For those of you who still look for updates on this blog

So, I haven't been posting because I haven't been in a sharing mood. But tonight I'm up late and feeling silly because of the absolute crap that I posted for an assignment for my online history class.

So I'm taking this online history class so that I can get certified to teach High School Government and what not. I was on the wait list for a while and I wasn't sure if I was going to be submitted, so I didn't order text or the DVD set (which is in place of lecture) until I got confirmed that I was in on the class. Which was like June 3rd or 4th.

The class started last week and today Tuesday the 15th are first discussion post was due. I was supposed to argue against the impeachment of President Johnson (tee hee). The only problem is that my text book has yet to arrive and all I have is the DVD set (which is less than useful in this instance). So I derive a plan to make my argument jumping off what others are saying and what I can find on the internet. Now mix internet knowledge with a sleepy Russ and this is the flaming pile of crap that you get. Enjoy...

"It is clear. It is clear to me as I feel that it should be clear to all of you that the trial for impeachment of President Andrew Johnson is not to up hold the law. The law that the President, as well as all citizens of this great nation, is bound to uphold. No, instead this trial is for the sole purpose of political gain. Political gains aimed to benefit the Republican Party and its radical agenda.

It is clear, that Congress reason for impeachment is to oust their political opponent by any means necessary and to safe guard positions of power held by Radical Republicans. Specifically to protect Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Stanton’s term ended with the tragic death of one of our greatest leader Abraham Lincoln.

It is clear, that the Tenure of Office Act is an unconstitutional infringement on Presidential power and should not be upheld. It is clear, that Radical Republicans have hijacked the government to serve their own political ideals with little to no regard for the Constitution.

It is clear, that we can not allow are laws to be twisted and bent to meet the needs of a few men. It is clear, that we must uphold the Constitution and not pass laws that go against it.

It is clear, that we should not impeach the President. It is clear.

The Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson"


DS Review x2

I'm posting two reviews now since I didn't post any last week. I know these games have been out for a while but I just played them. So, for those who have yet to play "New Super Mario" or "Tony Hawk: Proving Grounds DS" here ya go.

New Super Mario

Score: 7 (solid game)

Value: buy (used)

Who doesn't love a good Mario game, really? While at first New Super Mario is extremely easy (I think I almost fell asleep playing through world one), it doesn't stay that way for long. Once I got to world eight I found that my large stack of lives quickly became depleted and I needed to use my special coins to get more lives or the princess would go unsaved forever! In each level you can collect up to three coins to use to get mushroom power-ups or lives. They're remarkably easy to get at first and then insanely difficult to get later, so use them wisely.

Things to be thankful for: wall jumping, responsive controls, and fun new power ups like Mega Mushrooms, Mini Mushrooms, and Koopa Shells (fun but difficult to use), all of which add a fun new twist to the game. Things to be unthankful for: Bowser Jr. (creepy), watching Bowser turn into Dry Bones Bowser (sad and creepy) and the random opening scene:

Mario: oh hey! Look lightning hit da castle.

Bowser Jr.: (snatch princess) yoink!

Princess: Help!

Mario: oh noes!

A very amusing game with plenty of content, New Super Mario took away 20 hours of my life and I still hadn't beat it even close to 100%. Once you do reach 100% goal it will all be worth it... right? I didn't get a chance to play the multi-player vs. feature, but it looks like a blast. Unless you already have a copy I suggest you go out and snag a used one (since it's been out forever).

Tony Hawk: Proving Grounds

Score: 7 (solid game)

Value: buy (used)

I have a love-hate relationship with Tony Hawk games. I love to play them until I get to the point where I need to string together more tricks than Tony Hawk himself can: then I HATE them. Setting that aside I <3>

The downsides to playing Tony Hawk on the DS are your graphics get turned down to THPS1 style, and your custom character isn't as customizable anymore. I wish I wasn't limited to 35 or so different heads and that in order to have a certain t-shirt my character didn't have to be a toothpick. I can't complain too much, though. I would sacrifice customization for the sheer hours of possible game play any day.

Keep this game around… Well, at least until you get your hands on Tony Hawk's Motion for DS.