American Sniper, the State of the Union, and the Dueling Narratives of Crisis in the United States

American Sniper, the State of the Union, and the Dueling Narratives of Crisis in the United States

“The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” Barack Obama tonight officially closed the book on the year 2014 and welcomed Americans into a new period of the 21st century. The speech was largely starry-eyed, harkening back to the president’s 2004 speech at the...

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An Epidemic of Fear: The Media’s Response to Ebola

An Epidemic of Fear: The Media’s Response to Ebola

A few weeks ago, I found myself taking a quiz to see if there was any possibility that I might contract Ebola. After the quiz informed me that there was not a chance I would contract Ebola, I realized how ridiculous it was that I was even taking the quiz....

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The Unconstitutional American Flag?

The Unconstitutional American Flag?

On February 27, in Dariano v. Morgan Hill United School District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California school’s prohibition on wearing American flag-themed shirts on Cinco De Mayo. According to the Court’s opinion, the incident in question occurred on May 5, 2010 at Live Oak High School...

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Are the Olympics Inevitably Political?

It seems impossible to light the Olympic Torch without igniting a political firestorm. As President Putin tours the facilities of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the XXII Winter Olympiad is certainly under heat from opponents of Russia’s anti-gay legislation. This past summer, the Kremlin passed a bill outlawing “propaganda of...

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The Problem with Sochi

The Problem with Sochi

With more than 2,500 athletes from 90 countries preparing to converge on Sochi, the international gaze will soon turn to Russia as the twenty-second host of the Winter Olympics. According to reports, Russia will spend between $60 billion and $65 billion on the winter games, a staggering figure that is...

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Bitcoinomania

Bitcoinomania

Despite the protest of Bitcoin investors, Bitcoin appears to be experiencing a classic asset bubble. On December 18th, the digital currency lost almost 50% of its value overnight when China’s largest Bitcoin exchange announced it would no longer accept new deposits. Bitcoin’s price plummeted from $1,100+ in late November to...

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Is Santa Claus Ruining Christmas?

Is Santa Claus Ruining Christmas?

One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all who try to undermine the origin of holidays rooted in religion.  If that were part of the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States, perhaps justice would rear back its strong fist and silence those who seek to secularize...

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Let’s Talk About Sluts

Leave your ideas about birth control at the door. Let’s talk about the way we talk about women. Remember when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute’ for publicly speaking about birth control ? There was backlash. Advertisers pulled out , Obama called Fluke to apologize, and...

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Over & Out: The End of the US Shuttle Program

On Thursday, July 21st, 2011 – a little more than a year ago — the Atlantis space shuttle landed smoothly at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Mission Commander Chris Ferguson’s voice, shaken with emotion, rang loud and clear in Mission Control: “Atlantis is finally home. We were honored to be a...

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