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I've always wanted to know what exactly it was that made the government take taxes out of people's incomes. At first I thought it was just a random way to get money because they had no other way of getting it. Money doesn't just come out of nowhere...unless you print it and somehow avoid inflation. Now that I've done this benchmark, I've learned what started taxes.
What I liked about this project was learning the history of how taxes started. I liked this because, like I said before, I've always wanted to know how taxes came to be. What I didn't like however, was how difficult it was putting the video together. I'm not good with iMovie (as long as I've had it) so I had to start my entire project over due to technical difficulties. What I also found challenging was not making myself sound sarcastic. I didn't want to seem mean while I was talking about the way the government spends our money. I do think I did an okay job at talking about them however. I still think I could've done better though.
The most interesting fact that I have investigated was the gadgets they bought with our money and compared that to the things that need to be done that haven't been done on roads and what not. I thought they just didn't have the money, not knowing that the money that was supposed to go to the road work was going to iPads and useless 30GB Zunes.
I just think I need to be more creative all together. I wanted to make it all pretty and stuff but I didn't know how to go about it without causing a distraction to the information being provided and the point I was trying to get across. Since this was so, I made the most boring video ever in my opinion.
I ran into trouble mostly with my vocal recordings. I was having trouble with the noise in the background, and it kept cutting off and ding other weird stuff so I had to start from scratch because it would've been too messy trying to fix all of that. However, what went well with this project, in my opinion, was finding information about the 16th amendment and information about the taxes that are being spent and the taxes that have been spent in the past few years during both Obama and Bush's administration. What also went well was the information I got from some oft he people I had interviewed. They said some things I didn't even know about.
If you had it to do over, what would you change about your decisions or your process?
Of course, if I had to do this whole project over I would make sure it's done on time! I would also take more time to make it interesting and not just a project. I would take the time out to make sure what I'm saying doesn't sound mean or anything because I don't want to sound mean talking about the government and submitting it to a competition (even though I really should).
Like I said earlier, I've learned how taxes came to be, when they came to be, how are taxes are being spent now, and what are taxes aren't being spent on. I've learned a little bit more than I had expected to. I've also learned how to work the new adjustments that have been made to Garageband. It took a while, but I got it now.
With immigration being one of the least important problems in the US at the moment, it will be a little difficult to have anything done about illegal immigrants. Getting the government to actually do something productive about immigration would take lots of people to make it at the top of the priorities list. In order to change the minds of the decision makers in regards to immigration amnesty, I must contact bigger organizations that already have some sort of connection with the government. If the organizations isn’t big enough, it won’t have that much of an effect because chances are that there don’t have much of a connection with the government, which makes them as powerless as myself.
I plan to email a few organizations that I think are well acquainted with the government and explain to them why I think they should keep pushing the members of the government to put immigration amnesty as one of the top priorities on their list. One of the organizations I will be contacting about this issue is the National Immigration Forum. I chose them because, looking at their website, I see that they are very well on top of the status of all things surrounding immigration. They have information about the senate, the President, debates, and so much more. If the information hey give me is sufficient, which I’m confidant that it will be, they will be the only organization I will contact.
Through working with this organization we could put together events and spread the word to allow an immigration amnesty day for the illegal immigrants already here. We can help bring awareness to more communities because it seems as though nobody really cares about this issue. People who have immigrants in their families will be the easiest target because they could have family members who are illegal in the country and would like them to be legal citizens.
I called this organization and they didn’t answer. I guess I’ll have to try another one.
It seems as though in the year 2011, the immigration amnesty bill has lost some of its importance. The outlook for immigration legislation during the 2011-2012 debate seems to be getting worse as time goes on.. However, in July 2010, it was announced that 81% of citizens voted in support of the bill. As for the votes of the elected officials, it seems as though it is split down the middle. The bill has been voted on countless times and nothing has really moved us forward. There is a policy for immigration amnesty however it has not changed since 2007. It covers what is expected of undocumented workers currently in the US, border security, employment verification, the guest worker program, permanent residence through the Point System, and other things.
There is only one non-profit immigration outreach center that is available for people who support immigration amnesty to have on their side to try and get the bill passed. The most important people in this issue are the congressmen and women. They are the ones going back and forth about the situation and the President is just sitting there waiting to sign the bill because he’s already down for it. In order to help try and pass this bill on to the President I would have to convince most of the congress that this isn’t a bad idea.
The other people who are working on this are all of the pro-immigration organizations. I think I could work with them. I would just have to make sure I know exactly what I’m talking about, which I do. I could also influence other people with family overseas who would love to come over to the US. They know what it’s like to have their family rejected for no reason just as much as I do. The more support we get, the more likely congress is to give in.
This has been going on for years, the first amnesty day was in 1986 and I’m hoping it isn’t the last. It’s been 25 years and we still can’t get it together. The only key date I could find was March 12th, 2011 when Utah passed their amnesty bill.
One may apply for CHIP online, on paper, or over the phone. While my partner focused on the online application, I focused on the paper application, which was mighty tedious. First of all, it was fifteen pages. One must write down very specific details about their living situation like how many miles they drive as if people really pay attention to those kinds of things. The application itself was a little hard to understand so I wasn’t exactly sure if I was filling it out correctly.
If I could change one thing about the bureaucratic process that we flow-charted, I would try to remove some unnecessary things like how many miles one drives each week. I would do this because I don’t really see the significance of this information. I figured that all that really mattered was the house income and the disabilities in the home.
I think the system became complicated simply because people lie about their living situations to get money. That’s pretty much the only explanation I can think of. Just like when people file bankruptcy, people may apply for this so they don’t have to pay for their child’s health insurance.
Check the flow chart :)
The constitutional question of this Supreme Court case was the following: “Is Cheryl Perich a minister?” If Cheryl Perich is not a minister then all federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws protect her even if her employer is religious.
The Hosanna-Tabor case was about a teacher, Cheryl Perich, whose job was to teach secular subjects as well as some religious teaching. At first, she was not hired as a real teacher but after taking education courses she became a qualified teacher. Her job was pretty much the same before and after she became qualified however. Later, Perich began to fall sick from narcolepsy and left the school for medical reasons. When she returned months later, the church told her that her job was unavailable and she could not return. Perich wasn’t having that, so she threatened to sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying that the church should have worked with her so that she could keep her job. Instead of scaring them into giving her the job back, it just made it harder for her to get it. The church said that if she sued them then she would no longer be welcome as an employee because they believe that all disputes should be resolved peacefully. They said that she failed to take advantage of an internal procedure, rather than court. However, they never told Perich about this “internal procedure” until after she had mentioned her intent to use the ADA.
When Justice Ginsburg if it was in the handbook, the church’s representative, Professor Douglas Laycock, completely dodged the question, saying that the handbook was irrelevant. So basically he knew they were wrong. He just didn’t want to admit it so they wouldn’t lose the case.
I think that Cheryl Perich will win this case primarily because she was not a minister, only a teacher, which means she has all the laws by her side. The church has none except that you cannot sue the church. However, she was not suing the church, she was suing the employers. Also, the church’s story was backwards and there were some questions they refused to answer or tried to dodge because they knew they were wrong. It’s obvious, so they’re going to lose.
Robert Brady and I are pretty different people however we have the same belief when it comes to amnesty day. He was born and raised in Philadelphia while I was born in New York, raised there for a while and then moved to Philadelphia. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School then later became a carpenter and was soon part of the leadership of the Carpenters’ union. He is still a member of both the Carpenters’ and Teachers’ unions. On January 5, 2011, Congressman Brady was sworn into office for his 8th term representing the first congressional district of Pennsylvania.
Congressman Brady is very supportive of helping foreign countries. Foreign policies are his biggest interest. Some of the policies he supports are democratic institutions in Pakistan, stopping foreign arms transfers to China, keeping the Cuba travel ban until political prisoners are released, $156 million to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction, $15.2 billion for foreign operations, allowing Americans to travel to Cuba, and much more. I find this pretty awesome because it seems as though he is more understand of foreign need than the rest of the congressmen and women. It explains why he is also supportive of another amnesty day.
Robert Brady is very active within the community, as previously stated, he is still a member of both the Carpenter’s and Teacher’s union. He has also improved dogs’ working conditions, shows interest in sports like citizens, speaks out about ways to help demolish poverty and get more people employed, and many other things that benefit us in our community.
Congressman Brady and I seem quite a like. He seems like the simple thinker that I am as well, and we think of some of the same solutions to problems in our state.
I chose to create a powerpoint presentation as a last resort. I initially wanted to create a video using iMovie but it seems as though my computer has some new version that it much more confusing than the original. I didn't start my project early enough to ask for help or play around with it until I knew how to work it. I feel that podcasts are just as boring as powerpoint presentations but take much more work just to get the same reaction; boredom. I don't do well with Prezi either. It just gets messy when I use it and it drives me crazy. I felt like my only option was a powerpoint so that's what I decided to do.
The only challenge I had other than figuring out a way to present my information was finding the information. In Google I would type in "Civil Rights Bill of 1964" and get information about civil rights movements and the march on Washington that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led. It was good information to use in my project, but it only filled up a tiny part of my project. What I really needed to find was the process from a bill to a law. Then after getting help I found that I needed to type in "Civil Rights Bill of 1964 congressional debate" to get everything I needed to complete the project.
If I had to do the project over again, I would definitely create a video. I had a lot of ideas in my mind about how to make the video that would make it interesting. To do this I would have to start the project early. iMovie is tricky so having a lot of time would be necessary to complete the video properly. I would also do more research for my topic. I felt like there were some things that were missing from my project. It seemed too straight forward for there not to be anything else to it. However, like I said, I started the project late so I could only research for so long.
What the research and investigation told me about the creation process from idea to bill to law was that the only reasons they passed the bill as a law was just to shut the minorities up and get their votes. The nicer they were to the minorities, the greater chance they had of being reelected. That's really all it was about. I think if President Johnson did not sign that bill into a law he would have been a half-term president. One of the people who "supported" the bill was only worried about votes. Plus it seemed as though minorities were becoming more rebellious leading marches, protesting, and boycotting. It would scare me if I was a white person walking down the street looking at angry black people. I would feel like I'm in danger. Passing the bill as a law would calm them down.
The process of passing the bill was actually just as I expected it to be. Of course there were going to be congressmen who totally disagreed and there were going to be some that were a little bit more understanding and would vote for the bill. I expected people to try and talk the bill down to death in a filibuster. I'm not surprised at all at how the process went.
am lobbying for another Amnesty day. A large amount of the immigrants in
America are here illegally. However, a lot of them have been living here
peacefully, working, and contributing positively in some way to the United
States. Though not all illegal immigrants are contributing positively to the
US, all illegal immigrants should still be granted citizenship. That way we can
crackdown on more of the crimes going on with them because they actually exist
in our system. Deportation is always an option as well, but I feel like
prejudice is playing a role in this too. It seems as though the government
doesn't want anyone else from outside the country to be here. It's already
difficult to get into the US legally, so why on Earth would they let illegal
I chose this topic for two reasons. The first reason is simply because it's interesting to know that instead of pardoning people for trying to live a better life, they're wasting their lives away trying to find and deport them. Twelve million is a huge number to be trying to get rid of when we have so many other things to worry about in the US. We might as well just give them citizenship. Most of them aren't planning on leaving anyway. The second is reason is because I understand what these illegal immigrants are going through. I have so many family members in Nigeria praying to get their Visa to come over to visit at least. Most of them have been denied. Their intentions are in no way harmful to the US, they are all healthy beings, and can contribute loads of things to the US but for some reason they were all denied. Nigeria is filled with extremely obvious corruption. Though the US is corrupt as well, they're better off here where the corruption is sugarcoated to the max and can still walk the streets without having to see a huge war tank and it’s launcher pointed in their direction. Basically, these people mean no harm. They're not here purposely to break the rules. They're running from something or looking forward to something, that's pretty much it.
The main supporters of my lobbying idea are immigrants. The main opponents of my lobbying idea are the majority of the government (seeing as how they have yet to have another amnesty day). There is a pending legislation dealing with my lobbying idea. It talks about securing the border and granting the immigrant workers legal access to actual jobs.
17-22 8x11” pencil drawing - your hand
31-4 24x36” charcoal drawing - self portrait
7-11 24x36” charcoal drawing - full figure
21-25 8x10” pencil drawing - still life
12x18” PENCIL drawing - clear bottle
24x36” CHARCOAL drawing - clear bottle put in the link to your blog to show your work
Make a list of the projects you didn’t complete (if there are any)
8x11' self portrait
Write AT LEAST 5 sentences that describe your work and work ethic for quarter three
My work for quarter three wasn't that good. I tried but I'm not good with art so I just did what I could. My work ethic was fine though. One thing I cold have done differently was taking some things home and doing them to sped up the process. If I had done that I would've had everything done.
look at the assignments for next quarter, quarter 4 and state 2 goals you have for yourself in quarter 4.
1. Get everything done ASAP
2. Don't waist time
this marking period I had a lot of difficulties drawing these pictures. I'm not
good at drawing from life and I am absolutely terrible at shading. The most
difficult drawing for me was the hand. My hand has two totally different shades
and it felt impossible to blend the two shades in like it looks on my hand. So
instead of having a nice blend of dark and light shades I had a straight line
dividing the two shades, making it look even more unrealistic. I also had a
problem matching up where the shades were on my hand. Where the division of
shades is on my hand is not a straight line so when I tried so draw the rest of
my hand it came out inaccurate due to the confusion of the lines.
The second most difficult drawing was the clear bottle drawing. The hardest part of this was, of course, figuring out where to shade the dark and light spots of the container. Anyone would think that a clear container has no dark or light spots because it has no color. However, when you look at an actual drawing of one you do see some gray and black shading here and there. Another problem I had with this drawing was the curves of the container. The pitcher that I was drawing had a lot of curves and detail and it was hard to make those visible the same way it was visible when I was drawing it. Also, the lines that went up and down the pitcher were sort of round so it threw me off when I was drawing it and made my lines look crooked.
Surprisingly, the easiest thing for me was the cluster of objects on the table. I personally liked this drawing the best. I did have some trouble drawing it, but it was not as tedious as all of the others. The shapes were much easier to make out than the others. The second easiest was the self-portrait. The problem that I had with the self-portrait however, was the shading of course. I had no clue how to determine the dark and light spots on my face so instead of applying more charcoal to the picture I just tried to bring out as much color from the sides as possible and onto my face and chest. It doesn't look like I shaded it that much but it is better than if I had applied more charcoal to the picture. Lastly, the full portrait that I draw of Trevor was in the middle. It was easy to make out the outside shape, but once I got to the actual detail drawing it became very complex. The eyes and the lips were all uneven and crooked, but overall I think I did okay.
I do the work I do because it is what fits most with what I am thinking at the moment. I don’t think about anything else but what I want to do. I may receive certain requirements for whatever project I am working on, but I turn those requirements into my requirements. For this project, we were given the opportunity to choose whatever we wanted to do for the quarter project.
The way I chose my project was pretty simple. I was not done with the project from the last quarter and I was curious to know what it would look like if I had finished it completely. I also wanted to continue the experience of a sewing machine. It took me about four months to complete this bag whereas if I was using an electric sewing machine it would have only taken me a couple of days, one week at the most. I also chose these tools because I have never sewn anything before. I’ve always wondered how well I would do on my first time sewing something together. Using empty Capri Sun pouches, a needle, thread, a hot glue gun, and old bag handles from a different bag, I created a hand made Capri Sun tote bag.
I do the work I do because I just simply like it. I get the assignment and own the requirements. What I mean by that is that I sort of take the black and white requirements and color them in my favorite colors. The requirements are still there, you just see my likings all over them. My goal was always to try and help as much as I can to clean up the world and stop trashing it and harming the animals.
The way I make decisions when it comes to my work is pretty simple. I just do what I like. I always have my own idea of things so I take that idea out of my head and into the art. I select materials by determining the difficulty of working with them and if it will open eyes. I do this because I don’t want my art to be something everybody has been before. I want my art to be unique so I take risks and use odd things. I chose to sew the bag by hand because I wanted to feel like a sewing machine. Usually people just take the easy way out and use a sewing machine. I wanted to see what the sewing machine went through even though it is an inanimate object. It still uses up energy and part of my inspiration for this bag was saving resources and energy and keeping the ocean clean because these Caprisun pouches end up right in the water or just on the floor somewhere.
My current work, stated before, is a handbag made entirely out of Caprisun juice pouches. I never thought of where these Caprisun pouches went when they are thrown away until I was given this assignment. I was looking up ideas for my project while I was drinking a Caprisun. Then I looked up a Caprisun bag and there it was. I went home and started thinking more of where the pouches go and it drove me deeper and made me more interested in making this bag. Also, I am a bit interested in the fashion world so it just made it all the more exciting. I was going to get a sewing machine but I figured it would defeat the purpose of babying the world and not harming it anymore. I am attempting to make recycled art fashionable. I may even start making accessories and clothes out of recycled things.