The Times Observer Has Moved . . .
The Times Observer has moved to a new address, with a new look. It is no longer hosted by Blogger, but find out the reasons why.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Times Observer Has Moved . . .
Monday, March 23, 2009
Who’s Killing The Newspapers?
With many newspaper companies closing their doors, it makes one wonder what will happen to our society.
Because it is newspapers that normally make the national news because of their investigations. Most local TV news stations, or even CNN, do not bother with investigative journalism much. They do reaction coverage of events as they unfold, but it’s usually the newspaper reporter who digs in the mud to uncover corruption.
And while many newspapers are finding a home on the Internet, for many it has become too little, too late to do so. Many newspapers did not embrace the power of the Web and now they are paying a heavy price for it.
But the Web cannot be the sole murderer of your friendly, neighborhood newspaper. A bigger co-conspirator is society itself. Many people polled from different surveys claim that they do not have the “time” to pick up a newspaper and would not care if their local daily or weekly folds.
It’s interesting that for a society that does not have “time” to pick up a newspaper or just log onto their local newspaper’s Web site that many people do find the time to text-message their friends, download some new songs or engrossed themselves with mind-numbing reality TV.
And while the Web is an excellent tool for newspapers, sadly, it does not have that “in-your-face” presence that newspapers have when they are found in your local Wawa or on the street corners.
So, when the last newspaper publishes and corruption from politicians goes unnoticed but its effects are felt, just remember that it was society that put the American watchdog to sleep.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Where have I been?
Sadly, I have been too busy with work, family and being sick to update The Times Observer as much as I want.
However, I have also been very busy with it at the same time. I am recreating The Times Observer and it will find a new home in the near future.
Yes, I am being very cryptic, but you will soon find out. So, please keep visiting because I will make my final announcement on here as to where you can find the new Times Observer.
Monday, January 19, 2009
How He Got Here
Many will say that it took too long for a minority to become the president of the United States of America. But it’s better late than never, as others will say.
President-Elect Barack Obama will become the first bi-racial black and white man to hold the office of Commander-in-Chief.
Many black, and even white, Americans suffered from the racial injustices of evil men of both colors. Many black Americans dared to dream of a better life and some, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., paid with their lives for having such dreams of freedom.
And in so many ways, Obama is the embodiment of that dream of Dr. King’s. His mother was white and his father was black and many Americans voted for him because of his character. Dr. King would have been so proud.
And now, Obama is one of the few Americans who has the power to become a racial bridge of equality and will hopefully establish a more color-blinded society. A growing society that will live up to the dream that Dr. King envision:
That people are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
More Freedoms Needed
For Independent Voters
There is a growing minority in our country and it’s not a racial one, but a political one.
This political minority believes in the actual plans that politicians have for our country and have little to no interest for partisan loyalties and near-propaganda speeches. In fact, this minority do not even belong to a political party.
These people are independents and many of them have the true American spirit, more so than Republicans or Democrats who blindly tow their party line. Independent voters want to have their voices be as equal as the two major parties.
But sadly, independent voters are shunt away by Republicans and Democrats, both the elected leaders and the voters themselves. Many independents in many states in this past presidential race could not participate in the election like their Democratic and Republican counterparts.
Many of them were not allowed to vote in the primary elections, robbing them of their rights to express their opinions and beliefs by voting.
However, both Democratic and Republican leaders are all too eager to use independent voters -- swing voters -- to help them win elections.
But there are many organizations and groups who fight for independent voter rights. They work hard to get legislation passed so independents can enjoy the same freedoms as Republican and Democratic voters.
For example, the Committee for a Unified Independent Party, Inc. works tirelessly to have politicians to commit themselves to work on behalf of independent voters. In fact, the organization has a free conference on Sunday, Jan. 25 in
It’s important that all American voters, despite their leanings, have an equal voice in our system of government. If we do not grant these voters the same rights as others have enjoyed, than we would be guilty of discriminating against a political minority. And that is truly un-American.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
The Calls We Didn’t Hear Regarding
Israel’s Battle Against Hamas
For the last few days we have heard in the news of the
But why haven’t we heard more calls from these groups to support
Hamas is allegedly a major political party and has a lot of seats in the Palestinian National Authority’s elected legislative council. But many of its members are still terrorists who are bent on destroying
In fact, if Hamas was any type of decent political party, they would not have broken the truce that started this latest round of chaos.
Dealing with terrorists like Hamas only results in more bloodshed. They cannot be reasoned with or trusted.
And of course
However, some restraint should be shown towards the innocent Palestinian people, even though it seems doubtful that they will condemn Hamas for starting the aggression.
But the world needs to realize that Hamas is not serious about a truce, cease-fires or even peace talks.
It is time that the world starts putting the blame on Hamas and starts finding real solutions in stopping them from constantly breaking the brief relieve between battles that