Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Organization for civic speech


What is civic duty?
Volunteering at food banks?
Donating blood at your high school blood drive?
Maybe its going to your child’s PTSA nights, or making sure you vote at least once every 2 years.
Maybe it’s even putting on a uniform and fighting for your country.
Or maybe it’s none of these things. What if civic duty is protesting against your civic government? To rebel against your civic duty, this too may count as a civic duty.
Yes, try to wrap your head around that. To perform your civic duty you have to blatantly disobey your civic duties.

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The history of protest as a civic duty. Mention the history of America. How America was breed by it’s citizen’s civic duty to uphold justice and equality.
For people to realize that it is equally important to do your civic duty and to make sure general civic justice is upheld. Why these kinds of protests constitutes as civic duties. WHy protest and going against civic duty could be one of the most important civic duties of all.


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Location- when and where
Location: Old Main, Penn State University Park Campus
Time: 6 P.M.
Reason: to protest recent plans by the United States government to attack Syria due to their alleged use of chemical weapons on their own people
Who: Penn state university park students

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Interview with steve
Questions to ask are still being debated on.

In which Josh talks about why he is so fond of taveling the world


As I mentioned in my previous passion post, I value first hand experiences over material goods. Think of it this way, if I have $10,000 in my bank account right now, I would much rather spend said money on airplane tickets than Ipad’s and laptops. There are some studies shown that money spent on traveling actually makes you happier than money spent on material wealth. You’ll grow old of your macbooks and designer clothing, but you’ll always be able to remember that one trip to a foreign country that showed you just how different the rest of the world is from your backyard.

In our age and time, the ease of traveling sometimes makes me wonder why aren’t more people spontaneously flying to new and wonderful places more often. I mean, air travel is the closest we’ll ever get to time travel, let’s truly take advantage of that. Traveling can have such profound effects on who you are, and they can potentially change the world. If Darwin never went to the Galapagos Islands, would he have come to the conclusion of evolution? Think of this post as a public service announcement for everyone to get off their butts and start planning their next trip.
There is a key point that I want to make sure people understand. Although seeing the world is visually appealing, my key factor for traveling is probably more to meet the people from different locations. The people make the place, traveling will be meaning less if your only there to enjoy the view. If I said that I was going to Hawaii and all I did there was to sit by the beach and look out over the view without finding out the culture of Hawaii, than what’s the difference between that and going to a random beach somewhere closer. To experience the cultures of places that you’ve never been to, that’s true traveling.

Here is a link to a video explaining several facts about why traveling is good for the body and the soul. (Don’t worry, the video is 2 min long, beautiful and comes with a great song.)

Next time, I will write about one of my personal accounts of a life changing trip to Honduras.


And also as a side note, I LOVE (love) food and cooking, so for each country I research, be sure to expect plenty of cool information about food.

Rhetorical analysis of – Letter from a Birmingham Jail

1. I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

2. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.

3. As T. S. Eliot has said: “The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.”



1. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here.  I am here because I have organizational ties here.

2. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

3. But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”–then you will understand why we find it difficult to



1. In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action.

2. Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong.

3. In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion?


I bought a world map at target about a month ago.

It’s hanging above my desk in my dorm.
The map is multicolor and made by GeoNova.
I’m not quite sure yet what a “Passion Blog” is suppose to consist of, but I know I want to use my world map for my passion.

There is this really great quote by Anthony Bourdain that goes, “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.

I mean, who doesn’t want to travel right? I am someone who values experiences over material good. After all, it’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years. One of the most defining moments of my life (you know, those moments that totally changes your attitude and view on the world) was when I went overseas to do service work in Honduras. That one moment when we finally (after hours of car, plane and bus ride) arrive at the community compound will probably live on with me for the rest of my life. It wasn’t the culture shock of seeing the physical difference between a first world country versus a third world country, but it was more of seeing the difference between the people of a first world versus a third world. Despite living in shacks of aluminum and dirt, these were some of the happiest people I have ever met.

That one experience showed me just how wide the world is. Maybe this attitude will change as I get older, maybe one day I’ll want to settle down and have two kids named Watson and Soophie, but for right now I’ll just dream about traveling around the world.

So this is still just me brainstorming before breakfast but I think the general gist of what i want to do for my blog is me throwing a piece of clay or a dart at my map randomly and just research wherever country I land on.
That’s it, that’s all I have to say today.

Good morning! I hope you have a great rest of the day.

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