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THOU SHALT NOT

Week after week, I sermonize from my Fourth Estate pulpit, lecturing on what I believe is wrong with society, culture, and our school; providing insight on how we should react to the seemingly arbitrary and irrational powers that be; and attempting to move and inspire my admiring public. Except for the fact that I am…

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A Pointless Protest

In the weeks and months that led up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, certain American politicians, foreign diplomats, and Hollywood’s finest rallied against what they viewed as an unnecessary and immoral conflict. Weapons of Mass Destruction expert and I Am Sam star Sean Penn visited Iraq and expressed hope that a peaceful solution could be found–a…

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Reform The Media

With the collapse of Baghdad’s defenses and the subsequent fall of Saddam’s regime last week, the media has forced itself to move on to new ground. For weeks, news reporters and columnists had characterized the war plan as vastly flawed. In fact, some even went as far as to say that it had failed. Not…

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Mixed up Media

As our country finds itself immersed in a brutal war, Americans and Arabs alike turn to the media for information and updates. Americans faithfully view CNN, while many Arabs tend to lean toward al-Jazeera, the most prominent Arabic-language satellite network. Although these two news stations are reporting on the same war, they produce two completely…

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Machiavelli at the Bat

When Nicolo Machiavelli asserted that the ends justify the means, he did not intend any sort of moral statement. Rather, he meant that over time, the court of public opinion judges political actions not on whether they are accomplished through “legitimate” means, but on whether the actions succeed and on their end results. If our…

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