Monday, February 20, 2006

My Identity

Ok, this shouldn't be too hard. My name is included in my BloggerIdentity, I have been advertising my blog around personally, so whoever asked about my identity obviously doesn't know me personally. That's ok, I am not going to hide my identity*cough Lucas Hayas aka rantingferret*. My name is Quang N. and I am a freshman. Ok, that's all you should know... for now.

Let's Set Things Straight

Ok, please do not asks for sardines the day before the chapter is due. Also, I do not have a copy of the textbook, I only have the AP Review Guide, which means I can only help you with things when you are stuck. I don't know what's on the quiz, so I can't give you any Sardines. I can only help you with homework, or questions that you have because you are stuck or don't understand the text.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Thanks & MORE QUESTIONS!!!!!!!

Thanks for all the feedback, but you should ask more questions, or give me some ideas to do along with my Sardines of Wisdom (SOW) on Demand Program.
But for now, here's a treat:

Thursday, February 16, 2006

AP Gov't Ranking System

Here's a guide to Mr. Williams's ranking system:
Out of a total of five brown bears
1 bear- easy, know the terms and concepts.
2 bears- still fairly managable, know terms and concepts in more depth.
3 bears- intermediate, know terms and concepts in depth, also remember a few examples from the book.
4 bears - challenging, know terms and and concepts in real depth. Also, remember to interpret data in the book(if given), and know the examples.
5 bears - hard, know everything in depth and how it relates to other chapters.
! 1 PANDA BEAR ON CRYSTAL METH !- very hard, usually given to tests although it's very rare. Know everything in depth, and how it relates to the other chapters.

Sometimes you will get questions, that seem ridiculous. My advice is : Choose the answer that you think is best, then make up your own answer and use it. Note in the blank that you have made up an answer.

This sick looking ferret comes into the classroom, and instantaneously combusts. What do you do?
a) run away
b) throw it into Mr. Williams hair
c)question reality
d) call the emergency response team
Choose one that you think is best, then make up an answer and label it, in this case, e), and tell him that you made up an answer and chosen it along with the given answer.

Bill's Run Tips

1)Think about Bill's financial situation and how much it costs him to run a good campaign. Budget often is a very important factor in campaigns. Think about third parties as a comparison. How much do they have? Can you say "Ross Perot"?. He only did so well in the election because he was filthy rich( he spent 65.4 million USD on his campaign, and the money came out of his own pocket). I doubt Bill is that rich.
2) Think about his name. How well-known is he? Is he like Arnold who has never been in politics before (Max, don't beat me up!), but is famous? Incumbents tend to win election due to their name and budget
3) Coming soon, I'm thinking about it. But think of image right now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Oh Yeah, By The Way

By the way, I would appreciate it if you only ask questions when you are stuck with something. By that I mean, do not expect me to do the work for you, but I will provide you the neccesary information. All you will have to do is write it up nicely. Sometimes I will lead you to the right way by asking questions.
I am sorry, but the reason I am writing this is that I have a rather limited amount of time. Those of you who know me personally will know why.
As of Bill's Run, I will post some information on that topic once I find out more about it.

Bill's Run

Hiya, to answer the Bill's Run question, I will need to know what chapter you are on. I mean the name of the chapter. We haven't done this asssigment last semester but I will do my best to help you.

My Apologies

My apologies for the uneccesary red tape in my blog. Now, if you want to ask something, and
1) have a blogger account, use it to post a question in the comment section, or
2) do not have a blogger account, post a question in the comment section and leave your initials.
In either case, leave a title for your question, so I won't have to make up any titles, for example "Stump Speech". Also, if the question is part of a homework, please list the due date, so I can help you before it's due.
Sorry, Commander Bacara, I won't ask for names anymore.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Procedure for asking questions

Here is the procedue for asking questions:
1) If you have a Blogger account, then leave a comment with your Blogger name, period in which you have AP US Gov't, and the initials of your real name. after you have asked the question. Please leave a title for your question so you can identify it when I have posted the answer.
2) If you do not have a Blogger account, then post a comment as anonymous, then leave your initials, period in which you have AP US Gov't. Also don't forget to leave a title for your question.
If you have any complaints, just leave a comment.

New Name

Hi, It's me again. I have changed the name of the blog as I find it more appropriate. Daily Sardine Addict is now Sardine Addict on Demand. I find it more appropriate because you actually ask the question and I answer it.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Yeah, I wrote that last semester. Unfortunately, it will be the only one I'll ever write. It's too time consuming.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Chapter 4 Summary

Chapter 4: Political Culture and Ideology
Key terms
social capital- Participation in voluntary organizations that reinforce democratic and civic habit of discussion, compromise, and respect for differences.
political culture- The widely shared beliefs, values, and norms concerning the relationship of citizens to government and to one another.
natural rights- The rights of all people to dignity and worth; also called human rights.
democratic consensus- Widespread agreement on fundamental principles of democratic governance and the values that undergird them.
majority rule- Governance according to the expressed preferences of the majority.
popular sovereignty- A belief that ultimate power resides in the people.
American Dream- The widespread belief that individual initiative and hard work can bring economic success, and that the U.S. is a land of opportunity..
capitalism- an economic system characterized by private property, competitive markets, economic incentives, and limited government involvement in the production and pricing of goods and services.
monopolies- Large corporations or firms that dominate their industries and are able to artificially fix prices and discourage competition.
antitrust legislation- Federal laws (starting with the Sherman Act of 1890) that try to prevent monopolies from dominating an industry and restraining trade.
ideology- One’s basic beliefs about political values and the role of government.
liberalism- A belief in the positive uses of government to bring about justice and equality of opportunity.
conservatism- A belief that limited government ensures order, competitive markets, and personal opportunity.
socialism- An economic and governmental system based on public ownership of the means of production and exchange.
environmentalism- An ideology that is dominated by concern for the environment but also promotes grass-roots democracy, social justice, equal opportunity, nonviolence, respect for diversity, and feminism.
libertarianism- An ideology that cherishes individual liberty and insists on a sharply limited government, promoting a free-market economy, a noninterventionist foreign policy, and an absence of regulation in the moral and social spheres.
American Political Culture
Shared values
LIBERTY: Americans are united by liberty and freedom.
EQUALITY: Americans believe that everybody in the U.S. has the right to equality. Equality encompasses political equality, the idea that every individual has the right to equal protection under the law and equal voting power and equality of opportunity, the idea that every individual should have as many social and economic opportunities as everybody else.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: A belief that the common people should decide who governs them.
DEMOCRATIC CONSENSUS: There are people of different backgrounds, yet they widely agree on certain fundamental principles of governance and values that encompass these principles.
The people believe in majority rule and that the government should follow the expressed preferences of the majority as long as they do not conflict with the law.
The belief that ultimate power should reside in the people has also been uniting the United States.
JUSTICE AND THE RULE OF LAW: The rule of law should follow these five criteria
Generality: Laws should apply to all people.
Prospectivity: Laws should apply to the future and not punish action from the past.
Publicity: Laws cannot be kept secret and then enforced.
Authority: Only people with legitimate power can pass valid laws, and they should do it with popular consent.
Due Process: Laws must be enforced with fair processes.
NATIONALISM, OPTIMISM, IDEALISM: Americans are highly optimistic and believe in opportunity and individualism.
The American Dream
Many Americans believe that hard work and individual initiative can bring economic success. Capitalism is crucial this idea. If would not have free market and private property, this idea would not exist.
Yet, this dream remains unfulfilled for many Americans. Chances for success still depend on where one went to college and the family one was born in.
Political and Economic Change
THE INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION: The success of the American economy has led to great wealth in a few hands. Big corporations exploit workers and dominate their industry. The antitrust legislation tried to prevent monopolies from dominating their industry. This legislation has also sowed the idea that the government should promote, as the Constitution asserts, “the general welfare” even if this means that it has to regulate trade.
THE GREAT DEPPRESSION: The Great Depression has shaped Americans’ thinking about the government and its role in the capitalistic system. Many people turned to the government for help, thereby starting government regulation on trade.
Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined a Second Bill of Rights
- The right to a useful job.
- The right to earn enough money for adequate food, clothing and recreation
- The right of a farmer to sell his produce and sell it for a decent living.
- The right of a businessman to trade in a fair and free environment and not to be dominated by monopolies.
- The right of a family to have a decent home.
- The right to adequate medical care.
- The right to adequate protection from economic fears of old age, sickness or accident, and unemployment.
- The right to a good education.
Ideology and Attitudes about the role of government
Classic Liberals have favored a Limited government and seek to minimize government harassment. They are in favor of progress and think that we Americans will be able to overcome their obstacles.
Contemporary Liberals- Today’s liberals think that a positive use of government can bring justice and equal opportunity. They believe in private enterprise but that the federal government should be able to intervene if necessary. Liberals seek protection against inadequate healthcare, housing and education. They also believe that tax rates should rise with income. They prefer that the government take care of the weak and poor since the rich can take care of themselves.
Criticisms of Liberalism- Critics say liberals rely on governmental solutions and bureaucracy too much and that federal regulation on the economy destroys individual initiative.
Conservatives believe that government should ensure order. They also believe that people who fail in life are in some way responsible for their misfortune and that it is their responsibility to solve their own problems.
Traditional Conservatives- The traditional conservatives are pro-business. They oppose higher taxes and all but the most necessary regulation on trade. They believe that government should encourage a free and fair market, enforce private contracts and foster competitive markets. They favor having a market, rather than the government, to provide services.
Social Conservatives- Social Conservatives focus more on lifestyle and morality rather than economics. They want strict limitations on abortions and other similar issues. They have a strong desire to impose social controls. Social Conservatives tend to be on the Republican Party.
Criticisms of Conservatism-Critics say that conservatives want more government action when it serves their need but oppose it when it serves somebody else’s need. Conservatives believe that lower taxes on the rich will eventually “trickle down” to the poor. Critics argue that, instead of actively trying to fight poverty, the conservatives rely on the market to solve those problems.
Karl Marx described socialism as a transitional stage between capitalism and communism. Socialism is a mix between capitalism and communism. Socialist want to tax the wealthy more, institute governmental jobs and cut defense spending.
Environmentalists focus on the environment rather than the economy and role of government. Their values are grass-roots democracy, social justice, equal opportunity, nonviolence, respect for diversity, and feminism.
Liberationists favor strong individual liberty and insist on a strongly limited government. They oppose to many government programs, such as the FBI and CIA, and favor massive cuts in government spending. They also oppose government regulation, for example, mandatory seat belt and helmet laws.
A Word of Caution
“Liberal” has many meanings. In certain European nations, “liberal” means on the right but in the U.S. it means to be on the left.
Ideology and the American People
Ideological controversy centers on how we can improve school, social security, and other issues. The distribution of ideology has been fairly consistent in the United States. There are few extremists and most of the people are in the middle. Both the Republicans and Democrats target these votes that are in the middle. Most Americans do not organize their attitudes systematically. People might oppose higher taxes, but vote for a party that wants to increase taxes because they always have voted for that party. Many Americans find it difficult to relate political events to other events to see the “big picture”.
Ideology and Tolerance
Political scientists say liberals tend to be more tolerant than conservatives. Liberals are usually more tolerant of dissent and the expression of unorthodox opinions. Most liberals strongly oppose lawbreaking and crime but also focus on the roots of it, whereas conservatives have more concern for the victim. Conservatives are seen as less willing to allow free speech that is out of the political and cultural mainstream. Liberals favor limited free speech in areas like campaign spending or cigarette advertising. Conservatives believe that the U.S. has become too permissive; especially conservatives in the New Right are highly critical of abortion and homosexuals. Liberals, on the other hand believe that these discomforts are inescapable byproducts of freedom.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Bonus for all you guys and girls out there! I happen to have an outlined summary of Chapter 4 which you will probably be doing this week, and will post in in the next 48 hours.
You guys are AP gov's, you should know better than that.

By The Way

By the way, you guys and girls who have questions should check Sardine Addict daily, as I will probably post answers daily.

Bill O' Reilly's Problem

Thanks for the question. In my opinion, Bill O' Reilly is very passionate about his political views, and there's nothing wrong with that. Well, you've heard it, he's told people to shut up multiple times, and that's his problem. He shuts people down because he has no arguments that support his political views. On a recent live interview on National Public Radio, when he was confronted with factual arguments that were against him, O' Reilly simply stormed out of the studio. The bottom line : Bill O' Reilly has no supporting arguments for his political view, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any.
I hope this will help you.
P.S. Don't take my words and use them for your homework.

Sunday, February 05, 2006


Hi, I am a sardine addict. I can provide legitimate, helpful, tips on Ap US Gov't. By legitimate I mean that I won't post quizzes, home work, or exams on this blog, or anything that could be considered plagiarism. You will have to post a comment as a question and I will try to answer it. Sardine Addict