Dzhokhar Tsarnaev covers Rolling Stones

This has bothered me. I am a huge journalism junkie, I enjoy watching media develop.

Rolling Stones is trying to adapt. They want to grow as a news organization by expanding their reach outside pop culture and music and into the serious nature of politics and current events. I feel that they have done a good job in doing so, however their recent decision to grace their cover with an alleged terrorist has stained what they worked hard for.

Remember, it was just a few weeks ago that their magazine got us inside the mind of Serena Williams. It was fantastically done and had everyone talking throughout Wimbledon–tennis’ biggest tournament– about it.

It was also just a few years ago that the magazine held the writing of now deceased journalist Michael Hastings. “The Runaway Journalist” captivated audiences and brought down General Stanley McChrystal. Fox and other conservative media have pointed to this in recent days to paint the picture that Rolling Stones takes down American heroes while promoting terrorist. I think that is really unfair.

However they brought it on themselves. This is dangerous. They are glorifying a murderer. I don’t like it.

This can have an effect on impressionable teenagers who do not know where they are going in life. Being a late teen or early twenty year old is a scary time because you are basically free falling. You can only hope to put yourself in a position to land on your feet. Teens that feel they are not doing this can be swayed easily.

This is not to say that the Rolling Stones are aiding American enemies but they are effecting our youth’s mind set. This is not the Rolling Stones, it’s the Trolling Stones.

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Larry Elder and Piers Morgan are about to throw down

If there has been a more enlightening voice on subject of race and logic in the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman  case than Larry Elder, I would like you to point this person out to me. Everything that Elder has wrote/said on the topic has been spot on. Elder has an uncanny ability to look at the big picture and to diagnose the importance of each piece of information.

Piers Morgan does not have such an ability. Instead of digesting each fact and putting it in place, he took a side from the get go and allowed no facts to interrupt his belief that Zimmerman is a murdering scumbag.

And the two are about to face off, likely on Morgan’s show.

 

This is going to be some great television. I can not wait to watch this go down.

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George Zimmerman trial highlights and opinions

I have kept a sharp eye on “the” trial for the past weeks, and tonight we have received the verdict of not guilty. I wanted to run through some of the things that have made an impact on me, or bothered me, throughout this case.

Trayvon Martin’s Sweatshirt and Dr. Vincent DiMaio

Watching Dr. Vincent DiMaio work the court room was amazing. He understood exactly what he doing from start to finish. He was able to prove that Martin was on top, leaning forward (to hit Zimmerman), when shot. This forced the prosecution to focus on before the fight, and blaming Zimmerman on starting the altercation.

There was just not enough evidence after that for the jury to lock him up for 30 years with a man slaughter conviction. It was very strong.

Zimmerman accuses Martin of circling his car. 

In the video made soon after the incident, Zimmerman accused Martin of circling his car before walking to the dog path. That made no sense at all. Why would Martin decided to circle his car? Even if Martin was trying to be tough, it is beyond me why he would go out of his way to turn around and circle him.

And if that was the case, why would Zimmerman get out to check for an address after that happening? I would stay in the car if someone who I saw as a threat had just circled me like a shark.

One shot fired

Zimmerman took one shot. If he was hunting down Martin, I feel that he would have fired more. The fact that he just needed one shot does help his side of the story. I also feel that if he had shot more than once, he would have been in some serious trouble.

Don West 

This guy was the biggest clown in the court room. No seriously, he was one of the few that told a joke. He trolled the court like no one I have ever seen, but at the end of the day he stuck up for his client throughout the weeks. He was the prefect associate lawyer. Mark O’Mara was the charming, always thinking part, while West was not afraid to get his hands dirty. They had a great combination.

Zimmerman falling the wrong way in the Same video

This is probably small, but I can not get pass it. In the video, Zimmerman is saw walking all the way to the end of the side walk, and then tells that he is headed back to the car. When he starts walking back, once he passes the dog walk, he says that he was then confronted by Martin. He then says that he gets punched and starts wailing towards where Martin is standing, down the dog path, and points to where he fell.

If he was punched, wouldn’t he go away from Martin? Wouldn’t he go towards the car? I don’t understand how he got from point A to point B. In a fight, it is always moving, but Zimmerman never said anything like that. In fact, he was quite clear that he was started moving that way. It was confusing.

Martin’s past hidden while Zimmerman’s allowed. 

I did not like this at all. Zimmerman’s college files was brought up because he wanted to be a police officer and had learned about the Stand Your Ground law in Florida. He did say that he did not know anything about it, but allowing it and keeping Martin hidden was rotten in my opinion.

In a college course, you are having so much thrown at you that it is not uncommon to forget a few things. Stand Your Ground is a major law, but it is possible that, in the after mass of the biggest event in his life, he had forgotten.

I think Martin’s history does have a factor in that night. I think it was unfair for the jury not to be allowed to look at it. I understand though, he was the victim.

Post trial problems

To be honest, I am torn by this. Rioting is bad, but it could save a life tonight. Urban blacks have had a horrid time at staying safe. There are murders virtually every night on the streets of our city. It is a tragic truth that is accepted by our society, and that in it self is disgusting.

I hope, that if chaos does arise, that maybe someone who was going to be involved in a dangerous area is instead somewhere else. Marches are safe, riots are not. I plead with anyone who plans to protest to stay safe and be smart, for the memory of Trayvon Martin depends on it.

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This has been one of the most craziest, unique cases in American history. At the end of the day, it proves that you can defend yourself in the state of Florida. However, a 17 year old is still dead.

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Big Brother Power Rankings

It’s official: I am spending two hours a day thinking about the reality TV show Big Brother. I can’t help it. I am not a fan of the meat head guys and slutty girls that seem to have run rampant in the house, creating destruction everywhere they go, but the game play this season has been spectacular.

I am going to rank who I think has had the best game play so far in the house from top to bottom. Included in these rankings is how they have set themselves up for the future.

Without further ado:

14. Aaryn: Aaryn has played one of the poorest games in the history of Big Brother. Her HOH  was turned on its head, she failed to make a single deal to protect herself, and she depended on an alliance that she does not know about that fell apart. On top of that, she has used racist terms that has made the other house guest uncomfortable. The cute blonde could have laid low and played a meticulous game, instead she has picked up a target and strapped it to her back. And when she leaves the house, she will be out of a job. 

13. GinaMarie: Last night sucked for her. After loosing her best friend in the house, Big Brother legend Dan described her mourning as “scream crying.” I thought it belonged at a funeral to someone who has known someone for their entire life and is now forced to say goodbye. She carried on and on, while Nick sat in his chair outside the house a little embarrassed. As far as game play, she now has nothing. She must start from scratch. Though she may not be a big target, I just don’t see her making a big impact on the game.

12. McCrea: I am very disappointed in McCrea. The Big Brother fantactic has allowed himself to come under the spell of his showmance Amanda and voted out what was the leader of an alliance that was supposed to take him to the final five. I am not sure what his plan is for the rest of the season, but riding on the coat tails of Amanda seems to be a top priority.

11. Jeremy: Egotistical Jeremy has himself a girl and a won competition, what else could a guy ask for? Perhaps an alliance? Jeremy decided to vote against his alliance last week, and then threatened them this week to not vote his girlfriend (who was never on the block) out. He now has a huge target and will likely either be put up or backdoored this week.    

10. Kaitlin: Kaitlin has done nothing in this game besides hook up with Jeremy. She has shown that she wants to play the game though by sending Jeremy to talk with the guys about protecting her. But overall she has been the most boring character of the game.

9. Spencer: We leave the most boring player for the most intriguing. Spencer, when he was with the Moving Company, seemed to have everything under control. However, he decided to take out one his biggest allies yesterday when he voted to evict Nick. I am not sure what he has planned, but I am getting a feeling that the house is on to him, and he needs to make a move fast.

8. Howard Howard has pretended not to be a strong player in this game, but who does he think he’s kidding? His arms alone would be enough for me to know that this guy means business. I feel that Jeremy will be the target this week for Helen, but Howard could be shot in the cross fire. He can not throw the veto if elected to play.

7. Andy: Andy is a quick thinker. He took a big risk by going to Aaryn and admitting up front that he voted to evict David, but it paid off for him. He als voted to evict Nick yesterday, which also took guts. Andy reminds me of Ian, expect he has had a far greater social game from the start. I am also willing to bet that he is a bit more physically capable than Ian as it comes to competitions.

6. Jesse Jesse is a wildcard in the game. I feel she has a lot of offer, but has not gotten around to showing her hand just yet. She made the right choice and picked the right side of the house, which in theory should land her three weeks protection (but Big Brother is always shaken up). She has no target on her back and right now is pretty much cursing. It’s weird, but I think of her as that one fleet footed girl from Hunger Games. She is able to go around the house unnoticed, she just needs to avoid the berry.

5. Candace: Candace has not done much in the competitions, but she has played a role in the actual game. She continues to urge her female companions to team together. Half of this is because she suspects a male alliance (the now defunct “Moving Company”) but also because women in Big Brother history tend to go after one another and knock each other out. She has played a solid game, has stay relevant while creating no enemies.

4. Judd: Judd reminds me a lot of myself. If I were to play the game, I think I would do things similarly. I would not be an uber-athletic contestant, but I would have a strong social game. Plus, if I needed to win a challenge, I think I could pull a couple out–much like I think Judd can. I like where he is at, but I think he needs to protect his boarders and strengthen relationships a bit.

3. Amanda: One of the reasons why people did not think it was fair for woman to have voting rights was because it would “give married men two votes.” The idea was that woman would just follow their husbands lead, and single men would be screwed. The thinking is backwards, but in this game it has some truth. Expect for the woman following a man part. Amanda has McCrea wrapped around his finger, and now she has two votes in every eviction. She is sitting pretty for now.

2. Helen: Maybe buying into Helen so much, at this stage, is a little much. However I love where she is at in this game. She clearly has a strong sense of the house, she knows how she wants to play this game, she is on the right side of the house, she has Elissa as her biggest ally which help her because Elissa is the bigger target, and now she has won the third HOH and can try to take out a big competitor. She could take this thing.

1. Elissa: It would be unfair to put anyone besides Elissa in this spot right now. She came in with a huge target on her back, but has been able to weasel her way out of the trouble twice in two evictions. She now has her buddy Helen in power, and Elissa will likely win the next MVP (this time she may not even need her sister). Things are good for Rachel’s sister this week.

 

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Aaron Hernandez is in prison without being convicted.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson did a couple interviews with ESPN within the last few days, and in one of them said something that blew my mind.

He was very clear: Aaron Hernandez was in prison, and that there was going to be an adjustment period for him. Hodgson went on to say that there were no TVs, weights or any entertainment at his prison. There are four walls.

Which is fine, I guess. I don’t really have an opinion on prison systems and how they should be ran. I am a 21 year old college student that’s biggest run in with the law was being pulled over for forgetting to turn on my headlights at dusk.

However, he continued to say that Hernandez will have only a couple options in his cell. Sit on his bed or lay on his bed for 23 hours. He gets to choose!

That’s when I started thinking, “Ah, wait. He has not been convicted of anything yet.” Hernandez is serving out a sentience of a month in prison because he has been accused of something. And not only is he behind bars, but he is basically in Hell. I know I would go mad.

I don’t think that he should be allowed to go home. However, I think giving the guy a TV and sometime out of his cell would be right. I thought he was sent to the facility to make sure that he does not run away, not to start serving a sentience.

Now, when he is convicted (which seems to be the consensus at least for right now) then anything goes I guess.

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Ohio State Senator: Payback Time?

According to this article, Female Democrat Nina Turner is tired of what she thinks is hypocrisy. Turner has introduced legislation to force men to go through a series of steps before receiving drugs like Viagra.

Turner’s legislation has no chance at passing, but it throws a whole new wrinkle into the abortion debate that so many have overlooked for so long. The two sides are fighting over different things!

Turner has come to the conclusion that the reason conservative men are against woman having abortions is because of a deep hatred towards women. That they have a lust to control women.

I think you will have a hard time finding someone who is pro-life because he feels that woman should not be allowed to dictate her body. The reason why people are pro-life is because they feel that the fetus deserves to live.

Her legislation (may we call it satire legislation?) makes no sense. It isn’t funny and is a waste of time. This type of childish antics on a senate floor is embarrassing.

When a liberal is debating abortion, they are thinking about the woman’s right to do with her body as she chooses. It has completely disregarded the mere thought that the fetus is a living thing. For Turner, this idea has evaporated. Once you understand this, you can see where she is coming from.

*Conservatives hate woman. So I hate men, particularly older men.*

It’s backwards thinking. And most of us can see through it. However, there is sure to be a contingent who will support her in her future endeavors. God bless them.

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BIG BROTHER

Oh, I am excited!

I am a huge Big Brother fan. And by huge, I mean I have watched the last two seasons and really enjoyed them. I am ecstatic that the reality TV show is back!

I will write up my opinions and ideas throughout the season here. A little to know while I do this is that I do not look for spoilers. The only time I even try to find out something before it airs is during endurance challenges. I enjoy the show a lot more when I am surprised by different things, rather than reading about.

I don’t have any special request for this season, other than I hope they keep it simple and stick to the normal game (i.e. no teams, couples, tribes ect). Just stick to your game, have the twists, and I am sure the season will be great.

 

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