Mayweather Trumps Mosley

Perhaps one of the last significant fights in the sport of boxing occurred last night, as the self-proclaimed pound for pound king of boxing Floyd “Money” Mayweather took on WBA Super World welterweight champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Mayweather expressed no interest in title belts and claimed the belt meant nothing to him, so it was scheduled as a non-title bout.

Mayweather showed no signs of ring rust after coming out of retirement to school Juan Manuel Marquez for 12 rounds in 2009, and he remains at the top of his game after last night’s performance. I scored the first round for Mosley, although it was somewhat inactive. However, the second round saw Mosley land crushing blows to Mayweather’s jaw and temple, significantly staggering the self-proclaimed pound for pound boxing king.

Mayweather showed why he is the best boxer today, though, when he managed to regroup and absolutely school Mosley from the third round on. It was extremely disheartening to see Mosley getting battered with punches he couldn’t see coming. Mayweather looked to be the much faster, stronger, and younger man. Mosely’s trainer continuously encouraged him to throw combinations, but making such an attempt against Mayweather’s speed and power is a good way to get your lights turned off.

Any boxing fan is now itching to see Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. This sounds like an extremely intriguing fight to many, but I for one feel that it will end by pure domination from Mayweather. I felt Mosley posed a much bigger threat to Mayweather than Pacquiao, and I still feel that way. If Mayweather vs Pacquiao ever happens, get ready to see a 12 round boxing clinic from Mr. Mayweather. I cannot stand the man, but I also cannot deny the brilliance he shows in the ring. Floyd Mayweather is, as of now, the greatest of all time.

Aristotle – The Inventor of Western Philosophy

Aristotle declared that all human beings by nature desire to know.  Aristotle and his intellectual predecessors discovered that theheart of philosophizing is argument. Argument isn’t meant as the heated defense of one’s favorite view, but as a desire to test the claims made in order to be sure that they stand up under critical scrutiny.

Philosophical argument and discovery involve a movement from one position to another.  Basically, if A says something, but B objects, a conversation or argument gets started.  The Greek word for this is dialect.

Dialect in its original form should be seen as a contrast to mythical, static thinking.  Myths are not to be argued with;  they are to be accepted without question.  They intend to tell something and do not call for an intellectual response.  However, putting forward a philosophical thesis is explicitly inviting such a response, and the response (argument and counter argument) is the heart of philosophy.

A dialectical process is generated when a person tries to think something out for himself/herself or, as Plato suggested, “when the soul is conversing with itself.”  The dialectical exchange is clearly at work when two persons engage in a critical dialogue–reacting to each other’s statements by means of objections, counterarguments, and rejoinders.

Information from Philosophy’s Journey, 2nd edition, by Konstantin Koloenda pp. 36-37

Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission

The 5-4 conservative majority decision in Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission struck many decades of law and precedents, and it will likely go down in history as one of the Supreme Court’s most shameful exercises of judicial activism. The Roberts Court ruled unconstitutional the ban on corporate treasury funding of independent political campaigns.

The Court attempted to formulate new constitutional law by ordering a re-argument of a minor case that raised no direct challenge to the laws and precedents that it ultimately overruled; dismissed the legitimacy of laws enacted over a century by Congress and state legislatures; equated the free speech protections of individuals and corporations in spite of countless laws and precedents that insisted on meaningful differences; and provided no evidence of new conditions or damaging effects that justified imposing their own ideological preferences on a body of settled law and social tradition.

The decision makes a mockery of Chief Justice Roberts’ self-righteous statements during his confirmation hearing that he embraced judicial modesty and constitutional avoidance
To be sure, Citizens United is not the first sign that the Roberts Court is dead set on deregulating campaign finance. Previous decisions have pointed in this direction and more are certain to follow.

Privately controlled companies led by individuals with strong ideological and partisan motivations are more than likely going to take advantage of the new legal environment, but they could already act individually without restraints. Possibly the greatest impact will come from the threat of corporate independent spending campaigns for or against officeholders whose position on issue’s before federal and state governments is important to their corporate interests. This could corrupt the policy process without any dollars actually being spent. It will a while before we are able to gauge the real impact of Citizens United.

Summer is Right Around the Corner

With Summer approaching, the stress and pressure is at an all time high because of one thing–GRADUATION.

I’m anticipating at least a weekend at the beach to cut loose. However, I am also anticipating the chance to bring in the cheddar ($) this summer, as I am interning with University Directories. I am looking forward to this internship because I will gain experience in outside advertising sales, an aspect of communications I have yet to be involved in.

I am flying to UNC Chapel Hill May 12 to begin my sales training, and I will return to Statesboro May 18 to begin selling advertisements to local businesses interested in having their brand recognized in GSU’s daily planner. I feel that I will be successful because I have lived in this general area prior to attending GSU, so I should have an advantage in establishing a rapport with the local business owners.

In the communications field, t’s all about getting your foot in the door somewhere. This internship could potentially serve as a means of finding permanent employment provided that I am successful during my time with University Directories. I am looking forward to networking with other professionals, as well as the challenges that await me this summer.

This will undoubtedly be a period of growth in my professional development, and I am eager to begin working with University Directories. In addition to interning with University Directories, I will be implementing a mini campaign for the Starbucks “however you want it” Frappuccinos. This will serve as a resume builder as well as a means of progressing my intellectual capabilities and strategic planning skills.

Turn the Bull Loose

At the end of the day, you can thank that empty suit, Ronald Reagan and “Reaganomics” /
Reaganism” for the 2008 economic meltdown. This free market advocate may be held on a pedestal by many, but in my opinion he’s nothing more than a puppet used to satisfy corporate America’s agenda.

William Kleinknecht, author of

    The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America

insists that Reagan was “the least patriotic president in American history,” and that his economic policies helped to “wipe out the high-paying jobs that were the real backbone of the country,” leaving so many “psychically adrift.”

Reaganism, aka “Voodoo Economics,” also contributed to the closing of the largest steel mill in Dixon, Illinois in 2001 (his hometown), Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. This put 1,400 workers out on the street. The farmers in the area also took a beating from Reaganism.

The point man for President Reagan and his reckless scheme to let the Banks go crazy on Wall Street was his Secretary of the Treasury, Donald T. Regan, a former bossman at Merrill Lynch. He pushed in the U.S. Congress for the “deregulation of the financial sector.”

Brief World War 2 Discussion

World War 2 was indeed a “world war.” The majority of the world’s nations were involved in the war, and they were organized into two opposing military alliances: The Allied and Axis powers. There were more than 100 million military personnel involved in the war.

Perhaps the most notorious aspect of the war, the significant acts against civilians such as the Holocaust and the only use of a nuclear bomb in warfare to date made World War 2 the deadliest war in human history, exceeding 70 million casualties.

My Favorite Work of Art

How do you define a work of art? In all honestly, I think it depends on perception. One can take a bucket of paint and splash it against a white wall, and there you have it–ART. I feel that art can be virtually anything, but it has to involve emotion of some sort. I can’t specifically name one single favorite work of art, but I can say my favorite artists make up a musical group called Perpetual Groove.

With a mind-bending funkadelic sound and retina-burning light shows, Perpetual Groove’s art appeals to me more than any other. I’ve heard some say, “When you see a piece of artwork that moves you, that’s when you know you should buy it.” I’ve never really been into paintings, sculptures, and things of that nature, but Perpetual Grooves music undoubtedly moves me each and every time I see the band perform.

It is hard not to consider Perpetual Groove’s material art after witnessing an entire show. So much hard work and preparation go into the performances, and it is always a pleasure to see the artwork unfold. With a constant stream of colors and grooves that are indeed “perpetual,” the artwork tends to come to life so to speak.

Amberland, Perpetual Groove’s three-day festival is a little more than a month away, and I am looking forward to witnessing the band blow the minds of all of the “perps” in attendance. Each member has a well developed artistic sense, and I cannot wait to see what the group has in store for the fans this year.