Category: 500 Words (page 1 of 2)

500 Words – When One Should Pray, and When One Should Work

Could you imagine a college professor looking at his watch, telling the class to take a ten minute break, then rolling out a mat and praying? What about a first responder who interrupts a rescue because of the time of day? How about a cashier, a barber, a car salesman, or perhaps a doctor? Preposterous questions? Not hardly.

A man named Jama Mohamed decided to take a break from his shift at a meat packing plant without permission to engage in a ten-minute prayer at sunset.

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500 Words – Amnesty and a Day Without Mexicans

Illegal immigration is a problem. Let me run that by you again. Illegal immigration is a problem.

Yet, there are some out there in the United States, Mexico, or Canada that do not think so. They think that illegal immigrants are crucial to the economy and that the United States would simply wither and die without illegal immigrants performing the work that normal Americans would not do.

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500 Words – Honor and America's Promises

What is honor exactly? And does America have it?

Honor (according to, is having high public esteem, having high respect, and being a source of credit or distinction.

When looking at the average headlines on Foxnews or CNN, would you say that America can be labeled as honorable throughout the world? Do other countries respect us, and hold us in high public esteem?

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500 Words – Pedophiles Helping Other Pedophiles

Girl Being Watched By a Guy

There are how-to guides just about everywhere on the Internet. One of my favorite sites that I read daily is called wikiHow. Absent from this “how-to” site is how to be a pedophile or help with being one. Is there something wrong with learning about how to be a pedophile — someone who is attracted to young children?

While I will try to refrain from judging rather harshly, I would have to say there is something seriously wrong with a site that is geared towards pedophiles and helps pedophiles “engage in their hobby” of stalking (err, watching) young girls.

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500 Words – The Troops Should Stay in Iraq

HMMWV in Baghdad, Iraq

After writing my previous 500 Words post, Iraq is Beyond the Global War on Terror, my friend cetroyer told me that he disagreed with my viewpoint. I knew I had crossed some line when my brother Jacob agreed with me. We never agree on politics. I urged cetroyer to write a counter-argument as a guest writer (I do allow guest writers here).

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500 Words – It's Okay to Give Illegals Credit

Say you’ve illegal crossed into the United States illegally from the Mexican border. You begin to establish some kind of residency and even try finding a job. However, the country you are in is very unfriendly towards those who don’t have social security numbers. As a result, the jobs you get have to pay you under the table. If you are unhappy with the job, then tough.

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500 Words – Iraq is Beyond the Global War on Terror

I would like the troops to get out of Iraq. A year ago I wouldn’t have said that. Six months ago I probably wouldn’t have said that. But enough is enough.

I agree with why we went into Iraq. We took out a horrible dictator who was a sympathizer to those hostile to the U.S. We went to establish a democracy in Iraq.

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500 Words – Let's Ditch Minimum Wage

One Dollar Bill Surrounded by Coins

My first job in the continental United States was at grocery chain called Vons in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was sixteen at the time, and made a whopping $4.25 an hour. Soon after that, the minimum wage was raised to $5.15. Since Vons wanted to pay a little more than the minimum wage, Vons gave me a pay raise to $5.35.

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500 Words – A Congressman and His Koran

The Koran

Throughout all of U.S. history, elected Congressmen (and Congresswomen since World War I) have been sworn in on the Holy Bible. These Congressmen consisted of Jews, secularists, atheists, Christians, Catholics, Methodists, and Lutherans. Even with such a diverse amount of religious beliefs, all of these Congressmen swore in on the Bible.

Now it is 2006, and a Congressman by the name of Keith Ellison plans to swear into Congress using the Koran.

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500 Words – Unrealistic Expectations

Day after day, no matter what situation I am in, I catch myself getting angry or impatient over an unrealistic expectation I have towards something. Perhaps you, too, have unrealistic expectations regarding certain things. Within this post, I will go over the difference between a goal and expectation, as well as talk about situations regarding customer service, and driving.

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