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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Scarlet Letter Posted on Nov 30

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) describes the plight of Hester Prynne, who has been forced to wear a scarlet letter A (for “adultery”) on her dress as a sign of shame.  She also had to stand on the scaffold for three hours as   …Continue Reading Scarlet Letter

Famous Trials Online Posted on Nov 29

Famous Trials in American history is a website, created by Professor Douglas O. Linder and maintained by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, that tells the stories of over 70 famous cases, by using a mix of transcripts, testimony, maps, pictures, audio clips, primary documents, links,   …Continue Reading Famous Trials Online

What are Executive Orders? Posted on Nov 26

Executive Orders are written orders of the Governor setting forth policies and procedures in furtherance of his statutory and constitutional responsibilities, including: his constitutional authority as “supreme executive magistrate,” his constitutional duty to enforce state laws, his supervisory authority over the executive branch, his constitutional   …Continue Reading What are Executive Orders?

Official Music Posted on Nov 25

     Music plays an important role in our society. It is used in many different ways and has been since the beginning of time. Drums have been used to send messages over long distances. Parents play music and sing to calm crying babies. Protestors use   …Continue Reading Official Music

Words Long Remembered Posted on Nov 19

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation   …Continue Reading Words Long Remembered

Turkey time Posted on Nov 19

In his argument to make the wild turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo) the national bird, Ben Franklin argued that the turkey is “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”  Although the wild turkey did not prevail over the bald eagle as our national bird,   …Continue Reading Turkey time

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Supreme Court issues 1st ruling! Posted on Nov 7

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Supreme Court issues 1st ruling!

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe now has it’s own Supreme Court.  They issued their first ever ruling from the Mashpee Tribal headquarters where the courtrooms are located in a double-wide trailor. On the inside, the setting looks like any other courtroom on Cape Cod and they   …Continue Reading Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Supreme Court issues 1st ruling!

Drug Information Posted on Nov 3

Are you looking for information on a medication but don’t have the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR)?  Try RxList, the Internet Drug Index, for medications, prescription drug information, supplements (vitamins, herbs, and dietary supplements), explanation of diseases, conditions and tests, symptom checker, pill identifier, medical dictionary, and pharmacy locator   …Continue Reading Drug Information