Friday, February 26, 2010

A Complete and Balanced Breakfast

Count Chocula Says:

Download Breakfast of Champions

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I've begun a new project. It is a secret. But... I thought I should alert everyone to the presence of the new secret project I've begun. :D

Instead of including pictures of said project, I have included totally unrelated pictures of some of my recent record finds and of my record collection. I'm absolutely in love with the Monkees album on the left. Everything here was $1 (regardless of what the price tag says) because I went during a clearance sale (wahoo for me!).

I sincerely hope everyone is having a great week. I'm actually going to record my radio show on Friday, so that should be available around noon on Friday. The weather here has been nuts today. We've gone from a week of straight up spring beauty to bipolar status weather. This morning the weather widget on my dashboard said it would be mixed rain and snow, however, upon stepping outside, it was warm, clear, and sunny. Around noon, my dashboard said it was sunny with partial clouds, when in fact there was a torrential downpour taking place.

I have a logic test on friday. I'm not worried about this test. I actually understand logic, no matter how pointless it is. And to top that off, the test is open book.

I also have an American History in class midterm essay, which is only slightly more worrisome. Nonetheless, I will be studying for the both, so besides my radio show, don't expect a ton of posts between now and then.

Friday, February 19, 2010

No Radio... Paper instead.

Somehow, I managed to fail to record my radio show today. I think it may be that I took my computer to the radio station with me, and the internet is a bit shoddy down there. If it went out while it was recording, it would have stopped recording. Next week, I will leave the computer in my room.

Instead, however, I am posting the paper I wrote for today. This is the version from before I made some minor changes because those changes are saved on a school computer and not on my own. So here goes.

Reagan’s Rhetoric and the Berlin Wall

In 1987, although the tensions of the Cold War were easing, one significant point of contention persevered: The Berlin Wall. This barrier surrounded West German, separating it from Soviet East Germany. In his “Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin” on June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan first portrayed the wall as a device through which the Soviet Union inflicted suffering on free West Germany. He then changed his rhetoric to represent the wall as a scar on the body of Germany. Lastly, he described it simply as a wall; a structure that could easily be torn down if enough individuals were willing. Through the progression of imagery he used, President Reagan attempted to decrease the power the wall held over the German people.

Reagan began his imagery by depicting the Berlin Wall as “an instrument” used to subject “ordinary men and women [to] the will of a totalitarian state.” The use of the term “instrument” implies a tool used with intelligence and purpose. The barrier was a scalpel in the hands of the Soviet Union, and those hands were not kind. They were “cutting across [the] city,” destroying, and butchering. Reagan wanted to truly show the “brutal” nature of the Soviet Union in building such a barricade; they mutilated and “gutted” the city of Berlin. The Soviet Union intended for the wall to separate the highly advanced East Germany from what they saw as inferior West Germany. However, as West Berlin rebuilt both politically and economically, the Communist world fell further behind, leaving the wall to achieve nothing but “the pain of division.”

Reagan’s next point in his rhetorical progression illustrated the division as an injury upon the body of Germany. He indicated that the “gash of barbed wire, concrete, dog runs, and guardtowers” was disfiguring for Germany. Instead of becoming a prosperous city and a prosperous country, they were distracted by the “scar of a wall” that was “permitted” to exist on Germany. Reagan decried that so many be “forced to look upon a scar,” and lambasted the Soviet Union for turning Germany into a Frankenstein’s monster of sorts. Besides portraying the wall as a deformity, the application of scarring as rhetoric attempted to elicit two positive interpretations. First, it implied that Germany was not a skeleton; it was still a living country. Because it was alive, it could recover from the horrible conditions it had been subjected to. Second, common knowledge suggests that scars fade with time, and therefore it implied that if the Berlin Wall was to fall, Germans could overcome their past and move forward, allowing the scar to fade behind them.

Finally, Reagan attempted to delegitimize the wall. He gradually changed his rhetoric, no longer giving the wall imagery, pulling back the curtain, and unveiling it to be only a man-made structure. He reduced the name from something vivid such as “scar” or “gash” to simply “the wall.” He presented it as something not to be feared by mentioning that he “noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner.” He put forth the idea that even children, society’s smallest and weakest members, were able to defy the power of the wall. He depicted the people as more powerful than the wall because “the city [thrived] in spite of the challenges implicit in the very presence of [the] wall.” He ended his attempt at weakening the power of the wall and building the power of the people with repetition of the imageless and discrediting phrase “the wall”: “Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.” By doing this, he highlighted everything that the wall dividing Germany was not. He highlighted everything it could not do. He took power from the wall and gave it to the German and European people and the faith, truth, and freedom that they could unite behind.

The Berlin Wall was a representative of the tensions of the Cold War and the uncompleted aspects of World War II. By rhetorically suggesting that the Berlin Wall need not be an implement of suffering or even a permanent scar, and instead is simply a wall, Reagan attempted to alleviate the strain that occurred between Soviet Eastern German and free Western Germany. Through his use of imagery, he sought not to downplay the importance of the wall, but to decrease the power it held over the people of both East and West Germany. He urged them to unite against tyranny as an alternative to fighting against each other, and he urged them to “tear down this wall.” Instead of bringing about World War III with his inflammatory suggestions, as many pundits and advisors predicted he would, Reagan was able to bring together bitter enemies who jointly would bring down the wall within two years.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I was doing my homework when...

I stumbled across this most interesting of websites!

it is the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum! Pretty cool!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Soooooooo the concert was basically wonderous. Elton John is amazing, and was wearing the most amazing jacket! Billy Joel was beyond everything I could have imagined, they played everything I wanted to hear, and Billy Joel even sang an awesome version of Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady! Elton John is the original BAMF, and Billy Joel is a true rockstar (not to mention a Silver Fox, especially when he put on his Harmonica!!!)! Best Concert EVER! I wish you had been here to share in the awesomeness with me Mom!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Breakfast of Champions!

Here is a link to the download of my radio show. It is only 24 or so minutes instead of the hour it is supposed to be because our mentor didn't show up. We decided to persevere and figure it out for ourselves, but it took a while. Then, after we finally we getting the hang of it, the FIRE ALARM went off and we had to figure out how to put the automation back on and get out of the building. All-in-all, one of the most stressful experiences ever.

Some people just don't get it...

Will The Real Paul Simon Please Stand Up?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

good news!

Well, some good news for all of you out in blogland, instead of working on my history homework, I figured out how to record my radio show! So you best be ready to tune in (after the fact if you can't tune in on time!). I also thought that I'd put up a few pictures from the AWESOME weekend I had with my friend Emily who came to visit from Seattle University.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

looking out...

I've been soooooo busy! But I'm doing very well. I'm enjoying my classes (mostly) and I've been have a generally all around pretty good time. I love having my radio show. Serena and I are going to ask if we can have the 7-8am hour as well, as no one has it currently. Here is another picture from my journey back to the coast. I hope you enjoy!