Monday, May 24, 2010


While there were other Confederate prisons, such as Libby Prison and Salisbury Prison, Andersonville was by far the largest. It opened in February 1864 and did not close until April 1865, subsequent to the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. The prison chief, Henry Wirz, was described as one of the cruelest men to have ever lived. As one soldier put it, “Captain Wirz very domineering and abusive, is afraid to come into camp any more. He

Monday, February 22, 2010


Sam Adams
1. Sam Adams was born on September 27, 1722 in Boston, Massachusetts.
2. Sam Adams was born into the wealthy and politically influential Adams family. He was raised in Boston. His father, Samuel Adams Sr., was a Deacon. He was one of 12 children.
3. As a child, Adams lived on Purchase Street in Boston. He was a devout Puritan as a child.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Healthy People 2010

Healthy People 2010 was created by the United States government. It’s two main goals are to improve the quality and years of healthy life and to eliminate health disparities among various segments of the population. It’s focus areas are access to quality health service, arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic back conditions, cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, disability and secondary conditions, educational and community-based programs, environmental health, family planning, food safety, health communication, heart disease and stroke, HIV, immunization and infectious diseases, injury and violence prevention, material, infant, and child health, medical product safety, mental health and mental disorders, nutrition and overweight, occupational health, oral health, physical activity and fitness, public health infrastructure, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, tobacco use, and vision and hearing. The leading health indicators are physical activity, overweight and obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunization, and access to health care.
One of the objectives of Healthy People 2010 I can help meet is to increase the rate of high school completion. I can do this by keeping my grades up and graduating from high school. I can help other people achieve this objective by helping them with their schoolwork. Another objective that I can help achieve is to reduce pedestrian fatalities by being very careful when I walk. I can help others achieve this objective by urging them to be careful when I walk with them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Direct military action in Haiti: A bad idea

While I was working out the other day in the gym, I noticed on the news that the Haitian Ambassador to the United States was requesting that the United States send troops over to Haiti. This would not only put American lives at risk, it would also be pointless. There is no need for troops in Haiti. If there is civil unrest as a result of the earthquake, it is not the United States's business to go waging wars wherever we please, putting lives of troops who often had no options but the miltary at risk.
It's bad enough that we have troops over in Haiti already as guards for aid workers, and we don't need to put people in even more danger. Why should people who are so brave just get thrown into the meat-grinder as if we are playing Civilization II? Forget it, Obama this is real life. With real troops. With real lives.

Business Class: A Slippery Slope

In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, one's intelligence, and hence occupation are predetermined at birth, ranging from Alpha Plus to Epsilon Minus. Having those as young as 12 (7th Graders) choosing careers is the beginning of a slippery slope. There is an old Arabian proverb which says "Let a camel stick his nose in your tent, and soon he will be all in".
Fascism, which has been described by Benito Mussolini as "the corporate state", is a political system where not only is all government criticism supressed, but one's career is determined by one's aptitude, not one's interests. This view is also espoused in communism, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need". Having a class where students are indoctrinated to be good workers for a corporation is not only fascist, but plutocratic as well. Apparently, businesses in Delaware are involved in the creation of the curriculum. If businesses are involved in this, don't you think it would be in their financial interest to have students indoctrinated to be good workers? If we have corporations getting the government to increase profits instead of educating students, one will be stuck with a stupid populace with no idea how to (and no desire to) revolt against the totalitarianism expressed in dystopian novels. Having a business class in middle school is letting the nose of totalitarianism into the tent of democracy.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fahrenheit 9/11

Based on Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel whose title is based on the autoignition temperature of paper (Books are banned in this book.), Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 gives a chilling expose into the events in the Bush administration surrounding 9/11. It shows how close the Bush administration is to the Saudi Arabian royal family (16 of the 20 hijackers were Saudi), and just how poorly the Afghanistan War was managed. Did you know that we sent a mere 11,000 troops over to Afghanistan originally. In addition to giving Osama bin Laden and the Taliban a 2-month head start to hide out in the mountains, we TRAINED the Taliban back in the 80's to kill the Soviets. It also documents the Bush administration artificially raising terror alert levels to control the populace using fear. Sounds an awful lot like TERRORism, doesn't it? It also exposes the lies surrounding the (pat)Riot Act, the Iraq War, and why we flew the bin Laden family out of the country three days after 9/11 without even asking them any questions. It also investigates how the Bush administration censored 28 pages of the 9/11 report, and how they're very shady about how the administration failed to connect the dots, and how he spent 42% of his time on vacation. At the beginning of the movie, it uncovers the shady aspects of the 2000 election, such as the fact that the person at Fixed Noise (Fox News) who called the election for Bush was Bush's first cousin, the fact that Bush's family had ties to the company which made the voting machines, and many more. It uncovers the near-dictatorship we had under President Bush and his cronies, and how shady the previous administration was. It's the best horror movie I've ever seen

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Why are there so many "chickenhawks" in office?

I don't get why majority of people in Congress who are pushing this war are the ones who didn't serve in the military when they were of age. However, the majority of those who oppose the war are veterans. Isn't America going to wake up and see that if their Congressperson had served, than they might be more recalcitrant about sending our kids off to be cannon fodder? While the Bush administration and the Republicans really got the gold for chickenhawk-ism, the other side of the aisle is sure doing its job. Few, if any members of Obama's cabinet and his advisers (aside from those within DOD itself) were never out on the front lines themselves. If the Obama administration had more civilian cabinet members who had served, they would realize that a country has to pick its battles. We simply cannot go waging wars unless it is absolutely vital to our self-defense. It is unfair to the soldiers who had the courage to sign up, to send them out to war without having ever put yourself in their shoes. There is even a repository of notable Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who served and didn't serve. You'll be astonished at how many "neo-conservatives" had their patriotism displayed through bumper stickers instead of enlistment contracts.