Earache

September 1st, 2010

How odd. I looked back, and a little over 1 year ago I posted saying I wondered if I would have an earache around the same time this year.

Well, guess what? I have a sore spot in my left ear. Not quite an earache, but close enough.

Federalist Papers 10 and 51. The paper I wrote on them.

November 2nd, 2009

Tommy Caldwell
Political Science

I believe that Madison describes the United States as under the Constitution as combining the best parts of elitism and pluralism at the same time.

In the Federalist Paper number nine, Madison explains the advantages and the main flaws with both a Republic and a Democracy. He explains that the primary advantage of a Democracy is that everybody gets a say in what happens. Each person gets one vote, and everyone is equal. Anybody can make a suggestion and it will be heard and voted on. Thus, democracy is equality. However, the flaw in democracy is derived from its primary advantage. If everybody gets a vote, and anyone can make a suggestion, and everybody is equal, then that means there will be a huge number of people gathered under one roof. Even if they only meet once a year, in a larger nation, it could take weeks or even months just to get through every person’s idea even if each person only gets a few minutes. In addition, it is difficult to keep track of who has spoken and who has not. It would be incredibly difficult to keep track of who voted for what. Nothing would ever get done in a true democracy in a massive nation. The group of people would be nothing more than a vast, unruly mob. It would be too large and confusing to get anything done.
In a republic, the problems of a democracy are not anywhere near as bad. The people elect representatives to vote for them. There are not thousands of people in a huge mob all trying to get what they want done with nothing happening because of the confusion. But being in a republic has problems of its own. In a republic, there are only a few people in charge. While this is much more orderly and easier to keep track of, it also means that only a few people are deciding what happens to all of the masses of people who are not elected as representatives. In a republic, it is easy for the few to rule over the many as tyrants. So while a republic has none of the problems of democracy, it has its own problems that are just as bad if not worse.
A democracy at its worst is a hyper-pluralist government. Huge numbers of people are pulling in every direction, and nothing gets done because of it. A republic at its worst is an elitist government. A very small number of people are deciding the laws and regulations that affect and control huge masses of people.
Our constitution and government setup is a combination of the two. We have both a Senate and a House of Representatives. We have the senate, which is a few voting for the many. The Senate is the elitist part of our government. We also have the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives is the pluralist part of our government. So the legislative body of our government of both elitist and pluralist, because we have both types combined into one with each being equally powerful.
What I believe Madison was trying to say was that our House of Representatives has the job of representing the people. A state gets representatives based on population. Our Senate is a representative of the State, though. Each state, no matter the size, gets two senators. Most of the world at the time was under monarchs and tyrants. A country was a country; there were no states as we know them today. We, however, had our country divided up into states. Each state gets their say, and each citizen gets theirs.
In conclusion, I believe that Madison portrays our government as both elitist and pluralist when he explains the constitution in the Federalist Papers.

Spiders

October 13th, 2009

I am the only person in my house who LIKES having spiders all over his room. I am also the person with the room you would MOST expect to have flies and mosquitos everywhere, flies because of the mess and mosquitos because of a poorly sealed wall to the outside. And yet, while every other room in the house is full of flies and mosquitos, my room has NONE. The reason? I don’t get rid of my spiders. I even NAME some of my spiders. I like my spiders, because they are the reason I have seen only 1 fly in my room, and no mosquitos.

So why is it that people dislike having spiders in their rooms? The spiders don’t bite, and humans move around so much that spiders have no reason nor desire to crawl on us. Spiders almost never do any harm, and they do us so much good by eating the bugs that annoy and bite us. And yet people dislike them. I cannot understand this. Why hate them, when they do all good and no harm? Is a little creepy-crawliness not worth having no mosquitos? The are spiders are not even obvious. They hang out on corners, or in dark places where hey do not disturb us and we do not disturb them. The only reason we should bother a spider, is if he is in a big, obvious web that might draw attention or be walked into, and even then we really only need to move the spider to a less obvious location with a news paper or some such, and simply remove the big, obvious web.

Why get rid of the things that do so much for us? What IS it that makes people want spiders gone so much?

What the Democrats must do to win in the south.

September 19th, 2009

Here is the end result that was turned in.

How the Democratic Party can win the south

I have determined that in order for the Democrats to win the south, the average level of education among the various Southern states must be raised to a higher level.

Most of the south is uneducated. In fact, the south has the highest illiteracy rate in the country. The southern culture is such that their lack of education is celebrated. There are places within the south that those with college education are considered to be snobbish and elitist. This must be changed in order to permit widespread higher education within the south, clearing the way for a Democratic Party victory. Before this can happen, however, something must be done to change the belief that the educated are elitists. It might help to hold frequent seminars, lectures, perhaps even shows to teach people about the advantages of higher education, and where this higher level of education can be achieved.

There is a lot of research to show that most college graduates vote Democrat (see below chart). The south has the lowest percentage of college graduates in the nation. In addition, the Republican Party has most of the devout Christians in America. Many of them are unwilling to accept change, and there are some more extreme members of the Republican Party members who might even say that too much change is sinful. In addition, the majority of the Republican Party members are older than the Democratic average age. Many elderly people have their minds hard set on their beliefs, and are unwilling to change their minds once it is made up. It is because of this that the Republican Party is very inflexible, and this stubbornness appeals to many southerners. It is also possible that the Democrats may have to wait until the average age of the Southern states is reduced for this reason.

The members of the Republican Party are also, on average, much older than members of the Democratic Party. This means that the Republican Party grew up in a different era, both culturally, politically, and technologically. This means that in theory, the Democratic Party is more up to date on most political issues, and knows how to use technology better. However, the south is much less technologically advanced then other parts of the nation. This would also be remedied by college education. So in addition to moving the south closer to a Democratic area of the nation, raising the average level of education of the Southern states could also improve the local economies, and raise the technological levels of the area.

Figure 1: This chart shows data from the 2008 presidential elections. http://mypoliticscampaignblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/two-americas-chart1.jpg

The above chart shows that most members of the Republican Party are more “traditional” in their beliefs. The vast majority of them believe that the President should believe in God, and go to church weekly themselves. The Republican Party also has a higher percentage also have a much higher percentage of gun owners. This is influenced by the fact that many Republicans are reluctant to allow any change at all to the “social contract” that is composed of a combination of civil rights, common law, and the general way things are done, and discouraging civilian gun ownership would be a relatively major change. Fewer Republicans are members of unions of any sort, and as stated, most of the younger population is Democratic.

In conclusion, most college graduates vote Democrat. The south, however, has a low percentage of college graduates. Thus, in order to win the South, the Democratic Party must improve the general level of education of the Southern states.

Sources:
http://mypoliticscampaignblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/two-americas-chart1.jpg
http://mypoliticscampaignblog.wordpress.com/category/voter-demographics/
http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/04/electoral-history-charts.html

I pretty much redid the paper. The original can be found at the bottom of this post, and is crossed through. You can easily see the huge changes.

How the Democratic Party can win the south

I have determined that in order for the Democrats to win the south, the average level of education among the various Southern states must be raised to a higher level.

Most of the south is uneducated. In fact, the south has the highest illiteracy rate in the country. The southern culture is such that their lack of education is celebrated. There are places within the south that those with college education are considered to be snobbish and elitist. This must be changed in order to permit widespread higher education within the south, clearing the way for a Democratic Party victory. Before this can happen, however, something must be done to change the belief that the educated are elitists. It might help to hold frequent seminars, lectures, perhaps even shows to teach people about the advantages of higher education, and where this higher level of education can be achieved.

There is a lot of research to show that most college graduates vote Democrat (see below chart). The south has the lowest percentage of college graduates in the nation. In addition, the Republican Party has most of the devout Christians in America. Many of them are unwilling to accept change, and there are some more extreme members of the Republican Party members who might even say that too much change is sinful. In addition, the majority of the Republican Party members are older than the Democratic average age. Many elderly people have their minds hard set on their beliefs, and are unwilling to change their minds once it is made up. It is because of this that the Republican Party is very inflexible, and this stubbornness appeals to many southerners. It is also possible that the Democrats may have to wait until the average age of the Southern states is reduced for this reason.

The members of the Republican Party are also, on average, much older than members of the Democratic Party. This means that the Republican Party grew up in a different era, both culturally, politically, and technologically. This means that in theory, the Democratic Party is more up to date on most political issues, and knows how to use technology better. However, the south is much less technologically advanced then other parts of the nation. This would also be remedied by college education. So in addition to moving the south closer to a Democratic area of the nation, raising the average level of education of the Southern states could also improve the local economies, and raise the technological levels of the area.

Figure 1: This chart shows data from the 2008 presidential elections. http://mypoliticscampaignblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/two-americas-chart1.jpg
(On the paper, the chart at that URL is inserted here.)

The above chart shows that most members of the Republican Party are more “traditional” in their beliefs. The vast majority of them believe that the President should believe in God, and go to church weekly themselves. The Republican Party also has a higher percentage also have a much higher percentage of gun owners. This is influenced by the fact that many Republicans are reluctant to allow any change at all to the “social contract” that is composed of a combination of civil rights, common law, and the general way things are done, and discouraging civilian gun ownership would be a relatively major change. Fewer Republicans are members of unions of any sort, and as stated, most of the younger population is Democratic.

In conclusion, most college graduates vote Democrat. The south, however, has a low percentage of college graduates. Thus, in order to win the South, the Democratic Party must improve the general level of education of the Southern states.

Sources:
http://mypoliticscampaignblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/two-americas-chart1.jpg
http://mypoliticscampaignblog.wordpress.com/category/voter-demographics/
http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/04/electoral-history-charts.html

I am writing a political science paper, on how the Democrats can win the Southern vote, because the south ALWAYS votes republican.

I have decided that in order for the Democrats to win the south, they must convince people to not vote until they actually read and understand the issues being voted on.

My research shows that the reason that the black vote is almost always democratic is that the democrats usually put in welfare and other such programs, which help them. My research also shows that this assistance is needed because most of the south is economically the same as it has been for a long time, and that this fact is highly unlikely to change any time soon. Part of the cause of this is that Tennessee, for example, has about 30 times the number of counties it needs. There are counties with only 12 or 13 thousand people, that are paying for a police force big enough for 40 or 45 thousand people. Several of these smaller counties are also paying for 3 or more high schools, when one high school could easily server 3 or 4 of these small counties. This huge overspending results in overtaxing, and holding people where they are.

And yet, the republicans still hold the south. This is because the white vote is still a majority,and has been republican ever since LBJ signed the Civil Rights bill. Ever since this, the majority of the white population of the south has voted republican. For a while, they voted republican because it was the Democrats that ended segregation, and many at the time did not like this. Now, they still vote republican. I believe, however, that no more do they vote republican because of racism. I believe they now vote republican because many southerners are taught to vote the way their parents did, regardless of party issues or stances.

In conclusion, it is my belief that if people were to educate themselves on the matters at hand rather then blindly vote to their party, the democratic party would likely win.

Please, by all means, comment on this. Note that this is a rough draft for a political science opinion paper, and as such, all comments made will affect the final paper.

EDIT:Fixed minor grammar issues, put in a few clarifying sentences.

Earache

August 20th, 2009

So I had an earache yesterday…
Around 1:30 am, I decided to try putting hydrogen peroxide in my ear to see if cleaning it would help, which it didn’t. I ended up taking a Tylenol about 4am, and that eventually got it to stop hurting, although it still feels funny.

I realized, then, that I have an earache pretty much every year around the same time. So I put up this post, and next year I will look back and see if it really does happen that way.

The following conversation took place at 7:00 AM

July 13th, 2009

It was between my right hand and my left hand, who will be referred to at “R” and “L” for simplicity’s sake.

R:Good morning, L.
L:Good morning to you too, R. How are you doing today?
R:Eh, pretty good. Could be better though.
L:Oh? What’s wrong?
R:I didn’t sleep very well last night.
L:You too? I couldn’t sleep much either.
R:Truth be told, I didn’t manage to fall asleep at all.
L:Yeah, same here. I pretty much lay there with eyes closed until it got bright outside.
R:I suppose that’s when you got up.
L:Yep. Got out of bed about 6:30, and fed my human some cereal.
R:YOUR human? We share it, remember?
L:Oh. Right.
R:And I helped with the cereal, remember?
L:Of course.
R:And after the cereal, we gotta go help the human type up something called a “blog post”.
L:What’s a “blog post”?
R:It’s what the humans call that thing where they type up random stuff and post it on something called the “internet”.
L:”Internet?”
R:Yeah. Sounds like some kind of net the humans use to attach each other.
L:That’s stupid.
R:I know. It must be invisible or something too, because I never see anything.
L:Not like the other invisible things you see.
R:Actually, the doctor says that with my new medicine those other invisible things should go away soon.
L:That’s good. But anyway, is that what they call typing up stories? “Blog posting?”
R:Yeah. They thought up a name for it.
L:Never really got the point of those. All they seem to do is make me tired.
R:Yeah.
L:I bet ya he makes us type this conversation.
R:HAHA! He wouldn’t be THAT stupid, would he?
R:…L, do you really think he would do that?
R:…L?
L:…I think he might.
R:I hate my life.
L:Let’s just hope he doesn’t decide to go do yard work.
R:I know. I hate those things…what did he call them…
L:Gloves?
R:Yeah.
L:Oh, we’re at the keyboard now.
R:OH! What do ya know.
L:What?
R:He wants us to type our conversation.
L:Stupid human…

A new game

June 2nd, 2009

My first blog in quite some time, I know. Here’s hoping I post more often.

So world of warcraft patch day is today, which means hours of downtime while I download and install new patch. I may as well throw some stuff out there while I wait.

I got a new game the other game. Psi Ops:The Mindgate Conspiracy. I got it for the ps2, but it is also free to download for PC and it is also available for the Xbox

Very fun game. You start off as Nick Scryer, a special forces soldier who worked for a program called Mindgate, until they wiped your memory to get you past probes and into a “movement”.

Turns out you are a Psi user. Basically, you have various psionic abilities. The ability you first unlock is Telekinesis. The game uses the Havok 2 physics engine, so telekinesis,, referred to as “TK” in ‘the game, is extremely potent. You can pick up objects and move them around, obviously. But you can also throw them at enemy soldiers, throw enemy soldiers at them, throw enemies off cliffs, slam them, into walls, slam them into each other, you name it. You can also “surf” by standing on an object and lifting it with telekinesis while on it, and get over pits or other things that way. You can also break things and then throw the pieces. You can also pick up an enemy soldier and hold them still while you shoot them with your gun.

You get pyrokinesis after that, referred to as PK. Simple, really, point at target and set it on fire. But you can also make fuses-set objects beside each other, light one, and it will ignite objects near it.

After a while, you get Mind Control. It is as the name suggests. As for game mechanics, it works like the puppet method. That is, you take direct control over them while your own body is vulnerable.

There are a few other things, but those are the really noteworthy ones. A fun game, and I highly recommend getting it if you get a chance.

College

August 18th, 2008

I’m at college now. Having a great time! The internet just came up today-Monday, so I had to blog. The school has a paintball club. The guns and masks are actually owned by the school. We go play in the woods behind the gym. The food is excellent. I got my mailbox today. So now Mom can send me candy. I have a Student ID. I have my dorm all set up. My roommate has not showed as of noon Monday. The campus is great. Love college!

Complaint

July 6th, 2008

Welcome to my personal complaint box. All who don’t care, either don’t read or don’t complain.

Amy walked in a few minutes ago with a can full of little plastic toy soldiers, dumped them on my bed, and walked out. I asked her to come back and clean them up, but she said Evan(the 2 year old) would clean them up and went to her room and closed the door. I walked back there to ask her to come clean up the mess, but Sarah kept saying “It doesn’t matter get out of my room it doesn’t matter get out get out.” Normally by this point I would have just done it myself, but I just don’t feel like putting up with the crap from Amy today. So I walk over to Dad, get his attention, and try to explain so I can ask his advice. I explain how Amy dumped it on my bed, then went back to her room, but Dad just puts the headphones in before I can say how Sarah kicked me out, effectively saying “I don’t care.” Amy at this point walks out to watch TV. I sit in my room and sulk for a few minutes then try asking her to get them. She sends Evan to get them and bring them to her. I tell Evan “No, if she wants them she can get them herself.” I tell Evan again to leave them, and she says “Evan, just bring me the soldiers because Tommy is being mean and rude.” A few minutes later I ask her not to tell Evan that I am mean and rude, and dad walks out and tells me to step away and stop talking. I went to my room to complain on blog. That is the last of it so far…the soldiers are currently on my bed where she dumped them.

So she makes a mess. Then she refuses to clean it up. Sarah screams at me for coming in to ask Amy to clean up her mess, and YES i knocked on the door and Sarah said “Come in.” I ask dad for advice, but he just assumes I’m asking him to deal with it and ignores me. Amy then tells Evan that I am mean and rude, which I do NOT appreciate. I ask her not to tell him that, and Dad tells me to back off.

Schedule

July 6th, 2008

My mom set ANOTHER summer schedule….changing from the last one….She wants all the kids off the computers Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays..However we have Wednesdays back.

This is extremely annoying, because one, I just now got things all set with the guild on Warcraft that I could raid any day but Wednesday. Now, as SOON as I fix that, the two days I expected to be able to raid with them are suddenly gone.

And two, during college, I will only be on during the weekends, and not always that. So I would prefer to be able to get as much as possible accomplished on Warcraft before I head off to college, but now that isn’t possible! I can understand it for Sarah and Noah, because they can play on weekends, and they don’t have anything particularly important to DO online. Noah doesn’t play any online games but Guild Wars, and he spends most of his time on Starcraft. Neither of those games have anything that requires large numbers of synchronized people. Sarah just does Facebook, and that doesn’t require anything either. I play World of Warcraft. I have things I do there that take 10 people very well organized, and once you get started with that 10man group you cant go in there with a different 10man group until it resets next Tuesday.