Author: John Plucenik

Top Ten Reasons to Stop Reading Online Lists

All of us have indulged in the online guilty pleasure of lists, ranging from topics like “24 Hilarious Divorce Cakes That Are Even Better Than Wedding Cakes” to “23 Struggles of Working in the Fast Food Industry” (just a few I borrowed from today’s Buzzfeed homepage). They are short, easy to read, and get right to the point. Plus, they often serve as a exchange of shared experiences for people who live a unique lifestyle or are born in a certain place. However, these lists have become highly addictive amongst certain audiences, and have blown up to an extreme...

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Elliot Rodger and Our Sex Culture

On May 23rd, a young college dropout named Elliot Rodger approached a USCB sorority house in southern California. He was bent on achieving one goal: slaughtering everyone inside. Unfortunately, three sorority members approached the house at the wrong time: two were killed and one was injured from gunfire. His rampage continued with another fatality, in addition to numerous injuries, before he pulled the trigger on himself. Ever since his heinous killing spree ended, the nation has been clambering to find its scapegoat. The most immediate reaction to the violence, as the father of one of the slain victims has...

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Jay Carney Admits We Have A Subservient Media

Press Secretary Jay Carney had a discussion with CBS News’ Major Garrett at George Washington University on April 17th. A major topic of discussion was whether it was appropriate for the sitting president to do an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show during the 2012 election. They concluded that it was, because it would allow President Obama to reach a younger crowd of voters (y’know, those voters who normally only get their news through satirical hosts who appear between episodes of South Park and Key and Peele). Jay Carney also offered the revelation that “Probably the most...

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Fighting for the Fourth

It may not seem like it, but we are living in revolutionary times: our liberties are under assault by the federal government, and while there may not be a call to arms, the urgency is just as real. Tapping the phones of millions of Americans under clandestine surveillance methods cannot be ignored, and it most certainly cannot be forgotten. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently added his name to the Defend the Fourth movement, intending to join in a lawsuit against President Obama, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, FBI Director James Corney, and NSA Director Keith Alexander. Senator Paul recently...

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The New Face of Law Enforcement

In an event that now seems like it was ages ago, Sen. Rand Paul led a 13-hour filibuster against the use of drone strikes against suspected terrorists on American soil. The American population supported Senator Paul’s position overwhelmingly in polls conducted after the filibuster took place. It was a victory for the national security of American citizens. More recently, America’s first arrest with the assistance of drone on domestic soil recently took place when a farmer was arrested for not returning cows that had wandered onto his property. It seems like an innocent enough circumstance of domestic drone usage,...

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