Remember The Titans

Remember The Titans

?Remember the Titans? is a Must See
?Remember the Titans? is a must see sports drama, dealing with issues of racial injustice and integrated teamwork. Throughout the entire movie, the talent of the cast brings the movie to life. Based on a true story, the movie exhibits a lesson on how we have advanced as an integrated society today, and that people?s actions and feelings toward each other have changed in only a few decades. The movie received excellent reviews, and may be enjoyed by any type of viewer because of it?s PG 13 rating.
The movie begins in 1971, plotting two high schools in Alexandria, Virginia, who had been separated by their racial status. They were merged into one called T. C. Williams High School. This was much to the protest of countless townsfolk, who at that time, believed racial mixing was an insult and unnecessary. The local school board was faced with a dilemma, and was forced to hire an African-American football coach, Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington. While Boone?s mission was to coach his team to a championship on the field, he battled to break racial barriers between the

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Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering

How does gerrymandering impact the Constitution as designed by James Madison. Gerrymandering is similar to what James Madison ideas were back in his own time that he was fighting for. He was often overlooked and not listened to. Once he teamed up with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, everyone started to listen to him. Eventually he became president after Thomas Jefferson and was later named the ?Father of the Constitution.?
Madison was the youngest delegate at the age of 29. Although his many rejections he received for his ideas, he never gave up for his views. He was not a strong speaker, but he always fought for a strong government. Madison had three ideas to prevent giving to much power to anybody. They were limiting majority control, separating powers and creating checks and balances.
Madison knew that a minority was relatively easy to control, but on the other hand a majority was hard the control. So Madison wanted to break up the power of the majority so they would not control everything. He believed that government officials should be elected by a minority, thus easier to control the outcome. This would

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Agent Orange

Agent Orange

Agent Orange
Just saying the name Agent Orange gets the attention of every Vietnam veteran, and I dare say most of the Australian and American public, not to mention the

Vietnamese. It has been argued about, written about, researched and debated, published in magazines and newspapers, talked about on radio and television. It was the subject of documentaries, legal battles, and in Australia a Royal

Commission that lasted some two years and cost 3.8 million dollars. Agent Orange was the code name for a herbicide developed for the military, primarily for use in tropical climates. Although the genesis of the product goes back to the

1940?s, serious testing for military applications did not begin until the early 1960?s. The purpose of the product was to deny an enemy cover and concealment in dense terrain by defoliating trees and shrubbery where the enemy could hide. The product “Agent Orange” (a code name for the orange band that was used to mark the drums it was stored in) was principally effective against broad-leaf foliage, such as the dense jungle-like terrain found in Southeast

Asia. The product was tested in Vietnam in the early 1960?s, and was brought into ever widening use

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Rear Window

Rear Window

Rear Window

Rear Window works extremely well as a suspense thriller and ultimately as a movie because it is purely cinematic. It defines why we go to the movies. We are enraptured and perhaps even trapped in its web of storytelling. The themes and content of this movie are explored in a voyeuristic fashion, both literally and figuratively. We are forced to become voyeurs spying on a voyeur and spying on all the people he spies on as well. The framing of images traps us and we are forced not only to look at others but to look within ourselves. The people we spy on mirror all of our lives in some way or another. In this film, Alfred Hitchcock explores themes of isolation, imprisonment, and relationships. He does so quite visually and concisely, every image specific and meaningful. I imagine I will find new details on each and every future viewing of the film.
It?s evident how concise of a director Hitchcock is by the very first sequence. He shows us a sweaty Jimmy Stewart, pans the courtyard outside his window, introducing us to his neighbors, frames a temperature dial revealing

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Fire Service

Fire Service

Same Purpose, Different Duties

The Fire Department, whether large or small, meets the needs for the community in which they are serving. Although all Firefighters put their lives on the line everyday some duties will vary from Sacramento to Wilton.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District consists of four-hundred and seventy-five full-time firefighters as well as half that number in volunteer and student cadets According to Captain Pat Ellis of the Sacramento Metro Fire Department. This department has special equipment for dealing with city wide disasters such as motor vehicle accidents, burning homes, as well as large city steel and concrete buildings.
The Sacramento area is a very busy metropolitan city and has thousands of travelers a day on its various highways. Traffic accidents are all too common on these highways which can mean a very busy day for firefighters. Directing traffic, and keeping an eye on the other firefighters as well as setting up flares in accordance with state guidelines, can put you with in inches of a speeding vehicle.
As well as dealing with vehicle accident, there are also the residential houses that pose a threat to firefighters. Most homes now are built with all the upgraded electrical wiring for computers and appliances.

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1950s

1950s

Politics: During the fifties and what was the post WWII period in America, the face of the nation changed greatly under the presidency of Truman and Eisenhower. When WWII ended, Americans were left in the hands of Harry Truman. Truman, known as an aggressive Cold War fighter, led Americans against the rise of Communism. During Truman?s time in office the United States would join South Korea in the war against North Korea. Truman would also order the Atomic Energy Committee to develop the hydrogen bomb. You could say Truman went out with a bang as he fired General Douglas MacArthur and sent more U.S. troops to a war that would end with nothing accomplished but dead bodies. General Dwight D. Eisenhower would later step in as president in 1953. As the United States President, Eisenhower or Ike, as the world liked to call him, brought a rush of optimism and

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Realism In Saving Private Ryan

Realism In Saving Private Ryan

Realism in Saving Private Ryan

The movie, ?Saving Private Ryan? is a quintessential World War II movie. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the WWII saga takes place during and immediately following D-Day. The story follows seven Army Rangers (Ed Burns, Tom Sizemore, Giovanni Ribisi, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, and Jeremy Davies) led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), on the search, thru Nazi occupied France, for Private James Ryan (Matt Damon). Pvt. Ryan is being ?rescued? and sent home, because his three older brothers have all been killed in the war. The U.S. government has decided to spare Mrs. Ryan the torture of loosing another son. Made in 1998, by DreamWorks and Paramount pictures this movie tells a heart-wrenching story with excellent cinematography.
?Saving Private Ryan? is one of the most realistic war movies ever created. The opening scene is Omaha beach, on the Normandy coast of France, on D-Day, June 6,1944. The troops are arriving at the beach in the LCVP boats. The young boys are let out in the ocean (the boats can?t go to shore because of the mines) and shooting starts. Bullets go whizzing by, and lives

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Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

Affirmative action works. There are thousands of examples of situations where people of color, white women, and working class women and men of all races who were previously excluded from jobs or educational opportunities, or were denied opportunities once admitted, have gained access through affirmative action. When these policies received executive branch and judicial support, vast numbers of people of color, white women and men have gained access they would not otherwise have had. These gains have led to very real changes. Affirmative action programs have not eliminated racism, nor have they always been implemented without problems. However, there would be no struggle to roll back the gains achieved if affirmative action policies were ineffective. The implementation of affirmative action was Americas first honest attempt at solving a problem, it had previously chosen to ignore. In a variety of areas, from the quality of health care to the rate of employment, blacks still remain far behind whites. Their representation in the more prestigious professions is still almost insignificant. Comparable imbalances exist for other racial and ethnic minorities as well as for women. Yet, to truly understand the importance of affirmative action, one must look at Americas past discrimination to see

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1950s

1950s

Politics: During the fifties and what was the post WWII period in America, the face of the nation changed greatly under the presidency of Truman and Eisenhower. When WWII ended, Americans were left in the hands of Harry Truman. Truman, known as an aggressive Cold War fighter, led Americans against the rise of Communism. During Truman?s time in office the United States would join South Korea in the war against North Korea. Truman would also order the Atomic Energy Committee to develop the hydrogen bomb. You could say Truman went out with a bang as he fired General Douglas MacArthur and sent more U.S. troops to a war that would end with nothing accomplished but dead bodies. General Dwight D. Eisenhower would later step in as president in 1953. As the United States President, Eisenhower or Ike, as the world liked to call him, brought a rush of optimism and

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Red Violin

Red Violin

The Red Violin offers not only a message of the universality of the language of music but the secret of the red violins color exemplifies the level of commitment that true musical devotion demands. The film takes its audience on a journey spanning five countries and three centuries, into five principal lives, each telling a story of hope and greed. The Red Violin embodies our mortality and immortality simultaneously; we search to create something that lives beyond us so we will live our life beyond mortal life.
Not only does The Red Violin exemplify the communal spirit of music in that it is timeless and unrestrained by race, language, or geographical boundaries, but lends inspiration and a reason to create music. The film and incredible score (performed by Joshua Bell) inspired my own playing; I took from it the importance

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