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[09 Apr 2007|06:05pm]
The longest facebook comment ever written, about MEETING THE RANGERS IN PITTSBURGH!!

Rebecca wrote on Katrina Schaefer's wall:

I met the coach in the morning- I saw him in the lobby so I went up to him and just asked him if he was Tom Renny. He said yes and then I introduced myself, shook his hand, and told him my family were huge fans and that my brother was named after Mark Messier. He asked me if I was in town to play vball (yes) and then after i told him we were losing a lot of our games he just said "Today's a new day." And then I had to go catch up to my team and I was FREAKING OUT. I think i cried a bit.

And then they were loading the bus while I was supposed to be working a match, but my coach let me run down (and i mean SPRINT) to the lobby to get autographs. I missed some of my favorites but I did get to meet... Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, Ryan Hollweg, Jed Ortmeyer, Marek Malik, Michael Rosival, and Matt Cullen. I think I forgot someone too. But my mom stayed in the lobby for like an hour and 1/2 getting more while I was playing!
I was really happy to see Girardi in person- HOT.

The volleyball was great, but meeting these players was probably one of the single most exciting moments in my entire life. No exaggeration whatsoever. Sucks that they lost the game, but I did manage to get my entire volleyball team to cheer for them!!
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[26 Feb 2007|11:40pm]
AP Gov Clarence Thomas Sources:

Clarence Thomas Biography:

Clarence Thomas Biography:

Clarence Thomas Biography:

Clarence Thomas Concurrences/Dissents/Opinions:

Wallace v. Kato, Opinion of the Court: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/05-1240.ZO.html

Supreme Court Times:

Explanation of Title 42 USC Section 1983:

Georgia v McCollum:
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[20 Nov 2006|05:03pm]
my life has become a boring pop song and everyone's singing along.
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[16 Nov 2006|11:45am]
AP Gov work! Woo hoo. NOT.


Interest Group Activity

Common Cause

1) Origin of group
a. Founded by John Gardner, a Republican who was Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare during the tenure of Lyndon Johnson, in 1970.
b. “everybody’s organized but the people.”- Common Cause formed to represent citizen’s interest in Washington.

3) Brief History- Growth and Development
a. After the announcement of the beginning of Common Cause, within 6 months the group’s numbers had grown to over 100,000.
b. There are now over 300,000 members and 38 state organizations

5) Group appealed to

7) How effective are lobbying efforts?
• 1971 - Helps pass the 26th Amendment, giving 18-year-olds the right to vote.
• 1974 - Helps lobby Congress to end funding for the Vietnam War.
• 1974 - Leads efforts to pass presidential public financing, contribution limits and disclosure requirements.
• 1974-75 - Helps pass Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open meetings laws at federal, state and local levels.
• 1978 - Led effort to pass the historic Ethics in Government Act of 1978, requiring financial disclosure for government officials and restricting the "revolving door" between business and government.
• 1982 - Works to pass extension of the Voting Rights Act.
• 1985 - After leading a major grassroots campaign against the MX missile, Common Cause plays a lead role in convincing Congress to cap at 50 the number of MX missiles, after coming close to nearly killing the program outright.
• 1987 - Works with civil rights groups to successfully oppose the nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court.
• 1988 - Calls for the congressional ethics investigation of House Speaker James Wright (D-TX) that leads to his resignation.
• 1989 - Successfully lobbies for passage of the Ethics in Government Act, which abolished special-interest honoraria fees for members of Congress, strengthened the congressional federal ethics laws for the executive branch and Congress, and closed the "grandfather clause" loophole used by senior members of Congress to convert campaign funds to personal use upon retiring.
• 1990 - Works to help pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing civil rights for the disabled.
• 1995 - Calls for outside counsel to investigate House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), prompting an ethics investigation that ended in his resignation and a $300,000 fine.
• 1995 - Works with civil rights and voting rights groups to pass the Motor Voter Act, easing registration barriers for voters.
• 1995 - Lobbies for limits on gifts in the House and Senate and for passage of the Lobby Reform Act, providing disclosure of lobbyists' activity and spending.
• 2000 - Successfully works for legislation to unmask and require disclosure of "527" political groups.
• 2001 - Lobbies successfully with a coalition for the Help America Vote Act, which provided funding to states for improvement of the nation's system of voting.
• 2002 - Leads successful multi-year campaign to enact the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, banning soft money in federal campaigns. In 2003, in a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law.
• 2003 - Leads coalition to raise public awareness about the Federal Communication Commission's efforts deregulate media ownership. Campaign resulted in more than 2 million Americans contacting the FCC to complain about the rules change.
• 2004 - Launches major voter mobilization and election monitoring programs for presidential election.

9) The Common Cause website (www.commoncause.org) is well put together. The information provided is thorough and easy to find. Navigation of the website is not really a problem either, as long as you know what you’re looking for. Not only do they present their viewpoints in sophisticated language, there is also a blog which provides for a more human view of the issues presented. It gives people the opportunity to hear a person’s thoughts outside of a formal presentation.
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[05 Nov 2006|09:14pm]
[ mood | sick ]


-spent the weekend trying to sleep away fever/headache/nausea while also watching my brothers, sans parents.

-had the pleasure of vaccuuming the entire house

-have yet to complete any homework assignments, including that damn Ferrandi essay on god-knows-what.

-missed every opportunity this weekend to finish my AP Gov hours and help the Fretz campaign. (major suckage)

-am in danger of missing practice tomorrow because I feel like crap and may not attend school, which could be bad for my playing time Tues.

and thus ends my rant on the major badness of life at the present moment. please excuse the whining.
(on the plus side, the 'rents are home!)

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[02 Nov 2006|10:22pm]

so I just met Matt Fretz at the Diner with Chris and Ryan. I don't know how I'm gonna finish my hours, it seems like I always have volleyball when he needs us.

Election Day Nov 7th! VOTE!
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[01 Nov 2006|09:42pm]
it's been a while.

college apps suck mucho.
as does school in general.

the end.
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[11 Jun 2006|11:54pm]
AP English... horrific essay... just shoot me now.


[A/N: Okay, writing this was like pulling teeth, and as a result: this= crap. No joke.]

High school scares most freshmen. New classes, teachers, kids, and more provide a forbidding atmosphere. Entering high school, I was that freshman. Joining a sport helped me transition.
I never considered playing volleyball until high school. During try outs, I despised the sport. I don’t know how to pass, the coach is mean, all of my friends play field hockey; I made every excuse possible to persuade my parents to allow me to quit. Not happening.
The season progressed, however, and I slowly realized something. This sport fits me perfectly. Not an individual sport, but no one tries to tackle you for the ball either. Thus began my love affair with volleyball.
I play in 3 different leagues, 3 different seasons. My longest break runs 2-3 weeks. Even during my supposed ‘off season’ I am doing something affiliated with volleyball. Normally, Ridgewood League is a summer commitment, but I also volunteer at the local elementary school teaching volleyball to fourth through sixth graders. That is always an interesting experience.
Growing up with two little brothers, I assumed that I would be able to deal with elementary school kids easily. Oh, how I underestimate the annoying power of 10 year olds. Most of my perpetual frustration was rooted in the fact that once I know how to play a sport and do so at a fairly competitive level, I have a lot of trouble dropping below whatever that level is. So playing with kids who have no experience? Just a little bit stressful.
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More Journalism... [08 Jun 2006|08:13am]
[ mood | tired ]

Guess what... more journalism!

(1939 Newspaper, FYI)

Boston Bruins take Stanley Cup

Yesterday the Boston Bruins secured the Stanley Cup for the team’s second championship. The series finished at a 4-1 record in favor of the Bruins, with their opponent the Toronto Maple Leafs not putting up much of a fight. The teams split the first two games of the series, but Bruin’s goalie Frank Brimsek performed admirably, leading his team to the next 3 consecutive wins.
Though the Bruins could have asked for a more challenging opponent in the final round, by no means did they have an easy time getting there. Going to 7 games with the New York Rangers in the American Division semifinals and playing in 4 sudden death overtime games in that series. Bruins’ right winger Mel Hill was the hero of the series, scoring 3 game winning overtime goals and earning the nickname “Sudden Death.”

September 1, 1939

German Troops Invade Poland: War Imminent?

In 1938 Adolf Hitler decided that the Sudatenland was supposed to be a part of Germany and proceeded to invade it. World powers decided to act using the policy of ‘appeasement’, allowing Hitler to have the Sudatenland as long as he swore to not encroach on the territory of any other nations. Hitler agreed to comply with this demand, but the policy was apparently ineffective. Hitler has broken his word, and early this morning his troops began their invasion of Poland. On August 25 Britain formed a military alliance with Poland, and therefore is expected to declare war on Germany within the next few days.
If Britain declares war, it can expect little to no help from the United States. US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has passed a series of Neutrality Acts that are designed to restrict what assistance the US can give to its European allies. The USSR has also recently signed a ‘non aggression pact’ with Germany, known as the Nazi-Soviet Pact. While this pact has been officially labeled a ‘non aggression’, it contains clauses that divide many nations near Germany and the USSR into ‘spheres of interest’ that dictates that following the invasion of any of those nations portions of them would be forcibly given to either the USSR or Germany.

1939 World’s Fair

With over 200,000 people in attendance, the 1939 World’s Fair opened in New York on April 30.
The Fair features various thematic zones, such as Transportation, Communications, and more. Each zone is divided not by barriers or obvious dividers, but by various cues such as different colored lighting. Separate from these zones is the Amusement Area, which has proved to be the most popular section during the Fair’s span. The Amusement Area provides people with the opportunity to move away from the overtly intellectual nature of the rest of the fair and enjoy rides such as a roller coaster and a parachute jump. Along with these rides, many carnival acts are part of the Amusement Area, one being a collection of performing midgets.
Some of the most popular exhibits adorning the World’s Fair were the 1939 time capsule and a new invention being called the television. The time capsule contained, amongst much more, copies of Life Magazine, a kewpie doll, a dollar in change, a pack of Camel cigarettes and millions of pages of text on microfilm. The television is a relatively new invention that allows one to watch moving pictures in their own home.
Overall, a project designed to help dredge the economy out of the worst depths of a depression has been very successful.

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[16 May 2006|10:23pm]
ANOTHER Journalism entry. This is no longer a journal, it's like a portfolio of crap.

[Author’s Note: Before you read this, realize that I am VERY BAD at writing things not from my own perspective, especially about events that already happened. Too many history facts make it difficult to give a full on editorial.]

Where were you on November 22, 1963? People will ask that question for years to come. I happened to be one of the unlucky ones; I was at the parade. The emotions that overtook the crowd when word of what happened came are too painful for words. Tears, prayers, screams. Myself? Numbness. The leader of the free world, gunned down while waving to an adoring public. Realizing that the presidency will never be the same. It is unfathomable that our newly inaugurated President will ever drive down a street in a convertible, waving to a throng of Americans. The President will become more isolated from the public; more so than he already is. Everything is potentially deadly. A handshake, a public meeting, now a simple drive-by.
Where were you when you heard the news? When someone asks you in 30 years, you’ll remember. Whether you were 12 or 32, this date is another that will live in infamy.
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