Archive for February, 2009

Tuesday night, President Obama addressed Congress and the nation to rally together during these economic hardships.  Obama asked worried  Americans to pull together for recovery Tuesday night and declared reassuringly that the U.S. “will emerge stronger than before.”

According to an articleon Yahoo, Obama said, “Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

The article also said:

“The president aimed to drive home several points:

• He inherited the mess, and a quick turnaround is unlikely. Not only did the recession emerge on Bush’s watch, the Bush approach wasn’t the right one.

• He’s tackling the situation on multiple fronts. Already done: the massive stimulus plan, an overhaul of the separate $700 billion bailout for the financial sector, and a $275 billion rescue for struggling homeowners. On the way: decisions about limping U.S. automakers, a move to broadly rewrite financial industry regulations and perhaps more money aimed at propping up banks.

• Thinking short-term won’t do the trick. Focusing even amid the crisis on longer-term goals such as helping the millions without health insurance and switching the U.S. to greater dependence on alternative energy sources is crucial to the nation’s economic well-being.”

So what do you think? Will President Obama be able to pull us out of this economical ‘depression.’ What do you think of his speech if you watched it?


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Probably the best headline ever written. Ever.

But what does getting busted for smoking the grassing get you these days? No more than a slap on the wrist. Sure, Phelps lost a couple of endorsements such as Kelloggs and Subway but that just mean other brands will jump at the chance to endorse him when he wins eight more gold medals for the U.S. in 2012.

Michael Phelps was pictured taking a hit from a bong during a party at the University of South Carolina.

Michael Phelps was pictured taking a hit from a bong during a party at the University of South Carolina.

At http://www.asuherald.com, one person commented on Austin’s column citing that “it is actually not bad to smoke weed in public.” Sure its not bad. Illegal. But not bad. Bad is such a loose word.

“Children need to realize that people can drink and smoke weed a lot and still be badass and win everything,” the comment continued. Really? Children need to realize that their ‘heroes’ smoke pot and drink just like daddy? Why don’t you just go ahead and tell them there is no Santa Clause too. Sorry Virgina.

Someone did try to sell Phelps’ bong on E-bay before they were busted. They had nearly sold it for $100,000. Nice try my friends, but maybe you should have done it more privately. That’s why its called the black-market.

So what do you think? Should Phelps be punished or banned from the Olympics? Do you think Phelps will ever be sponsored by “family oriented” products again?

And if you just happen to see Michael Phelps on the street, tell him to pass that shit.

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I just completed our ninth issue for the Herald and I think this was issue was probably one of the easiest to put together. (1/4 size ADs help.) I think we have some pretty interesting stories for this issue.

Probably the biggest one is our lead story. The SGA approved a resolution that would make ASU campus smoke – free. Although the resolution still needs several more steps before it will be official, it is definitely already an issue that is buzzing around campus.

So what do you think? Should ASU be a smoke – free campus? Leave your comment below.

There are already 260 completely smoke – free campuses, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. The University of Arkansas is one of those campuses.

Personally, I don’t mind the smoking. I second hand smoke two packs a day.

For our student speak, junior communication disorder major Charlissa Johnson from Crosset, said, “It is a good idea, but I think it is goingto be really difficult to establish and enforce the policy of non-smoking.”

Which is an interesting point. There really will be no way to enforce the rule.

SGA Public Relations Director Kyle Fulton said that the most that they might do is ask you to put out your cigarette. There has been no word on whether or not they would issue citations.

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Shaq and Kobe were Co-MVPs for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.

Shaq and Kobe were Co-MVPs for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.

Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 27 points, Shaquille O’Neal partied his way back onto the All-Star stage with 17 in just 11 minutes, and the Western Conference beat the East 146-119 Sunday night.

What got into the big man? Maybe he took a shot of 5 hour energy. No crash later. No bat guano. But he looked like a man on a mission from the highlights I saw.

The pass in-between the legs of Dwight Howard and then to get right back for the give and go dunk was pretty impressive. He looked like the Shaq we used to love to watch. Not the Miami police cop he has become.

“It felt like old times,” O’Neal told ESPN. “I miss those times. He was really looking for me, especially when we went to a pick-and-roll and they had Rashard Lewis on me.” 

After O’Neal moved to Miami, Kobe and Shaq had some sort of falling out. With pointing of fingers, temper tantrums and other childish acts it was almost surprising to see the two share a MVP trophy.

“We are not going to go back to the room and watch ‘Steel Magnolias’ or something like that, you know what I’m saying, crying, all that stuff,” Bryant said told ESPN. “We had a good time. That’s all.”

 This is the third time that Kobe has earned MVP for the NBA All-Star game. This is the first time since 2000 that two players have earned MVP for the All-Star game. That year Shaq and Tim Duncan shared the honor.

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The sure honesty of people surprises me. “25 random things” has become some what of a national craze on Facebook. And why shouldn’t it? For some reason, people love to spill there inner most thoughts for where anybody can see them. Even though some thoughts are not as insightful as others.

According to an article printed the The Dallas Morning News, “A Google search Wednesday for “25 Random Things” turned up almost 100,000 hits.”

Experts call this kind of phenomenon a “meme,” a kind of social infection that affects the way people think or act. Like biological bugs, memes are unpredictable. Fashion trends are a good example,” the article said.

The rules are simple: Make a list of 25random things about yourself, then ‘tag’ 25 friends to prompt them to create their own list.

So what are some of the 25 random things about ASU students or alumni?

Andrew Wilson, who graduated with a degree in RTV last spring, wrote “I firmly believe that A-State can be the greatest university in the state of Arkansas. But it starts with students claiming a sense of pride, place, and purpose in their University. ASU can be the best, but it wont get there without students taking an active ownership role.”

Russ Lott, a grad student, wrote “I absolutely love the changes God is making in my life right now. I hope they continue and that I can find more strength in him and stop looking to myself.”

Brittany Edwards, a junior political science major, wrote “I almost got kicked out of the Smithsonian for squealing when I saw the Reagan room.”

Just to be sure to censor yourself because you never know who will read it.

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Facebook came into our lives almost five years ago. What started as a college networking site has turned into a global network site where even your mom can be in your top friends. 


Facebook came into our lives almost five years ago. What started as a college networking site has turned into a global network site where even your mom can be in your top friends.


It has been five years since Mark Zuckerburg created the social networking site Facebook. What started as a site committed to having a way for only college students to connect. But now it has grown into a site where even your mom can be in your Top Friends.

So how do you make sure your mom, dad or even your boss does not know about your entire social life? Should you be concerned about those drunken pictures that you’re so called “best-friend” tagged you in last night?

A recent New York times article, suggests a few points to current Facebook users to deal with the fact that they just accepted a friend request from their mom.

The Big Question: Should You Bare it All Online?

The articles says, “If we’re professional, good employees at work and good sons and daughters at home, it shouldn’t matter if a friend tags us in a photo which shows us tipping back a couple of beers.”

However, the article also says that some professionals say that those are precisely the sorts of things that make it dangerous to use online social networks like Facebook for both personal and business networking.

“Don’t friend the boss,” it’s too risky.

Sharing Some Things, Not Others

If you’re not ready to expose everything about you to anyone who asks to be your friend, it’s time you learned how to use Facebook’s friend lists.

With lists, you can create groups of friends on Facebook, separating work from family and close friends. Most of people who spend their days “Facebooking,” never seem to take the time to worry about who’s seeing what…until it’s too late.

How to Use Friend Lists

Once you have some lists created, it’s time to figure out who gets to see what. To edit your privacy settings, go to “Settings” at the top-right of the screen next to the search box. When you hover your mouse over the link, you’ll see a menu appear; click “Privacy Settings” on the menu. On the following page, click “Profile,” the top choice in the list of options.

On the profile privacy page, you have the option of customizing exactly who gets to see what. You can modify the following areas: Profile, Basic Info, Personal Info, Status Updates, Photos Tagged of You, Videos Tagged of You, Friends, Wall Posts, Education Info, and Work Info.

Using the drop-down boxes, you can customize who gets to see your info: “Only Friends,” “Friends of Friends,” or “My Network of Friends.” To lock your profile to friends only, you could set all these to “Only Friends.” But if you create specialized lists, you’ll want to use these instead.

If you wanted a list of work colleagues or those in your family from seeing your status updates, you could just type the name of your list in the box “Except these people” and save your changes.

The article concludes, “It may seem like quite a bit of work to set up, but you’ll thank yourself for doing this later…like every Monday morning when you go back to work after a great weekend…or the next time you need to borrow money from mom and dad. You get the idea. Better safe than sorry.”

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After asking President Obama a question, 19-year-old Julio Osegueda was hired –if just for a day– as the color announcer for the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team’s radio broadcast for its home opener April 10. The one-day gig typically pays $25, according to a a newspaper article in the News-Press.

Osegueda has been working at McDonalds for four years where he makes $7.85 an hour. He is a student currently majoring in communications. Big surprise there.

I don’t think I have ever seen somebody become so excited to ask a president a question. I never saw anyone “Praise Jesus” to get the chance to speak to former President Bush.

On MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Osegueda told Olbermann, “The answer that Mr. President Obama gave me was such a motivation that made me feel as if success is around the corner. Just trying hard and don’t stop for anything.”

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