Could rock hinder Perry’s campaign?
Oct18

Could rock hinder Perry’s campaign?

A rock is a rock is a rock. This mundane issue should not  be making headlines. For those unaware of the rock in question, congratulations – it must be nice to ignore the pointless political attacks that occur during election cycles. The fact remains, however, that many mainstream media outlets are using this virtually invisible issue to garner hatred toward presidential hopeful and    Texas Governer Rick Perry. Perry has a hunting spot in Texas at an old campground where he used to take friends, other legislators and campaign donors on hunting trips. The camp, which used to be known by the racially insensitive name N_____head, a rock at the entrance to the site bore the name and gave birth to the issue. Perry’s parents leased the land for hunting before he ever did, so it is definitely not his fault that this was the location they happened to choose for hunting. The offensive word was extremely insensitive – no question about it. However, Perry did not paint the word on the rock. It was at the camp before his parents started using the land. In fact, his parents were the ones responsible for painting over the word after it was brought to their attention by the governor. The rock was then flipped over to further hide the abomination from sight. Perry could not change the circumstances in this situation, but he had the rock painted over to cover up the offensive word. The only people making a big deal about this issue are the media elites who are trying to – once again – paint a southern presidential candidate as being racially insensitive. Every little issue that comes up over the next year will be nitpicked to no end by these media big shots, not only because they have nothing better to do, but because they want to slant the news against conservatives in order to tip the scales in the favor of their hero who can do no wrong. According to the Huffington Post online, “Perry’s trouble with the subject of race has flared up from time to time since he first won statewide office as Texas’ agriculture commissioner in 1990.” He is no stranger to these allegations. However, they keep coming from the media. Perry’s fellow Republican opponents are not even addressing this issue. It would be in vain. They know better than to use something pointless like this as ammunition against their competitor. So why don’t the media moguls know...

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Obama likely to stay
Oct04

Obama likely to stay

President Barack Obama is not prepared to pack his bags and move out of the White House in 2012. Contrary to the viewpoints of many conservative voters who would like to believe the president has no chance of being reelected, just the opposite is true. In fact, according to The Keys to the White House by Allan Lichtman, the president is set to win a second term – if he can avoid a scandal. A couple of key developments in recent news may have created that scandal for this president, however. The first scandal that could stand in the way is the bankruptcy of a solar panel company called Solyndra. The company was flaunted by President Obama in 2010. He called it a “testament to American ingenuity” saying, “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future,” “We are poised to generate countless new jobs — good-paying, middle-class jobs — right here in the United States of America,” Obama said. Solyndra came into the public eye on Sept. 6, however, when the company declared bankruptcy. The jobs went out the window too. With the closing, 1,100 workers were laid off. Since then, the company’s relationship with the Obama administration has been scrutinized. Solyndra investor George Kaiser, who raised more than $50,000 for Obama’s 2008 campaign, is currently being investigated. Information has also surfaced about a government loan given to Solyndra for $535 million with a lower quarterly interest rate than other projects. The White House has claimed that it had no involvement in the loan application. However, the Associated Press reports the administration restructured the loan in a way that would allow private investors like Kaiser to move ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of default. While White House logs show Kaiser made at least 16 visits to the president’s aides since 2009, the George Kaiser Family Foundation told the New York Times “he did not participate in any discussions with the U.S. government regarding the loan.” The second scandal that could prevent Obama’s reelection has been under investigation since whistle-blowers came forward following the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010. It has had a lower profile than the Solyndra investigations, but it could still create a problem for the president. Fast and Furious, a government operation that allowed as many as 1,800 guns to be smuggled across the border to Mexican drug cartels, began in 2009. Although the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been noted as the main agency behind the plan, the Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, FBI and Immigration and...

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‘Buying’ the evangelical vote?

Ever since Thomas Jefferson originally penned the phrase “a wall of separation between church and state” in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, the national government and its leaders have been forbidden from advocating, prohibiting or establishing any one particular organized religion. However, Jefferson may be shocked if he could see the tactics being used by some GOP candidates this electoral season. 2012 is shaping up to be one of the most openly religious elections ever. Just a week before announcing his candidacy for the presidency, Gov. Rick Perry held a prayer rally in Houston. Dubbing the event “The Response,” Perry invited Christians from all over the U.S. and governors from the other 49 states to join him in a day of prayer and fasting to end America’s decline. About 30,000 people gathered into Reliant stadium on Aug. 6, but the only other governor to attend was Sam Brownback from Kansas. One would hope this prayer summit to be a Spirit-inspired event. But is Perry just trying to garner the vote of the Christian evangelical movement? Many groups, including the American Atheists, staged protests and even filed suits in attempts to stop the governor’s prayer rally, calling the it a violation of the separation of church and state. The arguments proved feeble, however, and the event went on. During the rally, the governor spoke and prayed for the country’s future. “Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness,” Perry said. Perry could not put on the rally without the help of one peculiar group however. According to Guardian News, “The American Family Association (AFA), which runs a network of 200 radio stations – and which has been labeled a ‘hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Centre for its attitude to gay people – contributed an estimated $1m towards the cost of the rally.” Many Christians are opposed to electing Perry for president because of this alignment with the AFA. Many view the AFA as a group that promotes hatred, and hate is not a value found in the Gospel. In fact, many protesters outside the rally called the AFA “Un-Christian.” While there are those who do not support the group funding Perry’s prayer summit, the fact remains that many Christians will praise the governor for hosting the event. The Christian voting force will be one to contend with. Perry also has the support...

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Conflicting interests divide Egypt
Mar29

Conflicting interests divide Egypt

The conflict between Christians and Muslims in Egypt is escalating once again. The country’s military is in the process of setting up a new government to restore law and order. However, there is not enough manpower present to enforce the law in this the time between revolution and new government. Thirteen Egyptians were killed and 140 were wounded in Christian-Muslim violence March 22, according to the Health Ministry. It was not clear how many of the casualties were Christians or Muslims. The majority of the country’s population is Muslim, while Christians are the minority. Violent encounters between the two sects have lessened since the protests began and former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted. An arson attack on a church south of Cairo March 19 caused the buried tensions to resurface. The Christian-Muslim violence is another obstacle to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which is trying to return control of the country to a civilian, elected government in the next six months. The fighting began when Coptic Christians were protesting on a Cairo highway and blocking traffic in response to the arson attack. Witnesses said that tires were burning and parked cars were smashed as members of the two sects threw petrol bombs and rocks at each other throughout the capital city. The attack on the church was the result of a true-to-life Romeo and Juliet story – a family dispute over a romance between a Muslim woman and a Christian man. Hundreds of Christians have been protesting outside the headquarters of the state-run television since the attack. A mere month ago, tensions seemed to have vanished. On Feb. 3, a group of Christians held hands and formed a circle around hundreds of Muslim protesters who were left vulnerable while they knelt in prayer. Even after the Alexandria bombing and other violent conflicts between members of the two faiths in the past, differences were set aside during a time of unity and revolution. It has also been reported that some Muslims have been guarding Coptic churches while Christians pray, and Christians were guarding the mosques while Muslims prayed. Where did the unity and the ability to set aside differences go? When both groups had a single enemy – Mubarak’s regime – they joined together in the effort to succeed in their cooperative cause. However, now that Mubarak is gone, the Muslims and Christians no longer share the same goals. They have regressed into the same thing they were before the revolution: enemies. The groups have a conflict of        interests. The military is trying to rebuild the church that was burned before Easter in hopes of...

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Libya left in turmoil after leader resorts to hostility

Violence has swept over the country of Libya like the shadow of a dark cloud. All over the Middle East, nations are in the midst of revolution and turmoil. However, the worst of the brutality is taking place in Libya. The dawning of each day since the beginning of the protests brought with it tales of worsening bloodshed and increasing volatility in the country. On Feb. 20, in the city of Benghazi, as citizens gathered to bury dozens of dead from clashes with the military the preceding day, security forces opened fire on a funeral procession. On this same day, Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi, ordered the shutdown of the Internet and barred foreign journalists from entering the country. Gaddafi has since appeared on state television trying to give the illusion that he is still in control of Libya, but if the rambling message he gave was any indication, he is not. On Feb. 23, news came that an increasing number of Libyan military officers and officials were breaking their bonds with Gaddafi. This marked the first time in four decades that members of the military have challenged his rule. So, why would they break away? Well, after the officers and officials learned that Gaddafi planned to bomb and kill innocent civilians, they realized that their interests were just too different to make the relationship work. On Feb. 25, Gaddafi’s “interests” became a reality. His security forces used gunfire in an attempt to disperse thousands of protesters leaving a mosque after prayers in the capital city of Tripoli. Next, in an attempt to show the world that everything in Libya was just dandy, Gaddafi invited foreign journalists into the country. But his plan had the opposite effect. The journalists reported that certain parts of the capital city were in open defiance with security forces. They described snipers and antiaircraft guns firing at unarmed citizens. They also reported that Gaddafi’s forces were moving dead and wounded from the streets and hospitals in an apparent attempt to hide the rising death toll. According to The New York Times, “An estimated 180,000 people have fled Libya in the past 10 days, more than half seeking refuge in Tunisia.” Now, the rebel forces have seized control of an eastern oil town called Brega. Gaddafi’s soldiers are currently launching a plethora of attacks in an effort to regain the city. The rest of the globe is slowly taking notice of the dictator’s violent efforts to quell protesters in Libya. The international criminal court is opening an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity. The United Nations has also begun to place sanctions on the country....

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