*New Video* The Divided State Of America: As Seen Through The Reaction To Charlottesville

Does it ever feel like others respond to the events of the country as if you and they aren’t even seeing the same thing? The chaotic, violent weekend at Charlottesville comes to mind. But while differing interpretations of events is nothing new (even beneficial so that we can gain a more complete perspective), it seems…
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TRUMP, The NFL, And The ANGRY PUBLIC *New Video*

On Sunday it was the activity before kickoff that took center stage. In reaction to Trump’s comments about firing protesting NFL players, many players … protested. This ticked off a lot of fans. It’s easy to get wrapped up in this one situation. But if we scale back, we can see how situations like this…
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A Donald Trump Sweater And Today’s Parents Are Too Soft: VPNW #3

When arriving to Portland in July to interview its people, tragedy had recently struck. A month earlier, a man stabbed three other men on a commuter train, killing two of them. He did so, because these men got between him and two women he had been insulting for being Muslim. It made national news, and the…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: VISITING A LIBERAL COLLEGE

When you think about regions of the US, you consider their weather, terrain, cities, and population. And somewhere in there, politics usually enters the picture. And when thinking of the Pacific Northwest, politics usually means liberal or Progressive or the “left” side of the ideological spectrum. This is especially so when considering an institution already…
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Stay Free Of Today’s Political Drama; Build Your Own Sand Castle

As was the case during the US presidential election, and again during the inauguration, unrest dots the American landscape today. Those agitated are protesting. Those angry at the protesters are scoffing. In all, there are large amounts of activity and time spent attacking one another. It’s so easy to get caught up in the back…
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Was It Right For Bloomington To Charge The Mall Of America Protesters?

Under normal circumstances, a group walking out on the freeway to stop traffic or infiltrating the Mall of America to force a wing to shut down would warrant arrests and prosecution. But these aren’t normal circumstances. Law enforcement often bends to make room for special situations. Until vandalism enters the picture, police allow unsanctioned celebrations…
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Anger Of Muslims Part 2: Making Sense In 3D

In the end and in the know everything makes sense. It does simply because it is. The problem is that we don’t always know the whole story. I took the isolated incidents of the anti-Islam video release and the extreme response to it and thought it very odd, as I have many times past, that…
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Anger Of Muslims

The narrative surrounding the protests and violence in the Middle East is that it is occurring because a film called Innocence of Muslims depicts Mohammed. It’s against Islamic law to create images of their prophet, and this movie certainly crosses that line as it has an actor portraying him. This same reason was credited for…
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