Sunday, September 30, 2007

Staying on Track Week 6

Quarter 1 Week 6

1933 - 21st Amendment from Monceau @ flickr

It's time to start your Unit 2 Project. This project is about adding amendments to the Constitution, sort-of. I mean, it's not that difficult to learn about adding amendments to the Constitution. There's only two ways to do it. Here check it out:

Amending the Constitution

Really this project is about solving problems. You should know by now each of the amendments solves a problem that our nation was facing. Now it's your turn to try to solve a problem in your life by adding it to the Constitution.

A few last things to keep in mind. Be creative. If you're looking for some fun, and creative ways to complete your project check this out.

If you're looking for other people to work with, join the Class Network. Let me know if you need an invite. I'll send one your way.

Please have some fun with this project. Go after an interesting problem. Create a crazy project dealing with a problem. It's important to remember that creativity counts in this class.

As always let me know what I can do to help.

Oh, and bonus points for anyone who comments about what's going on in the picture at top of this post.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mr. Moses - On the World's Smallest Politcal Quiz

You should (should don't have to but should) have the assignment dealing with the World's Smallest Political Quiz done by now. In case you were wondering where I scored:



Any surprises there?

What's this mean for me when it comes time to vote?

If you'll notice the little dot is to left and to the top. It means I have a hard time finding candidates to represent what I believe in.

Why's that?

The people to left (Democrats) don't match real well with the people to the top (libertarian). You see, Democrats want the government to be more involved in your life by providing support for citizens, etc. That goes well with the down (statist) part of the spectrum, just like the right (Republican) goes well with the top.

What I am to do when it comes time to vote?

I have to look at each candidate carefully and the usually end up settling for the one that's closest to what I believe. It's not easy, let me tell you. :)

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

State Senator Chambers vs. God

You know those wacky lawsuits where the person at fault actually sues the victim, and wins? Like that one where the robber breaks into a house, gets locked in for eight days, and then sues the person who lived there! Or the one where the woman sues a furniture store after tripping over her OWN SON, and breaking her ankle. People have been making all kinds of crazy accusations, taking them to court and ACTUALLY winning, like the two people above for a long time now.

But what about suing God? Do you think anyone could actually get away with it? Would a court who rules so often against God, observe him in court as someone tries to sue God? One State Senator in Oklahoma is trying to point out how frivolous the court system is, by actually SUING God. He's filed all the necessary paperwork, and has recognized in the paperwork that God is omnipresent, and even though he won't be in court, he will be knowledgeable of all court proceedings.

He’s filed against God in court for various catastrophic activities in which God has caused, resulting in mass deaths, and continuously making terrorist threats against the world. Ernie Chambers, the State Senator states that he has tried to contact God on several occasions, without any response. Chambers is seeking a permanent injunction in which the court is to order God to cease certain harmful activities.

Remember, Senator Chambers is just trying to make a point that there are certain types of lawsuits that should not be allowed in court. He’s even introduced a few bills prohibiting certain types of lawsuits, his main objection being that the constitution says the courts should be open to all, which means anyone can sue anyone, even God.

So what do you think? The suit is still in process, so there’s no outcome yet. What do you think the outcome will be?

I’ll report back on this story, when there’s more information. Thanks for reading guys!
James

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Cartoon 2

This weeks cartoon is once again brought to you by Toothpaste For Dinner. (I'm going to try my hardest not to over use this website!) Have you ever had someone come up to you and try to explain some crazy reason on how the Government is trying to control you? Or how the Government has some big inside job with tracking devices in our vegetables? Well, ladies and gentleman, welcome to the world of conspiracy theorists. The chances are, you've seen it somewhere. Whether you saw it in a movie, or your friend has some crazy conspiracy, they're everywhere. So, this weeks cartoon is dealing with just that. :] Enjoy!

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Unit 2 Lesson 4 - Assignment Help

Watch the video. Send me your questions.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Staying on Track Week 5

Quarter 1 Week 5

It's time to start Unit 2. Which means that it's time to start thinking about government. I know that this sounds backwards, but go check out the project for this unit. Do it. Right now.

Alright, I'm glad you're back. You may have noticed that the project is about adding an amendment to the Constitution. Really though it's about solving problems.

Problem Solved from badjonni @ flickr

So, before you start doing the work for this week start thinking about some problems (some things that bug you to death) that you would like to see fixed. Next week you'll get to start solving that problem.

For this week there are three assignments that you need to do:

1) 06 Unit 2 - Review Assignment (which is a quick review of Unit 1)...

2) 07 Unit 2 - Lesson 3: Assignment (which will help you get some ideas about your politics) and...

3) 08 Unit 2 - Lesson 4: Assignment

A quick word about the "08 Unit 2 - Lesson 4: Assignment".

This is the first real government assignment for this class. You're going to need to watch the videos, do the readings, and ask me questions. The questions you need to answer for the assignment will require you to make some leaps. Remember that I am here to help you. Also, I'm going to post a video for help with the questions on Monday. Keep an eye out for that.

Two things to remember while you work on this unit:

1) Creativity counts, a lot, in this class.

2) This unit is really just about solving problems.

Keep these two things in mind over the next five weeks.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

The Candidates 2008

I was watching the Democratic Debate in Iowa. Although I may not be old enough to vote now, I will be before I graduate and I sat down to watch what the issues would be about when I go to vote for the President of the United States.

While watching, I saw the difference between simplicity and complexity. But when yo listen to what they say rather than just hear it, can you really say you understand what they're saying? I mean, for me, I was surprised at hearing some of their statments. The Senator of New York, Hillary Clinton, was standing on a strong, sturdy platform that was out there and open. She seemed to target the things that seem to matter most. And she made a great statement about her view on the Iraqi war that I could really agree with for more tha one reason. But she's probably going to be the first female representitive to the whole world for the United States. She may take my vote if I were to vote soon.

And then there is the Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson. Although he made strong statements, some of the time, he seemed to be thinking of what he was saying RIGHT when he's saying it, rather than before opening his mouth. I may be just blabbering away about something simple, but if you have to say something, you should think about something good to say. But Richardson could've taken my vote if he didn't make an irrational statement as taking "ALL" the American troops from Iraq. However, he still stood strong on his platform that he was building himself upon. He should make it very far, maybe even farthur than Clinton may make it. But he's still got a ways to go.

John Edwards, former Senator of North Carolina, was a terrific man in the words he spoke, but he often ignored others who were asking him to slow down and let other's take their turn. All of the things he said make perfect sense if you perfer the way one can think. Edwards and Clinton seem to be on the same platform in more ways than one, even if they are from different genders and she may make it farther than him, I think he'll go far and make us wonder.

Christopher Dodd could be the violent peacekeeper that we all don't want. He comes to the debate with a feirce fire to end a war, to bring people together, and to become the persona of something that's strong enough to "cease" the fire. I may be wrong about him, just like I may be wrong about everyone else that's representing the Democrats. Dodd has done more than just speak, he's also shown that he wants to end something violent with more force by saying, not exactly, but same meaning, "We have to end this war." I think that everyone might agree with what they believe, but I think he's just a violent peacekeeper.

Joe Biden may be the only one with a great sense of humor for a guy running for the hardest position in the United States. He may reign from Delaware, but I'm sure that he's got a good head on his shoulders and a good way to just put his feet up and relax. Biden and Dodd seem to agree that he's got a sense of humor, as they laugh about it. Biden also wants to do things with a straigh thought and a clearer head. Even if an option is presented, I believe Biden will be able to overcome the opposition of any doubt about an option that may be presented.

The one thing I want everyone to know is; you can push our government in the direction you want. This is my voice, my feeble little voice, that I don't think will reach all the way out there into the public eye, but I do believe that whomever the next president is, they won't be laughed at like President Bill Clinton was, with the whole "Impeach Clinton and her husband" bumpersticker madness. We should just agree to disagree sometimes, you know? Anyways, I was watching debates and decided to make my voice be heard.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Cartoons in Government!

Yep, you've read that title just right.

I'm Brittany and I'll be your cartoon gal! I've picked up the duty of cartoons for a couple of reasons. My main reason being that there is a humorous side to American Government. Everywhere you turn, someone is making some kind of political joke and I'll be that person. I've always loved learning about Government and found that a cartoon or joke had always made it a little more fun!

I hope everyone will enjoy the cartoons in some way! :]

My first cartoon is from Toothpaste For Dinner. A website I'm very fond of. The cartoon deals with Ralph Nader who has tried to run for President of the United States three times. He is a democrat and has found organizations such as Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA). Nader is big with the Green Party, and has never successfully won the role of President.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Staying on Track Week 4

Quarter 1 Week 4

task master

We're starting to get to the heart of this class. This week you need to finish your Unit 1 Project. Next week unsats go out and if you don't have the Unit 1 Project complete you'll be getting one of those.

But Mr. Moses, you said that there aren't really any due-dates or deadlines for your class. What gives?

Well, there are some things that I have to do because we're still a pretty normal school. One of those things is send out unsats. If you get an unsat it doesn't mean that you can't still do the Unit 1 Project.

Dude, I just got in this class sending home an unsats pretty harsh.

Yeah I know. There are lots of students who have just joined the class. If you're really worried about getting and unsat you can take care of the first unit in just a few days. How do I know? Because there are lots of students already working on Unit 2. Again though, even if you get an unsat you can still do any of the work that's in the grade book to get a great quarter grade.

Here's what you need to do to not get an unsat:

Complete the Unit 1 Project by the end of this week. It's all about you and I know you like talking about you. So go get it. Let me know what I can do to help. :)

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Obama on the 10 Commandments

Hey guys. I was watching Democrat Hillary Clinton get grilled by Bill Maher today, and saw an interesting video. Check out this link, and watch Barack Obama's response to Bill Maher's question on the 10 commandments. Now, I'm usually on the Republican side, but I think it's good to look at every party running to be our next President. Anyways, heres the link.

http://debates.news.yahoo.com/

Click on Obama's face, then click on the video feed from Bill Maher, and click play.

Let me know what you guys think!!!!!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Current Events

My name is Shayla. I'm sure no one knows me.... yet!
I've chosen to write about current events in this blog because I think it's awesome to keep up. Most of my information will be coming from TIME, CNN (although I'm not a big fan of CNN), RJ [Review Journal], and anything local or national. I want to have some up-to-date information for the whole class...
So, when I get around to it, I'll be sure to find something unique for you all to digest as of the new news! In the mean time, this is just me saying "HEY!" in the Class Blog.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Christianity in the Government

Post in the class blog do not, necessarily, reflect the view point of Odyssey Charter Schools or Mr. Moses. The Class Blog is open to opposing points of view. If you'd like to blog about the other side of this issue please let me know. :) -Mr. Moses

Hi guys! For those of you who don't know, my name is James. For those of you who do...What's up!

I'll be covering Christianity in the Government for this year. I know some of you, or a lot of you may not be Christian, or may be of a different religion, and so I would love to hear feedback from any of you on any of my upcoming blogs! Just for reference, I am a Christian, and have been for the last two years or so. But I hope to keep a more philosophical, and historical approach to my blogs. I will try to keep my biases to a minimum, and I will do my best to respect all choices in personal belief when it comes to religion, or for many of you, non-religion.

Some of you may not know this, but religion is a huge part of the government! For the past years, there have been tons of arguments in the government, over things such as God being apart of the pledge of allegiance, the word "God" being on money, and God being in school.

I hope to report on these and many other current events on this subject, and to hear your guy's feedback. Your feedback is important to me, because this is our country. It isn't the government that decides what name is in the pledge of allegiance, it's YOU!

I look forward to the rest of this year, and hope to meet some you guy's as well throughout this upcoming year. Feel free to add me on OCHS Network, if you haven't already!

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Political Leanings May Be in Your Head

From ABC news

Political Leanings May Be in Your Head

You may be a Republican or a Democrat because of how your brain works. Cool.

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The Up Comming Primaries

Cross posted in the Class Network (send me an email for an invite if you're not part of it already)

Alright everybody, its time to talk politics. My name is Caleb and I will be covering "The upcoming primaries" topic.

Primaries and Caucus are two terms everybody should know in this network.
Primaries : is a preliminary election in which people nominate candidates for their party to run for an office.

Caucus : is a meeting of party leaders to select candidates they wish to run for an office.

This year the date set to chose the candidates to run for each party (Rep. and Dem.) is scheduled earlier than ever. This is heating things up in the political realm, because candidates are trying get their message out, but are running short on time. This years set dates are for February, 6 months earlier than usual in August.

That it for now, but I post more later. Someone should step up and take another topic. I sent a friend invitation to everyone, so make sure you check it out.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Staying on Track Week 3

Quarter 1 Week 3

me

It's time to get going on your "About Me" project. You have two full weeks to work on this project, so I'm expecting you to dazzle me. That's right, dazzle.

This week you should work on
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
of your Unit 1 project. This will give you plenty of time next week to do the other two parts and put the whole thing together.

Please remember that all of the projects for this class are Group Work Positive Groupwork Positive meaning that you can work in groups if you want to. If you'd like to meet other people who want to work in groups for this class check out the Class Network (if you don't have an invite let me know and I'll send you one).

Have a great week and let me know what I can do to help along the way.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

New Republican Candidate

Did anyone watch the Republican debates last night? Yeah, me neither. In other news, there's a new Republican presidential candidate:



Fred Thompson.

It feels like he's got a good shot at being your next president.

If you know anything about this guy please post it in the comments. If you want to blog about the Republican candidates for president send an email to gmoses@odysseyk12.org and you can put your thoughts right here on the class blog.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Looking for Class Bloggers and Staying on Track Week 2

Quarter 1 Week 2

Because this is a class blog I am looking for people interested in putting posts up.

I'd Rather be Blogging
I would love it if some of you would be willing to cover the following topics for the class:
  • The Upcoming Primaries
  • The Democratic Presidential Candidates
  • The Republican Presidential Candidates
  • Independent Presidential Candidates
  • Current Events
If you have another topic that applies to this class and you'd like to cover it let me know.

I know what you're thinking, "Moses, I've got a bunch of other work that I need to do for your class and you want me to be a blogger on top of that?". The answers is, well sort of.

If you choose to be a class blogger at the end of each quarter I'll discuss with you what your grade should be, regardless of what the grade book says. This means that if you're a class blogger you can negotiate for a grade much higher than the one in the grade book!

Even if you've never blogged before, maybe especially if you've never blogged before , I want you to take part in this project. I will teach you what you need to know about blogging.

If you're interested send an email to me at: gmoses@odysseyk12.org

Assignments for This Week
  • 01 Unit 1 - Lesson 2: Assignment
  • 02 Unit 1 - Lesson 3: Assignment
  • 03 Unit 1 - Lesson 4: Assignment
  • 04 Unit 1 - Lesson 5: Assignment

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