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  1. Yes. That's why the first line of my post was "Trying to divert attention I guess."
  2. Trying to divert attention I guess. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!
  3. This is a tough one. Frankly, I think it’s best to let your son advocate for himself, which it sounds like he is doing. That said, it appears that your son’s behavior has rubbed more than one teacher the wrong way. As a parent, that would probably be my priority - finding out as much as I can about the issue, and helping this be a learning experience for my son. And I’m not sure I agree that the system is “flawed.” I sort of agree with the school that unless it’s a true disciplinary issue, it’s not really the teacher’s or the school’s responsibility to inform your son or you that he’s simply being disrespectful. But when it comes time to provide feedback on something like an honor society recommendation, I guess they will. But I wouldn’t worry too much about this. It sounds like your son has a ton going for him. He’ll be just fine, and this NHS issue won’t even register in the long run. But this can definitely serve as a valuable learning experience for him, on how seemingly innocuous behaviors can impact how others view him, and the negative consequences that can result from those perceptions. However, if there is a singular focus on the unfairness (whether real or perceived) of the process or the decision, the likelihood of this being a valuable learning experience decreases considerably. The above being said, the one additional thing that would be a huge priority for me is to get some guidance from the school or the NHS folks regarding which teachers should be asked for college app recommendations. Hopefully the school’s college counselor can speak with the NHS folks to get the scoop. I’m really sorry your son (and you and your wife) are having to deal with this, and I wish him the best of luck with his college apps and the rest of senior year.
  4. Yes, definitely The Kid. Also Flagg’s assault on Nadine. That stuff won’t make the series, at least not as described by King.
  5. I never ended up seeing that movie. But yeah, I don’t see how the Elba casting decision works if they keep him for the Detta installments.
  6. And we just saw the character of Holly played in Mr. Mercedes series. I’m really hoping that they didn’t jettison her character’s primary behavioral traits.
  7. As Steel Curtain mentioned, NHS requirements are set locally by the school. I will say, however, that my son’s chapter requires prior service hours for admission. I don’t think that requirement is nuts at all. Galileo explained above that service is one of the four primary criteria for admission, and the one where applicants often fall short. So last year’s decision makes sense. This year seems inexplicable unless, as you suspect, they just don’t consider seniors who have been previously denied. Like others, I really don’t think it’s going to make a lick of difference on your son’s college applications. In fact, on the Common App, they ask what years are applicable for particular honors or activities. By only putting “12” for NHS, you’d be highlighting that he didn’t make NHS as a sophomore or junior. It may actually be better not to list it. Again, I would inquire about it. But I would strongly advise against taking a flamethrower approach when you do (or your wife does). Even if it doesn’t impact your teacher recommendations, most colleges also require a school counselor recommendation and you don’t want to get the school pissed at you right as those evaluations are being written. Remember, you won’t ever get to see those or what is written in them. No reason to make a bad situation worse. Best of luck to you with this. The good news is that it sounds like your boy is an amazing kid with great qualities. He will have lots of fantastic options I’m sure.
  8. Yeah, there’s something you’re definitely not being told here. I would absolutely meet with the school and ask for an explanation. Did they say anything last year as to why he was not granted admission?
  9. Also, I liked The Outsider as a book. Not mind-blowing or groundbreaking, but a decent mystery/thriller/horror story that held my interest. Will definitely check out the miniseries.
  10. I do think that’s part of the problem. King is a twisted guy. I mean a significant plot point in It is a gang bang between a bunch of children. And there is some really, really twisted stuff in The Stand (particularly the unabridged version). But I think another big problem is that the fantastical often works in books, but not on the screen. And it’s just not run of the mill fantastical, it’s King fantastical. He injects elements into his stories, often in the climactic scenes, that would look (or do look) downright silly on screen. The ending sections of The Dark Tower series come to mind (as well as a bunch of stuff throughout - mechanical werewolves?). It’s why his stories that lack the supernatural element (Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, Misery) tend to translate more successfully to the big screen, though there certainly are exceptions.