Thursday, September 29, 2011

Demicans and Republocrats

So, in preparation for my Civ class's discussion on Aristotelian rhetoric, I began reading about the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the preceding debates (in class, we were to pretend it was just before 2003, and to argue for or against the invasion, basing the arguments on the topoi present in Aristotle's discourse regarding deliberative rhetoric). The professor was to split the "Senate" at the beginning of class along partisan lines, so I wasn't sure which point I would be arguing.

As I was browsing Wiki, my roommate Dani (from Ghana) started asking me questions about the US political system. I answered a few basic questions, but those mostly led to other questions. Soon, my Civ homework transformed into a full-on explanatory discussion of US politics to my international roommates; topics from Democrat/Republican vs. "democratic-republic," origin of the bi-partisan system, basic platforms of each party currently and the evolution of those platforms through time, liberal/conservative vs. Democrat/Republican, scope of governments, the invasion of Iraq vs. the invasion of Afghanistan, partisan division on issues such as abortion, national security, marriage, health care, and business; also the method of electing a new president, from beginning to end. o.o

Holy American Heritage review session, Batman.

I enjoyed it. I was glad that I remembered as many details as I did.

Also, I'm glad I'm not going into politics full-time.

More on this subject later.

God Bless America.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Count Your Many Blessings

I really don't like staying up late and getting up early.
Or going to bed early (in the morning) and getting up late.

However, some things I do like:

My job
Getting a raise at my job
picking an apron at work that already has a knot in the neckstrap
J-Dawgs Special Sauce
J-Dawgs Special Sauce...whenever I want
Good grades on tests
Easy tests
Finishing homework on time
Catching mistakes in homework BEFORE handing it in...with time to fix it!
Discovering new, beautiful places
getting to work on time
free food
coupons for free stuff
BYU Football
...BYU Football--winning
V-8 Fusion (juice)
Good memories of home
Memories of Ridgecrest
Whitney Wonnacott (The little one, not the one engaged to Jimmer...though she's probably pretty cool, too)
Lewiston Bengal Football
...Lewiston Bengal Football--winning
Robert calling me about girl stuff
cute pictures of my niece, Lily
good weather
modern technology
text messaging
Magic Erasers
"Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Really Good Hugs
Roommate families
Cute stuffed animals
Cute real animals
secure houses
ice cream
the gym
going to the temple
Friday (Yes....the song. Gotta get down on Friday.)
Paying Tithing
Good books
Friends that let me use their cars
Not getting busted for stealing a car
General Conference
Home teachers
the scriptures
the Book of Mormon
My spaceship/construction/dinosaurs blanket. It's pretty much the bomb-dot-com
People asking me about my day
people bringing me food so I don't have to cook
the peace that comes from the Gospel
looking pretty

So, all in all, it was a pretty good day. Even if I am exhausted.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Directions

What do blog readers want to hear about, anyway?  I feel like this blog has no direction, so I tend to not write in it. Not because I have nothing to say, rather, I feel I have too much to say and am unsure as to which of those say-ings to post on this blog.  Life updates? Political opinions?  Crafty pictures? Academic insights? Random life moments? Recipes? Reflections?

Feedback would be wonderful. I want to write regularly. What do you want to read?