Pro Choice

            If I had to choose sides when it came to pro choice or pro life I would have to choose pro choice. If a woman chooses to have an abortion I believe that they should be able to do so without fear of being arrested or die trying to remove the fetus themselves. There are limits to this but I couldn’t imagine how it was back in 1972 when it was considered illegal. Pro choice seems to be the lesser of two evils yet at the same time I don’t want anyone to get the idea that abortion should be looked at in some form of contraceptive, or that this is ok for women who are aware of what they were doing (having unprotected sex) in the first place. Abortion is something that can cause a lot of physical and psychological problems and needs to be treated as seriously as having the baby.

            Having an abortion should be well thought out and even addressed after the procedure has been accomplished. Just some of the physical risks are infection, perforation of the uterus, hemorrhage, cervical incompetence, cancer, and even death. Then to consider the psychological which may include regret, nervous disorders, sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunction, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, child neglect or abuse, divorce or chronic relationship problems, and repeat abortion. It would be like saying you’re going to go skydiving, getting in the plane, and then after you’ve jumped out, you realize you weren’t prepared and didn’t put on a parachute.

            There are several methods to having an abortion and they are performed during certain stages of the pregnancy. I will not discuss them in detail because they are pretty gruesome.

 

I realize that some people look at abortion and think of the mother being a murderer. Imagine, a 16 year old girl getting raped by her step father, and when she informs her mother of the situation she is told she is a liar. In her heart she feels alone, has nowhere to go, and finds out she’s pregnant. All she can think about is how she doesn’t love this thing in her and will remember what her step father did every time she looks at the child. She contemplates suicide because she’s lost and all alone. When she seeks therapy and on her own chooses to have an abortion rather than having it, I believe from then on it is between her and God.

There are a million situations where you can say whether the abortion was logical, rational, just a plain convenience to the woman, but it should be a choice. That male or female involved in the procedure from beginning to end needs to know and realize they have to live with their choices. According to Finer and Henshaw’s report, the total estimated number of abortions is over 46 million. Obviously Pro Choice isn’t the perfect answer but it is better than complete control over it.

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Intro Paragraph

What do you think about senior high school students being allowed to go a half to school and work half a day to support their financial obligations? Many students are divided amongst this issue. I firmly believe that a student should be allowed to work and go to school full-time for their senior year of high school in order to prepare for life when they attend college, the rigors of the outside world and realize that some finances are not required but rather a luxury expense.

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Oral Composition

1. What is the authority of the commentary?

   1a. Nancy Keenan President, NARAL Pro-Choice

   2b. Representative of Tennessee 1st district Phil Roe

2. What type of argument is attempted (definition, evaluative, other)?

   2a. Evaluative

   2b. Definition and evaluative

3. What evidence is cited? Is the evidence convincing? Valid? Verifiable?

   3a. None

   3b. Since Roe vs. Wade case resolved in 1973 there have been 50 million killed from abortion. Yes it was convincing and is verifiable.

4. Where do the two viewpoints conflict? How and why?

   One prefers to look at abortion as a choice a woman should have while the other feels it is murder.

5. Which do you judge to be the most convincing? Why?

   I would have to side with Nancy Keenan President, NARAL Pro-Choice. Even though she make no factual evidence in the exact direction she wants to go she makes the argument that being pro choice is more than the right to have an abortion.

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Objective Essay (week 4)

Steven Sitchler

English 123 Week 4 Objective (Drinking at 18)

            There are many pros and cons to lowering the drinking age to 18. I have a personal perspective that if your able to die for your country you should be able to drink alcohol. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be rule changes when allowing 18 year olds to drink but there should be some sort of exception for military personnel. I understand that bases outside the U.S. will and some do allow the drinking age of military personnel to be the same as the country it resides but what about inside the U.S. (about.com)? I think that we should allow 18 year olds while serving their country to consume alcohol legally.

According to DoD Instruction 1015.10  The minimum drinking age on a Department of Defense installation located in a State (including the District of Columbia) shall be consistent with the age established by the law of that State as the State minimum drinking age. Minimum drinking age means the minimum age established for persons who may purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. The minimum drinking age on a DOD installation located outside the United States shall be 18 years of age. A higher minimum drinking age will be based on international treaties and agreements and on the local situation as determined by the local installation commander. The commander of a DOD installation may waive the above requirements, if such commander determines that the exemption is justified by special circumstances (about.com).

Now when teens do drink alcohol, they are more likely to binge drink than people above the age of 21, thus demonstrating that teens are more prone to alcohol abuse than older demographics and should not be allowed to consume alcohol (procon.org). I believe this can be a different story for our military personnel. Vietnam inspired in people a belief that if a young man was old enough to be drafted into military duty, then he should be old enough to have a beer. Consequently, in the 1970s, some states lowered the legal minimum drinking age to 18, until the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 (thesop.org).

According to Postdam.edu seven of every eight (88%) of the 1,323 respondents to a nonscientific nation-wide poll said that active military personnel should be allowed to consume alcohol on base regardless of their age. I can see if the government wants to make the law more stringent for 18 year old military personnel. Some believe “Drinking in the military only leads to trouble”, says one U.S. Air Force Chaplain. “Lowering the age would only make it worse.” He goes on to say that he disagrees with the military having special laws to accommodate drinking alcohol. “Military people should hold to the same laws as everyone else.”

Imagine serving a six month tour overseas and finally getting a chance to go home. You have a 16 hour flight where you are allowed to drink free while in the military and over international waters. You get home and your Father is proud and wishes to take his boy/girl out and treat them to a beer. You don’t plan on getting completely drunk but you wish to relate to someone who may have been put in a similar situation. Unfortunately you have to decline the favor. While overseas you could act like an adult and sacrifice but right now you face the chance of being reprimanded for doing the exact same thing. Some things just don’t make sense.

Cited:

Drinking Age ProCon.org. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <http://drinkingage.procon.org/&gt;.

Powers, Rod. “Military Drinking Age.” United States Military Information. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <http://usmilitary.about.com/od/justicelawlegislation/a/drinkingage.htm&gt;.

“Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 1015.10 – IPROGRAMS FOR MILITARY MORALE, WELFARE, AND RECREATION (MWR).” United States Military Information. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/dodreg/bldodreg1015-10i.htm&gt;.

“‘Quick! Tell Uncle Sam – That Man’s Just a Boy!'” TheSOP – News, Writers, Interviews, Music, Bands, Celebrities, Education, Cartoons, Podcasts. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <http://thesop.org/story/law/2005/09/20/quick-tell-uncle-sam-that-mans-just-a-boy.php&gt;.

“Drinking Age in the U.S. Military.” WWW2 Webserver. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/inthenews/underagedrinking/1106156025.html&gt;.

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Subjective Essay (week 4)

Steven Sitchler

English 123 Week 4 Subjective (Being a Teacher)

            Teaching my little girl to ride a bike (with training wheels) was an experience I will never forget. My wife and I chose the more traditional or “old fashioned” way of teaching her and figured we would start with training wheels till she was ready to have them removed (Ken Savage). Everything from hand eye coordination, where your hands are suppose to go, which way you have to move the pedals, and making sure you keep your head up. It’s like having a precious flower, putting it on a rollercoaster and hoping there isn’t a scratch on it after it’s over. I’ve never been so nervous yet so proud since she started walking.

            I think what made the beginning of teaching her to ride so hard was the fact that she never had a tricycle. By her not having a tricycle she never knew what direction to move the pedals, hold the handle bars or keep her head up to see which direction she is going. My wife and I tried several times to get her used to just being comfortable on the bike and pedaling while we held on or where extremely close. I could tell my daughter was nervous but willing to try, like an adult at the edge of an airplane getting ready to skydive for the first time.

            When she was on her own to go down the street for the first time it was amazing! She stayed focused and made sure to not overreact to the small changes that are required for pedaling down the street. I was as happy as a fat kid at an all you can eat buffet. As we approached the four way intersection in our small rural neighborhood I had to make sure that she still remembered to stop and look both ways. I had to intervene at this point, even though falling is very common and happens when learning to ride a bike (rice); this is still my little girl. I had to make sure she braked at the correct location and then explained again the proper ways to cross the street. There was no traffic but at her age (4) I don’t want her to ever approach a crosswalk without caution.

            After we crossed the crosswalk the next obstacle for her was the curved sidewalk. She was as focused as a lioness approaches her prey. She seemed so serious making sure she had control of the situation and wasn’t going to let this bike get away from her. I got her to crack a smile and enjoy the ride for a little, trying to remind her that this is supposed to be fun. She smiled long enough for me to take a photo and it was back to her expedition. She handled the next intersection stop like a champ and we were just a few yards away from her goal. Finally we made it to the park and she rode her bike the whole way there. She was hot and sweaty from wearing the helmet but as happy as a pea in a pod. I had done pretty much nothing but act as a little security blanket yet felt as if I had gave her a piggy back the whole way. I realized that teaching my little girl these little things and doing them with her made it feel like I was king of her world.

Citied:

Jenkins, Mark. “BIKE SAFTY.” Rice University. 2005. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/bikesafety.html&gt;.

Savage, Ken. “So Your Kid Wants to Learn to Ride a Bike?” Ken Savage a Masshole Making IT in Massachusetts. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <http://www.kensavage.com/archives/learn-to-ride-a-bike/&gt;.

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Objective essay (week 3)

Steven Sitchler

English 123

Firearms control laws (or the right-to-carry-handgun laws) reduce (or increase) violent crimes.

            I believe the right-to-carry-handgun laws reduce violent crimes. The U.S. constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. Right-to-carry laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry firearms for protection. Thirty-six states have “shall issue” laws, requiring that carry permits be issued to applicants who meet uniform standards established by the state legislature. Three have fairly-administered discretionary-issue carry permit systems. Vermont respects the right to carry without a permit. There are more right-to-carry states, gun owners, people carrying firearms for protection, and privately owned firearms than ever before. In the same time frame, the nation’s murder rate has decreased 46 percent to a 43-year low, and the total violent crime rate has decreased 41 percent to a 35-year low. There is also not a single academic study that claims right-to-carry laws have increased state crime rates.

            In Warren v. District of Columbia (1981), the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled, “official police personnel and the government employing them are not generally liable to victims of criminal acts for failure to provide adequate police protection . . . a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular citizen.” In Bowers v. DeVito (1982), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, “[T]here is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen.” 

            Senator John Thune has introduced S. 371 and S. 845, the “Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009.” The latest action for S.371 was Feb 3, 2009: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The latest action for S.845 was Apr 21, 2009: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) has introduced H.R. 197, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009.” Essentially, these bills propose that a person with any state’s carry permit be allowed to carry in other states.

            States without right-to-carry laws contained about one-third (34.4%) of the population and about half of all police justifiable homicides (47.3%). With an average of 14 police justifiable homicide occurring in each non-right-to carry states while right-to-carry states averaged 5, this means that law enforcement justifiable homicides occurred nearly three times more often in non-right-to-carry states. FBI data shows that in 2006, the average violent crime rate for right-to-carry states was 403.5 and their average murder rate was 4.8 (per 100,000 population). The average violent crime rate for non-right-to-carry states was 513.5 and their average murder rate was 6.4.4 having about half the population of the right-to-carry states, the non-right-to-carry states had higher levels of violent crime and murder, and defensive justifiable homicides by police occurred more frequently. In right-to-carry states, private citizens can defend themselves in public. Because the ratio of justifiable homicides by police and citizens is more balanced, and because the level of police defensive justifiable homicide is lower, one can only conclude that armed citizens are quite adept at self-defense; enough to provide a quantifiable level of protection for law enforcement. In non-right-to-carry states, the reduced self-defensive capability of the citizenry correlates with higher rates of violent crime and higher risk to police officers.

Cited:

“Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime and Justice Data Online.” Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Web. 07 Apr. 2010. <http://bjsdata.ojp.usdoj.gov/dataonline/&gt;.

“Table1–Preliminary Semiannual UCR.” FBI — Federal Bureau of Investigation Homepage. Web. 07 Apr. 2010. <http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/2008prelim/table_1.html&gt;.

“NRA-ILA :: Right-to-Carry 2009.” NRA-ILA ::. Web. 07 Apr. 2010. <http://www.nraila.org/Issues/factsheets/read.aspx?ID=18&gt;.

“S. 371: Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 (GovTrack.us).” GovTrack.us: Tracking the U.S. Congress. Web. 07 Apr. 2010. <http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-371&gt;.

“S. 845: Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 (GovTrack.us).” GovTrack.us: Tracking the U.S. Congress. Web. 07 Apr. 2010. <http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-845&gt;.

“Does Right-to-Carry Support Law Enforcement?” Gun Owners of America. Web. 07 Apr. 2010. <http://gunowners.org/opnem02.htm&gt;.

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Subjective essay Epitaph (week 3)

Steven Sitchler

English 123 (Week 3)

Epitaph

For the husband who was as reliable as the North Star on a clear night.

He was as unique as a snowflakes individual shape.

His hunger for food and life was as strong as Shaggy and Scooby Doo’s hunger for food

Yet he was as crazy as the Mad Hatter

            He chose these similes because this is how he may have seen himself, so this is how he portrays himself and may not be how you view him. He read it to his wife and she found it quite humorous how he could manage to stick a cartoon figure in there to try and describe himself. He wanted to describe how he is as a husband yet he couldn’t think of anything good enough to create a good simile for a father figure. When looking at fathers in the animal kingdom most young are raised by their mothers and hunted by the fathers. He considered himself a person who has traveled quite a bit in his lifetime yet he had never met a person with the similar perspectives.

            He liked to consider himself a reliable husband. He’d never taken a job that requires him to be away for an extended period of time, he tried to be there during our time of needs and considered himself a very dependable husband. When situations happened or when we are forced to react in a timely manner he had always done his best to make sure his actions are in his families’ best interest. He would never put his family in a predicament to make a decision that could possibly harm them. He realized that he is not always going to be there but he was there when he could be.

            He liked to think of himself as a rather unique person. He believed if you considered yourself to be the same as everybody else, you might as well be cattle getting ready for the slaughterhouse. Everybody needs to consider themselves unique in one aspect or the other. Whether it is a talent, their outlook on life, their physical features, or just a state of mind, they should feel this way. He felt that if you can’t look at yourself in some special way, you’re no better off than a blade a grass in the yard.

            He loved food and there’s no doubt about it. He loved food as much as termite loves wood, as much as cockroach hates the sun, as much as pigs love mud. He really didn’t consider himself a good cook though and he made a horrible mess of the kitchen when he tried. He was also a person that hungers for life, he may not have been as outgoing as some, but he appreciate the days he was here on earth. He couldn’t understand why some people complain the way they do, when you see someone with half as much as they have and are completely happy. He believed that the people with less knew what it is like to have nothing and appreciated the little things. If you’re not eager to do something worthwhile in your life then you’ve done as much as a bump on a log.

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Week 2 Subjective

Week 2 Subjective 1

English 123

If You Steal My Car_________

If you steal my car I really hope to get it back. I have a LoJack system installed in my car that saves me money on my comprehensive insurance premiums up to 30% in the state of Texas (LoJack). When talking to the installer he had informed me that they (the location that installed them) have never had one get away for longer than 12 hours. I understand that they may be able to remove the LoJack transceiver and it would not be of any use. If they manage to get past the LoJack and the get past the cars installed alarm system then they can have it. I’m a family man and if it’s my car or my family they can have the car any day of the week.

            If I catch you breaking into my car, well that is a different story. I will do my best to stop you or make sure you remember me. There’s a fine line when it comes to someone’s property. If you get my car while it’s empty and my family isn’t going to be harmed you can have it. It is a mode of transportation. I don’t consider myself a materialistic person and a car is not the most important thing to me.

             I feel I can understand why people take things that aren’t theirs. I believe it is possible that people may commit crimes of this nature do not live for the future but rather the moment. When someone breaks into a car with the intentions of seizing it, it’s hard to imagine them wondering what their life is going to be like 5 years from now. People in these situations realize that you have something that they may not be able to acquire in a reasonable timeframe, or they may be doing this to take it to a chop shop for some fast cash, some may take it because the opportunity was right at the time, there are tons of reasons why people break the law yet none seem to justify their cause.

            I try to live by the prayer “God grant me the serenity to deal with the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference between the two”. I can park my car in a bad neighborhood and I better realize that it may not be there when I get back. I can also park my car in the garage at my house and I have a more secure felling it’s going to be there tomorrow. If I take my wife out downtown and park my car on the side of the street, I have to realize that it may have been reallocated or all of the parts of the car may not be there when I return. There are always going to be situations that are going to happen that you have no control over. I believe the key to it, is, how you handle those unexpected situations and what do you do to prevent those unexpected situations.

Cited:

LoJack Car Security System for Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Web. 02 Apr. 2010. <http://www.lojack.com/&gt;.

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Week 2 Objective

Week 2 Objective 1

English 123

S.773 Cybersecurity Act of 2009

The purpose of this act is to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cyber security defenses against disruption, and for other purposes. The problems seems to be with the president having authority to declare a cybersecurity emergency and then shut down or limit access to parts of the internet without any oversight or explanation. Another problem with this bill seems that it makes it seem that an education is required to maintain cybersecurity. This act also seems to be a desperate attempt to try and fix a problem that is extremely complex.

The current revision of S.773 Sec. 18 (2) states the president “may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network.” This not only gives control of an entire network that is labeled a “critical infrastructure” to one man, it also creates a highway for internet hackers to navigate a way for them to try and obtain that power.

According to Sec. 7 (1) Within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall develop or coordinate and integrate a national licensing, certification, and periodic recertification program for cybersecurity professionals. According to this it requires all IT personnel who currently work in cybersecurity to keep an up to date with the required certification process. If you are a cybersecurity professional who by the president labels it a “critical infrastructure”, you will be required to complete this in order to maintain your job, legally. What are they going to do, create a school that is just to get a certification or to fulfill the recertification process? With the Department of Homeland Security recently receiving a C- for computer securities, many would wonder why they would be put in charge of such a tremendous proposal.

            According to Sec 18 Quadrennial Cyber Review (d) REPORT- Not later than September 30, 2013, and every 4 years thereafter, the President, or the President’s designee, shall submit to the relevant congressional Committees a comprehensive report on the review. With the internet and along with many other electronic devices steadily improving year after year why would they choose to review every 4 years? I would look at the evolution of the internet in comparison with the evolution of the cell phone from 1983 to now (2010). It is incomprehensible to imagine all the changes that could happen within a four year span.

I believe cybersecurity is a serious issue and there needs to be a better way to manage it. For them to create an off button on the internet only allows hackers an avenue to try and obtain something not intended for them. If an update is missed within any biannual time span the information provided for recertification may be out of date. With this being such a large task and the information being so immense I find it hard to imagine that they would need to review this once every four years or even make recommendations for ways to improve this strategy, not less frequently than once every 2 years.

Cited:

“S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (GovTrack.us).” GovTrack.us: Tracking the U.S. Congress. Web. 02 Apr. 2010. <http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-773&gt;.

Technology News, Tech Product Reviews, Research and Enterprise Analysis – EWeek. Web. 01 Apr. 2010. <http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/What-Will-the-Cybersecurity-Act-of-2009-Do-To-Your-Job-and-Business-768836/&gt;.

“FY Computer Security Report Card.” Docstoc – Documents, Templates, Forms, Ebooks, Papers & Presentations. Web. 01 Apr. 2010. <http://www.docstoc.com/docs/778240/FY-Computer-Security-Report-Card&gt;.

“Bill Would Give President Emergency Control of Internet | Politics and Law – CNET News.” Technology News – CNET News. Web. 02 Apr. 2010. <http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10320096-38.html&gt;.

The Evolution of Cell Phone Design Between 1983-2009 | Webdesigner Depot.” Web Design Resources and Tutorials – Webdesigner Depot. Web. 01 Apr. 2010. <http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/05/the-evolution-of-cell-phone-design-between-1983-2009/&gt;.

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