by Mike Sanch 10/08
As a college student, most likely you have remained indifferent to the “financial crisis”. For whatever your reasons, whether it be the fact that you have been busy studying for your midterms, or perhaps you have been preoccupied with work and class attendance that you have tuned out the mainstream media’s assertions that what is happening on Wall Street, is your problem.
Most college students don’t own a mortgage, have stocks or 401k plans to worry about, so the reasons for ignorance when it comes to the current economic situation are quite reasonable. Read more…
By Andrew Dossman 11/24/08
American farms have been receiving “farm subsidies” since the end of the great depression and the dust bowl. A farm subsidy is money from taxes that is paid to farmers to grow or in some cases to not grow crops that year.
This made sense back in the 1930’s when about 25% of the population was on 6 Million farms across the country. However demographics have changed with time and now there are about 157,000 farms in America which account for over 72% of the total farming output.
Now these subsidies are supposed to help struggling farmers by placing a price floor for their crops, as well as giving them some extra money to continue farming. Read more…
Patriots stage “End the Fed” Nationwide Protest
“[A central bank is] a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country.”-
-President Andrew Jackson
By Amador Salazar 11/29/08
As the sun rose, I alertly got prepared for a day that will be remembered in history.
I give my friend a ring, and three hours later we’re anxiously zigzagging through traffic on the freeway toward downtown San Antonio. We were on our way toward that putrid building that is the Federal Reserve Bank Branch of San Antonio.
We struggle to find parking but eventually do so, and we shuffle toward the crowd of non-violent renegades who were already in progress of protesting against the Federal Reserve Bank. It was a sizeable crowd of about 80 to 100 concerned Americans who understand the irony and illegitimacy of a private bank that is able to control the amount of money that floods the market. Read more…
Prison Industrial Complex and Big Government Taking Away Freedom for Profit
By Andrew Dossman 11/24/08
Few Americans are aware of the growing problem that is facing our country on the issue of prisons. In the last 20 years the prison population has grown over 400% and the total amount of people in prisons is about to reach 2.5 MILLION people!
Racist prison sentences have made it so that 1 in 3 black males will be in jail in one point in their lives. Certain laws have made people who have not committed a severe or major offense are being sentenced to harsh prison terms, and even for life sentences.
One prime example is the unjust imprisonment of marijuana users, who have every right to put whatever they want in their body. But many states have implemented a 3 strike rule, which means if you are caught 3 times, you will be imprisoned for LIFE! Read more…
Part 1 of a 2 part feature
by Mike Sanch 12/2/08
“Cotton production is hurting our fellow man and our planet; it is up to the consumer to change their buying habits to change the current detrimental effects of the cotton cycle”
If you look at the tag on your shirt or pants, most likely it would say either the name of a third world country, and/or the word “cotton”.
Cotton production is advertised as the “Fabric of Our Lives” in advertisements funded by the cotton production lobby, yet it hasn’t always been that way. Read more…
By Andrew Dossman 1/5/09
“You are what you eat!”
Many of us have heard this familiar phrase from a friend or family member at least once in their life; but have we not taken this overused cliche more seriously?
The rate of obesity in this country is unbelievable and it’s getting worse every year. One needs to only look at the world and see that there are two scenarios that people finds themselves in; one half lives in utter poverty and starvation, while the other lives in plump prosperity.
This article is not to judge people on their eating habits; to the contrary, we are genetically prone to the way we eat. Our ancestors did not know when the next time they were going to eat, so they gorged themselves knowing it might be a while until they had the chance to eat again. However, the difference is that in our culture, we eat three to four times a day. Read more…
“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”
-President Thomas Jefferson
By Daniel Quintero 11/30/08
Every human society desires peace. Since the dawn of man, religious leaders, philosophers, and beauty pageant contestants have all searched for the absolute good of our existence, and the pursuit of universal peace.
One group of people came close to finding the ultimate philosophy of peace; they initiated a philosophy that if followed correctly would be the greatest catalyst towards world peace that the world has ever known. This group was the Founding Fathers, and their bold and great idea was non-interventionism.
The United States was founded on the belief of non-interventionism. George Washington stated in his Farewell Address that America should avoid holding special ties with other countries. Thomas Jefferson echoed that same sentiment during his Inaugural Address when he said “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” Read more…