Patriotism is devoted love, support, and defense of one's country. The poetry contained within is patriotic and in support of our founding fathers and the military...those who take the brunt of the blame. I believe in today's society, the foundation of Patriotism may be a little stressed; but is always present therefore, to question why is not indicative of bigotry or hatred; to question why is our responsibility. This a collection of patriotic poetry from the founding fathers; to war; to ensuring the liberty we all enjoy today through maintenance of a strong belief in America and her ability to overcome adversity. I present my view of patriotism as a depiction of my belief and I believe the belief of all of us.
This book examines changing Soviet and Russian press coverage of the United States from the emergence of Mikhail Gorbachev as General Secretary of the Communist Party through Boris Yeltsin's re-election as Russian President and onward to the Putin Era. Becker argues that, owing to the absence of a language to support the reform strategy, the Soviet press presented positive images of its chief ideological and military opponent, the United States, as a means of supporting political, social and economic reform. Indeed, journalists were so overcome by a desire to present a 'new America' that, if anything, the United States was idealized where it was once reviled. Becker suggests that the end of the Cold War and the emergence of a more self-confident Russia means that the symbolic and discursive significance of the United States for Russia has diminished. His conclusions come from a careful reading of the Soviet and Russian press over a ten-year period and from interviews with journalists and editors.
Much of the freedom of expression enjoyed by civilians in the United States, and guaranteed to them by the constitution, is illegal for American military personnel. Freedom of Expression in the American Military addresses the issues at the root of this First Amendment dichotomy. The author examines free expression for service members as a communications issue rather than simply an issue of military traditions and necessities. The book examines court decisions involving First Amendment rights, the literature on military communication, and models that illustrate how communication works. Then the author presents and critiques the communication model used by the military to curtail the First Amendment rights of soldiers. Among the subjects covered in this volume is an interesting comparison of the First Amendment rights of civilians and soldiers who protested U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Using such examples and analysis of both communication and First Amendment literature, the author concludes that the view of military as a separate society and the validity of the rationales used to curb military speech are only weakly supported. Thus, she concludes, no compelling proof of need exists for the degree of curtailment of expression existing in the military. The final chapter offers a revised model of military communication that allows greater freedom of expression without jeopardizing the military mission.
Blacks in the Military and Beyond thoughtfully chronicles the tumultuous journey of African Americans in the military from slavery through the present, examining how the armed forces have been used as a means for gaining legitimacy and as the ultimate path to citizenship. This unique book extends to both pre and post-service economic considerations as significant factors in determining whether serving in the military has indeed advantaged Blacks. Owing to the reality of the modern military, mechanisms such as the periodic drawing down of forces are studied in terms of their impact on Blacks overall. In its analysis, the book also delves into a variety of topics and issues, including how the military is a conduit in creating and sustaining the Black middle class and how the now repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and Don't Pursue" policy compares with the larger overarching values of the African American community. Most poignantly, Blacks in the Military and Beyond challenges the military to be more strategic as to the long term effects of its decisions in conjunction with its moral compact with African Americans.
Information modeling technology--the open representation of information for database and other computing applications--has grown significantly in recent years as the need for universal systems of information coding has steadily increased. EXPRESS is a particularly successful ISO International Standard language family for object-flavored information modeling. This cogent introduction to EXPRESS provides numerous, detailed examples of the language family's applicability to a diverse range of endeavors, including mechanical engineering, petroleum exploration, stock exchange asset management, and the human genome project. The book also examines the history, practicalities, and implications of information modeling in general, and considers the vagaries of normal language that necessitate precise communication methods. This first-ever guide to information modeling and EXPRESS offers invaluable advice based on years of practical experience. It will be the introduction that students as well as information and data modeling professionals have been waiting for.
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