What would happen if I won the lottery? First I would pay off all of my parents bills (that always helps). Then, I would give a good chunk of the money to my aunts, uncles, and grandparents because they could use the money, too. I would take 1/3 of the rest of the money to buy a new house. Yes, a 2 story house with an indoor garden and pool, complete with a butler named Tom. Finally, to celebrate, I would take everybody on a 2 week vacation to Disney World! Just to take everybody away from the everyday grind.
We seem to have a lot of Roman architecture in America. Such as the Lincoln Memorial. From the huge white pillars to the large statue, this building is like a Roman citadel! If you into the core of the memorial, you will find a statue of a huge person sitting down in a chair. That would be Abraham Lincoln! (What a surprise) He was the 16th president of the United States and can be found the the Penny. Nothing really goes on in the building for as if there is no real “rooms” of the memorial. Here is a picture of the memorial from a straight on view:
While reading my textbook, I stumbled upon a page telling that how our Constitution should really be interpreted. I think that the Constitution should be interpreted loosely, because if, for example, the Constitution says that no free man can kill anybody else that doesn’t mean that a man that is not free can kill somebody. But not so loosely that you are almost breaking the rules of the constitution. It is kind of like jeans. If they are too tight, they will hurt. If they are too loose, they will fall down. Do you see what I’m trying to get at?
I found this new website called Befunky.com . It is a very cool website that lets you take pictures and transform them to be colorized and customized. It is very fun and useful! I took a picture off of flickr and smoothed it out a little bit to make it look better. Here is the outcome:
Recently, at school, some of my friends and I did a project on article 2 sections 2, 3, and 4 of the constitution. I’ve learned that the president is commander and chief of the military and that the president can get kicked out of office for treason, bribery, and other high crimes. We’ve put this information into a movie and narrated it with our voices. Enjoy! (If you can’t see it, go here)
Did you know that the pilgrims didn’t eat turkey on Thankgiving? They ate mostly deer. 11 to be exact. They also did not use any forks, just knives. I know this because I did a bit of research of the myths of Thankgiving. Here is the source of my information.
If I were in charge of the Student Blogging Challenge, I would make the weekly challenges things that ask the students to write about their memories from when they were little because I find childhood memories very funny sometimes. I would write something like “Write a post explaining your best childhood memory.” I would also ask the students to write their opinions on things that appear in the news.
The Bill of Rights is just a shorter name for the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution. We have the Bill of Rights because it protects us from the government butting into our rights. For example, the 6th Amendment says that anyone who commits a crime is allowed a public trial. This is constantly used when people do bad crimes. If people weren’t even given a chance to be proven guilty, it would be unfair.
If you are from a different country than the United States of America, please take a minute to answer this quick survey about your Constitution:
1. Do you think that the Constitution for your country is fair?
2. Does your country allow for impeachment for your president/leader?
3. What do you think is the most important aspect of your Constitution?
Please leave your answers as a comment for this post. Thanks!
Before reading this, note that this is a project for school which said we had to make rules for a random planet we landed on. So here it is:
Did you know that when we were writing the rules for our new planet, we noticed how similar it was to the process that the people went through to write the Constitution. The location of the delegates while they were writing the Constitution was similar to us. The delegates were selected by the states, unlike us because we just worked with the people we landed on the planet with. We also noticed how similar and different the actual rules of our new planet were from the rules of the Constitution. Both are free to practice any religion they like, and both have fair punishments.
While researching about the Constitution, I found a similarity between us and the delegates. All of the Delegates were called together at the same time for writing the Constitution. They did this mostly because weather was bad and travel was hard. We were all together while we wrote the rules for our new planet. We did this because we needed to debate on the best rules to put in our form of the Constitution. I think this similarity was present because you can’t make rules without debate, and you can’t have debate without a sufficient amount of people, so we both added people in.
I also found a main difference of both us and the Constitution while researching. The delegates that wrote the Constitution were wise, experienced men picked from each of the 13 states. Each state pick a couple of delegates to represent their state in the Constitution. When we landed on the planet, we had to work with the people we had. We had to do this because we were stuck there and that was all of us and there was nobody else to help. I think this difference occurred because when they wrote the Constitution they wanted the best of the best, so they used their best people to come up with the rules. We did not have a choice on the people we used to write the rules.
There is another similarity for the Constitution, but this time for the rules itself. The 1st amendment protects one to practice any religion you choose to. They did this because they know people will rebel if everybody has to be Roman Catholic or Jewish. We also made a rule to protect people from being forced to practice a certain religion. We did this because we also thought people would rebel against this rule if we didn’t make it. I think that this similarity appeared because you will always need to compromise with somebody to make things fair, and here we compromised with the fellow citizens of our planet.
The last similarity that I found was the rule about war. The 8th amendment guarantees that punishments will not be cruel, they will be fair. They made this rule because if they didn’t, some kids might get hanged for doing something that isn’t even that bad. We also made a rule which guarantees that punishments have to be reasonable to the crime. Again, if this rule was not made, people will get hanged for little crimes. This similarity showed up because there needs to be a rule controlling the punishments for small crimes and big crimes, which both us and the Founding Fathers noticed.
As you can see, there are a lot of differences and a lot of similarities from the location of the delegates while writing the rules, to the delegates who were selected by the states. Also the opportunity to practice any religion you want and fair punishments for crimes. The Constitution is not only rules, but rules for the new country they called America.