It’s been a longstanding tradition of mine to write something nasty about Valentine’s Day every February. I’ve targeted its excessive commercialism, its bastardization of history (it was once a religious celebration after all) and even conventional notions of romantic love itself. […]
As an English-oriented person, I become annoyed when words are used improperly. I feel like smacking anyone who says “more unique” or “better then you” – it’s “than,” people!
Similarly, I’m dismayed by the gargantuan number of misnomers that are put into play in politics. […]
In the underrated film “Cop Land,” Sheriff Freddy Heflin is reluctant to turn his benefactor, crooked cop Ray Donlan, over to Moe Tilden of Internal Affairs. Heflin eventually has a crisis of conscience and changes his mind, but by that point the case against Donlan has disintegrated. […]
“We’re not monsters. We’ve just made bad choices.” These are the words of Robin Easterling, a former inmate at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton. Easterling, along with fellow inmates Melvina McClain and Midge DeLuca, is the subject of “Freedom Road,” a documentary produced by Lorna Johnson, assistant professor of communications studies at the College. […]
The month of December is now in full effect and with it comes a series of virtual certainties. For example, it is a good bet that a number of people will be getting smashed during or after finals week in an effort to forget about all those grueling hours of studying and test-taking. […]
Beware the pending storm. The nomination of Alberto Gonzales for U.S. Attorney General is likely to produce a whole heap of controversy. Gonzales’ detractors will point to his somewhat shaky civil liberties record whereas his supporters will claim that he is a defender of constitutional rights. […]
If President George W. Bush’s many initiatives actually lived up to the promise behind them, I’d probably be one of his biggest supporters.
After all, the Bush presidency is one of great vision. Whether that vision entails hope or catastrophe is largely in the eye of the beholder, but no one can rightly accuse the president of not having a plan. […]
The following is brought to you courtesy of the Bureau of Obviousness – we are a nation divided. At least, with 50 million-plus people voting in each direction, this much should be obvious.
To hear it from some of America’s most recognizable voices, however, we’re one nation under God . […]
Myth: President Bush won re-election in a landslide.
While President Bush did recieve more votes than any other president in history, his victory is less than resounding when expressed in terms of percent of the popular vote. His margin of victory, adjusted for increased voter participation, pales in comparison to that of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 or Richard Nixon in 1972. […]
By the time you read this, the 2004 presidential election will have been decided and my candidate of preference will have lost. He will have lost, in no small part, because a majority of American voters are probably unaware of his name, let alone his views. […]
“I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”
Undoubtedly, these are the words of an atheist. But what do they say of the speaker?
The Signal’s amateur theologians/columnists would have you believe this individual led a vapid, miserable and pointless life, for without God there is nothing . […]
I’d like to believe that the decisions a person makes in public office are more important than what he or she does in private life inasmuch as the former, not the latter, have the potential to impact all of us. Unfortunately, this view would make me a pariah in Washington, D.C., where character evaluation miraculously outweighs past political performance. Whether it’s a question of John Kerry’s leadership or George W. Bush’s honesty, moral character, rather than meaningful actions, has become the fixation of the politicos and the punditry. […]
As those involved in journalism are fond of pointing out, Thomas Jefferson once wrote “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press.”
Jefferson also wrote “error of opinion may be tolerated when reason is free to combat it.” Sadly, today’s press provides much of the error and little of the reason. […]
I’ve decided to take a break from bashing politicians and expounding on the idiocy of their followers in lieu of something that will probably make me even more unpopular. Everyone ready your stones to throw, for I am about to make an argument for the legalization of prostitution. […]