Tuesday, October 09, 2007

ranting about the planet

Has anyone else heard about the perils that our happening on earth. We are killing our lifesource. When I say that, it is everything we have come to live on. The earth as my husband puts it will prevail. The ice caps will melt because of all the carbon that they are finding in the ice. The black particals are heating up and melting the ice around it. Therefore the ice is melting. Because of this the walrus' have had to move down to the land to give birth, alaska and russia. This can't be good for that species when they get scared (the russians watched this happen) they stampede as only a walrus can and they will try to get back into the water. They don't see what they are stampedeing over. They can kill the little walrusus and any small cows that are near them in there frenzy to get into the water. They are being scared from airplanes and loud noises that they are not familiar with. They had too move because the ice cap is too far away from their food source. We have made mistakes and now others are having to deal with it.


I am trying to think of things to do myself.

1. Cut down on driving
walk my kid to school
walk/ride bikes to the grocery store
2. don't turn up the heat when I get a chill, put on a sweatshirt.
3. open the drapes when the sun is out to help heat up the house

Any ideas anyone else has I would love to hear. I have more control on my house than I did my condo and I want to take advantage of that. I just wish we could put up solar panels. We have sun it seems like 300 days a year. Why not use that.

People are worried that we are killing our earth. We are and we aren't, we are killing the earth that we have become accustomed too. The earth will adapt and continue. We might just not survive because of what it turns into. There are other planets still around they just don't have life as we know it on them.

As the last part of my rant I am way more worried about this than I am about any war. Yes the war is killing people in a certain region from many countries. But this will kill everyone and everything. That concerns me much more.

I did receive most of the information from the yahoo webpage and CNN is doing a show at the end of Oct called "Our Planet in Peril" I know info from the internet. Hey the news media isn't talking about it I gotta get it from somewhere. Why isn't this as inportant.

Friday, October 05, 2007


They are out there and I always let them expire. So my neighbors the sweeties that they are dragged me to a coupon class at the Standard Examiner. It was fun I learned a ton. ie you can use coupons at Target. There is also this cool website that shows you how to do it all. It has the coupons and tells you werer the best deals are and in what store. I call this the leg work and the total reason I stopped doing coupons it was too hard. SO I need to get a coupon brain. i have two boys for pete sake I will go broke with out it. So I am learning and it is not easy. The web site is kindof confusing to use I need to figure it out though and I will be better off. So here is to learning a new thing and actually earning a paycheck if I save 50 with coupons that is my paycheck. hey I know straws grasping but who knows it might work. I JUST NEED TO DO IT.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Naturalization Test

Paste and Cut to your own blog if you want to give it a try.

Civics (History and Government) Items for the Redesigned Naturalization Test

American Government

A: Principles of American Democracy

1) What is the supreme law of the land?
2) What does the Constitution do?
3) The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are those words?
4) What is an amendment?
5) What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
6) What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
7) How many amendments does the Constitution have?
8) What did the Declaration of Independence do?
9) What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
10) What is freedom of religion?
11) What is the economic system in the United States?
12) What is the "rule of law"?

B: System of Government

13) Name one branch or part of the government.
14) What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
15) Who is in charge of the executive branch?
16) Who makes federal laws?
17) What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
18) How many U.S. Senators are there?
19) We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
20) Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators?
21) The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
22) We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
23) Name your U.S. Representative.
24) Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
25) Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
26) We elect a President for how many years?
27) In what month do we vote for President?
28) What is the name of the President of the United States now?
29) What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
30) If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
31) If both the President and Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
32) Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
33) Who signs bills to become laws?
34) Who vetoes bills?
35) What does the President's Cabinet do?
36) What are two Cabinet-level positions?
37) What does the judicial branch do?
38) What is the highest court in the United States?
39) How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
40) Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
41) Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
42) Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
43) Who is the Governor of your state?
44) What is the capital of your state?
45) What are the two major political parties in the United States?
46) What is the political party of the President now?
47) What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

C: Rights and Responsibilities

48) There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
49) What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
50) What are two rights only for United States citizens?
51) What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
52) What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
53) What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
54) How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
55) What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
56) When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
57) When must all men register for the Selective Service?

American History

A: Colonial Period and Independence

58) What is one reason colonists came to America?
59) Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
60) What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
61) Why did the colonists fight the British?
62) Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
63) When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
64) There were 13 original states. Name three.
65) What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
66) When was the Constitution written?
67) The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
68) What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
69) Who is the "Father of Our Country"?
70) Who was the first President?

B: 1800s

71) What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
72) Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
73) Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
74) Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
75) What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
76) What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
77) What did Susan B. Anthony do?

C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information

78) Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
79) Who was President during World War I?
80) Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
81) Who did the United States fight in World War II?
82) Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
83) During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
84) What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
85) What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
86) What major event happened on September 11, 2001 in the United States?
87) Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

Integrated Civics

A. Geography

88) Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
89) What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
90) What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
91) Name one U.S. territory.
92) Name one state that borders Canada.
93) Name one state that borders Mexico.
94) What is the capital of the United States?
95) Where is the Statue of Liberty?

B. Symbols

96) Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
97) Why does the flag have 50 stars?
98) What is the name of the national anthem?

C. Holidays

99) When do we celebrate Independence Day?
100) Name two national U.S. holidays.