This week, I heard a lecture from a journalist who traveled to Iraq as an "embedded journalist." Basically, that means that he traveled with a military unit as he wrote and reported the news.
This has been a fairly common practice since before my time, but there are still journalists who go out on their own to get the story.
A lot of people defend embedded journalism by saying that Iraq, Afghanistan, and other war zones don't offer the safety for a journalist to move freely. I understand and agree; however, journalism is supposed to be objective.
Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, passed on as all people eventually do.
However, unlike most people, her death has been marked by celebrations and ugly rhetoric praising her end. To be honest, I was reminded of the people cheering in the streets when the World Trade Center was struck.
After getting my graduation announcements mailed to me, I started to think, "Uh, when do these go out?" So out of curiosity, I posted my question on Facebook. The response I got was, "Early April." This got me thinking, "What else is there that I might not think of until the last minute?"
As part of the constant search for a solution to mass shootings, a group of senators recently pushed out new legislature that would put stricter regulations on background checks for gun purchasers.
Ideally, that makes sense. You have a violent past? Well, no, you can't have a gun because you'll obviously go on a rampage. But, wait, what about the guy that's only been in a couple of bar fights?
The last few weeks, gay rights have stolen the stage as the key social issue facing this country. While the Supreme Court has heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition Eight, conservative states have attacked a separate social issue. With changing views on gay rights, conservatives have begun looking elsewhere to advance their political agenda. Since the election, Republicans have tried to find a conservative solution to a changing demographic. Many have suggested a more moderate stance on social issues could be the answer, but red states continue to stick to their socially conservative core.