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  1. lmao... the replys to kanye's antics are rolling in... check this out:
  2. Its times like this that i wish Kanye's jaw was still wired shut. And what the hell is MTV doing with having the VMAs anyways? Last I checked, they haven't played music videos in a while now. Regardless, Kanye's apology on Leno seemed sincere. He almost started crying when Jay asked him what his deceased mother would have thought about his actions. On the internet, ppl are calling for a boycott of Kanye's next album. imo i doubt that would happen since Taylor Swift's audiences differ from Kanye's audience.
  3. Well personally speaking, my take on the issue was similar to most of yours'. Imo its just an empty gesture that really can't do much at this point in time. Most of my neighbors (especially the senior citizens) feel that it wasn't enough. One person in particular (who just so happens to be nearly 100) feels that it was hollow and doesn't fairly compensate for the injustices done by the Jim Crow laws. She went on to say that nothing has become equal even after all these years and that minorities still lag behind whites due to unequal education systems, urban decay, etc... I don't completely agree with her but felt it was an interesting point to note...
  4. I was just wondering what you guys thought about this: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/29/house.slavery/index.html I live in a predominantly african american neighborhood so the opinions I have recieved have mostly been biased...
  5. That's disgusting. Seriously, I've seen countless sickening crimes performed in my old neighborhood, but this one makes all of them seem pathetic. How do you do that to a child? I'd suggest the death penalty, but unfortunately that kills the criminals too fast and doesn't allow them to suffer for their crimes.....
  6. I wholeheartedly agree. I am familiar with the concept of police harassment and know how the injustice can make people mad. You seem to have a solid case. Hopefully the judge is sensible. At any rate, get a lawyer and go to the courts.
  7. That's understandable... It really depends on two specific factors: race/ethnicity and citizenship status. For a normal American citizen who was born and raised here, being monitored by the government would probably not be a big deal. However, in the case of my neighbors who are muslim immigrants from India who run the local mosque, it would be percieved as a case of racism. When they are singled out in an entire community, they feel that they are being targeted for no reason other than the simple fact that they are muslims. Normally, I'd agree with you, but the problem is that the government hardly ever spies on the right people. They usually spy on a large group of people knowing very well that most of them aren't terrorists. In the end, they arrest maybe 5% of that large group. Although they have caught the terrorists, the other 95% have been wronged for no reason. Hence, I support Achilles in his view that the president should have probable cause before he wiretaps a person's home.
  8. Honestly speaking I feel that Iran's "state run" news service might be exagerating the size of their stockpile. Still, in all seriousness, I really can't blame them for acting like this.
  9. I don't think you're being biased. I agree that men are typically less responsible. However, once the woman is pregnant, the man usually has to deal with the headache of providing child support, so I guess that balances it out...
  10. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/24/imus/index.html What are your thoughts/feelings on this. Personally speaking, I feel as Imus was actually defending the man.
  11. One of the fathers was a 24 year old homeless man? I recently told my girlfriend about this story and, disturbingly, the first thing out of her mouth was: "Who becomes homeless at 24?" Honestly, this truely disturbs me. Teenage girls these days are way more promiscuous than before and don't treat preganancy with the serious thought that it truely deserves.
  12. I cosign everything you just said. It's times like these that I really feel that the world needs another Gandhi...
  13. I getting chills down my spine whenever I read this in the news these days. It really makes one wonder what may have happened and who may have seen the plans...
  14. Lol, i remember those. I used to play the recorder and eventually graduated to the flute and later on, the piccolo (my dad still has a video tape of me at the school band concert playing Hot Cross Buns ). These days I primarily play keyboard. I got a mini studio set up in my basement with a mixing board, sequencer, sampler, and a workstation where I make tracks and sell them online to buyers. http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/3824/dsc00791fg2.jpg http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/3941/dsc00793fs5.jpg
  15. I would personally choose to terraform a planet very far away. I'd create it into a getaway retreat, a vacation spot for humanity to come visit and enjoy. Basically, my vision would be for it to be like the Unknown Planet from KOTOR (without the sunken ships) and surround it by hotels, resorts, theme parks, and other recreational stuff. In other words, I'd rule the planet more or less like a CEO than an actual politician/king/emperor...
  16. I realize that. What I was asking was: why is the United States government so bent on pilfering that oil? Face it, the Iraqis will set the price for the oil when they begin exporting. Its not like the American army can just siphon the gas while they're there. Plus, why does the oil need to be protected by us? The Iraqis know that oil is their greatest asset and its government will use all its resources to protect it. Personally, I feel that Bush wants to pass this accord so that we can get a foothold in the middle east. Oil isn't the primary reason.
  17. The question that I'd like to ask is why does the United States feel it necessary to "protect" other countries commoditities? Granted, we're in desperate need of cheaper oil, but that doesn't justify walking into another country and sitting on their resources.
  18. This part of the article stuck out. Chances are, the Iraqi civilians aren't going to be happy with this. I'm guessing more "protests" are along the way.
  19. I have to say that some things just don't add up. Why are they getting banned because they brought in a flag? Additionally, they cooperated with the school officials so they shouldn't be in trouble. A minor detention might be in order but nothing more than that. Interestingly (though kinda off topic), there used to be kids in my school that had the nazi swastika tatooed to their skin and never got in trouble. I forget the full details but their parents apparently threatened to sue the school cause they felt it was "freedom of expression" or something.
  20. Getting back on track, if I could vote, I'd wholeheartedly vote for Obama. Even though the whole Rev Wright fiasco shook me up a bit, I still support him.
  21. I prefer Family Guy even though I love watching South Park, Futurama, etc.... The Boondocks is pretty funny too, although it can't be considered as a cartoon comedy.
  22. Stories like these scare me. My house is small as a shack, so there's no way that someone could hide and remain undetected. My history teacher was telling me a story that one time some homeless kids broke in and hid in Buckingham Palace for over a year and didn't get caught. I don't know if he was being serious or not though...
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