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Sweet Potato Cupcake



1 1/2 cups Sweet potatoes

1 3/4 cups sugar 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup vegetable oil 

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cups warm water


For icing:

8 ounces cream cheese 

5 cups of confictionate sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 cup shortening

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup milk



-Pre heat oven to 325 degrees 

-In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

-Set the mixture aside.

-In a separate large bowl, mash sweet potatoes, until it forms a light texture.

-Pour in eggs into sweet potato bowl and whisk together.

-Then in that same bowl whisk in warm water, sugar, oil, and vanilla. 

-When all is mixed stir dry ingredients from the the first bowl.

-Mix everything  with electric mixer and then mix by hand.

-Scoop out cake mix and pour into cupcake holders.

-Place cupcakes in oven and let bake for 25mins or until fully cooked.

-take out when done.


Direction for icing:

-Mix shortening and butter in large bowl until creamy

-Add cream cheese and stir at medium speed

-Gradually add in sugar while speeding up mixer

-When mixture thickens, low down speed and add milk gradually

-Once mixture loosens add more sugar

-Pour in vanilla, taste test and add salt if necessary

-Repeat addition of sugar until all the sugar is gone and mixture is smooth and creamy

- Scoop icing into piping bag and ice cupcake when cool



This recipe is used to make about 24 cupcakes so it was double to get a total amount of 50 cupcakes. Each cupcake is about 260 calories with icing and 190 calories without. Whole foods in this recipe include sweet potatoes, water, eggs, and ground cinnamon. Processed foods are salt, sugar, vanilla , baking powder, flour, and oil. This food is a dessert and in being a dessert it is in fact sweet. It has a high count in sugar and saturated fat which can led to weight gain, diabetes, high blood sugar, acne, and high blood pressure, if eaten excessively. All of the processed foods come from all over the country and are sold in local markets. The whole foods like sweet potatoes and eggs are grown in state and come from gardens and farms. Each whole product cost $4.00 or less and since we only used a fraction of each product the cupcakes cost about $.30 each to make. Compared to fast food like bakeries that charge any where from $2.00 to $10.00 per cupcake you save a lot of money. The sweet potatoes where purchased from Produce Junction and all of the fruits and veggies they sell are always fresh and come straight from the farm. If I myself were to grow the potatoes, it would take a month of more for them to become ripe. Compared to buying them at the market it's more convenient to purchase them there then it would be to plant them for myself. Also with sugar it would be easier to buy sugar at the market then it would be to grow sugar cane and create it to its form that we use for cooking. Overall most foods we eat are not grown in state some not even in the country. Although it is healthier and energy efficient to make everything ourselves, its more convenient for people to buy something to purchase and eat within 15 mins which makes Americans fat and lazy.

Personal Analysis:

This unit I learned about the impact of food and the effect it has on society. Not just food that is considered healthy but food that is fresh and or organic. Less processed food is better because they have the freshest ingredients in them. The food I eat today is weird because its made of things that come from other things that are not directly from the source. In this unit  we learned about the Western diet, which consists of sugary desserts, meats, and salty snack, thinking about this I realized this is apart of my daily diet.Before this unit I didn't really pay attention to "if this food is good for me?" but after this unit I learned about our food system today I realized that most of the food I eat is not healthy for me at all. I think it would be smart for people to start reading the labels they put on food and pay attention to calories because if you over eat the amount of calories you burn you gain weight and build fat in your body. I realized that if you treat your body better you start to feel better.


Our food system today has many problems. Fast food is continuously growing, when it is particularly the reason why America is so fat. Fast food is cheap, fats and resourceful , while Organic more natural food is more expensive, time consuming, and expires faster. To change my own food choices I could be smarter to eat a piece of fruit instead of Mc Donalds fries. And remember not to eat desserts when you are stressed. I would be willing to make these changes because I know it I keep this up it will effect my health in the future.

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Arroz Con Leche

Arroz Con Leche Food Slide:

I chose this rule as a rule for my benchmark because any type of food that is pretending to be something else is not as healthy for you as the real food. I figure that if you’re going to drink juice that is flavored to taste like orange juice, you may as well drink real orange juice because it is much better for your health. Arroz con leche is exactly what it sounds like, the translation is rice with milk and all of the essential ingredients for my recipe are either rice, different types of milk, water, or flavoring (raisins and cinnamon.).

Arroz con Leche Recipe


7 cups of water

2 cup of long white grain rice

2 cinnamon sticks

1 can of evaporated milk

1 can of condensed milk

1 cup of organic whole milk

1 cup of golden raisins

ground cinnamon


1. first bring the water to a steady boil.

2. slowly pour in all of the rice and begin to stir.

3. put the cinnamon stick in with the rice

4. cook rice for 18 minutes.

5. strain out almost all of the water and take out the cinnamon stick

6. put rice in a saucepan making sure it's still a little wet and stir in condensed, organic whole,  and evaporated milk.

7. cook until mixture comes to a boil, stir constantly. (It burns easily if you do not stir).

8. lower the heat a lot and stir constantly for about 20 minutes.

9. add raisins and dust with cinnamon.


Processed foods:

Condensed milk

Evaporated milk (Although it is not very processed surprisingly)

Non Processed:

Cinnamon sticks

cinnamon powder

Golden raisins

Organic Whole Milk

White Rice



The calorie breakdown for this Mexican dessert is approximately 60% carbs, 15% protein, and 25% fat. This meal is clearly not the healthiest, and like most Mexican foods it is packed with a lot of calories and is meant to fill you up. A half cup of arroz con leche is approximately 200 calories. This food originated in Mexico as a simple and delicious dessert that tastes a lot like the American rice pudding, which actually originated from arroz con leche. Arroz con leche thought not the healthiest food, is not particularly unhealthy. Almost all of the ingredients I used were unprocessed, and it does not contain more than the average amount of sugar that desserts tend to have in them.


A lot of rice is grown in Mexico, and Mexicans tend to use a lot of dairy in their food so it is not unlikely that when it is made there, the ingredients are local and generally fresh. The miles that my food has traveled from many different places in the world is hard to calculate, but from my research I can see that it could have traveled more than I have in my lifetime! Rice is grown in many countries such as China, India, Australia, etc. but it is also grown in seven states in America, so there is a good chance that it came from Arkansas, California, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, or Florida. One interesting thing that I did not know about cinnamon is that it is a tree with leaves! Sri Lanka actually produces 80-90% of cinnamon or C Verum which is the name of the tree. There are twelve species of cinnamon, and another fun fact is that it is the bark of the tree! The condensed milk that I used came from Mexico, and the evaporated milk was most likely made in the U.S.


This meal cost approximately 20$ to make, but that being said, not all of the ingredients that have to be bought to make the meal get used up in one round. There will be a lot of leftover ingredients that can be used again such as cinnamon, raisins, and whole milk.  the only thing that would have to be bought to make more would be condensed and evaporated milk. The countries that made money off of my meal are America, Sri Lanka, and China (as explained in the previous paragraph). Compared to fast food, arroz con leche is way healthier. This is because most fast food places not only sell food that isn’t good for you, they also sell food that is generally very bad for you. Arroz con leche is a food that does not contain many health benefits, but it is also not bad for your health because it is fairly unprocessed (and it tastes much better than fast food.).


Most of my food items were purchased in China, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, America, or Thailand. It is hard to trace exactly what country the different ingredients  came from because many countries produce and sell the same products. Americans make money from redistributing foods, but so does the country that originally sold the ingredient because America (and likely other countries) buy the ingredients they need from the producing countries. Making condensed or evaporated milk without processing is almost impossible, and growing rice at home doesn't really change nutritional values. Arroz con leche being a food without too many health benefits would not change drastically if made from all natural ingredients because it would still be produced with essentially the same amount of nutrients.


During this unit I have learned the importance of nutrition, and the lack of it in the American food system. One of the things that I think could be the biggest problem in the food system is the fact that corn and soybeans make up for the majority of the food system. Many foods are disguised as other foods but really, a lot of them are made out of corn and soybeans. This is bad because it means that we aren't receiving the wide range of nutrients we need to be healthy.

Another thing that I learned in this unit is that sugar is the most expensive in the US because we buy sugar in other countries, and there is a limit on how much sugar can be imported into the US. I also didn't know that America basically feeds farmers to overproduce the following food items: corn, soy, wheat, rice, beer, milk, beef, peanut butter, and sunflower oil.

Michael Pollan’s article on food rules and their importance really opened my eyes up to the simplicity of eating better. Though it is often tempting to consume and get ahold of things that are cheaply made and without health benefits, it is not much harder to go out and find food that is much healthier and just as yummy. I’d like to think that through this benchmark I have learned to be more conscious of what I eat and what it really is that I am eating.

The last and most interesting thing I learned was that in order to have a successful food system, we need to eat less meat. This is because if we eat too much meat, the animals we're eating need more greens, and then the price of food increases and the cycle ruins itself.

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Maleena's Food Project

Stir Fried Beef and Vegetable 

“It’s not that bad to have a little meat and vegetables together”


Stir Fried Beef and Vegetables 

(Can feed 8-10 people) 

- 1 Table spoon of Olive Oil 

- 1 Table spoon of chop garlic 

- 1 lb of beef 

- Salt and Pepper 

- 2 table spoon of Chicken soup base 

- 2 table spoon of light sou sauce

- 2 table spoon of sugar (just in case its a little bit salty)

- 2 table spoon of Houstin Souce 

- 1 Ib of Broccoli 

- 1 lb of String beans 

- Ib of Celery

- Ib of Green peppers or Red peppers

Any other vegetables of your choice


Break the garlic peel it , and slice them , then grind them to little pieces. 

Chop the Broccoli in half  

Chop the String beans slanted in the middle  

Chop the Celery quarter size (bite sizes) 

When chopping the green peppers and red peppers, you chop off the parts you don't eat. After chopping the parts you don't eat then you cut each peppers into four. When you cut each peppers into fours then you take each slices and cut it into bite sizes. 

When chopping the meat , you cut them into bite size  

The Cooking:

Put the Flat non-stick pan over medium heat on the stove, wait until the pan gets a little hot. Then you add 1 table spoon of Olive Oil. Add the chopped garlic at the same time you put the garlic.

As you put the garlic in, you stir it until you  the garlic has a brown color. 

While the garlic is still in the pan, you then put the ingredients in. 

Salt and Pepper 

Add 2 table spoon of Chicken soup base

Then add 2 table spoon of light sou sauce

after that then you add 2 table spoon of sugar (just in case its a little bit salty)

last you add  2 table spoon of Houstin Souce 

   While all the ingredients are in the pan you than mixed them together. Let it set for 1 min. When waiting you can clean the meat after you are done cleaning the meat you than put it into the pan together with the other stuff. When the meat are in the pan you than stir everything together. Since the meat is beef it would only take about 5 min to cook. Let it sit there. As you are waiting for the meat to cook you start to clean all of your vegetables and set them out till it is ready to be put in with the meat. After you see that the meat is close to finish you put in all the vegetables in with the meat into the pan. While you are cooking it together you would want to cook the vegetables nice and soft. So you stir it for 15-20 mins. After 15-20 mins your meal is cooked and its ready to be served. 


The Tradition: 

  This meal is like a tradition to my family. A lot of asian cultures are well known to this meal. It is very popular but made in so many different ways. Some people use different ingredients and put different amounts  But these are the ingredients that my grandma use and how she thought me to make it. The ingredients that i learned i believe was passed from my grandmothers mother. We really don’t know the history of it but all we know is that it is traditional made the way it is. Since a lot of Asian culture make this food made in so many different ways. Many different kind of ingredients and many different types of meat and etc. 

 Cost of Vegetables 

- 1 Ib of Broccoli $2.00

- 1 Ib of String beans $2.00

- Ib of Celery $1.99

  • Ib of Green peppers or Red peppers $4.00 

(The rest of the ingredients i already had them at home.) 

Personal Reflection:

  Threw out this course i have learned a lot about the different types of ways of healthy eating. Before doing this project i used to eat every min. I really didn’t care how i was eating until this course. It started to make me think about my health a lot. Not only that i have gained so much weight during birth and after birth because of the way i eat. After this course i start to think about everything. Now that i am on a diet it is really difficult to lose the weight because after the birth i was in a habit of eating the same amount of food during my pregnancy nine month ago. I believe after my pregnancy if i was on a diet than i believe i would be at the shape and size i want to be. But doing this benchmarks have thought me a lot about what can happen when you become obese and etc. Ever since i learned about that i thought about the ways of how i was eating and thinking about it i can really get there and be that size. So now that i am on a diet i would watch what i eat , the amount of what i eat, and the kinds of stuff i eat. Now i believe i am on the right track and my eating habits are slowing down. I can say that this course has thought me a lot and showed me a lot of what can happen if i eat the way i eat.  

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Media Fluency

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While I could not find another high resolution picture that I liked I did make some small changes to the slide but nothing major. I changed the color of my text and made it slightly larger and I pushed it farther into the corner. I think Ms. Hull set us up for failure by throwing us into the project without prior research, knowledge, and preparation.  
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Jovan and Shannon FOOD PROJECT!!!

Jovan: Fried Chicken

-recipe (4-5 people)


chicken 10-12 pieces



Hot sauce (optional)

1/2 - 1 cup of vegetable oil

Pour vegetable oil in a medium to large pot over a medium flame

let oil boil

While waiting for oil to boil season chicken with preferred seasonings I use Salt, Pepper, and Hot Sauce

Place seasoned chicken in pot and let fry for about 12-18 minutes.

Close lid of pot over the chicken to optimize coverage

Check every 3 minutes to make sure chicken is being cooked evenly

Remove from pot


-analysis of dish

Well there's not much I can say about fried chicken, its a pretty common food eaten all over America. while it's not exactly the healthiest thing one could eat it's definitely worth it.

-personal reflection

This project made me think about food in new ways as far as what am I eating, I also learned that I love cooking almost as much as I love to draw and read comic books.

-Shannon: Colcannon


5 russet potatoes
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup whole milk
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 head napa cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoons salt

Cut and steam the potatoes until tender. Return to the still hot pot and add 1/4 cup butter, milk, kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoons pepper. Mash together.

Melt the remaining butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add shallots and leeks. Saute until they begin to soften. Add the kale and toss until soft and wilted but still bright green, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and toss until tender-crisp, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with nutmeg, salt and the remaining pepper.

Mix the cabbage and mashed potatoes together well. Sprinkle with the green onion slices before serving.

-analysis of dish

 We make out Colcannon a little differently not adding in leeks and Kale along with some of the butter. A lot of the ingredients aren't processed. It's also not incredibly healthy, but it isn't totally bad for you either. Jovan (who's computer isn't working) is making fried chicken which also can be considered unprocessed, but is also a lot more unhealthy. since in my dish there are a lot of starch our bodies can only handle so much of it. With all that content over a long period of time your cholesterol and it would make one sluggish and tired. Not much of the food came from too far away. They could have easily been grown in the US meaning they wouldn't have travailed very far.This meal probably cost over the amount of a fast food meal, but that is because things like healthy things cost a whole lot more than they should. Some of the problems may be pesticides. Most of the big ingredients are plaints and plaints could be attacked by many bugs. This means in order to make more money they would need to protect their crops. Another is the bacon in it, there is a good possibility the pigs weren't exactly cared for in the right way.    

-personal reflection

When I look over everything we did this unit it makes me think about what I eat and how I eat. We talked about all kinds of things this unit, but the one thing we did about making things accessible. How they made it so that kids could have easy access to healthier food and thus picked the healthier things. If I had that kind of chance I know that would be how I would be. I would pick the healthier things rather than the unhealthy. It has always been my view that people would be that much healthier if the government made it easier to get the things that would make us all healthier. Sure there are some things that I don't want to give up, like candy and chocolate, but even then I would eat them in moderation. If they have a constant chance to eat things that are good for them most people including myself would. One thing that needs to be fixed is the amount of meat we eat all the time. The Western Diet which we also went over this unit has way too much meat in it. I think we've forgotten that there are other food groups.

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Martez Card and Taylor Thomas


8 tablespoons butter

1 cup finely chopped onion

6 tablespoons of flour

3 cups of hot milk

3 cups of grated sharp cheddar

4 heads of broccoli cut into 4 inch pieces quickly steamed

3 cups crushed butter crackers


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the middle of your saucepan over medium high heat.

Add onions and cook until translucent for about 4 minutes.

Stir in the flour and stir to coat the onions.

Then cook for 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat.

Whisk in hot milk.

Return to heat and then begin to bring to a simmer

Stir in the cheese by the handful.

Add broccoli to the cheese.

Pour into buttered casserole dish.

Melt the remaining butter in a small skillet

Stir in cracker crumbs

Cover the broccoli casserole with the buttered cracker crumbs

Bake until bubbly and lightly browned so for about 20-25 minutes

Recipe Analysis:

For the dish that we made there is a good balance between processed and whole foods. The butter, flour and crackers are processed and the cheese, broccoli and onions are whole foods. This casserole is definitely not awful for you but it’s not something that you should eat everyday. There is a large amount of butter in it and the cheese can make your cholesterol go up. the broccoli would be a good thing to eat everyday because it is a green and it good for your body. The milk in it would be a good source of calcium and Vitamin D, but if you are lactose intolerant it would be a bad way to go. The food that we used cost a lot of money to make for this many people. The total cost of all of the ingredients was about $50. Obviously it would be way cheaper to just go to a fast food place and have it cost three dollars for a burger and not wait an hour for the meal to be finished. However the companies that made each ingredient made money off of what we bought for the meal.


My role in the larger food system is to eat healthy and help others eat healthy and exercise. Also my part is to buy and eat food. I know that I could eat a little bit healthier but at the same time I know that I am average weight and height. I am not obese like others in the country. I can really see why people want everyone to eat right and be healthy not only for weight issues and health problems but for animal cruelty also. I think that this is the biggest problem with our food systems. People want to stop the way animals are fed and killed so that people can eat the meat but there are also people who study and have careers about farming and helping people. Some things that I could do to change my eating habits are that I can change a coke for a water or a candy bar for an apple. The impacts of me making these changes are that my body would be healthier and I wouldn't intake as much sugar.

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Food Project

Mashed Potatoes:




- 1 1/2 lbs Russet Potatoes

- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt 

- 2 tablespoons of butter

- 1 tablespoon of milk (We'll be using almond milk)

- (Optional) Heavy whipping cream




1: Put potatoes into a saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. 



2: Add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to boil. Check to see if the potatoes are soft, normally in 15 minutes.


3: Warm cream and melt butter, together, either in microwave or in a pan on the stove. 


4: Drain water from potatoes. Put hot potatoes into a bowl. Add cream and melted butter. 


5: MASH POTATOES (Preferably with a masher or a spoon for a smooth creamy look)


6: If there isn't much flavor in the potatoes, try to add more salt or butter


Health/nutrition: This product has had many modifications for quickly making potatoes, but with natural ingredients, your body can get enough energy from it. They provide the natural amount of starches and salts that the body needs in one serving.

- Calories ≈ 80

- Sodium ≈ 200mg

- Carbs ≈ 15

- Sugars ≤ 2

- Vitamin C, and B6, potassium and fibers are in the meal

Organic-ness ≈ 86%


The Russet Potatoes have been obtained from Idaho, which is about 2,444.8 Miles away from Philadelphia. The potatoes are possibly the product that traveled the farthest, since America does have some butter making factories nearby, and the Almond Milk, made by Blue Diamond, is in Delaware. On their site, the explained that they have grown these potatoes with the highest quality. They're naturally grown without any chemicals or modifications inserted into them. The starches, sodium, and other important products in this meal are transferred into the fatty cells in your body, giving you energy to commence cellular respiration. Eating too much mashed potatoes can give you health problem, like diabetes or dehydration, since too much salt in the system can cause that, but that would only be if you ate mashed potatoes for a really long time. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend eating this forever.


Generally, mashed potatoes costs about 9.99$. Compared to the potatoes they serve in a restaurant, alone, mashed potatoes are a little bit cheaper, costing about 1.99$. The natural ingredients are regulated by the USDA. The Idaho Potatoes, are both regulated by the USDA and the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). 


Mashed potatoes have had a long history, starting in 1771, originating from a French man trying to figure out how he could make potatoes. Making mashed potatoes with original ingredients certainly can give people a very nice nutritional meal. Sadly, there have been different, faster methods of making mashed potatoes over time. The faster mashed potatoes have the spices already in them, preserved with much more different chemicals that we cannot pronounce. Compared to the 'quick potatoes', the natural potatoes don't have those added preservations, therefore, they're much more safer and more natural to eat.


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"Metric Martyrs." Metric Martyrs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. <>.


"Your Health." Blue Diamond Growers :. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. <>.


"Simply Recipes Food and Cooking Blog." Simply Recipes. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <>.

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West of Memphis


When crisis strikes, when something so horrifying happens that we can’t even think about it, often times any explanation for it can make us feel better.  In Amy Berg’s 2012 documentary West of Memphis, we saw the story of the “West Memphis Three” from start to finish, including the police work done during the case and trials.  No matter how you approach the documentary, there is no avoiding the corruption of some of the people involved in the case.  Humans inevitably fear and avoid ambiguity and uncertainty, and this fear is significantly heightened in times of crisis and stress.  When people are afraid, angry, or out of their element, they can be made to believe things that they might not otherwise.  

On the evening of May 5th, 1993, three eight-year-old boys went to ride their bikes, promising to be home by 5:00.  Mark Byers, one of the boys’ stepfather, called the police at 7:00, very worried about the boys’ whereabouts.  Police started searching, and the search became more and more thorough, until on May 6th, at 1:45 pm, the bodies of Stevie Edward Branch, Christopher Mark Byers, and James Michael Moore were found in a drainage ditch nearby.  The last time anyone saw them was at 6:30 on May 5th.  

In the days and weeks following the murders, people in West Memphis and in the news started to speculate, coming up with several explanations for who could have done it, and what their reason could have possibly been.  However, there was one story that really stood out, and also made people feel better, thinking that no normal person could possibly do such a thing.  The one story that really stuck was that the murders had a strong connection to satanic cult rituals.  During the 80s and 90s, many teens became part of the Goth subculture, dressing in dark colors and listening to metal music.  Much like rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, and rap in the 1990s, metal music and goth culture frightened people who were considered “normal.”  In an article published in August 1993 about the connection between “gangsta rap” and real-life violence, Dr. C. DeLores Tucker said, “...gangsta rap encourages vulnerable youngsters to commit horrible acts of violence," just based off of two incidents.  For decades, adults in authority have been extremely afraid and insecure about music’s effect on “youngsters”.  

Damien Echols was known by people in his neighborhood as a high school dropout, strange, unpersonable, and antisocial.  Jason Baldwin was a fairly close friend of Damien’s.  They both listened to metal, and Baldwin is even wearing a Metallica shirt in his mugshot.  The third boy in the West Memphis Three was Jessie Misskelley, Jr.–a boy who lived in a trailer park with his father, and whose IQ was 70 or lower.  However, while many people think the three boys were arrested as a result of them all being friends, Misskelley didn’t really know Jason, and only knew a little bit about Damien.  People who knew Jason Baldwin said he was very quiet and easygoing, and they couldn’t even imagine him doing anything like the murder.  Jessie was known as a bit violent, and people thought he was “slow”.

When the West Memphis Three were first arrested, there were people from the neighborhood outside the courthouse yelling “Shoot them!”, “Baby killers!”, and “Devil Worshipers!” When one teen boy from the area was being interviewed by a newscaster, he said, “I was surprised about Jason Baldwin because he’s the quiet one of them all, but...I wasn’t surprised about Jessie Misskelley and...Damien Echols.  ‘Cause I just expected that from them sooner or later.”  Without much evidence or information, people were perfectly content with believing that the three teens committed the murders.  When asked, “On a scale of one to ten, how solid do you think the case is now?” Chief Inspector Gary Gitchell simply responded, “Eleven,” even though the only large piece of evidence they were going off of at the time was Jessie Misskelley’s “confession”.  

The West Memphis and state police conducted a series of interrogations, and asked a number of people questions about the boys in court.  Many people who went to school with Baldwin and Misskelley claimed that they had heard about Baldwin and Echols killing cats and dogs as satanic rituals, and one girl said Echols had invited her to a “satanic cult meeting,” even though people who knew Baldwin and Echols extremely well (family, girlfriends, etc.) said that they never did anything related to the occult.  The police paid no attention to the claims of those close to the boys, but fully believed the claim of Michael Carson, a then 16-year-old juvenile delinquent on several drugs, that Jason Baldwin had told him all about murdering the boys.  

When Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were finally “freed” (but not exonerated), it seems that no one paid attention to or talked about the authorities and officials that wrongly accused the three of the murders, and who then bent the truth about the evidence they found.  It stayed this way, even after DNA evidence of the killer being Terry Hobbs (one of the boys’ stepfather) was found.  This could have been because no one wanted to think or talk about it anymore, or because no one wanted to imagine the possibility of a seemingly “normal” person committing the murders.  

In Joseph Goebbels’ essay “Knowledge and Propaganda” he talks about how world leaders get to the heights of power they get to.  He says, “History proves that the greatest world movements have always developed when their leaders knew how to unify their followers under a short, clear theme.”  The cast of the West Memphis Three can be seen as following this idea, the “short, clear theme” being that the murders were part of a satanic cult ritual.  Even though it might not have been a completely rational conclusion looking back on the case, it was simple, and easy to listen to, making it a successful story.  

Every day, we are surrounded and affected by biases and prejudices, whether we realize it or not.  While these biases can sometimes be bad, it is good just to recognize that they’re there, and try to understand them.  The judicial system in this country would benefit greatly from observing and recognizing these biases.  One of the greatest parts of humans is our ability to feel emotions as strongly and as passionately as we do, but sometimes our emotions can cloud our judgement.  It was only natural for people to be extremely angry and upset about the murders in West Memphis, but they did not realize how distorted their judgment was, and as a result, three teens lost a huge portion of their lives in jail for something they didn’t even do.

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Yo pintaría mi mural en esta parte de mi comunidad porque un poco de gente pasa por aquí. Por lo que significa un poco de gente podrán ver el mensaje que yo trato de transmitir. Es un buen lugar porque esta junto a tiendas alrededor. Es un lugar en que la pintura no esta presente y nesesita un poco de arte. 
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Mi Pared

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Yo pintaría mi mural en esta parte de mi comunidad porque mucha gente pasa por aquí. Por lo que significa que mucha gente podra ver el mensaje que yo trato de transmitir. Es un buen lugar porque esta junto a tiendas alrededor. Es un lugar en que la pintura no esta presente y nesesita un poco de arte. 

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Pared Cerca de Broad

Este pared sería lo mejor para un mural para muchos razones. Este pared está ubicado en Ridge y Fairmount, y está unos pocos pies de Broad Street, que tiene muchos transeúntes que pasan cada día. Está en un lugar donde todos pueden ver, porque está ubicado en una calle que tiene mucho tráfico.

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Mi pared

Este pared seria buena para tener un mural porque es simple y vacillo. anadia un elemento mas bonita al espacio. Este pared tambien sin el reloj seria mas bonito. Un mural que representa los valores del familia y todo eso. 
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Mi pare

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Mi pare es de una escuela. Yo creo que una pintura de niños es bien para este pare porque es una escuela vacío y muerto. Es muy llanura. Nadie se andar hay. Necessita una pintura muy linda. 
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La pared para mural

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Este pared seria un buen lugar para un mural porque es en la empieza de mi comunidad. También es un lugar que más personas en mi comunidad sería. En este pare, el lado donde el mural sería, es los símbolos de mi escuela. Si yo quería decir un mensaje, es un buen lugar para eso.
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La Pared para mi mural

La pared para mi mural es en nosotros patio trasero. Es en 15th y Arch. La pared debe ser un mural para la tragedia en el thrift store. Es bueno pared para un mural porque la calle el es en es muy popular. Muchos carros y gente pasado de viaje este durante el dia. Un mural para la pared haria animar la ciudad. Yo creo es un bueno idea. 
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Quiero pintar esta pared

Esta pared es de un edificio en las calles Girard y 18. Es un buen lugar para un mural porque muchas personas viven cerca de este lugar y la escuela St. Joe's Prep está a la derecha también. Tenía un mural aquí antes, pero no esta hoy. Está cerca de muchos murales y es un lienzo en blanco para un muralista. 
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Padre para el Mural

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Yo creo que esta pared debería ser usado por que es en un lugar muy influencial. Es en el par que en mi barrio y hay muchos niños y personas en esta lugar todos los días. Un mural puede ser usado para una mensaje para los niños. Mi barrio es muy diverso pero no todos siempre son simpáticos con nosotros, especialmente en mi mundo lo niños del barrio. Yo creo que seria un buen idea tener una mural en este lugar. 
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Mi Pared

Esta pared es parte de la casa de mi amiga Dionna. No hay edificios especiales que son dignos de ser pintados con un mural entonces encontré un edificio que era especial para mí. La mamá de mi amiga dice todo el tiempo que quiere hacer algo divertido con su casa - entonces creo que un poco de arte sería algo diferente
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Mi Pared

Este pared seria bueno para un mural porque el calle a donde esta ubicado es muy llanura. No hay ni un árbol en este calle y creo que un poco de color seria un bueno toca. No es un pared como en un calle llena pero creo que tenia mucho sentimiento en este lugar residencial.  
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Este Pared Necesita un Mural

Sería un buen lugar para un mural porque el edificio no es en carácter con los otros edificios en el Parkway de Benjamin Franklin. El Parkway tiene el tema del período de los artes bellos de los francés.  Este edificio es muy aburrido y poco interesante. Me gustaría pintar este edificio con arte clásico especialmente porque es un museo de arte y el exterior no es característico de las pinturas que contiene.

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Artículo respuesta #7

Betty Louis Q2

Senorita Manuel

Joven de 18 años dice que hizo porno para ayudar a su mamá

Este artículo es sobre un homre nombre Robert Marucci quien  dice que hizo porno para ayudar a su mamá pagar las cuentas.  La madre de Robert dije "Creo que son los valores morales y creencias personales de la Doctora Stephanie Soliven y no creo que esto sea de la incumbencia de nadie más que de mi hijo. Los chicos en la escuela encontraron la pornografía y ella no hizo nada por detenerlo". También, Robert fue expulsado desde escuela. Él fue expulsado por cuatro días. Nadie debería tener que mostrar su cuerpo por dinero. Eso es peligroso. El artículo dije que un grupo de Facebook creado en apoyo a Marucci tiene un poco más de 500 miembros. “Docenas de estudiantes participaron en una huelga el viernes, protestando para la suspensión del adolescente.” Cuando las personas en su escuela descubierto "Él fue acosado, fue amenazado". Lo fue su culpa para hacer lo que hizo pero no personas debe ser intimidado. En la final el artículo dije “Docenas de estudiantes participaron en una huelga el viernes, protestando por la suspensión del adolescente. Las llamadas hechas por CNN a la casa de Robert Marucci y a la oficina del sitio web para el que él trabaja no fueron respondidas.” Yo espero esto ayuda él.

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"Joven De 18 Años Dice Que Hizo Porno Para Ayudar a Su Mamá." CNN En Espaol Ultimas Noticias De Estados Unidos Latinoamrica Y El Mundo Opinin Y Videos RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. <>.

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Mi Pared

Esto pared sería bueno para arte de la calle porque es una pared bonita. Hay mucho espacio en esta pared. Podría hacer muchas cosas con esta pared. Me gusta los colores. Hay muchas personas cercana esta pared. 
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