahmed
Mahershala Ali
Javier Bardem
Jeff Bridges 
John Cho
Lucas Hedges
Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson
Dev Patel
Felicity Jones
Michael Shannon
Leslie Mann
Viola Davis
Janelle MonĂ¡e
Naomie Harris
David Oyelowo
Nicole Kidman
Charlize Theron
Octavia Spencer 
Michelle Williams
Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder, and David Linde
Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, and Todd Black
Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut
Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn
Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, and Theodore Melfi
La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt
Lion – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Angie Fielder
Manchester by the Sea – Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, and Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
Field (any others)


SCORING CATEGORIES:


People
Points
Adolph Hitler
10
Vladmir Putin
7
Joe McCarthy
7
Donald Trump
5
Hillary Clinton
5
Barack Obama
5
Michelle Obama
5
Bernie Sanders
5
Elizabeth Warren
5
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
5
Al Gore
5
Beyonce
5
Mike Pence
3
Steve Bannon
3
Stephen Miller
3
Kelly Anne Conway
3
Jeff Sessions
3
Neil Gorsuch
3
Other cabinet member/administration official
2

Isms/Phobias/Accusations
Points
Nazism

5
Fascism
5
Orange/Cheetos (Trump)
4
Un-American
3
Deplorable
3
Evil
3
Lies
3
Racism
2
Homophobia
2
Transgenderism
2
Islamaphobia
2
Sexism
2
Intolerance
2
Ignorance
2
Xenophobia
2
Nativism
2
Close-minded
2
Arrogant
2
Corrupt
2
Hate (general)
1

Issues/Actions
Points
Alternative facts
4
Russian Hacking
4
DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)
4
Black Lives Matter
4
Make America Great Again (Derisive)
4
The Wall (with Mexico)
4
Impeachment
4
call for military coup
4
Call for violence (genenral)
4
"Resistence"
4
"Persist"
4
Global Warming/Climate Change
3
Muslim Ban
3
Women oppressed in Hollywood
3
Women wage gap (general)
3
Planned Parenthood/Choice/"Women's Health"
3
Privilidge
3
Unconstitutional
3
Censorhip
3
Guns
3

Wild Cards
Points
All Lives Matter
15
Make America Great Again (earnest)
15
Trump complimented (general)
15


Again, Enter your team in the comments, or email to: Saintpaul777@gmail.com.   Good luck!