Thursday, November 29, 2007


Types of debates

  • Civil court, this argument happens in public. The debate serves to find a settlement from both sides. Who ever the jury chooses to have a better argument wins and being decided by the public is the best decision. The debate has to be very structured by witnesses and evidence to make sure your argument is stronger than the opposing side. If the defendants slip up and lie, the decision is in favor of the accusers and vice versa.
  • During Presidential elections their debates are broadcasted to the public on TV and the internet. The debates serve to get candidates more votes than the other candidates. Yes it helps arrive at a better decision, because the outcome is the voter’s decision and who ever can convince the most with their ideas wins the election. The debate is structured by how many good things about them they can find and how much dirt they can put on other candidates. This moves voters to the candidates cause.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Post 1a

Eulogies (pg-9): Noun, A laudatory speech or written tribute, especially one praising someone who has died.
Ostentatiously (pg-35): adj. Characterized by or given to boastful showiness; pretentious.

"With Obadiah gone, Frank was the oldest child and, needing to put food on the table, he became a prodigy of crime," (pg-32) The significance of this quote is how the main character started into his life of crime, he eventually leads himself to cross paths with a gangster who takes him under his wing.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This I believe essay

1. A link to the essay
2. Author
by 3. Title

Untold Stories of Kindness

4. One sentence of what the belief is
I believe in mankind -- not gods, not devils, not angels and not spirits. I saw man's bravery from both soldier and civilian, and I saw horror and destruction from them, too.
5. 2 examples from the story that showed their belief
A)My unit fought Zarqawi-backed insurgents in a firefight that lasted almost eight hours. Then people moved quickly to help out
B)I saw men moved by the death of innocents and was with those same men when they killed those responsible.
6. 1 favorite passage
I don't justify our reasons for this war -- that's not a soldier's luxury -- and I don't justify what the insurgents have done to the Iraqis. But the passion of all sides -- Iraqi, American, ally and insurgent -- shows that if man can redirect his energies to one of acceptance and not intolerance, we can bring the zealot, the politician, the soldier and the outsider to a place where man is just that: man.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


The thing I am most anxious about at Edina High School is the number of classes in one day. I am worried that is going to build onto more homework and result in less free time. Also at Southview I knew the school and all the people in our grade now both of those are kind of hazy. Because E.H.S is a really big school and there are twice as many kids, it adds to the stress.

One goal for myself in my sophomore year is getting good grades, because grades matter a lot for college and I want a wide selection of college's to choose from.