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Re: We have a new president; What are your thoughts?...
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Fair Democracy... Wouldn't that be nice?


Voting for the President--A New Type of Transparency
Posted October 28, 2008

Imagine being in the voting booth and the only thing you have to go on is the candidates' stand on the issues. Imagine voting purely based on a candidate's record. Imagine not knowing anything about a candidate's personality. Imagine not even knowing a candidate's gender or race. Imagine that nothing would get in the way of making an educated, informed decision.

The Upper School Student Council imagined such an election and on October 28, 2008 five candidates addressed the entire Upper School. Under the direction of teacher Taylor Black, they presented issue-oriented platforms, presenting their stance on Iraq, Afghanistan, healthcare, abortion, the bailout, gay marriage, drilling for oil, immigration, death penalty, public education, and Israel.

The students listened and then they voted. It was only after they elected Bari Saltman that they learned they had elected Ralph Nader (Bari received 46% of the votes). Zak Sawyer stood in for McCain and received 4%; Emily Graham, being Obama, got 29% of the votes; Nia James represented the Libertarian Bob Barr and earned 2% of the votes; and Jesse Goldberg was Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney and took 17%.

Posted on: 2008/11/12 14:47
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Re: We have a new president; What are your thoughts?
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true enough scythe... there are situations where the police (and bodyguards lol) need assault rifles..

and personally i do not support a ban against assault rifles (Teflon bullets are another thing but i wont get into that) but can it really be argued that such a ban wouldn't be well intentioned and would, in conjuction with the proposal to reestablish the police's ability to trace guns, at least initially slow the gun trade... and hey possibly save one or two cops lives...

and in all actuality that kind of ban would prob never happen.. there is still the Supreme Court to stop something like that and despite what either candidate said (McCain on Roe Vs. Wade and Obama on the Tiahrt Amendment) the president can't overturn a Supreme Court decision.

Love you guys...

Posted on: 2008/11/6 23:15
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Re: We have a new president; What are your thoughts?
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Kyp,
as i've heard it and what's on Obama's own site

Obama supports a ban on assault rifles (effectively what are used by military's overseas) and Teflon bullets (bullets than can travel through 3 feet of concrete.

Basically putting a ban on what are called "cop-killers".

As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information.
Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them.
They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof.
They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

Assault rifles entail weapons designed for military use... usually accompanied by being automatic weapons.

am I completely missing what exactly i'm suppose to be against here?

Posted on: 2008/11/6 22:49
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End of an era....
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So umm yea for those of you who don't know i've been playing college soccer at Truett-McConnell college this semester...

well we just played our last game of the season in the playoffs for the national tournament... and we lost....

This is monumentally important because, due to finances, health problems, and dislike of the school, i will not be continuing my education, thus my soccer career, here....

So basically tonight i had the last game of competitive soccer that i will play in my life...

again for those of you who don't know me, soccer has probably been the biggest aspect of my life for the past 15+ years, and to have it end so suddenly... idk it's just hard i guess....

love you guys

Posted on: 2008/10/29 23:57
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Re: Nalfien's Apprentice Journal The American Economy and What should be done... Part 3 (income tax)
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SO LATE MERIN lol =)

and i can't lie to you i don't quite understand exactly what your saying lol but i'll give a try at an answer anyway...

i assume you mean that the government has been paying for these programs for years and still continue to do so without them completing their intended purpose...

No Child Left Behind - increase testing scores in the United States and better preparing our students for the "real world", Over the past 8 years the United States has fell from roughly 4th or 5th in education in the world to 12th or 13th.

The War On Drugs - If i have to explain the failure here then... lol all i can say is that alcoholic prohibition didn't work why did we think that narcotic prohibition would?

The War in Iraq - Original Purpose was to find WoMD's.. didn't find any... i will not say are reasons for going there were bad or that we did a bad job there, only that we were misinformed and are still there instead of pursuing our war on terror

The Current Welfare System - FDR didn't design it to be a crutch for American's but rather a safety net... it has been the single most powerful aspect of Americans decent into lethargy

umm yea thats about it for why i think they failed... as to your thing about you get what you pay for... exactly, our government is not immune to the disease of lethargy that has infected american culture. Our government would rather sit back and pay for something that doesn't work while disillusioning themselves into thinking it's making a difference, than try their hands at being revolutionaries and actually fixing the problem...

so yea that's about it... love ya
MTFBWY,
Nalfien

Posted on: 2008/10/19 19:33
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Re: Nalfien's Apprentice Journal
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Listen up my friends
Don't you know there's something wrong
We've been numbed, dumbed, disempowered
And silent for too long
Those who lead us have not earned our allegiance
They have only bought the right
We are marching, sheep to the slaughter
Going down without a fight

We've grown fat on the suffering of strangers
And rich with all they lack
The cars we drive, the food we eat
The very clothes upon our backs
What do we return or offer
To set the balance right?
Find the level ground in kindness and compassion
Not in ignorance, arrogance, or military might

If we could just see beyond the lies that we foolishly embrace
See beyond the subtleties of difference and become the human race
We are one human race

Complacency has numbed our senses
To a fog of apathy
Has our freedom earned us the right
To live without honor and die without dignity?
There is no heroism in this "patriotism"
It's just a game of "us" and "them"
Let's get the story straight, learn to cooperate
Find a way we all can win

There is no safety in the rules we write
Commandments never purged the sin
There is no shelter in the walls we build
They will only box us in
Wrists extended for the chains, handing over the reins
For the falsehood of security
It isn't hard to find the truth to which we've been blind
Fear is our only enemy
Fear is our only enemy

Even the brightest colors bleed, may they fade to a paler shade of peace
And help us see beyond our differences and become the human race
We are one human race
We are one human race

-Third Road Home

Posted on: 2008/10/18 20:37
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Re: Nalfien's Apprentice Journal The American Economy and What should be done... Part 3 (income tax)
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Alright so me and daniel have come to a conclusion about what should be done about income taxes. it took a little longer than i had hoped but you things like this happen i guess lol....

anyway...

So it's starts off with Government reform that we'll get into later but basically as it applies here the state and local governments are set up to have more of an impact on our lives and the federal government is set up more as an overseer...

So basically we should demolish income taxes in their entirety and establish what is called the "fairtax system" (more can be found on this system here : http://www. fairtax. org )... but basically what fairtax does is gets rid of income taxes and then raises sales tax to compensate.... overall it will raise up to 32% more without American's having to pay it all out of pocket at one part of the year... even though we agree with the fairtax system there will be reforms to even that (which is why i talked about the government reforms earlier).. basically all the sales taxes we pay will go to our local state government who then takes care of our basic needs... then at the end of the year the state governments owe a tax to the federal government based off of the populations in their respective states..

doing this will have the following benefits...
1) like i said a 32% increase in revenue
2) since the state governments get the tax money first.. and they are responsible for our basic needs. the government becomes a lot more approachable and people will then be able to get reforms actually done...
3) With this system the only people filling out taxes are the state and federal governments, removing that stress from the people..
4) An abolishment of the IRS which will get rid of another overbudgeted Government program meaning even more money to get us out of this economic crisis

and that's about it for now... the next installment will prob be what to do with the other failing Government Programs... but we'll get to that later

Written By: Daniel Jennings
With a huge amount of help from: Daniel Rutherford

Posted on: 2008/10/2 19:46
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Courage.
In any language, the word has a special ring to it, as
much, i suspect, from the reverent way way in which it is
spoken as the actual sounds of the letters. The word
evokes images of great deeds and greater character: the
soldier fighting for his cause when he seems to have seens
the last of his days; the resilience of a mother caring
for her children when all the world seems to be against
her. In many cities of the world, young children walk the
streets, without parents, without homes. This is a unique
kind of courage, a braving of hardships both physical and
emotional.

Courage is not the absense of fear. Courageous people
expierence the same fear as do us all. The heart of
courage lies in overcoming our fear, rising above it.
Courage is staring the dragon of fear in the eye and not
even slowing down. (yea i took that from the ep 3
novilization lol)

What is courage to a Jedi then? It is written into our
code... but what does that truly mean? Followers of
Jediism have a unique kind of courage. Our faith is
shunned by society, that much is true, and it probably
always will be. Our collective courage come in with us
standing for what we believe in and holding true to our
faith, our calling.... our courage is what make us Jedi

Every member of this order is possessed of this courage,
and yet we still have more. Among our order we have true
heroes, people willing to give their lives for a greater
cause, a higher calling... this is the greatest showing of
courage, and valor. Giving your life for another is the
greatest sacrifice that a human being can offer. I am
proud to say that i know these people, that i share a
common calling with them...

MTFBWY,
Nalfien

Posted on: 2008/9/30 23:02
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What are the responsibilities of the Jedi in the modern
world?
I have thought about this for quite awhile and to be honest
I still have no clue. What I do know is this...

We are not the Jedi of fiction. This much is true. We do
not have functional lightsabers, are not the sole
peacekeepers in the galaxy, to say the least about the
extent of fictional Jedi's Force abilities.

We as real-world Jedi cannot be expected to shoulder the
same responsibility as the Jedi of lore. So what is our
role in society?

I said we are not the Jedi of fiction... but i do believe
we share the same role. Jedi were the peacekeepers of the
galaxy, but they could not have been able to solve every
problem, there just wasn't enough Jedi to do the job. The
problems encountered daily on every planet in the galaxy
were solved by ordinary people. Not Jedi, but regular
human beings. So what role did the Jedi have in these
everyday and trivial problems? Jedi of lore served by
example, we must do the same.

We must hold onto our principles and our code, live our
lives as Jedi. To hole ourselves above others and think
that because we are Jedi must must shoulder extra
responsibility is arrogance. Our responsibility only
extends to that that is carried by every person.

We serve our people simply by exsisting.

We must remain true to who we are and what we are here to
do. I say we serve our people simply by exsisting, I did
not mean that simply by being we are bettering the world
around us. We must act as we know we should, follow the
code that defines us as Jedi.

As Jedi we expect that we should be effecting the entire
world, and we should. But not in the way that some seem to
think. It is an old saying that (and forgive me if i get
the wording wrong) dropping a pebble into a pond can
create a tidal wave that encircles the globe. The smallest
act of kindness can have reprocusions that will
drastically effect our world. The tiniest showing of love
can change the world.

MTFBWY,
Nalfien

Posted on: 2008/9/30 22:56
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War.

The word itself is almost too painful to verbalize. It
invokes ghastly images of horrifying crimes against nature
and our fellow man. Death, destruction, unbound cruelty;
war provides a backdrop to acts of unparalled evil. It is
the death of men, of ideas, of everything that we hold
dear.

We've tried to end it, put a stop to the violence, cease
the fighting, but we cannot. We claim the reason to be
that we are flawed. We cannot stop because we are not good
enough, humans are not perfect, thus, we have war.

We are wrong. The reason for war is not that we are at
fault; it is because we are perfect. We alone have the
greatest gift God has ever bestowed; the right to think
for ouselves, the right to choose. As long as humans have
the illusion of a freedom of choice there will be conflict
and, thus, war. As terrible as war is, it is inevitable.
As hard as we try to escape it, we cannot.

War is not the enemy.

War is not evil.

MTFBWY
-Nalfien

Posted on: 2008/9/30 22:55
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