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Sam Bradford Highlights
December 24, 2008, 1:40 pm
Filed under: OU

This is a video I put together. To watch it with better video quality, click on the video, then click the link that says “watch in high quality.”

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Oklahoma Deserves to Be Ahead of Texas
December 9, 2008, 8:12 pm
Filed under: OU

So last week I blogged about why OU deserved to go to the Big XII Championship. A couple days later, I got this message from an ESPN.com editor.

Featured your college football blog in our best of the week blog:
http://sportsnation.espn.go.com/fans/CommunityEds/blog/posts/73955

Keep it up!



Symbolism in ‘Moby-Dick’: Brilliance Between the Lines
October 30, 2008, 2:13 pm
Filed under: Books, School Papers

There are a number of important symbols in the famous Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. The story is told somewhat allegorically, with each character or object in the tale having its own meaning. Among these things are the whaling ship the Pequod, which symbolizes doom, Moby-Dick the whale, which stands for contradiction and the uncontrollable things in life, and a sailor’s coffin, which represent both life and death. All of these symbols are used brilliantly by Melville, and help the reader to understand the meaning of the book.

One of the important symbols is the Pequod, a whaling ship that is captained by Captain Ahab. Ahab’s mission in life is to kill the great white whale, Moby-Dick, who had once taken Ahab’s leg. In the story, the Pequod is in the hunt for Moby-Dick, an effort which is destined to fail. The ship’s very name depicts failure, as it is named for an Indian tribe in Massachusetts that did not survive after the arrival of the white men. Painted a morbid black and adorned with whale bones and teeth, the ship contains images of death everywhere the sailors look. It is decorated like a coffin, and that is what it eventually becomes.

The next example of symbolism in Moby-Dick is Moby-Dick itself. Moby-Dick is a great white whale whom Ahab has been unable to kill for years. We learn that it once took off Ahab’s leg, for which the captain has always hated him. One of things it represents is everything in the world that is random and uncontrollable. In a way, it simply stands for nature. It is massive and destructive, but nonetheless beautiful and awe-inspiring. It cannot be stopped or controlled by the sailors, like a violent storm, yet there is a sense of wonder about him, like a beautiful sunset. Moby-Dick’s color is also symbolic. It is white, which expresses contradictions. White is used to signify purity and goodness, but also emptiness. Each member of the crew has his own view of the whale; some are afraid, others are amazed, and Ahab is hateful.

Another symbol used in Melville’s classic is a coffin that belongs to Queequeg, a sailor on the Pequod. It’s meaning changes from death to life as the book progresses. Queequeg first has the coffin built when he is seriously ill and fears death. However, when Queequeg recovers, he uses it as a chest to store his possessions. It is later rigged as a life buoy, representing life for the sailors on the Pequod. When the ship sinks and Ishmael, a sailor on the Pequod and the narrator of the story, uses the coffin to stay afloat, it ends up saving not only his life, but the life of the tale.

Moby-Dick, a priceless, timeless piece of literature by Herman Melville, contains deep symbolism that helps the reader understand the meaning of the book. Melville uses the Pequod to symbolize doom, Moby-Dick to symbolize random and uncontrollable nature, and Queequeg’s coffin to symbolize first death, then life. Without these symbols, Moby-Dick is good read. With them, it is a though provoking masterpiece that has been enjoyed by several generations, and will be enjoyed by many more to come.



John Locke and Natural Rights
October 20, 2008, 3:38 pm
Filed under: History, School Papers

John Locke was an English philosopher who lived in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries; his beliefs and writings helped bring about the American Revolution. A devout protestant, Locke strongly believed in the natural rights of man. His basic thesis maintained that in a state of nature, men have a “perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of law and nature, without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man.” He professed the idea that man has a natural right to life, to liberty, and to property, and he justified his beliefs on the foundation of natural law. Locke’s view of natural law was simple: there are certain laws whose content is set in nature by God and that have validity everywhere.

Locke believed in the natural rights of man, but he also believed in the sin nature of man, which is why he saw the need for government. He said that we should have government because due to the “corruption and viciousness of degenerate men” they would not be able to defend their rights. Without government, man’s sin nature would overcome their sense of natural law, and their rights would be exploited for evil. “The great chief end” for men to have government “is the preservation of their property; to which in the state of nature there are many things wanting,” he wrote. It was his strong opinion that men should give up as much power as is needed to defend themselves in exercising their natural rights, an idea called the “social contract theory.” His beliefs on government can be summarized in the following statement:

“[The] freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society and made by the legislative power erected in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things where that rule prescribes not; and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man; as freedom of nature is to be under no other restraint but the law of nature.”

John Locke’s writings were extremely influential in bringing about the American Revolution. The list of his major works includes An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, and Two Treatises on Government. Clearly, he was highly knowledgeable in many fields. Two Treatises on Government, perhaps his most famous work, had a great impact on many of America’s founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and others. As mentioned above, he wrote of man’s right to “life, liberty, and property,” a belief that is also explicitly stated in the Declaration of Independence. His social contract theory, promotion of governmental separation of powers, and belief that revolution is a right had a significant effect in bringing about the American Revolution against England, as well as in writing the Constitution of the United States.



Keep the Change
September 17, 2008, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I’m not sure who wrote these, but I received an e-mail with all of them a few days ago and thought they were unbelievable.

Obama’s Not Exactly’s

1.) “Selma Got Me Born” – NOT EXACTLY, your parents felt safe enough to have you in 1961 – Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965. (Google “Obama Selma” for his full March 4, 2007 speech and articles about its various untruths.)

2.) “Father Was A Goat Herder” – NOT EXACTLY, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

3.) “My Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter” – NOT EXACTLY, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had.

4.) “My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom” – NOT EXACTLY, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in decades. The current government is pro-American but Odinga wants to overthrow it and establish Muslim Sharia law. Your half-brother, Abongo Obama, is Odinga’s follower. You interrupted your New Hampshire campaigning to speak to Odinga on the phone.

Obama’s cousin Odinga in Kenya ran for president and tried to get Sharia Muslim law in place there. When Odinga lost the elections, his followers have burned Christians’ homes and then burned men, women and children alive in a Christian church where they took shelter.. Obama supported his cousin before the election process here started. Google Obama and Odinga and see what you get. No one wants to know the truth.

5.) “My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian” – NOT EXACTLY, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldn’t allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man.

6.) “My Name is African Swahili” – NOT EXACTLY, your name is Arabic and ‘Baraka’ (from which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

Barack Hussein Obama is not half black. If elected, he would be the first Arab-American President, not the first black President. Barack Hussein Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother’s side and 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father’s side. While Barack Hussein Obama’s father was from Kenya , his father’s family was mainly Arabs. Barack Hussein Obama’s father was only 12.5% African Negro and 87.5% Arab (his father’s birth certificate even states he’s Arab, not African Negro).

7.) “I Never Practiced Islam” – NOT EXACTLY, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

4-3-08 Article ‘Obama was ‘quite religious in Islam

8.) “My School In Indonesia was Christian” – NOT EXACTLY, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

February 28, 2008. Nicholas Kristof from the New York Times a year ago: “Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as ‘one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.'” This is just one example of what Pamela is talking about when she says “Obama’s narrative is being altered, enhanced and manipulated to whitewash troubling facts.”

9.) “I Was Fluent In Indonesian” – NOT EXACTLY, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

10.) “Because I Lived In Indonesia , I Have More Foreign Experience” – NOT EXACTLY, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn’t even speak the language. What did you learn– how to study the Koran and watch cartoons?

11.) “I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs” – NOT EXACTLY, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.

12.) “I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion” – NOT EXACTLY, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify – your classmates said you were just fine.

13.) “An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office” – NOT EXACTLY, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

14.) “A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook on Life” – NOT EXACTLY, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

15.) “I Won’t Run On A National Ticket In ’08” – NOT EXACTLY, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

16.) “Voting ‘Present’ is Common In Illinois Senate” – NOT EXACTLY, they are common for you, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.

17.) “Oops, I Mis-voted” – NOT EXACTLY, only when caught by church groups and Democrats, did you beg to change your mis-vote.

18.) “I Was A Professor Of Law” – NOT EXACTLY, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

19.) “I Was A Constitutional Lawyer” – NOT EXACTLY, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

20.) “Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill” – NOT EXACTLY, you didn’t write it, introduce it, change it, or create it.

21.) “The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass” – NOT EXACTLY, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

22.) “I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill” – NOT EXACTLY, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation – mainly because of your Nuclear donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

23.) “I Have Released My State Records” – NOT EXACTLY, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

24.) “I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess” – NOT EXACTLY, you were part of a large group of people (20) who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself in your books.

25.) “My Economics Bill Will Help America” – NOT EXACTLY, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

26.) “I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois” – NOT EXACTLY, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

27.) “I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year” – NOT EXACTLY, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

28.) ‘No One on my campaign contacted Canada about NAFTA” – NOT EXACTLY, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

29.) “I Am Tough On Terrorism” – NOT EXACTLY, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

30.) “I Want All Votes To Count” – NOT EXACTLY, you said let the delegates decide.

31.) “I Want Americans To Decide” – NOT EXACTLY, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.

32.) “I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate” – NOT EXACTLY, you passed 26, most of which (20) you didn’t write yourself.

33.) “I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics” – NOT EXACTLY, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.

34.) “I Don’t Take PAC Money” – NOT EXACTLY, you take loads of it.

35.) “I don’t Have Lobbysists” – NOT EXACTLY, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

36.) “My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad” – NOT EXACTLY, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in just one afternoon.

37.) “I Have Always Been Against Iraq” – NOT EXACTLY, you weren’t in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time.

38.) “I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care” – NOT EXACTLY, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don’t have to buy it

God help us if this man becomes our next president.



The Big Twelve Compared to the Middle East
September 16, 2008, 7:55 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Texas: Iran. Somewhat of a power in the region, but it will all come crashing down because they have a highly functioning retard as a leader.

Kansas: Kuwait. Tons of riches and unrealized potential, but still vulnerable to Iran.

Nebraska: Iraq. A wealth of history but the country as a whole is going in the tank and they will kill themselves off before it’s all over.

Oklahoma: Saudi Arabia. A proud kingdom, once torn up by fighting but known for historic past and prosperous future, surrounded by Iran and Iraq, with fanatics in Al-Qaeda (see below) who’ll stop at nothing to bring them down.

Missouri: Syria. Evil schemers who will stoop to whatever level they need to win. No real history to speak of but thinks they are the cradle of civilization.

Oklahoma State: Al Qaeda. No real country, just a movement of disgruntled fanatics who live to destroy the hope of those more fortunate. No other goal in life than to bring down the House of Saudi Arabia. Terrorizing that country in the late 90’s and early 2000 years is the crowning achievement in their history. Signing day was a major setback to the movement. They are fanatically loyal to their new leader.

Kansas State: Palestinian territories. No one really cares or worries about them unless they can be of some use (i.e. winning a battle once in a while against Iran that causes a bit of shake up in rankings).

Iowa State: Qatar. Where is Qatar?  Is it in our area?

Texas A&M: Afghanistan. Not much going for it other than the crazy commoners.

Colorado: Morocco. Not really part of the Middle East. Has other things to do than fight (or play football).

Texas Tech: Libya. Has a charismatic leader in a land of nothingness who will rattle his sword but knows he doesn’t have a whole lot to back it up. Pulls the occasional sneak-attack and cries “Victory!”

Baylor: Israel. None of the others understand why they’re in the area. Just leave them alone. What did they ever do to you?



Thomas Hooker and the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
September 15, 2008, 12:31 pm
Filed under: History, School Papers

Thomas Hooker was a prominent Puritan and Colonial leader who is well known for his role in founding Connecticut and creating the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut in the 1600s. He was a very pious man with strong character, and was once called “The Light of the Western Churches and the Pillar of Connecticut Colony.” An independent thinker, he became a Puritan and devoted himself to God. His influence on the American colonies was great; in 1636 he and his congregation formed the Hartford colony in the Connecticut area. Later, Hartford and two other colonies merged to form Connecticut. Hooker was also significant in the future of the United States, as he assisted in creating the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.

The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut is considered to be the first written Constitution in the Western tradition, and many of its ideas are seen in the American Constitution. Perhaps the most important point in the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut is the first, which lays out the method for electing the officials of the Colony, and the duties of these officials.

The first [of two yearly assemblies] shall be called the Court of Election, wherein shall be yearly chosen from time to time, so many Magistrates and other public Officers as shall be found requisite: Whereof one to be chosen Governor, which being chosen and sworn according to an Oath recorded for that purpose, shall have the power to administer justice according to the Laws here established, and for want thereof, according to the Rule of the Word of God.

This section is important because it describes a means of electing official that is still used today in America. Its ideas were used in the United States Constitution over one hundred years later. The concept of democracy is one of the things that makes America great, and it is and was very important in the colony of Connecticut, and the United States of America. This section in the Fundamental Orders also speaks of “the Rule of the Word of God,” which shows that the very earliest founders of the United States believed the Bible, and used it as their basis for all of their actions.