Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Last night at 11:45 p.m., President Barack Obama was announced the 44th President of the United States. Winning battlefield states; Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin, Obama was able to secure his spot in the White House for the next four years with an electoral vote of 284.

Before President Obama gave his victory speech, he tweeted “This happened because of you. Thank you.”

The polls showed that President Obama had received strong support from women, African American, Hispanic and young adult voters, similar to the 2008 election that made him the first African American president of the United States.

During the presidential campaign, President Obama vowed to create a brighter, better future for the American people. He asked the people to stick with him while he reignites economic growth and helps us recover from the worst recession we have seen since the Great Depression, which took place during the presidencies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt (short history lesson).

Under President Obama’s second term, according to his website www.barackobama.com, we should expect to see the following policies and economic changes;

  • A long-term economic plan which will invest in education, small businesses, clean energy, infrastructure and tax cuts to help bring jobs back into the United States
  • Cutting taxes by 3,600 dollars for the typical middle class family
  • Cut tuition growth in half over the next decade with a plan to double campus based student aid
  • End the war in Iraq by bringing our troops home from Afghanistan
  • Give women the right to their own health care choices
  • Improve health care for all Americans

According to NBC news source, during Election Day, President Obama awaited results at his home in Chicago where he had a family dinner, and participated in a pick-up basketball game, which is his Election Day tradition.

Congratulations President Barack Obama.

-Chelsey Perry

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Meet the Bloggers: Heather Lewis

Posted: September 7, 2012 by jerkmagblog in RANT -- politics
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Greetings Jerks!  I’m Heather Lewis and I’m going to be bringing you all the political updates you will need this fall.  I am new at Jerk and I couldn’t be more excited to be covering the mudslinging and scandals bound to come our way this campaign season.  But before we get to that I will tell you all a little bit about myself…

 Year and Major: I am a senior political science major, heavy on the politics, light on the science.
Hometown: Allentown, PA, the Billy Joel song says all you need to know.
Most Embarrassing Moment: The aftermath of 90% of the things that come out of my mouth.
Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With: I’ve gotten away with it, why spoil the fun now?
Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: Any and all of the Harry Potter movies, my Hogwarts application is pending.
Feel free to follow me on twitter @hp_lewis, subscribe to my blog and give me feedback or let me know your thoughts about the upcoming election!
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Sup dude!? I’m Lakota Sky Gambill, I’m your girl for politics! That’s right, a Native American from bum-fuck Utah will be feeding you the latest, best, daring, and most outspoken blogs for this election season. I’m so stoked, though, before I start railing on the political world, lemme’ tell you a bit where I’m from.
Major and Year: Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Sophomore
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah (No, I’m not Mormon, let’s not go there.)
Most embarrassing moment: Hm, well one time I was hanging out with a friend and the bands New Medicine and Halestorm drinking a few brewskis. It was after the concert and we we’re casually drinking, laughing, having a good time. When my friend Martika handed me a beer, like a fool I dropped it in front/ on side of their tour bus. Bus of course was pulling up at the time and well….I shot the tire out, pushing their tour date back about three days… Sorry Halestorm!
Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With:  I was in the photography class at my high school as well as an editor for our school newspaper. Both the classes we’re so disorganized to the point where it was annoying, so I convinced both classes that the semester was going to be very hard for each of those two classes and while I was supposed to be in Journalism, I was working hard in the photo room, while supposed to be in photo, I was in Journalism, vice versa (May I remind you that these classes were both morning classes). I asked nicely and explained my story, I asked if they could mark me present though I was working in another room and still be able to give me an A. Well kids, for a whole year I never stepped foot in those classes and maintained an A with doing nothing. I’m bossed up.
Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: ANIMAL HOUSE, no one can rage like they do.
Feel free to follow me on twitter and can read about me ranting about shit @misslakotasky, tweet at me, contact me, ANYTHING you want me to cover about my blog or if you just wanna talk shit and snarky remarks, DO IT UP. We’re all Jerks here.
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Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice President, Paul Ryan, has stirred up the political controversy in the media. Calling him, “Mitt’s left wing” Ryan already has a view of the Catholic conservative that either you love or you hate. Though broadcasted on CNN, I found it very interesting that on Ryan’s Facebook page, the outlet where we as the people can connect to Ryan and understand him at a deeper level, there listed is one of his favorite bands…Rage Against the Machine.

Rage Against the Machine, the greatest politically charged band of our generation, (and my favorite band that I have a tattoo dedicated for) has lyrics that specifically aim their anger and frustration at the “1%”, and the majority of the Republican Party. Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Harvard University graduate, wrote about his view on Paul Ryan’s choice of band in an Opinion piece blogged on Rolling Stone.

Morello states in the article, “But Rage’s music affects people in different ways. Some tune out what the band stands for and concentrate on the moshing and throwing elbows in the pit. For others, Rage has changed their minds and their lives. Many activists around the world, including organizers of the global occupy movement, were radicalized by Rage Against the Machine and work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet. Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening.”

If not a fan of Rage or if not having heard of them, then you can’t exactly understand to the extent on the contradiction of Paul Ryan’s choice. I mean, the band name itself, “RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE,” Let’s think, who is the machine? Rage is the anthem to many rebel groups in the U.S., the fact that Paul Ryan is a supporter of the music means in a sense, he supports the message behind it. Hear me on this, Rage sings about Native American genocide, American imperialism, rebelling against authority, and to think that Paul Ryan’s conservative beliefs and strong outlook in the republican party can actually stand to listen and understand the music? If coming from that standpoint, how could you support that? So the question is this, is Paul Ryan’s love for Rage a possible leak of socialist and democratic out looks, or is he just simply ignorant?

-Lakota Gambill

Lupe Fiasco dropped his newest album, Lasers on March 8th. It’s a testimony of thoughtful raps and catchy beats. The album features production by the Neptunes, Needlz, Alex da Kid, Syience and collaborations with John Legend, Trey Songz, Eric Turner and Sarah Green. It has been stirring some controversy though, because of the content revealed in the music. Lupe talks politics: racism, slavery, and America’s lies.

Lupe had been working on the album between 2009 and 2010, and although it’s been done for some time now, his record label, Atlantic, held it back from release, possibly because of all its controversy.

Lupe had initially considered releasing a triple album titled LupE.N.D. and then retiring from music. But Atlantic prevented him from doing so.

One of the songs on the album titled “Words I Never Said,” leaps right into Lupe accusing the government for the attacks on 9/11. He calls the War on Terror “some bull shit,” and outright claims that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are racists. The track features Skylar Grey, the voice on Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go” and Diddy Dirty Money’s “Coming Home.”

With Grey’s assistance, the song sounds beautiful, but the lyrics might be shocking to innocent ears.

Give me some feedback! What do you think about this song or Lupe’s new album in general? Does revealing this type of information make you think critically about the government, or do you think what Lupe is just rapping “some bullshit?”

-Christina Jones

Glenn Palin

I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

[via The Daily What]