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It was a historic moment.  Moving people across generations and races, and now, you too can own a piece of history.  It wouldn’t be a real historic moment without some swag you could take home to prove that it actually happened, and you paid attention long enough to pull out your credit card.  Is there a better way to remember this moment?  A moment that defines a generation and breaks a new barrier in race relations.  Let us answer: no, how could you remember without your special CNN headline t-shirt?  It’s impossible.  If there is anything to love about America it has to be our swag.  Nothing is sacred until we immortalize it on a t-shirt or a button.  So where can you find the best inaugural swag?  On the internet of course.

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11:16 — Here comes Hillary!  Wolf Blitzer mentions that some people were hoping she’d be sworn in.  Haha, PUMA’s don’t hurt yourself!

11:18 — CNN, “In 92, Clinton raised between 50-60 million dollars to become President.  This inauguration cost more than that.”  Thanks CNN, probably the most useful thing you’ve said all day, and it still sucks.

11:29 — Silence fell over the crowd. Oh, and go figure, they’re running behind schedule. Are we surprised? No. This is America, for crying out loud.

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I flipped on the TV today and tuned into CNN, no real reason for it. I had just gotten back from class and buying books (a week after classes started), and so what else would I have to do? I’ll pretend to be involved in society and the world by being up-to-date on various events. That’s my excuse at least, sometimes I just watch CNN, other times MSNBC. Sometimes I watch CSPAN and even CSPAN 2. Yes, I do enjoy it, okay?

Anyway, so delicious smoothie in one hand, Public Relations book in another, computer at my side, my eyes glaze over as I tune in only to the flashing box of moving images and soaring sounds. Today is a very important day in American history. Apparently some black guy is doing something of relative importance. So much so that all the news channels are covering it. Pretty much all day too. What the hell did I miss out on? I wasn’t asleep for that long!

Regardless, upon learning this information, I contacted my cohort, my partner in crime, and my brother. He was unaware of this as well. I was disappointed in him, he should know better. Either way, after some quick bantering, we both decided to try and “liveblog that bitch”. So that’s what we’re going to do. Or at least try to. We’ll see how it goes. (more…)

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It’s pretty easy to associate the First Amendment with prepubescent teens using it as a defense to why they can drop racial epithets every five seconds during your recent Xbox Live endeavor. Occasionally, it is mentioned as the endgame in a “Why AMERICA rocks” argument “First Amendment, bitches!” Other time, it is mutilated to fit an agenda – or outright discarded. The use of the First as a blunt instrument to quell opposition and genuine debate is a sad development in our country. But how often have we heard – and said – “Oh well, he can say what he wants, First Amendment, bitches!” It’s pretty easy to lose the significance of the Freedom of Speech clause, being so far removed from the context in which it arose. It’s what makes stories like Lasantha Wickrematunge of Sri Lanka’s controversial Sunday Leader (and when we say controversial, it’s in the critical of the government fashion, not in the salacious reporting fashion) poignant and alarming.

The story is like a film pitch:
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Now, I know that we are so famously known for interestingly comprehensive commentaries about up to date meaningful news stories. By this I mean you would expect us to write a smart, informative blog about how the unemployment rates shot up at the end of 2008, reaching 7.2 percent in December, putting job losses at 2.6 million on the year. Now it is clearly obvious to anyone that America is in a recession. Shocking news right? (more…)

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There are many days were I read crazed rantings from conservative and liberal talking heads about how academia is ruining the modern world. Their research, facts, and conclusions show how they hate humanity; leading the public into an amoral/hyper-religious state (choose appropriate descriptor depending on political leaning of the talking head). We usually laugh, then someone like Igor Panarian comes along and makes us think those talking heads are onto something.

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10. Sean and I started a blog, it lasted one week.

Sean and I pioneered a social commentary blog — focusing on politics, art, mass media and whatever intrigued our minds. There were two posts: “Hey, welcome to our blog” and a riveting piece on our primary campaigning for some skinny, black dude with a funny name from Illinois. He did pretty well. (Oh look! A third post.)

9. The Kennedy Clan split over who they wanted to be President

In a tough terse battle, the Kennedy clan split over who to support for President. Caroline, Patrick and Ted Kennedy supported Obama because they discovered he actually had the same soul as JFK (in the future, he’ll enter a Chrysalis transforming into JFK, take rocket technology into the past to help save the USA). Robert F. Kennedy, Jr and his sisters, Kathleen and Kerry Kennedy endorsed Hillary Clinton. A classic family split, that cable news ate up. RFK, Jr and his sisters issued a press release letting us know they were right and the other half of the family was wrong. RFK was so sure of his endorsement, he went as far to issue a warning to anyone who would think of trying to take his Dad’s seat once Hillary left. It was awkward, and no one remembers it except the Kennedy’s, because look who might be getting RFK’s old senate seat. Haha, it’s Caroline. How’d that work out, Robbie Jr?

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