Current Event

Dear Jerry, 

We’re going to take a dive into a current event today. When I hear those two words, I can’t help but think of President Trump. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has that problem. Seeing as the chances you’ll hear every news channel reporting something related to him is astronomically high, it’s pretty simple to have this predicament. You would think that when I am assigned to blog about a current event, I’d choose one that has nothing to do with President Trump. There you’d be wrong. That’s exactly what I am blogging about. Apparently I can’t escape the craze the media has with him and every breath he takes either. 

On Tuesday, President Trump will make his first address to a Joint Session Congress. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Trump will push a “bold agenda” in his biggest speech since his inauguration. Spicer also said that he will touch on “public safety, including defense, increased border security, taking care of our veterans, and then economic opportunity, including education and job training, health care reform, jobs, takes and regulatory reform” in the highly anticipated speech. If the fact that he is speaking isn’t controversial enough already, it certainly will be now. Trump’s goals of the speech are said to strike a balance on the challenges ahead as well as reflecting a tone that focuses on the American spirit. 

Such a speech seems reasonable and expected. Although, judging by the way people have reacted so far to Trump’s young presidency, it is garunteed to be contentious. I wouldn’t be surprised if several congressman disrupt the speech at some point because they disagree with something Trump says. Regardless on whether or not you agree or disagree with him, he is our president; the least you can do is listen to him. You can oppose his stances all you want, but at least respect his position. Either way, the speech, and the response to it is going to be interesting. Sorry about adding to the noise with more Trump-mania.

Until next time

-Stephen

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Bio terrorism

So I was taking a look at a few different things I found interest in while on the internet and the topic that caught my eye the most was the subject of Bio Terrorism. But first what is Bio Terrorism? Well the best short answer I can give in a few short words would be Terrorism centered around chemical attacks. Now why is this a big deal? Well just imagine if some one were to weaponize an already deadly chemical to use against the american people. Would we be ready for such a thing? Bill Gates doesn’t seem to think so. He actually believes that if America were to be attacked by Bio Terrorism that wouldn’t be ready for it. Is he right? That’s a really good question and to be honest I’m not sure. I guess it really all depends on how serious the attack was. If it were as small as possible such as an isolated incident than we could prepare for it happening again some day.On the other hand vaccines are quite hard to machined it would take a considerably long amount of time before we could make a successful vaccine. And because it would take as long as it does the enemy attacking would have more and more time to attack us using those chemicals. Now that doesn’t sound very fun at all. So what’s the solution? Is there one? Yes, yes there is. What is it? We start making vaccines and treatments now before there can be an attack. but how do you do this? Well there are such things as beta tests. what do I mean by this? I mean test the vaccines out on lab rats and other lab animals such as a dog or cat maybe even a goat or two. Now this doesn’t garnet success but it is a start and until the day the first chemical attack comes we’ll just have to wait and see. no one can see the future we just have to trust that it’s there for a reason and keep moving forward.

Current Event

Dear Jerry,
I would like to discuss with you something that is currently happening in the United States, abortion. Abortion is a very heated topic in today’s society. often these following questions will be asked concerning it. Should we allow people to do it? Is it a personal choice or a federal choice? Shouldn’t it be up to the people to decide? The most pressing and important question asked is this, what is United States going to do about abortion? Right before Obama left office he issued a Planned Parenthood edict that would protect some of Planned Parenthood’s funding. Thankfully the House passed a resolution 230-188 to reverse this order. I think this is a promising sign coming from the start of a new presidency. Planned Parenthood receives around $500 million federal dollars every year.Its good to see the United States government finally taking this funding seriously and deciding to do something about it.Abortion is an atrocious act and should be stopped and I think the first step to doing that is to keep cutting Planned Parenthood’s funding.Abortion is one of the most pressing and important matters of the United States its statewide genocide of unborn children.Millions of babies are killed each year. There are more babies that have died from abortion than people that were killed in the Holocaust. That is a sobering thought. A lot of people struggle with the concept of abortion and whether it should be allowed or not, but the reality is that there will always be abortion no matter what we do we cannot guarantee a stop to it. Although we cannot guarantee a complete cease to abortion we can stop funding it and stop places like Planned Parenthood from having the proper funds to operate.This reverse order gives me hope that the United States are heading in the right direction and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for us. Your bud
-Caroline

Marvel vs. DC

Dear Jerry, 

    There comes a time in the course of human history one must answer the question: Which is better, Marvel or DC? This topic has been disputed for years. Countless debates on this issue occur whenever the idea of superheroes comes up. Die hard fans on both sides rant for hours trying to prove their side to be the better one. This answer-less question is among the greats of controversial subjects such as Dogs or Cats, Apple or Samsung or Star Trek or Star Wars. This never stops people from trying to beat other opposing views into submission. This entire topic is opinionated, so it is impossible to answer. Instead, we just get to argue about it.

    The most reasonable way to dispute this topic would be to simply talk about the characters. The problem with this is that DC fans will almost always say, “DC characters are more original; thus, making them better.” Yes, it’s true, many Marvel characters were made after DC’s and resemble them as well. But you also must remember that DC started five years before Marvel. The creators of Marvel saw that comic books were going to make money so they decided to enter into that field. They saw what worked and ran with it. It’s a good example of competition on the market. Of course, some characters are going to be similar since DC started first and basically was the “model” for the heroes. Also, in many cases the characters just look the same and have similar roles, but the writing and character development are different. Saying that DC is better than Marvel simply because it’s more “original” is like saying Ford is better than Chevrolet solely because it came first. Once Marvel and DC both became popular, both companies “copied” ideas from each other. 

    Even though DC fans may pull out their “original” card, I still believe that characters are the main way to decide which of the two is better. No matter who came first, if the storyline is not good, the character is usually not good. Just like the example I gave with Ford and Chevrolet, it doesn’t matter if a car was made first or not; what people really want is a good, working car. I personally like Marvel more. I think that the characters and the way the comics are written have a special touch to them that make them great. Stan Lee wrote almost all of the popular Marvel comics, that’s probably why. But in today’s day and age, many people don’t focus on the comics because we now have the movies. Let’s face it, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a whole other level than DC’s. When you think of superheroe movies you think of Captain America, Iron Man and The Avengers. More recently, Marvel has taken many lesser known superheroes and have given them their own film. Marvel has taken advantage of the silver screen incredibly well and rarely dissapoints.

   In the end, this entire topic is based on one’s opinion. If you like Marvel, that’s great. If you like DC, awesome. It’s not like you’re prohibited from liking both either. I, for instance, think DC’s Batman is an amazing character with great depth. I also love Marvel’s Captian America and think he’s the greatest. Superheroes are cool; if they weren’t, this blog post wouldn’t exist. We should enjoy them for what they are and be happy we have them.

Until next time,

Stephen 

    

    

Mortal combat!

Ok so to start this off I’d like to say that marvel would not have half it’s characters if D.C. didn’t exist. Now I know a lot of people are going to be rising up in anger towards this statement but hear me out. For example take a look at Iron man, Black panther, and the punisher. All of those guys are very similar to batman. there is also moon knight but I don’t know enough about him to make a comparison. There that is already three of some of the most well known marvel characters and that’s not all. Sentry, Thor, Hyperion, Superior, and Miracleman. All of these “marvel” characters bare a seemingly impeccable resemblance to The very first superhero created Superman. Weird right I think it is. Even the iconic x-men character wolverine wasn’t an original idea. Yeah surprise surprise marvel took the exact look of another character and just changed a couple of things to make it their own. Seriously just look up Timberwolf D.C. you’ll find a shocking resemblance to wolverine. That all being said marvel does have some original characters like spiderman and I think the lizard. But really Would marvel even have half of their comic book characters today if it was’t for D.C. coming up with the ideas first. Deadpool is also a copy cat character. Hawkeye, Quick silver, heck even the guardians of the galaxy are based off of the D.C. superhero team called the legion of superheroes a group of heroes that exist in the 30 and 31st century. And this is what really aggravates me about people saying marvel is better than D.C. when almost the entire avengers team is basically just weird looking D.C. characters. I mean seriously hulk = martian manhunter, Thor = Superman, Iron man = Batman, Hawk eye = Green arrow, quick silver = Flash. And the funny thing is you could just keep going on and on and on. So my question is this can Marvel really be better than D.C. when they lack such things as creativity? Not saying that they suck or anything just saying maybe if marvel came up with some Ideas that don’t come from D.C. then they really would be better than D.C. However until that happens D.C. will remain my top choice for superherodom even over my ideas.

Sincerely Adam Gillispie, Batman enthusiast.

Marvel or DC?

Dear Jerry,
First things first I want to tell you that as I sit her writing this blog post I have a pig in my arms… No it is not a stuffed animal, I have a real live breathing pig and he is sleeping on my arm. His name is Tobias (Tobi for short) and he is one out of the six pigs that we now own. He is really adorable, but I won’t get carried away talking about him, I just thought I would mention him to you. Now let me focus… This week’s blog topic is somewhat of a hot topic in One Room. It comes up very often and everyone has their own (usually very strong) opinions about it. As you have probably observed we one roomers love to argue about stuff (especially tuna sandwiches) but one of our favorite things to argue about is whether DC comics or Marvel is better. My opinion on the matter is pretty clear… I like both of them equally. I don’t have a favorite, it all depends on my mood, sometimes I’m in the mood for marvel and sometimes I’m in the mood for DC. I don’t have a lot of knowledge about comics so I don’t think I can really choose a favorite until I learn more about them. People are always telling me I have to choose a side and that I can’t have both, to that I answer, “Who says?” I don’t have a favorite but I do have a preference. I like the differences between DC and Marvel. I like how marvel has a great diversity in superheroes and I like how DC has very clever story plots. I am not a diehard comic fan but I do love Marvel and DC. My preference is usually Marvel but like I said I don’t have a favorite and it all depends on what my mood is. So that’s my stance, I don’t have a favorite and I refuse to pick a favorite until I know more about them. I will say that my preference is Marvel because I like the diversity in superheroes and I mean hello any comic that has a dude that shoots a bow and arrow automatically has my vote. Alright Jerry it’s been a real nice chat but I have more school to do so I will talk to you later. Your bud
-Caroline

New Year’s Resolution

Dear Jerry,

It is amazing to think that January, of 2017, is almost over. This first month of the year has been jammed pack with plenty of crazy occurrences. Most notably, Donald J. Trump became president of the United States. Just about everything you see in the news these days has something to do about him. Instead of adding more noise to all of that, I get to tell you about my resolutions for this new year.

The main resolution I’ve made for this year is to read through the entire Bible. I am going through the New Testament first and I’m currently in Acts. I’m not sure if this counts as a resolution, but I’m hoping this year I’ll be able to get somewhat of an idea of what I would like to do in terms of college, degrees and what not. Other than those, I don’t really have anymore.

I have never been the kind of person who makes resolutions every new year. I don’t really see the point to them. Why do we always have to set our new personal goals now? Why don’t we constantly set new goals so we challenge ourselves all throughout the entire year? Now, I know there are some people out there that make these massive “to-do” lists every year. Awesome. That’s pretty cool and I’m glad you enjoy it, but for me, I like to set goals when I find them in the year. In the end, you do you. If you like making tons of resolutions, go ahead. I will remain content with my two resolutions and make new goals as I go through the year.

Until next time,

Stephen