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Saturday, January 15th, 2011 05:39 pm
Why do this keep getting mentioned and yet nothing is done about it? That being the mental health system in America, which is rife with problems and only gets attention when some does something foolish, usually with a gun. Why must people die for this to get attention. Discussing the Tuscon shootings at dinner, my dad said he thought the guy might be schizophrenic. He's definitely the right age and the was apparently talk of testing him before he left school. How much heartache might that have saved?

I loved Obama's speech tonight, but that just struck a nerve. Also, the story of Christina Taylor Green may be what people remember most. The rain puddle comment broke my heart. I hope people remember the spirit of this speech, even if they don't like the man who gave it. This is the leader we need.
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Sunday, December 19th, 2010 05:12 am
Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed by the Senate yesterday! First thing I did was call my dad, figured he might want to know before work on Monday, as Mom watches the news after he's asleep most nights. Then I thought about the encore performance of A Change Is Gonna Come that Adam did at the Music Box. Any other predictions he wants to make this week? Even with the Zodiac anniversary, that performance still hit me again when I heard the news. It'll be interesting to see how the news is received in Pensacola. Not sure with the Navy base here. Honestly, the base is part of why I want to leave. I grew up in a military city and have no desire to have my dating pool polluted by guys I'd rather not be with.
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 11:34 am
I've failed at getting a job and had my power shut off in the last week. Oh, and I'm semi-sweating because I accidentally wore long sleeves and it's 69ºF. The failing to get a job hurt because I was attempting to ref intramural basketball, and earning the respect of males is high on my list of life priorities. Anyway, next shot (no pun intended) is softball if my applications for clerical jobs don't pan out. As for the power, Mom and I got our wires crossed on which bills we'd discussed, so she's paying the phone bill I'd intended to pay while I paid to restore power.

As for why I'm awake and productive before noon, tomorrow is my only chance to see UNC live. The ticket office opened early and the line was longer than I expected (damn e-mails to give info to casual fans). As for the weather, if this continues, I'll be wearing gray in the student section tomorrow instead of Carolina Blue, as that is the color of my only t-shirt, problem... After procuring my ticket, I treated myself to a java chip frappacino and headed for the library. The American Indian chapters of my thesis are due, so I was looking at advertising and mascots. It somehow feels wrong, but I'll have to use the J.B. Duke trading cards in the Library of Congress to complete the advertising chapter. Also, I found a dissertation on a North Carolina high school to flesh out the mascot chapter. Not much in the way of secondary literature though and a trip to FAMU will be required to get a book, not sure when though.

Random thoughts, I made teriyaki sauce the other night, 'twas yummy, but I burnt the hell out of my tongue while tasting. While watching the Inauguration I heard a hymn I haven't sung since Children's Choir, Simple Gifts, only the melody of the first two verses though, I noticed. Also, I neglected to comment in my first entry on the kids, whose J. Crew coats I envy, especially Malia's royal blue one. They are the cutest First Kids in forty years. And shame on TY, the Beanie Babies company, for taking advantage of them. Also, props to the Bush twins for the letter they left, great advice. And the scavenger hunt in the White House, during the Inaugural Balls, that ended with the Jonas Bros. in the East Room? Totally awesome!
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 11:34 am
I've failed at getting a job and had my power shut off in the last week. Oh, and I'm semi-sweating because I accidentally wore long sleeves and it's 69ºF. The failing to get a job hurt because I was attempting to ref intramural basketball, and earning the respect of males is high on my list of life priorities. Anyway, next shot (no pun intended) is softball if my applications for clerical jobs don't pan out. As for the power, Mom and I got our wires crossed on which bills we'd discussed, so she's paying the phone bill I'd intended to pay while I paid to restore power.

As for why I'm awake and productive before noon, tomorrow is my only chance to see UNC live. The ticket office opened early and the line was longer than I expected (damn e-mails to give info to casual fans). As for the weather, if this continues, I'll be wearing gray in the student section tomorrow instead of Carolina Blue, as that is the color of my only t-shirt, problem... After procuring my ticket, I treated myself to a java chip frappacino and headed for the library. The American Indian chapters of my thesis are due, so I was looking at advertising and mascots. It somehow feels wrong, but I'll have to use the J.B. Duke trading cards in the Library of Congress to complete the advertising chapter. Also, I found a dissertation on a North Carolina high school to flesh out the mascot chapter. Not much in the way of secondary literature though and a trip to FAMU will be required to get a book, not sure when though.

Random thoughts, I made teriyaki sauce the other night, 'twas yummy, but I burnt the hell out of my tongue while tasting. While watching the Inauguration I heard a hymn I haven't sung since Children's Choir, Simple Gifts, only the melody of the first two verses though, I noticed. Also, I neglected to comment in my first entry on the kids, whose J. Crew coats I envy, especially Malia's royal blue one. They are the cutest First Kids in forty years. And shame on TY, the Beanie Babies company, for taking advantage of them. Also, props to the Bush twins for the letter they left, great advice. And the scavenger hunt in the White House, during the Inaugural Balls, that ended with the Jonas Bros. in the East Room? Totally awesome!
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 05:33 am
I woke up early today to watch the Inauguration. Was amused by the fact that not staying on time made the Presidential Oath a formality, and a funny one at that. It's been a while since I actually read the details of any amendments, and thus had forgotten about the noon caveat. However, that was nothing when Chief Justice Roberts forgot the words to the Oath. Note to the Chief Justice, cheat sheets exist for a reason. As for the Inaugural Address, I'd read Lincoln's Address from 1861 the night before, often quoted in history classes, and it's very streamlined. Obama seemed to want to address everything, his agenda and the historical significance, which led to an overly-full speech. However, I love listening to him speak regardless of the topic. On other points, I saw the Marching 100 of Florida A&M in the Inaugural Parade, and the local news stated that the Tallahassee Boys Choir was to sing at a ball, but I didn't see them. These groups performed for President and Michelle Obama respectively on their trips here. Yay for Tallahassee recognition. As for the burning question of the Inaugural Balls, what would the First Lady wear? I wasn't overly impressed. The florets looked nice on the skirt of the gown, but not so much on the top. And the mini train on the dress made all those dances fun I'm sure. Not that ten dances to the same song is fun anyway, but whatever. Anyway, signing out now, more thoughts later.
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 05:33 am
I woke up early today to watch the Inauguration. Was amused by the fact that not staying on time made the Presidential Oath a formality, and a funny one at that. It's been a while since I actually read the details of any amendments, and thus had forgotten about the noon caveat. However, that was nothing when Chief Justice Roberts forgot the words to the Oath. Note to the Chief Justice, cheat sheets exist for a reason. As for the Inaugural Address, I'd read Lincoln's Address from 1861 the night before, often quoted in history classes, and it's very streamlined. Obama seemed to want to address everything, his agenda and the historical significance, which led to an overly-full speech. However, I love listening to him speak regardless of the topic. On other points, I saw the Marching 100 of Florida A&M in the Inaugural Parade, and the local news stated that the Tallahassee Boys Choir was to sing at a ball, but I didn't see them. These groups performed for President and Michelle Obama respectively on their trips here. Yay for Tallahassee recognition. As for the burning question of the Inaugural Balls, what would the First Lady wear? I wasn't overly impressed. The florets looked nice on the skirt of the gown, but not so much on the top. And the mini train on the dress made all those dances fun I'm sure. Not that ten dances to the same song is fun anyway, but whatever. Anyway, signing out now, more thoughts later.
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Saturday, November 8th, 2008 01:19 pm


Free Obama "Yes We Did - Victory" stickers!
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Saturday, November 8th, 2008 01:19 pm


Free Obama "Yes We Did - Victory" stickers!
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Thursday, November 6th, 2008 03:20 am
Last night was kinda chaotic, so posting my giddiness about the election didn't happen. However, this is the happiest I've ever been as a voter. Given my state of residence, I've learned not to get too excited about results until they are final, but last night was fabulous. And may I just say that President-elect Obama sounds damn good. :-) I went down to the stadium, where CBS was filming to watch until it was clear Obama would win and then I headed home to get ready to go to the bar where the Tallahassee Dems were celebrating. Got there just in time for the Obama speech after watching McCain's speech at home. It was nice to celebrate with Dems who voted in a blue state (not Rachel or my family). However, despite the announcement at 11pm, it didn't seem complete until Florida had gone to Obama, which made all the calls, door knocking, meetings, and events worth it. Much better feeling than four years ago. And I must say this was a cool campaign to work on. FAMU and FSU students working together and events on both campuses. That wouldn't have happened four years ago, and we have Obama to thank for that.

I knew this would be a historic election months ago, but had no idea how many tears of happiness I'd see at this result. I'm not much for happy tears, but cheers and celebrating with friends who were there for the nightmare four years ago I can handle, as I ran into Lacey, who I didn't know was still in Tally. Good times. And I'm thinking that now is not the time for lunch with Allison. ;-) However, I do think that torturing Bryan just a little might be in order, especially since I missed a Joe Biden speech while in Atlanta.
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Thursday, November 6th, 2008 03:20 am
Last night was kinda chaotic, so posting my giddiness about the election didn't happen. However, this is the happiest I've ever been as a voter. Given my state of residence, I've learned not to get too excited about results until they are final, but last night was fabulous. And may I just say that President-elect Obama sounds damn good. :-) I went down to the stadium, where CBS was filming to watch until it was clear Obama would win and then I headed home to get ready to go to the bar where the Tallahassee Dems were celebrating. Got there just in time for the Obama speech after watching McCain's speech at home. It was nice to celebrate with Dems who voted in a blue state (not Rachel or my family). However, despite the announcement at 11pm, it didn't seem complete until Florida had gone to Obama, which made all the calls, door knocking, meetings, and events worth it. Much better feeling than four years ago. And I must say this was a cool campaign to work on. FAMU and FSU students working together and events on both campuses. That wouldn't have happened four years ago, and we have Obama to thank for that.

I knew this would be a historic election months ago, but had no idea how many tears of happiness I'd see at this result. I'm not much for happy tears, but cheers and celebrating with friends who were there for the nightmare four years ago I can handle, as I ran into Lacey, who I didn't know was still in Tally. Good times. And I'm thinking that now is not the time for lunch with Allison. ;-) However, I do think that torturing Bryan just a little might be in order, especially since I missed a Joe Biden speech while in Atlanta.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 05:46 pm
I've finally decided what I intend to write of my thesis this semester. I'm doing African-Americans and mass media (print ads, commercials, newspaper...so far) and the Rebel mascots. I have the newspaper articles for two high schools, but need to search for two more soon. One I have a contact for, just need to call him, as the e-mail went no where. One, I get to play guess the paper, and the university that has it, as we don't have the Gainesville Sun. However, I've mostly been reading books to comprise my first chapter. Instead of doing NaNoWriMo, I have to write 40 pages in 30 days, starting Nov 5th hopefully.

As for my travels, went to Mobile the weekend of the 18th, needed to do laundry (5 loads) and research, ended up in Pensacola for that, but it got done. Fortunately Sara was on campus that day to make use of UWF facilities easier. I got a lot, but might need more, we'll see. The rest of the weekend was Dad and I stressing over the Boston/Tampa Bay series. I even stayed an extra day to watch that blasted Game 7. However, Game 5 was love. We had two televisions out, as the Noles played Thursday, part of why I was in town early. Boston was getting killed until the FSU game was over and ESPN said something to the effect of they'd show the Rays celebration when the game at Fenway ended. At which time I look over at TV #2, Boston's batting with two on, two out. A Pedroia single lets in the first run, then a Big Papi 3-run homer makes it a game. Three more runs in the eighth erase a 7-0 Tampa lead. And I'm watching all of this alone, on the same floor where parents are sleeping, not good logistics. A ground rule double wins the game for Boston in the 9th, and a win in Game 6 forces Tampa to the wall, but they won Game 7. Thus creating a World Series that I haven't watched other than through clips on SportsCenter. *gasp* First time in years, but I can't watch Tampa anymore.

Next trip is this weekend, going to Atlanta, to the FSU/GA Tech game. Bought tix as my birthday present for Bryan. And my one road game of the year. However, now he's having to get off work Saturday, and I have to get a costume for his party (any ideas?), so there are details yet to workout.

Finally, as the election is next Tuesday, I will be part of a "March to the Polls" tomorrow, led by TK Wetherell, University President. I haven't voted yet, but will vote then, as voting on election day isn't free, as I can walk to the courthouse, but not my precinct, WTF? Aside from that, a fellow apartment building resident noticed the buttons on my bag, and was happy to know he's not alone in supporting Obama, as our building is in a fairly Conservative area. So, yay for another supporter.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 05:46 pm
I've finally decided what I intend to write of my thesis this semester. I'm doing African-Americans and mass media (print ads, commercials, newspaper...so far) and the Rebel mascots. I have the newspaper articles for two high schools, but need to search for two more soon. One I have a contact for, just need to call him, as the e-mail went no where. One, I get to play guess the paper, and the university that has it, as we don't have the Gainesville Sun. However, I've mostly been reading books to comprise my first chapter. Instead of doing NaNoWriMo, I have to write 40 pages in 30 days, starting Nov 5th hopefully.

As for my travels, went to Mobile the weekend of the 18th, needed to do laundry (5 loads) and research, ended up in Pensacola for that, but it got done. Fortunately Sara was on campus that day to make use of UWF facilities easier. I got a lot, but might need more, we'll see. The rest of the weekend was Dad and I stressing over the Boston/Tampa Bay series. I even stayed an extra day to watch that blasted Game 7. However, Game 5 was love. We had two televisions out, as the Noles played Thursday, part of why I was in town early. Boston was getting killed until the FSU game was over and ESPN said something to the effect of they'd show the Rays celebration when the game at Fenway ended. At which time I look over at TV #2, Boston's batting with two on, two out. A Pedroia single lets in the first run, then a Big Papi 3-run homer makes it a game. Three more runs in the eighth erase a 7-0 Tampa lead. And I'm watching all of this alone, on the same floor where parents are sleeping, not good logistics. A ground rule double wins the game for Boston in the 9th, and a win in Game 6 forces Tampa to the wall, but they won Game 7. Thus creating a World Series that I haven't watched other than through clips on SportsCenter. *gasp* First time in years, but I can't watch Tampa anymore.

Next trip is this weekend, going to Atlanta, to the FSU/GA Tech game. Bought tix as my birthday present for Bryan. And my one road game of the year. However, now he's having to get off work Saturday, and I have to get a costume for his party (any ideas?), so there are details yet to workout.

Finally, as the election is next Tuesday, I will be part of a "March to the Polls" tomorrow, led by TK Wetherell, University President. I haven't voted yet, but will vote then, as voting on election day isn't free, as I can walk to the courthouse, but not my precinct, WTF? Aside from that, a fellow apartment building resident noticed the buttons on my bag, and was happy to know he's not alone in supporting Obama, as our building is in a fairly Conservative area. So, yay for another supporter.
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Monday, September 29th, 2008 05:32 am
Nothing like a little early morning humiliation to kick off one's weekly update. I just went to the store to get milk and candy only to discover upon reaching the checkout that I'd grabbed the wrong debit card holder, and thus had no way to pay. Oops, might go get that stuff later.

However, other than that, my week's been good. Went to see the screening of the final performance of RENT on Broadway at the theater on Wednesday. First time I'd ever seen the Broadway cast, but not the stage production. It was good, but I liked the tour production better, as there seemed to be chemistry issues between the actor and actress in my favorite plot line (Mimi and Roger). That could've been the filming though. There was a fabulous surprise at the end of screening though, as the original cast came out on stage. Unfortunately, my favorite member had given his ticket away to a kid who was second place in contest for the biggest RENT fan. I wonder if he was there anyway though, just not on stage.

Friday I got back from the library just in time to get the message that the College Dems were meeting to watch the debate and discuss Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's appearance in Tallahassee. However, watching the debate turned into an event as Internet feeds were a pain in the ass. Watching the debate in a College Dems meeting on a Fox News feed is weird. And as the debate was mostly economics my BS meter wasn't as engaged as it is on other issues, but I'd call it a draw. I will say though, that if this were a school debate where the whole package matters, not just the views presented, Obama won. Listening to McCain speak, even if I think his view makes sense, is painful.

Saturday started early and was long. My ride to the Obama/Biden event skipped out, so I had to get a cab, which when one is unemployed, is expensive. I got there and should've gone straight to where the stage was, but I was talking to fellow College Dems. As a result, I heard everything, but didn't see what Michelle and Jill were wearing until I saw the nightly news. There was a delay between the introduction, which weren't as long as previous events. Dr. Biden's speech was a nice intro, as she talked about the tour, the ticket, families, and education, plus how registering voters equates with homework. Michelle Obama's speech was a combination of her keynote speech from the Convention and continuing Jill Biden's themes, ending with a registration pep talk. They scored big points by acknowledging all the students in the audience, who were there despite football season. And while I skipped out on registering activities on Sunday, I'll be there today, and some for the rest of the week.

Oh, and while I don't have a job that pays well, I do have a job. I work for ChaCha.com answering people's questions. However, 10¢ an answer doesn't accumulate very quickly. I've put in about seven hours, and earned just over $10. I'll put in more time this week though.
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Monday, September 29th, 2008 05:32 am
Nothing like a little early morning humiliation to kick off one's weekly update. I just went to the store to get milk and candy only to discover upon reaching the checkout that I'd grabbed the wrong debit card holder, and thus had no way to pay. Oops, might go get that stuff later.

However, other than that, my week's been good. Went to see the screening of the final performance of RENT on Broadway at the theater on Wednesday. First time I'd ever seen the Broadway cast, but not the stage production. It was good, but I liked the tour production better, as there seemed to be chemistry issues between the actor and actress in my favorite plot line (Mimi and Roger). That could've been the filming though. There was a fabulous surprise at the end of screening though, as the original cast came out on stage. Unfortunately, my favorite member had given his ticket away to a kid who was second place in contest for the biggest RENT fan. I wonder if he was there anyway though, just not on stage.

Friday I got back from the library just in time to get the message that the College Dems were meeting to watch the debate and discuss Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's appearance in Tallahassee. However, watching the debate turned into an event as Internet feeds were a pain in the ass. Watching the debate in a College Dems meeting on a Fox News feed is weird. And as the debate was mostly economics my BS meter wasn't as engaged as it is on other issues, but I'd call it a draw. I will say though, that if this were a school debate where the whole package matters, not just the views presented, Obama won. Listening to McCain speak, even if I think his view makes sense, is painful.

Saturday started early and was long. My ride to the Obama/Biden event skipped out, so I had to get a cab, which when one is unemployed, is expensive. I got there and should've gone straight to where the stage was, but I was talking to fellow College Dems. As a result, I heard everything, but didn't see what Michelle and Jill were wearing until I saw the nightly news. There was a delay between the introduction, which weren't as long as previous events. Dr. Biden's speech was a nice intro, as she talked about the tour, the ticket, families, and education, plus how registering voters equates with homework. Michelle Obama's speech was a combination of her keynote speech from the Convention and continuing Jill Biden's themes, ending with a registration pep talk. They scored big points by acknowledging all the students in the audience, who were there despite football season. And while I skipped out on registering activities on Sunday, I'll be there today, and some for the rest of the week.

Oh, and while I don't have a job that pays well, I do have a job. I work for ChaCha.com answering people's questions. However, 10¢ an answer doesn't accumulate very quickly. I've put in about seven hours, and earned just over $10. I'll put in more time this week though.
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 06:49 am
I've been neglecting my journal and thus didn't express my feelings about my first event of the 2008 political campaign. On August 24th, Barack Obama came to Tallahassee and despite work that night I went. I got to FAMU and the doors to the gym hadn't even been opened yet. Once we got inside, the speeches began. I swear everyone in Tallahassee spoke, from the FAMU SGA President to Senator Richardson, Mayor Marks and the FAMU President, with all the Commissioners (including the former FAMU SGA President who's older brother of the current office holder)in between. Half of the presentation was local support with a fabulous performance by the Marching 100 (not in full uniform, which surprised me). Obama's speech was mostly his talking points with not much expansion, except emphasis on teaching and education, which makes sense as a look at his tour schedule reads like a list of American college towns. His comments about loans and grants and cutting out the companies that make millions of dollars on them was well received though. As well as making it more appealing for those who are avoiding teaching less than higher ed to reconsider. Yes, that includes me. I refuse to teach under NCLB as it stands now, but if it were revamped or scrapped, we could talk. However, what I liked most about the speech, aside from the Iraq war comments, was that I see someone who I genuinely think is electable.
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 06:49 am
I've been neglecting my journal and thus didn't express my feelings about my first event of the 2008 political campaign. On August 24th, Barack Obama came to Tallahassee and despite work that night I went. I got to FAMU and the doors to the gym hadn't even been opened yet. Once we got inside, the speeches began. I swear everyone in Tallahassee spoke, from the FAMU SGA President to Senator Richardson, Mayor Marks and the FAMU President, with all the Commissioners (including the former FAMU SGA President who's older brother of the current office holder)in between. Half of the presentation was local support with a fabulous performance by the Marching 100 (not in full uniform, which surprised me). Obama's speech was mostly his talking points with not much expansion, except emphasis on teaching and education, which makes sense as a look at his tour schedule reads like a list of American college towns. His comments about loans and grants and cutting out the companies that make millions of dollars on them was well received though. As well as making it more appealing for those who are avoiding teaching less than higher ed to reconsider. Yes, that includes me. I refuse to teach under NCLB as it stands now, but if it were revamped or scrapped, we could talk. However, what I liked most about the speech, aside from the Iraq war comments, was that I see someone who I genuinely think is electable.
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Sunday, July 1st, 2007 09:23 am
While reading the news last week, I came across the results of a Sumpreme Court case that annoyed me. It was a case from Alaska about a banner displayed during the Salt Lake City torch run. A kid held up a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner to get attention. And boy did he. The kid was suspended from school despite the torch run not being on school grounds, but as class was let out early for the torch run, the school felt it had jurisdiction. How a case this stupid warranted the justices attention, I'm not sure, but it did.

The now conservative Court flew in the face of students' rights when it ruled that the banner did indeed violate school drug policy and the punishment was justified despite the incident not occuring on school grounds. While it doesn't override Tinker v. Des Moines, which allows protest at school, it does infringe on students' freedom of speech, which Tinker states may only be curbed if it disrupts the classroom (nope), involves substantial disorder (only because the principal got her nose out of joint, no pun intended), or invades the rights of others (nope). This is the latest ruling limiting students along with the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier judgment in the late '80s. That case was about censorship of the school newspaper, but school censorship continues in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" (Morse v. Frederick) case. While I understand that high school students do not have the same rights as adults, this verdict was crazy. The school should have realized the banner was a joke, not an ad, and Roberts, Alito, et al shouldn't have been given the satisfaction of lessening the rights of students everywhere.
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Sunday, July 1st, 2007 09:23 am
While reading the news last week, I came across the results of a Sumpreme Court case that annoyed me. It was a case from Alaska about a banner displayed during the Salt Lake City torch run. A kid held up a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner to get attention. And boy did he. The kid was suspended from school despite the torch run not being on school grounds, but as class was let out early for the torch run, the school felt it had jurisdiction. How a case this stupid warranted the justices attention, I'm not sure, but it did.

The now conservative Court flew in the face of students' rights when it ruled that the banner did indeed violate school drug policy and the punishment was justified despite the incident not occuring on school grounds. While it doesn't override Tinker v. Des Moines, which allows protest at school, it does infringe on students' freedom of speech, which Tinker states may only be curbed if it disrupts the classroom (nope), involves substantial disorder (only because the principal got her nose out of joint, no pun intended), or invades the rights of others (nope). This is the latest ruling limiting students along with the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier judgment in the late '80s. That case was about censorship of the school newspaper, but school censorship continues in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" (Morse v. Frederick) case. While I understand that high school students do not have the same rights as adults, this verdict was crazy. The school should have realized the banner was a joke, not an ad, and Roberts, Alito, et al shouldn't have been given the satisfaction of lessening the rights of students everywhere.
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Sunday, March 25th, 2007 04:44 am
Finally, a reason to be glad to be proud of being a historian. Also, justification for being one of a very few in my military history classes that openly opposed the Iraq War.

American Historical Association Denounces the War in Iraq

In an unprecedented step, the nation’s oldest and largest professional association of historians, the American Historical Association (AHA), has ratified a resolution condemning government violations of civil liberties linked to the war in Iraq.

The resolution urges members “to do whatever they can to bring the Iraq war to a speedy conclusion.” In electronic balloting whose results were announced on March 12, some three-quarters of those voting supported the resolution, which was originally proposed by members of Historians Against the War (HAW), a national network of over two thousand scholars on more than four hundred campuses. The resolution had gained earlier acceptance from members attending the AHA’s annual meeting in Atlanta on January 6, 2007, and from the AHA Council, which decided to send the resolution out for ratification because of its sensitive nature.

“The outcome indicates the deep disquiet scholars feel about damage done to scholarly inquiry and democratic processes by this misbegotten war,” said Alan Dawley, Professor of History at The College of New Jersey and a former winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize, who was the initial mover of the resolution.

The American Historical Association was chartered by Congress in 1889. Past Presidents include two United States presidents who were also historians, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt. President John F. Kennedy was also a member. According to current members, there is no instance in its 118-year history when the AHA has dissented from U.S. foreign policy. Staughton Lynd, a prominent supporter of a defeated 1969 resolution opposing the Vietnam war, comments: “Back then we asked historians not only to oppose the Vietnam war but to protest harassment of the Black
Panthers and to call for freeing political prisoners. This resolution focuses on government practices that obstruct the practice of history. It asks the American Historical Association only to encourage its members, as individuals, in finding ways to end the war in Iraq."

In the weeks leading to the vote, many of the nation’s leading historians, such as Eric Foner of Columbia University and John Coatsworth of Harvard, both former AHA Presidents endorsed the resolution.
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Sunday, March 25th, 2007 04:44 am
Finally, a reason to be glad to be proud of being a historian. Also, justification for being one of a very few in my military history classes that openly opposed the Iraq War.

American Historical Association Denounces the War in Iraq

In an unprecedented step, the nation’s oldest and largest professional association of historians, the American Historical Association (AHA), has ratified a resolution condemning government violations of civil liberties linked to the war in Iraq.

The resolution urges members “to do whatever they can to bring the Iraq war to a speedy conclusion.” In electronic balloting whose results were announced on March 12, some three-quarters of those voting supported the resolution, which was originally proposed by members of Historians Against the War (HAW), a national network of over two thousand scholars on more than four hundred campuses. The resolution had gained earlier acceptance from members attending the AHA’s annual meeting in Atlanta on January 6, 2007, and from the AHA Council, which decided to send the resolution out for ratification because of its sensitive nature.

“The outcome indicates the deep disquiet scholars feel about damage done to scholarly inquiry and democratic processes by this misbegotten war,” said Alan Dawley, Professor of History at The College of New Jersey and a former winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize, who was the initial mover of the resolution.

The American Historical Association was chartered by Congress in 1889. Past Presidents include two United States presidents who were also historians, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt. President John F. Kennedy was also a member. According to current members, there is no instance in its 118-year history when the AHA has dissented from U.S. foreign policy. Staughton Lynd, a prominent supporter of a defeated 1969 resolution opposing the Vietnam war, comments: “Back then we asked historians not only to oppose the Vietnam war but to protest harassment of the Black
Panthers and to call for freeing political prisoners. This resolution focuses on government practices that obstruct the practice of history. It asks the American Historical Association only to encourage its members, as individuals, in finding ways to end the war in Iraq."

In the weeks leading to the vote, many of the nation’s leading historians, such as Eric Foner of Columbia University and John Coatsworth of Harvard, both former AHA Presidents endorsed the resolution.
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