U.S. Southern Accents

In the U.S. the South is a diverse region with various dialects. A person from Texas is going to sound different than someone from South Carolina. Linguists believe Southern accents closely resemble the accents of their ancestral homelands-English, Celtic, French.

Listen to a short audio clip on the origin of American Southern accents.

Music Break: Alone Yet Not Alone

The song Alone Yet Not Alone by Joni Eareckson Tada is from the movie Alone Yet Not Alone.

The  Alone Yet Not Alone historical drama from the Christian film industy is based on a true story. The film is based on the novel Alone Yet Not Alone: Their faith became their freedom by Tracy Tracy Leininger Craven, which is inspired by the true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger, who were kidnapped from their German immigrant family in  1750s Pennsylvania.  An inspiring action packed film recounts the faith and courage of a immigrant family as they face hardship and loss during the French and Indian War.

Talibans Propaganda Effort in Video of Freed U.S. Soldier

US Prisoner Exchange

It seems that the Taliban who handed over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to the U.S. Special Forces team in the prisoner exchange in Afghanistan were disapointed the Americans “did not stop to talk or exchange polite greetings.”

But once on the ground, the Americans, to the dismay of the Taliban, proved uninterested in any pomp. They rushed through the encounter and did not stop to talk or exchange polite greetings, as is customary in Afghanistan, even during hostage releases. The narrator complained that they had managed to shake hands with only two of the Americans, and that one of them had hastily shoved his left hand forward, considered a particularly rude gesture in Afghanistan.

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Dance Taking The Arab World by Storm-Penguin Dance

Dancing PenguinsThe “Penguin Dance” has become a popular dance at weddings and in playgrounds among young Arabs. In other countries it is known as the Bunny Hop.

 

Traditional dance is important in Arab Gulf states, the “penguin dance” is opposed by some as being nontraditional and unmasculine.

Sidekick-sidekick. Sidekick-sidekick. Bunny-hop forward. Bunny-hop back. Hop Hop Hop.

Online:  Penguin Dance, Goofy Wedding Staple, Sweeps Saudi Arabia

High School student shoves elderly teacher to the ground

school signA 16-year-old young man has been charged with injury to the elderly after cell phone video captured him shoving a substitute teacher at Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas.

“She took his phone because he was in class texting,” said senior Calvin Bennet Rainwater. “ We’re not supposed to have our phones out. He pushed her like three times.”

“Aldine Independent School District police on Thursday filed a criminal charge of injury to an elderly person against a 16-year-old male student. The charge stems from an incident that occurred Thursday afternoon at Nimitz High School when a substitute teacher confiscated the student’s cell phone. The student is accused of physically shoving the substitute teacher to the ground and then retrieving his cell phone. Other students witnessed the incident and immediately reported it to school officials, who then summoned an ambulance and the campus-based police officer. The substitute teacher, who is a retired Aldine teacher, was treated at a local hospital and then released.”

Online:  Video shows Nimitz High School student shoving elderly teacher to the ground

Updated: Boko Haram video shows missing Nigerian schoolgirls clad in full-length hijabs

Update:  Boko Harem video of girls may be a fake.  “They are not the same. They are not the girls abducted,” said Ojutiku, a Southern Baptist in Raleigh, N.C., who receives frequent updates from members of the grassroots group Lift Up Now. He co-founded the group to address political, economic and social challenges in his homeland Nigeria.

More likely, the Monday (May 12) video is a ruse by the Islamic terrorists to mislead those searching for the girls, Ojutiku said.” Baptist Press

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has released the names of 180 schoolgirls that were kidnapped from the school in Chibok, Nigeria.
165 are Christian girls and 15 girls are Muslim.
Many are affiliated with the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.

Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls
Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls

A video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show over 100 of the missing girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria.

The girls are wearing full-length hijabs and reciting the first book of the Koran. Boko Haram says the girls have converted to Islam.

Boko Haram demands prisoner exchange for the Nigerian schoolgirls.

Online:  BBC Video Nigeria kidnapped girls ‘shown in Boko Haram video’