Archive for June 18, 2007

With my in-laws gone and a weight gain of about three pounds from their visit residing around my waist it is time to get back in action.

The next week looks something like this:

June 19th– 1/2 mile run, 1/2 mile walk, and ab work

June 20th– 1/2 miles run, 1/2 mile walk, and resistance training (full body)

June 21st– Walk

June 22nd– 1/2 mile run, 1/2 mile walk, and ab work

June 23rd– Walk, resistance training (full body)

June 24th– 3/4 mile run, 1/2 mile walk

I am starting this week (today) at 171.4 lbs, and 34 3/4 inches of waist. I am shooting for 168.5 lbs and 34 1/2 inches by the end of the week.

Consider this the beginning of ANOTHER two week total transformation challenge- a great opportunity to excel.

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Well, if you remember my post from two or three days ago, here is what my living room used to look like…

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Well here it was a day later…

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And here it is today…

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Now all that remains is some sanding, priming, and painting. Thank the Lord for helpful in-laws. We also thank God for our friends from church who helped knock down that hideous old bar, put up sheet rock, and tote away the left over junk.

Here are some excerpts from a graduate level paper I wrote a few years ago. The first part is merely restating the position of other scholars (proving I understood their work), the second part is my original work in reviewing and analyzing several North Carolina Supreme Court decisions regarding slaves, free blacks, white men, white women, and the theme that tied it all together- honor.

Here are a few excerpts. The full paper can be found in Word format file linked at the bottom of this post. Citations have been omitted from this posting and can be found in the complete paper provided below.

Why couldn’t slaves possess honor?

Four reasons explain the perception of slaves as beings without honor. First, plantation life led many whites to view blacks as hopelessly depraved and indifferent to correction. Second, laws enacted by the legislature created a wall that kept slaves from acquiring the ability to meet the requirements of the duel and honor. Third, “scientific” literature on race fed into white beliefs that blacks lacked the capacity of bearing honor, from their flat noses to their skin color. Lastly, the peculiar institution required total submission from slaves. If slaves had been granted honor it would have required the reciprocal ability to defend that honor— an ability that would have proved dangerous to the system itself.

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