Trumps Tweeting and FDRs Fireside Chats

****Disclaimer: This post has no political affiliation. It is simply a post about what the title says, Trumps tweeting and FDRs fireside chats****

Franklin D. Roosevelt became president of the United States in 1933. He was Commander in Chief through some of America’s toughest times; The Great Depression and World War II. Taking history classes I was always fascinated by FDRs ability to reach out to the American people and utilize new technology to address the public. He did a total of 30 radio addresses, his topics ranged from the New Deal, Fascism to unemployment.

Think about it, at this time there were around 123 million people living in the United States and television won’t be in every Americans home for years to come, the odds that the President of the United States would talk to you were slim. These fireside chats were instrumental in having Americans believe in FDR. He talked to YOU, he used language that the majority of Americans would use and he referred to his audience as “you”. GENIUS! This was an opportunity for citizens to listen directly to the President and not just read what the newspapers told them.

Of course now back to 2017, President Trump is notorious for his 3am twitter rants. I think this is awesome! How else can you talk to a population that is enthralled with social media and can barely read more than 140 words? You utilize the technology that is presented before you.

Now I know most people will say that he’s not tweeting for those reasons, he’s tweeting to argue with his opponents and so forth, which I agree. But FDR started his fireside chats by defending his actions to close the banks for an extended holiday. Many believed that closing the banks would be disastrous and that FDR was over reaching his power. Roosevelt explained to the American public his decisions and thanked them for their patience.

I admit I believed that Trump should have stopped tweeting once he was in office, I mean I don’t even have Twitter and I thought the President should have a lot more to do than tweet. But to reach the American public, not with a press conference, but with a tweet? This is unprecedented.

(I am just fascinated with the possibility that Trumps tweeting will be in history books just like FDRs fireside chats were)

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Bodega Ultima

I have found my favorite brunch place in Augusta, Ga. FINALLY! Bodega Ultima is located in Surrey Center, a cute little plaza with restaurants and shops.

So coming in my sister and I were excited to get some breakfast but they only serve breakfast from 8-11, bummer. But their lunch menu was equally appetizing. There were a lot of people inside which got me even more excited.

A coffee was a must

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Guys, I ordered a smoked salmon BLT completely forgetting that BLT’s have bacon in them HAHA

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Absolutely amazing, I never had smoked salmon and I’m extremely happy that it was this great. (I did remove the bacon)

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This is the trashcan wrap with salmon, another absolutely amazing item.

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Jo even loved it!

If you’re in the Augusta area this place is a must!

Love,

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Travel Diaries: Columbia, South Carolina

So I must confess something… I absolutely love food. My family and I were planning this awesome food filled trip to Charleston, South Carolina BUT with all the rain and thunderstorms we decided that wasn’t the best idea, unfortunately. So we decided to make our way to Columbia instead. Yelp is seriously my best friend when I’m going to a new place, so I found a few places that caught my eye but we went with this awesome little place called Cafe Strudel.

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So coming into this place it was PACKED, (which definitely tells me that we went to the right place) our wait ended up being a little more than 30 minutes.

So to kill time we went next door and visited the Old Mill Antique Mall. This place is massive. When you think you’re done another room pops up out of no where. Old Mill has over 75 dealers selling anything from jewelry, books, pins, clothes, old cameras, you name it, they probably have it.

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Once we were antiqued out we headed back to the restaurant and what a coincidence our table was ready.

Our waiter was absolutely wonderful and the service was great. BUT our food was even better.

Duck fat fry Basket: Fries tossed in duck fat and truffle oil with a green onion aioli.

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Freshly squeezed orange juice. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

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Hangover hash browns: Hash browns with banana peppers, onions, tomatoes and scrambles eggs. WITH one pineapple french toast.

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Sunrise Burrito: scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, salsa, black beans and sour cream in a cheddar cheese wrap.

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Apple Strudel 

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If you’re ever in Columbia you must visit this place! I 100% recommend it. They have great service and great food.

Love,

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Medical Marijuana Legalization Amendment 2 Florida

Medical marijuana has been a topic of discussion for quite some time. And I’m quite positive everyone knows the arguments for each side so I will not get into that because then I would be writing 1232+ pages and I’m not about all of that right now. I just want to give you guys the brief facts of this amendment.

In 2014 an amendment similar to this one was sent forth and it failed. So a more precise amendment has been created, hence Amendment 2. Now the amendment allows medical marijuana to be recommended to those suffering from epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s Disease and more. Currently, 25 states have authorized the use of medical marijuana so it is no wonder that Florida is considering this.

This amendment would not allow doctors to prescribe the marijuana, doctors are only allowed to recommend it because it is still illegal. With the recommendation patients can go to a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. These centers are ran by the state and patients are able to get the drug from them.

Support:

Supporters of this amendment reference the extensive research that has been done on medical marijuana. Claiming that the drug aids patients who suffer from an array of diseases. United for Care is a group that firmly supports this amendment.

Opposition:

The Florida Medical Association and the Drug Free Committee opposes this amendment. Many people believe that this will make marijuana candy easily available to those that do not know the difference between drug infused candy and the innocent candy found at the grocery store. So in short, our children. Just to be clear, the amendment does not actually mention any candy, it says food, oils, ointments and aerosols.  Many believe that the passing of this amendment would merely be a step stone for the legalization of the drug.

There is also concern about how many Centers there will actually be. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of them considering how many patients there are and how many may take the recommendation of the doctors.

****There is obviously a lot more about this amendment than what I’m sharing but those who are not interested in politics probably don’t really care that much.***

It pretty much boils down to if you think that those suffering from diseases such as HIV, Parkinson’s and epilepsy should be able to receive medical marijuana or if they shouldn’t.

Let me know if you guys have any questions or comments!

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DIY CorkBoard

What is better than truly making your living area your own by doing fun DIY’s?

I’m always on Pinterest so I come across all kinds of cool DIY’s and some actually seem really hard. I decided doing this simple one that would go great in my room because it seemed pretty quick. (Unfortunately I get really frustrated when things take too long so this project was perfect.)

All you need:

  • A corkboard
  • pins
  • burlap
  • staple gun
  • And I used some blue ribbon to make a pocket(but that is optional)

**** When you shop at Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s google for example “Michael’s coupons” or “Jo-Ann’s coupons” there are usually coupons online for like 40% or even 50% off. Definitely take advantage of that*****

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You simply have to cover your board with the burlap. You have to make it really tight the first time because it is easy for the material to bunch up which you’ll then have to redo it.

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You don’t have to add the pins, but I did to make a border and I used gold because it matches my room. Use whatever colors you want!

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Then I added just a little something extra, I decided this board needed a pocket for my important papers.

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When it came to actually putting it up in my room I realized I didn’t have much to put on it. I put my school papers in the pocket and some of my 5k run ribbons up. But I do love this board, especially because I made it!

And the final product:

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Let me know what you guys think! And if you have any cool DIY’s I’d love to hear all about them!

Have a great Wednesday ❤

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Abolishing the Judicial Qualifications Commission Amendment 3 Georgia

What will be on the ballot:

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to abolish the existing Judicial Qualifications Commission; require the General Assembly to create and provide by general law for the composition, manner of appointment, and governance of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission, with such commission having the power to discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of judges; require the Judicial Qualifications Commission to have procedures that provide for due process of law and review by the Supreme Court of its advisory opinions; and allow the Judicial Qualifications Commission to be open to the public in some manner?”

The low down:

This amendment will essentially remove the current Judicial Qualifications Commission, which is an independent watchdog organization and replace it with a general assembly which will be ran out of the state legislature.

The JQC now conducts investigations on complaints of misconduct and ethical issues by Georgia’s judges. Their members serve 4 year terms and is comprised of:

  • 2 citizens that are not members of the state bar
  • 2 judges selected by the supreme court of Georgia
  • And 3 lawyers appointed by the state bar of Georgia

The JQC removes judges from the bench but does not prosecute them. A prosecutor is free do that with the evidence that the JQC provides. This committee has removed about 70 judges since the 1970’s.

Support:

Those supporting this amendment have stated that the JQC has targeted judges that do not agree with their policies. Many believe that this committee has internal problems that needs to be fixed.

Opposition:

Those oppose to this amendment believe that the only people benefiting from it will be unethical judges that are not conducting themselves how they should. Many believe that these judges would influence lawmakers to avoid any kind of punishment that they might receive.

This is an interesting amendment to know and make sure you vote how YOU feel is right.

If you have any questions or comments let me know!

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Excise Taxes on Firework Sales Amendment 4 Georgia

What the ballot will say:

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighter equipping and training, and local public safety purposes?”

This amendment will not add any new taxes. It will use the taxes that are being acquired from the sale of fireworks and fund fire services and public safety.

More specifically:

  • 55 percent of the taxes would go toward trauma care.
  • 40 percent would go to improving the equipment and training of firefighters.
  • And 5 percent would go toward public safety.

 

The only opposition that I found for this amendment was that Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission should not be receiving tax dollars in the first place.

And many supporting this amendment point to the fact that there are many places in south Georgia that desperately need funds to improve their trauma care facilities.

This isn’t one of the more controversial amendments but it is still important to know about it!

If you have any comments or questions let me know,

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