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The Ohio Gang

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I just want to begin by saying that as old as I it is really sad that I haven’t learned about the Ohio gang any sooner in school. I have learned about the Teapot Dome scadal, but heards nothing about this gang until I read a comic book on it. I thought that the comic was easy to understand and anyone above a 6th grade level should read it because it really shows how things went on during Harding’s time as president. The one thing that really haunted me was the fact that a highschool girl(Nan Britton) fell head over heels in love with an old guy like Harding makes me want to throw up. Now I did a little research on Nan and found out that her daughter Elizabeth Ann died in 2005 at the age of 86 and she was never accepted as Harding’s biological daughter. The really interesting thing was that Elizabeth Ann took on another man’s last name instead of Harding’s which leads most people to think that Nan was lying and trying to get attention and money. Most people want to know if the president is the father of Elizasbeth Ann, but the secret will be buried with her forever in her DNA.

Here is a picture of Nan Britton and her daughter Elizabeth Ann Blaesing

Death-leaves-unresolved-whether-Harding-fathered-illegitimate-child Its kind of sad to think that her mother wrote about about her supposed father, but she died without ever truly finding out who her real father was.

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“The vilest wretch that walked unhanged”

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Let me just begin by saying that my favorite reading of the entire class up to this point whas the Ambrose Bierce writing. I LOVE his writing style because he really touches on atrocities that were occuring with the crime going on in California at that time. He tells the reader within a paragraph a story about certain crimes commited or crimes in general and tells them in a way to get them thinking about what is really going on. My favorite story is the one about the Chinaman who was found with a paving stone imbedded in his head, a crowbar driven through his abdomen, and one of his arms ripped from its socket. With all of this evidence somehow the people of California decided that he had died of heart diesease…..what? I can tell you that I dont find much humor out of writing from the 1870’s but I laughed when I read that. How in the world could you fo sound mind a body not realize that someone happened to the poor guy. Ambrose Bierce definetly lived up to his nickname of “Bitter Bierce” and for me personally I find it entertaining to read his articles.

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A man of truely great words here is a link to a website that many quotes by him http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ambrose_bierce.html

My Favorite is his view on happiness

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of others :)

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Saddest reading…ever

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I literally wanted to cry when reading the story on what Nat Turner did to 55 innocent people (the children were innocent for sure, but we don’t know how the adults acted or treated the slaves). I was haunted by the way this man and others banded together not to run away or try and go some where safe, but to slay people in their sleep is just horrible. I wanted to go through the paper and shake these people and ask them “Why are you doing this to a bunch of women and children who have done nothing to you”! The fact that they didn’t kill the baby in the cradle and intentionally went back and slautered it in it sleep sickens me. The fact that this man killed all these people while believing that a spirit was telling him it was okay tells me he was probably mentally ill. Although he was mentally ill he still had time to chase down a potental white vicitm only to learn it was a slave girl. Instead of killing her he moved on without a moment’s thought to another house a murdered a much of other little girl’s.

One of the first pictures I found on the internet of Nat Turner was this distrubing cartoon looking pictures with “chopping some kids down”.

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While reading the assigned passages one thing really jumped out at me and that is men are not to bright in making decisions when women are invloved. What im saying is that men will do anything for a women they love. Let’s take George Swearingen who was a well liked man with a prominent job as a lawyer as well as a lovely and respectable wife. Now enter Rachel Cunningham a well known prostitue and non intellegent women who somehow swept this man off his feet. (Side note: I fell in love with the author who was writing about this women because through the entire article he was making fun of her and pretty much saying that she was gross). Why in the world would you to through sooooo much trouble for this women when she is not that interesting intellectually….. the answer children is that SHE WAS A PROSTITUTE. Men will do anything for some action including kill there wives and say that they got thrown from a horse when in all reality they killed them because thier mistress was hiding in a house that their wife was going to go into. I feel bad for George’s wife because all she wanted was a nice stable home to raise her daughter in, but all she got in return was an unfaithful husband which led to her death. Women are seen as these can-do-no-wrong people which is not true becasue there are tons of women killers. Women can manipulate a man to DO anything that they want (guess George didn’t get the hint in time). The funniest part of this story is that this women was almost attacked by a mob and thrown out of her house for being with George. George not being very bright saved his damsel in distress only to end up being hung for killingn his wife. So the women who was almost killed a couple of times for being a prostitue endend up getting off scott free while George died.

Video that just proves women are crazy and evil: Women from Michigan tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband..little did she know that it was an under cover cop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cySFIB3byBA

 

 

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Women are crazy, but men are Crazier

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Thievery!!!

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After reading the lives of Thomas Powers, Joseph Mountian, and the article about Pirates I and many of my other classmates found a common thread of theft in the readings. Out of all the stories I think the one that suprised me the most was Joesph Mountain. Pretty much throughout his life he was a really good at getting away with crime (that is until of course when he came to  America). He was part of high-way men, foot men ,and had his own little goups of people he would go out robbing with. I liked how he didn’t say he was stealing from this people, but instead called it getting “touched” which to me just sounds creepy. I mean if it was me who was a notorious thief I wouldn’t go around bragging that I got “touchy” with other dudes. Joesph Mountain was a interesting character who would rob his own grandmother if he had a chance to make a quick buck. I found it kind of funny that in order to gain more money through stealing he would have to spend money on going to places like Spain and France. I think in the end of his life he may have been subconsciously wanted to get caught because when he raped that innocent young girl he didn’t even try to run away or even think that he should run away. I feel bad for the girl that was raped and I believe that Joesph Mountain was a dangerous and evil man

I honestly believe that almost all the problems that people have caused in the texts we have read all have one thing in common which is lack of parental guidance. Every single person that has killed, stolen, raped, and done anything else horrible all lived with other people growing up. These people grew up with thier parent voluntarily shipping them off from one place to another. This can cause child abandoment issues ( or also called “mommy and daddy issues”) with a young child that can cause them to act out. I’m not saying that what these people did is right in the least bit, but thier parent leaving them with strangers may be a factor to include when judging them. Children of that time era grew up constantely getting  verbally and physically abused by who ever was watching them and maybe growing up in a house that allows that kind of violence raised someone who became a violent person themself.

Defintion of a highwayman: A man, typically on horseback, who held up travelers at gunpoint in order to rob them…aka Joesph Mountain

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Discipline and Punishment

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Let me start this blog off today just by saying that I had a hard time reading just the first few lines of Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. If you compare the punishment of when America was just begining compared to where we are now we have come a long way. The criminals of today have nothing to complain about when it comes to there punishment. Getting life in prison is a cake walk compared to the alternative of getting your skin litterally ripped off of you as you watch or having horses rip your limbs off. Today we still have lethal injection in some states and what they are doing is 10,000 times more humane then what we would have had to go through during Purtain times. Now what iI find really scary is the fact that Levi Ames was a common day theif and he got hung for that while today we see people steal millions of dollars from hundreds of people and get a slap on the wrist (Where is the justice in that). Now I personally am not for a slap on the wrist but hanging someone who is no older than I am for the simple act of stealing seems wrong. I for one am glad that I live in a world where there is scientific evidence to prove if someone is innocent or guilty and we dont have to rely on the word of someone who is untrustworthy. Levi Ames on the other hand was not so lucky and in todays world would have been found guilty of a lesser charge and would have not hung for his theft.

All in all what I learned from these readings where that I am sooooo glad that I livce in today’s time period and that the Purtians had some major issues on how to dispense some far Discipline and Punishment

If the Puritans had a motto it would be pretty close to this one

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And they hung…

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While reading the Pillars of Salt pages for Ester Rogers, Patience Boston, and Owen Syllavan I realized that Cotton Mathers has a thing for women murders. We dont think that women who are typically thought of as sweet and innocent as cold blooded murderers. Out of all the criminals I think the one that really disturbed me the most was Patience Boston, but dont cry Ester Rogers because you were a close second. This woman whose own name(Patience) should maybe make her someone kind is as evil as a person can get. She admits to drinking heavily, cursing, arguing with her husband, and eventually the murder of an innocent child. She had a troubled past and a even more troubling life up until she died. Because of her excessive drinking she caused her first baby to be born with two broken arms and to die only weeks later. All the while she was thinking about killing the baby and she was out sleeping with other guys. With her second baby she also thought about killing it, but it died suddenly in its sleep two months after being born. That sounded kind of suspcious to me, but we still have infants die in there cribs now so we can’t prove that she killed her baby, but in my opinion she probably did it. And last but certainly not least the murder of a innocent 8 year old boy who did nothing to hurt this woman. She even admits that she thought about killing him with a stick, but stops because she felt God watching her. If you have time to rationalize what you are doing and know that its wrong, but you do it anyways you deserve to die.

Something that I thought was really odd about the Owen Syllavan story was his name being called out in the middle of the night by a demon. This is a direct parrallel to the Amityville horror story about Ronald Defeo Jr. where he heard voices calling his name and telling him to kill his family which he eventually did.

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Pillars of Salt

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After a hard day of working and school work I can finally blog and tell you all what I felt while reading Pillars of Salt. The first thing that struck me was the actual title of the reading because i didnt really understand what it meant. After going to class and listen to the conversastions of my classmates I agree that almost every single story in the reading was about how it was a womans fault. I found it a bit odd that almost all of the stories involving women being hung was a result of them killing there own children. Killing any person is wrong, but killing a baby who is innocent and not to mention your own child sickens me. I believe that these women killed their children because of the time period that they were living in and they felt that they had no option. That does not excuse them for killing thier children, but it may shed some light on a very dark sudject. Another major thing that bothered me was the man who sliced his wifes throat killing her and thier unborn child all over an arguement steming from whether or not to sell a piece of land. Throughout the passage he is very uneasy about whether to believe in God and get grace or to go to the gallows and be in hell. Well as I was reading I caught something in his final speech just before he died that really made me angry. This man who murdered his wife and child decides to tell people that marriage is sacred and that you should honor it all the while he goes off and kills his wife. He also has the nerve to tell the women of the crowd that they should be obedient and listen to there husbands. Now he may have said that women should be obedient, but all I heard was, “Yeah I killed my wife because she decided to argue with me and she didn’t know her place let this be a warning to all the ladies out there.” This reading was interesting, anger inspiring, and over all creepy to anyone who is relatively normal.

 

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