Category Archives: National News

The Problem with the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Starts With the Headlines

The purpose of the media is supposed to report the facts of the news. How the viewer or reader judges the facts is based on the induvidual.

As the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine boils over into a second week, the headlines from the various media outlets around the world do not help the situation. They make it worse by inverting the truth in order to get readers attention.

A good example of this is an article that was published by Reuters yesterday. The headline is as follows:

“Israel air strikes kill 42 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza”

Let’s break down how the topic is presented. The first half accuses Israel of purposefully targeting civilians. The second clarifies that the airstrikes are in response to the rockets that have been from Gaza into Israel.

The writer relies on the reader’s emotion to catch their eye before letting logic to tell the whole story. As we all know, human beings are emotional creatures. Logic and thought come into play after we opened our mouths.

Reuters is not the first publication to use this model. Most news companies rely on the format. The problem is that it does not tell the whole story. If the purpose of the media is to report the details to the public, they are failing miserably.

On a final note, I would like to ask you a question. I want you to imagine that it is an ordinary day. The sun is shining above and the breeze is just enough to be comfortable without being overwhelming. Your out, enjoying a perfectly lovely afternoon. Then a siren goes off. You have 15 seconds to find shelter and have no idea if this day will be your last. Do you let your neighbor destroy you or do you fight back, knowing there will be innocent casualties on both sides?

Happy Sunday.

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Despite What the CDC Says, I am Still Wearing a Mask

For the last 14 months, we have reminded constantly that the most effective way to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we should be wearing masks when we are outside of our homes.

As of this week, the CDC has announced that for the most part, those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear or practice social distancing.

While this is great news, it is also confusing. The confusion comes from the fact that many states, cities, and locales still require residents and visitors to wear masks when inside, regardless of vaccination status. In New York State and New York City for example, masks are still legally required when entering a place of business.

As of a week from this coming Monday, I will be fully vaccinated plus two weeks. But that does not mean that I will leave the mask at home.

Two important questions come up that must be answered:

  1. How do we deal with the rise in fake vaccination cards? Will store managers and owners be able to determine what is real and what is not real?
  2. If the local and state laws repeal the mask requirement, will businesses still ask for proof of vaccination? Not every customer may respond well when asked to show their card.

From the larger perspective, this is the news we have been waiting for for many months. But, before we can celebrate, the details must be ironed out.

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New Randy Rainbow Video: Clang, Clang, Clang Went Josh Hawley! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

We are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs. We are also entitled to express those opinions and beliefs without fear of being thrown in jail or killed by the government. That being said, there is a line between saying what we believe and encouraging violence.

Randy Rainbow’s latest video is entitled Clang, Clang, Clang Went Josh Hawley! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody. It is based on The Trolley Song from the 1944 film, Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland.

It is as if these people are playing the game of top that, of who can be the “best” Republican and the biggest brownnoser of you know who. There is no logic or method to the madness, with the exception of grabbing as much power as they can and not letting go it.

I don’t know about you, but I am hoping they get their asses handed to them during the 2022 midterm elections.

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The Potential Ouster of Liz Cheney is a Bad Sign of Things to Come

Politics is a game of give and take. For a government to function, there must be compromise and the willingness to work with the other side.

The latest news from the capitol is that Representative Liz Cheney may be ousted from a leadership position from within the Republican party due to her open critique of you know who. While some of her colleagues within the party stand with her, there many others are blindly loyal to the former President.

There has always been a division in this country between Republican and Democrat. It is a normal and healthy part of a nation whose laws are based on Democratic principles. However, there is a distinct line between the typical political disagreement and threatening a politician because he or she does not automatically bow down and kiss the behind of “dear leader”.

I am going to end this post with a tweet from Andrea Junker because it is eerily prophetic and a warning for us all.

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Contributing Writers Sought

COVID-19 Wall of Memories, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which runs a website of the same name, is seeking contributing writers for its news page.  Our website memorializes victims of COVID-19 and shares news and perspective on the disease and its impact on the U.S. We are looking for writers with an interest in exploring the cultural, personal, and social impact of the illness. We are especially interested in diverse voices.

Candidates should email a brief bio and two writing samples, published or unpublished, to rnasrullah@covid19wallofmemories.org. Please email any questions to this address as well. We accept pitches year-round.

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Snow White & Fox News: Nothing More Than a Distraction

Have you ever gone to a magic show and closely watched the magician while they were doing card tricks? The real trick is in their left hand, but they are distracting you by making you focus on what is in their right hand.

The latest brouhaha to come out of Fox News revolves around the updates made to the Snow White’s Enchanted Wish ride at Disneyland. Their claim, as ridiculous as it sounds, is that cancel culture is again rearing its ugly head. The target of the moment is Snow White.

These people need to get over themselves. Instead of dealing with the real issues like Covid-19, the economy, the still prevalent race issues, etc., they talk about nonsense. Its as if these people purposefully put their heads in the figurative sand. They hear and see what they want to hear and see. If it doesn’t interest them or directly support their point of view, it is wrong or bad somehow.

No wonder this country is going to Hades in a handbasket.

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Flashback Friday: The Takeaway (2008-Present)

Sometimes, when the issues we talk about become too emotionally heavy, the best way to bring down the temperature is to have an honest conversation.

The WNYC podcast, The Takeaway, has been on the air since 2008. Hosted by Tanzina Vega, it airs every weekday from 3-4 PM. Bringing on politically and social justice minded guests, the topics center around local and national political news.

I really enjoy this podcast. Though the subjects discussed are the same as other political podcasts, there is a thoughtfulness and an intelligence to the way they are spoken of. It makes me think without making me angry or upset. Which, given the current status of American politics, is sometimes hard to do.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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Takeaways from the State of the Union

The State of the Union tells us everything we need to know about the President.

Last night was President Biden‘s first State of the Union.

First of all, the fact that there were two women sitting behind him is nothing short of awesome.

If there was one word to describe the speech, it is ambitious. Some might say a little too ambitious, given what Covid-19 has done to us, the only way out maybe to go big or go home. Will it require compromise from both sides of the aisle? Absolutely. Will it be easy? To call the process difficult is an understatement. As corny as it sounds, the path back to some sort of normalcy is working together.

After the President spoke, Senator Tim Scott spoke for the Republicans. If their plan was to use Senator Scott to show how how diverse they are, it fell flat on their face.

The fact that they claimed that Biden and the Democrats are responsible for the political and cultural division in the country is pure bullshit. The cherry on top was the idea that racism is dead in the United States. I have two words for him: Derek Chauvin.

After 4 years of you know who, Biden is a breath of fresh air. Though the work ahead of him and his administration is far from easy, I am confident that America’s future is bright in their hands.

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The Shooting in West Hempstead is a Little Too Close to Home

You never think that your community will be affected by a mass shooting. It’s always another town or another city.

Today, that reality came crashing down on me.

This morning, a man walked into the Shop and Stop in West Hempstead on Long Island and started shooting. Three people were shot, one was killed.

I felt my heart stop as I watched the news. I have family in the area. My first thought was that they were in the store. When I heard their voices over the phone, I sent a silent prayer of thanks to the eternal parent upstairs.

What is it going to take to do something? If we cannot stop this madness now, one of two things may happen.

  1. We will never leave our homes for anything.
  2. If we do have to go out, we will be forced to put on protective gear and go through airport style security just to complete the most mundane of tasks.

We need more than a series of executive actions from President Biden. We need Congress to stop brownnosing the NRA and think about the lives that will be saved. Personal freedom is always important, but it is meaningless if your dead.

May the memory of the person killed be a blessing. Z”l.

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Justice Served: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty

Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most recognizable faces of the Civil Rights movement, said the following:

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Justice was served in the United States. Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

If am to be completely honest, I was holding my breath as I watched the news coverage. G-d only knows what would have happened had Chauvin been acquitted.

I can only hope that this case represents a change not just for the various law enforcement departments across this country, but for the country as a whole. If we are to reach the imagery and idealism that is the backbone of this nation, this verdict is an important step. The police can no longer target men and women of color without impunity.

Though this case cannot remove the stain of the past, it is a what we need to move forward. Perhaps the future is bright in this country after all.

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