Friday, September 7, 2007

Current Event Queries

I feel like I’m getting old! Why? Because I’ve actually wanted to pay attention to the news lately! It used to be a part of my life because of requirements of the Forensics (speech) team, as well as pageants. But over the past year since I haven’t had to watch the news, I have taken great pleasure in not watching!

Recently though I’ve been paying more attention to it. I tend to get bored of it since popular media dwells on a single topic, but yesterday there actually seemed to be several notable things going on.
So, contestants, be aware of the following:

* A video from Osama bin Laden is expected on the anniversary of 9/11. He has not been seen in a video since the fall of 2004 and the U.S. has not been able to confirm his whereabouts since 2005.

Q: Has the U.S. done enough to try to catch bin Laden? Do you think U.S. television should play such videos, or does that empower al Qaeda's rhetoric?

* Republican Fred Thompson, aka District Attorney Arthur Branch of the TV show Law and Order, official announced his candidacy for President on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Q: How do you think Thompson's acting career will affect his candidacy? Who are you planning to vote for in the primaries?

* Black comedian Eddie Griffin was pulled off-stage after using the “N” word one too many times during a standup act.

Q: What does racism mean in 2007? Have we taken strides forward, or is it worse than ever?

* Ohio Republican Congressman Paul Gilmore died.

* Opera great Luciano Pavarotti died.

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