Friday, April 6, 2012


Aaahhhh! The final blog post!! Wooohooo!!

So the issues paper kicked my butt. I kinda hated it. A. Lot. This was definitely the worst paper. It just seemed so incredibly long (well, it was incredibly long) and I just kept going on rants to make it long enough. The process of writing it wasn't too terrible. The steps always helped. But I'm just glad it's over and I can stop worrying about the stupid thing. :)

I LOVE Jason Aldean and I was surprised I haven't put any of his wonderful music up here. So here is one of my favorites of his!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Paper's Formula

So I start off with my introduction which will have a little story about off shoring and some explanation of off shoring. Next will be the background of off shoring. Up next is my thesis and a map of my paper. The body comes next with all of my facts and analysis. Finally is is my procatalepsis and how it can help companies followed by my conclusion and call to action! Woo hoo.

Someone try and tell me they aren't amazingly wonderful. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Work Work Work.....

I possibly hate my job. Well, not exactly the job itself, but the fact that I keep getting scheduled to work on Friday nights. Not. Okay. I work at Chickfila at the University Mall, and I love the people I work with and all, but I would rather be ANYWHERE but there on a Friday night. That uniform isn't exactly the cutest thing on the planet and standing there watching everyone and their brother have fun without me isn't the time of my life. Or what I would like to be doing on my Friday night. Just saying....

On a happier note, at least the food is freakin yummy and I have an endless supply of Dr Pepper. So it's all good!

                                                              Dr. Pepper is my love.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I Love Susan.

So the lady that Rachel and I got for the writing lab was possibly the nicest woman EVER. She was old and cute and just reminded me of my grandma. I wanted to steal her away from the writing lab and take her home with me to bake me cookies. Along with being nice, she was real helpful! She gave me a TON of ideas for my paper and some great sources too. So basically, all y'all hatin on the writin lab need to chill. Next time just go ask for Susan and she will make you happy. Like real happy.

And here is a video that will make you happy also. It's just too bad Susan couldn't be in it :(

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

We've All Got Issues....

I had a difficult time thinking of topics for this paper! But here are three that I came up with:
  • Women should get a good education to help support their families
    • Why do women not feel the need to get an education and only go to college to get married?
    • What do these women think will happen if their husband looses his job or the couple is divorced?
  • The government should make more regulations involving the placement of pornography because little kids are stumbling upon it on accident.
    • How will the government manage this?
    • What ways can they prevent this from happening?
  • The world will reach maximum capacity soon if we don't control our population. 
    • How can we stop this from happening?
    • Do people know about this problem? Will making people aware help the problem?

Thoughts on which is the best idea or how to improve upon them are greatly appreciated. 

I miss my doggies a BUNCH and this reminded me of them. So cute!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Soldiers: Do They Need More Appreciation or Not?

Soldiers, upon returning from the Vietnam War were spit upon and cursed at when they exited the planes. The soldiers did not feel appreciated and felt ashamed of their service to their country. Is this how soldiers who have risked their lives for us should be treated? Shouldn’t Americans be grateful to these brave men and women who put it all on the line?

 In The Daily Universe, Brigham Young University’s newspaper, a columnist discussed the appreciation of the American people to their soldiers. The author focused on the fact that Americans rarely say thank you to soldiers because they feel ‘awkward’ or how American’s pray for the soldiers while they are at war, but forget about them when they return home. Citizens do not realize that these warriors that return home are still affected by what they saw and the actions they were required to perform.  “No Unwounded Soldier" is an affective argument to convince the American people to revere soldiers because of the use of imagery and diction to make Americans feel guilt and want to change their ungrateful ways.

The Daily Universe writer uses imagery to help Americans truly understand what soldiers went through and are continuing to encounter on a daily basis. The writer states, “Every night many of the veterans awake from nightmares and terrors. Some of these dreams relive memories from decades back; some of them relive experiences from the month before.” The real life examples make one ache with the soldiers and feel sympathy towards them. Many people do not realize the baggage that soldiers take with them after their service. Citizens think that the service men and women can leave everything they had to encounter behind them wherever they fought. But this is a false assumption and the writer makes this clear. The writer also states, “They don’t walk around telling the general populace how much they hurt or how much they struggle. They don’t speak of those nights spent dreaming of snipers and bombs. They don’t talk of their mid-day panics and fears.” Through this example, the columnist emphasizes the humility of soldiers. Many soldiers went through unimaginable experiences and relive those times on a daily basis; however, the service men and women do not want others to know of the pain and agony they are continuing to go through and do not want to flaunt the things they did for each American. But they did risk their lives for the country and should be appreciated for the pain they went through and are continuing to have. These modern day heroes were willing to give their lives for us and do not want much credit for the things they did, a simple thank you would suffice, and that is all these men and women want from the American people. With the usage of imagery in the blog, the writer makes the reader feel as if they were in the place of the soldier. He or she then truly feels for what the soldiers have been and are going through. When the author states, “The medals — earned in younger days — sparkle with an exceptional valor. Though this old man now struggles to shuffle down his stairs, this bravery has not diminished,” the reader can imagine the old, decrepit veteran struggling because of the sacrifice he made for them in an earlier time. The reader feels the want to help the veteran, and the one way to help is with a simple thank you. With these feelings, civilians want to express their gratitude to their protectors more and will go out of their way to do so because of being placed in the veteran’s shoes and feeling the guilt and remorse for not being thankful before.  

The word choice in this piece is very effective. The writer’s choice of diction glorifies service men and women. Words such as “brave,” “uniformed glory,” and “super heroes” give the soldiers a higher title. These words honor soldiers and makes citizens see these men and women in a different light; the writer reveres the service men and women and sets them above the others. These words convey a sense of heroism; people want heroes. By comparing soldiers to super heroes, the columnist makes people revere and think about what the men and women have done for them. The writer believes these people are heroes and wants them to be treated as such; heroes get thanked for what they do. The writer uses the phrase “fresh air” when discussing the military dress. The expression makes one think of a new birth. However, the soldiers cannot receive a new birth after their duty. The word choice here makes the reader think of how veterans do not get the chance to forget about the things they have been through and have a new birth. Another phrase in the blog “the least you can do,” was repeated multiple times throughout the piece. This phrase conveys the sense of disappointment the writer has for the American people. The columnist does want the reader to go beyond simply saying thank you, but many people do not even accomplish that task. The writer is saying these people risked their lives for you, the minimum requirement for you is to say thank you. The phrase “the least you can do,” makes people aware that he or she is not even achieving the smallest requirement on their way to gratitude for service men and women. The phrase is a call to action to get the smallest obligation of gratitude from civilians.

The newspaper writer did a great job of getting the point of the need for gratitude across. With many calls to action in the article, Americans have a strong knowledge of what the writer wants them to do after reading the article. The author used concrete imagery to place civilians in the shoes of the soldiers and used certain words to magnify the acts of the service men and women. The writer seems to say that while the soldiers returning home did not have to give all, they did give some and should be thanked for their service. 
This is what I believe all soldiers should receive.