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Here in Fredrick County Maryland lies the Monocacy National Battlefield, or as historians have coined it, “The Battle That Saved Washington DC.” The main reason for such a phrase was, in reality, the Union troops lost the battle, but they held the Confederates at bay long enough for Grant to send reinforcements. Through this article you will see pictures and short videos of my trek through he national battlefield. Crazy enough, there’s a thriving neighborhood that is within the park itself. There are 5 areas to explore, a couple of farms, mill and a bridge where the battle took place, at including the final engagement.
The Final Stand
Now its time for me to guild you through a guide to our history.
Interesting place. James H. Gambill, wealthy man of his time, had this home built next to the woodmill he constructed prior to the battle. Sadly afterwards, he developed financial troubles and couldn’t complete the house. It was sold and the construction was finished by another person.
I loved walking through these trails; either flat plains or near a creek bed, all had their respective feel and look. This one lead down to a wide creek in which the Union soldiers used to escape from the Confederates.
A farmhouse in the distance, one of three at this battlefield and the site of the final attack.
The race for the presidency is now in the season of Spring. One could say “new life” is being renewed in the bid to be the President of the United States of America. This article will focus on the Socialist Party of the United States of America. First, lets look at the basic definition of socialism.
Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production, as well as the political ideologies, theories, and movements that aim at their establishment.
The term has been thrown around a lot for the past few years and with the resurgence of socialist candidates like Bernie Saunders, it has been getting more attention. Mostly in a negative light, since most connect socialism and communism. Both have similarities and some circles would conclude that communism is socialism going 100mph, but there are stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems. Communism can not exist among other political systems; not at all. For instance; In communism all people are the same and therefore classes are illogical. The government should own all means of production and land as well as everything else. People should work for the government and the collective output should be redistributed equally. With socialism, all individuals should have access to basic articles of consumption and public goods to allow for self-actualization and further progressive movement in society to enhance the whole in the long run. Major industries are collective efforts and the returns from these industries must benefit society as a whole.
The Socialist Party stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.
We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society based on compassion, empathy, and respect as well as the development of new social structures. Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and community members will take responsibility for and control of their interpersonal relationships, their neighborhoods, their local government, and the production and distribution of all goods and services.
For these reasons we call for social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society’s product, in accordance with individual needs.
As we pursue a socialist transformation of society, we join with others in making radical demands on the existing system: demands that challenge the basic assumptions of a capitalist market economy while pointing the way to a new society. Although reforms will not in themselves bring about socialism, the fight for them will advance the cause by demonstrating the inherent limitations and injustice of the capitalist system. As we build the socialist movement, we organize around a platform committed to our common and interdependent struggles and aspirations.
An example is their economic plan:
The Socialist Party stands for a fundamental transformation of the economy, focusing on production for need not profit. So-called fair trade is meaningless as long as the world economy is dominated by a few massive corporations. Only a global transformation from capitalism to democratic socialism will provide the conditions for international peace, justice, and economic cooperation based on the large-scale transfer of resources and technology from the developed to the developing countries.
The are in total agreement with federal minimum wage being raise to $15 per hour along with the cancellation of 3rd World countries debts.
Here is an example of their ideas on education:
The Socialist Party recognizes the right of students of all ages to a free, quality education in a safe and supportive environment, and of all school employees to good wages, benefits, and working conditions • We call for full and equal funding of public education; for the restoration of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, including art, music, world languages, and physical education; for an end to all public funding of private schools; and for free tuition and full-time teachers with full benefits (not “adjuncts”) at the post-secondary level. This also includes equal access to higher education for all people and support publicly funded higher education.
The Socialist Party of USA current President and Vice President candidates are Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik (P) and Angela Nicole Walker (VP). Here is an excerpt from their open letter expressing their commitment in being their party’s candidate for the presidency of 2016:
“The campaign’s focus throughout the upcoming year will not be on the candidates. The campaign’s focus will be on you. You are the mother, the father, the student, the worker. You are the community — the community that fights for the breath of dignity as the boot of oppression digs its heel into your throat – and you are the sacred, essential ingredient necessary for liberation. Capitalism and its defenders tremble when contemplating your power. That fear makes us smile, as we are seeing the dawn of a new era of equality, peace, and justice peeking over the horizon. Its light heals our collective wounds. It is the light of socialism.”
Working out can be a dreadful proposition. The more you climb in years, the more of a struggle it can be. First, you work long hours all week, and the weekends aren’t much better because you’re trying to do everything you couldn’t do during the work week. If you have kids that workload increases, and if you work shift work, your days off are at chaotic times. Then there’s your significant other that you must devote time for and with. With all of that and more, working out is the last thing you want to do, well sometimes–bills anyone?
So you decide you’re going to make time to workout, and you’re searching for a great and reasonably-priced gym. Most of the so-called ‘deals’, aren’t deals at all, and membership costs are way out of your price range. Then, when you do find a great deal, location is a factor because the gym is farther from your home and/or neighborhood than you prefer which causes gas and mileage to affect your budget. Oh, let’s not forget the times you joined a gym and only went 10 times or less throughout the year?! Are there any other options!?
Here is an option, workout at home! You can do this without or limited workout equipment. Here are a few exercises you can perform and also will show what body parts that are being fine tuned.
PUSH-UPS: Main Muscle: Chest
1) Wide-Grip Push-up:Target Area: Chest
Start from a normal pushup position but spread your hands wider than shoulder length. This will force your chest to pick up the brunt of the work from your triceps and shoulders.
2) Narrow-grip pushup: Target Area: Triceps
Do normal a normal pushup with your hands just a few inches apart from each other underneath your chest.
Start from the push-up position. Take one hand off the ground and raise it straight up in the air (making a T-shape out of your body). Keep your eyes locked on your raised hand. Repeat for your other side. Add dumbbells to the routine to increase the intensity of the workout.
4) Single-Leg Push-up: Target Area: Intense upper body workout
Lift one leg up off the ground and do a set. Switch legs on the next set.
5) Feet-Elevated Push-ups: Target Area: Intense upper body workout
Do a normal push-up, but with your feet elevated on a stable platform like a box or bench. The higher the platform, the more you’ll work your shoulders, chest, core, and scapular stabilizers (the muscles that connect your neck, midback, and shoulders).
SIT-UPS: Main Muscle: Abdominals
First, lie down on the floor placing your feet either under something that will not move or by having a partner hold them. Your legs should be bent at the knees. Place your hands behind your head and lock them together by clasping your fingers. This is the starting position. Elevate your upper body so that it creates an imaginary V-shape with your thighs. Breathe out when performing this part of the exercise. Once you feel the contraction for a second, lower your upper body back down to the starting position while inhaling. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
1. This exercise can be performed with a weighted plate being held by both arms resting on the chest. The way to perform this exercise is to cross your arms by making an X and grabbing the weighted plate. Note: Your hands will no longer be behind your head.
2. This variation may be difficult to perform at first so start out using little to no weights until you feel comfortable with the movements.
LEG HOPS: Main Muscle: All Leg Muscles
Movement: Simply hop on one leg. Land on the toes and not the heels, and perform in a rhythmic fashion.
Repetitions: Perform all prescribed reps on one side, then on the other. This counts as one set.
These are a few to start off with. There are others, and you can incorporate more into your workouts as you develop. Also, during your workouts, you can wear a slim waistbelt to help lower the body fat around your stomach area. It won’t keep it off that comes from working out, but equally, if not more important, is watching and controlling what you eat. Yes, that means cutting out or cutting down on fast foods, and eating more vegetables and water. Late night snacks—forget about it, but that’s another article.
Working out is like listening to Miles Davis’ jazz. It’s unorganized brilliance with a clear path to perfection.
Here is a 30 minute sample video from fitnessblenders.com which shows some of the workouts written above with others added in. Keep in mind these exercises were done without equipment!