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Oh, History, How I Love Thee - Let Me Count the Ways

Lately, I feel like I've been getting away from History because I've been focusing on other classes to get to be able to take what I need to take to fulfil my major requirements. So, I've decided that I am going to start writing about issues that come up in my Sociology class, current events, and such, and relate them to History. I will try to do this once a month because I am pretty busy and these entries will involve research and such. These posts will be public and will be free to debate, hopefully so I can meet some new and interesting people and learn new and different things as I go along.

This is just an introductory post to this, so I will annouce myself. I am 23 (next month), currently going to UNLV for my BA in History with a focus on European history. My Minor is in Anthropology, and I will be going for my Master's in Library Science after I graduate. I've had a passion for History for a long time, and am eager to explore how History connects to our everyday lives and how we can use it to better ourselves and our future. I want to meet people with similar interests and enjoy debating about controversial topics.

I need to decide on a first topic to cover, which I will post on March 1. Any suggestions would be welcome, but here are some ideas that I've thought of:

1. Socialization in general, but more specifically, feral children and the impact that society can have on our lives as we grow.
2. The impact of technology on our family lives
3. How we view ourselves - physical appearance and vanity
4. Folklore and mythology - how it reflects our lives today
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It's Politics Time!

I noticed that it’s been a while since I posted something a little “light-hearted.” So, it’s time for a social/political post! Yay! Everyone put their helmets on.

There has been a lot of things going on in the news lately. So much to comment on/snark/whatever you want to call it. I’ll mention a few things here today.

First things first - Healthcare. I haven’t read the bill that the House recently passed and the Senate shot down, but I am honestly getting a little sick of hearing about healthcare. I realize that it’s important for many people. Hell, it’s important to me. However, I would rather they take their time and pass a bill that will work and won’t further drain the economy than pump out something that will further ruin what is an already screwed up system.

I completely agree with the importance of a new and improved healthcare system. It is definitely a necessity. However, Congress really doesn’t seem to know what it’s doing (like it rarely ever does), and I’m not sure that this is the right crowd to really make improvements. I mean, listening to some CSPAN clips and watching various news sources, while reading articles online, have got me worried! Some of the people in Congress shouldn’t be allowed out in public, much less be able to make and pass laws for the entire nation. I’m not saying that I have all the answers, or know what is the best solution to the problem. So many people have so many ideas. Some are good, and some are bad. Who really knows what will ultimately work? I certainly don’t. I just wish that the people in Congress would either get educated about what they are trying to pass a bill for, or let some people in to help them develop something that will work. The partisan crap needs to stop - we are all people here trying to make a difference and make the country better for everyone (not just Democrats or Republicans!). They need to work together and find some kind of middle ground that works and isn’t ridiculous. Sounds a whole lot easier than it actually is.

Obama. Gotta love him - he’s trying to fix something that is so screwed up, no one knows which way is up. Unfortunately, he keeps running into bad press. He honestly didn’t NEED to “win” a Nobel Peace Prize. He’s a good guy and the first African American President of the United States, but he hasn’t done anything to deserve winning such a coveted and highly respected award. I voted for him and I support him still - but I think that the Nobel Committee awarding him that just put one more nail in his already half nailed down coffin with his critics. I can understand their reasoning - that they awarded it to him to “incite support and with a hope for the future” that he may bring peace and prosperity to a nation that has fallen. But still - a Nobel Peace Prize? COME ON!

Finally, I just want to mention something that I saw on the Daily Show last week. (Well, I really watched the episode last night on my DVR, but it was from last week.) Jon Stewart was talking about Fox News, as he does a lot these days. (Obama bashers and such!) He mentioned a rally that Sean Hannity was covering for a supposed “march on Washington” in dispute with the healthcare bill that the House of Representatives passed last week. In the footage shown in the background, they began with footage from the day of the rally and then literally changed the footage to reflect a completely different rally on a completely different day that Glenn Beck had thrown in September! Can you believe that?! They didn’t even mention the change in footage when they were discussing the “thousands and thousands” of attendees. The best part is that the Glenn Beck rally was better attended than the healthcare rally!

Anyways - that’s my take on some recent events. Not necessarily light hearted, but at least it’s not depressing. Or is it? Kind of hard to tell.
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"Osama, Yo Mama..."

So, today is a day of many things to many people. For some, it's just another day. For others, it's a day of remembrance and patriotism. And for still others, it is a day of mourning the loss of loved ones.

To me, today could be considered just any other day. I was not personally impacted by the attacks of 9/11/01. All of my loved ones were safe on that day, thank goodness. Today is just another Friday, another payday, another night to go out with friends.

Or is it? Is it really okay to not do anything to remember a day when over 3,000 people lost their innocent lives? Is it okay to "forget" about the heartbreak, the fear, the confusion, the panic of that day? Has so much time passed that it is no longer relevant to discuss this day?

I was in 8th grade when the attacks happened. Even though I was not personally impacted by those tragic events, it still hit me like a ton of bricks. I remember exactly what I was doing, what I was wearing, and how I felt. I remember the reaction of people at my middle school. I remember that there were several people missing from the school that day because they lost someone in the attacks. I remember teachers that stopped everything and were just watching TV during class to try and find out exactly what the hell was going on.

Why do I remember this? Mostly because it was an incredibly big deal at my school. Almost half the student boy/faculty lost someone, or knew someone who was injured that day. (Keep in mind, though, that my school wasn't terribly big...perhaps 2,000 or less students and faculty.) I watched the news for the majority of that day and had goosebumps on my arms as I saw those buildings fall, and people running and screaming, and people crying.

Perhaps you are wondering why I would chose to write something so depressing? Well, truthfully, it's because I believe that this horrible day has fallen by the wayside. It is not and the forefront of people's minds anymore - which is distressing. It is SO important that we remember this, so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. We need to learn from our mistakes, from the mistakes of others, and need to keep tragedies such as this in the front of our minds for two main reasons: 1. So that the victims are not forgotten, and 2. So that those who committed these acts of terrorism are found, caught, and punished for their crimes.

I cringe to think that we are STILL seeking the perpetrators of 9/11/01. It is true that we had found several people that were in connection with the act, however, we have not found the main culprit. We aren't even sure if he's still alive, at this point. I think that we need to focus on finding this person (and any other people associated with him) so that these attacks to do not happen again and do not continue to happen as they grow more confident.

These are hard times, for everyone. It seems that all the things that we thought we built solidly - the society and culture that we have created that we thought was safe and secure - are no more. Things are crashing at our feet and many people do not know what to do. The country is almost in shambles because of the economy, the housing market, health care, extremism, and many other things. It's hitting everyone, for the most part, and a lot of people are scared - including myself.

The only thing that I can say, as today draws to a close, is that I have optimistic hopes for the future of our country. I don't believe that we will crash and burn. I think that Americans are made of better stuff, and I think that we will eventually prevail against the great beast that is selfishness, greed, and corruption. I believe in our President to help us out of this mess. I believe that Congress has good intentions. I even believe that we will one day win the battle with the ones that brought destruction to our country for the first time in decades. I sincerely hope that I will not be proved wrong.

Good day to you!
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"The Fits Gonna Hit the Shan!"


So, the news has been quite interesting lately. It's been all over the place - from "birthers" to crazy yelling "patriotic Americans" to, even crazier still, people who want to see the President of the United States' penis to prove he was circumcised, and therefore American.

I honestly almost don't even know where to begin. I honestly don't see how anyone can still even be questioning Barack Obama's origins of birth. Maybe they need to be knocked over the head several times with a cement copy of his birth certificate to get it? Obama was born in the United States - just because his father was from another country, doesn't mean that he's ineligible for the Presidency. To support my argument, I must reference a document that we all know and love - The Consititution.

"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States." (Article II, Section I)

How can that be more clear? He obviously is a natural born citizen, which means a person that is born in the United States of America. And where was Barack Obama born?! IN HAWAII - WHICH IS A STATE. Honestly, it really kind of makes me upset that people would actually believe that this man would successfully "doop" the entire United States Government, and his own party into thinking that he wasn't a natural born citizen. What's next? Someone claiming that he hasn't lived in the United States for the past fourteen years (which would also make him ineligible to become a Senator, by the way)?

What further astounds me are these people that are at the town hall meetings. Now, I don't know if any of you have seen the footage, but come on people! Comparing Barack Obama to ADOLF HITLER?! Where do you come off? How is he similar, in any way shape or form - other than that they are both male, human, and hold/held political positions? Seriously, everyone think with you brains. What did you learn about Hitler in high school and college? How are Obama's policies similar, or his beliefs similar to that evil person (and yes, I'm referring to Hitler as an evil person)?

I am shocked about these people coming out to town meetings where the President of our country is going to be speaking, and bringing with them assault rifles, fully loaded. I would like someone to explain to me how this is acceptable. You can't bring those weapons into an airport, why would you bring them to a peaceful gathering of people to hear the President explain his health care plans? Of course, I fully and completely support the Second Amendment and the "right to bear arms", but I honestly do not think that it is appropriate, much less something that will help your argument, for someone to bring a fully loaded assault rifle to a function such as that. Are you expecting Bin Laden to fall from the sky?!

I really could go on and on. Now, please do understand my positions on these issues. I voted for President Obama. I support his ideals and what he spoke of during the campaign. I am, however, a little disappointed by the complexities of this health care bill. Perhaps I need to go somewhere and read it for myself, but I honestly don't understand the reason why it needs to be over a thousand pages long - isn't that a little excessive, Congress?

I also am a little skeptical about how we are going to pay for this stuff. I am worried to death about the economy and jobs, and health care, and the whole she-bang. Please don't think for a second that this all hasn't hit close to home for me, because it has - my dad was laid off and has been unable to find another job in his field. He is struggling, and it kills me to know that I truly cannot afford to help him right now. I want this economy fixed as much as everyone else. I want the healthcare system fixed too, because I don't think its right that Mclovin' (my boyfriend) has to pay for his healthcare because his employer (a small business) can no longer afford to pay for it themselves. I think its despicable that 50 million people in this country are going without healthcare, and that children and the elderly and others are suffering for it.

Those of us who are help to do something really should. I believe that, if enough time is given, Congress and the President will make the right choices. I may not approve of everything that is going on right now, but I do believe that Obama will find a way to at least start making it better. I want him to succeed. And every single one of you who are doubting him and doubting Congress and fighting them at every turn instead of being helpful and offering whatever help, advice or support they need; all of you need to stand up and support him to. You need to want him to succeed, and you need to want Congress to pass the proper legislation to pull us out of this mess. Because, I am telling you ladies and gentlemen - if they do not, we are in for a whole lotta hell that none of you have ever seen before. You think this is bad? If they fail, we WILL be in the new Great Depression. Worse than the one 70+ years ago - worse than anything that has happened yet.

We are at a cross-roads right now. I hope you all can feel it and see it. Something will happen during the next four years that will change history - I can feel it. Hopefully, that something will be positive and what we all are hoping for.

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I Am Alive...

 I realize that I haven't updated this thing in well...99 weeks, according to livejournal.

But I've been busy, okay?!

I originally intended to use this as an outlet for my writing and will hopefully continue to do so. There is lots more to come!

 

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New Beginnings

Hello!

This is my very first entry in my new livejournal account thingymabobber. I'm going to, as stated in my bio, make this a writing only site where I put all of my writings and poems and such. 

Some of you may wonder why I'm doing this, and it's simple. I need to get back to doing something that I've always loved doing and haven't had the time to in a long time. I'm going to advertise this on my myspace page, and so, to those of you who have come here because of curiosity or just to support me - thank you. To those of you on livejournal who are just exploring, welcome. I hope you all enjoy my entries here and comment and critique on my works in progress. There's always room for improvement, and I want to improve enough that I become the full-fledged published author that is my goal. 

Enjoy the silliness. I'll try to post a story or something on here by next weekend. TTFN!

~Nikki
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