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Here’s the eulogy I delivered at today’s Assembly. The video I showed follows.

Steve Jobs was one of the great Americans — a self-made flower child who turned the world on its head through his hard work.

Born to students — including a Syrian studying abroad — and raised by adoptive parents, Steve Jobs was raised near San Francisco, near what would become Silicon Valley. Even as a child, he had an affinity for gadgets. A famous story has him bumming parts from William Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard for a pet electronics project — while he was in eighth grade.



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For Human rights today is a HUGE day in history. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips orders an immediate Injunction on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

You can read the full New York Times Article Here

The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but bans those who are openly gay. Under the 1993 policy, service men and women who acknowledge being gay or are discovered engaging in homosexual activity, even in the privacy of their own homes off base, are subject to discharge.

lots of articles out there on this today. There is, of course the possibility this will be overturned, or something else will happen, but it’s an exciting step forward anyway!

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During the day, Maureen Minard stands in front of the students’ desks teaching history at Burke.  When not at Burke, she’s on the other side of the desk, working on her PhD in 20th Century Cultural Studies at GMU.  On top of that, she obeys the laws of higher ed natural selection – and manages to publish – so as to not perish in the scholarly world.  Maureen recently published a paper that takes on the myth and reality of Ayn Rand, one of 20th Century America’s most mythic and intriguing women (sorta like the Lady Gaga of mid-20th century letters).

In 1991, the Book-of-the-Month Club conducted a survey asking people what book had most influenced their lives. The Bible ranked number one and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged was number two.  Her books have annually sold 100’s of thousands of copies for decades.  In 2009, over 500,000 copies of Atlas Shrugged were sold.  Despite Rand’s popularity and impact, no one had written a scholarly biography of


her life until Anne C. Hoffman’s Ayn Rand and the World She Made came out earlier this year.

You can check out Maureen’s thoughtful review of Heller’s book in the journal Politics and Culture this summer by clicking here. FN 1.

1.  “Reconstructing Ayn Rand” Politics and Culture 4.2 (Summer, 2010) Reviewed Anne C.
Hellar’s Ayn Rand and the World She Made.

Maureen’s other published work includes:

Baken, Gordon Morris and Brenda Farrington. Women Who Kill Men: California Courts, Gender, and the Press. The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol 43. 3, June 2010.

Rich, Charlotte J. Transcending the New Woman: Multiethnic Narratives in the Progressive Era.
Journal of Popular Culture
, Vol 43.1, February 2010.

[correct bibliography formatting provided by Burke’s AP History teacher]

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Nice Couple

The Annual Fourth of July Palisades Parade demonstrates that independence has less to do with where you are than where you’re going and how you travel there!

American Folkswagon

Imperial Road

Cherry Red White & Blue

Mustang on Wheels

Mustangs & Wheels

Young Pioneers

March of the 17-76 Trombones

Bolivia Says Happy Independence Day!

Lot’s more Independence Day photos at BurkePix.

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This summer the featured exhibition at the National Building Museum is, LEGOs!!                                                                                                              According to the website: “Piece by piece, brick by brick, this (Adam Reed Tucker) LEGO Certified Professional (one of 11 worldwide) creates large-scale artistic models of some of the world’s most famous structures including the Empire State Building, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater. The simplicity and nostalgic quality of LEGO affords viewers a new, detailed look at familiar buildings. Visitors can lean in close to see the complexity of a building’s intricate design and engineering or take a step back to appreciate its stunning sculptural form in full.”

“Trained as an architect, Tucker rekindled his childhood interest in LEGO® bricks and began experimenting with LEGO as a medium for his art in 2003. The result of his vision—15 buildings from around the world made entirely from LEGO bricks—will be the centerpiece of the exhibition LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition.”

Go Check out this pretty freekin cool exhibition at the National Building Museum, running now through Sept. 5, 2011 (yea, you have a lot of time)

More Info on this Exhibition here

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On our last night in New Orleans, the 19 students and 6 faculty of this year’s Service trip are taking some time to reflect on our experiences.

Seeing the lower 9th ward – with some new construction from Habitat for Humanity and the Make it Right Project, but also many houses still in a state of destruction, surrounded by empty lot after empty lot. Experiencing the current state of the bayou, and learning about the costal erosion and the danger the city of New Orleans faces because of it.

Dana Brozost-Kelleher and Iman Abdul-Ali playing in the school yard with students.

Remember playing at recess with students of Mcdonogh 42, a charter school in the Treme area who’s students were all affected by Katrina in one way or another, and building them a rooftop garden to enjoy.

As all of the students experienced through group work, it’s difficult to even think about losing your family, your most treasured possessions, and the house you grew up in. Looking around at the destruction and emptiness that still exists in the city is the reason we’re here, and the reason we need to keep coming back, and keep contributing as much time as we can, to help rebuild a city rich with culture, diversity, and history.

the BURKE 2010 NOLA team leaning up against a newly cemented levee wall in the Lower 9th Ward.

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Check-it, check-it – A rap video showing the economic battle between John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek.  They were the Jay Z and M&M of 20th century economics.  In the video they go out for a night of stylin’ and gettin’ crunk on the meaning of the boom & bust cycle we’ve come to inhabit.  Produced by Billy Scafuri and Adam Lustick.  Take a look – it’s fly.  Ok… .gotta dip.

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