The entire ruling is based on a civil rights issue. Civil rights are defined as the rights of the people to be treated without unreasonable or unconstitutional differences. In this case, the servicewomen feel as though their civil rights have been violated because they are being inherently treated differently than men within the same context. It is a matter of de jure segregation as law prevents women from serving in combat roles and is prohibited from 238,000 jobs. Both are performing the same tasks, according to the article, but women are not being promoted and not as recognized for their work. This actually refers to the difference in the decision in Plessy vs. Ferugson and Brown vs. Board of Education. Even though it is not an issue of race, women are doing equal work as men, but evaluated in a different light, similar to the separation of blacks and whites after Plessy vs. Ferguson which determined “separate but equal” is constitutional. Again paralleling the racial movement against discrimination, Brown vs. Board of Education decided that separate is not equal, which is what the ACLU is fighting for in this case, to obtain equal opportunities for women in the armed forces. These servicewomen have a sense of civic duty to serve their country, but some are currently barred from serving on desired positions.
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Microwave Turkish Delight Yield: 40-60 pieces of candy Note: Make candy the day before serving so it will have time to set. Equipment: 4 qt. microwave safe glass bowl - such as Pyrex Whisk 8x8 pan or standard loaf pan Two pot holders Knife or scissors Make the candy: 2 1/2 cups of cold water 3/4 cup cornstarch, plus 1/2 cup for dusting candy squares 3 cups sugar 1/4 cup light corn syrup 1 tbsp. pure lemon extract 2 drops red or pink liquid food coloring Cooking spray, or cooking oil (light taste, like canola) for greasing pan 1/2 cup powdered sugar Ground pistachios *optional Pour the water into a 4-quart glass bowl. Whisk in the 3/4 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup at a time until dissolved. Microwave mixture for 2 minutes; whisk smooth. Return to microwave and heat for 2-3 more minutes, or until the mixture starts to turn opaque. Whisk again - mixture should have the appearance of white paste. Add sugar and corn syrup. Heat for 5 minutes in microwave. Remove bowl with pot holders and whisk smooth. Heat for 5 more minutes; remove and whisk smooth again. At this point the mixture will be thick and translucent. Heat for an additional 5 minutes and whisk in lemon juice and food coloring. Whisk until mixture is smooth and color is evenly distributed. Heat 3 more minutes in microwave. You'll know when the mixture is done when you try to whisk the mixture and a large portion of the candy batter holds in the balloon of your whisk. Mixture will be very thick. You can check consistency by letting a small bit candy batter sit for a few minutes in a condiment cup. When cooled a little, you should be able to pick it up and roll it into a ball without it being tacky. If your batter has not reached consistency, heat at 3 minute intervals until consistency is achieved. Grease the 8x8 or loaf pan with cooking spray or oil and pour in candy batter. Spray/grease the back of a spoon -the batter doesn't spread well, so just do the best you can to spread it evenly with the back of greased spoon. Let candy set up at room temperature until firm enough to handle. This may take several hours - mine set up in about two. Cut candy with a sharp knife or scissors into even squares. You can do this in the pan or turn the block of candy out on a cuttingboard dusted with cornstarch. I cut mine a little larger than usual at about 1 1/2" square. In a bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Roll candy in mixture. Serve candy topped with pistachios on a tray with cocktail picks, or in individual paper cups. sites.google.com
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How to Make Five Minute Microwave Coffee Cake in a Coffee Cup Well, first you’ll need a cup. If you want it to puff up over the top of the cup, use a small one. Or if you want to dig into the cup, use a big one. Add a tablespoon of butter and soften it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar until it’s fluffy and creamy, maybe 30 seconds. Now you can add half an egg. Then stir in 2 tablespoons of sour cream and a few drops of vanilla. Stir in 1/4 cup of flour and 1/8 teaspoon baking powder. If you want some crumb topping, in a separate ramekin or bowl add 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Smoosh it together with your fingers for a few seconds. Add the crumb topping mixture to the cup. Then microwave it. Start with 1 minute, then do 10 seconds more until it’s done to your liking. For my microwave, a minute 20 seconds does it perfectly.
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The theme of the power of political elites is evident in the rally for the Reproductive Health Act. Political elites are the select few who have a disproportionate share of political power. These elites hold office, run for office, work in campaigns, work for newspapers, lead interest groups, and speak out on public issues. Political elites are more informed in politics and the current issues and find more importance in those issues. Since they have more interest in politics, political elites are more likely to stick with their stand whether liberal or conservative. In the article, the “state’s Democratic leaders” are the prominent examples of political elites, as already proven by the fact that this article is devoted to Governor Cuomo and their role in moving the act forward. Since these leaders consist of the Lt. Gov Robert Duffy and others, they are in elected office, thus their elite position to influence not only the attendees of the rally, but also others who may be unconvinced. Because of more information and interest, political activists can base their views on connected relations that others may not see that still conform to their stand. Also, elites gain their personal following as a result of “likes attracting likes.” The Democratic leaders and four hundred devoted attendees can be classified as complete activists who take part in all forms of political activity. Other rally attendees might consist of campaigners who both vote for the candidate who support their views and get involved in the campaigns by rallying. Inactives and voting specialists would not be
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The idea of minority and factional groups are evident. In class, we studied that factional parties are parties formed by a split within one of the major parties. The factional parties mentioned in the article include the National Rifle Association and the Tea Party which are both extremely conservative. Consequently, these interest groups are pulling the GOP apart and creating divisions in the national party. In a way, one can even reason that the NRA is an ideological group because they are taking an unyielding stance against gun control and will not budge on that principle. The danger of a “factional split” is a peril that both parties need to be aware. Therefore, when a minor party gains a following and present issues, both parties are more sensitive to reform. In this way, efforts to prevent that split are the greatest impact of minor parties. This is also the issue of the DeMint article and the lost of the support of the Tea Party movement because of his extreme platform of preventing single sexually active women from teaching. In the case of the article, the move for compromise by the Republican Party has not yet come. If issues escalate and public opinion becomes disgruntled with the GOP, the Republicans may be facing a realignment period. In this extreme case, the Tea Party or the NRA may split the GOP, creating extreme conservatives and moderate conservatives. Since power is given to those with broad appeal, the moderate conservatives would be the party that emerges and takes over the void of the possible dissolved extreme right-winged party.
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The idea of a culture war is prominent. A culture war is conflict between two culture classes that disagree over morals and values. There are broadly defined cultural groups that oppose each other on issues that are unable to be compromised with because of a fear of compromising one’s own values such as religion. In this case, the people fighting against same-sex marriage feel as though siding with the advocates for same-sex marriage would compromise their religious values if their religion teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman. In the United States, the two sides of the culture war are the orthodox and the progressive. The orthodox side believes that morality and religion should be as or more important as self expression. Believers also think that the laws of God and nature do not change based on individual preference and are concrete to all. This side is against gay marriage because the teachings of God condemn it as well. Because they have a strong sense of staying with the teachings of religions, the strict orthodox are unwilling to compromise their morals to support gay marriage. On the other hand, progressives believe that personal freedom, liberty, and solving these disputed social issues are more important than religion. Progressives think personal freedom holds more value than certain traditional religious rules. Also, supporters believe that the laws of God and nature can and should change based on new circumstances in life today and completely depend on individual preference. This new circumstances include the trend of being more liberal in the decision of marriage as new circumstances have made this recently condemned topic to one that is increasingly seen on television and more accepted.
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