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A Guy We Admire: Theodore Roosevelt

8 Jul

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The 26th President of the United States gave Americans a lot to be proud of. Theodore Roosevelt was both a gentleman and a cowboy. He was privileged and salt of the Earth. He was a war hero that became the leader of the free world, and ultimately he became one of the most beloved Presidents of all time.

Theodore Roosevelt was born into the aristocracy. He was the heir to the fortune of his land baron forefathers, and was expected to be educated and dignified in a time when most Americans dropped out in grade school. The family had money from his mother’s side from plantations in Georgia and the Roosevelt’s were believed to have made a fortune selling industrial glass and hardware. However, despite an advantaged upbringing Theodore Roosevelt endured a difficult childhood. He suffered from asthma as a child and was home schooled. Under the strict tutelage in his home, Roosevelt flourished in the sciences and went on to school at Harvard University. He majored in biology there and began a career in politics shortly after graduation. With the culmination of different experiences in his childhood and young adulthood, Theodore Roosevelt became well versed in politics, hunting, and the military. Theodore flourished as a politician and with his book, The Naval War of 1812, he became a respected historian. He continued to write books about hunting and the frontier until tragedy struck him in 1884.

In 1884 on the same day, Theodore Roosevelt lost both his first wife, Alice Lee Roosevelt, and his mother. Heartbroken, Roosevelt left his position in the New York State Assembly and went to the frontier to become a rancher. His first foray in the “Badlands” of the Dakotas failed miserably and he was often ridiculed by the neighboring farmers. He was an outcast there, a mediocre rider and a bad shot. He spoke like a dignitary amidst people who were salt of the earth, but eventually won them over because he worked hard. Roosevelt was resilient and he gained the respect of the frontiersmen. He learned to till the land, hunted game, and even caught an outlaw in the “Badlands.” Theodore became well-respected amongst his peers, and his ranch began to flourish as he learned to adjust to a simple life. Feeling accomplished, Roosevelt returned to New York where he reasserted himself in politics.

Roosevelt ran for mayor upon his return, but after a third place finish in the polls he instead took charge of the city police. By the time that the Spanish-American War broke out, he was in charge of the Department of the Navy so he volunteered for the military. Theodore always thought that it was cowardly that his father Franklin D. Roosevelt bought his way out of service, so he fought to reconcile the honor of the family name constantly. The younger Roosevelt formed the Rough Riders, a cavalry regiment that rode in and fought in Cuba. His experiences in the Badlands prepared him for the type of battle that he faced in South America. He served as a lieutenant colonel with the Rough Riders and led them into the Battle of San Juan. Roosevelt returned a war hero.

When “Teddy Roosevelt” reached his home state, numerous scandals surrounded the governing bodies there. They needed a figure head that New Yorkers could trust. He was promptly elected governor in 1898, and then Roosevelt energized the GOP and ran for the office of Vice President under William McKinley Jr. in 1900. McKinley was elected but was assassinated and Roosevelt ascended into the presidency under duress. But once again, Theodore Roosevelt excelled under terrible conditions. And again, previous experiences prepared him for what was ahead of him. His time with the cowboys of the Badlands taught him the plight of the common American, his upbringing gave him the wherewithal to run the country, and his bravery endeared him to the public. Theodore Roosevelt was unafraid to make the difficult decisions that needed to be made during the Great Depression. But, he was also able to convey a sense of equality between himself the people that he led.

Roosevelt was the first President of the United States to be reelected after gaining the position through the death of another president.

Theodore Roosevelt was a man of the people and one of the peoples’ best leaders. Roosevelt’s life reflected those of his subjects, forged by pain and redemption. He was given many gifts and opportunities, but he also endured great tragedy and various obstacles. Ultimately, those tribulations shaped his character and put him on his course to greatness. Roosevelt’s surname meant that much was expected of him; he was born into a wealthy and respected family. But, his path to success was different from that of most of the wealthy. The death of his wife and mother drove him into the frontier where his interaction with the cowboys of the West prepared him to connect with the common man in his presidency. The Spanish-American War showed him how to lead. When the office of president fell to him with the tragic killing of McKinley, no one was more prepared to step up to the responsibility than him. The lessons in management that he learned from being a rich kid, the people with whom he was engaged in the Badlands, and leading a regiment in war readied Roosevelt for the most powerful position in the world. Roosevelt’s life, his strength, his resilience, and his perseverance make him someone to be admired.

 

 


Hottest Female Athletes 2013

26 Jun

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June 26, 2013

Alana Blanchard – Surfing – Blanchard is both a professional surfer and professional bikini model.

Yanina Wickmayer – She is ranked number 23rd in the world and has become one of the most Googled athletes this year.

Michelle Jenneke – Michelle Jenneke is an Australian Olympic hurdler who is fighting to become Australia’s hottest athlete.

Sydney Leroux – Soccer – She broke the World Record for goals by a substitute in the London 2012 Olympics with 10.

Kaylyn Kyle – Soccer – Recently signed with the Seattle Reign FC, and medaled for Canada in international competition.

Caroline Wozniacki – Wozniacki was formerly ranked number one in the world. Though her dominance has not led her to many titles, she still has managed to compete in every tournament.

Ronda Rousey – After winning a bronze medal in Judo in the Olympics, Rousey went on to become the best pound for pound fighter in women’s mixed martial arts.

Agnieszka Radwanska – Tennis – Radwanska is currently ranked number 4 in the world in tennis.

Alison Stokke – If you have not seen this pole vaulter from the California Bears before now, then here is your first glance.

Jaqueline Carvahlo – Carvahlo is a Brazilian Olympic Champion Volleyball player.

 


The Most Popular Virgins of All-Time

24 Jun

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Virginity has long been a topic that was subjected to both praise and scorn. It has been a celebrated symbol of purity and the object of ridicule and discrimination. The dichotomy of being a role model for strict morals and the ostracism of people who go against societal norms draws audiences into their plights. Here is a list of the few celebrities that set an example by publicly proclaiming their virginity.

1. Britney Spears – Rumored age of virginity 17-18

2. A.C. Green – Rumored age of virginity 38

3. Jessica Simpson – Rumored age of virginity 22

4. Jonas Brothers – Rumored age of virginity from 20-22

5. Teyana Taylor – Rumored age of virginity – present

6. Lisa Kudrow – Rumored age of virginity 31

7. Lolo Jones – Rumored age of virginity – present

8. Tim Tebow – Rumored age of virginity – present

9. Julianne Hough – Rumored age of virginity – present

10. Adriana Lima – Rumored age of virginity – 27


The Media Makes Our Memories

21 Jun

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This article was originally posted on August 6, 2011. Enjoy.

 

Thanks to the implied omnipotence of the media, in American society, someone is only as good as their last performance.  And, thanks to the endless stream of information coming from every angle: talking heads on television, satellite radio, internet blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc, it’s impossible to remember everything.  In comes the media to develop our memories.  As sad as this may sound, Comcast, Direct TV, or Dish Network decide what we are supposed to remember.  And with our exceedingly fickle, instant gratification social order, we’re prompted to only remember what just happened.

Nothing illustrates this more than the world of sports.  The sports world is the epitome of Social Darwinism, and a recent victory places you at the top of the food chain … until you lose.  A perfect example is Dirk Nowitzki.  Prior to this year Nowitzki averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds per game for his career.  He was considered a great player, but his reputation that was portrayed by the media was of a guy that is extremely soft, doesn’t play any defense, and could never lead his team to win a championship.  At the end of the 2010-11 regular season, Nowitzki averaged 23 points and 7 rebounds per game.  His reputation going into the playoffs was the same as it had always been.  The media *made* us remember Dirk as the guy who won an MVP award but lost in the 1st round of the playoffs.  Dirk has career playoff averages of 25.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.  During his championship run, he put up 27.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.  I understand that numbers don’t tell the entire story, but Nowitzki has always been a good playoff performer.  Now he’s been compared to Larry Bird, called the games’ most clutch player ever, and dubbed an all-time great.  These and similar statements were made so frequently, we’re almost *made* to remember Dirk as Mr. Clutch; not even remembering for a second that the extremely soft guy description of the Dallas superstar even existed.

 

Dirk used to be considered as soft as this guy.

 

Alex Rodriguez- Once considered cursed, a choker, cheap, disingenuous (probably true), and too soft to play in New York.  We used to be *forced* to remember Rodriguez as a purple lipstick wearing, playoff choking, ball swiping, shirtless park tanner who dropped his wife for Madonna.  The media wasn’t fond of A-Rod, so we were *made* to remember him as a loser.  Thanks to the Yankees winning the World Series in 2009, A-Rod is now essentially above reproach (unless he does stupid things like engage in illegal gambling, get popcorn fed to him on national television, or pose for pictures like these).

We’re never reminded of his previous playoff failures; it’s like they never happened.  By the way, A-Rod’s career playoff OPS is 925, which is better than what Jose Reyes, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Robinson Cano, and Mark Teixeira have done so far this year.

Kobe Bryant- After the Mamba won back to back titles without Shaq in 2008-09 season and 2009-10 all of his sins were forgiven.  The media *caused* us to remember Kobe as the best closer in NBA history, and as an almost god-like figure.  We were never reminded of his quitting in game 7 against the Suns in 2006.  We’re never allowed to forget how Lebron allegedly quit on his team, but Kobe’s quitting never happened, because we’re not instructed to remember it.  Talking heads repeatedly say that people like Jordan or Kobe would never do what Lebron did … problem being that Mamba did essentially the same thing just 4 seasons ago.

The same concept can be applied to politics.  Our 40th President Ronald Reagan has been lauded as a shrewd economist for years by Republicans, and more recently by Democrats.  The media reminds us that he lowered taxes in order to stimulate spending.  We’re never reminded that he was president during the stock market crash of 1987, that he raised the debt ceiling 17 (or 18) times, raised taxes 11 times, and that the national debt reached a then record of 2.85 trillion under his watch.  These things don’t exist because the media doesn’t remind us of such.  In a similar vein, it isn’t remembered that Obama was supposed to have an exceptionally successful presidency because he won the election in a landslide, he had the luxury of a Democratic majority in congress, and he carried the young vote.  None of this matters now because he’s presiding over the US when the economy is in shambles, America’s foreign reputation is exceedingly negative, and his own party thinks he gave all the power to the GOP.  We’re reminded of this fact every day, whether it’s on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, or Comedy Central.

 

 

It’s a sad, sobering ideal, but the media is responsible for formulating our memories in the information age.  Such a scenario is grand if you’ve had recent success like Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Vick, Will Smith, or even Kyle Orton.  The memories can be spun to be more acerbic if your name is Lebron James, Brett Favre, Tom Cruise, or amazingly even Timothy Richard Tebow.  This societal form of survival of the fittest will shape this generation, and push people into an omnipresent state of mediocrity.  Maintaining a firm grip of the middle is safer than being lionized initially and then subsequently demonized.  Welcome “Middle America.”  A place where the media decides what you remember, but eventually no one will be brave enough to become memorable.

 

The media makes us forget that Kyle Orton actually sucks.