Thursday, April 20, 2006

Montgomery Formally Apologizes to Rosa Parks

Government officials of the city of Montgomery, Alabama are formally apologizing to the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks for her treatment at the time o her arrest in 1955.

Officials voted to apologize to Parks, for other Black woman who filed law suits and any other Black person who experienced poor treatment at that time from government officials.

Montgomery Blacks are responding positively to this. Although Mrs. Parks died last year, I guess it's better late than never. Citizens say that this is evidence of how Montgomery has changed.

To view this story visit http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/19/national/main1515657.shtml

Cool Christians

In the past it was never cool for teen Christians to openly express their spiritual beliefs. However, today many teens today think that Christianity is cool.

Many churches are doing things to make church more appealing to teens like one church in Alabama that holds a "Fear Factor" youth ministry event, where teens swallow goldfish and try to escape a locked coffin to learn how to overcome fear in their lives. It may sound crazy but it has a profound effect on the youth of America.

I am in total favor of such events. Growing up such events (although not as extreme) had a positive impact on my life and the lives of those around me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a little fun in the name of Jesus.

For more details visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Beliefs/story?id=1403056

The Hotel Rwanda Story Not Fully True

Many survivors of the Rwandan genocide are displeased with the depiction of the events portrayed in movies like Hotel Rwanda. Some have boldly said that the story lines in such Hollywood films do not tell there story, and hold many inaccuracies.

While some survivors have negative feelings, others feel that there was a need for such films because they 'opened the eyes of the west' to the injustice that they faced.

I fully agree with those survivors that say that such films are a needed eye opener for the west. Had it not been for the movie I may have never had any knowledge of these events. At the same time however, I do feel that perhaps American Film makers didn't put enough care into researching this issue before bringing it to the big screen. I hope that this wasn't intentional, and that these individuals just made a simple human mistake.

For more details visit http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060419/film_nm/Rwanda_genocide_dc

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sextuplet Scam

Sarah and Kris Everson might be facing criminal charges after taking advantage of the kindness and generosity of neighbors and other citizens. The couple staged the pregnancy of Sarah Everson, and claimed that she had delivered 4 sickly babies. As a result of this they claimed to be in great financial need. At that time they started begging for donations of neighbors from all over.

I appreciate it when the media covers stories like this one. I feel that the purpose of the media is being fulfilled, which is to keep the public informed. When individuals like the Everson's are wronging good people they deserve to be exposed. That is exactly what CNN did in covering this story. Good Job CNN.

For more details visit http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/04/13/sextuplet.scam.ap/index.html

Gay and Lesbian Families Attend Annual White House Easter Egg Hunt

The office of First Lady Laura Bush has invited all families to attend the 2006 White Houes Egg Roll. Families of all types are rushing to get tickets to this event including gay and lesbian families.

Some say that these families are in protest of some sort, but these families say that all they will do is wear the rainbow flag to show gay pride.

Personally, I don't think that these couples should be banned just because they are gay, but I do have a problem with the fact that they are using a family function such as this to promote gay pride.

For more on this story visit http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/13/eastereggroll.ap/index.html

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Gov't Official's Misconduct With Minors

Department of Homeland Security deputy Brian Doyle has been suspended from work and faces possible child sex charges.

Doyle was caught trying to meet with a minor for sex. He made these arrangements on line and when he went to his supposed first meeting he met with the cops instead.

I think that no matter what is position is with government he needs to go down for his behavior. This just shows us that no matter who the person is that they are capable of doing bad things. This gives Americans another reason to keep a watchful eye over their children.

For more on this story visit http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/04/05/homeland.arrest/index.html

Just Say No to Snitching

Ronnie Thomas of Baltimore who created and promoted a "homemade" DVD that prompted a Stop Snitching campaign has been arrested as a result of beat a Baltimore woman.

The DVD featured everyone from NBA stares, and neighborhood drug dealers wishing misfortune or making death threats on those who talk to the authorities.

Thomas's vision behind making such a film was smart, but the message that he was sending was just wrong. He used the media with negative intentions. Even if he were able to justify his message better it has the potential to be acceptable. For instance if he was uncovering a corrupt police department. The problem is that his DVD promoted a message that if acted upon could make a community unsafe.

For more on this story visit http://abcnews.go.com/US/LegalCenter/story?id=1808122&page=1

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

9/11 Relived?

This month a movie focused on the events of September 11th, specifically the crashing of United Flight 93 will be released. Americans have expressed mixed feelings about this issue.

Film makers say that prior to making the movie they asked the families of each victim for their consent, and it was granted. However the American public thinks that it is just too soon for such a movie. Their outrage has prompted some famous American theaters to pull previews of this film.

Like the American public I too have mixed feelings. I agree with them in saying that it is just too soon for a 9/11 movie. The media should think twice before capitalizing on the September 11th tragedy. But being that they got permission from that families I don't see much of a reason to object.

For more on this story visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1803506

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Zacarias Moussaoui Case Still Being Deliberated By Jurors

September 11th terrorist, Zacarias Moussaoui's admitted to being assigned the task of flying a fifth plane into the White House on 9/11.

My personal feeling on this is that anyone who is or ever was a threat to American lives especially on 9/11 should be put to death. I don't feel that the there is a need for the jury to dwell on this issue.

I have heard reports that said that he lied about the fifth plane so that he can be put to death and die a heror's death. By all means I think that his wish should be granted.

I just don't think that tax dollars should be spent to finance the duration on a terrorist's life.

For more on this story visit http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/03/30/moussaoui/index.html

Border Security

President Bush and President Vicente Fox of Mexico will meet today in Mexico to discuss border control options.

Being that we have such a large population of illegal immigrants from Mexico in the Southwest United States, somthing needed to be done to alleviate this problem.

Currently, in LA protests are taking place about legally allowing illegal immigrant workers to work in the US with out fear of action being taken against them. Bush's stand on this is actually agreeable. I think that his approach shows that he is acknowledging a problem and making moves to fix it, even though his political party doesn't fully support him.

So I commend President Bush on these moves.

For more on this story visit http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/03/30/bush.cancun/index.html

US Journalist Jill Carroll Freed

Journalist Jill Carroll has been freed today after being held captive in Iraq for over two months. Carroll claims to have been treated very well during that time.

While in Mexico President Bush said that he is glad that she is free, and that he is happy that he is alive. But this was no thanks to him. Was it just me or did he seem willing to let her die when he refesued to compromise for her freedom?

Secondly, her family has requested that the media respect her privacy upon her return to the states. What are the odds of this actually happening? One might think that they media would respect their own. But I doubt that they will.

For more on this story see http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/03/30/carroll/index.html

Thursday, March 16, 2006

37-year-old Bride Charged With The Statutory Rape of 15-year-old Husband

Thirty-seven year old Lisa Clark pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of her son's 15-year-old friend who fathered her one month old baby. Clark and the 15 year old were able to marry under a state law that was changed after this happened. Clark will not be allowed to have any contact with her husband until he is at least 17, she has to spend 9 months behind bars, and if she contacts him she can face 20 years in prison.

There is a thin line that separates love from stupidity. What in the world would make a 37 year old woman be attracted to a 15 year old boy? Clark's punishment was way too lenient. It will make other sick individuals think that it is fine to commit these acts because the penalty of law is not that harsh.

For more on this story visit: http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/03/15/child.groom.ap/index.html">

Online Child Pornography Group Busted

Charges have been filed against 27 people living in the US, Canada, Britain, Australia for exchanging acts of child pornography via the internet in the form of video clips and photos. Some of the images were of some of these individuals committing acts of molestation. One location where these events occurred was in Florida.

Although files have been charged in all of the countries involved, filing charges against these individuals was only a baby step in this battle. Instead of the media covering this story one time and moving on, it is important that they continue to push the issue. This will put pressure on law enforcement and government agencies, and all concerned citizens to work harder to alleviate this problem.

A child is born totally innocent and obscure to the evils of this world. No child should have to pay for the perversion of those who should be loving and protecting them.

For more on this story visit: CNN.com

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bush Knew The After Effect Of Katrina Before She Hit Land

Reports have surfaced that prove that President Bush and his homeland security chief knew the results of Katrina Days before it hit Louisiana. Confidential tapes show Bush receiving numerous warnings. It also captured him not asking any questions and saying, "We are fully prepared."

All I have to say to that is that the blood of over 1,000 people are on his hands. The opportunity to do something was practically handed to him on a platter, but he chose not to act on it. As a result families are separated, lives have been lost and good memories have been shattered and replaced with the horror of hurricane Katrina.

For more information on this story visit http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/01/katrina/main1361404.shtml

The US and India Make a Nuclear Weapons Deal

On Tuesday, president Bush made a deal India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that has committed the USA to disclose nuclear weapons knowledge to them in order to protect there growing economic power from there enemies. In return India must open its civilian projects to international inspectors.

Is it just me, or should the United States' nuclear weapons insight be kept in America. With all the turmoil going on in the east why would our president make a deal about something so sensitive with India?

This is his second stupid move in a two week period. The first was the Arab port deal. Who is advising him to make such stupid moves? Perhaps he sees a light at the end of the tunnel that I just don't see.

For more information on this story visit http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/02/bush.india.visit/index.html

Hip-Hop is Added to the Smithsonian Museum

After over thirty years hip-hop gets added to the exhibits seen at the Smithsonian Museum. Hip-hop pioneers came together and donated historic trademarks and artifacts such as turn tables, jackets, gold records, and other memorabilia.

I think this is a part of our culture as Americans that can't be ignored because of the way that it has and continues to shape our society. The hip-hop community should feel honored by this addition to the Smithsonian.

For more information on this story, visit: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060301/ap_en_ot/hip_hop_smithsonian