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60 years after Brown v. Board, how to stop schools from re-segregating

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Quarter 4, Week 4, May 19-23

This article written by Beverly Daniel Tatum talks about BROWN V. BOARD  and how many years ago this court case eliminated racial segregation in schools and now the schools want to RE-SEGREGATE. There are people who think that schools are more segregated today than they were in the 1980's, and they believe it is due to the patters that have continued such as residential segregation. People think that as school begin to segregate again "white" kids will have less contact with "colored" kids. and their only contact with a "colored" kid will be virtual, such as pictures and they know that it will not be good pictures which will shape the attitude of kids in the future to believe that "colored" kids are bad or different than we are, Which I do not believe is true under any circumstances. To works around this people think that the "white" kids should be taught in school the social justice issues such a prejudice and racism in hopes that, that will make them think a little more about the STEREOTYPES  that they will be exposed to in life. They think learning this will help the kids know how to grow up in a hugely diverse world.


I can relate to thing personally because I attend a strongly diverse school and I honestly hope that we DON'T re-segregate because I don't think that I would be the person I am today if I did not grow up around all these different ethnicity's.  Some of my best friends are a different race than I am and that has not harmed me in any way. 


I can also relate this to my AP government class because I remember talking about this court case in class and how it was such a huge success. I also read about how the "white" kids were back then before schools were segregated and they were just mean! they had all those stereotypes of what a "colored" person was stuck inside their heads and wouldn't change their minds. Now even if they do re-segregate the schools in the future, the kids will have parents who went to segregated school talking to them about how being with colored kids is not a bad thing and we will not be filling their heads with lie about them. Because we are all the same no matter what our skin color is.

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The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.
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Quarter 4, Week 2, April 21-27

This article talks about how many INTEREST GROUPS can get whatever policy they desire passed , but if you are just a a regular citizen fighting for a policy they want, their chance of getting it passed are next to zero. They say that an average citizen only has a chance of a policy being passed by them is if they are wealthy and can afford to support the fight. The article states that the government is more responsive to the wealthy citizens, and in a recent study done by the University of Connecticut has shown that the Senate only responds to the policies wanted by the rich and they think that because the income is worsening this problem will only become worse.

 

I don't think that the government is benefiting from only hearing the policies wanted from the wealthy. I think that the less wealthy would have good ideas but just because they cant support it, they can't have it. I also don't agree with the fact that the government is allowing the interest groups to pass any policy that they wish. From other readings, I have noticed that some of the policies they want to pass are completely insignificant to the well being of the Americans.

 

 

 

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Nini Lam's comment, April 22, 2014 9:04 AM
The article you read was very similar to mine. Both said that our government is run by the elite and rich rather than on the agreement of the vast majority. Interest groups can try to get a policy they want but it most likely will not pass. However, if someone who is rich what they want will most likely pass. In your article, the study was done by the University of Connecticut while in my article it was done by Princeton and Northwestern Universities. I don't think that it is fair that even though most people may agree on something it wont happen just because one rich person doesn't. These articles just prove that we have elitism in our government.
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Gun sales spike for fear Obama will curb right to bear arms

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This sporting goods shop in Richmond, Va. and others across the nation are seeing a spike in gun sales. Gun owners worry gun laws will tighten under Barack Obama's presidency. At the Silver Bullet Firearms in Wyoming, Mich., 39 guns were sold Saturday, compared to nine last Saturday. (AP Photo)
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Quarter 3, Week 8, (March 17-23)

This article talks about how President Obama's winning of the 2008 presidential election caused and increase in the selling of firearms because many gun enthusiasts believed that he would push restrictions on firearms. The election caused gun sales to increase more than 30% in a week. The demand for Sport-Utility guns is so high that the manufactures are having a  hard time keeping up with the demand. Gun owners also have decided to stock up on ammunition because the think President Obama will try and increase the tax on bullets. They state that putting limits on Law-abiding citizens was a bad way to curb gun violence. All the gun salesmen say that POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY is great for business. They also said the Clinton and Obama are the best "gun salesmen" the gun manufacturers have ever had. They worry that higher taxes and gun bans will be bad for the companies, and cause them to have to go out of business.

 

My first thought when I read this article was how incredibly odd it was. These gun enthusiasts were so certain that Obama, even before he was elected, was going to put huge restrictions on firearms that they felt the need to stock up on guns and ammunition. To me personally, it sounds a little ridiculous. These people didn't even know if he was going to be the next president. The thing that stood out to me in this article is that former president Bill Clinton was mentioned for the restrictions that he put on guns but, would that not be a violation of the RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS in the SECOND AMENDMENT? I know that I could totally be wrong but, from what I have learned in AP Government this year is that "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." wouldn't restricting firearms be an infringement?

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 22, 2014 1:37 PM
The second amendment is not unlimited. National, state and local laws have put limits on the right to bear arms including mandated background checks, waiting periods, prohibitions on concealed weapons, etc. The President has no power to limit the right to bear arms. Congress and State Legislatures make the laws.
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Sex offenders challenge laws banning Facebook access as violation of 1st Amendment rights

Sex offenders challenge laws banning Facebook access as violation of 1st Amendment rights | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
The legal battles pit public outrage over sex crimes against cherished guarantees of individual freedom and the far-reaching communication changes brought by Facebook, LinkedIn and dozens of other sites.
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Quarter 3, Week 6, (February 24- March 1)

This article that takes place on May 30, 2012has to do with the judges in Indianapolis that have banned sexual offenders from accessing social networking sights such a Facebook.com and instant messaging website (ect...). They believe this will help keep many young teens safe from sex offenders on the internet that intend to make them their next victim. Carolyn Atwell-Davis said it well, she said " It's going to be really hard to write something that will achieve the state's purpose in protecting children online but not be restrictive enough to be unconstitutional." She said this because many offenders are have decided to fight against the nations court, and successfully challenging the restrictions on their freedom of speech. Their fight got the laws that were too constraining in some states thrown out and this allowed them to join social networks. The states are having a hard time letting them on social networks because they believe that they need to protect the children from pedophiles that prowl the internet. Xavier Von Erck questions why we would allow pedophiles to troll the web for victims but restrict voting rights from people convicted of lesser crimes. he believes that is JUDICIAL HYPOCRISY. Judges are given the sense that these offenders can not do anything on the internet like send questions to televised debates or comment on news stories because they require a facebook account. judges argue back with the fact that they can use the call in option for radio stations to ask questions and ect..

 

So, personally I don't think that pedophiles should be allowed access to social networks because I am 17 and I know that I don't want pedophiles looking on my facebook page and trying to contact me. I know that some teenage girls can be very naive  and fall for their tricks, but if we can keep as many sex offenders off the social networks as possible the better. I realize that this is in violation of the 1st amendment, but honestly these people have not just been convicted of sexually offending people but also in some cases murdering these girls. By keeping them offline we could be saving the lives of some of these girls. I think the judges will be able to find a way around the first amendment and still keep them off social networks, or at least I hope so.

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Susan J. Demas: GOP plans rigging Michigan's Electoral College votes aren't dead yet

Susan J. Demas: GOP plans rigging Michigan's Electoral College votes aren't dead yet | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Lame duck 2014 is the perfect time to resurrect the electoral college legislation that could enshrine GOP power for decades.
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Quarter 3, Week 3, February 3-9

Last year there were a bunch of stories about legislation that would have given Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the majority of Michigan's electoral votes disregarding the fact that he lost by 10 points (450,000 votes). The plan was obviously run by the Republican party. The republicans believe a new approach to the state is needed for the republican candidates due to the fact that Democratic candidates have won Michigan's vote for the last 6 presidential elections. The plan, thought up by Rep. Pete Lund's, was that only 2 of the 16 electoral votes would go to presidential candidate that won the most votes state wide, the rest would go to the winner in each of the states 14 congressional districts. Due to this plan, it will be incredibly easy for the next republican candidate to win Michigan, even if they lost by hundreds of votes. This plan has not been reintroduced yet, but Governor Rick Snyder has considered opening the plan in the next presidential election. Snyder and Lund's believe that if Michigan follows the plan, then other states will follow.

 

Personally, I don't think the plan is a shoe in to work. I feel that the plan is too straight forward and people will know exactly what the Republican will be trying to do. I can relate this to class because we were recently learning about the Electoral College and I found that that made it easier to understand this article and why chancing the electoral votes would make such a difference. If I would not have learned about it, this article would have me drawing a complete blank on what it is actually talking about.   

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Federal shutdown a 'fundamental failure of our political culture'

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Federal shutdown a 'fundamental failure of our political culture' | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Snyder, who typically avoids discussing federal issues that do not directly impact the state, has made some national news for his opposition to the shutdown.
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Quarter 3, Week 1 (Jan 20-26)

In October, 2013, republican governer Rick Snyder opened up about that federal issues including the government shut down, and the fact that the big issue may have been resolved but the little problems are still there and if we don't take care of them then another big problem could potentially start again.

 

If the government would have stayed shut down and the nation had gone into highest default and then it is said the people in need of help or the "lower class" would have to pay the  highest price. Due to the choices of the government the lower class is always being put at the highest risk. For example the census. when the governmnet takes count of the population, and they count wrong there is the possibility that the "lower class" will not the help they need and again have to pay the price for others mistakes.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, January 30, 2014 3:26 PM
The article's title includes political culture but you don't define political culture in your summary. Make sure you capitalize key words like CENSUS so they stand out. Also make sure your first paragraph is comprehensive. It should discuss the who, what, when, where, and why of the article.
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Washtenaw County lawmakers sound off as anti-abortion legislation passes out of state House

Washtenaw County lawmakers sound off as anti-abortion legislation passes out of state House | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Democratic lawmakers from Washtenaw County are calling Wednesday's anti-abortion vote in the state House an attack on women and their right to choose. Meanwhile, Republicans ...
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Quarter 4, Week 3, May 12-16

This article talks about new LEGISLATIVE REGULATION and some BUREAUCRATIC REGULATIONS that congress wants to put on abortions centers to make them "better". While this bill is in the senate, many republicans and Democrats are saying that these regulations could "limit access to safe and legal abortions and could push women without resources into dangerous situations." These new REGULATIONS, are ridiculous and unnecessary. There are regulations such as "square-footing requirements, or facility upgrades that are not needed. State Rep. David Rutledge calls the bill "an attempt to undermine women's reproductive rights..." passing this bill will only lead to worse things for women who are wanting an abortion because they will not want to go through all of the step just to get one.

 

This article can relate to what I have learned in government class because we have learned about the REGULATIONS that the government has put on things and I do not think that this should be something that they need to regulate. A women getting an abortion should be able to make her own decisions and not have to ask permission from her doctor or anyone else to get one. Abortion may not be the best for women but if it is what they want to do, then they should be able too and not have all these things holding her back. The democrats and Republicans are right when they say that women will find a different and more dangerous way to get and abortions if that is what they really want and feel they need.

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Term limits may help bring independent thinking to Congress (Letter)

Term limits may help bring independent thinking to Congress (Letter) | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it

Too many congressmen have been in Congress way to long and have become entrenched in their beliefs, or benefactor’s beliefs, which may not be the best for the country.

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Quarter 4, week 1, ( April 7-11)

This article talk about term limits in congress and how we should have them. People believe that the congressmen have been in congress too long and it is allowing them to become entrenched in their beliefs and believe that the congressmen are going by what is good based off of their religion and what is actually good for the country. With new people in congress there will be a better chance of things being decided for the better of the citizens and not the congressmen.

 

I can relate this to my AP government class because recently we have been talking about congress and the issues that are caused due to there being the same people on congress with no change. A big thing brought up in class was that with having the same people in congress will keep today's issues from being taken care of because the congressmen will only know what they have been trying to fix. But we also came to the consensus that if we do change the people, it could possibly destroy the stability held between the congressmen that have been there for so long.

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Western Massachusetts ACLU lawyer says Northampton officials' request for student handwriting samples in high school threat case is 'forced free speech'

Western Massachusetts ACLU lawyer says Northampton officials' request for student handwriting samples in high school threat case is 'forced free speech' | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
"I think it is of significant concern that the police utilized teachers as law enforcement agents to secure handwriting samples from the students," said Bill Newman, director of the Western Massachusetts Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Quarter 3, Week 7, (March 10-16)

This article talks about the request for students at Northampton High School to copy a pledge word for word on December 21st  due to the finding of a threatening note that was in the bathroom on December 19th. Many people think this is infringing on the students FIRST AMENDMENT. They believe it is forced speech. The authorities said they are going to use the handwritten pledges to see if any of the handwriting matches the note.  District Attorney David E. Sullivan confirmed that the method the authorities used was legal, so it is not violating the students first amendment. officials say that the effort to get the students to write the pledge was voluntary but that is where director Bill Newman objected. There were no reports of any students refusing to write the pledge. 

 

This is a very unique case. I have never heard of the authorities taking this kind of action before. I don't necessarily think it infringed on the students first amendment. I definately believe this was a very clever way to be able to compare handwriting but, to be honest it really depends on when the pledge says. They do state that the pledge was a public document but, the things it says may be why people believe it's unconstitutional. These types of cases are so interesting to me. Every since we started learning about the Amendments in A.P. Government I feel like any article that has a accusation of infringing on an amendment I have to read it.   

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Snyder gets his nerd: How new Supreme Court justice may help modernize judicial system

Snyder gets his nerd: How new Supreme Court justice may help modernize judicial system | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
By appointing Macomb County Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder cemented the court's conservative status with a 5-2 Republican majority. He also got his "nerd."
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Quarter 3, Week 4,( February 10-16)

On February 28, 2014  Governor Rick Snyder announced his selection of  his "nerd" Republican David Viviano to fill the empty seat on the Michigan Supreme Court Bench. Snyder thinks that Viviano could be the key in helping modernize the JUDICIAL SYSTEM. Viviano is known for being an innovator and Rick Snyder believes that, that is exactly what he needs to modernize the judicial system how he wants it. Snyder wants to make a new computer system so that the courts will be able to share information more effectively and quicker. Viviano has some mixed feelings about leaving Macomb County, but he states how is excited to get the chance to shape the court system on a statewide basis.

 

How typical of Governor Rick Snyder to chose a republican to fill the one empty seat on the Michigan Supreme court bench. Not only is David Viviano a republican but he is also a very good friend of Governor Snyder which gives Snyder the advantage to use him to get what he wants. I don't think putting Viviano on the bench is a bad thing necessarily but hey what do I know. I think him being on there could end up being a good thing. Maybe Viviano will be able to be more honest with Snyder when it comes to make important decisions for Michigan. This decision could play out either good or bad. I can relate this to class right now, because we are learning about the judicial system and how a new person for the court is selected. its nice to see an example that is happening now, and not example from the past. 

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Poll: Third District voters disapprove of Amash, Congress' handling of government shutdown

Poll: Third District voters disapprove of Amash, Congress' handling of government shutdown | Alexis Grzeszak's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
A recent poll might put some early pressure on U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, in his bid to represent Michigan's Third District for a third term next year.
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Quarter 3, Week 2, January 27- February 2.

This artical talks about Justin Amash and how he is said to lose the representative election to a democratic candidiate.  According to the PUBLIC POLICY POLLING, a Democratic firm that recieved praise fro its accuracy in the 2012 presidential election, fourty-nine percent of voters disapprove of  Amash's job in congress compared to the  thirty-seven percent who approve of his job. After Amash voted no on the bipartisan bill to reopen the government despite the threat of finanical fault, Many voters said they would vote for a democrat over someone who supported the government shut down.

 

Personally I don't think it was very smart of Amash to vote no on the bipartisan bill, because my people were affected by the government shut down, some of them being fans of Amash. This can relate to what we are learning in class because, we learned about the Public Polling, and how they take an exit poll, a poll taken of a small percentage of voters as they leave the poll, used to forecast the outcome of an election, to make a well educated guess as to who will the next president. They are right more than half the time so, I would not doubt if Justin Amash is replaced by a democrat after the next election.

 

 

 

 

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