Archive for March, 2010

Tea Party Racism

I really should be working on homework, but when I found this article tonight, I couldn’t resist.

The Tea Party “Patriots” are once again causing more trouble just so they can see their redneck, warmongering faces on television and newspapers.

On Thursday NPR published an article about how the Republican leadership across the country is being encouraged to sever ties with the Tea Party Movement consisting of many right-wing citizens who are being led by former governor of Alaska and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

These “Patriots” (they’re closer to committing treason than being patriotic) openly spitting upon and yelling racially-charged phrases such as “n***er” at multiple African-American members of Congress.

Yes, we live in “the land of the free, and the home of the brave,” where, in theory, anyone can say anything they want, but we are also “created equal.”

One member of this right-wing, racist organization called Atlanta congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis the “n-word.”  That is wrong.  I don’t care about a man’s skin color.  First of all, it’s not like we can pick our skin color.  Second of all, just because a man is different doesn’t mean that he is any less human or less deserving than anyone else.

Another member of the Tea Party spat on Congressman Emanuel Cleaver; he then proceeded to confront the individual who did so, but did not engage him.

Another member of this spittin’ redneck organization called openly-gay Congressman Barney Frank a “f****t.”  While yes, he might fit the definition for that word, that is a very demeaning term, and no one should use it–just like the “n-word.”

I say all this not to slight the entire Tea Party movement, I’m sure there are plenty of people in the Treason Party, er, Tea Party movement that are not racist.  To any civil Tea Partier who does not think less of someone because of their orientation or race, I plead with you to find another party–yes, our government needs reform, but is it any coincidence that all of this protesting and anti-government fear in the United States is because we now don’t have a white President? NO!

Our government needs reform–there is no doubt in most peoples’ minds about that, but stooping to the level of an uneducated, racist bigot is not acceptable and should not represent our nation to the world.

Oklahoma Christian’s production of “Tom Thumb”

Media Writing Assignment (March 26, 2010)

Oklahoma Christian presents production of British play “Tom Thumb”

Story Highlights:

  • “Tom Thumb” was produced in closer style to the original than the societal norm.
  • The production is part of a four-year plan to expose students to all types of plays
  • The cast and crew blended well from the beginning
  • As the play was written almost 300 years ago, the use of the English language was a slight barrier for students watching the performance

The Oklahoma Christian University theatre department performed “The Tragedy of Tragedies; or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great,” over two weekends in late February.  The performances were held on the last two Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre.

“Tom Thumb” was published in 1731 as a play written by Henry Fielding, which for actors today, can be rather challenging.

Differences from Norm

Men have frequently played the main role of Tom Thumb over the last century, but when the play was written, it was to be the part of a woman.  The directors for OC’s production decided to stick to the original plan for the role and cast Kyra Ruddy as Thumb.

“Tom Thumb” is rarely staged when it is performed in the United States, requiring the audience to use more of their imagination.  Professor of communication Barrett Huddleston also wanted to use some sort of puppet, which he did to perform the role of Glumdalca, which was done by three actresses.

Four-year Plan

According to Huddleston, one of the goals of the theatre program is to expose theatre students to as many styles, genres, and staging practices as possible.

Three years ago, Huddleston sat down with fellow professor Phil Reagan and discussed the types of plays they wanted OC students to be exposed to.  They came up with a four-year program that allowed them to—in that period—produce a play of many genres and requiring a different skill set.

Auditions were held for “Tom Thumb” and the upcoming topical play, “Two Rooms,” late in the fall semester, so the costume shop can start taking measurements of actors and begin making the costumes required for the performance.

Great Chemistry

Practices began after winter break.  The cast and crew quickly bonded quickly.

“There was a real all-hands-on-deck spirit in the cast and crew that I think shows a forward momentum for the program overall,” according to Huddleston.

“It was a great production,” freshman and lighting console operator Adam Doyle said.  “We got a lot of laughs out of the one-liners, and overall the production was very well done from tech all the way down to the actors.”

Spectators of the play were amazed that the production was pulled off so well.

“The production flowed very well,” freshman Caleb Griffin said.  “It seemed like the actors had great chemistry with each other.”

Different Language

Since the play was written in 1731, the use of the English language is different. The type of language used is called “Elizabethan pentameter.”

Some spectators said that, although they enjoyed the performance, it was a little bit difficult to understand the language in the show.

“I had an English class in my senior year of high school that focused on older, mostly British literature, so after a few minutes of listening to the show, I was able to comprehend what was happened and really enjoyed it,” spectator Andrew McClellan said.

While the show is in a style of English that most are not used to, spectators as well as the cast and crew really enjoyed the show and comprehended it well.

FB & FBI

Due to a lawsuit involving the Freedom of Information Act, it has been revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a number of agents whose work consists of surfing the Internet–with the majority of their time being spent on Facebook or Twitter.

Many of the FBI agents will send a Friend Request that anyone might accept.  The agents look on the pages of their new “friends” to look at the information you have posted and your pictures for anything related to a suspect the FBI or another agency could be investigating.

The information obtained because of agents’ use of the internet could be used for the prosecution and conviction of defendants.  I would assume this is so because since you willingly accepted an agent’s friend request, you willingly gave up all of your information and your pictures that are posted on your page.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties group, received the 33-page document giving an outline of online activity while it was suing six federal agencies in court.

Since agents are going undercover, local and state police departments coordinate their online profile investigations with the federal agencies so their cases and investigations do not overlap.  This is a stark reminder back to about ten years ago when police agencies across the country began to log on to chat rooms attempting to find sexual predators.

Keep in mind, the federal government cannot just go to a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter and demand that the requested information be released.  To do so requires a search warrant, which are only allowed when the information on a page in known to be incriminating or vital to an investigation.

Honestly, I don’t have much of a problem with this–no citizen who follows the laws laid out by our government should.

UK PM: U.S. caused all the trouble in Iraq

According to The Times, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, said Friday that the United States is to blame for most of the problems that have occurred due to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March of 2003.

Although he says that U.S. has caused the problems, he still believes that the war/conflict that has ensued was for the right reasons.

During the invasion of Iraq, Brown held the title of Chancellor.  In this role, he attended some of the same security briefings as Prime Minister Tony Blair, but was not in some of the meetings leading up to the multi-national military effort.

A lot of public opinion in the United States has turned against the conflict in Iraq, but it is nothing compared to the public opinion of the war in the United Kingdom.  People there have protested it from the beginning.  They have said that even if the United States thinks they have a right to be there because of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001, the U.K. has no right to be there at all.

This begs the question–should we be in Iraq?  A lot of public opinion has turned against it, but yet, we are still there.  And the Iraqi government has asked for an extension of our presence in Iraq, which, in my opinion, should not happen.  Iraq was the U.S.’s last chance at saving the Middle East from themselves.