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News sources defile footage of dead tyrant

In this era, people love to see. They loved to see freedom springing up from some of the harshest governing countries in the world. They also loved to see the death of one of the harshest dictators of this century. But how much should be shown of the death of someone? Is it not satisfying enough for us to hear that a person who has done so much wrong has been killed? Is a picture of his corpse still not enough? Apparently we needed to see clips of the final moments of Muammar Gaddafi’s life in order to be satisfied with his death being a just one. We needed to see him bloodied and bruised, tormented and crying out for mercy. Just because the video clips of his last minutes alive were available doesn’t necessitate broadcasting them to the world through American news sources. True, Gaddafi was a terrible ruler, and many innocent people lost their lives under his regime. But he also had a family. He had people who cared about him and to show his death in such a widely celebrated, graphically detailed way seems to disrespect their right to grieve more than it does to highlight the justice done. This is not only the fault of the news organizations that  broadcast the videos, but also the people watching them. They push the view count up on the videos and the site traffic up on the websites. But is it OK to continue showing the videos simply because they are increasing viewership and essentially making money? Or perhaps the better question is why are people so interested in watching the final moments of Gaddafi’s life? Technology has forever changed the way Americans get information. They have access to almost anything with a few simple clicks. They demand instant access to whatever is trending at the time. Whether it’s a song, a game, a joke, a country or even a person’s death, people want to know and see it all immediately. For Gaddafi’s death though, it doesn’t seem that people want to know and see his last minutes for the purpose of claiming justice for those he killed while he was in power. We didn’t have to see videos of those  innocent people’s last minutes to label them as unjust. So why must we plaster Gaddafi’s final steps on every news website and in every time slot of the evening news? If news stations reported on Gaddafi’s death, telling us how he was killed, who killed him, when and where he died, that should be enough. If they showed a picture of him after he was dead, that...

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GOP ready for 2012

“Obama will be a one-term president,” asserts Republican candidate Michele Bachmann. While currently in sixth place in recent polls, she may not be the candidate to top Obama; however, her peers seem to be in good standing to knock him out of the Oval Office. Even two months before primaries, the GOP ticket is starting to push forth candidates to defeat Democrats in the 2012 elections. Though part of the same political party, these Republicans could not be more different. White and black, male and female, governors and businessmen­­—there is such diversity on this ballot and just as many ideas to tackle big issues like the economy and unemployment. Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is proving to be a crowd favorite, winning or tying for first in early voting states with votes of 25 percent to the 40 percent he found in New Hampshire, according to a CNN/Time/ORC Poll. Romney accomplished an array of feats as governor, such as a 4.6 percent unemployment rate and creation of a $2 billion rainy day fund at the end of his term even though he entered office with a $3 billion  deficit. This conservative Republican, only knocked off his first-place pedestal by  Perry’s late entrance to the race in August, may very well be the one  to come out on top with the Republican nomination. Herman Cain catapulted in the polls with his innovative 9-9-9 tax plan and remains at or near the top. While some stand behind him in this idea, others are strongly opposed. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum mentioned in a GOP debate that under Cain’s plan up to 84 percent of Americans would pay more taxes. With no prior political experience, Cain is hard to exploit, but he is also more easily stumped. When a debate moderator asked about his foreign policy, he replied, “I don’t need to know the details of every issue we face.” Along with his shocking plan for border security and his several interview blunders, it’s hard to see Cain topping the well-prepared Romney. Governor of Texas Rick Perry, with a late entrance to the race, has been slipping as of late but remains a threat with a seat in third. His new flat tax plan is causing a stir among crowds. Recently, Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes business magazine, publicly endorsed the fiscal conservative and his “Cut, Balance, Grow” plan. Forbes proposed the same plan in 1996 when he ran for president and had short-lived success with the plan. With some tweaks, Perry hopes to perfect this idea. U.S. Congressman from Texas, Ron Paul, has proposed to cut $1 trillion of government...

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The end of an Era: Apple after Steve Jobs

By Slade Stevenson “Apple has lost a visionary and a creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.” Apple posted this somber statement on its website Oct. 5 following the death of Steve Jobs. He was 56 years of age. Jobs had been dealing with various health issues resulting from his battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976. Just ten years later, he resigned from Apple after being relieved of his executive duties. In 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple and transformed it into the company the world knows today. Under Jobs’ leadership, Apple produced gadgets that revolutionized the tech world. Millions of people can now carry the Internet with them on their iPhones wherever they go. Those on opposite sides of the world can feel as though they are in the same room with Facetime on iPads. Jobs forever changed the way people use smartphones, tablets and computers. Without its chief “creative genius,” it is doubtful that Apple will be able to continue making such revolutionary products. As CEO of Apple, Jobs did much more than operate the business side of things; he played a huge role in creating the Apple products customers love so much. ABC News reports that Jobs’ name is listed on  more than 300 Apple patents. They range from everything from designs for iPhones and iPads to the glass staircases found in some Apple stores. Jobs wanted to be involved in every aspect of his company. He helped to create the products and even helped to create the stores at which they would be sold. Jobs was much more than a leader; he was a creator. Apple will   more than likely remain successful; the company must have realized that there would come a time when it would have to function without Jobs, and Apple has probably planned and prepared for this day. However, there is a big difference between simply remaining successful and making things that amaze. New Apple products will inevitably come out, but the excitement and “wow” factor that Jobs gave products is lost forever. With the loss of Jobs, Apple starts a new chapter by putting a solemn period on the previous. The chapter that began in 1976 and that would change the face of technology as it is known today. Revolutionary and innovative, that’s what Jobs made Apple. In the future, Apple’s new products will probably be viewed in the same way new Dell or Nokia products are: people will think they are cool and nice, but nothing to go crazy about. For instance, look at the new iPhone 4S. It was the first iPhone...

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Danger at 9th and College

By Terryn Kelly If you are one of the many students who fear getting your legs knocked off while walking across campus streets, you are not alone. Although there is a speed limit while driving around on campus, it seems some drivers are going well above 30 mph. A dangerous intersection is at 9th and College streets. Where only stop signs and fading white stripes mark the crosswalks. Many universities have actual stop lights at such intersections to regulate traffic and provide a safer crossing. Yes, we were all taught in grade school to look both ways before crossing the street, but they never said what happens when you look both ways and a car still comes out of nowhere and nearly runs you over. Junior interdisciplinary studies major Charles Hitchens feels unsafe when using crosswalks. “At times I do not feel safe when I am walking because half of the time people do not look where they are going while driving. I would prefer the school look into getting stop lights,” he said. “I would have a security guard out directing traffic at all times. That way it will be safer for students to get across without interrupting traffic and for drivers to drive safely,” Hitchens said. Sophomore nursing major Shelby Ashley thinks that both pedestrians and drivers should be aware. “When driving through the intersections, I stop at the stop signs and look for pedestrians. If I see them, I’ll wave… them to go. I try not to be distracted when driving on campus because some people just don’t pay attention,” she said. “I almost hit a guy the other day because he just darted out on his bicycle from in between two cars in line at the stop sign. He put himself in a dangerous predicament by crossing somewhere other than a crosswalk,” Ashley said. She thinks the   problems at the crosswalk can be alleviated if people are educated on how to cross the street safely. Senior performance studies major Lauryn McCoy agrees that a stoplight should be put into place soon because there is great chance that an unfortunate accident will happen sooner or later. “All too often people wait too long to do something about traffic problems until someone is seriously hurt or injured. Why not take the steps now to prevent such a horrible thing from happening?” she asked. Stop lights or crossing guards would be a nice addition to the school crosswalks and would have an added element of...

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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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Egypt needs foreign pressure
Oct18

Egypt needs foreign pressure

The future seemed bright for Egypt as young revolutionaries of different beliefs and ideologies stood together in Tahrir Square last February. They were united as Egyptians against Dictator Hosni Mubarak, and, as a nation, they revolted. But Egypt is already in need of revolution again. Violence and oppression comes from the new rulers just as they did from the Mubarak regime. This time, the rest of the world needs to help.  After the government turned, the military, which refused to harm the protesters during the uprising, took control of the government. Their reign was meant to be brief and transitional. But now, as elections are set to begin, the new parliament may not be in power for as long as two years. Again and again the military grips the power that the people entrusted to them and delays the transfer of power. A group of Coptic Christians protested the government in front of the state-run news organization Oct. 9. Many Muslims stood alongside the Christians in the march. The military arrived to deal with the protesters, and the streets filled with civilians, troops and blood. Two hundered were injured, and the two dozen Copts where killed. Among them was 25-year-old Mina Daniel. He had been a passionate supporter of the recent Arab Spring revolution and a member of the Youth for Justice and Freedom movement. Journalist and activist Moustafa Mohi said that Daniel believed the revolution “was never about Christian or Muslim demands, but about Egyptian demands.” Realizing that he had received a fatal wound, Daniel’s final words were, “If I die, I want my funeral to be in Tahrir Square.” He wanted his death, like his life, to be a symbol of freedom and change. According to The New York Times, the state television implored citizens to head to where security forces and protesters were clashing to “protect the military.” Protester Tamer Mohamed el Mehy spoke to Sarah Carr of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. She transcribed her interview on Twitter. “I didn’t see any protesters attacking the army or police, just heard the usual chants,” she said.  “The credit that the military received from the people in Tahrir Square just ran out yesterday,” said leader of the liberal political group El Ghad and potential candidate for Egyptian president, Ayman Nour, in a press conference on the attacks. Coptic Christians comprise 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million people. But that number is dropping as Christians flee Egypt en mass,  according to a report by the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organizations. The study says that nearly 100,000 Copts have left in the past six months. These numbers...

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