The United States is a nation living in denial, completely oblivious and willfully ignoring the reality of violence.
Fortunately, not all Americans choose to live in this state of denial. David McElwee and Bill Sandlin, two gun rights advocates and members of the National Rifle Association, took their case in favor of concealed handguns on high school campuses before the Arlington ISD school board this past week. The board, however, showed no interest to McElwee and Sandlin's proposal on Friday.
Don't get me wrong. I am aware that plenty of opposition toward the Catholic Church exists on a variety of different topics. But the one that receives the most attention from anti-Catholic antagonists is the issue of sexual abuse that seems to be running unchecked in the church today.
Earlier this month, Pope Benedict XVI issued a pastoral letter to the church in Ireland apologizing to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy there. However, this letter was met with skepticism and anger by many Catholics, and for good reason.
People are arrested every day. It is a common occurrence in our society. On Saturday, however, one particular arrest delivered worldwide shock waves and is slowly becoming an international incident.
Roman Polanski, a film director who made classics such as "Chinatown" and "The Pianist", was apprehended Saturday in Switzerland for possible extradition to the United States.
After he was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1977, Polanski fled to France to avoid sentencing, leaving the case wide open.
It is a safe assumption to say the next two weeks are going to be an uncontrollable frenzy of cramming and stress for all students on campus.
Finals week is upon us, and as a student in the College of Science and Engineering, I can say this is the worst week of the semester.
I am convinced, after taking a beating from tests all semester, that cumulative final exams are wonderfully pointless.
It is the most wonderful time of the year. I am not speaking of Christmas, but rather of the national holiday that Americans hold very dear to their hearts: tax day.
Indeed, the carnage that is April 15 and the frenzied weeks leading up to it are a bittersweet time. Some rejoice in getting small amounts of their hard-earned dollars back while others, myself included, deal with further federal wallet draining.
However, several external factors are making it more difficult than usual to pay up this year.
President Barack Obama announced Friday that he is sending more troops to Afghanistan.
The far left is up in arms (no pun intended) over this "surge," but there is really no need to be shocked; this was something the president promised to do during the campaign.
According to The New York Times, the new strategy adopted by Obama is to send 4,000 more soldiers to train the Afghan security forces in addition to the 17,000 combat troops he ordered at the beginning of his administration. Unfortunately though, there are several holes in the "surge."
Barbie is about to turn 50 years old.
But not in West Virginia if Rep. Jeff Eldridge has his way.
Eldridge introduced a bill to ban the sale of the iconic doll because it "promote[s] physical beauty to the detriment of girls' intellectual and emotional development," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
This is ridiculous. While it will give late-night comedians something to joke about, it is not amusing that our legislators are wasting time when they should be focusing on the country's economic situation and other pressing issues.