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debate this

do any of the news sites keep a video of the complete debates up for people to view? i’m supposed to watch tonight’s debate, but i’ll be in class. any ideas?

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chirp!

spammers suck.
and nextel is the devil (i hate that damn chirp!).

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meme me

found over at mikey’s, who found it somewhere else, yadda yadda. thought it’d be a good study break.
bold means i’ve done it.
01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
09. Hugged a tree (jokingly)
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg

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study break

desperately trying to get caught up this weekend. i’m at least on my way. i just finished evaluating the declaration of independence. i’ll post it in the extended in case you are interested. next stop: assault weapons ban and then the problem solving exercise for my conference. wheeee!
i was so tired last night, my neighbor dragged me over and cooked for me. i think that the stress from all that has happened has caught up with me – and all i want to do is sleep. but i can’t because i have too much to do. maybe next weekend … riiiiiiight.

Thomas Jefferson used several elements of argument to support the cause for freedom in “The Declaration of Independence.” Jefferson’s main claim of policy indicated that the thirteen American states should break away from King George and Britain, forming their own government. He used a clear warrant and other claims in support of his main point, as well as the elements of ethos, pathos and logos. Jefferson’s two main claims of policy occurred at the beginning and end of the Declaration. The first stated, “�it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,” indicating that the colonists have no choice but to forego King George’s rule. The second claim ended the Declaration, saying “We � solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; � they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peach, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and � all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.” Throughout the piece, Jefferson used claims of fact as support for the main claim of policy. The first five supports started with a claim of fact and ended with either a claim of value or an appeal to ethos – in this case, an attack on the King’s credibility. By attacking the King’s character, Jefferson indicated that he and the American people were of a higher moral caliber than the King. The following examples show the pattern Jefferson used, with CF equaling claim of fact, CV equaling claim of value and E standing for Ethos, with a slash to divide the sections of the sentences: He has refused his Assent to Laws, (CF) / the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. (CV) He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; (CF) / and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. (E) He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature (CF) / a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. (CV) He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records (CF) / for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. (E) He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, (CF) / for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. (CV) The first half of each statement would have been easily verified at the time Jefferson wrote the document. He was asserting fact. But the second half of each statement varied between ethos and a claim of value. When Jefferson claimed the King “has utterly neglected to attend to them” he was addressing the King’s character. Use of the word “neglect” could also appeal to pathos, as Jefferson was trying to elicit a negative response to the King’s actions. When Jefferson stated the King committed “invasions on the rights of the people” he was making a claim of value that what the King did was an invasion. It was a judgment call – not everyone would agree that what the King did was wrong (especially the King). There are a few more uses of ethos in Jefferson’s support, including “[h]e has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power” and “[h]e has refused for a long time � to cause others to be elected; � endeavoured to prevent � population of these States; � and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.” He used logos in “�by refusing � Judiciary powers” and “kept among us � Standing Armies” and “�abolishing our most valuable Laws�” He went on to use pathos in “swarms of Officers to harass our people” and “�plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, �destroyed the lives of our people.” By inciting the colonists’ anger, he hoped to secure their support for independence and a new government. Jefferson’s warrant was a claim that had not been made in regard to government before: that men were created equal, endowed with unalienable rights, and the governed must give consent for the government’s power. If the colonists had not believed this crucial point, the Declaration would not have made an impact on their lives and their belief in a right to freedom. The Declaration was a powerful argument for freedom – so much so that an entire country was built on that principle. Jefferson used many elements of argument successfully to unite a people – and ultimately – a nation.

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checking in

i’m still swamped. i have a project due next week for a conference i’ll be attending in early october. still have two papers to write, have to come up with an idea for two others, and study for an essay test next week.
oh, and i have to do it all by monday.
so that’s why i’m scarce.
i do miss the interaction with everyone. i go around and read, but don’t really have time to comment on everyone’s site. :( i want to, but it takes too much time. as this post already has. *sigh*
but if you have time, go to rock the walk tonight. i’m sure it’ll be awesome.

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coffee!

i used to hate coffee. HATE it. but when i worked at a hotel, i got tired of hot chocolate and needed a warm-up on chilly mornings (i walked a few blocks from the trolley & i get chilled easily). i started out with a LOT of sugar and cream, with a bit of coffee thrown in. smile
now, i drink coffee pretty much daily (sometimes i take sunday off).
all the talk about coffee on other blogs made me think about what my favorite coffee is. i don’t swing out a lot – i drink what’s available. but two of the best coffees i’ve ever had were kona coffee and a coffee from puerto rico (my best friend gave it to me) – neither of which are easily available to me. the kona was REAL kona coffee, straight from the grower in hawaii. not the crap most grocery stores “claim” is kona.
i like medium and mild coffees and am beginning to enjoy stronger coffees as well. i’d much rather have strong coffee than something that looks like tea. and i still use cream & sugar – but more sparingly. i will take cream over sugar any day if there’s a shortage of one.
starbucks? i only go there if i’m desperate and it’s more convenient than something else. but i do enjoy their chai creme frap. mmmm.
i make two cups of coffee every day in my tiny coffeemaker at work. i keep flavored creamers in the fridge because they don’t spoil as quickly as half & half. i grind my own at home, but it’s too much of a pain at the office.
we have a starbucks coffee scoop (given to us by an aquaintance that worked there) and it actually does measure perfectly (it’s 1 1/3 Tbsp, if you’re curious – i measured it out). i’m a slightly rounded-scooper and hubby is more of a flat-scooper. he swears mine tastes better, but i just think he says that so he won’t have to make it.
i’m always open to recommendations if you know a good coffee to try.
that’s my coffee story. what’s yours?

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grateful

thank you all for your notes of sympathy. i truly appreciate it.
i’m buried under catching up with work & school, so I may still be a little scarce. but once i’m caught up, it’s back to the usual drivel.

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merde, ii

she’s gone.
i won’t be around for a while.

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merde

shit. gramma’s not well at all. rapidly going downhill. i can’t do anything by going, except help my mom. i may be making a quick trip. i don’t know how it’ll affect classes and work. just don’t know what to do at this point.

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random

there sure are a lot of senior citizens at home town buffet before 6pm.
“i don’t think you’re ready for this belly”
on noting the extra special attention from the manager:
“it’s because we’s hot womins”
“fo sho”
ahm tarred (that’s i’m tired for you non-southerners)

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